Whatsup with Jay?

Ok folks yes I’ve been busy and yes this post may not have the benefit of punctuation but maybe that’s for the better anyway because some of the topic material may be found objectionable to some readers and if so well just please excuse me for my insensitivity but what follows is really true and so it ought to stand on its own merit anyway and well – pause for breath – I have been going like mad not insane really just like crazy or really busy I guess would be the best way to put it with rising and family and writing and trying to promote my books and if you are at all interested in adding to the quality of my family’s live please click on this link to my books to find  Jays books on Amazon and I thank you sincerely in advance so anyway one funny thing that happened lately was that I posted a photo on Facebook gosh I really do not like Facebook but feel compelled to use it now and then to avoid becoming a complete HERMIT and so the photo was from a moment with my family when I was not fishing and here it is …..

Jay with wife Lisa and young son Jackson Nicholas
Jay with wife Lisa and young son Jackson Nicholas

and a very kind fellow responded that I had beautiful children which is of course true but the lady in this photo is my WIFE not my child and our family had a good laugh and I sincerely hope the gentleman does not feel the slightest bit bad because this is not the first time I have been complimented on my beautiful daughter and new topic here I’ve been up at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing in West Linn Oregon at Joel’s kind invitation on one day making a presentation on saltwater fly fishing for sea bass lingcod silvers and albacore plus sharks and sea monsters I guess and tying flies also and here is a photo from …. one day

Jay Nicholas Intruders
Jay Nicholas Intruders
Jay tying Intruders at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Jay tying Intruders at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing

and that was a lot of fun and so usually I’m up very early each day writing and sometimes my cat  Boomer well he is really Jackson’s cat but he loves me second place will come and get loves on the desk in the mooring and here he is doing just that…

One of the Nicholas Family cats - Boomer
One of the Nicholas Family cats – Boomer

and yes I think I mentioned that I have been fishing quite a lot lately and the lingcod fishing has been really really really good compared to past years and this may just be timing probably or my vast improved skill set probably not but here is one of the beasties . . .

Jay Nicholas with Pacific lingcod offshore Pacific City Oregon.
Jay Nicholas with Pacific lingcod offshore Pacific City Oregon.
Pacific Lingcod on the fly in Oregon nearshore waters.
Pacific Lingcod on the fly in Oregon nearshore waters.

and yes I have been steelhead fishing more than usual this winter and no I do not have the luxury of fishing wilderness exotic places with only wild moose and wolves and grizzly bears and rich guided old men to fish with but usually I fish quite near civilization as it is called and you might think this is a staged photo but I assure you it is not on a recent day in March see I even capitalized the month to make it easier on you the reader ha ha i was casting to a likely steelhead lie or lay or station or pool or run or whatever language you may prefer and my fly hung on the back cast and I looked over my shoulder and here is the sight in the photos below . .

Backcast on barbed wire, Tillamook, Oregon.
Backcast on barbed wire, Tillamook, Oregon.
Back cast hazard in Oregon Coast Range.
Back cast hazard in Oregon Coast Range.

well I had to laugh at this one but on this same afternoon I had seven good grabs from steelhead and managed to get all excited and jerk my fly out of the fish’s mouth even after the fly disappeared and only rolled one fish and you would think that I had never had this happen before but I seem to have to relearn not to JERK over and over and over and it still made me laugh and when I went back to the cabin in the evening I stepped out of my SIMMS boot foot waters how’s ya like that ERIC for subliminal suggestive product placement. . .

Simms Boot foot Waders are awesome.
Simms Boot foot Waders are awesome.

and hung my waders at the cabin front door and took this photo because I just did and the very next day I fished in a SHOCKING manner by using my Echo PIN rod with Islander Centerpin reel and caught a couple of steelhead too because I failed to jerk my $@%^&^% out of the steelhead’s mouth when the bobber excuse me STRIKE INDICATOR went under and here are the fish both very nice hatchery steelhead  . . . .

