Sunday, September 15, 2013

More Patterns: Check out the main Web site

I notice as I write this post that I have 27 posts that are labeled/keyworded with "patterns".  This means that for anyone looking down the left-side margin to the list of key words, he/she will find "patterns" prominently displayed within the alphabetized list of labels/keywords.  Less frequently used keywords are shown in smaller fonts.

If you click on "patterns" (or any of the keywords listed) you will get all the posts that have used this keyword, with the most recent on top of the queue. Alternately, you could type a keyword into the search box and get the same result.

It occurs to me that many people coming to this blog may not know about my main Web site (, although I do have links to it and my photography Web site in the left-side margin.

If you haven't visited the main site, I want you to know that I have more patterns there, most of which have not been incorporated here on the blog.  Below are links to three pages on my Web site, each with their own links to  individual pattern pages: with about 10 patterns

and with about 90 patterns

and with about 30 patterns

Friday, September 13, 2013

Casual Fly Fishing

I just got this picture emailed to me from my friend Steve.  He took this picture of our mutual friend Jim last Sunday up in northern New Hampshire.  The two of them and my friend Paul drove up for the day to try to duplicate the great day Paul and I had several days before.  The weather conditions and stream conditions were apparently similar, but they were unable score as many fish as did Paul and I.  As always, fishing is an unpredictable endeavor.

Anyway, this picture from Steve made me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too. There are simply times when it feels good to sit down, even if it is on granite!

Taken by Steve P

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wed: This season's last day of NH trout fishing

New Hampshire (with some exceptions) officially shuts down to river and stream fishing after the Columbus Day weekend.  But in the small mountain streams it is very likely that the fish will shut themselves down in the next couple of weeks.  Of course, it all depends on the weather; but the colder it gets and the longer the string of cold days and nights, the sooner things shut down. Regardless, due to my schedule it is unlikely I will get up there again this season.

With this knowledge, my friend Paul and I decided to seize the day. Indeed, Wednesday was a beautiful day.  A bit breezy, but low humidity and temps in the mid-70s. There was nary a cloud in the sky... until we reached the mountains of Lincoln, North Conway and Pinkham Notch. But even then the landscapes and skyscapes were spectacular.

The fly of the day for me was Paul's Elk Hair Parachute Caddis.  This is one of the flies that worked so well for Paul on our trip to the Ausable River in New York in June.  [Just type in Ausable River in the search tool to read my series of posts about the Ausable River trip.]

Size 12 2xl hook

What we were catching were gobs and gobs of small wild trout.  Both of us lost count.  But you need to like small fish.  If you catch an 8-12 incher, it's probably a stocker.

Here are a few wild trout.  As you can see they are slippery and flip and flop and wiggle.  Most of the time if you just hold the fish, fly and leader out of the water the trout will flip itself right off the hook.

I rarely have pictures of me.  Paul took the camera and took this shot.