The Chronology of a Reluctant Fishing Icon
Down the Coast ~
Nevertheless, when conditions are right, the perch are there. Central Coast surf fishing holds all of the elements that combine to create what I consider ‘world class’ flyfishing – no crowds; beautiful scenery; moving water that must be read; good numbers of hard-fighting fish willing to take the fly – & as a bonus they are superb table fare.
Though they will take attractors, shrimp, & baitfish imitations, barred surfperch feed mainly on mole crabs (sand crabs), so a good mole crab imitation is essential. Surfperch can be canny & selective. I’m always trying out new fly designs on them in an effort to improve the arsenal of baits (which always seems somehow lacking). The two patterns posted here are my current favorites. The Mole Crab patt (I swear) should be illegal.
Proof Fly Fishing ~
Quality Rod Building Stuff
We fished during October Caddis season, & both Dick & Jesse agreed that the market was lacking in effective patterns for meeting this important hatch. Jesse asked me if I’d submit a couple patterns, & I agreed, sending him samples of a wet & a dry October Caddis. Happy to say, these are now in production & available from Rainy’s. Jesse, a great tyer in his own right, personally oversees the tying operation. He sent me production samples & at first glance I thought he’d sent me back the samples I’d tied & sent him, initially. Closer examination revealed they are well-tied & a bit neater than mine. Not a problem. A fish or two & they’ll look exactly like mine.
Rainy’s Premium Flies : http://www.rainysflies.com/
Proof Fly Fishing ~
Soft~Hackle Journal posts no paid advertisements, but we do occasionally post links to marketers we consider exemplary resources in both quality of goods & service. Getting ready to build a 10’ 6wt for fishing the upper Columbia, I went shopping for components online & came across Proof Fly Fishing, an outfit that sells nothing but fly rod building materials. I wasn’t shopping for jewelry. I was looking for an affordable, quality reel seat & cork grips. Proof exhibits a zen clean catalogue. There isn’t a confusing number of choices. They offer several styles of reel seats, all well made. I ordered a couple of winding checks, an aluminum reel seat, full-wells foregrip, & short butt. These arrived within a few days, well-packaged. A couple of the small zip-locks holding components were tacked together with a nicely tied #14 Yellow Humpy. I was also pleasantly impressed at the quality of the materials. The grips are truly A grade cork & well shaped. The reel seat is beautifully machined, cut threads at proper tolerance, the knurling clean cut. At about the price of a cheap-o reel seat, this one would be at home on any rod. Truly good stuff.
You can check out Proof Fly Fishing here: https://proofflyfishing.com/
|Bird's Swinging October Caddis ~ Rainy's Flies|
Rainy’s Flies ~
All guides are fly tiers, however when the season gets going it is nearly impossible to keep up with tying, you go through so many flies, so most guides stock up with bought flies. Quality is essential, & Rainy’s Flies are the choice of all the guides I know. Had the pleasure of fishing with sales rep Dick Sagara & Jesse Rider awhile back. Both of these gentlemen are hard-core anglers & great fun to fish with. Jesse heads up Rainy’s Flies, the company his mom, Rainy Rider started while she attended college in
. In the beginning
Rainy did all of the tying, & is the creator of quite a few good fly
patterns, as well as a pioneer in the use of closed-cell foam in fly tying. Utah
|Bird's Octoberfest Caddis ~ Rainy's Flies|
|Henry David Thoreau|
The Reel News
Thoreau on social change. https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/02/20/thoreau-social-change/
Sameness, a national obsession. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/02/americans-remain-deeply-ambivalent-about-diversity/583123/
Losing waterborn bugs.
Losing more bugs.
Columbia River Treaty update:https://columbiainsight.org/a-new-columbia-river-treaty
|March Brown ~ #12-#14 Mustad 3366 ~ orange silk ~ partridge hackle ~ tail whisps: gadwall flank ~ rib: UNI burnt orange floss ~ body: hares mask with a bit of UV shrimp pink dub mixed in|
From the Tying Bench
Spring is around the corner so, for the most part, my focus at the vise has been devoted to the wee flies of the early season. In the southern precincts of trout country March Browns will be coming off this month, so of course I’ve included a couple in this issue of SHJ, Leisenring’s version, & my own, in the photo above. Here’s a few other patterns I've been tying:
|Hares Lug & Plover #14 ~ yellow silk ~ plover hackle ~ body: hares mask &|
ear lug touched on the tying silk
|Partridge & Peacock ~ If I could only have three, this would be one of them.|
~ #10-#18 ~ brown thread ~ fine wire rib ~ body: peacock herl twisted with
the tag of the tying thread
|Purple Haze ~ #12 ~ purple silk ~ partridge hackle ~ fine silver wire rib ~|
body: a few strands of pearl midge flash twisted with the tag of the
|Allgrouse ~ #12-#14 ~ tan thread ~ ruffed grouse wing covert hackle ~|
tail whisps: 3 ruffed grouse tail swords ~ body: 6 ruffed grouse tail swords &
one strand of pearl midge flash twisted with the tag of the tying thread