|GOT AN 8" SNOWFALL -- 2" Stuck -- BETTER UP HIGH|
Saturday, March 08, 2014
THREE 40° DAYS
slushy tank traps in streets
|WALLPAPER: MELTWATER ICICLES|
|Your Basic Nymph|
.. A few redds have been spotted on the Madison River, (below the dam,) Between the Lakes. Can Spring be far behind? Probably!
.. We're taking our cue from the neighbors and laying in a supply of basic subsurface flies for the early part of the season. Even the itinerant guides are tying a bunch of basic nymphs. Fly size and depth will be important early on.
.. Obsessing about snow depth and snow water content is beginning to dominate conversations at the post office, grocery store, hardware store, and at the pharmacy.
.. Despite the few warm days we've had there is still a bit of winter to come. For an excellent prognosis about the upcoming spring and the water situation check out the News Page At Parks' Fly Shop.
|WALLPAPER, (loaf #11): SOURDOUGH HOAGIE BUNS|
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Saturday, March 01, 2014
FOR LARGE MIGRANTS
A Bit Off Center
the neighbors are swinging
|WALLPAPER: THIN WING STREAMER|
-------Between The Lakes.
.. Late Winter, (so far,) has been gentle and moist. It seems that the bitter cold has left us for the moment. Our days are bright and snowy. Temperatures just cold enough to keep the snow on the ground and warm enough to stir the catching lust among those that fish.
.. Many fishers, around here, abandon the streams for skiing or sledding or other cold weather activities. Some, (more than you'd think,) keep at it and they catch the hungry fish of Winter. The fisher folk are now switching from midges and other bits of fluff to streamers of various sorts.
|THESE WORK TOO|
.. These fish move, nay - are driven to the spawning gravels and are angry, aggressive, and hungry. Soon they will be just aggressive and there's little sport in that.
.. These two wallpaper flies are working wonders as we write. Simple little darlings they are. They are tied on 6x long Limerick hooks and take advantage of the keel-like properties of that design. They are also very sparse and wispy. Fleeting targets that induce firm or even violent strikes, (some of which miss entirely.)
.. These are fished in the seam between the main current and the soft water along the shore. Drift a bit - then short smooth jerks, - etc.
.. There are no formal names for these two flies. There could be 50 of them in existence. Maybe a few more or less. The names used here are the current reference names that the fishers in the neighborhood are using at the moment. The flies have become fairly standardized over the last few years but there's always room for innovation. The neighbors have been at it for about two weeks and will now allow us to share them with you.
SIMPLE RECIPESThin Wing Streamer
Hook: 6xl Limerick, (or other of your choice,)
Tail: Wood Duck Sprig,
Body: Gold colored metal tinsel,
Rib: Twisted silver wire,
Wing: Single pair white or light gray,
Overwing: A few bits of peacock herl,
Hackle: Red calf tail hair.
Sparse Wing Streamer
Hook: 6xl Limerick, (or your choice,)
Tail: Elk inner thigh hair,
Body: Rear = yellow wool, Front = orange wool,
Rib: Gold colored metal tinsel,
Wing: Calf tail in sparse layers = yellow, orange, red, chartreuse,
Hackle: White calf tail,
Eye: Herter's flat celluloid spade base eye, (optional.)
|WALLPAPER: SPARSE WING STREAMER|
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
CHILLI RELLENO = BREAKFAST
Guacamole = Lunch
pepper steak = dinner
|WALLPAPER: CHILI RELLENO|
.. It's also been said that variety in food and flies is the spice for catching those trout.
.. The neighbors, bless their hearts, say that all food is better if it's made at home. We're doing our best.
|WALLPAPER: PEPPER STEAK|
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
NOT A HINT OF BREEZE
Very Diffuse Shadows
fish noses and midges
|WALLPAPER: SOFT AND STILL|
.. Slurping is louder than rustling. Fishing is sublime. Catching is electric. We get one of these days all too infrequently. It's nice.
.. Breakfast comes after catching.
|WALLPAPER: A REAL BREAKFAST|