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Hooked On You….

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.” Thomas Jefferson

“Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.” Oliver Goldsmith



Fishing: Hook Removal From Your Hide

Sooner or later, your ear, neck, fingers or someone elses skin is going to meet the point of a hook. Whether it meets a hook with the barb still in place will determine whether the removal process is simple or more painful may depend upon whether you took the time to use barbless hooks or crimp the barb down when tying the fly or crimping it streamside as you tie it on.

The simple process of removing the barb will hugely facilitate removing the hook from flesh or clothing (much more common spot for the hook to snag into).

These links are similar to many others out there that suggest how to remove a hook with barb from flesh…it might be easier to use barbless hooks to start with or crimp the barb down. (Removal) or (Removal)


Fishing: Cork Handles and Hooks

corkHere you see the rod’s cork handle…and  to the far left a small metal loop under the rod…a hook keeper. Yet the fly’s hook has been set into the cork of the handle.

When I was a kid there weren’t any hook keepers on ‘poles’. The hook went into the cork. And, apparently for many it still does. If the barbed hook is backed out of the cork, it does little damaged. If it is pulled out in any other way it does pull out a chunk of the cork handle. Some would call this adding character to the rod. 

Given the price of some fly rods and drift rods these days, I think the hook keeper or some other means of hooking the fly/hook to the rod (reel, guide’s footings) should be used. The cork handle on the rod above is 20+ years old and the hook holder was quite an innovative addition when I bought this rod from Harry Teel.



Fly Tying Tradition: Simple Lil’ Pupa’s

This is my rationalization and I’m sticking to it: each Winter as I begin to work back into tying (I’m a foul weather tier), I seem to gravitate to an easy to tie, pleasant to tie Pupa/Wet type pattern. The pattern usually incorporates a the ubiquitous bead, a dubbed thorax, a simple abdomen and that pleasing pupa, curved shank hook (16-18). Couple the ease in tying with the proven success that they never fail to catch fish and I just return to them. A little nagging voice persists at some point that I really should perfect those dry flies. But, I don’t hear that voice now so off I go into Bead Head Pupa land!

Red Bead Z tag SB

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Green Bead Tag 16 SBCopper Bead Tag 18 SB


Fly Tying: When Do You Tie?

A weighty question of when do you tie? I find, I seldom tie during the Summer months unless to replenish something I either lost a bunch of or I discover a pattern I forgot to tie up and now find the need for. I notice others tie often throughout the year. I also notice when I start to tie again during the Fall/Winter my tying skills have retreated and it takes a while to get into the swing of it all. Like riding a bike it comes right back. So, I guess my tying is more utilitarian and less for the joy of it all. Because I haven’t tied a fly in many months. I borrowed this shot from someone, but neglected to note the source when I downloaded it. Sorry about that. SwittersB


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?


Fly Tying: Busy Movements

This pattern could be a scud or czech style nymph. With the trailing material is falls away from the established profiles. It could be explained as a ‘trailing shuck’ higher in the water column. But, maybe it doesn’t need any excuses. The excess materials have movement and colors to entice and provoke….hopefully. Experimenting with the depth and presentation may prove this ‘mistake’ to be successful. Part of the fun of tying is just experimenting.


Fishing: Hook, Line & New Rig

Saskatchewan Farm Boy

A young farm boy from Saskatchewan moved to Vancouver Island and went to a huge “everything under one roof department store” looking for a job..

The Manager says, ‘Do you have any sales experience?’
The kid says, ‘Yeah.  I was a salesman back in Saskatchewan.’
Well, the boss liked the kid and gave him the job.
‘You start tomorrow.  I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.’

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it.  After the store was locked up, the boss came down.
‘How many customers bought something from you today?’

The kid says ‘one’.  The boss says, ‘Just one? Our salespeople average 20 to 30 customers a day..  How much was the sale for?’

The kid says, ‘$101,237.65.’  The boss says, ‘$101,237.65!  What the heck did you sell?’

The kid says, ‘First, I sold him a small fishhook.  Then I sold him a medium fishhook. Then I sold him a larger fishhook. Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft.  Then he said he didn’t  think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Ford Expedition.’

The boss said, ‘You mean to tell me that a guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a BOAT and a TRUCK?’

The Saskatchewan farm boy said, ‘No, the guy came in here to buy Tampons for his wife and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot — you should go fishing!


Scuds (Past efforts and the hook style)



The photo displays past ties for scuds. Some have been successful and some seemed to have no influence at all. I am wondering if the shank style could influence the presentation of the scud. I like Ian James’ scud with the bead positioned at the center of the shank. I am going to tie my next batch of scuds on the center hook with the modified bend in the hook. This may provide a balance between the scud’s resting, feeding and swimming positions (curved and extended). The flies are my efforts over the years sans the pink commercial tie. I can only think the curved/pupa shank that we all find appealing is better suited for a drifting (stream) or static (lake) presentation. Otherwise it seems to lay over or tumble. I am still definitely incorporating the Ian James center bead style.     

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