Archive for December, 2013


Happy New Year 2014

newyearsgirl!I made the darn thing so I guess I should use it. So, Happy New Years to all and the very best wishes. These events often make me think of the different time zones. I am sitting trying to stay awake at 7:00pm in Portland…it’s the bad cold…across the country revelers are freezing there jewels off in Time Square for another several hours. Even farther, some of you are asking yourself “did I really drink that much?” still others are sound asleep and others are getting up start the New Year day. 


Let Me Be…Can’t You See……………..

Penny 2Penny the Cat says ‘Can’t you see I am barely holding on? Let me be please”

Cat Kisses
by Bobbi Katz

Sandpaper kisses
on a cheek or a chin-
that is the way
for a day to begin!

Sandpaper kisses-
a cuddle and a purr.
I have an alarm clock
that’s covered in fur!


Ode To A Cat 
by Marea Needle

I think that I shall never see
A cat that sheds as much as thee
Thy fur that sticks is all around
On chairs, on mats in little mounds
I sweep the floor, you shed some more
I wash the rug and you just shrug
You should give thanks I tolerate that
Or you would be a crew cut cat. 


“Meow” means “woof” in cat.” 

George Carlin


Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!

-new years eve SBWell we won’t be going anywhere tonight. I feel as if a glue factory & marching band have invaded my sinuses, head, lungs and ears all at once. Ugh!!! So for the rest of you revelers and even the more reclusive we wish you all a very Happy New Year’s Eve. Be safe and somewhat sane!

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Critter/Fly Pattern Replication: Smooth or Buggy…Why not both?

Golden Stonefly NymphWhen you pull underwater critters from their habitat (mayfly, caddis, stoneflies, scuds, dragons, midges) they, for the most part, are smooth looking and segmented. They often look like some creature from a science fiction scene…in a way, I guess they actually are.

I am not presenting this post as an end all recommendation on fly pattern design. My suggestion is to recognize the options of fly pattern design: exacting imitations or suggestive (scraggly) of life imitations. Have both and know how to present the options in the most appropriate manner. Where does that insect or critter reside subsurface and how does it move under control or out of control.

Nymph Buggy CleanHere you have the scraggly Gold Ribbed, Bead Head Hare’s Ear Nymph with the buggy, scraggly thorax. Also, the lower left pattern is a nymph pattern that is somewhat representative of a Caddis or Scud. Below right is the simple, streamlined, only so slightly scraggly Czech Nymph. All catch countless fish. Have both and again pay particular attention to where these insects live…how they move (dislodged and drifting, climbing/rising, crawling, swimming).


Art & Sketching: Chasin’ Tail

Chasin Tail ™ SwittersB


Nature: the breach & the chute

CAMP CREEK Breach TM SwittersThe log that had spanned the stream gave way, it was breached by the relentless current. The moss has had time to be well established on the section wedged in on the right.

Falls Nokia ™ SwittersB

A few weeks ago, the temps were in the teens and twenties and the waterfall was frozen, the ferns and trees on the rock face were covered in ice. The temps have moderated into the thirties and forties. The spray/mist off the plunge pool in quite invigorating. Images in the Cascades (Oregon) above the Columbia River Gorge by T. Muncy.


Design & Color: Using Basic Black……..

Black Gnat SwittersB

Basic Black: do you remember when every woman had the basic black skirt and slacks as a foundation to their wardrobe? Perhaps they still do…at least the skirt. Well such is the necessary fly fishing presentation of basic black. A black gnat tied small: size 18 hook, black 8/0 thread body, black dubbing ball for thorax and few turns of a small starling feather. You could add a tail of black hackle fibers if you wanted to lean towards a mayfly vs. the midge/chironomid/gnat imitations. Here, I used the 8/0 for the thread head and may, aesthetically, have done better to finish off the fly with a smaller 14/0 thread for the head. 

This small, simple pattern was suggested to me several years ago by a gnat fanatic fly fisher. He almost exclusively fishes “gnats” in black, brown, yellow, olive, tan….simply changing the thread color for the abdomen when tying the pattern. He does quite well in the reaches of the Western U.S. No bead head, no ribbing, no fuss. Mostly just basic black….and good presentations.

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