Archive for August, 2012

31
Aug
12

Create Memories & Record Them

I so enjoy looking at this photograph from the mid 80’s. My wife and I had taken my sons and now brother-in-law on a hike near Mt. Hood. It was something we did a lot in those days. And, we took lots of pictures with those old cardboard encased cameras that you later dropped off at some drive up photo kiosk….remember those? Now those memories are very special to recall. Frankly, my memory is such that without visuals many would be forgotten, misplaced in the mind, amid the present jumble of life. Make memories and take photos!

31
Aug
12

New Intermediate Line…Rio Aqua Lux

This week, I ordered a new Intermediate fly line from Pacific Fly Fishers for my stillwater fly fishing. I had done some research on my own and arrived at two of the Rio lines (the Aqua Lux and the Camo Lux). I settled on the Aqua Lux and am excited to get out and use it soon. My old Intermediate is many years old and has been stretched tight many times. It served me well despite a gazillion coils and tangles. I am hoping the Aqua Lux will be a little less coiled and lay out there nicely when casting. I am a huge proponent of the Intermediate fly line for lake fishing (some even use it for fishing streamers on rivers although I have yet to give that a shot). The line has a aqua colored running portion of 60″ and a clear head of 40′. That will be of help in the retrieval up onto the apron. As the aqua transitions into the clear I will have a better idea of how much line remains in the water.

30
Aug
12

Armstrong Wins…USADA Sucks Air

USADA is an abusive organization…..Pathetic….Watch Phil Liggett….He never BS’s….just my own interest in cycling and my rejection of bullies and easily swayed public opinion. Evil defamation of character. Lance wins my respect. I watched everyone of those tours….beginning to end. Now what, is Wiggins the next bad boy? He did win awfully easily.

30
Aug
12

Watches: Water Proof?

More often than not we go fishing to escape the constraints of everyday life, which is almost always subject to time. So why escape only to wear a watch? Well, I am not very good yet telling time by the sun’s positioning against the landscape…give me a week and no clouds and I might figure it out.

In the mean time I wear a watch out of habit. I even wear certain watches when fishing (Dakota’s for me). So, I have never had a watch fail from the submersions into lakes and streams, but I thought I would check out the reliability of ‘waterproof or is it water resistant watches.

Here is what Wiki (Wiki-Leaks? Ha!) says about water submersions. If anyone, beyond a diver’s watch has any recommendations let me know. I do somewhat chart time for hatches, start up and drop off of the bite, tidal changes at the coast and time to head back to camp for dinner….so I can eat and head back out. Waters & Watches Techno Info too

30
Aug
12

Fly Fishing: Back Channels Hold Possibilities Too

Back channels, this time of year can be rather low with boulders and smaller rocks exposed. Quiet, almost stagnant pools remain where in the Spring and early Summer the water offered possibilities of life (insects and fish). But, if the flows are still there, give that back channel a look.

Often, in our haste to reach the main stem of the stream or river, we descend down the bank, wade through a back channel, move across an island and reach the main stem and stand and ponder the possibilities. Well, when the flows are there, you might stop sooner and study that back channel for possible insect activity, holding water and fish. 

Here is a back channel on the McKenzie Rvier, below the Leaburg Spillway. Trout and Steelhead can be found holding in this water as they circumvent the island to the right. Easy to just wade across this water while moving out to the main stem. At least worth a look see.

Steelhead, Salmon, Trout and Bass can be found in those back channels, which are  really only small segments of the greater whole. My only caution is during certain times of the year those back channels are spawning areas too so rods off during those times. 

29
Aug
12

Exceptional Service: Pacific Fly Fishers

I recently had a need to deal with Pacific Fly Fishers out of Mill Creek, Washington (just north of Seattle). Michael Bennett was timely in handling my needs and gave perfect customer service through the process. Check out their excellent shop website. Do business with them.  I enjoyed it.

29
Aug
12

Fly Fishing: Teasing the Seam

October Caddis, Deschutes River

Whether from the bank, or from a boat that holding water between the seam and the bank is often the prime holding water as hatches take place or the flies return to deposit eggs. Red’s Fly Shop (Yakima, Wa.) presents some nice, basic information here from the guide on how to best present the fly. Mother’s Day Caddis (videos) or the looming October Caddis the information is worthwhile.

The Bank, The Seam, The Riffle




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