Posts Tagged ‘loon


Crows: Such a Fuss

“No  competence ever is required to be a scarecrow.”  Mehmet Murat ildan

I am never certain whether I like Crows or not. They rank up there, as dastardly creatures, with the Loon (a maniacal, saavy, red eyed bird I have done battle with on B.C. lakes when fly fishing). Today, this Crow sat atop a limber branch. It let me walk fairly close by to take a couple of photos. 

“Cain lifts Crow, that heavy black bird and strikes down Abel. Damn, says Crow, I guess this is just the beginning.”  Sherman Alexie

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Birding: Finches at Desert Knoll

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I enjoy the presence of birds like in the early morning. But, truth be told I can barely tell the difference between a seagull and a robin. I make the general effort to learn but I am usually caught guessing at best. Still I enjoy their presence unless I am on a lake playing a big fish in B.C. and the dastardly Loon arrives….but that’s another story.

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Fly Fishing: Ice In The Guides

Loon Outdoors: Stanley’s Ice Off Paste. The product seems to get mixed reviews. Still it is worth a try of a few replenishing dabs to keep fishing, if it works.


Osprey Migration…Did You Know?

Osprey (Chesser Decoys)

Was reading some enquiry at Oregon Live about Osprey taking a fish from a fisher on the McKenzie R. As the article notes, it is not unusual to see an Osprey swoop down for fish on a lake…but, even then they don’t usually take the fish from the angler. Now, as I have written before…those damn pesky Loons in B.C. are freakishly conspiratorial in seizing your catch on a lake.

However, what the article did mention, which I had never considered, was the migration of Osprey south during the Winter. Where did I think they hung out? Never thought of it.

Well, those amazing predators do migrate. And, they set down far to the South. Who knew? Well, I didn’t think about it.

Migration routes & Wintering locations.


Fly Fishing: Fly Floatant (Tiemco’s Dry Magic)

This product has been out for a year or so, but I came across a mention of it on a Catskill fly tying forum related to CDC wings. The tier suggested it was perfect for CDC wings. Now, it has/had always been the admonition don’t put any floatant on a CDC wing or you would ruin the floatability factor or the material. Tiemco’s Dry Magic (Super Power Fly Floatant) is touted to be appropriate for CDC, and of course any other dry.

One of the problems of predominantly fishing nymphs, wets, and the like, is you (I) don’t focus on dry’s that much. When I do, I tie one on and flail away for the duration of the hatch, air drying the fly and only rarely adding some Gink. Now, that is if I have some. Because my front waders pocket, the old cloth type, has a permanent large stain from a full container of Gink that exited the tube on a hot day. A review by Mid Current states the cap system on Dry Magic is better constructed to avoid saturating your waders, vest or pack pocket.


B.C. Flyfishing & Loonphobia

If you are a stillwater fisherman, who ventures to the lakes of Central B.C., your nemesis will not be the weather, the mosquitoes, the wind or too many rods on the water. NO! Your enemy will be the sinister Loon. The most clever and annoying challenge you will encounter. Not beavers, otters, muskrats, eagles, ospreys or misguided Labs will equal the chaos one, or heaven help you, two or more Loons can create to your fishing experience.

Yes they loom off at a safe distance and appear to be soaking up the ambiance of the moment. But no. They will, with deathly certainty recognize the sounding of a Kamloops trout…the thrashing surge….and then ‘where did that Loon go?’   Well, you will find out soon enough as the underwater missile is propelling itself/themselves toward you.

Now if you are still playing the fish near you, you will see a ominously large yellowish grey creature chasing your fish beneath you. Perhaps there will be more than one ominous shape. If you are (temporarily) lucky you will get the fish in. Now here is why I know most BC anglers seem comfortable to kill their fish: when you remove the hook and admire the beauty of the trout you are deceived! Ease that fish back into the water…all 16″ to 24″ of it and odds are those swirling underwater devil’s disciples are going to catch and devour your fish. I know, I know just part of nature. But when you see a Loon emerge from the depths with and 18″ trout head first down its gullet, and look at you as it coaxes the fish into its stomach or where ever fish go in a bird…well it is frustrating. OK, once I can handle it. But as you move around the lake and the birds stalk you…yes stalk you…then you know you either won’t get any hits or if you are fortunate enough to get the fish in the Loon will be waiting. 

When you release the fish and it cruises downward to regain its’ bearings, it is now vulnerable to attack and vooom the Loon has it. I figure, BC fisherman long ago gave up on the catch and feed the Loon routine and kept the fish.

I hate Loons. Beady blood red eyes…the devil’s eyes that aptly portray the cunning evil of this bird. Yes, on Salmon L. east of Merritt, I cheered as the Eagle raided the Loon’s nest and carted away the baby Loon…hooray for fisherman, I thought. I have seen fisherman hook a fish and a fishing buddy nearby crash the water with fins, oars or nets, away from the fisherman playing the fish. The Loon’s attention is drawn to the decoy disturbance and away from the fish and fly combo….sometimes it works. But with more than one Loon stalking you, believe me on how smart they are….    

Ha! Crazy, I know. But they are as annoying as harbor seals…a whole other story. Where are my meds….?  I am a Loonatic!    

p.s. I will give the Loon one postive nod, the sound of the Loon over a beautiful B.C. lake is so amazingly euphoric…lest there be any doubt….I love B.C. (kind fish, kind people). 

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