When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?”
― Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic
graciously sent in by London-based casting colleague Alex Titov, here’s some lovely fly line art in the form of a fish.
fly fishing, there’s so much more to it than simply catching…
thanks Alex !
far removed from the usual watery substance, this video abstraction nevertheless fits in well in the Laconoscopy/For the Love of Water series.
is it a reminder of the random flows of life or maybe simply water’s ever-present influence so deeply ingrained in our minds ? i don’t know and don’t really care because whatever it is its nice to look at.
tech stuff for the curious from creator J. Robinson:
Caught in an eternal loop, high definition video signals create a digital Ouroboros and offer a glimpse into a forgotten realm. You make video feedback by pointing a camera at a TV while the camera is connected to the TV. It creates a feedback loop and then by manually adjusting the settings on the camera and TV you can get all kinds of crazy images.
doesn’t hurt my neck half as much as looking straight up above the stream for a few minutes but you know…
some high-level fly design from Lucian Vasies any and every nymph fisher might (read should) take into consideration: it’s that good.
“Winged Nymphs for Dynamic Nymphing could be considered a new frontier in fishing nymphs and a new way to tie flies. Some fly tiers consider them ugly. In terms of a classic construction and after the traditional rules to tie a nymph, these flies are quite ugly. These flies don’t follow the rules for conical bodies or for the tail made from feather fibers. What about the typical streamer wings? Something like these was never seen on nymphs. But appearance is not important to these nymphs. Their goal is not to please the fisherman, but to catch fish.”
the two key elements setting this beast apart from the rest, both of CDC fibres for the reasons explained in Lucian’s complete text and step-by-step you can access by clicking either pic.
Lucian’s a buddy and i know he won’t take this sideways but the fold-over wing isn’t exactly new but that’s of no importance. what is however is this concept is as hot as it gets when it comes to wet fly and nymph design.
here’s my ever so succesful ‘bladge i started tinkering with four years ago. it’s a black midge just subsurface wet, size 20 where the soft, fold-over wing was inspired by Peter Dobbs’ Shwartza (bottom pic) created in the early ’90s for the UK reservoir competition scene which in turn might have been inspired by the soft wing tied semi-upright Clyde style flies from a hundred and more years ago. Clyde wings are typically tied with wings slips from game birds. they’re nowhere as stiff as genetic cock hackles but they retain their wing shape a lot more than the marabou used in the Shwartza or fuzzy fibres found at the base of starling feathers i use for the ‘bladge.
what they do have in common with Lucian’s ingenious idea of using CDC fibres is all these super-soft materials collapse back when wet. since they’re tied in wing-style every fibre is free to move around, both undulating with the current and creating a very life-like ‘outer shell’ of the imitation’s body, something any other tying method has a very hard time replicating. play around with the concept, i promise you won’t regret.
for more on the Shwartza click the pic
sounds cliché but how cool is this ?
Sound recordist and Montana local, ‘Fishman’ Mike Kasic, has an unmatched obsession for the underwater wilderness of the Yellowstone River. In this 10 minute essay film, Mike swims the Yellowstone like a human-fish through swift river canyons, watching trout in fast currents filled with frothing water tornadoes, stopping only to body surf river waves.
“For years, Didymosphenia geminata (Didymo) has been on many states’ high-priority aquatic invasive species list. Didymo, a freshwater diatom, has the potential to bloom, forming dense mats on stream and river bottoms making recreational activities difficult and giving affected waterways an unsightly appearance. Didymo blooms began in Canada in the late 1980s, and have since occurred around the globe in places like New Zealand, Chile, and across the northern hemisphere.”
from here it looks like the same ‘ole river snot we’ve unfortunately been seeing here and there around the globe but continued research seems to point to what makes this algea tick: waterway phosphorus levels and more precisely, low phosforous levels.
it seems like alerting anglers and other water users to aquatic invaders such as Didymo, New Zealand Mudsnails and the parasite that causes Whirling Disease has kind of gone secondary but organisations such as flow are thankfully there to share information, remind us of these threats and how to do the right thing.
click the image above to acces the complete article and adjoining links and please share this with your angling friends. it’s not very exciting from a fun point of view but this stuf’s important.
ok, enough singing and on to some praising !
here’s a little two matirialed, size 24 ephemera/mayfly imitation that comes together in that just-right manner at the end of the tie.
getting tiny flies down pat is a matter of keeping things simple while keeping all those simple things in the correct proportions and ending up with an imitation that’ll float well, be visible, last in time, leave an enticing footprint on the surface, easy to tie, all the while looking yummy and this wee thing has them all.
– note that Davie’s using Dik-Dik for the wing and tails but also notice that any fine, preferably well-marked tips deer hair will do just as well.
– of special interest as well is this particular Tiemco 2487 BL hook. i haven’t used these yet but they tick a lot of boxes and i’ll definitely be giving them a go in this size this upcoming season.
as always, Mr. McPhail not only shows us fantastic flies but also a miriad of high level techniques for those who observe carefully. enjoy !