Archive for July 12th, 2013

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Jul
13

Preparedness: First Aid to Others…..?

Many years ago, I went through a First Responder training piece over several months and was mentally prepared to render aid in an emergency situation until more advanced care arrived. 

Years have passed and I am no longer in the arena that required such care….or am I?

The other day I couldn’t even find a band-aid in the house let alone any other supplies. I no longer carry that certain bag that had everything needed for a First Responder in my rig on a daily basis. Yes, I have it for outings and camping trips but not with me, in town, if I needed it. It is easy to rationalize the probable…EMT’s and Firemen are  minutes away. But in many areas they are not 5 minutes away, they are much farther away.

First-Responder

Point of all this is my yearly reminder to be prepared. Carry the survival gear on outings. And, renew your knowledge with current CPR practices…yes, it has changed every few years so if you haven’t had a class in five years it has changed since then. As I listen to a fire rig siren through the open window, in the distance, I think I should not just carry the gear but refresh myself with the basics again re wounds, shock, CPR, defibs etc. How about you? 

12
Jul
13

Fly Tying: The Scale of it all………….

I routinely show fly patterns here and most often in a macro format. My intent is to show the fly’s proportions, materials and the good and bad outcomes that the macro lens never fails to gather. I thought this time I would also include a shot of the fly pattern shown in the macro shot also in a pose with a U.S. dime in order to show scale. The hook size is more relevent to the tier. 

CaliNymphSwittersB Dime

Calibaetis Nymph SwittersB

This is a Callibaetis Mayfly stillwater (lakes) pattern on a size 16 hook.

AmberBH Dime SwittersB

AmberBH SwittersB

This is a traditional (well at least for the last 20 years) Bead head (BH) Pupa pattern, on a size 14 hook, that is suggestive of a Caddis Pupa drifting in a stream/river or presented to rise in a lake. The ubiquitous bead head in pupa patterns aids sinking and provides a little flash where the light penetrates the surface, The body is comprised of dubbing materials that are suggestive of movement, flash and segmentation while the fly drifts by.

Blues Dime SwittersB

Blues SwittersB

The Blues is a wet fly tied on a size 14 hook that is suggestive of any number of insects that drift in the upper stratas of a lake or stream. The blue is eye catching to fish (purple is excellent too…see PlanetTrout blogsite re his experiments with purple) and the Starling wing is one of my favorite wing materials ahead of a thorax ball to help splay the wing material.

The dime shot gives one a good idea of the actual size of these big macro flies. The hook sizes are good references for the fly fisher, but the non tier has a better reference with the coin perhaps.

12
Jul
13

Photography: Nature’s Rustic Beauty

Rustic Bark2 SwittersBTwo photos taken of two different tree trunks in very bright sunlight and then shade. The contrast of peeling is beautiful art, of sorts, in its own way.

Rustic Bark SwittersB




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