Sunday, May 10, 2015

Fly Fishing Mommas

     Yup, girls like it too. And in celebration of Mother’s Day we give a nod in their direction.

Advise: best to give the girls attention every day, be nice to them, not just on Mother’s Day. You will live better. You will get more pies, for one thing.

The girl holding the trout is a killer. I know that to be true because I have lived with her for more than half my life. She is Norwegian (awesome baked goods) & would live on fish if I let her kill enough of them. (I have witnessed her blithely suck the eyeballs out of trout fried with the heads on. The Viking in her.)

Here is my all-time favorite fly fishing video, filmed on the home water, Jennifer Mitchell fishing the UC black quill hatch:

Remember, girls & boys, we are in this together & for always. Be kind to one another. Boogie chillen.

Late edit: Quote from my wife after reading the above entry: "You do know how male-centric yer blog is, don't you?"



  1. Lucky.

    I'm Irish (1st gen in this country) but Frau bear who is German Irish is completely Americanized.

    I love tinned fish of all sorts. I love seeing the daughter-in-law's folks in Sweden because we have herring for family meal outside on the islands. Bear girl likes the herring but when I fix it, I layer raw onion beneath and she can't eat the raw onion anymore.

    Lucky man. Nothing wrong with all fish all the time. I don't kill any any more, though. Not enough to go around these days and I've got to go pretty far north in Michigan to avoid the contamination.

    Still, do love air cured fatty fish. My favorite salmon is a two day air cure with salt and brown bread when you can hang them out of the brine when bears won't come around. My fishing buddies didn't first. I did a December rice wine cure last fall. Wasn't any left to share when I got my fill.

    Jairo dreams of sushi. I know what that's like.

    1. Spike, yes, I am lucky. (And you are lucky too, I can tell.) And you might be surprised to know just how adventurous some of your readers really are -- though I dare not jinx the luck with wind & blabber.

      springing bamboo arcs
      the river whispers & clucks
      jiro dreams of sushi

  2. Alas, your sweetheart is correct. This little corner of the 'net could use some feminine perspective.

    BTW, why are black quills called brown drakes? Seriously.

    1. Bert, of course she is correct. And even though I am the devil's advocate & generally a bad influence, she still puts up with me. Go figure.

      In spite of my own gropings, SHJ does welcome all perspectives. (Perhaps the ladies do not chime in because they percieve this issue as silly, onanistic anglophilia?)

      The black quill question: I think the lesser-known black quill is a more prolific & important hatch than previously thought, at least in the Columbia drainage, I reason, because it is often misidentified as brown drake. Adult spinners are almost identical in size & coloration, though the distinct charcoal wing color of black quill duns makes them easy to tell from brown drake. Both species inhabiting the same water & emerging at the same time adds to the confusion, as is the case on the UC where almost everybody calls them 'brown drake' (in the early '70's locals refered to these & all large mayflies as 'Hexies'). The 'brown drake' moniker does serve a practical purpose in that it is aptly descriptive, telling us that this is a large brown mayfly, while 'black quill' might mean either a black wing or black-bodied mayfly of any size.

      Though adults are very similar, the nymphs of these two mayflies are quite different, the brown drake a burrower while the black quill is a vigorous clamberer & swimmer. Brown drakes emerge in the same manner as hexagenia, rising toward the surface & falling back for hours prior to finally emerging at the surface, while black quill emerges on the bottom & rapidly ascends to the surface fully winged.

  3. When it comes to "onanistic angolphilia" the feel of bamboo in my hand is pretty good too

    1. Barry, thanks. Think you just hit on the reason most chicks aint reading this.

      Perhaps a discussion on the advantages of longer rods?

  4. Not meaning to throw water on your parade but length of rod is emphasized too much IMHO. Of greater import is the weight of the rod and its ability to mate with (er, I mean match) to a greater or lesser variety of lines of various grains. Of course in common angler parlance this refers to the "grain window," as our readers well know. So I suppose variability of "heft" which may or may not translate as "robustness" is a more fruitful area for discussion. In the end, the skill of the rod handler trumps all other factors. I find that length of rod only matters if there is significant bush or brush which can really impede the back cast, in which case, I prefer to use a roll-over cast (some call it a roll cast.) I found out recently there are two types of roll casts...........etc.
    Will stop before we lose all of the female readers (all 2 of them) who regularly peruse (used to peruse) this blog