Archive for October 25th, 2013


Fly Fishing: Presenting A Darker Silhouette

SwittersB Wading SB BBasic Black in fly patterns is a given concept of acceptance for sub-surface patterns and presentations, but many fly fishers don’t stay with the black on top of the water’s surface when fishing. Whether it is working with a fly pattern that offers more visibility, or attempting to provide more exacting “match the hatch” markers the fly fisher doesn’t tie or fish many black patterns.

A few years ago, I started using the Black Elk Hair Caddis pattern. My mind also questioned the blackness of it all. Maybe a more exacting shade of brown was in order? But, I have to say the black pattern has done quite well on rivers and lakes. I haven’t tied many up, but I plan to this Winter in assorted sizes along with Black Soft Hackles.


The patterns have merit and produce when the size of the pattern is matched to the existing hatches coming off. 

bow shallows wet cuff SB

In my excitement and admiration, I dunked my fleece jacket in the water to hold/release the fish. It was a cold day and a little forethought to this possibility was in order. This fish took the Black Elk Hair Caddis skittered on/in the surface chop. (Photo by Bucky)

Bow Caddis Reflection SB

This pretty fish also took the Black Elk Hair Caddis. (Photo by Bucky)

Give black surface patterns a try for Midges (Chironomid/Buzzers), Caddis, Stonefly and Mayfly. Even a big, fluttering Dragon pattern might entice a wallop. Trout Caught/Released


Nature: Cattails’ Down

Cattails Collage Bucky

“Dutch East Indies (in the days before the introduction of man-made fillers, “kapok”, a tropical plant fiber was an important padding in such items as life jackets and mattresses). When the islands fell to the Japanese, our kapok supply was cut off . . . and some form of replacement had to be found immediately.

It was then that a Chicago company began to substitute cattail cotton in furniture cushions and baseballs. Soon afterward, the Navy decided to look into the possibility of using the fuzzy heads of the aquatic weed in life belts and aviation jackets. A wartime water-resistance test demonstrated that-even after 100 hours of submersion-the “swamp down” was capable of maintaining buoyancy. So, cattail fluff, (along with milkweed down), was briefly seen as a “war effort resource”. (source)


Cattail Down at


Dragon Fly on Cattail Down at


Ninnie the Cat: Caught with Fur & Feathers!!!

At an ungodly hour this morning, Emma the Dog was very persistent in trying to get me up. Emma has an internal alarm clock for morning chow that is unsettling in its accuracy. This was too early, plus Ninnie the Cat has taken to assisting Emma the Dog in getting me up for morning food by standing on my chest and turning in circles. Ninnie was no where to be seen.

Emma persisted. She must have to go outside. Ugh. Ok, I got up and sleepily wandered downstairs. A rustling sound. Emma stopped and sat. Odd. More rustling sounds. I peered around the corner into the living room where my ‘temporary’ fly tying’ station is arranged.

Whoa!!!! There was Ninnie the Cat knee deep in fur, feathers and tying thread!!! That little @#$&!

Ninnie Tugging Feathers SBThese particular materials had been strewn about yesterday afternoon when I came home from work. I could not identify the culprit at the time (Ninnie or Penny). I stuffed the materials into a bag and stuffed that bag well beneath a heavier object at the bottom of a cardboard box. Well determination and predatory instincts prevailed it appears.

Maybe Emma the Dog was snitching on Ninnie the Cat. Paybacks for her nagging habit of attacking Emma’s always wagging tail?

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