Posts Tagged ‘rivers



05
Feb
14

Nature: Glimmer on the Bay

Tillamook BaySwittersBTillamook Bay (Oregon)

A 2 x 6 mile long bay that empties into the Pacific Ocean on the north Oregon coast. The Trask, Wilson, Miami, Kilchis and Tilllamook rivers dump into Tillamook Bay. Over 40 species have been sampled in the bay, but the most appealing to anglers are the Spring & Fall Chinook, Winter Steelhead, Chum Salmon, Coho, Sea Run Cutts and Sturgeon. I have many fond memories of exploring all the above rivers with my sons and friends.

29
Nov
13

Fly Fishing: Scuds…hold the lemon

A must have producer for streams and stillwaters, the Scud (‘shrimp”) patterns an enticing morsel. Check the areas you fish for indications of this tasty morsel and tie accordingly in shades of green, grey, the obligatory orange, even blue. Simple to tie, this pattern has been around along time and lends itself to tying the Czech Nymph patterns (Scuds into Caddis Larva/Pupa patterns).

scud green swittersbChironomid.com has an excellent informational re scuds. On the appropriate rivers and streams, fish the pattern like any clinger/crawler nymph that inhabits the bottom and has been set adrift from the cobble bottom. Check out fishing Czech Nymph patterns and adopt much to the dredging techniques for all but the slowest of streams. Slower, weedier waters are usually a much more vertical, precise presentation.

For those of you that have Shrimp & Lemon on the mind…here are many mouth watering recipes.

07
Aug
13

Photography: I Flow, I Change

rapids SB

Riffle
murmurs,
a hint of turbulence.
A river’s whole life,
condensed.

I have a past,
leaping
falling,
eroding to today.

Let me not turn placid,
smooth
worn,
weedy.

I do not mourn the waterfall years,
times of deadly rapids
but Lord save me
from becoming a fly-buzzing,
stagnant
backwater.

Between the past and maybe,
a riffle
not yet silenced.

Halfwise 2006

22
Jun
13

Water Safety: Low Head Dam’s Hydraulics

Low Head Dams: Not as prevalent in the Western U.S., but they are a concern in other parts of the country. I am not sure about around the world. These two videos are dated, but the visuals and info are relevent to the kayaker, boater, rafter on rivers with such dams/spillways. If you run rivers or know those who do watch the videos or share.  Low Head Dam Info  & Another Low Head Dam Tragedy

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05
Apr
13

Stream Structure & Habitat for Trout

Trout Release Submerged SB

Here is a nice overview of stream structure, hydraulics and where fish might hold to feed or seek safe shelter. Reading the water is critical to your presentation. The structures of streams dictate where insects and baitfish hang out or migrate too. And, in turn, where trout will be to dine and dash.

25
Feb
13

The Essence of it all: The Trout & The Water

Came upon this lovely video that is the essence of fly fishing (at least for me). No strategy, no presentation, no rod or reel. Just like stopping, watching, relaxing and seeing~feeling peace of mind and heart. Front Side Fly Fishing has other videos as well. It is easy to be a bit jaded or saturated with all the very stimulating fish porn vid’s out there. This one, in its simplicity, is nice to just relax and watch.

Beautiful Trout SwittersBxIt is euphoric, for me, to bring a beautiful fish to hand…to admire it, to celebrate its beauty and power. But also, it is equally satisfying, at times, to admire their beauty at their own pace, their way…without attaching strategic considerations.

10
Feb
13

Zane Grey: Solitude, Writing & Fly Fishing

I have always found the history of Zane Grey and southern Oregon rivers to be magical. Grey frequented that region to contemplate, write and, of course, fish. I watched a wonderful episode (#367) on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) tonight entitled Rogues of the Rogue (River).

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A rustic log cabin was highlighted at Winkle Bar, a retreat where Zane Grey reportedly tucked himself away near the Rogue River. This sense of isolation, privacy, wildness is very appealing about now. Wanderlust rules!!! (Interesting Forum re Zane Grey)

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Grey’s Cabin at Winkle Bar (Rogue River) The Flying Tortoise Blogspot

I bet few of you remember Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater?!




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