encountered on an English chalkstream last month, this little fairy just may… have made my day.
having a nasty knee injury at the peak of fishing season leaves one with several options:
get mad, frustrated at everything, everyone, take up religion as a way of thinking that it’s all just part of a greater scheme and/or that i probably deserved it for having stolen candy as a child at the local 7-11 but, that’s dumb.
or, it can be just like all the other times where there’s been physical constraints and you just take care of it the best you know and wait it out and try to turn down-time into something positive because the ex-hippie (i never was a hippy btw) tells me that somehow, some way, just about every situation in life can be turned around into a positive one. at least that’s the plan.
so, this time, the idea was to finally rework TheLimpCobra’s layout and navigation parameters to something that:
a) i really like and feel more at-home with.
b) something you’ll really like or at least find more enjoyable and user-friendly with any viewing device.
c) well, in the same sense that it would be boring to always eat the same things or brush your teeth with the same toothpaste or have sex in the same way over and over, a little change is a good change.
instead of having to open the menu to access behind-the-scenes stuff, you’ll find all the different pages at the top bar while categories, search tab, top views and comments, email subscription and maybe a few other future adornments by simply scrolling to the bottom of any page within the site. photo and video size and resolution have been upped. i’m particularly happy about the photo part as most of my own images are about textures and minute details within the frame and this way you’ll get to see them closer to how i see them and closer to how they where intended to be seen. i hope.
along with the memory that the last time i was out fishing (initially, the plan was to try to seduce a blubber-lipped carp but… ), it was hard to keep an exact count but a conservative count concluded to more than sixty perch landed in what, maybe three hours. none of them where big even by perch sizes but i felt like a kid and was one of the most fishy-related fun i’ve ever had. when Monsieur Knee gets better the plan is to get to a triple-digit perch count. it doesn’t matter if it is or not but if i do i’ll consider it a world record and something i can silently boast about, at least until the next injury pops up which once again reminds me that it’s all the little things that count and make life special and every day and moment are worth celebrating so, here’s some zip-bam-boom fireworks for you that i hope you’ll enjoy.
they’re the opposite of short cuts.
i know that doesn’t make a lot of sense. going the longer way from point A to B isn’t cutting anything, this greatly increases travel expenses and the term doesn’t really exist anyhow but it somehow sounds appropriate.
i’ve always had this fantasy of pushing this long-cutting to the extreme by going all the way around the globe to reach point B.
i guess i’ll have to start saving up to get a decent camper vehicle and a lot of memory cards for the cameras. but then, if i do, i guess i won’t really be aiming to come back to point B…
a little, surprising and very charming encounter from under the bridge along a local fishing spot. first thought was these might be a burial ground for someone’s pet mice or cockroaches but i wasn’t about to disturb the mounds to find out. there seems to be no end to the marvels we can find waterside just waiting to fill our minds with their beauty; in my eyes these are trout temples…
in a nutshell, that’s what underwater fish portraits are about, specially when the camera’s held at arm’s length and i’m not looking at the screen or viewfinder while playing ‘my third eye is in the palm of my hand’ and gently holding a slippery/slimy creature that would rather not be held all the while trying to keep most of me above the water and not loose anything to the watery gods in the process.
this lovely out of season she-chunk wasn’t in an area known to have trout making it an even lovelier surprise even if she didn’t like posing, but that’s part of fun and joys as well. just as fly fishing itself and about a gazillion other things in life, getting a good portrait is hit or miss. best not to get expectations up too high.
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 !
woW ! at just a few weeks shy of TLC‘s third birthday i just noticed this little blog had received its one millionth view.
i wish i could but i can’t give every one of you a hug so here’s some celebratory over-the-water fireworks in a meagre attempt to thank you all for your support.
just in from Aleksandar Vrtaric.
(i think he sat on it)
a slim lead wire core covered entirely with Special Emerger Thread in two tones (a little darker for the thorax), the idea was to make a slimmer and slightly heavier variant of Frank Sawyer’s Killer Bug.
it’s hard to think of a simpler fly to tie and they look luscious and lively once wet. i’m feeling optimistic.
born from indecision,
the kind that says “you know worm imitations are always good early season fly thingies for when there aren’t any pronounced hatches !” and “dude, it’s March and you should be fishing March Browns !” and then the “ffs, you’ve been to the river three times last week and the bugs are playing dead, the only thing they’re (the fishes) are really excited about are baitfish imitations” and all that compounded by the sudden tying arousal provoked by yesterday’s arrival of this yummy new Premier vise by Marc Petitjean,
compounded by wanting to try out an all-in-one (material) abdomen/body that’s been safely tucked away behind all the voices noted above (there’s a whole lotta more but somehow the sexy vise managed to eclipse them at least temporarily) and this curved, appropriately-limped, subsurface, winged and dongy-worm thingy happened.
the voices say its gonna kick ass and i’m not about to contradict them. although me managed to fight the streamer directive (there’s tons of them in the box anyhow), at times its simply best to be submissive to oneself and simply bow deeply, tie as they dictate, drive, cast and reel them in.
just to go out a little bit on a limb here and maybe mostly as a way of expressing my growing overall mehness at the view of so-called ‘realistic’ flies, specially the recent trend of ‘kit flies’, where wings, backs, legs, heads and whatnot are factory made and just applied on a hook by sheepishly following the manufacturer’s instructions…
today’s little gem by Roy Christie via Hans Weilenmann’s most excellent Fly Tier’s Page is a gentle yet humble slap in the face reminder that effective fly design is more about what the fish wants than what the tier wants. specially when that want is mostly geared towards getting a lot of likes on facebook…
|Fly: Roy Christie, Photograph: Hans Weilenmann|
|Hook:||#16 -18 wet|
|“Thread”:||dark copper wire|
|Note: Take a pinch of hare’s mask guard hair. Dub it on a fine piece of dark copper wire. wrap wire along hook & finish.|
first shown to me by Roy in situ on a wee burn in Northern Ireland a few years ago, outside of being an excellent trout tempter because it looks like an emerging mess which is what emerging pupae messes happen to look like, the other too-cool and charming aspect of this design is you simply carry a matchbox-sized container with some hooks, wire and dubbing on the water and make them as needed without any tools, which in turn gives us more time at home to spend pressing the ‘dislike’ button to realistic and kit fly posts on facebook instead of tying flies.
Roy tells me the fly on the image is ages old so, if we squint a little when looking at it we’ll loose the ghastly barb’s details…