Sunday, June 5, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
|Dr. Mike Clark, a friend and member of Beaverhead Search and Rescue, |
about to rappel down to Maggie's rescue.
After meeting first responders, Sheriff Frank Kluesner and Under-sheriff David Chase we returned to the mine shaft. Our hopes soared when we found Mags had moved such we could now see her. While we could not really see whether on her feet or lying down, each time I talked she raised her head and looked up. Amazing to us she seemed alert, calm and gave no indication of being in pain.
Beaverhead Search and Rescue arrived and soon had Dr. Mike Clark rigged and on his way down. You can only imagine our elation when I asked Mike, "how's she doin'?" and he responded, "Chuck, except for bein' scared and scuffed up some, she seems okay, can't see that anything's broken."
When Gale unzipped the bag she came out wagging her butt (stub of a tail) such we thought she might self-destruct. It took two hands to hold her until we could get a lead on and safely gether away from hole...
Now two days removed you would never know...
Saturday, May 21, 2016
|Clockwise from top left: Lafontaine emergent sparkle pupae, rock worm, BH soft hackle Hare's Ear, BH rock worm, BH caddis larvae patterns and natrual, Goddard Caddis|
Rozy, Bill Howe and I tied it by the countless dozens, in several sizes,12, 14, 16, 18 but hardly ever used anything but a 14 or 16. Comprised of a dubbed olive body, deer hair wing and special dyed olive/yellow grizzly hackle wound behind the hook eye. The fly seldom let us down, was as good a searching pattern as any in our boxes and...Well we caught the crap outta trout all up and down and across Pennsylvania and throughout the West, especially Montana.
I now live and guide in Montana, still use it often and still catches lots of trout but...
Somewhere along the line I discovered during an actual caddis hatch, pupae imitations and even simple soft hackles worked even better. Lafontaine emergent patterns (as pictured above) fished deep and in the film are now my go-tos. During egg laying flights I fish a variety--Elk-hair, X-, Iris- and Egg-laying caddis (latter three tying instructions can be found at www.blueribbonflies.com).
My larvae imitations are standard nymphs such as rock worm, various Hare's-ear and Princes--adding a hot spot seems to help. Some of the Czech style nymphs are even better but I like to keep it simple...