Archive for January, 2019

29
Jan
19

Fly Pattern: impressionistic…

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On of my favorite flies to tie/fish. Tied on a curved shank or straight shank it is a busy, buggy fly. The hackle is starling, tail deer hair, abdomen/thorax hare’s ear with copper rib. A size 14 hook here.

‘Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.’ Harry Middleton

29
Jan
19

into the mystic…

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
Smell the sea, and feel the sky,
Let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.

Van Morrison, Into the Mystic

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28
Jan
19

into the woods…

But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir, July 1877

27
Jan
19

CDC bead head pattern…

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This pattern is tied on a straight shanked hook, size 12 here. The trailing material is mylar tinsel for movement and flash in the upper strata. The body is a wound dubbing brush, but of course you could dub a similar body, in olive. The wing is a couple of stacked CDC feathers.  This pattern has done very well on rivers and lakes as a diving/emerging caddis imitation. This would be an equally good pattern without the bead and fished below the surface or in the film.

 

27
Jan
19

Vintage…

“It will always be difficult for an old soul to satisfy the expectations of the new culture; because as an old soul you will always prefer to fall in love with everything that has a soul too…. And I am a vintage soul my love; that’s trapped in a young body. An old soul that struggles to fit in this plastic world …” Samiha Totanji

Vintage sign at a Fins Drive In, Springfield, Oregon

24
Jan
19

Determination…

“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett

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Oregon Eagle near Linnton, Oregon

23
Jan
19

Fly tying: deer hair collar…

A buoyant material added on a caddis pattern. Spun in a dubbing loop and wrapped as a collar/thorax. It is fairly durable and impressionistic of wing/legs.




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