Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A package from Paul: 4 Rangeley style streamers

My friend Paul sent me four Rangeley style streamers to use in a photo project I am planning.  I want to use my dSLR and macro lens to make high quality photos worthy of printing large.  Making something look good on a Web site or computer monitor (displayed at 70 to 100 dots per inch) is relatively easy.  And just about any digital camera can do a wonderful job.  But when printing big at 200-300 dots per inch, it is a different story.

Anyway, I haven't started that project yet.  However, I've taken some quick hand held photos of each of Paul's flies, using a point and shoot camera, and I have displayed them below. 

Note that two of the flies, The Professor Streamer and the Grizzly King Streamer are stretched out and modified versions of old wet fly patterns, each tied by Paul on a streamer hook in the Rangeley Lake style.

Paul informed me that the four flies he sent me were tied on Mustad 3665A hooks, size 2. This model of Mustad has a 6xl shaft.

The Kennebago Special

The Professor Streamer

Grizzly King Streamer

Rapid River

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just got back from the Bear's Den Fly Fishing Expo

The Bear's Den is a big fly fishing shop in Taunton, MA.  Today was their 14th Annual Expo, held at their newer and bigger location just a couple of miles off of Rt. 495 in Taunton.  Below are a few random pictures, all taken with a Panasonic LX5 point and shoot camera I was carrying in my pocket. 

(I had hoped to use another camera I had with me to take some reasonable candid portraits, but left the batteries at home.  It's hard to explain, but it was soooo stupid a move that I didn't even get angry with myself.  It reminds me of the blog post I wrote last year about forgetting my waders at home on a supposed day-trip to the Miller's River.)

You can find all 25 images here:

I have posted a few of the images below: