To UV or Not UV

by Tony Bishop on February 26, 2015

An excellent and deeply researched article on the MidCurrent site will provide answers to any and all questions you might have on the relevance of Ultraviolet light to fishing.

The money shot:

“He found that ultraviolet photographs of trout food looked “pretty much exactly the same as any other black and white photographs of the same subject.” He also went on to say that this was not surprising: “… trout food insects just simply don’t possess strong UV-reflectance patterns, and that trout are not likely to identify their food by looking for UV reflectance”.

… But for fly fishers, there seems to be no reason to elevate this trait to any significant status. For trout and a number of other species we target, ultraviolet-sensitive vision does not seem to be a component of the adult fish’s behavior, and it is especially unlikely to be an important part of the way they locate and identify their food.”

Read more here.

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More insight and introspection on this recreational addiction of ours, which some call fishing. New quotes are numbers 1231 to 1235. See all 1235 fishing quotations and sayings here.

“The outdoor life pleased these old men because they believed any properly obsessed fly fisherman carried the rivers and trout inside him.”
Harry Middleton

“That’s about as big as a fish that big gets”
- A Nonymouse

“There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon”
Jack Nicklaus

“Education is important – but fishing is importanter”
Hu Nose

“…water that isn’t fit for trout won’t much longer be fit for us.”
Arnold Gingrich

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Five New Fishing Quotations and Sayings 19 Jan 2015

by Tony Bishop on January 19, 2015

Five more fishing quotes and sayings, and the total rises to 1230, all available on the Quotes Page.

Number 1226

“Nothing in this world so enlivens my spirit and emotions as the rivers I know.  They are necessities.” – Nick Lyons

Number 1227

“There is a cost to a fish being caught, even if it is promptly released.” – Paul Guernsey

Number 1228

“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” – Ernest Hemmingway

Number 1229

“You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.”
– Ernest Hemmingway

Number 1230

“…buying a fly rod in the average city store, that is, joining it up and safely waggling it a bit, is much like seeing a woman’s arm protruding from a car window: all one can readily be sure of is that the window is open.” – Robert Travers

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5 New Fishing Quotes and Sayings – 21 Dec. 2014

by Tony Bishop on December 21, 2014

Just put up five new fishing quotes and sayings, hooked and landed from the river of words that flow through the sport we love. Total number of quotes now 1225, see them all here.quill

“The world needs more tackle boxes and less XBoxes”

- Shimano – Number 1221

“She asked me to whisper the three words every girl wants to hear, so I said “Let’s go fishing.”””

- NA – Number 1222

“Fishing is only an addiction if you are trying to quit.”

- NA  – Number 1223

“I got 99 problems and fish’n solves all of ‘em”

- Earl Dibbles – Number 1224

“In the best stories about fly fishing … big fish are caught or lost; people say wild and spontaneous words; event becomes memory and sometimes, in the hands of a master, bleeds into art”

- Nick Lyons – Number 1225

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Crazy Kiwis in small jet-boats on beautiful rivers

by Tony Bishop on December 15, 2014

See the madness here on Moldy Chum 
Small jet-boats in New Zealand

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5 New Fishing Quotations and Sayings: 30 Oct 2014

by Tony Bishop on October 30, 2014

Five new fishing quotations and sayings, plus comment and wise stuff, brings the total to 1220 . Five latest are numbers 1216 to 1220.

“What do the little fishes do that make most truthful men untrue?”

- Joseph Morris – Number 1216

“The thrill of a fish at the end of the line, that thing that sparks from the dark water to spinal cord, is a vestige of an archetypal joy that has to do with sustenance, material and spiritual.”

Christopher Camuto  – Number 1217

“About the only certainty, other than uncertainty, in fly fishing is that a fly won’t catch fish if it stays in its box.”

- Arnold Gingrich – Number 1218

“Datin’is a lot like fishin’. Sometimes catch and release is the best method.”

Earl Dibbles Jr. – Number 1219

“These enthusiasts often like to hang signs that say “Gone Fishin'” or “Gone Huntin'”. But what these slogans really mean is “Gone Killing.”

Marc Bekoff – Number 1220

All 1220 quotes.

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Streamer Fishing for Trout – 5 Techniques

by Tony Bishop on October 3, 2014

From Deneki Outdoors a good run-down on five streamer fishing techniques that target bigger fish. A really worthwhile read.

“… However, we’ve found that most anglers fish streamer patterns using only one technique before giving up on the streamer and reaching back for the nymphs. Every day, every river, and every run is different, and successful anglers know that changing up retrieves is key in fooling more trout. Here are 5 ways to fish a streamer more effectively…”

Full story Here

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They just keep coming – 5 more fishing quotations and sayings bring the total to 1215.

“Fly tying – The art of attaching feathers, fur, wool, and silk to a tiny hook to create artificial lures that imitate insects, a skill easily mastered by anyone who can peel a grape blindfolded with a pair of tweezers and a butter knife while wearing oven mitts.” – Number 1211

“Early on I decided that fishing would be my way of looking at the world. First it taught me to look at rivers.  Lately it has been teaching me how to look at people, myself included.” Thomas McGuane  – Number 1212

“In my opinion, fishing then becomes a mirror which reflects all of our being and our values in life – and in return our values determine how we fish. One goes into the other and the boundaries merge… Doing becomes being and being becomes doing; a magic circle with no beginning or end and our hearts always standing where they belong – directly in the centre.” Lani Waller –  Number 1213

“There is nothing so gone as a lost fish!” – Number 1214

“To say it was all just a matter of catching fish would be like saying that astronomy is nothing more than noticing the stars.” Harry Middleton – number 1215

See all 1215 here.

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Here we go again, five new pithy and fishy quotations and saying, bringing the total up to 1210.

“Celebrity chefs are the leaders in the field of food, and we are the led. Why should the leaders of chemical businesses be held responsible for polluting the marine environment with a few grams of effluent, which is sub-lethal to marine species, while celebrity chefs are turning out endangered fish at several dozen tables a night without enduring a syllable of criticism?”

- Charles Clover

“Fish,” he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.”

- Ernest Hemingway

“It takes a man who is a thinker. To catch the big one, hook, line and sinker!”

- NA

“Floods of humanity, lakes of peace, rivers of gold, the tides of war; all we are and do is linked to the water of life.”

- David Mead

“As with a faint star in the night’s sky, one can better understand fishing’s allure by looking around it, off to the side, not right at it”

- Holly Morris

See all 1210 Fishing quotations and sayings…

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OK this is not about to be earth shattering, but I was looking for a fly holder that would hold flies securely, so I could “batch” process tasks i.e. adding UV cure resin, or head cement.

So I grabbed an old fly-line spool, joined the two halves together, put a blob of 5 minute epoxy regularly spaced around the outside edge, and added line-testers. Just one thing, make sure the  clip of the line tester is parallel to the edge of the spool.

Jobs done. ‘

Now I can hold the spool in one hand and do what I have to do to finish off the flies. It is also good for taking outside on a sunny day to get a really good UV resin cure.

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