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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

app, book and fun stuff

Two cool things this week:

1) signed a contract with University of New Mexico Press to write 49 Trout Streams Colorado (South), the sister book to 49 Trout Streams New Mexico.  Will be writing / photographing with buddy Chad McPhail, of course.  We'll be traversing southern Colorado this summer getting new info and pics and generally causing havoc for trout. 

2) finished the first version of the app Freshwater Flyfishing Tips From the Pros, an adaptation of my Simon and Schuster book from 1997.  160 tips, 800 photos for now but with the next update, the app will have 250 tips and 1000 photos.  Above is a screen capture from the app. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

West Texas A &M STOP Filmfest

We entered four films in the West Texas A & M University Stop Filmfest.  We won two awards including Best in Category and Best Concept for Film.  Marisa's commercial about bullying (with Sarah O'Donnell in the hallway with the words stuck on her) won Best in Category.  Lyzi Wakefield's Little Red Riding Hood won Best Concept.  There were dozens and dozens of films entered. PDHS had 10 films entered. Lots of great young filmmakers in the Panhandle. Caprock, Randall, Canyon, etc. also participated.   I was proud as hell. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This app crap sucks

I'm working with Sutro Media to develop some apps and their site has been in "update" mode for a couple of days so I can't work on those apps. I'm also now an Apple App Developer for IOS and am trying to go through AppMakr.  This getting a key chain and portal stuff and certificates --- well, there's a reason I'm an English teacher and not a code monkey.  And this is supposed to be streamlined and easy for the dummies like me.  Jeez.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Perfect Fly Box

Latest article: The Perfect Fly Box
I fish more than most. It's a curse wading streams in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. But hey, someone's got to do it. If you were to peek inside my fly boxes, you'd be shocked at how messy they are. I know where things are, and one reason is that over the years I've simplified my inventory. I've learned what works on these rocky rivers and what doesn't.
Like most of you, I grew up fishing regional patterns like the Bloody Butcher, House and Lot, Royal Coachman, and Renegade. Materials got better over the years, and patterns evolved. I like dry fly-fishing but tend to begin with a prospecting rig, usually a dropper rig that consists of a sizeable floater, usually a big Stimulator.
Attractor flies work great on the bouncy swift waters so typical of southwestern streams.
The trout don't have a long season, and they don't have long to make a decision about your fur-feather offering either.
You want something that will float, will hold up to repeated use and mostly, will catch trout.
So here's what my fly box for summer fishing in the Rockies looks like:
n Stimulators: This is my prospecting fly, my go-to fly, the fly I use more than any other in Southwestern waters. I like a few in each color: orange, yellow, green, royal and, surprisingly, black, all in size 12.
These will work early in the season to imitate stoneflies (golden, Salmon), as attractor flies and especially as the top fly in your dropper rig. Consider having a few in sizes 8,10, 14 and 16, too.
n Royal Wulff: You ain't a fly fisher if you don't have this pattern in your box. This pattern imitates most anything and is a super attractor fly, and the trout love it. Sizes 10-18.
n Ausable Wulff: Yes, this is a foreign pattern to the Southwest. That's one reason I like it so much. Created in the Northeast for their bubbly streams and timely mayfly hatches, this up-wing pattern floats well, is visible and imitates any number of Rocky Mountain mayfly hatches. It's especially good on long flats or runs. My favorite Mayfly pattern. Sizes 14-18.
n Goddard Caddis: I prefer this pattern to the ubiquitous Elk Hair Caddis because it works more consistently for me and the size 16 Stimulators work pretty much as an Elk Hair Caddis anyway. Sizes 12-16.
nDoc's Cork: Indestructible Stonefly pattern that works to imitate caddis as well. Rapidly becoming my top fly in my dropper rigs, especially on streams that have super stonefly action. Doc's Cork is also a fine attractor fly.
It's sturdy as all get out so you don't need but two or three in your box. Size 10.
n Green Trude or Red Quill Gordon: Your wildcard fly. Both are seldom-used, but the Green Trude is a nice change-up when nothing is working; the Red Quill is ideal for when those big, skinny mayflies dance over the water. Size: 12.
n Beadhead Crystal Woolly Bugger in black: One size fits all. Sometimes, when all else fails, and trout are just not hitting your other offerings, toss out this fly and strip-retrieve. You'll hammer 'em.
n Doc's Hopper T: Any hopper pattern will do, but this is my favorite. Come August and September, especially on meadow streams, you don't want to be without hoppers in your box. This one floats well, is easy to see and holds up to trout teeth. Sizes 6-8.
n Hare's Ear Beadhead: The most generic of all nymphs. The worker bee pattern. Get in sizes 12-18.
n Copper John Beadhead: Ten years ago, no one in the West used this killer fly. I catch more trout on a red Copper John Beadhead than all the other flies combined. Sizes 14-18.
n Pheasant Tail Beadhead: You could sub in a Prince Nymph beadhead or a Caddis pupa of some sort, but I have an affinity for this pattern.
Nice searcher or mayfly hatch fly. Sizes 14-18.


I'm now working on two apps for a third-party app developer.  The first is an adaptation of my book Freshwater Flyfishing Tips from the Pros (Simon & Schuster, 1997) --- I've added no fewer than 30 new flyfishing experts to this app.  Second, Amy and I will be creating the first of a series of guidebook apps for Colorado Mountain Towns (starting with Durango.)  Fun stuff.