Archive for the 'Tutorials' Category

25
Oct
15

Knot-Sense…

Animated Knot-How To’s-More Than Fishing

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09
Nov
14

It’s Knot Hard……..

ANIMATED KNOTS MADE EASY!!!

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23
Oct
13

Video: Tying in a Parachute Post for Dry Flies

Alan Gardner has a pleasant video here on how to tie in a synthetic parachute post for the construction of a parachute dry fly pattern. Caleb Boyle also provides some useful tips on constructing a parachute post. Also, see comments section and Tim Rolston’s excellent suggestions too! This is how we learn.

Spumoni SB

The Spumoni Dry Fly with the hot pink and yellow and white synthetic materials combined to form the parachute post. The hot post colors aid in siting the fly.

01
Jun
13

Blood Worm Tutorial

Bloodworm

FLY FISH FOOD TUTORIAL ON A BLOODWORM PATTERN

15
Mar
13

Blogging: Google Images Query for Pic Boosters

Without belaboring the point re the ‘borrowing’ of photos or efforts of another, I came across this tip while recently watching the TV show Catfish. Perhaps you are familiar with the show? The star, Nev, attempts to flush out pretenders off the net who borrow images and identities of others they believe to be more appealing and carry on relationships under that false pretense. Ok, I watched a few episodes now and then of Catfish, Teen Mom 2 and those Storage Locker train wrecks. Hey! I’m joking.

One tip that Nev offered up was to use a Google Images search to see where a face pic or other image has perhaps been previously used. He, of course, does this with people to help identify images. But, it can be used to help identify many other images’ origins or usage. 

I will generally take the image I am interested in and save it to my photo files.

google camera images

Go to Google Images. Note the Camera Icon in the Search Bar on the right side. Click on the Camera Icon

choose file

Here you receive a prompt to paste or upload a file.

upload file

The downloaded or pasted photograph is loading (the search is commencing).

keys query 2

Here I had downloaded a photograph of a board of collectible whistles from an antique show I had taken. It showed the photo had only been used in a post I had previously written for SwittersB.

For fun, give it a try on faces, other images and you might be surprised on who ‘borrows’ what to create new personas (faces, tattoos, cars, fish, flies etc.)

 

25
Feb
13

Fly Tying: Streamer Patterns Aggregated

I was contemplating tying up some enticing streamer patterns for some large mouth bass that eluded my last year but will succumb this year to my creations. I thought of Simon Graham, a guru of streamer patterns for Pike. I recalled (see my mind is just flitting all about) that Simon may have moved from Finland back to his original home of South Africa (or was he vacationing?).

At any rate, Simon could perhaps offer up instructions on how to tie those baitfish patterns that might be applicable to these rather large LMB’s I have been thinking about all Winter.

simon-graham-bead-bouncer-fly

Simon Graham Bouncer Fly

Well, in searching out his name to see if he had moved, I could not get a sense from his site. But, I came upon another site that not only had Simon’s how to’s but numerous other how to’s for Pike streamers. Check out RodTrips’ Aggregated grouping of how to tie Pike Fly Streamers Tutorials….Simon’s blogs are in my blog roll, right side column too.

13
Feb
13

Tom Sutcliffe’s Site: Pleasant Inspirations

Over a year ago, Ed Herbst and Tim Rolston pointed me toward Tom Sutcliffe. At the time, my searching nose was pointed mostly toward NW Steelhead and Western Trout. Herbst and Rolston had been refreshing discoveries and Tom Sutcliffe’s work was equally rewarding.

This morning, I was searching Google Images for a mayfly emerger pattern, something simple to tie. I saw a somewhat unkempt pattern (my style also, my ‘impressionistic’ tendancies) and noted it was on Tom Sutcliffes site. 

Bob Wyatt Emerger @ Tom Sutcliffe

Bob Wyatt Emerger @ Tom Sutcliffe

The point beyond Bob Wyatt’s pattern, is as I looked at Tom Sutcliffe’s site, I discovered excellent writing and little gems along the way that somehow are unique compared to much of what we receive in the FF info flow. Check out this section from a while back of Tom’s site and see if you don’t agree there isn’t uniqueness, innovation (check out the J Vice), exploration, openness, something different.




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