for the love of water- The Birth of a Snowflake

Push ! Puuuuuuuuush !!!  😆

apart from floating down with them and watching water transform as we fall through the clouds, this lovely little timelapse documentary by Armand9x is probably as close as we’ll get to actually seeing this happen. enjoy !

acorn pairs

acorn Island ftlow M.Fauvet:TLC 13-12-14
was out earlier today checking on water levels of some local streams, streams that are open year ’round and a more than welcome venue for when the trout rivers are closed. a series of heavy rainstorms have turned what are normally large rivulets maybe two meters wide at most into raging, brown, unfishable waters around five times their normal width and one metre higher but some of the effects of the bank overflows are quite interesting like this acorn gathering assembled by water that made me think of an aerial view of some exotic island.

the pairs part happened when i got back to the office and noticed this video. i like pairs.
http://vimeo.com/86362805?utm_source=email&utm_large=vimeo-digest-daily_digest-20140100&utm_campaign=9279&email_id=ZGFpbHlfZGlnZXN0fDkyYTlkOGVjNTNkMzkzNWY0Y2JhNTJjMTc5NDI0YjgyMzg4fDE4MDc3ODR8MTQxODM4NzI5MXw5Mjc5

be still, my beating heart !

The expression, and the comic manner in which it is now delivered, were brought to a wide public in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera HMS Pinafore, 1878:

Ralph:
Aye, even though Jove’s armoury were launched at the head of the audacious mortal whose lips, unhallowed by relationship, dared to breathe that precious word, yet would I breathe it once, and then perchance be silent evermore. Josephine, in one brief breath I will concentrate the hopes, the doubts, the anxious fears of six weary months. Josephine, I am a British sailor, and I love you!

Josephine:
Sir, this audacity!
(Aside.) Oh, my heart, be still my beating heart!
(Aloud.) This unwarrantable presumption on the part of a common sailor!

or…
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some pretties

sure, i’m always happy to see kids and friends displaying with joy the fish they just caught but i’m so over the typical grip and grin shot its not even funny. its actually turned into a turn-off/repulsion of sorts thats hard to explain in a blog post but one thing’s for sure, the turn-off is at its strongest when there’s a clear disrespect for the fish and the image or film is all centred around the angler and not the magnificent, temporary partner.

as an obsessed fly fisher, i get more and more flack from by my flybrethren by saying things like this but the truth is, i like seeing fish unattached and free. its not like i don’t want to catch them, in fact, i’ve been fishing like crazy lately but the image that i want to remain doesn’t include tackle marketing, hands or a face.

something like these pretties…

2% by museline

Tarpon Cave by Frans De Backer

Love in a Mountain Stream by Mathew Hall
http://vimeo.com/user32721256/loveinamountainstream

Vapourous

 

Vapor |ˈvāpər| (Brit.vapour)
noun
a substance diffused or suspended in the air, esp. one normally liquid or solid: dense clouds of beautiful water.
• Physics: a gaseous substance that is below its critical temperature, and can therefore be liquefied by pressure alone. Compare with gas.
• (the vapours) dated a sudden feeling of faintness or nervousness or a state of depression for being in such a dry environment.
verb [ no obj. ]
talk in a vacuous, boasting, or pompous way: he was vaporing on about the days of his youth and when he wasn’t busy talking nonsense, he went into space and filmed our Earth’s cloud vapours for our enjoyment.

earth water vapour from space

Damsels and Dragons

whether they’re screwing around whilst flying, planking on a blade of grass or sunbathing while shaking their butts, these gorgeous creatures not only bring out fantastic visions of fishing terrestrial imitations and their oft explosive takes but maybe more importantly, they’re reminders of nice summer days by the water and these memories are something to cherish and keep with us throughout the colder months.

thanks to great videographer Tbfxtcxzo for allowing us to relive these warm buggy moments all year.

L’Oriège

is a drop-dead gorgeous stream in the Orlu valley in Ariège, France.

this is how i see it when i’m not tracking my flies and looking out for the gem-like trout that live there.

L'Oriège pic ftlow M.Fauvet:TLC 27-8-14
L'Oriège M.Fauvet:TLC ftlow

if you’re ever planning a trip in this part of the world let me know.
we’ll fish it together.

brainwashem’ young- drifting babies

via TED’s Discovering the Deep

“Coral reef fish, like the yellow tang surgeonfish, begin life in a fascinating and weird way – as tiny floating larvae! These babies are capable of drifting thousands of miles on ocean currents, far from the reefs where they were born. Amy McDermott describes how these tiny trekkers travel across vast oceans, searching for the far-flung reefs they will one day call home.”

although in cartoon form, this very interesting account of coral reef baby fish and their growing-up process is anything but childish but you just might want to share this with your little ones as well as its never too early to help them discover the wonders of the water world. enjoy !

How fish eat

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fascinating stuff here from Smarter Every Day via The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal showing us just how cool and more importantly, how our slimy friends have adapted and evolved their eating methods through time.

i’d found the image above years ago on the net (sorry, no source) where the explanation behind it was that in many cases, trout will suck in a bug from quite a distance through a vortex created by opening the mouth and thrusting the water out through the gills effectively sucking the prey in instead of munching down on the meal with its teeth as most of us mammals do.
the videos below show and explain this action in high-quality slomo video confirming the ‘vortex’ method of feeding.
note that this method is mostly used by toothless or smaller-toothed fish. in the case of trout, a lot of bugs and smaller stuff will get sucked in and use their teeth when they go for forage fish.
an example of a (very) toothed fish that clamps its prey are pike. they’ll typically chomp, grab and hold their prey for a while until its stunned and later turn it so its facing them and then swallow it whole. yum !

but then, some fish aren’t all that smart and sometimes they get a little confused on which technique to use…
fish eat fish

biblical hexes

mayfly satelite July202014“A massive mayfly hatch on the Mississippi River in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area July 20, 2014, was described as a insect infestation of “biblical proportions” so intense that it made driving in the region difficult and even dangerous. Poor visibility and slippery roads (due to mayflies) were blamed for a three-vehicle accident on the Hwy. 63 bridge linking Red Wing and Hager City, Wisconsin, that left one person hospitalised.”

sure, this info has gone a bit viral lately. some have seen it and this is for those who haven’t. apart from the poor people hurt in the accident this is a magical moment to say the least.
click the gif for the full story by Ross Purnell at FlyFisherman

its time to take your water thermometer out

here’s why.

personally, apart from sort-of ‘bragging rights’ where i might use my thermometer to show i’ve been fishing in minus 10° temps (as if that was something to brag about…), this is the only serious use of one i can foresee.
i don’t live and generally fish in an area where any kind of bug activity can be predicted by water temperature but ! i definitely always have it with me in the hotter months to know when to stop fishing.
sometimes its best to put the rod away and go for a swim instead or simply pretend to be a hoot owl.

the last Molt

i can’t figure out why but this dun to spinner transformation stuff gets me all excited ! after two seconds i immediately shut down the sucky music and found myself grunting along with the beast simultaneously shouting PUSH – PULL – PUSH !!!
for the full exhilarating experience i suggest you do the same. note how near the end it just ‘walks away’ from its front-right leg just as any self-respecting zombie might do. too cool, enjoy !