Posts Tagged ‘bite

26
Nov
14

Taking a bite out of nature…….

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

John Muir, The Mountains of California

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17
Sep
13

Nature: Mosquito On Steroids

The other day, I was working at the Hoarding House doing the usual move stuff here and then move it there routine. I suddenly heard the whiny buzz and then felt the poke of the mosquito on the side of my neck. My left hand swung up and smacked my neck with a pronounced sound.

I swiped away my hand, which should have produced a smeary, smashed insect. Instead, it produced a mosquito apparently none the worse for wear. In fact, the mosquito was still moving about between my fingers as I held onto its legs. The protruding poker was continuing to reach this way and that. Huh?

We snapped a shot of the armor laden mosquito. Not the biggest mosquito, but tenacious to the end.

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Standing Water

Of course, standing water is sooner or later a breeding ground for pesky critters.

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A blurry shot, but you get the idea of that protruding trouble maker.

28
Oct
12

Winter Fly Fishing (Rick Hafele’s Advice)

“Nymph fishing on a winter morning will certainly hone your skills for nymph fishing other times of the year. The sluggish metabolism of winter fish means their takes are softer and subtler than ever. It also means they won’t go as far out of their way to take your fly. Thus reading the water and being able to detect the softest takes is critical if you hope to hook some winter trout. I find a strike indicator essential for such nymph fishing. I also find that casting as short a line as possible to effectively fish a piece of water improves my odds of detecting a strike and setting the hook quickly – seems fish can spit out a nymph just as fast in the winter as in the summer. Also keep moving and fish new water. Since many fish won’t be actively feeding you need to cover as many fish as possible to increase your odds of finding one ready to take a fly.”  (Hafele’s Laughing Rivers)

Short sleeves are gone in the Pacific NW. But, with some diligence and thinking, Trout can be had. Like Hafele, that idea of hammer smashed finger tips (the sensation) requires some serious mind control. Identify which streams might be open year round and then contemplate what might hatch in the Winter and after that what searching nymph patterns to use. Presentation, holding water, short lines, soft bites. Caught/Released.

16
Jul
12

How Do Trout Take A Fly?

“So how do trout feed? I delved into my own fishing book library, the public library, and searched the Internet. How much information did I get? Very little indeed. There are literally thousands of books on what, where and when trout feed, but very little that I could find on how trout feed.  What information I could find confirmed that trout do feed by ‘engulfing’ their prey,…” Bish & Fish re the take  

This Trout took a streamer that was being stripped back in a hurry. There was no doubt of the take….the actual ‘how’ can be better explained by Bish. I know that during a day’s fishing, I often ‘miss’ quite a few takes. The why’s of that have been open to speculation (retrieval speed, fly design, ‘far sighted’ fish). Seems the possibilities are endless on the how’s, or are they?




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