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Entries from April 2009

Capital Punishment on the Columbia River

April 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Those dammed rivers, killing the endangered salmon. These aren’t just any salmon, these are Columbia river salmon. We do everything possible to save the salmon, which have been bred in hatcheries, barged down river, tunneled and funneled past the dams, counted and coddled. After all that, they still face natural predators. So, how to protect […]

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Tags: Conservation · Salmon

Whiskey, Whiskey for My Oregon Friends

April 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Its been a taxing week, but if you want to enjoy a fine micro-brew from Oregon, you may be paying more taxes soon. The state government is considering raising taxes on beer. Not a 10% increase, not doubling the tax, but increasing the state beer tax by 19x. Note, that is 19 times the current […]

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Tags: humor · Whiskey

Tying tips: Dry Fly Hackle: Necks, Capes and Saddles

April 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The guys at FFOTW posted another fly tying tip by yours truly. This one is some background about choosing dry fly hackle. Notes from the podcast: Besides vise, maybe the largest single investment in tying Two ways to purchase hackle, from necks or saddles – some info help make right choice for you Terminology: Necks […]

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Tags: Fly Tying

If its shiny…

April 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Ah spring.  Renewal.  Beautiful blooms. Spawning bass. Bush-whacking to get to the local impoundment.  Itching. Scratching. Misery. A couple of seasons ago, I was bush-whacking to the lake, plotting my strategy for a bow-and-arrow cast. I was not paying attention to the bushes that I was whacking. In reality, the bushes were whacking me.  Poison […]

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Tags: Fly Fishing

October Caddis in April

April 11th, 2009 · No Comments

The SwittersB & Fly Fishing blog featured the October caddis the other day. If you haven’t seen this blog, check it out. He does a great job finding content, as well as creating original content.  Often, something new is available several times a day. Here is a quick pattern for the October caddis, using “A […]

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Tags: Fly Tying

Montana Outdoor Radio Show

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Most of us can’t fish or hunt in Montana every week, but thanks to the internet, we can listen to the Montana Outdoor radio show.  Enjoy the Captain.

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Tags: Fly Fishing


April 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last week, these pixels have featured a dry pattern for the western salmon fly, the Updated Modified Sofa Pillow. Big and orange.   A version of the nymph, called Barns Pool Stonefly was shown last fall.  I like to tie, so the Barn’s Pool Stonefly is a fun pattern to tie – especially when preparing for […]

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Tags: Fly Tying

Updated Modified Sofa Pillow – Step by Step

April 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Last week, I was experimenting with a pattern that is patterned after the sofa pillow, by Pat Barnes of West Yellowstone.  Here is a step-by-step sequence of the resulting pattern. Hook: Tiemco 200R Tail/Egg-sac: Black Poly Yarn Body: A Girl’s Secret sporty foam wrap Rib: Black thread (size A used here) Wing: Deer or Elk […]

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Tags: Fly Tying

Raising Pinkies for Trout

April 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Last night, the Henry’s Fork Foundation hosted a reception in San Francisco, overlooking the bay. The evening was informative, entertaining, and delicious – part celebration of the 25 years of conservation and part fund-raiser. The Henry’s Fork Foundation was founded 25 years ago, in response to plans to harvest hydro-electric power from the Mesa Falls […]

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Tags: River Keepers

Brownlining, now urban hunting

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Last week, the news was about brownlining, urban fly fishing for the less than noble species of fish.  This week, we have urban hunting. $70 for a trap, a bowl of cat food, a .22:  mmmm, fresh raccoon.  Remember to leave the paw on, so people don’t confuse it with any other fur-bearers that may […]

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Tags: humor