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Uncommon Knowledge, Part 4

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 3 presented info on origins and diversity, notoriety, and a few odd points of diet, that we might capitalize on such knowledge. Part 4 discusses some interesting information on coexisting with other species, trout intelligence, a couple of curious fishing trivia points, and hatchery fish.

Sharing the Water

Trout and other species such as grayling or whitefish occupy subtly different habitat niches. Thus they can readily co-exist in the same water. They may both eat common food items, but that does not necessarily mean they are competing with each other across the board. If the water can sustain the combined population, they can share it. Throwing “trash” species up on the bank is neither necessary nor effective. Indeed, species sharing “balanced” water become symbiotic in that their absence would negatively affect the other species. more…

Uncommon Knowledge, Part 3

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 2 of this post presented some info on body temperature, the language of motion, migration and spawning. Part 3 discusses species origins and diversity, claims to fame, and some points on diet.

Species Origins, and Man as Proliferation Mule

Rainbow and brown trout may be in the same family (Salmonidae), but they’re different species in different genera. Ancestrally, the family divided into two groups between fifteen and twenty million years ago. Oncorhynchus (from which rainbows spring) became isolated in the North Pacific, and Salmo (the browns faction) in the North Atlantic.

So the natural range of brown trout extends from Iceland to the Atlas mountains in North Africa and from Ireland to the Ural Mountains and the Caspian sea. Non-natives to North America, browns were introduced in the second half of the 19th Century from Germany and the UK. And there are no native brown trout of any kind in the southern hemisphere–all introduced by man. Conversely, rainbows are not native to Europe or the British Isles; they were introduced by man around the same time browns came to North America. more…

Spotlight On The Beadmaster

Sometimes when you see a specialized new tool, you might hesitate to spend the money and time to give it a try, thinking you’re doing fine without it and anyway, your tying bench is crowded enough as it is.

The Beadmaster Tool may look a little odd, but it is really very simple and super useful. If you tie with beads (and who doesn’t?) it will save you time, lost beads and pricked fingers.

Anyone who has tied a few dozen beaded nymphs knows working with beads can be a struggle. Inevitably, while trying to place a bead on your hook, it slips out of your fingers and falls on the floor. Have you ever tried to find a black nickel 1/16” tungsten bead lying on grey carpet? It’s not easy!

That’s where the Beadmaster comes in. If you watch the videos below you will see how easy it is to use. First, select the recess on the Beadmaster for the bead size you are using. Then, place your bead on any flat surface or, even better, a magnetic mat or refrigerator magnet. Now, put the selected recess of the Beadmaster over the bead and press down to push the bead into the recess. Finally, thread your hook through the smaller hole of the bead.

The best thing about this technique is that the tool holds the bead, not your fingers – no fumbled beads or pricked fingers. The Beadmaster also has a magnet on the other end of the stem to pick up hooks. We hope you find this tool as easy to use as we did. Watch the videos below for more information and give one a try.

Kelly Galloup reviews the Beadmaster. (Note: the tool is no longer sold with a magnetic mat.)

Here’s a slightly different technique with an older version of the tool.