Category Archives: Phil Rispin, Fly Fisher & Photographer

A 100 Trout Day

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

Cut Throats from Dutch Creek.

Cut Throats from Dutch Creek.

There is a psychologist out there whose ideas were popular in the 70’s when I was at University. His theories may still be popular but since I haven’t been to a Psychology lecture since about 1971 I wouldn’t know. Kohlberg was his name and he wrote a Doctoral dissertation in 1958 on the levels of moral development. He saw three basic levels of moral thought for each of us as individuals. The first two levels are experienced by most people and include the lowest level where as a kid anything that is unpleasant is bad or unfair and anything that is fun and feeds you in some positive way is good. The second level is one in which a person who has gone through his rebellious teenage years conforms to the societal norms and judges good and bad based upon what society says. The third and final level, requires some thought and is thereby difficult for many of us. This level involves a standard of right and wrong, good or bad that comes from a source beyond society or government. One might even consider perhaps a moral being who laid down the ground work of right and wrong at creation and is properly called God. Most folks don’t want to deal with that possibility so they like to hang around in moral level 2. more…

Fly Fishing Partners

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

My Dad’s hunting, fishing and drinking beer partner was Don, a shirt tail relative that had grown up with Dad south of Edmonton, Alberta. They had both gone to school together, left high school in grade 11 to go to war together, served in the Canadian Navy, and together they saw the worst that the U-Boats could do to men and equipment while they did their best doing their job to protect allied shipping in the North Atlantic. Both of them got married at about the same time, there were four sibs in our family and 3 children in Don’s. To say that Don and Dad had a close bond would be an understatement.

Our fishing and hunting trips would start on Friday evening around the kitchen table in our home where Don, Dad and some of their other old war buddies would drink beer, smoke cigarettes or pipes and talk. I may be wrong but I think this is the way WWII vets handled PTSD. During the evening’s conversation plans would be made for Saturday’s fishing or hunting trip and we the kids would be all ears, straining to hear whether or not the kids would be coming along. As we approached our teens the answer to that question was usually a yes and we would be inducted at least for a day or two into that exclusive group of men. more…

Bug Puppets

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

Have you ever pondered the cost and effort it takes to get a two dollar fly to a place where a trout or other type of fish would consider eating it? Someone in my past referred to flies as “Bug Puppets” and I have adopted the term because it alludes to the need to make the fly look and behave like the food item it imitates, much like a puppet imitates characters in a play. Generally I believe that matching size and color to the food items in the stream is pretty important. However having said that, I wonder at the validity of the statement because we have all used stuff on the end of the line that looks like nothing found in nature. There is a long tradition in fly fishing of producing beautiful flies that are properly called works of art but they look very little like the food items found in the waters we fish. At the other extreme from the artful and time consuming salmon flies are what I like to call “guide ties “or flies that are simple, quick to produce and successful. more…