Posts Tagged ‘dragonfly

13
Jun
16

Dragonfly…always a good sign

A personal favorite, particularly while fly fishing, the Dragonfly seems to bode well in the moment and in the days to come.

“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light/and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.”   Robyn Nola

dragonfly, garden, macro, SwittersB, TC Muncy

26
Jul
14

Dragonfly & Destiny

As an avid fly fisher, with a good deal of time spent on lakes, I have come to appreciate the Dragonfly. I know I attach some pseudo-spirituality, mysticism, good luck karma to them. I don’t get any of this with Damsels, Caddis, Mayflies, Midges in such, that I encounter on stillwaters. No, the Dragonfly, the friendly winged creature lands about me, dances on my fly rod, mates on my oars and generally smiles upon me with good luck. Here’s to you Dragonflies. 

Dragon fly-Garden-Yard Art-Photography-SwittersBEven this past May, when I was nowhere near water and sitting contemplating the morning light and a hard task that was before me…along came a Dragonfly to wish me well…ok, maybe I am reading too much into these delicate creations. Butterflies come close, of course, but Dragonflies rule, for me. 

Oh I know,  “Is he for real? What about is own self-empowerment? He’s leveraging his fate, his life’s direction on an insect that at best only lives a couple of months!” Hey, just hedging my bets, just in case.

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06
Oct
12

Dragon Fly Fascination and Migration

As an avid fly fisher, particularly stillwaters, I have this frequently expressed fascination with Dragon Flies and Damsels….but, especially the Dragon. Probably it is the same for you, but these airborne critters alight upon my rod on a frequent basis. Mating in a sizzle-dizzle manner they land on my vessel like I am some dark alley outside of a bar (I made that up and am not sure where it came from). Dragon Flies are positive karma to me, even if not to their unfortunate prey.

I love fishing the ‘nymph’ or larva pattern and attempt to visualize it as a predatory killer, something the predatory Trout rarely fails to smack. So, I found a few interesting tidbits about adult dragons: did you know they (some of them) migrate South? Never considered that an option. They have been known to attack Hummingbirds! All this from these friendly visitors. Maybe I should be more concerned by these creatures:

“During all stages of their lives, dragonflies are fearsome and efficient hunters. If dragonfly larvae were eight to sixteen inches long, as they probably were 300 million years ago, we would dare not swim in fresh water for fear of being attacked.” (XX)

Applying Tracking Device (Christian Ziegler Photo)

19
Sep
12

Stillwater Fly Pattern: Dragonfly Nymph

 

That ubiquitous Woolly Bugger is so productive, it is hard to not just tie it on and dredge away with success. But, that denies the fly fisher the solving the puzzle process…the match the hatch…or, ‘I wonder if this would work?’ fun.

Understanding the food sources of a lake and then searching the habitat where those food sources dwell is part of my enjoyment. Damsels, Dragons, Scuds, Chironomids on and on, are possibly there in that muck, mire and weeds.

These dragonfly nymphs were tied up to represent the shorter/stockier dragonfly nymph (Gomphidae). Presented low and slow near the bottom with the occasional darting retrieve. 

 I intend to try these bulbous eyed creations soon and see if they are seductive to the trout and bass. 

 




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