Archive for October 22nd, 2013


Fly Tying & Fishing: Old Standbys……..

I like to debrief my recollections after a fly fishing outing re what worked and maybe why it worked. I consider the presentation, locations, fly patterns and over all conditions to start with. Recently, I had tried an old fly pattern, the Renegade, and had such great success with it (albeit sans the hook point) that it made me consider another recent success with an old standby, the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear.

My wife likes to pull and twitch along with her favorite, the Minnow Bugger, which I have highlighted here before. But recently that pattern just was not producing the usual takes. I suggested a smaller nymph and for whatever reason was drawn to the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear (GRHE) in my box and offered it up to her as a choice worth exploring with. 

Truth be told, I have not used this pattern much the last few years, especially on lakes. This use to be a go to pattern, but alas there are so many patterns now to choose from the GRHE has faded a bit as experimentation pushes creative pattern after pattern into our view for consideration.

Well, my wife had considerable luck over several days with the Hare’s Ear pattern. She fished it with and without the bead head. I would say she had most success with the original style…no bead, but both produced for her. Fun to rediscover an ‘old pattern’ and realize they work just like they did 20+ years ago. All fish Caught/Released


old hare's ear nymph SB

This fly had been used and tucked away several times over the years. The fly produced, even if tattered.

How to Tutorial on Vimeo by Tim



Health & Safety: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

xNuc Heater SB

Our family calls this propane heater…the “nuclear heater” so powerful is the output in an enclosed space…a well vented, enclosed space. Obviously a dangerous device that we have used for years but perhaps take for granted and ignore the potential dangers.

“Carbon monoxide is harmful when breathed because it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can overcome you in minutes without warning—causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate.”  (X)



Photography: 0-Dark-30 beneath the bridge………

My son, Tony, went out with family members this past weekend to partake of the last opportunity to fish for sturgeon on the Willamette River (Oregon). All fishing for White Sturgeon in the Columbia River drainages will be indefinitely closed. 

The early morning provided some wonderful opportunity for some shots of the St. John’s Bridge on the Willamette River. And, for one of the finest tasting fish swimming….the pre-historic white sturgeon.

river morn clouds

bridge clearing

bridge under fog3x

Tony Sturgeon SB


Photography: Effectively Using Props……..

doggles1On a recent outing to Seaside, Oregon, we came upon a young man with a bicycle and basket mounted on front. Inside the basket was this little guy. The pup was calm and adept at posing as a stream of adoring young women made their way to ooooh and aaaah at the little guy. Not surprisingly, the young man enjoyed the attention. No he wasn’t selling the Doggles or the little Helmet. He just took in the attention having effectively used his props.


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