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Cuervo: Nomad & Mules

While coming out of Salvation Mountain into Niland, California yesterday, my wife and I came upon a character. A disheveled man was leading two mules and a dog toward shade…an abandoned Mexican restaurant’s front porch area. We stopped and conversed with the man, who identified himself as Cuervo. And, ‘Yes you can take my picture for five bucks!”.


My wife snapped away as I talked to Cuervo. He was calm, measured and talkative. He related stories of Mexico, arrests, the transient lifestyle, all the while easily moving about posing and feeding his mules. His dog hid in the shade. It was an interesting enough experience.

CUERVO-Bucky-mules and dog

But, later that day, I wondered if that was a random event with Cuervo or a staged photo op for camera touting tourists coming down out of Salvation Mountain feeling the good vibes of that experience and coming upon Cuervo! Hmmm? What were the odds if I queried ‘Cuervo’ & ‘Niland’.

Well low and behold Cuervo (Craig Kline) does attract a bit of attention (mostly positive) and that was alright. A Nomad with Mules that hustles to survive is a step up from the guys hustling the freeway exits with dogs, etc. in Portland. Perhaps they are just missing the mules, but I am rarely driven to talk to them or photograph them. A difference in circumstances and locale I suppose…all relative. 

Here are a few of Cuervo’s entries: His Facebook page someone created…and a couple more interesting pieces from folks finding Cuervo’s nomadic life interesting  Banderas News & Cuervo Passed Through 

Cuervo-Bucky-Craig Kline-Niland-Nomad-Mules-SwittersB


Nomad Stillwater Pattern (Proven UK Reservoir Pattern…worth some experimentation?)


While perusing Jardine’s book, I came across a pattern called the NOMAD. I like the looks of the pattern because of the ‘hot’ focal point of the snout and the placement of the bead toward the middle of the shank. It is probably nothing more than my desire for a little variety to the ubiquitous Woolly Bugger. I love the Little Fort Leech, Minnow Bugger and Calico Bugger (to name but a few) but this pattern adds some non-drab energy and it would be fun to experiment with the attractor color. In the book, and not shown here, the pattern is black marabou and rear body with a hot chartreuse green front. The hot green, red, orange opens the way to all the usual experimentation and alternatives to any pattern…Jardine touts the pattern as highly effective in UK stillwaters. I am going to tie up a few in various sizes for early season Browns and Bows in Central Oregon. 






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