“This is a new day,” I told myself, while doing my morning Tai Chi with Jake Mace (12 basic Tai Chi Movements in 37 minutes). Doing these exercises has been very good for me and I highly recommend this Youtube video to you. Tai Chi is very new to me, or i am very new to it, maybe only five times at most but anyway I am sure that it has helped me. I follow along when I can, i use a chair beside me to steady myself, and modify the exercises if i need to but many are entirely doable for a creaky old man with many injuries.
So after feeling a sense of dread and anxiety again i remind myself that this is a new day, and I can ……….
This is a new day and i see a brown tabby cat washing up, and the vining cat that was on the desk in front of me has wandered off – probably gone upstairs to nap on our bed.
This is a new day and I will fill it with joy and positive energy.
So with that in mind, and realizing that
I CAN NOT POSSIBLY MAINTAIN my wish to deliver one fly each day. Just can not do it.
So for today, here is a different thought. Here are a few words and terms defined from the Book Of Revelation the Ultimate Irreverent Fly Fishing Glossary. This is available on Amazon.
This is an image of the front cover, and below is an image of the back cover.
Here, for your daily entertainment, are a few of the definitions.
Formerly, this was the object, the common nail, used by fly anglers to tie a nail knot, typically used to secure the leader butt to the tip of a fly line, or to secure backing to the tail-end of a fly line.
Nowadays, nail knots are more likely to be tied with the assistance of a fancy nail-knot tool, or some such complicated official sounding fly fishing tool. Remember, if you come up short of fancy tools streamside someday, find yourself a nail, preferably not too rusty, and it will get the job done just fine.
The very first so-called nail knot was among a very few such knots ever tied with an actual nail. Why? Because the Fly Fishing Industry got hold of the idea and quickly began marketing a dozen or so Nail Knot tying devices that could be sold to gullible fly anglers. The nail knot is used to attach a large diameter monofilament leader butt to a fly line. This knot is also extremely useful, tied with about ten-pound leader, and applied to secure a braided butt loop to a fly line.
Obsolete Fly Tying Product
We used to use plain old nail polish. Not now. Now we use fancy fly tying lacquers of all sorts. The stuff either packs an addictive carcinogenic effect or is worthless organic water-based slop that dissolves in water or we resort to the amazingly nice and EXPENSIVE Clear Cure Goo. But heaven protect us if we sneak off to the beauty section in the corner grocery store and buy Nail Polish!
See bobbin, jig.
This is what happens when a fly fisher spends three straight months trying to catch a steelhead on the north Umpqua River. In winter it only takes 3 weeks to go native. Said angler’s underwear rots off, waders disintegrate, beards sprout lichens, ears are adorned with at least nine Muddlers (weighted leeches in winter), and conversation is limited to grunts and moans.
This term refers to a wild born salmon, steelhead, or trout, and specifically a wild fish that has evolved naturally in a specific river or lake. Sounds slippery but it isn’t once you get the hang of it.
A wild rainbow trout is native to the McKenzie River in Oregon, because they evolved there over millennia. A wild rainbow trout is not native to the trout streams of West Virginia, because book trout are the native species there and the rainbow were most likely transplanted from somewhere in the western US.
Big boisterous wild salmon and steelhead in Patagonia and New Zealand, likewise, are wild but not native, because they are artificial transplants.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know the drill.
My best to you. Be safe always, and now especially so. Smile. Each out to someone today. Reach out to someone tomorrow If I fail to post again. The world needs all the sunshine and love we can share.
I’ll be back soon, with who knows what kind of a post.
And to close on a less serious note, I offer you another definition. Bye Bye ……….
Outlandishly humorous practice
Fly fishing through the ice is a practice fit to make anyone who is not a dedicated ice fisher laugh uncontrollably. The only thing funnier than watching a bunch of people fish though a hole in the ice is seeing seven tow- trucks and scuba divers trying to retrieve approximately 60 SUVs from a lake’s bottom. The only event funnier than watching a bunch of people ice fishing is watching one- person ice fishing. These dedicated ice anglers have specialized little fish finders that are so darn accurate that they can tell when a fish is approaching their bait or lure, and they can tell if it is a horse or a dink doing the approaching too. Sometimes when ice fishing in rivers, these persons dig one hole in the ice to lower their lure into – and then dig a separate hole down-current to place the high-tech under-ice fish-finder. The two holes are necessary to compensate for the river’s current pushing the lure at an angle downriver from the fishing hole.
And these people have the cutest little tiny fishing poles, usually not genuine fly rods, but heck they look like fun and really work even though they may only be a foot long and can crank in some darn huge, albeit probably nearly frozen, fish. Probably enough said. Secretly, I long to do some ice fishing myself, but sadly, I am in self-isolation with my family and besides, there are not any lakes that i know of nearby where I could …… ice fish.