“A zombie apocalypse isn’t the most jovial situation.”

Danai Gurira

zombie closing day ftlow M.Fauvet:TLC 21-9-14

and neither is the end of this year’s trout season and even if it seems apocalyptic at the moment, that’s just the way it is.
our slimy friends get to take a well deserved break, do some egg laying and fertilising (how boring, i’m sooooo glad to be a mammal !) and forget about what we look like until next spring, that is, if they don’t get caught by this butt-ugly zombie first…

good luck and see you soon !

At last

don’t know if its Etta James’ lovely voice, cannibalism caught on film or the sight of all those super-excited Alaskan trout slurping down eggs like there’s no tomorrow that makes this short underwater video interesting. probably all three.

brought to us by deneki.com, bon appétit !

Brandlin’

Alan Bithell has already contributed several treats on TLC and on today’s wormy menu we have another yummy:

brandling |ˈbrandliNG|
noun
a red earthworm that has rings of a brighter color, often found in manure, and used as bait by anglers and in composting kitchen waste.
[Eisenia fetida, family Lumbricidae.]
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from brand + -ling.

Odor
When roughly handled, an Eisenia fetida exudes a pungent liquid, thus the specific name foetida meaning foul-smelling. This is presumably an antipredator adaptation.

and here’s the beast but the best news is this one catches a lot of fish because just about every fish loves to eat worms and maybe more importantly, this one doesn’t exude anything, not even stink…

Brandlin' 1

lead foil being optional, apart from the hook and thread, there’s only two ingredients:

Brandlin' 2rubber stretch skin and a protective finishing coat of your preference.

as noted in the text, the only challenge here is getting the stretch skin’s tension right. play around with this a little and it’ll be spot on in no time. besides, if it doesn’t look right, simply unwind and try again.
click either image for the complete article on Alan’s site Crackaig Flies, enjoy !

the Swirl

is mysterious, its the whisper that made it through the wind in the forest, its the shadow that moved in the corner of my eye, its the boogeyman’s creak in the floorboards as he’s approaching the bedroom. its the one i want to catch because i don’t know who he is.
sent in by reader Paul Slaney for the love of water collection, i hope you’ll enjoy this lovely swirl.

'The Swirl' Paul Slaney ftlow

thanks Paul !

Fish Fins

with a little of this and a little of that, this self explanatory compendium of different species gives a non-exhaustive but pretty good nomenclature idea of our slimy friend’s propulsion systems, their shapes and specificities. enjoy !

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- click either image for its source and a lot more specific information -