Archive for March 1st, 2012

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Mar
12

FARM GIRL BEER BREAD BASICS + YOUR IMAGINATION

FARM GIRL’S BEER BREAD SCOOP

“When it comes to minimum input and maximum output in the kitchen, beer bread is about as good as it gets. Five minutes of work reward you with a heavenly aroma wafting through the house and a warm, crusty loaf in under an hour.”

01
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Green Caddis Larva in the Riffles

Green Rock Worm: Genus Rhyacophila

Green Caddis Larva: Genus Hydropsyche

Fast water nymphing in and beside that riffly water and just below. Some say first light and last light are the times best for dredging a larva pattern. Perhaps, but I have done well with greenish larva patterns midday as well. 

High Stick Nymphing The Riffles with Kelly Galloup

01
Mar
12

Bacon Fix…Just Can’t Help It!

BACON! What is it about bacon?!

 SWEET & SPICY BACON

01
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Black Gnat Extinct?

Years ago, I recall having tied some rolly polly Black Gnats. Little creations with red hackle tails, fat little yarn bodies and somewhat upright duck quill wings and black hackle. I remember the pattern catching trout. Yet, I have not thought about tying a Black Gnat in decades. Does anyone tie a Black Gnat? 

Basic Black…use to be a mainstay for women’s attire and fly patterns to some extent. Maybe some basic Black Gnats are in order. The pattern was often tied in sizes 12-16. I am not sure if the Gnat was representative of a Chironomid (sometimes called a ‘gnat’). Regardless, the black silhouette could not hurt.

The most difficult tying technique, for an average tier, would be the pairing of the gray duck quill feather segments. Getting them paired and set atop the hook shank, then upright is the hardest part of the fly. Some tiers place a coating of a clear adhesive over the section of feather and let it dry. Then they cut the sections out, which are stiffer now, match them and prepare to tie the paired cut out section atop the shank. As you can see the wing can be swept back (wet fly style) a bit or upright in the more dry fly style.  

01
Mar
12

How To Tie Flies: 4-H How To Guide, 1911

Cover Art for 'Basic Fly Tying' by Ronald A. Howard Jr. (4-H Leader's Guide) 1911

 An Old How To Tie Flies for 4-H Leaders

01
Mar
12

Jail Long: Weather Photo Competition

Weather Related Photo Competition

My Aussie acquaintance, Jai Long (Free the Bird Photography), has entered his photograph of an approaching front at Byron Bay. The contestants have entered their weather related photographs. In my humble opinion, Jai’s photograph was most compelling.  I believe the voting ended yesterday. I hope he won.

Byron Bay Approaching Front by Jai Long




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