Archive for January 22nd, 2012

22
Jan
12

Beginning Fly Fisher’s: Keep Your Eyes On…….

Beginning Fly Tying Courses at Fly Shops and Community Colleges

If no shops are nearby then find those Podcasts & other on line resources

Find Hatch Charts for Your Local Streams or Planned For Destinations

River Levels & Gage Station Reports for Your Area or Destinations

Reporting Stations for Mountain Passes

Hire a Guide Someday…Save Your Dinero

Identify a FF Club in Your Area and Attend a Meeting to see if it fits 

Check Fly Shops and News Papers for Fly Tying Expositions & Attend 

All these are practical planning ideas to spend the Winter months planning for open waters or Spring  openers. Tying, Watching others tie, safe road trips, planning for a trip, anticipating ice-off, hiring a guide and watching the river levels are all part of the planning process. Find the resources and keep your eyes on the charts, gages and levels. Part of the fun! Did I mention ‘planning’?

22
Jan
12

Jeffrey Foltice at Photo Nature Blog

There are some excellent outdoor photographers that drop by here now and then. I have their sites down the right side of my blog listings. I like the work of Jeffrey Foltice too. Check out PhotoNatureBlog.

22
Jan
12

Fly Tying: Dandy Lil’ Sedge Pattern

SEDGE PATTERN BY GLEN POINTON @ FLY FORUMS UK 

I like the simplicity of this Caddis (Sedge) pattern and the use of CDC is an added bonus for floatation and the suggestion of life. The ‘cock de leon‘ feather fibers my not be readily available to you, but the author/tier describes their use for the antenna, a consistent ‘trigger point’ that entices the fish to take.

This Sedge/Caddis pattern would set low in the water with the antenna in view as well.

22
Jan
12

OO America: The Great American Roadtrip

OO AMERICA…PICTORIAL ESSAY OF TRAVEL….COOL!!!        

Check this out…grabs you right away. Entertaining to say the least.

“The background project is a documentary film featuring interviews of people I met on the road,

as well as a series of large photos, trying to portray the diversity and beauties of the country and

its culture.”

22
Jan
12

Fly Tying: Halfback Nymph….A Lesson Here

This post, is aimed at the beginning fly tier, fly fisher who is attempting to clarify, exactify (my word) the confusing array of fly patterns and eventual variations. You will come across pattens that have many variations and some that claim to have been originated by one tier over here while over there another tier is attributed with the origin of the fly.

My advice is don’t get caught up on the historical aspects of a pattern unless you are a fiy fishing history buff. I am not. I will query a fly pattern name and origin, but if it starts getting murky then I move on to a more practical side of the endeavor: What does the pattern/fly imitate? How would I tie that fly? How would I present that fly? In the end, I am not going tell the fish or a bystander that ‘I am fishing the Halfback Nymph, which was originally tied by John Dexheimer’, or is it ‘the Halfback Nymph by Jack Shaw’.

Unless you are a historian cataloging fly patterns (good luck in this day in age), forget the who and focus on the what and how. What is it representing? How do I tie it and fish it. Too many variations out there to sort out the who anymore…I think.

Halfback Nymph typical of B.C. stillwater patterns

Phillip Rowley @ Fly Anglers Online Pattern

Halfback Nymph version by Nathan Streeter (LoJ's)

Nathan Streeter’s Halfback Pattern at LoJ’s

Halfback Nymph @ Charlie's Fly Box

Halfback Nymph @ Charlies’s Fly Box

As you can see by the four recipe/pattern versions of the Halfback Nymph the beginning tier could be confused if seeking exacting information. All of the above patterns have merit and would-do catch fish. You will come to tie the ones that work and admittedly are pleasing to your eye.

22
Jan
12

A Woman’s Take of Fly Fishing

Fox Lake

A FLY FISHER LADY’S LIFE

Polly, the Fly Fisher Lady, does not write often enough, but read but a few passages and you will sense you wish she did. Just enough to titillate and perhaps that is the intent. An enjoyable read from the UK.

The picture has nothing to do with Polly’s blog. I just thought it was equally interesting.




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