Why Fish? 12-22-10
A bond forms when walking a stream.
Whether you study its fluid dynamics,
The aquatic fauna and flora,
Or simply enjoy the company,
The line connects the rod holder
To a ballet of scales and invertebrates.
Rhythmically paddling back and forth,
Stationary at the seams of faster currents,
Patiently waiting for the optimal meal
Until a passing morsel
Sitting on the trunk of my little black car
Emptying my sieve-like waders
And breaking down my gear,
I feel complete after a day of fishing.
I am the rod, the line, the fly, the water,
And the fish.
A fellow Cornhusker Fly Fisher tipped me off to these boxes for
keeping your tying hooks organized. It is a bead or craft box made by Craftmates with a
locking mechanism for each hatch and rounded bottoms so it is easier
to grab the hooks. I taped labels to the lids and threw away all the
crappy bags I kept my hooks in. Score!
Total cost of box? $3.99 at Hobby Lobby
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It was a good first session for me. I tied some basic flies. Nothing difficult, but while focussing on technique, I noticed they were a bit sloppier at first. So as you go from left to right in the picture, the flies get progressively a little better.
Things I came away with:
1. getting much better tying on dubbing.
2. realized the importance of wrapping hackle feathers consistently fly to fly.
3. judging hackle feather size appropriate for fly.
4. I learned how to reattach my muffler to my car with iron wire.
I tied 5 “Soft Hacks Flies.”
– 3 size 14, 2 size 12
– olive/green dubbing
– partridge hackle
and… 1 “black fur ant”
– size 12
– black dubbing
– saddle hackle
1. Dad with a nice crappie last winter.
2. Steve (in picture) and I heading out Muskie fishing. No pictures of fish. No fish caught.
3. Fishing with friends in Northern Minnesota. Neither of those people are me :).
4. Northern Minnesota lake. Don’t remember the name. Evening fishing with freinds.
Wildfire Poly Caddis:
-Size 14 hook
-Zeeba Dubbing (our cat)
-“Homespun” Yarn: color Wild Fire
-70 Denier Black Ultra Thread
Modified CDC Emerger:
-Size 16 emerger hook
-Tail: Mallrd Flank Feather
-Red ultra wire (didn’t have white)
-Some leftover black thread
-Wings: I don’t know what the feather I used is called
-Head was finished off with a little more dubbing and then tied off
* I’m calling it modified because I didn’t have the proper colors or wing materials. It called for CDC Puff feathers.
** Woo Hoo!
Odds of winning this contest? Probably at most 1:500,000.
Would it be sweet to win? Hell yes.