Subliminal sales prompt that is likely to corrupt the soul of any fly fisher that succumbs to the suggestion and tries pinning so don't even start please once you go down that road there is no telling where you will wind up and if you can't afford rehab it might mean the demise of the steelhead runs on the coast.
Subliminal sales prompt that is likely to corrupt the soul of any fly fisher that succumbs to the suggestion and tries pinning so don’t even start please once you go down that road there is no telling where you will wind up and if you can’t afford rehab it might mean the demise of the steelhead runs on the coast.
Oregon coastal hatchery steelhead on Pin rod and STRIKE INDICATOR
Oregon coastal hatchery steelhead on Pin rod and STRIKE INDICATOR
Shiny bright hatchery winter steelhead caught by "pinning" when none of my fly fishing friends was looking to shame me out of it ha ha
Shiny bright hatchery winter steelhead caught by “pinning” when none of my fly fishing friends was looking to shame me out of it ha ha

so it is a fact that superior anglers evolve past the point where they just want to catch a steelhead once a season and become spiritually elevated to the use of two hand rods and only catch fish by SWINGING flies because the TUG IS THE DRUG and yes that is me and I am also the twelve year old kid who just wants to feel something pulling on the end of my line and so once in a while I pick up a PIN rod and skulk around and endure the taunts of people who want to make me feel guilty but I assure you this pinning is no easy thing and anyone who wants to write me off as unsporting is welcome to do so but as I age I seem to be devolving back to my roots and so along with diapers I may even resort to use of no i had better not even say it and no this doesn’t mean that I have abandoned the higher power of the swing because that is a TON OF Fun but really no more funner just different and in some places and times it works and in others it does not but when it does it is sweet . . .

Oregon coastal Hatchery winter steelhead on the swing to an Intruder no less on an Echo Glass Switch rod.
Oregon coastal Hatchery winter steelhead on the swing to an Intruder no less and an Echo Glass Switch rod.
Imminent releasification of hatchery winter steelhead that responded to a swung fly in order to preserve the genetic instinct to eat the offerings of anglers fishing two hand rods ha ha.
Imminent releasification of hatchery winter steelhead that responded to a swung fly in order to preserve the genetic instinct to eat the offerings of anglers fishing two hand rods ha ha.
Gosh these winter steelhead are beautiful. Yes they are indeed.
Gosh these winter steelhead are beautiful. Yes they are indeed.
Fresh from the sea lice on winter steelhead.
Fresh from the sea lice on winter steelhead.

so I guess I’m done for now I did use capitals for I and laced the post with photos and oh by the way I just published my latest book Intruder Essentials which is a dynamite rendering of 24 original Intruder-style flies with step by step photos and just the tiniest slice of discussion about the fly style and no Intruders are not necessarily the best or only fly a guy or gal should be fishing in all places times and circumstances but they do catch steelhead and salmon and they are darn fun to tie and dream about and the flies in this book are worth your consideration and will I assure you catch giant fish if given a decent chance which I proved this season by catching steelhead on all sorts of flies and non flies and you will too if you stick to it long enough and manage to be on the water on a few days like was when everything came full circle and I got actual bites from real fish that I did not jerk my hook away from and so let me plead with you to click on this Intruder Link and buy this book and while you are at it click on Book of Revelation to find an amazing glossary/novella/historical journal/memoir that will entertain you on and on in its weighty but light 344 pages and thank you very much and I wish all of you whether you are among the few who made it to this point in this blog post the best health and joy in life and maybe even a fish or so but don’t  you go thinking about poaching my water or pinning down the river ahead of me OK?

Jay Nicholas, March 10 2015 and I will be 66 on the 26th wow what do you know about that?

3 thoughts on “Whatsup with Jay?

  1. 66 is only a number. It’s your mind, your family and you outlook on life that keep you young.

    Bill Markwood, 65 and counting.

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