A Few Quick Takes


dry-fly.jpgAs an anxiety killer, dry fly fishing ranks near the top. It’s fishing that requires Zen-like concentration tightly focussed upon threading a nearly invisible pin hole atop a hook deftly dressed as a fly, with a nearly transparent line and tying a minute but secure knot in it. The other portion of your time is spent a) getting into your ridiculous-looking gear b) casting as far and gently as possible to land your lure gently upon the water and then c) watching the river for an encouraging ripple signifying the presence of trout that are within your view but seemingly always out of reach.MAMACITA

polar.jpg‘I don’t want to live in permafrost no more.’Gristmill

Changes to agricultural practice and forestry management could cut greenhouse gas emissions, buying time to develop alternative technologies.Scientific American

Eye candy that’s melting fast.Gristmill

grizzly-muddler.jpg— There are a number of ungulate hairs suited to spun and clipped patterns but the best spinning hairs are coarse, spongy and soft. – Philip Rowley

Non-indigenous fish, introduced in the 18th century are taking over South African rivers and streams.Get Outdoors

palomarknot.gifThe Palomar Knot is a general-purpose fishing knot . . .Women Fishing

— By the End of the Century Half of All Species Will Be Gone. Who Will Survive? – RedOrbit

But a good barbera is the epitome of an elemental, honest red wine. It offers you fruit — lots of spicy cherry and raspberry flavors — and it doesn’t hurl w-vs-beer.jpgthem at you in some formless mass. Barbera is shaped by a bracing acidity. It’s got a bite, a burr, that makes the fruit incisive and refreshing.Eric Asimov / New York Times

. . . a Gallup poll revealed that, for the first time ever, Americans preferred wine to beer. This was an astonishing development, akin to Americans jilting baseball for bocce.Slate


The Brucellocis/Bison/Cattle Industry/Yellowstone/Montana PROBLEM continues to make news on many fronts, (go to Yellowstone Newspaper for the stories – both the lewd and the lucid.) One element that has not been addressed is the fact that as the planet warms and Yellowstone becomes a bit more bison-friendly environment; the population of these habituated beasties will grow to the point of destruction. whine.gifIf all the bison that have been killed in the last five years had been allowed to mature and reproduce there would be no grass left in the park.

The whiners have tamed Yellowstone and provided us with wolves that peer into car windows, bears that approach humans, coyotes that beg for food, and bison that proliferate without predation. The bison situation is far larger that the slaughter of a few poor babies. It is the problem of a sentiment gone rampant. Don’t dare ask the cheerleaders what would happen to the park if bison were left to their own protected devices.

Where are the whiners at Wind Cave National Park? Did you know that bison management has worked there and that roundups and culling continue? Did you know that there are some sane managers in the NPS?


“The park holds a roundup annually to monitor the health of the herd and to manage herd size for available forage,” said Superintendent Linda L. Stoll.

The wolves have done wonders with some of the elk herd – where’s the “TRADITIONAL” bison predators? Where is the sane management? Ahhh, I get it: publicity, not a care for the park.


How I Got Sucked Into The Monitor


After a brief and cold jog around town, and after a hearty breakfast I plopped in front of the computer and promised myself that the draft summary report would be completed by this evening.

Ahhhh the best laid . . . just a quick look at my Bloglines page, a couple of innocent clicks, BAM! What a site!

thundercloud-by-graham-owens.jpgGO SOLAR – the home page hints at little that is most fascinating at this location. In fact there is no mention of the beauty on the page. Stealth led me to some photographs. For me, the fascination was first awakened on that page: a beautiful thunderhead cloud viewed from the air.

macro-of-orange-firefly-by-graham-owen.jpgThen, there it was, the most amazing photos of flies: real, faux, decorative, artistic, and flying, and battling, and I was hooked. If you are at all interested in fantastic creativity visit the Photography and Fly pages of Graham Owen. {CLICK ON THE PHOTOS – IT’S WORTH IT!}

orange-dragonflies-interacting-2-by-graham-owens.jpgSome of the flies fool flies. An epic battle is illustrated between dragonflies. The faux fly, just anchored to the twig, is mercilessly pounded by the soaring bug, — I was sucked in.

