Tag Archives: Outdoors

Thaw.

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It’s winter, and then it isn’t- because the robins are back, because in the morning the liquid call of a red-winged blackbird wakes you, as he perches where a bluebird sat only the day before. 

Monday Video: IRMA

IRMA from Flylords on Vimeo.

Wyoming-Buttes

I find that in contemplating the natural world my pleasure is greater if there are not too many others contemplating it with me, at the same time  

– Edward Abbey, “Desert Solitaire”

 

 

 

 

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January.

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Monday Video: Like Slovenia.

Like Slovenia from Alfred Hadler on Vimeo.

 

Wednesday Night Ties: Found objects.

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I told myself I’d tidy the tying table in stages, sorting everything and working through the pile of hooks and materials that had accumulated during the cold months.  Tonight it was bass bugs- from top to bottom, stuff that will hopefully draw a few smallmouth come May.

 

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Review: Hunting musky with a fly (book).

I’m averse to how-to books, but there’s a lot to targeting muskellunge and they’re not known for being gullible. So, I gave it a shot.

First off, and this is an entirely subjective hangup: musky is a verb.  Muskie is a fish.  I can’t abide the y- no one calls them brookys.

All that aside, the 182 page book is loaded with excellent photos iOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAncluding high-quality series illustrating the technical aspects of casting and retrieval.  The writing isn’t going to win awards but does provide a thorough, nuts-and-bolts rundown of muskie distribution, biology, and the mechanics of targeting, fishing for, and landing the critters.  There’s a chapter of interviews with the continent’s muskie luminaries that appearing out of nowhere in the back half of the book, and about thirty fly recipes at the end- well written, well photographed; each one gets your mind going.

In all, Hunting Musky with a Fly provides a quality foundation for targeting these fussy fish.  As someone just beginning to suss out the intricacies of muskie fishing, I appreciate the knowledge Rick Kustich was able to compile in the book- and if muskie on the fly are something you’re curious about, it’s worth the investment.