Archive for February 12th, 2014

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Feb
14

Pupalicious: Chironomids Always There

chironomid pupa Rise Form FF

Photo via Rise Form Fly Fishing

A year around staple in nature…the midge, the buzzer, the chironomid, the gnat (a pupa here). An excellent pattern for trout in rivers and lakes. Pupa patterns are simple to tie, the sleeker the better. Generally fished vertically, either drifting or still fishing.

-Midge Head SB

12
Feb
14

After the Snow: Gritty Gloom

WheelWell Icecicles SwittersB PhotographyI am probably in a minority, but I love snow. I admit I have never been snow bound for months on end, but when snow comes on its infrequent visit to my town, I love the look, the eventual calm, the East wind down the Columbia Gorge and the drama (I try not to watch local news for the Arctic Blast and young news reporters standing in new Winter gear out in the snow/wind).

But, the aftermath, the melt, the wet greyness is not enjoyable. All the urban grit and grime from sanding leaves behind grey, gritty remnants of snow and standing water. The energy, the beauty are reduced to grit and drabness. “Ha! you say, you should live where I do; you wouldn’t love snow so damn much!” You are probably quite right. But, today, at 53 degrees, I miss the 18 degrees, 50 mph winds and drifting snow. 

old snow gravel SwittersB photography




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