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SwittersB & Fly Fishing

http://swittersb.wordpress.com

Located in Portland

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Fly Fishing & Tying Blog: Tutorials, How To's Aimed at the Beginner & Intermediate.

How often the mind is dancing about in some frenetic manner. If only we could slow down and enjoy. If only there was less going on and the pace slowed. Then what? Sometimes the pace slows a lot and the to do list evaporates. Suddenly you realize that it may not just be the pace. […]

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“…the headwaters of Shit Creek are a cruel and treacherous expanse.”  Roger Zelazny Well that is a bit harsh isn’t it? So better to insert a little John Muir……….. “There is a love of wild nature in everybody. An ancient mother-love, ever showing itself whether recognized or n

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A small observation of an obvious natural occurrence…reaching skyward, for daylight, for the sun. Something we should naturally do as well. The tree leaning out, having survived for sometime while laden with ice, foliage, gravity. Strong roots holding on. The top of the tree had snapped off at some point. But notice t

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A fine recap of food and beverages at The Art of ManlinessFiled under: Cooking Food Recipes, Food, Berverage, Cooking, How To, men Tagged: Art of Manliness, beverage, Entertainment, Food, food and beverages, how to, Humor, leisure, Photography, recipes, spirits, SwittersB

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“Life handed him a lemon,  As Life sometimes will do.  His friends looked on in pity,  Assuming he was through.  They came upon him later,   Reclining in the shade  In calm contentment, drinking.  A glass of lemonade.” Dale Carnegie This morning, I was reading a piece over on Limp Cobra re casting styles

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It was the brilliant red against the dominant greens and such. The greenery to the right is were the needles of a cedar tree. The small buds just out of reach on a steep hillside. A push upwards yielded a bit more to the macro lens. Are those sparkles of what? Like dressed for an […]

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It is a noble effort when volunteers and government entities come together in a tireless, almost off the radar, effort to improve habitat for wildlife, to include my favorite…fish. This spot below, has had a great deal of work put into it for several decades, but especially in the last 15 years. Much of this […]

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Filed under: Nature, Photography, Portland Tagged: Bucky, macro, Photography, plants, Pollen, Portland, Reed Canyon, reproduction, Stamens, SwittersB, Trillium

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Origins of Oregon State Game Management “1892 – Sturgeon fishery peaks with about 35,000 fish landed. 1893 - First combined fish and game administration in the state’s history when the Legislature appointed Hollister McGuire as the State Game and Fish Protector. McGuire initiated the first fish marking progr

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A Bracket Fungi Amongst the MuckFiled under: Nature, Photography, Portland Tagged: Bracket Fungi, fungi, macro, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Portland, Reed Canyon, rot, SwittersB, woody debris

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Two cats and two dogs awaken me each and every morning without fail. The youngest, a Calico, is so aggressive, I finally give in to the paw tapping on my cheek, nose or ears. Today, we came across a rescue opportunity and had to weigh carefully whether we wanted to introduce yet another rescue into […]

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Today, I got close to these old, leaded glass windows and without much consideration snapped a couple of shots. Later, I noticed an odd numbering throughout the two windows I shot. I never noticed this while staging the images. Filed under: Art, Photography, Portland Tagged: Art, leaded glass, leaded glass windows, numbered

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Today is Happy International Women’s Day. Hmm? Well more power to you ladies…so to speak. This made me wonder if there is a Happy International Men’s Day? Well there is…November 19th. May I just be a tad non-PC here. Well never mind……. Fractures, divisions, sub-groups, classes, sub-classes, parts, pieces

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game cited unspecified safety reasons for keeping secret a helicopter wolf hunt in the Lolo zone last month. Because of safety concerns, the department thought it was best to carry out the action and then notify the public about it,” department spokesman Mike Keckler said. The departme

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Came by this 1920 tin toy by Wolverine Toys called the Gee-wiZ. The fly wheel and tin horses were a bit banged up but it still functions. Not bad for 90+ years old.  Filed under: Art, Life, Photography Tagged: antique toys, Gee-Wiz, History, horse racing, Image, nostalgia, Photography, SwittersB, Tin Toy, vintage, Wolverin

