Saturday, March 29, 2014
With baseball season nearly upon us I thought this posts title would be fitting. Trout season officially begins April 1st across New York State but here on Long Island it never really closes. Many places are open year round, however, spring stocking usually occurs just prior to the season opener. Today was my first fishing trip since last October and I spent a couple of hours at Randall Pond looking for some stocked rainbows and browns....what I would consider preseason. I started the day fishing night crawlers, wax worms and spinners....nothing crazy. I brought a tenkara rod and flies as an afterthought. Things were going well and I landed a few fish here and there so just for the heck of it I decided to use my tenkara rod for the last half hour. The only flies I had were size 6 Killer Bugs (which I had originally planned to use for bass later this year). I thought that these giant killer bugs (I usually use size 12) might be s bit much but in the end I landed just as many rainbows as I had with my spin rod. Overall it was a nice day to just get out and "warm up" for the upcoming season. It also seems that I have a new fly to add to my fly box for the year.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.
I stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall know my face.
Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me;
No wind can drive my bark astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny.
What matter if I stand alone?
I wait with joy the coming years;
My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
And garner up its fruit of tears.
The waters know their own and draw
The brook that springs in yonder height;
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delight.
The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
Can keep my own away from me.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
|Takayama Sakasa Kebari|
|Hida Shokawa Kebari|
|Okushinano Zakogawa Kebari|
|Okushinano Uonogawa Kebari|
|Okushinano Akiyamago Kebari|
|My own variation of the kebari pictured above...The Barkeater|
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Well 2013 is nearly over.....and in many ways not soon enough. 2013 has had it's fair share of trials, tribulations and stress. Like previous years, it could have been better but it also could have been far worse. The most important thing is that my wife and children are happy and healthy. Though 2013 was very busy I still had a number of times to get out on the water and reconnect with the outdoors.....which is something I think ALL OF US need to do from time to time.
|One of my favorite and more respectable browns from earlier this year|
|My best flies for 2013|
In addition to some great fishing I had the good fortune to be invited to contribute to a couple of new fishing publications focused on tenkara. I am grateful to David Dirks, Daniel Galhardo and Anthony Naples for considering me to be part of a list of respected and talented tenkara anglers. Several years ago when I placed my first order for a tenkara rod and decided to start tying flies for my own use and enjoyment I never thought I would have been adding my own input to fly fishing literature and tying literally thousands of flies for fellow anglers. All of it has been pretty cool to say the least.
2013 has been such as busy year and finding time for the fun things has at times been difficult. Earlier this year I had even contemplated closing down this blog. It takes time to keep a blog going....something I never seem to have enough of. But blogging has been a nice outlet in more ways than one. I have seen a number of great blogs come and go (more likely just fade away). I never wanted mine to just fade away but when I feel ready to stop typing I will try to bring this story to a fitting conclusion. In the meantime, I find that there are a number of bloggers out there who I feel I can call friends (even though we have never met). I really enjoy reading their blogs and if I were stop blogging I would miss them too much. With my wrap up finished I would like to wish all fellow bloggers, anglers, fly tiers, family and friends a very Happy & Healthy New Year. May 2014 find you enjoying a quite stream with a trout in hand and a smile on your face as often as possible.
Monday, December 23, 2013
This time of year always seems to tough. The constant hustle and extra tasks to do associated with the season, in addition to the always hectic every day rat race can make things tough. But I have two special little elves that remind me why the extra work is worth it. With Christmas nearly upon us and the big man soon making his yearly night time sleigh ride, I would like to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas, a Happy and Healthy New Year and good will to all now and throughout 2014. May it be filled with joy. May Santa leave your stockings full of flies and tippet and not lumps of coal.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
|North River Killer|
North River Killer
Hook: Mustad C49S scud hook, size 12
Hackle: Hungarian partridge, color grey & several strands of pearl colored Krystal Flash tied in
Thread: Pearsall's gossamer silk thread, color brown
Body: Shetland's spindrift wool yarn, color sand & colored with a prismacolor marker, color also sand
Sunday, November 3, 2013
|First catch of the night|
I managed to catch about a half dozen squid. I planned to have these guys for lunch on Sunday but as I prepared to clean them I could not help but be fascinated by them. This was especially true when witnessing the movement of the chromatophores. These are the little brown spots visible in the picture. They are used in communication displays, as well as camouflage.
Like many other aspects of Nature, the time for "squid'n" will only last for a short time. Hopefully, there will be a few more trips in the near future. While netting them is the best method some were trying to catching them with rod and reel. Who knows....I may eventually be the first to land a squid on a tenkara rod.