Posts Tagged ‘predator

07
Nov
14

The chase….

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” Otto von Bismarck

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I understand that a portion of the visitors to SwittersB cannot abide by anything that seemingly disrupts the daily activities of any animal upon this planet. So you should probably enjoy this post for the photography (maybe) and then turn away. Not that I am a constant advocate of killing fish (or any other animal) but I am an advocate for the chase, the encounter, the parting of contact with a sense of satisfaction. I do all this for me.

Yes, I selfishly do it of for me while trying to leave as little impact as possible upon the prey…the magnificent trout, salmon or steelhead trout. Some would argue this is inhumane (PETA types) to hook a fish and stress it while deriving pleasure. Others, would argue that if you do hook a fish it is only humane to kill it and more preferable than playing the fish and then releasing it stressed, vulnerable and nothing but an object for my satisfaction.

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I am imbued with the ‘need’, the instincts to chase beautiful fish, and not so beautiful fish, with a fly rod using creations I concocted. This requires me to study nature, understand the fish, the environment of the fish, feeding habits, its predacious ways and combine all that to seduce/provoke the fish into taking my offering. I make no apologies for that. 

I believe few people could not be intrigued, if put into the right circumstances, to appreciate the search, the quest, the ‘moment’ when they connect with a fish, big or small, and realize they are connecting with something more primal. Urban living, supermarkets, sedentary lives, numbed instincts combine to separate up from any sense of nature beyond pretty sunrises, sunsets, trees and the expanses of waters. 

SwittersB & Exploring was SwittersB & Fly Fishing for a good many years. All those outdoor encounters, seeking beautiful fish, only highlight the always magnificent surroundings it all takes place in. Visually, I share it all as best I can. Intellectually once in awhile. 

17
Dec
13

Dragon Fly Nymph: Think Predator

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BRITISH DRAGONFLY SOCIETY

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Predator Beneath

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This Rainbow Trout fell prey to a Dragon Fly Nymph worked slowly along the edge of a weed line. Envisioning the darts, stops and predatory movements in your subsurface presentation is important in successfully fishing a dragon fly nymph. Caught & Safely Released

14
Nov
13

Big Fish Eat Little Fish………..

I have, along the way, brought attention to streamer patterns that imitate assorted smaller fish in the water and to the fact that big fish are quite predacious toward little fish.

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The below photo at THE BUG PARADE speaks volumes toward the gluttony of aggressive, big fish. Check out her site for some very nice photography of nature and fish.

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The Bug Parade Image

02
Dec
12

Animals, Climate Change & Something Askew?

The mantra re climate change seems to touch every aspect of our lives anymore….an intrusive mantra like a religion that I wonder at times is askew of realities and morphing into something with misguided outcomes for all beyond polar bears and big cats….read this at a site dedicated to natural beauty and I am sure good intentions and tell me if I am seriously that out of touch:

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“The recent killings by a leopard in Western Nepal are unfortunate and tragic. The local police chief believes that a single leopard is responsible for killing and eating at least 15 victims over the span of 15 months. All of the victims have been children and young adults, with the exception of one adult woman. The most recent victim was a four-year-old boy whose head was found near his own home. Local administration has decided to authorize the killing of the animal.

Although there have been a lot of victims, murdering the animal is horrifying, especially when there are other options available. First off, children and young adults should not be able to venture into the forests alone. Second, the leopard can be captured and transported to another are or a zoo where it can continue to live.”

Great Cats of the “World”

I know this flies in the face of current dogma and the repetitive message that saturates the media messages of the day, but perhaps it’s my Western U.S. roots and predators howling in my back yard at night. Askew, and no amount of talk about population density, climate change or encroachment on habitat is changing my opinion about disproportionate weight given to animals…be they majestic/noble or not, over mankind. Tranquilizers and relocations is a nice option until they have tasted human flesh….

An aside story but similar…a friend, a cop, headed to a call…young girl barricaded into bathroom alone on the phone to 911….intruder inside…grandma somewhere in house…cop arrives…grandma inside front door throat slit…girl upstairs in bathroom on phone to 911 screaming someone is trying to force in bathroom door….cop goes upstairs…man with knife turns and comes at him…the cop caps his ass….saves girl…grandma dead….citizens asked…”couldn’t you have done something different?”

I can imagine some of you will not have the gumption, clarity or mental courage to ‘like’ this…I understand. Who dares question the mantra…right?

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)




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