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Feather Hair Extensions – New Threat for Hackle

February 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

My storage system is dust proof, moisture proof, bug proof, and now dog proof.  Looks like I need to make it daughter-proof.

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Feather hair extensions are coming to a salon near you. This new fashion has ladies tying half a dozen saddle hackles into their hair. About 100 flies worth of hackle there.

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From a beautifully hackled fly to a hackled beauty.

I wonder if she likes to go fly fishing?

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Panama City Fishing report

August 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today, I went fishing with Capt. James Pic, in Panama City, Florida.  Just down the road from Rosemary Beach.

JP worked hard to get us on fish, and he succeeded. We (wife and I) caught about 20 fish each, in just 4 hours.


(then it was just too hot, time to sit in the pool with a Tuscan lemonade).

More blue fish than anything else, but we caught 7 different species (blue fish, lady fish, spanish mackral, sand shark, cat fish, razor back, and another with a forgotten name).

Double haul casts, with clouser minnows. Learned some new casting tricks from JP, helping to us my body more to cast long distance, and a back cast.  Also some of the fish wanted a very fast retrieve, which was easier with the rod tucked under my arm and using both hands for the retrieve.

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This salt water stuff can get addicting.

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Rosemary Beach, Jelly Fish

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Jellyfish from Rosemary beach, originally uploaded by WhiskeyCreek.

Clear water help me with my assignment and jelly fish on Rosemary beach. Today was mostly a family beach day, with very little fishing. My handy dandy olympus waterproof camera was in pocket when this guy floated by.

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No sign of oil at this beach. We did see several EPA employees walking the beach, conveniently just behind a couple of hotties in bikinis.

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Rosemary Beach Fly Fishing, Second Day

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Fish on.

A family day at the beach, but I brought a rod rigged with a super-hair clouser. Out playing and splashing in the surf, and viagra canada a school of fish popped out of the water. A quick sprint back to the beach to get the rod and I was soon double-hauling my butt off.   I had lost sight of the school, so just blind casting to where they were.

A few dozen casts and I hooked up with a ladyfish.

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Then, short time later a second. These are pretty good fighters, giving a good tug and jumping 3-4 feet out of the water.  Doesn’t seem fair to target a 12 inch fish with a 2 inch clouser and 8-wt rod, but what the heck.

Ladyfish by eustatic

Ladyfish by eustatic

One cool thing about fishing in Florida, getting a fishing license is pretty easy. You call 1-888-FISH-FLO with a credit card handy. In 5 minutes, you get a code that you write down, which serves as your license. They follow up with an email (and probably snail-mail).

Here are some shots from Rosemary beach.

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Something new for me: Fly Fishing Florida's Gulf Coast

August 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

I’m on a family vacation in sunny Florida.

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Specifically, Rosemary Beach on the Florida Panhandle.

Rosemary Beach Sign by Lance Weatherby

Rosemary Beach Sign by Lance Weatherby

First stop, for information. The fine folks at Florida Sportsman were kind enough to give me some pointers on which flies and equipment to bring. Strangely, I don’t remember visiting that site before, but I did have an account already. Their advice, bring a 9 ft 9-wt, with floating or intermediate line. The closest that I had, which must be close enough was an 8-wt with a multi-tip system.

For flies, they recommended bringing Clouser Minnows in Chartreuse. The unified fly theory of fly fishing, a chartreuse Clouser.  I tied a dozen for the trip.

Once on the ground, a quick visit to the fly shop for licenses and local info. The local shop is Old Florida Outfitters in Watercolor, Florida.

Jason was running the fly department that day. He was very helpful, with information on flies, rigging, and presentation.  We bought another dozen flies, epoxy minnows, super-hair clousers, and mole crab imitations (called sand fleas here).

Time to hit the beach.  First, there is no sign of oil anywhere. The oil leak missed this area of Florida. I have a day booked with a guide later in the week, so I’ll likely learn more, but what else is there to learn. No oil here.

The beach is beautiful. The sand is soft and white, and the water blue green (or deep green with seaweed). The water is actually pleasant to enter (not the shrinkage inducing temperatures of good trout water).

I went out last night, after dinner, right at dusk. That was a mistake. With the wind, an approaching storm, and lack of knowing what I was doing, my line was an instant mess. Lots of seaweed and a rat’s nest of line.  One cast, and the clippers were already out. Ten minutes later, the second cast came up with clumps of seaweed on every knot. Yuck. Cocktail time.

The next morning (this morning), went out in the sunshine and calm conditions. This was much better. Easy to see the troughs in the water, and the seaweed is clumped together and visible.  Walked down the beach three quarters of a mile or so, no sign of fish. There was a promising looking trough, so I went out there.   I saw 2 fish cruising by; a good sign. But, a few dozen casts but no luck.

Stay tuned for this continuing saga.

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July 26th, 2010 · No Comments

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July 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

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Do you know the way to SLC?

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Getting to Salt Lake City from West Yellowstone is a beautiful site.

IMAG0176, originally uploaded by WhiskeyCreek.

Outstanding and beautiful flight, from West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City. Flying above the Tetons. Taken with my new Droid Incredible.

Here is something incredible, here is that same shot, taken though the propellers with the Droid Incredible.  Somehow the video sampling rate beats against the prop frequency.

If you need to park a car, here is the West Yellowstone long term parking:

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River Why coming soon to San Francisco

June 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The River Why is coming to San Francisco, Wednesday, June 23, at the Presidio.

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The inside story

June 11th, 2010 · No Comments

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