Archive for August 14th, 2012


Family Member In Trouble: Emma Louise, the Yellow Lab


Emma Louise recently, upon being let out the back door, decided to chase a squirrel. This unfortunately necessitated charging off the upper deck to the lower deck and then launching off the deck over a rose bush.

Emma forgot she is 9 years old and about 15 pounds overweight. Within a few days, Emma could not walk. She tried to rise but fell to the side in frustration. She could not rise on her rear or front legs. Head hung low. Scary. Into the Vet she went this weekend. Blood tests were fine. Steroids were administered to reduce inflammation and suddenly she could momentarily stand, but still collapsed. Indications to the Vet of probably spinal issue.

A decision was made to get her to a neurologist for a MRI. Several possibilities, some more probable than others: a tick, ‘coon-hound’ disease, damage to spine/disc. Emma was put under for a MRI this afternoon and has a very ruptured disc at the C6 point. Surgery needed. Expensive. I would sell every piece of fly fishing gear I own to pay for the surgery. Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. They go in through the front. Prognosis risky for this ‘family member’. Say a little prayer for this sweet girl. She is very tuckered out. So are we. Thanks to all for the well wishes! Very kind.



Swimmer Nymphs & Pheasant Tail Backstrap

The Swimmer Nymph: The slender bodied nymph that undulates to the surface film (as opposed to crawlers, clingers, borrowers). Blue Winged Olives generally fall into this category and are often considered, over all, one of the more important mayfly species to learn about. Below, Pheasant Tail fibers are an excellent material to help represent that slender, swimming body. It was also used here for the wing case and gives that fuzzy effect. The Pheasant Tail fibers were run back over the top of the abdomen and extended into the tail. I wrapped the wire ribbing forward over the top of the pheasant tail pieces to secure them (Skip Nymph technique for back strap over abdomen). Some, in a more exacting style, would opt for fewer pheasant tail fibers, say 3, in an attempt for matching the natural image (3 tails).

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