That’s one of the key reasons that I’ve been rather quiet of late, working on – among other things including fishing – final edits to my latest book, featuring the estuary chinook flies of 24 Oregon salmon anglers.
Quite an undertaking and tons of work and fun at the same time. A photo journal of over 200 flies typically fished in the estuaries and lowermost reaches of coastal rivers, this is not a how-to fly recipe book. Nope. It is an artistic impression of the working flies stuffed into the boxes of anglers obsessed with the pursuit of king salmon, principally targeting fish that are fresh from the sea in places spread out along the reach of the Oregon Coast.
I have been working on photographing these flies, tying to make the images appealing without emphasis on being able to see each hair on each fly set against a pale blue background. So, I decided to photograph each fly set against a photo I printed out – a photo of something related to our fishing passion. Naturally. Here is an example below. This is a photo of a fly by Rob Perkin set against a Jack Harrell photo of me getting close to netting a spring chinook.
The book will feature a foreword by Rob Russell, who by the way is in the final throes of completing a book Rob and I are doing together (I’m not sure if I should be divulging too much so let’s leave it here for now). In case you don’t know, Rob is uniquely qualified to address many aspects of estuary fishing for Chinook salmon, from the flies, the culture of the fishery, on to the fish themselves, Rob’s experience-set is one that I respect greatly.
Meanwhile, in the world of self-publisjng, I have been enlisting the support of several friends to help find typos and bloopers in Oregon Chinook Flies, and their help is greatly appreciated, as is their willingness to allow me to feature their flies along with a short bio of each tier/angler.
My computer is full to the brim at the moment with images and drafts, so it is past time to do some house-cleaning and get this book out the door very soon. This has been a joyous project and the results will, I think, be of interest to all who pursue kings on the flies. This is your chance to get a peek into your fellow Chinook hunter’s fly boxes, without needing to be sneaky about it. How many have a chartreuse comet? Is the Clouser a common fly in these boxes? What about Intruder style flies and tube flies? What are the most fished color themes?
All that, and more, will shortly be revealed. Will it be enough?
Hardly, I expect.
Give me two weeks, with luck, and thank you as always for your patience and good will.
Jay Nicholas, August 3, 2015