Yep, I am pretty sure I could handle that.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Charlie's Flybox (a.k.a. the greatest place ever http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/) carries just about every spool available for a decent price. My tying cabinet is now stock full of a variety of colors and sizes, though I always seem to accumulate more. I really like the UTC wire as it is easy to use and store and doesn't come untangled nearly as easily as the Danville wire has for me. Plus with the size and color combinations the possibilities are endless. Brassie size is perfect for hook sizes 18-22. For sizes 16 and up, and for stonefly and streamer ribbing, go to "Medium". Small size ultra wire is perfect for ribbing Gold Ribbed Hare's Ears, Zug Bugs, etc. I use X-Small for tying Zebra Midges, and for midge patterns smaller than #20.
Friday, December 11, 2009
While the film focuses on the beauty of the Gunnison River as it flows through the Black Canyon and has a great deal of fantastic fish, huge salmon flies, and breathtaking scenery, the underlying message is the extreme importance of water conservation. It is rather disturbing to think about how much water we waste and it's impacts not only on the Gunnison but all other rivers. The film does a great job explaining how our water consumption can devastate such a pristine environment and experience the Gunnison offers today.
"Fly fishing to me is something that is so special that I don't like to share my section of stream with a lot of other people, and that's my love of the Gunnison." - Woody Pattishall
Best Documentary Gotham Film Fest NYV 2005, Official Selection: Banff Film Festival, Banff World Tour, Telluride Mountain Film Festival, Taos Film Festival, Durango Independent Film Festival.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The above video was posted over at the Rocky Mountain Fly. Pretty cool stuff. I would love to make this trip or one like it sometime. Some really fat Goldens caught up here on the video. He even goes through items he brings on his high alpine lake hikes, which I found interesting and helpful.
Zach Even Art is a pretty cool site, too.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The Kokanee had moved from the riffles to deeper pools by the time we were making it back. They seemed to frequent the sporadic assortment of white rocks on the stream bed. As the majority of the Dream Stream is weeds, silt, and darker rocks it made sighting the fish pretty simple, really. Dave sight-casted to one who took his Orange Stimulator on the first cast. It turned out to be the only Koke we landed all day. I thought it was odd that drowning a Stimi with a splitshot a few inches in front of it would trigger a strike, evidently it did. The Koke was dropping eggs like crazy. It was interesting that they looked almost identical in color, shape, and clarity to the eggs dropped by the Rainbows at Delaney a couple weeks back.
We continued up stream and ran into a huge elk likely dieing in the field just south of the river. Pretty impressive animal, but it looked like he too was diseased or had been shot and wandered to this spot. He repeatedly stood up and laid down, but that was about it. One of the gentlemen who pointed the elk out to us mentioned that we would contact the DOW about the wounded elk.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Fishey Management Plan, though outdated, was also pretty interesting:
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Vasies Pupa Pattern by Lucian Vasies
Came accross this fly at SwittersB's blog and thought it was very interesting. I have not seen a fly with a braided flash back wing case before and I like the ribbing idea - very cool. Fact of the matter is the whole pattern was foreign to me, check out the tutorial:
I can't read any of it, as it is Romanian, but you can figure it out.
Here's the recipe...you're on your own for the translation.
Materiale: Carlig Caddis #14 Daiichi D1130
Ata: de corp Devaux galbena si 17/0 UniThread
Coada: barbule de cocos de Leon sau cocos indian
Subcorp: ata de corp Devaux
Corp: lurefil oliv
Torace: dubbing super nymph sau din ureche de iepure amestecat cu super sintetic nymph dubbing
Gheb: barbule de fazan sau pearl scudback
Greutate: bila de tungsten de 3mm
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Something I would like to do in the near future over a couple seasons is the State of Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Cutt Slam program. What you do is catch Wyoming's four cutthroat sub-species in their native range in Wyoming, document the catches with pictures and submit the application. In return they send the above certificate detailing your catch. I think it's a pretty cool program the state puts on, I wish Colorado had something similar! I have been told to expect to drive all over the state, but I figure that's the point of the program to see Wyoming and these fish in their native habitat.
Here's a map of the relative range of each species:
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Below are photos of the Bow Kevin did for me, I took one of the head and tail to show the detail.
If you aren't familiar with Jason Jagger's photography I'd highly recommend checking it out at the link above. I was lucky enough to be the high bidder on one of his prints last year in which an unsuspecting Callibaetis was about to become a snack for a nice trout. It is currently hanging on my wall.
You've probably seen his work at Charlie's and various other outlets.
Dude must have ridiculous patience.
Here is the kiwi colored gummi with the veil. This fly is slightly larger, 4mm egg tied on a size 12 TMC2488. The veil is simple egg veil material.
This is the gummi material used to tie the patterns. It could be easier, you just tie in some veil on the hook behind the eye, then put a drop of zap-a-gap on the shank where the egg will go, slide the gummi egg over the eye and bring the veil forward to tie off.
Note: I would add an extra drop of zap-a-gap behind the egg once completed. I had a problem with the egg sliding down towards the bend after the fish would hit it a few times. I missed a couple fish I beleive because the egg slid too far to get an acceptable hook set.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
After leaving early to fish Antero, which was less than stellar. I had the opportunity to fish the Rio Grande in June. We stayed in Creede, Colorado, which is beautiful and you should make the trip should you find yourself able to do so.
The wind was unlike anything I had ever fished in my life. Even the guide who had fished the canyon for over 20 years said it was the worst he had ever seen! Oh well, such is fishing - it was better than staring at the computer screen from behind a desk.
We threw big bugs (#2 Sofa Pillows and Stones) as close to the banks as we could muster in the wind. Saw a number of Pteronarcys hatching and bumbling around, but not many risers. Caught our fair share of Bows and Browns.
Ultimately, we missed the prime water by about a week according to the locals and guides as the water was still too high after all the moisture from this past winter and spring. It was however a great trip and we had a great time.
Note: When fishing with Doug you must expect him to show up 9 tall rum and cokes down upon arrival. That is just how it's done.