Archive for March 23rd, 2013

23
Mar
13

Fly Fishing & PTSD (Easing the Burdens………..)

Nature has the ability to ease our burdens, to re-center parts of us at least. Here is a piece by Martha Hyde on the benefits of fly fishing in easing the traumas of PTSD. Wounded Warriors Project is but one example of this. Standing alone with the swirl of traumas is a very lonely place to be. The draw of the waters and the mental process of fly fishing and perhaps fly tying is quite therapeutic for many.

FLY FISHING & PTSD

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23
Mar
13

Fly Tying: Seeing Red…………..

Red used to be a hot spot of sorts for fly patterns. The fly patterns that sat in plastic bins in hardware stores (pre-flyshop/online sales days) sometimes had that red hackled-fibered tail. There has been a recent spurt of hot colored beads and hackles that allow for that insertion of a bright ‘hot spot’ to perhaps attract the take.

hot spots collage

If you do any research on colors and their visibility in water, you learn the color red supposedly fades first as it descends down through the water…past depths of 10 feet. Is it even worth the effort to include a hot spot? Is red even visible on that tail or beard (suggesting gills or blood)? Well, I have experimented with hot colors of orange, blue, chartreuse, red and have had the best results with red.

streamer beard sbExperimentation is a very special part of fly tying and fishing for me and many fly fishers. Experiment with colors. Sometimes it is a one time success and sometimes the experiment yields years of special moments. All part of the fun.




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