Saturday, April 30, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Wow. Has it really been 10 days since my last post? With spring sputtering forward only to fall back to near-winter conditions, a multitude of projects have been started and left in hopes of better weather. Many of my friends seem to be battling weather related depression of varying severity. I guess I’ve been doing okay, though I’ve been staying inside working more than I’d like.On the plus side, I’ve managed to produce one of my more striking images. Special thanks are in order to Rodney Gallie for the outstanding reference photos. I don’t make a habit of using photos not taken by yours truly, but these were just too good to pass up.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Casting a fly rod can be artfully beautiful, but I can’t remember ever needing to cast 90’ of fly line to a rising trout. Short accurate casts that seem ordinary if not downright dull get the job done with the most efficiency.
Trout rising to invisible dry flies seem to be what the “pros” talk about over their cognac and pâté at the end of the day, though few can back up their yap with fish in the net. Far more trout at caught drifting nymphs under a float (“float” is the fly fishing world’s term for the lowly bobber) or swinging wet flies downstream through a riffle. It’s so effective many so-called purists frown on those that would stoop to that level. Whatever. I like to catch fish and sometimes flies just work better than anything else. That’s why I fly fish and tie flies. It makes me smile and that’s good enough for me.
Now I think I need to get some glasses.