Whiskey Creek Fly Fishing

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Trout on Tap

May 24th, 2010 · No Comments

This is interesting. Nestle is planning a bottled water plant, for spring water, in Oregon. These always result in battles between those that want to protect the resources, and those that want to use the resources or want a job.  This battle was recently fought in McCloud, CA which resulted in Nestle backing out.

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Now, they are trying a new tactic.  First, pull the spring water out of the spring to bottle it, then replace it with tap water for the fish.

OK, go click that link and read the article.  Go ahead, I’ll still be here.

This doesn’t pass the “what the what?” test. Yes, they will be spending millions of dollars, and hire dozens of people, to pump water out of a river, and pump the same amount of tap water back in.

Can’t they just put “mineral spring” tasting minerals into the tap water and call it good?

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Awesome Angling Artwork

April 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Check out the fly watercolors by Peter Strid.

Bakers Hole Bugger

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Eat Well and Save the Fish

April 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments

My arm was twisted into participating in the company Earth Day events. Sustainable fishing was the mandate. I ran through the possibilities: catch and release fishing, wild and native fish restoration, conservation of fishing habitat, and other topics. Since the vast majority of folks at work don’t fish, but most eat fish, I ended up talking about sustainable fish.

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Plus, with the help of Seafood Watch, I was able to snag some hand-outs and a pretty cool demo of their iPhone app. (I used an iPad for the demo, and in reality, the iPad had as much, if not more interest than sustainable fishing)

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Awesome Artwork

April 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Wow, I’m flattered and way impressed. Minimanny on Flickr painted one of my fly patterns, the October Humpy. I’m really impressed by his skills.  I wish I could tie as neat as he paints.

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October Surprise by Minimanny

October Surprise by Minimanny

October Humpy, originally uploaded by WhiskeyCreek.


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Island Park in Danger?

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Island Park, Idaho, is the birthplace of Henry’s Fork.  Henry’s Fork begins in Big Springs, and flows through the town, to Last Chance, where the river then flows into Harriman State Park.  Highway 20 roughly follows the river, and the town of Island Park roughly follows Highway 20.

Is Island Park in danger?

Island Park is 33 miles long, and only 500 feet wide. There are only several hundred people that call Island Park “home” in the official census form, but its many thousands have their hearts there.  The physical population does swell during fishing season.

Being that long and skinny, with all those fishermen. Is Island Park in danger of tipping over? Will it capsize?

I’m worried.

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Dry Fly Whiskey: my take

March 15th, 2010 · 6 Comments

My palette is experience, but not trained. So please bear with this weak review.

I found this bottle in Beltramo’s, for a nifty fifty bucks. The bottle is definitely cool, with the label going around the bottle with a rainbow trout pattern. It was marked Batch Two, also a coolness factor. What else can I say about this, a great name, a great bottle, a low numbered batch; I just wish the whiskey tasted better for me.

The whiskey is dry, and starts off crisp. However, it has a nasty kick in the sinus a second, or so, after passing the lips. To compare to others, that first second reminds me an Irish whiskey, like Bushmills, and that kick like bourbon that comes in a plastic bottle (think Ten High).

Palettes vary, and maybe just this hatch didn’t match mine. I may try batch five or ten. If you know me, I’ll be happy to give you a taste of mine. Don’t hurry, it will be around for a while. Dry Fly Whiskey definitely doesn’t displace Gentleman Jack.

Tonight, I served Dry Fly to a friend who is a Scotch connoisseur. He enjoyed Dry Fly, as did his wife (she is not a whiskey drinker, nor does she drink whisky).  So, tastes do vary, and you may enjoy Dry Fly. But if you drop $50 for a bottle and don’t like it, don’t blame me.

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Time to wax your thread

March 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Feather-Craft is hosting a fly tying contest, looking for your unique and local patterns. The winners will be tied by Rainy’s and sold through the Feather-Craft catalog.

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They don’t take a fly

March 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Today’s nugget of fun from An Entirely Synthetic Fish is about the Oregon territory in 1848. This comes from chapter 2, Essentially a National Matter.

The discovery of the rainbow trout came about, as most significant discoveries do, during a search for something else. The US government was looking for salmon to restock the decimated Atlantic Salmon of the eastern US.  Oregon was mentioned as a source of salmon, but there was some doubt, as everyone knew that pacific salmon do not take a fly. In fact, according to the story, Britain ceded the Oregon territory to the US because the brother of  Lord Aberdeen was skunked on a fly fishing trip to Oregon. Who needs fish if they won’t take a fly? Who needs Oregon if you can’t catch the fish with a fly?

Now, with all our modern technology and rich history, we know that getting skunked on a fly fishing trip to Oregon is not unheard of. The last time I was skunked, I thought of ceding my spey rod to the river, but not the whole territory…

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An Entirely Synthetic Fishing blog entry

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Interesting.  I’ve recently been reading this thing that a guy wrote. It has about 250 pages of paper, bound together between 2 hard covers. There is a picture on the cover. This thing is amazing; it is totally self contained and has no need to plug in to recharge. The pages are fully readable in direct sunlight, even though the font is a fixed size.  I believe its called a book. It’s called An Entirely Synthetic Fish – How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World, by Anders Halverson.

This particular book was pretty cool to start reading. I opened it for the first time this weekend, on the banks of the Upper Sacramento river.  The story opens with some guys from Washington DC traveling to Red Bluff by railroad, then to the McCloud river by stage coach. They went to find salmon; what they discovered was Rainbow Trout.

I’m a couple of chapters in, and have really enjoyed a few nuggets of prose.  Instead of a a book review, I thought I’d share these nuggets as I come across them.

The first was not written by Anders Halverson, the author, but instead  written by someone else, quoting someone else. The Foreword was written by Patricia Nelson Limerick, where she shares this quote from James Madison:

“As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other”

Wow. We get all worked up and passionate about those things that are important to us: water management policies, vice-presidents, indigenous species populations, and the annual budget of the Department of Fish and Game.   Who would have thought we could get all indigent over the budgeting process for land use agencies in Idaho? Well, Madison did. We know the best way to manage state parks because those decisions potentially impact our access to Millionaire’s Pool.

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The human drama of athletic competition

February 12th, 2010 · No Comments

For the next couple of weeks, BC steel is not a fish, but skates and edges of skis.

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