Friday, January 1, 2016
Resolutions And A Day At Charlies
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting beat in the process" Paul O'Neil, 1965
Happy New Year to all!!
A few resolutions have been made on my part with some starting now and some when this winter passes.
I've spent the last day going through my fly boxes, replenishing some old trustworthy patterns and rewarding some new patterns that made the grade this past year by tying up more. Into the trash went the "what the F_ _ _ was I thinking" crowd of bad ideas. I felt like an NFL GM who looks at a high 2nd round draft choice and says "what the F_ _ _ was I thinking". So out they went which left me realizing that most of these dogs were overdressed, overbuilt, with too much material involved and the team that will be with me are really SPARSELY dressed. Those flies work the best. Christophe Perez, when writing about the Swift in Eastern Flyfishing Magazine, mentioned that my flies are uncomplicated and impressionistic: a few turns of thread or dubbing can often go a long way. This year we will really take that it the extreme. My wooly buggers were "reduced" this summer. They work fine and really look like large insects. Gone are the Spiders from Mars crap which look more extraterrestrial than terrestrial.
I'll be continuing this blog in the same form as I have for over eight years. I'll write/report on the three rivers, where I was fishing on those three rivers, what I was using on those three rivers and a general idea of how well I did. It's been well received over the years except for a few sanctimonious types who believe everything should be a secret. Prediction - I'll still have plenty of water to myself in 2016.
"Conventional Wisdom" was taken to task last July (no need for 7x on sunken flies) and some very good flyfishermen backed this up with personal experiences. As Lefty Kreh said "there's more bullshit in flyfishing than in a Texas cattle yard". This blog will continue to shine the light of day on it.
Now, set aside Sunday, February 21 from 10am to 2pm at Charlie Shaden's Evening Sun Fly Shop. I'll be there working up some Swift and Millers flies and answering questions about whatever till about noon and will then do a slide show on the Millers and the Swift if time permits. My past events there have been very well attended and it is FREE, of course! I'm looking forward to this!!
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 1:25 PM
Labels: Fly Fishing Instruction, guided fly fishing trips on the Swift River, guided fly fishing trips on th East Branch of the Westfield River, Guided fly fishing trips on the Miller River