Archive for September 25th, 2012

25
Sep
12

3 Pt. Gazing & Grazing

I was working a quiet back bay on a lake, day dreaming along, when I turned my head to notice the 3 pt. deer grazing along. I sat fairly still, but still secured my camera and took some photos of the relaxed visitor…or no…I was the visitor that day.

25
Sep
12

Cemetery Spell & Story Telling

Cemeteries, pioneer cemeteries, hold a spell over me. Portland has quite a few designated as ‘pioneer’. Of course, they are not as old as eastern U.S. cemeteries. But, there a draw to them that intrigues and begs so many questions as you walk about.

I have decided to spend more time stopping along the way, whether on the open road or around town, and slowing down enough to study the markers and capture some with the camera that work their way into my imagination.

 For years, I have driven by this old cemetery perched atop a hillside in Central Oregon. Always in a hurry to fish, the hillside begged but I drove by. This day, I pulled off and drove up into cemetery.

What a captivating setting. Rugged and almost forgotten. I walked about the tall, dry grass. There were hundreds of stories here and all the attendant questions.

25
Sep
12

Large Mouth Bass, Winter Tying & A Revisit

My wife and I made out way over into Central Oregon for a few days, to fish for late Summer trout. We fished several lakes and had good success, but one story emerged that generates that seed that will carry one through the Winter until next year. A vision that will sustain and nurture a plan of action. A plan to return and kick some bucket mouth ass!

A beautiful trout by anyone’s standard, this trout was caught in along the reeds to the right. Something else lurked along those reeds that made for an awe-inspiring event and that kindled a spark for fly tying research.

My wife was working a Minnow Bugger in along the reeds and above the weeds. She felt the tap, tap, tap of a smaller fish. She stripped it in and saw that it was a baby Bass of about 8″. As we sat and speculated about Bass in the lake and how they get there, an apparition swirled into view right below us. Behemoths, giant fish, long fish, wide fish rose toward the surface, toward the hooked bass holding in the surface.

The smaller Bass is seen to the upper right. The large Bass came from the left. SwittersB

A giant large mouth Bass engulfed the smaller Bass and powerfully dove downward and away, stripping line off the apron and up through the guides. The line quickly came tight to the reel. The drag gave and the line stripped out and the 5 wt. was bent double. My wife struggled to fight this big fish.

The Bass was not hooked on the size 10 Minnow Bugger, but rather was clamped down on the engulfed smaller Bass. The battle commenced and the Large Bass was brought to the surface and almost to the net….almost….as the fish was pulled head first toward the opening of the net the big mouth opened and the small Bass was propelled into the air some six feet. Gone.

This similar encounter happened two times more and, of course, brings to mind what fly pattern could I tie to represent a distressed, smaller Bass that would be presented on an 8 wt. rod? To the fly tying drawing board I will go and plan some patterns on stout hooks. I estimate the Bass to be in excess of 24″ and well in excess of 10#. I caught Trout that were 24-26″ and were sleek, little Steelhead in size, maybe 5-7 pounds. The Bass were much larger in the shoulders, as is normal, than any of the Trout I saw.

Yes, a vision that will sustain a tying campaign this Winter.

25
Sep
12

Moonlit Gates

Photography is gratifying in the anticipation, the preparation and developing an eye for what satisfies. I am a total novice in knowing my camera’s settings, understanding how to capture certain shots in their entirety (depth of field) or stopping to take certain shots rather than driving on by….too much of a hurry.

It is a lot like the planning, preparation, presentation of fly fishing. When it all comes together you know it. I hope to get to that point with a camera. I see shots but the other pieces of the equation are not there, so the shot does not come to life.

This shot is satisfying to me. Taken along a back road as it grew dark. My wife and I had just stopped fishing. Gear was loaded in the dark. It was chilly and the day had been so so fishing wise. It was a satisfying day, but not quite. Then I came around a corner and there was this setting. It resonated with me and I hopped out camera in hand. I had enough presence to adjust the ISO, to hold steady without a tripod, and to take it…headlights and all. Simple,  rustic, quiet. Skyfall Video




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