Archive for September, 2012

30
Sep
12

Lake Stratifications and Fall Turnover

Good info to study re the thermocline and where fish won’t be as well as the Spring and Fall ‘turnover’ which could influence when you fish or how well you fish.

TURNOVER                                  THERMOCLINE                               THERMOCLINE

I always find this whole lake turnover event fascinating having witnessed it a few times. If you don’t recognize it for what it is you will swear your seeing things as stuff bubbles up and the lake almost visibly swirls. Lakes also turnover in the Spring or early Summer (more good lake info)

30
Sep
12

Valerie Millett, On the Move

  One of the most pleasing outdoor photographers is Valerie Millett. You should become familiar with her work, especially now. She is ‘on the move’ having left the confines of Arizona canyons and streams to seek Fall colors.

  Already, her work is capturing fresh new vistas. Check her out!

29
Sep
12

Fly Fishing Plan: Reality & Adapting

I recently ventured over to Central Oregon to fish some favorite lakes. I had fished them before so I had a fair understanding of the insects and ‘planned’ accordingly. Weather was perfect, some of the insects were there and to some degree the fish cooperated according to my plan.

I had planned for Damsels and Chrionomids. I caught fish with these patterns, especially in the mornings. The Damsel dry was the most fun. But, the responses were confined to morning and late evening for the most part. Mid day they produced little. (SwittersB)

I had tied up some Rufus Woolly Bugger patterns and anticipated that pronounced marabou wing enticingly fluttering on the decent. It caught fish, but not as I had figured. I retrieved it much like I do other Buggers and envisioned the draw/drop and how the wing and tail would pulse. Yet, I expected more from it. A black Elk Hair Caddis was a successful evening pattern along the edges, but it seemed to match the amount of Caddis I saw, which were less than I figured. No Hex hatch, no Callibaetis, Scuds didn’t produce once, nothing to small nymphs slowly worked along the weeds. 

No, dare I say it…I resisted, honest I did, but the two silly flies below were magical…absurdly magical..and I could not match their success with any of my other usually powerful standbys (like the Little Fort Leech or the Kaufmann Dragon). So, I gave into what was the catnip…two green marabou laden patterns that were fished until they were shredded.

The Catnip…the over achievers. Simple but silly effective.

One from last time, and this time. A well tied fly gave up the ghost after a dozen or so maulings. Was it the green, the materials, the presentation, the silhouette, the similar food sources? Fun to contemplate this Winter. In the mean time more supplies need to be replenished.

 So, from prior experiences I formed a comfortable, likely plan of action with a nice dose of experimentation/anticipation. Things were not turning out according to my plan, but I adapted back to some dependables and it worked…this time.

29
Sep
12

Crisco Candle, Proctor & Gamble

The Crisco Candle is touted to be a very long burning candle (over a month by some estimations). Some try to debunk the method (Snopes). I have not tried this. Survival sites show this option for off the grid/emergency consideration. It seems plausible to me if one considers the history of Crisco and how it all got started…interesting reading. Makes my arteries quake when I consider how much my family used this in lieu of lard while I was growing up.

29
Sep
12

Wilderness ~ Outdoor Preparedness

Each Fall season I do this…I remind you to prepare your gear and vehicle for overnight…or longer…stays in the outdoors if you venture out in more challenging conditions. I won’t insult you with yet another list. I have posted enough on SwittersB over the years (query ‘survival’ in search box to right). Just, replenish, replace, think ‘what if…then ‘how’. Maps, cell phone and charger, light, warmth….basics and more, if need be.

28
Sep
12

Low Light Love

28
Sep
12

Wind Turbine Prop/Blade is Huge

I was motoring out the freeway today when I came upon an awkward object on a very long truck-trailer rig. It was heading East…I assume destined up the Gorge.

I didn’t get a very good shot with the cell, but you get the idea.

Concerned Citizen captured this shot of a trailered blade. He looks at the issue from a deeper perspective than me. 




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