Archive for September 28th, 2012

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. 

28
Sep
12

Yeah! Just Try & Take Her Damn Feather!

28
Sep
12

Speech Jammer: Handy Device Now Available

I am sure you can think of the wonderful capabilities/possibilities of controlling ‘unnecessary’ chatter with the Speech Jammer

“So how is this possible? Professor Kurihara explains that it is based on the principle that when we talk, we listen to ourselves in order to confirm that we are speaking correctly. If the sound from our voices reaches our ears within 100 milliseconds, then our brains can confirm that we are saying what we wish to say. But if you delay that time the brain thinks that you aren’t speaking correctly so it has to stop and adjust itself in order to speak correctly. The SpeechJammer artificially sets up the situation by delaying the time that it takes for the speakers words to get to his brain, shutting him up.”

28
Sep
12

October Caddis Time? A Couple Tutorials

If there is one bench mark that shows time has flown by it is the annual reminder that the October Caddis still looms as a very late Summer…ok Fall opportunity on our rivers. Each year, I remark about how it seems I just did this…well so it is again. The time has flown by and the large October Caddis morsel remains. Something to offset the little BWO’s….the larger Caddis patterns are fun to cast, easy to see and often productive.

A nice Trout took a rubber legged Stimulator. A quite suitable pattern for October Caddis.

28
Sep
12

Your Reel’s Drag System

For many of us, we fish for smaller fish as is often said the reel is nothing more than a storage place for the fly line. This implies the reel’s drag really won’t be used by those 6″-12″ trout.

So, assuming you infrequently catch fish that will pull line from your reel to test the drag…that is all the more reason to test a few things about your drag: how is the drag set now? too tight…too loose? You will usually know this as you strip line from the reel to make that ever longer cast. Which way do you turn the drag knob to loosen or tighten the drag? It is good to know this before you are stumbling about playing a large fish.

Also, develop the habit of reeling line up onto the reel in a somewhat uniform manner.  Loops and loose coils on the reel will potentially cause a problem when the large fish (yes this is that fish of the season for many of us) makes its run. The line is streaming off the reel, the drag is working and then you come to a loose loop, coil or tangle. The reel can hesitate, or shoot line out too quickly (when a loop of line shoots off the reel) or come to a complete halt. All these create jolting forces that make the line/rod tip move about with a movement that is not smooth and threatens to snap the tippet. Smooth and consistent is the goal.

So, periodically check that spool. Is the fly line a jumbled mess? Strip out the tangles, loose coils and loops and reel the line back on nice and neat. Also, have some familiarity with that drag knob…in advance of that big one.




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