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11
Dec
14

La Frontera y los muertes

No hay que echarse alacranes al seno
Don’t take scorpions under your wing 

Along the south side of the border fence is all manner of ‘art’ and expressive reminders of the harsh side nearby…year by year the homicides are tabulated for the nearby colonias.

los muertes

border wall crosses murders SwittersB Mexico

28
Jun
14

Potions, Magic & Wishes……

“Logic only gives a man what he needs…Magic gives him what he wants.” 

Tom Robbins (Hey! He created Switters ‘Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates’ 

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03
Jun
14

Photography: Willy Nilly………….

xChive Semi=-Amateur-Photographer_Black_DESIGN_medium“urban dictionary: all over the place, in a random fashion; in haphazard or spontaneous manner; the management practices of certain individuals who have only come to that position of leadership because no one else could possibly deal with their sorry ass…”

Images: Cactus, water, trees, fly patterns, clouds, rock formations, roses, flowers, gorgeous Trout, cats, old buildings, tattoos, color, black & white…willy nilly. I admire those that seem to have the time, inclination and ‘focus’ to photograph consistent topics. I just flit about seeing this and that, which grab my attention.

This time of year flowers, in particular, grab my attention. Their emergence and energy, in contrast to the drab late Winter, captures my mind. But, ‘willy nilly’ never loiters very far away.

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07
Apr
12

SwittersB Hold That Thought….

For all my dear friends out there who struggle day to day to maintain their self respect amidst the rude, crude, selfish, thoughtless ones...hang tough!! Now pick up that wheelbarrow and get back to work!

SwittersB is taking a vacation. And, no I won’t be wetting a line. Enjoy the archives. Enjoy the blogroll. Go fishing!


05
Apr
12

Fly Fishing: Pontoon Boat Tweaking

At the end of last year’s stillwater season my old (18 years? I think) Buck’s Bags, South Fork pontoon boat wore out (valves and fabric on the pontoons). I could have fixed this stuff, and I still may, but that old pontoon boat was heavy. When I was younger I could move it around with ease. Now, years later with shoulder/neck/hand surgeries, and a fully fused right wrist the old South Fork was too heavy.

 That was hard to admit. It suggests the obvious. I don’t like to dwell in the house of “Damn, I’m getting old” for more than a few seconds. So, I researched the new pontoons out there and sprung for the new version of the South Fork. It came in the mail, boxed and I put it together last Fall….then anticipated all Winter taking out the newer, lighter version.

The New South Fork loaded on the rig....anticipation high.

So, the lesson here is probably obvious, but in all my anticipation of fishing, I looked past some subtle differences that only come out in the actual use of the new toy. The pontoon boat is lighter and much easier for me to lift up onto and off the truck. If I went with the oars it came with rather than the heavier, longer ones I use, it would be even lighter.

But, a few things became apparent as I deployed the craft: I had attached the gear bags or cargo pouches on the pontoon that are not standard issue. I bought these years ago because the standard issue pouches were too small for all I like to carry out on the water: water bottle, too many fly boxes, extra clothing, food, whatever I feel the need to stash in my non-minimalist mode. Those cargo pouches when affixed toward the front of the pontoon were in the way of the oars. So, I moved them to the rear. And, in doing so, I moved them into a position that, after awhile, is annoyingly too far back causing one to twist, turn and reach in an uncomfortable position while the rod/reel are left in an always dangerous position on (or ideally behind) the apron. Very uncomfortable and not functional in rough waters and while trussed up in all the heavy clothing of a ‘shit, its freezing out here’ day. 

So, the prospect of using the lower profile cargo pouches presents itself and the limitations that go with that. I will have to weigh the awkwardness/large capacity  vs. the closer to the front, minimalist (little room for all the gear I carry) equation. The change needs to be made though.

More annoying and more problematic is the apron (the black mesh that stretches across ones lap). It is taut at the front, but at the rear it is sagging and too low. This is critical for me because when I set the rod down it must be anchored in some fashion. Do not set your rod down with the reel on top of the apron. It will go over the front, especially if you are actively fishing. I anchor the rod by setting the reel down in behind the apron. The rear edge of the apron fits up in between the bottom of the rod and the front of the reel. Now, there is no tension at the rear of the apron and the rod sets there too lose for my tastes. So, I need to figure out how to tighten up the rear of the apron given the configuration of the frame, cargo pouches and straps. Doable? I think so, I’m just not happy with the set up. I could resort to some tether I suppose.

The back, taut edge of the apron is wedged into that slot between the reel foot and the reel housing providing tension and less likelihood the rod/reel will fall off the front of the apron while you re-rig, perhaps kick/row and troll, or reach for something (something out of a cargo pouch or pull up the anchor at the rear).

So, I raise this as a reminder to not assume the newer will work like the older. Adjustments of the gear and the mind need to happen. I imagine it is like today with a new  computer or cell phone, initially it is like ‘what the hell?’ and a month later you have adapted and can’t quite remember how the old one worked. What was all the fuss about? Right? Yes. One just gets use to that fishing station out on the lakes and comes to feel quite efficient in it, even after long breaks in between it is comfortable and does not intrude in the experience. 

I will adapt and look forward to the next time on the lakes. In the meantime, I have some rearranging to do.

06
Jan
12

Portland’s Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree; Portland, Oregon (SwittersB)

“With its prehistoric look and beautiful shape it often draws both awed curiosity and admiration. Seeds arrived in Portland with a Chilean delegate in 1904 when the young city hosted a world’s fair, the Lewis and Clark Exposition. Fair goers received seeds as a gift from Chile and planted them with great success in yards around town where they can be seen growing today. The common name of the tree reportedly came from an Englishman visiting Chile who commented that it would be a puzzle for a monkey to climb the tree.” (more at Tyber Katz)

I have been gazing out the window of a care facility. My aunt is in hospice and I have been spending a great deal of time sitting beside her looking out the window. I recognized this smaller version of a ‘Monkey Tree’ as I have lived many years in Portland and one can see these 106 year old trees in the older part of town. The one outside the window, is perhaps only 20′ tall compared to the inner city trees which are considerably taller. They are not that common compared to the many other trees in Portland, so unique enough to attract a knowing eye.

25
Oct
11

Beginning Fly Tying & Fishing: Balanced Fly Patterns

On Stillwaters, the presentations can be vertical, diagonal or horizontal. The Intermediate Clear/Camo line is indispensable for that horizontal presentation. Tonight, I was watching a WFN show (B.C. Outdoors) and Phil Rowley was mentioning a horizontal presentation with a ‘balanced fly’ beneath the slip/strike bobber (floating line). I did a little checking and discovered the fly pattern promotes a horizontal path beneath the bobber, a non-slip loop knot and the hook point riding up.

The combo of the hook eye set back and on top. The bead head and materials should be presented to provide a balanced fly when drifted with a loop knot. Phil Rowley

 The experimentation will be to extend the bead out just far enough beyond the hook eye to achieve a balanced presentation beneath the loop knot/bobber. Query ‘slip strike bobber’ in the search box upper right and you will see several past posts regarding how to rig up the bobber/pin & the ‘non-slip loop knot’. I wonder if some jig heads would achieve this same balanced presentation? Still worth a little experimentation on lakes and wind drifting a pattern beneath a slip strike bobber.

Balanced Leech Pattern by Andy Larkin




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