Archive for November, 2012

30
Nov
12

Photography Begs Questions: Foley Water’s Old Mine

The MIne Foley Waters SwittersB

What Was the Deal?

I have found zip about this old mind shaft I photographed this September along the Foley Water of the Deschutes River (Oregon).  I don’t believe I ever heard the story about it years ago when I first was pointed toward this spot by Harry Teel. Never thought to ask either later. Someone’s effort to mine and all that attendant work…wow… that must have been quite the task given the location. But, that’s mining. If someday, someone happens along here and is well versed in the history of who mined there on the Foley Water…please share. 

30
Nov
12

Agostino Roncallo: Italiano Tying Innovator

I was perusing Tom Sutcliffe’s always informative The Spirit of Fly Fishing site and came across a pattern/technique I had not encountered before. Agostino Roncallo presents a couple terrestrial patterns that utilize this “twisted palmering” technique. It probably is a bit cumbersome at first to learn, but the outcome is a buggy specimen that seems like it would promote a big glump! Check out the how to by Roncallo at Tom’s site.

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An Agostino Roncallo beetle pattern.

30
Nov
12

Portland Zoo Elephants and the New Baby Born Today!

With the birth today of a new female elephant at the Portland Zoo, it takes me back to my younger years with Rosy the Elephant and later when the Portland Zoo first acquired Packy and Belle. The rest is history and more was made today with the birth of the as yet unnamed female elephant. Such a curious creature, the elephant. We just kind of look at them and take them for granted yet they are so unique aren’t they.

NEWS

ROSE-TU DELIVERS 300# TIKE.

NEW BORN VIDEO

“We’re all delighted at the arrival of Rose-Tu’s new calf,” said Kim Smith, Oregon Zoo director. “The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous. She’s vocalizing loudly,” Smith said in a press release. “The first time we heard her, the sound was so deep and loud that we thought it was Shine. She’s definitely got a great set of pipes, and it looks like she’s going to be a real pistol.”newborn Asian elephant

On one joyous occasion, there  is one very sad occasion today. Coco the Chimp, a 50! year resident at the Oregon (Portland) Zoo had to be put down today. The zoo staff was severely challenged today…the birth, the death. Life/Passings. Coco The Chimp Dies

30
Nov
12

Ever Heard of a Fence Viewer?

Fenceline SwittersB

The Fence Viewer…the Mediator of the Fence

30
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Latex Body (Segmentation)

CP1 SwittersB

This seemed somewhat innovative several decades ago…wrapping narrow sections of stretchy latex up the hook shank, one slightly atop the other to form a plump, segmented body. Yet, you rarely see it now.  I rarely think to do it. It is a simple technique in the scheme of tying and with color markers (upon lighter colored latex strips) can appear very realistic. I include a nice Step by Step (SBS) tutorial from a 2007 post by Overbrook on the SE Fly Fishing Forum. It provides a nice visual re the segmented appearance of wrapped latex.

caddis-pupa-latex-ab-x

30
Nov
12

Tying & Fishing: Using Smaller Than You’d Like To

It is nice to tie/fish size 10’s than size 16-20’s. I have to admit, I spent a good many years tying/fishing, with some success, patterns in the size 10-12 range, particularly nymphs. The thought of tying on a size 18 anything and fishing it with confidence did not/could not compute.

Jen's small nymphs

A perfect example of small, functional, easy to tie nymphs by Jens Slettvoll

But, finally, I had a couple encounters with trout, bigger than anything I had ever hooked, on size 18 flies and I started to consider it as an option. I specifically started tying more wets/nymphs/flymphs in 16/18’s and having success. I have yet to venture into the size 20’s with any confidence.

Pay some attention to small hook’s gape size (go bigger), your thread size (8/0 minimum or smaller to 14/0), magnification devices and less material/bulk on the hook. Of course, basic to all this small fly stuff is studying the insect life of the waters you fish. Study the hatches and learn the probably size of a BWO nymph, a Callibaetis nymph, a PMD nymph, a Golden Stone nymph etc.

small nymph thumb

Sorry, I cannot attribute this to me and I cannot recall who originally took the photo. Could be my son or off the net. Either way…that small nymph and a commensurate tie should be/must be part of the arsenal. Maybe not a size 24 hook, but at least tied small on a size 18 hook?

Nymphs SwittersB

The smaller Pheasant Tail Nymph (PTN) and the smaller bead head Chironomid (upper left) have been easy to tie and productive small nymph/pupa patterns to fish with. I would suggest simplistic, small patterns as an option and then pay attention to presentation/location and fish with confidence on rivers and lakes.

29
Nov
12

SawStop: Carpenter’s Fingers Saved???

SawStop Reduces Dangers and Reduces Liability…Check It Out

MANY THOUSANDS OF TABLE SAW ACCIDENTS AND 3,000 LOST FINGERS!

I am being pretty random I know: Bigfoot, Rusty Pans and Table Saws? Check out all the videos re this. Spendy (the saw, not the video) but worth it!!!




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