I'm not sure about you, but here in PA we have been getting snowfalls every week, temperatures averaging in the low 20's-high teen's..... in a word, not very productive for anything, let alone fly fishing.
I would say that Zachariah Perry kind of has it made. He has a live stream of a stream.
Perry is the Reed's Canyon restoration specialist, and as such he has a live feed from a camera placed in Reed's Canyon's Crystal Springs Creek, in Southeast Portland.
The camera is a make shift affair, made from little more than a security camera and a plastic box. It lacks significant detail, but Perry has the pleasure of watching all manner of fish, otters, ducks swim past if little "peep hole."
The camera is used to reiterate the success of several restoration projects in the area to help the local steelhead and salmon populations.
Continuing with our Midge series, the next stage of the insect that we'll work on is the emerger. This is when the midge nymph, tired of being a bottom feeding mud grubber, decides it's going to make a break for the wide world.
Just a quick update, that I started a new job in the Web Dept of Messiah College.
The best part? Yellow Beeches creek runs right through the middle of the campus, not two minutes from my office. I haven't had a chance to really check it out, but I guess we all know what I will be doing on my lunch hour. : D
With winter in full swing, it seems fitting to spend the next few Fly of the Weeks looking at that winter fly staple; the midge. They are one of the most abundant variety of insects in the worlds waterways, and they are year round residents. What better pattern to have in your box?
So the other night I decided that a cocktail hour would be a lot better when sitting in front of the vice. And while that hour may have been extended by some, I did manage to take a few flys off of my "need to tie" list.
Putting bad puns aside for the moment, this second part of my impromptu leader-building series is about knotted leaders. Now, when I first started fly fishing, I read somewhere (y'know, that place were all good information is obtained) that knottless tapered leaders were better than knotted leaders as they didn't snag as much, and maybe some other arguments that I didn't really understand but since the writer sounded like he did I took him at his word. I bought my knotless leaders like a good boy and didn't think much about it.
Dying to get on the water without actually being able to get there? Then check out this game.
You can by the game for $40, or you can try the Demo Version, which allows you to catch 20 fish before the "fish stop biting."
The controls are pretty easy to use and the graphics are great. My only issue is that when you get a fish on, you can only reel it in when the tension on the line is "relatively low." What that means is that when you get a fish on, expect to sit there for 5 minutes holding down the mouse button.
Many people think that the best working flys and dark and drab. It's (theoretically) harder for the fish to make out details of the pattern, since it is dark it works well in murky water, but since it is a little featureless it works well in clear water too.
Conversely, some think that the best patterns are bright, eye catching attractor patterns. Go figure.