9-three-flies-by-graham-owen.jpgThe real dragonfly even attacked a faux fly to remove an imitation fly for food – survival of the most aggressive. I was sucked even deeper into the monitor.

a-21-brookie-by-graham-owen.jpgThen I discovered my favorite picture, a 21″ Brook Trout. And a beautiful place: “Kirman Lake, California.” There is not a hint that the fish came from the lake, but it’s on my ‘mysteries to decipher’ list.

I clicked on every page and every photo. It didn’t hurt in the least. My eyes finally let me know that I had crept closer to the monitor than was sane or healthy.

Damn the report; just one more click.


Is Fly Fishing Sexist – You Bet!


Visit the site of the contemplative angler for poor perturbations on plumbing. May the mark IV push Pablum into your puttees, and may your piscalator petrify your William. Shame on you!


One Fly Winner / Superfly Too


Quickly the fish come to the right fly.

The one fly contest in Jackson was won by a lawyer with a San Juan Worm! Take That! Read the whole story HERE. Sponsorships, entry fees, and the auction raised over $200,000.oo for stream improvements on the Snake River & it’s tributaries.

The superfly contest, on the other hand was just fun. Read the story HERE. The Trout Unlimited fun weekend also has different rules and emphasizes innovative fly tying. A good time was had by all.

Fly Fishing News – (shorts)

The world is awash with news, (Good & Bad,) about fly fishing topics. Flies and low water are the main points – along with invasive species that are seeking new niches to compete in.

The fly that is currently the “flavor of the day,” is the sweeney the toddSweeney Todd. It has undergone just a modicum of change since it’s origination. It was first a nymph and is now a streamer – fisher folks just don’t leave well enough alone!

You can find good pictures and history at the Russian site: http://www.vlasenko.ru/. The photo pages are excellent http://www.vlasenko.ru/Fly-ctlg/Fly-010.htm.

Maine Today also has an article that talks about flies with literary backgrounds and the naming of same – LINK.

Polly'sThe “Battle of the Bighorn” is in it’s early stages. It was first noted by Fly Fishing In Yellowstone Park in a post on Saturday. Since then the ‘BIG BLOGS’ have picked it up: MidCurrent, has a note; and the Billings Gazette has run an article explaining the in’s and out’s of the situation. If you need the “Inside Skinny” go to POLLY’S PLACE. They have good grits, polly big fishclean rooms, an excellent guide service, and all of the good gossip.

Not to put too fine of a point on it, but the fishing has slowed down dramatically since low flows from the dam have reduced the fish count from 2,000 per mile to about 500 per mile. Still there are good fish to be had. Even the folks at Simms fish here in the Fall – LINK.
Another excellent source for information about the Big Horn fishing opportunities is the Fort Smith Fly Shop & Cabins. They are the pro’s of the river and can give you the insight you need. Their guide service is excellent, and ‘now’ is the beginning of the”good times” in this excellent tail-water fishery. These folks know fishing and the Big Horn. You want “Browns” – you get “Browns.” You want “Bows” – you get “Bows.” They even run an excellent fly fishing school – ask for Mike.

There are many other fine shops and guides along the Big Horn; too many to mention now – we’ll do a post in a couple of weeks when we get there.
We drive out there about this time each year. Soon as it gets a bit cooler. The Smith River gets a visit too – but that’s another story.

Finally, from Mark Powell at blogfish, a note about the invading Lion Fish into the temperate and colder waters of the Atlantic Coast of North America. This critter is venomous and can sting you something fierce! Scary Stuff!

As you can see there is still a problem with insertion of pictures. The fish is nice – BUT – it should have been about 1/2 the size that it is in the post. We’re working on this minor problem. Soon it’ll be possible to click on the fish and make it the size you want – and maybe be a link to somewhere. The mechanics of the blog continue to get in the way.

POOR TOM! Now that the anniversary relaxation is over, and the romp on the waves just another good story, he’s got to go back to the grind at the base of Mt. Shasta and catch some more fish in the Upper Sac. We’re crying in our beer. Visit the Trout Underground to hear his tale of woe. We’ve made it easy – the last 10 posts are in the sidebar.

Now it’s time for cuppa #3, then to the Madison River and maybe the Firehole River. ____________________

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