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The holidays are over and the probable grey skies of Winter have settled in (in certain parts of the world you are gleefully venturing out into your Summer’s delight) and the doldrums loom. Wanderlust inserts itself. Each year, I suggest fly tying classes at shops or a community college or club. Also, there are now [&

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Please go to Planet Trout and take a detailed look at all Tim Barker has put together regard fishing scuds in rivers and lakes. The photography, materials inventory, the attention to detail for this piece is exceptional. Any freshwater fly fisher world wide should save this piece and review it often. And, as I have […

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Henceforth I ask not good fortune ~ I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road. Walt Whitman waxing long in The Song of the Open Road Filed under: Photography, Travel, Writing Tagged: attitude, explore, Life, Open Road, Oregon, Photograp

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I put together this macro collage of four fly tying materials that are special for smaller flies (even larger). The materials (Pheasant Tail, Ostrich, Starling, Peacock) are truly wonderful, natural materials that manage well on the smaller flies (16-22). Also, I have found them to be fairly durable (yet delicate) to handle

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I am linking to an excellent summary piece re fly selection and attitude by Steve Dally over at his excellent Ozark Fly Fisher Journal. There are many gems of wisdom in here for the novice and reminders for the experienced. It takes some of the pressure off trying to figure everything out and fussing over […]

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My son captured this Mantis last evening at a local pub while playing pool. “Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to […]

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Here are a couple articles that helpfully explain the preparation and realities of chasing the ‘grey ghost’…the Bonefish.  The flat and the adjoining depths are a surreal sensory experience. It is hard to explain the colors, the angles, the sky, the wind, the power of the fish. Unique experience in my fly

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The daily excursion commenced with arising at 0400, tinkering with gear, grabbing a light bite and coffee and then, as a group moving down to the boats in the bay and venturing forth at 0600. Filed under: Adventure-Remote, Photography, Travel Tagged: 0-Dark-30, Boat, Christmas Island, early morning, early riser, Fishing, P

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Filed under: Life, Photography, Travel Tagged: children, Christmas Island, Imagination, Innocence, Life, Photography, playing, SwittersB, Travel

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“During the Cold War there was some nuclear weapons testing in the Christmas Island area. The United Kingdom supposedly conducted its first successful hydrogen bomb test near here on 15 May 1957; Christmas Island was the operation’s main base. In fact, this test did not work as planned, and the first Britis

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A reminder when handling fish, particularly bigger fish: always wet your hands prior to  handling the fish…handle the fish as little as possible when removing the barbless hook…whether immediately releasing or posing for a pic, keep the fish low to the  water so if, as above, the fish propels itself out of yo

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HOLLYHOCK FOUND IN IRAQ NEANDERTHAL CAVE….SHANIDAR I can recall, as a child, my parents always had certain flowering plants in the yard (roses, fuchsia, foxgloves, azaleas and hollyhocks). I took a sample of seeds from my parents hollyhocks right before the property was sold off and put them into our garden. Now they

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Traditional dry fly patterns tend toward the lighter shades of brown, green and black into tan, olive, yellow or grey. Of course, those pattern colors work wonders but consider the darker color…black too. On bright skied days try darker silhouettes to get a rise. Filed under: fly pattern, flyfishing, Photography Tagge

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 Recently, I was honored by Elsa Elskerarvid when she nominated me in her blog for the Most Influential Blogger Award. Takk Elsa for din type nominasjon av bloggen min. Jeg liker dine vakre ord veldig mye! As you may no doubt know, there are usually a series of questions that reveal some aspect of the […]

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Yesterday, my wife and I were muscling an old, heavy mattress and box spring out of the Hoarding House. First the mattress into a corner. The whole while, Harley was underfoot. Then the box spring was carried out with the frequent “careful Harley’s right behind you”. The box spring went into space and away

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