Archive for May 5th, 2012

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May
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The Old Rig is Sold: The Original Fly Fishing + Camping Rig

The last several years have evolved through those life challenges and events that most of us eventually face: the deaths of our parents. There have been many associated challenges, which I won’t get into here. This morning marked a nostalgic event…the sale of my Dad’s car. He has been gone 18 years so I guess it was about time. While my mom was alive it seemed unthinkable to sell the car. It sat unused in the garage for all those years, surrounded by the intake of a hoarder and cocooned beneath the stuff.

The car eventually had to be either retained by family (and by someone with the wherewithal to fix it up) or sold. This morning it was loaded up on a trailer and taken away by a very happy man into vehicle restorations.

The Camping~Fishing Rig

Originally, my dad drove a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. I learned to drive in that Buick Roadmaster. But, at some point my dad must have mentioned something about a new car. In discussing this with a neighbor boy, he dropped by our house with an article about Chevrolet releasing a new engine, a 396 cu. in/325 hp engine. I am pretty sure that meant nothing much to my dad, and certainly nothing to me, but the neighbor friend kept bringing up the engine. Next thing I new the family and neighbor boy were all in the Roadmaster and headed to Lyman Slack Chevrolet. And, suddenly my dad was buying a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon with the 396 cu. in. Thus was acquired the camping rig.

The seeming prestigious flags and that engine. Over the years, my dad had those in the know offer to buy the car for the engine alone.

As if a plan had been formulated, the Henning’s Fishing Guide was produced along with a map. Suddenly, Lenny and I were suggesting fishing destinations. Remember, Lenny was my source of flies, well one fly, the Tied Down Caddis, which he tied for a local department store. So, we wanted to go to places the Henning’s Fishing Guide said were fishable. Thus began the earnest exploration of the outdoors and fly fishing. I was maybe 17 and this car was a joy to drive. My dad loaded up this rig with heavy tarps, rope, canvas tents, cast iron utensils and enough canned goods to feed Dufur, Oregon. The car was good looking and comfortable. It was well taken care of for quite a few years, but then once I was gone and my dad retired, he took on a new job of building maintenance. Suddenly, paint cans, ladders, tools and wiring filled the car and this resulted in damage over time. 

None the less, as the car was loaded up today, I was very nostalgic. Another passage in life. Thank you Dad for going along with our plans. And, thank you mom for camping when I am sure you would have run into less bats, snakes and mosquitos in a motel.

05
May
12

HIKING + PHOTOGRAPHY IN CANADA….VERY COOL SITE

Have you ever wanted to climb mountains? I entertained that idea for a brief time as a teen. A neighbor boy joined the Mazamas and climbed various Oregon peaks. He rock climbed as well. He tried to get me interested. I remember getting about ten feet up on a rock wall on the North side of Rocky Butte near the Grotto…that was it….no mas. So, I took to back packing and exploring the Cascades, Strawberry’s and Eagle Cap area. Pretty tame, but I was always captivated by a TV special on Everest, K2, or even primary training peak, Mt. Rainier. 

Hiking & Photography in Canada stopped by SwittersB this morning and I was impressed with the photography and the feel of it. So, I am sharing the site and I think you will enjoy their vitality, accomplishments and photography. Also, there’s logistical details that are helpful. 

Canadian HIking Photography

05
May
12

This Weekend: Life’s Crunching the Numbers

Life…Does it touch the ‘bum’? If we are to believe the visuals and words, the ‘bum’ travels from one Fly Fishing Valhlalla to another. Life’s demands don’t seem to grab them by their Gore Tex’s ass. Well, of course, it does…eventually.

This weekend in no particular order, I have my GDaughter’s First Communion..Selling my Dad’s 1965 Chevy S/W..Acknowledging the death of my mom from cancer..going to my GDaughter’s soccer game..stopping by my Aunt’s hoarding home..writing a few blog posts.. And, with my poor memory, I have surely missed something in the stack…oh yes! Crunching some final numbers for my business unit’s budget…due Monday. And no where is there going to be a rod in my hand. Soon, ‘bum’ism’ may even touch me…for awhile at least.

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May
12

Photography: Seattle Fly

Seattle…At the Water’s Edge

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May
12

Every Day in May Writing Challenge’s Dark Side: Neglect

Screw Your Blog! Rub my Head!

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May
12

Every Day in May Challenge: ‘Fishing’

EVERYDAY IN MAY CHALLENGE TOPIC: FISHING (SEE THE OTHER TOPICS & JOIN IN)

“Fishing”? That is almost akin to ‘trees’, ‘water’ or ‘food’. Ok, I’ll try this. So, as a rule, you won’t read in a fly fishing blog anything about other forms of fishing. That was left behind. It isn’t always that the other forms of fishing are viewed as bad, just not as challenging or ethereal as fly fishing. Commentators don’t discuss their current or past angling methods in conjunction with fly fishing. Many still fish other forms, but don’t mention it. 

I rarely fish with any other gear but fly gear. But, I believe I could still work a spoon or spinner through a drift for Steelhead; tease a jib beneath a bobber down through a slot; set a shrimp/egg cocktail on a 5/0 hook beneath a beer can bobber in tide water for Kings; throw a fly behind a casting bubble on a mountain lake; rig up a slip bobber with Power Bait; chug a top water plug for Bass; troll Herring and a flasher on a downrigger; sit in a folding chair and wait for the bell to ring on my plunking rig. I’ve done all that many times over. I don’t look down on any of it.

Sorry for the quality of this old picture. This was a nice Summer run Steelhead, caught on a spinner. August 1984 Love the rubber hip boots and foam fronted cap.

I now almost always fish with a fly, but if I had a chance to go out on the Columbia River and use a level wind reel and 12 ounces of lead to get some smelly concoction town to a Sturgeon I’d be there and the truth is many fly fishers would. They just don’t talk about it much. There’s a lot to be learned from many non fly fishing methods. Color spectrum visibility in water depths and spinner components color come to mind. My brother in law is one of the best fishermen I know and he had never touched a fly rod.

I fly fish for the challenges and the greater, dare I say it, mental challenge in most aspects. I rarely encounter the hip to hip circle jerk that I use to participate in…. Regardless of how we fish, as a collective group, ‘fishermen’ must secure the habitats and native runs.

Tomorrow the Every Day in May Challenge Topic is “Praying”….Lordy Me




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