Archive for April, 2012

30
Apr
12

Outdoor Bloggers Challenge: Every Day in May Writing Fest

Today, you are on the eve of a fun blogging challenge first “hatched” by Chadd over at How Small a Trout. It will be an interesting collaboration of outdoor bloggers, who will write about topics/themes from their creative perceptions. Chad also solicited the aid of Memoirs of a Fly Girl and Miss P at Fresh Start to help promote the challenge.

Miss P of Fresh Start and one of the sponsors of the Every Day in May Blogging Challenge

Today, Fresh Start posted an interesting piece about her journey into fly fishing and its associated pursuits (fly tying, volunteerism, clubs, outings, photography, friendship). Check it out and encourage women to try out fly fishing. It is definitely an outdoor endeavor user friendly to women.

Check out the theme/topics list at any of the 3 sponsors or here at SwittersB. Do your best to post about each daily topic.To accept the challenge and pass it on, reblog this kick-off post and graphic, then tag your May posts with “every day in May”. The sponsors will post a list of everyone who guts it out until June.

29
Apr
12

Agitated Anger & Limp Cobra Likes ‘Every Day in May’ Challenge!!!

The Agitated Angler and The Limp Cobra are helping get the word out about the Every Day in May Challenge to outdoor bloggers. Agitated Angler writes: “This is a really cool concept and I’m sure I won’t be able take all of these subjects on (time constraints and screaming children and all), but I bet it’ll be fun trying. Check it out if you haven’t yet!” 

That’s right, please check out the topics/theme list and let the free flowing writing ideas move those fingers on the keyboard…….

28
Apr
12

Art & Pencil on Paper: Paul Cadden

Paul Cadden Sketch

“Cadden is a student of the hyperrealism movement.  Where as photorealists strive to meticulously recreate an image, artists of the hyperrealist bent add their own emotions and narrative to take it to another level. “Intensify the normal” is how Cadden describes his process.” (more info/drawings of Cadden)

28
Apr
12

Writing: Fly Fishing, Grandpa & A Connection for Life

Yesterday, you will note, I highlighted the Every Day in May blogging challenge. Every day in May there will be a topic/theme and you, on your blog, strive to write about the topic as you see fit. One of the instigators of this fun concept is Marci Cisneros over at Memoirs of a Fly Girl.

In checking out her blog this morning, I came upon a post entitled ‘Grandpa’. In reading it, I was moved by the simple story. Perhaps the recent journeys I have been through the past five years? Perhaps seeing an elder’s life before you as possibly your outcome some day?

“Yesterday, I drove down to Grandpa’s house to show him my new fly fishing equipment (an overdue visit).  I arrive with a confession in tote, “I think fly fishing is going to be good for me.” I continue, that I think it will allow me to focus and yet dive into a greater self than  working long hours, studying into the night or polishing off a good bottle of vodka with friends.  He responds rather quickly with, “nothing  compares to a good drink with good friends.”  ~the rest~

Lots of possibilities, for me. Give Memoirs of a Fly Girl a look and feel the positive spirit….and participate in the Every Day in May blogging challenge.

Check out the Every Day in May topics list at How Small a Trout, Fresh Start & Memoirs of a Fly Girl.

27
Apr
12

Photography: Kodiak Island Traffic Control

 

27
Apr
12

Every Day in May Challenge: Express Your Self

Every Day in May challenge has been offered up by three fly fishing bloggers, who want your input each day of May. Your challenge? Take that topics list and each day of the month will challenge you to write about that day’s theme (or some variation of  it). Keep it short and  sweet. Make us think. Make us wish. Make us laugh. Maybe make us wonder.

The inspiration for this great concept is coming at you from three directions:

How Small a Trout, Memoirs of a Fly Girl & Miss P over at Fresh Start. “Every Day in May is a blogging throw-down to all fishing and outdoor bloggers. 

“CHALLENGE: POST TO YOUR BLOG EVERY DAY IN MAY. Mayfly
hatches, spring runoff, spawning fish, tulips, debauched May Day pagan
rituals—blog it all. Blog to learn, blog to remember, blog to forget.
Document May in images, words, quotes, links, whatever, wherever.
We’re providing prompts for each day, but feel free to interpret,
misinterpret, reject, or improvise on these themes. To accept the
challenge and pass it on, reblog this kick-off post and graphic, then
<strong>tag your May posts with “every day in May”. We’ll
post a list of everyone who guts it out until June.”

1. May Day
2. home waters
3. current
4. tying
5. fishing
6. praying
7. working
8. hatching
9. grinning and laughing
10. conservation
11. waders
12. something completely different
13. Mother’s Day
14. rod
15. line
16. leader
17. fly
18. fish, fish, fish
19. more fish
20. greenery
21. bugs
22. runoff
23. safety first
24. memory
25. shoreline
26. lessons learned
27. bucket list
28. news
29. inspiration/aspiration
30. fish philosophy
31. achievement

Don’t worry if you see this and May is already here; there are no late
fees nor penalties for early withdrawal.

To all you who blog about other stuff, like knitting or wine or fancy
mice: feel free to copy this idea and do your own Every Day In May!

So, come on. Note the topics and each and every day of May take that topic for a short spin on your blog. Mention the Every Day in May challenge. Enlist others to exercise their creative side along with you. Hit the FB tag, re-post this, do your own post about it, please spread the word.

27
Apr
12

Fly Tying: Gary Borger’s Simple Wet

Fly tying, for the beginner, for all of us, can become ever more complicated in search of the perfect morsel. This pattern by Gary Borger is quite simple and I bet productive. It is open to color/size variations. A nice pattern to tie and fish for the beginner…for anyone actually.

Wet Fly~Emerger Pattern by Gary Borger




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