Archive for April, 2012


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.


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…….


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)


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.


Photography: Kodiak Island Traffic Control



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. 

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.


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


Earthquakes, Mayan Calendar & Bora Bora

With all the end of the world and the Mayan Calendarpredictions‘, 2012 promises to be an eventful year for the doomsayers. I noticed on the news this morning that NASA reportedly had an early warning system via GPS stations all over the U.S. in high risk areas.


I started some cursory research and once I waded through the UFO, Mayan Calendar and Zombie Invasion (maybe those are Occupy peop’s) I came upon the NASA GPS press release. Actually, upon reading the press release, NASA is, I believe, suggesting the GPS sensors are not for predicting earthquakes, as the news suggested, but rather better determining the intensity and location for post earthquake responses by emergency management.

Another study was just released suggesting the ionosphere may hold the key to pointing to earthquakes in advance of the event. Scientist are divided, of course, but some suggest that electromagnetic disturbances in the ionosphere have arisen just prior to sizeable earthquakes.

Pick your poison to worry about: Mayan Calendar predictions, Big Government, Global Climate Change, Polar Bears, Genetic Engineering of our Foods….I personally would like to see improved abilities to predict tornados, better water quality management (but not oppressive, obscene reg’s) and to know if I would be safe on Bora Bora if the Mayan Calendar predictions are in deed true.

Bora Bora


The Above Calendar is Considered by “Experts” to be the Aztec Calendar; the bottom calendar the Mayan Calendar


Why Do Fish Jump?

Why in the heck do fish jump clean out of the water? I mean when they don’t have that hook in their jaw….

I imagine you have heard about that female fish loosening that skein of eggs or the odd fsh trying to shed bothersome lice or some critter. Perhaps, as I have seen on B.C.’s Tunkwa L., they are chasing a rocketing emerging Caddis beyond the surface many feet into the air. I have seen giant Sturgeon rocket up above the surface of the Snake River. Perhaps males are battling below and goose another to break the surface while escaping? Well, one guy thinks he has come up with another reason…..

“I am convinced that Mother Nature sees to it that every organism above a certain point in the food chain is blessed with enough sense of self to enjoy being what they are. One universal expression of this joy is the exuberance of physical activity. The whole-body rush as adrenaline and endorphins flood the system. The invigorating flush of heat and motion. The stretch and play of supple muscles, the dynamic tension between skin and ligament, bone and tendon as we each discover our physical limits. The range of emotions your face undergoes as you fight a fish leads us to the same conclusion. First surprise, followed in short order by confusion, concentration, determination and finally pride and joy as you bring the fish to net, all point to the same reason.

Fish jump because they can. Because it feels good. It’s that simple.”

Dennis Dobson

So, look at this pic of Denny Rickards with a mega trout. Look at that fish’s face and you tell me that fish isn’t chuckling:


Salton Sea Shrinking & Toxic Dust Cloud

Imagine my surprise last night, when I noticed my sleepy blog had a nice stats bump and the impetus was visits to prior Salton Sea postings. A little digging revealed dire releases yesterday from various media outlets that the Salton Sea will shrink because of water diversions and the result maybe be toxicity around the lake and in the air…possibly resulting in blowing toxic dust toward populated areas.

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