Category Archives: Fly Fishing Life

Cycles of the Stream: Musings

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

From time to time I give a little thought to some of the repetitive cycles that are observable on a stream. There are many, each with its own unique periodicity–daily solar-based cycles, lunar/tidal cycles that occur in deltas but come to affect the complete watershed, lunar/monthly cycles, seasonal cycles, annual cycles, fluctuations that ebb or flood across multi-year stretches, migration cycles…the list is endless. They manifest themselves through other life form transitions, water temperatures and levels, predator behavior, water quality variations…and sometimes they include human impact.

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Taken en masse, they’re collectively enough to boggle the mind; in total they present a near-incomprehensible tangle of changing conditions and reasons for fish behaving this way or that. If on a given day an angler attempts to understand or predict the “truth” of a stream by gazing into the beam of the complete picture, he or she will go quickly blind; the complete picture is thousand-dimensional–a pulsating matrix of subtleties so complex, so intertwined, that not even our arrogant human cerebral engines can parse it. As long as we’ve been on the planet, we still grasp only a handful of the more obvious mechanisms of a stream and its inhabitants. more…

The Sort of Bear Incident

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

I had been trying to get my friend to try trout fishing for several months. To protect the innocent (or guilty, as the case may be), we will call him Harold. He was close to saying yes, but didn’t want to invest in fly fishing equipment and felt like fly casting was too complex. So, I suggested he could spin cast and watch me fly fish while we alternated fishing up the river. Harold thought this sounded reasonable and agreed to go.

A couple of days later I picked him up at his house. We had barely made it out of his driveway when he started asking me if there were any bear on the river.

I was surprised and asked, “Why are you asking?”

Harold, “We have had several bear sightings in our neighborhood over the past couple of months.”

I replied, “No kidding, I never knew there were bear in this area!” more…

800 Words and Cannibals

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

There is an Australian television series that is currently being broadcast on one of the internet streaming services called 800 Words. The plot is straight forward where an Australian writer moves his family from Sydney to a remote town in New Zealand. In Sydney he wrote a weekly column for a prominent Sydney publication that always contained exactly 800 words. He continued the tradition in New Zealand and a significant undercurrent of the show’s weekly plot was his struggle to find the right topic for his weekly column. Of course, that struggle was inevitably tied to the ongoing plot lines in the series. As in everything in fictional television, he succeeded.
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