Posts Tagged ‘lakes

21
Dec
16

all lined up and waiting…

the memories of the past Summer/Fall are fading. The warmth of the day a distant memory. Soon the senses will stir as Spring/Summer arrives. In the meantime, time to tie, sort, rearrange, envision. (Cope’s Damsel Pattern in a ginger color)

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12
Sep
16

planning & anticipation…

Late Summer fly fishing…pleasant daytime temps and cool mornings.

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Big, beautiful fish caught, carefully photo’d and released.

05
Nov
15

a thing of beauty….

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Rainbow Trout Central Oregon lake (caught/released)

21
Jul
15

Stillwater Dragon Fly…

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Oregon Rainbow Trout, Caught/Released by SwittersB

The abdomen of the dragon fly pattern is densely wound marabou (staggered colors) in a dubbing loop. The shaggy body is then trimmed with scissors or a razor blade (I prefer scissors). A wound hackle for legs and pheasant tail fibers for the wing case over the top of the plastic dumbbell eyes. The head here is dubbing but can be wound marabou fibers or ostrich herl fibers. I do not weight this pattern but prefer to take it subsurface with an Intermediate sink line fishing the shoreline of lakes out to the drop.

27
Oct
14

Live a little, it’s getting late….

“Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for…a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.” ~Dr. Seuss

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25
Sep
14

Quiet, back bay…

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of a lake, lined with tall reeds. The bottom drops off quickly and the tinted waters are about 10′ deep in no time. Weed pods reach the surface here and there. The wind is not reaching this spot on the lake. It’s early morning and calm. The surface is still save insects coming off the surface and sizable swirls and waves caused by a cruising, large trout working just below the surface on emerging insects.

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This was not a place for a horizontal presentation via an Intermediate, slow sink line. I decided upon a Stimulator dry fly on the surface with a chironomid pupa pattern as a dropper pattern some four feet beneath the surface. A soft, turn over cast plopped the offerings into the channels amongst the weeds.  The take was powerfully slow. The dropper was taken and the surface dry fly disappeared away from me. I raised the rod tip, gave a slip strike and expected to feel the power of my rod challenged by a nice fish. My rod and then my wrist felt more than the usual thrust of power. My boat took a lurch toward the fish so strong was the surge away. A nice battle ensued amongst the weeds. The calm water was thrashed as the trout went airborne and came down broadside to create quite the splash. I enjoyed the fight but knew I wanted the fish in sooner than later to spare it too much stress as I planned to release the fish. A quick snap in the shallows and the nice fish was released as its powerful tail thrust pushed the trout away.

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24
Sep
14

Blurred Memory…

A calculated encounter that  was more than I could have hoped for. We finally meet…you are hesitant then finally adamant you must leave. You slip through my grasp…a fleeting memory of what could have been…a darn nice fish pic!

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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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04
Mar
14

Effective Stillwater Fly Fishing (Michael Gorman)

photo-Effective Stillwater Fly Fishing-Gorman-SwittersBI pointed to this new book a few weeks back. I obtained a copy and it is an excellent book. Beyond the basics, the book pays attention to the mental planning and presentation for the Stillwater Fly Fisher. I highly recommend the book and of course it has inspired me to start my planning for the months ahead until I can launch the vessel and enjoy the chase. Effective Stillwater Fly Fishing

20
Feb
14

Effective Stillwater Fly Fishing by Michael Gorman

I have read work by Michael Gorman before related to stillwater (lakes) entomology. I was impressed not only with the clinical thoroughness of the effort but by the practicality of it as well. This new book by Michael Gorman promises to be equally beneficial to my learning and I look forward to getting it soon. Mike is an Oregon based angler and is well versed in all aspects of fly fishing.

MGorman StillwaterOn the back cover of the book is a comment, which I particularly appreciate: “Gorman approaches stillwater fly fishing as a puzzle and views challenging days as a chance to put together the pieces and enjoy the most cerebral, rewarding parts of the sport.”

That, for me, is the essence of the sport and keeps it in the proper perspective…as an ongoing learning experience. I think this would be an excellent addition to your library as well as mine.

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