|WALLPAPER: A RED DRY ?|
.. Einstein said that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." By that definition many of the fisher folks on Saturday are experiencing that condition. They will go to the same places, with the same flies, using the same techniques, and following the same sage advice as failed them last year.
.. This year's runoff event has not been exceptionally notable. This year's runoff has, on the other hand, has changed some portions of the west side rivers in significant ways. Do it the same as granny did if you choose. Read those old books if you like. Go find the illustrated sacred rocks and boulders if you must.
.. The Spring Fly Box this year is heavily dependent on nymphs and, of course, the kind generosity of a few of the neighbor kids that have taken pity on our ineptitude and poor vision.
.. Some of the flies are recognizable as old favorites. Others are unique creations or modifications of recognizable patterns. All have and will catch fish. Many will catch fish on Saturday. Some won't catch any fish at all - such is fly fishing.
.. We have been accused of being touched with the insanity germ and will start our riverside stroll on Saturday with a Feather Duster. It usually takes a fish or two so we're not expecting different results.
|FEATHER DUSTER - ORIGINAL|
|FEATHER DUSTER - WHITE THORAX|
|FEATHER DUSTER - YELLOW THORAX|
.. On Saturday we will also be packing some of the neighborhood deviants, (not the folks but traditional, standard patterns, nymphs in various sizes and colors and materials.) This should change the facts of the matter pretty significantly.
|BLACK WOOL NYMPH|
|CREAM WOOL NYMPH|
|ORANGE WOOL NYMPH|
.. We, again, turn to Albert for some sage insight: "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Since our consciousness is stuck in the retro rut and, we almost always first use antique flies, perhaps a bit of synthetic consciousness is in order. These are the flies that the neighbor kids use to begin their day.
.. On the other hand there are very young and inexperienced fishers that seem to have all the "luck." Go figure! The collective intuition of the neighborhood youngsters currently holds that the chamois leech-worm should be the go-to fly on opening day.
.. Of course Albert had something apropos to say about this kind of situation: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Perhaps the big bugs are moving.
|BLACK STONEFLY NYMPH|
.. Maybe even glorious flights of dinky fluff will arrive if the dreary days of Spring returns. A few floaters in the Einstein box should do for openers. We can't afford all the fancy new stuff dreamed up by the feather merchants over the Winter so we stick with things like the "Squished Caddis," or a Royal Coachman. Some of the limited production flies from around the neighborhood are in the box as well.
.. What would Albert say? "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
|RUBBER BAND CADDIS|
|FURNACE AND GREEN CUL de CANARD|
|MINI MUDDLER - (sort of)|
.. The good Doctor Einstein had something to say about this as well: "A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be."
.. Come Saturday a lot of visitors will be insanely thrashing familiar haunts with spiffy electric fly patterns seeking to prick a fish with what they think the fish is supposed to be gobbling up. We are going to have a go at it too.