Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Abel Automatics, Inc. :: Tools :: The Abel Nippers

If you have a heart condition, please consult a physician before viewing the price tag.

Abel Automatics, Inc. :: Tools :: The Abel Nippers

Dusty Rods

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.

Fly of the Week: Olive Midge Dry

Concluding our Fly of the Week Midge - o - mania is the adult version, the dry fly. Like all of the midge patterns, I would keep these to size 16 and under.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Talk about Live Streaming

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.

Check the Article Here: Native fish revival

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

YouTube - Trawler kill thousands of stripers at Oregon Inlet

While I can't say I agree with the music selection (let's just say poor taste) this is a visual reminder of what negligent commercial fishing can do.

YouTube - Trawler kill thousands of stripers at Oregon Inlet

Fly of the Week: Olive Midge Emerger

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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Digs

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

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cabela's CGR Series

I know what's on my...... Groundhog's Day list.(I think that's the next holiday.) Cabela's 50th Anniversary CGR Series fiberglass fly rod.

They were just released earlier this week, and look pretty sharp for a rod that's still under the $100 mark, if just under.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter Reading: the mother load

Need a good book to read while pining away those snowy winter days?

Here are all the public domain ebooks from the Google eBookstore. (If you don't know, public domain = free : D )

Happy Reading!

Search results for “fly fishing” - Google eBookstore

Build-A-Leader Workshop Part 3: Diameter of material

Probably should have posted this a bit earlier, but couldn't find the site again to save my life.

With the issue of different manufacturers making different diameters different numbers, it makes building a leader so much more complicated.

And how do they get those numbers anyway?

YTMND - Peta People Smart!

This is a reading of a supposed email sent to PETA. I'm not sure how much I believe that it is real, but it's good for a laugh!

Also, depending on your surroundings you might want to get some headphones, as there is an F-bomb at the end.

YTMND - Peta People Smart!

Fly of the Week: Olive Midge Pupa Nymph

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?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tying on a Few

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.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

» 10 Things Every Fly Fisherman Should Know Flyosophy

Very true, and very entertaining!

» 10 Things Every Fly Fisherman Should Know Flyosophy

Builder a Leader Workshop Part 2: It's Knot as hard as you think

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.

On the Virtual Water

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.

Real World Fly Fishing Demo Version

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fly of the Week: Brownie Shellback

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.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Medalist

Are you a Medalist fan? I am. I needed a cheap reel for a 6 wt and picked on up, and after that first cast I think that I used that rod and reel more than anything else for many months afterward.