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'The Fraternity of Fly Fishers'
June 2018
 

"“Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it si not fish they are after.” "
Henry David Thoreau

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BASS -O- RAMA

I headed out to a pond that I had not been to for a while. The road had washed out and had been fixed for about a week. This is one that can be driven to and that allowed me to take the canoe. I got everything in the canoe and moved it about 25 feet to get near the edge of the pond. I made a few casts before I launched the canoe and first cast resulted in a bass about a foot long. The rod tip danced a lot while getting this fish in. I made a few more casts and picked up a few more bass. I changed rods and tried again and got two more bass with that rig. I tried the third rod and got another bass. Where are the cousins?

THE BOY ON THE BANK

The boy sat intently observing from his perch on the stream bank above, like a miniature gargoyle watching all that was upon the stream. The object of his attention was an elderly fisherman with what appeared in the mind’s-eye of the boy to be a magic wand, as he laid out long graceful loops with a cast that looked nearly impossible. The pale blue line made no sound, except for the occasional “clicking” of the reel as the man would appear to pull more line off of his reel, extending his casting loop even further. He watched on as the line would lay itself out effortlessly and the man would then stand motionless as only his head and rod tip would follow the line on the water.

SPAWNING BEHAVIOR (part2)

In part one I covered the spawning cycle of the brown trout on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. In part two, I will be covering the spawning cycle of the rainbow trout as it relates to the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. This time-period is often referred to as the Spring Spawning Run however to the anglers who are fishing the weather is often more like late winter.

REFLECTIONS

In part one I covered the spawning cycle of the brown trout on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. In part two, I will be covering the spawning cycle of the rainbow trout as it relates to the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. This time-period is often referred to as the Spring Spawning Run however to the anglers who are fishing the weather is often more like late winter.

RELEVANCE

Many “modern” anglers have little interest in the history of fly fishing. They consider it to be dull and boring having little practical value and no application to current fly fishing practice. In many ways the viewpoint is correct. Knowledge of angling history is unlikely to improve your casting, insect identification or your fly tying techniques but it’s important to know where we came from and how we got here. When you study fly fishing history you soon discover that there is nothing truly new; there are just new ways of doing the same things.

 


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