Archive for the 'Game Fish' Category

16
May
16

Fly Fishing: Tippet (X Size to Pound Size)

A fly fishing technical posting about terminology in leader/tippet sizes. I’m always willing to share most, some…a few of my foibles. Either I am anal retentive or suffering from some degree of ADD or a combination. I have never cared enough to memorize the chart that tells one what approximate pound test matches what X number for leader constuction. Maybe it started when I read the disclaimer that different manufacturers had different diameters hence the charts were approximations. Well, hell, why bother. Well, you have to bother because the industry seems to care about the traditional X numbers for some reason (I was one of the slow ones sitting in the back of the classroom). So, because apparently I need to know more than 8x is cobweb and x1 is for steelhead, I am including a few charts for a Spring refresher. I spend a lot of time in the 4-6# range…no, the 5x-3x range.

16
Nov
14

The Cycle…….

There is something magical about the return of sea run fish to their native streams. In particular, Salmon provide this powerful drama of returning from the ocean, pushing way upriver, even into small tributaries. Then, hopefully they pair and spawn. Either way, once they hit fresh water a change in life commences. They are destined to die within weeks of their first taste of sweet water.

Gull-dead salmon-river-Oregon-photography-SwittersB

A Gull feasting upon the dead salmon in an Oregon coastal river. By now, anglers judge the ‘run’ to be over with few fish arriving now. But, one strength of the run continues, the enrichment of the watershed after their last breaths are taken.

I, for one, mentally glorify this whole arrival. I chase their progress, fish for them, watch them, marvel at them, rarely kill them. But, later the realities of the whole process are evident. Fish lay dead in the shallows. Others propel themselves into a final resting place and die. They are done, after traveling hundreds if not a thousand miles. They live two to six years in the ocean and then return to reproduce and start the whole cycle over again. 

Their deaths are curious in that it is evident they add nutrients to the watershed. But equally interesting is that they are mostly composed of ocean bred nutrients, which is transported often far from the ocean into a forested watershed. All interesting and fascinating in the beginning, middle and then the end. ‘It’s a matter of life and death…’

05
Jul
12

Unintended Hook Up: Sturgeon

My bro-in-law, Richard Zach, is one successful gear fishermen. If he goes out, he rarely fails to connect into his intended target species. Recently, he was fishing for Salmon. Using his tried and true set up, the rod bent mightily…too mightily for a Chinook. Check out his link for Stik-itz

Yes, this surgeon was in the vicinity of 10′ long and somehow decided to gobble a rainbow spoon affair…not the normal glob of stinky bait on the bottom with seven ounces of lead holding it steady. The fish was well outside the slot limit and was released unharmed. Yet another story for Richard to add to his fishing journal.

29
Dec
11

Happy New Year 2012

Brook Trout @ Baslee Troutman

BASELEE TROUTMAN ART

20
Sep
11

Asian Carp Invasion

Asian Carp TV on the Illinois River

29
Aug
11

Sturgeon: Another Anadromous Fish

Salmon and Steelhead often dominate the discussion of ocean going fish and habitat considerations inland. That other pre-historic like creature fits into that ocean going circle also..the sturgeon. There are several dozen species of sturgeon around the world. The Western U.S. has these behemoths in several rivers. I recall standing gazing down on the Snake River near Hells Canyon dam at first light. The amazing sight of a giant sturgeon leaping from the water and landing on its’ side broke the morning silence. Dare I say, sturgeon tastes amazing!

Green Sturgeon Range

Sturgeon Restoration Projects, Pacific NW

COLUMBIA RIVER STURGEON RECOVERY EFFORTS

27
Aug
11

OryGone Fishing etc.

THIS & THAT FROM ORYGONE

Hanistan Blogspot

FISHING LICENSE LEADS TO ARREST POPPED ON THE WILLY

NOTHING BUTT THE BEST FOR YOUR BUM ON TIMOTHY LAKE

AH, FATEHR & SONS BONDING WITH ROD AND BOTTLE

MAN VS. SEA LION

ARMED MEN VS. SEA LIONS

Actually, I am sure you could come up with similar stories from your neck of the woods? It is actually ORA-GUN.




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