Spring is coming.
I'm a lot older than you, but I find a staff invaluable. Maybe that's because I've been fishing these treacherous NorCal freestones. There are times when I know the staff has saved me a dunking and possibly my life.
I use a solid wood staff. In fact, a broom handle with a rubber bike handgrip on top. Hole for a leash. On the bottom I put a rubber foot normally used on a table leg with a screw down the centre to secure it. I use this over a collapsing staff as in the central valley of CA sometimes it helps to have a solid piece of wood in your hands.
Now that I'm in the Catskills the wading is more gentlemanly so it'll see less use.
That fellow made it look easy, didn't he? The economy of motion in that one big cast was textbook.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour hits NYC tonight. http://urbanangler.com/news/122.html
Wednesday, March 20th
Doors open at 6:45 pm - Film starts at 7:00 pm
The Helen Mills Theatre
139 West 26th Street
(between 6th & 7th Avenue)
$25 in advance (at Urban Angler and online)
$30 at the door
While I kind of hate FFF there's an update to an earlier film I want to see. Hit 'em Again, Doc! is a sequel to Doc of the Drakes which follwed an 83-year-old fellow stricken with Parkinsons on one of his final fishing trips. However, last year he had an operation that curtailed much of the muscle shaking, so he's back on the water.
Doc of the Drakes:
You know, that clip is a good example of what I don't like about FFF. The slow walk from the truck, swelling music, longing look at the water, the prefect loop... they all seem the same. The 5D is the worst thing to happen to these types of productions.
Someone needs to create a rock 'n roll fly fishing film.
I have heard rumors that the season known as piss poor sledding is around the corner, some say it even officially started today. Couple feet of snow on the ground and temps not breaking into the double digits above zero F I find it hard to believe. But the ships are planning on shipping ore from the Iron Range out on Superior starting 1 April, so it must be true. To others April 1 means other things, especially if you know what DEC stands for.
Been tying my own flies for a long time, used to get polar bear hair from Herter's back when you still could. Last couple of years have less and less time for some reason and find myself buying most of them. Especially now that females are putting hackle in their hair and the price of a decent neck has gone through the roof. Just picked up quite a few from Sierra Trading Post and with 35% off from those email fliers they always send most of them worked out to ~$5 a dozen. All except 1 dozen of them were made in Thailand which since the 70's has been providing decent quality flies. And they do look pretty good from what I have seen. They have a decent selection of dries and wets, most importantly in the smaller sizes. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/fishing-flies~d~94/