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Some patterns small and big that I have had an interest in preparing for use this Spring – in the usual ( and some unusual ) locations we visit…Hot Creek, the East Walker River, McGee Creek, Rush Creek the West Walker River and the Upper and Lower Owens River are some places that come to mind…

THE “FLASHIES”…

MIDGE OF LIFE…Brown/Pink – Bloch/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown (abdomen), Black (head)

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver, X-sm

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Hot Pink,  3 turns on #18, 2x on #20

WING: CDC, Tan

Midge Diamond Braid…from HARELINE and some really nifty, flashy material…

MIDGE OF LIFE…Cream – Bloch/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White (abdomen), Black (head)

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, Extra Fine

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Black, (as above)

WING: CDC Lt. Dun

Both of the above patterns would work well as Midge Emergers along the edges, in the soft water, here on this river, early in the AM when many Midges are coming off…

The East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…early in the AM…

GREEN/OLIVE/CHARTREUSE -BUFFALO JUMP…TMC 100SP BL or Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, Daiichi 1560 – #12 -#18

THREAD: Wapsi, 70 Denier UTC, Olive

RIB: Small, Olive Metallic, Wapsi

ABDOMEN: Green Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: 50% UV Lt. Olive Ice Dub/ 50% Olive SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing

WING CASE/LEGS: Peacock Krystal Flash

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Silver Tungsten sized to hook

This is a variant on the original BUFFALO JUMP pattern that I came up with last year that absolutely killed for Michael and I on the East Walker River…as an aside,

every recipe that I put up is committed to this book before I post it…so, I can remember and for Michael, Ally and Miles to have a workbook to utilize…

THE PROCESS…and yes, there are a lot of recipes in that spiral notebook !!!

KR’s SPECIAL (Buffalo Jump/ Variant)…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL or Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Black/White, Light

RIB: UTC, Wine, Small

ABDOMEN: Purple Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: 50% Purple Ice Dub/ 50% SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray Natural

WING CASE/LEGS: Blue Krystal Flash

HOT SPOT: UTC 70 denier, Purple

BEAD: Rainbow Dazzle Bead, Hareline, sized to hook and stuffed with lead sub.

This is a little something for my friend Keith Roberts who constantly badgers me about my use of the color purple which he admittedly uses… a lot…because it works…

The ORIGINAL BUFFALO JUMP…and yes I am tying more…

Because somebody burns through them with ALL the fish he catches…

RED/ ORANGE PT (BUFFALO JUMP)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 , TMC 100 SP BL,  #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Brown, to secure tail, rib and abdomen

TAIL: Lemon Wooduck

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown wire SM

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail fibers...then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0 Fl. Orange

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

WING CASE/ LEGS: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I am particularly influenced by color of the water and stream bottom color when choosing an attractor pattern…given the name of this guy, one might suspect where it would be employed…

OLIVE TUNGSTEN SHEAR NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive/Brown

TAIL: Coq DE LEON, Medium

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: UTC Wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING CASE: 6 strands of Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: Ice Dub, Lt. UV Olive

HACKLING: Nymph Shear Fibers, Pale Olive – Cascade Crest Tools

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Something breathing, sparkly and bright for those East Walker BROWNS

FRANK’S FLASHY…OLIVE/PEACOCK VARIANT – Frank Drummond…

HOOK: TMC 2457 or Daiici 1120, #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

TAIL: Green Pheasant Tail Fibers, 8-4, dependent on hook size

OVER ABDOMEN (BACK): Green Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Peacock Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Olive Metallic, SM

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

HACKLING: 8-4 Strands Peacock KF, 4-4 Green PT Fibers – dependent on hook size

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

I’ve been wanting to tie some of these bugs up for a while, since first seeing this pattern…I will also be using some other PT colors and Krystal Flash for these fellows…like Brown, Black, Natural, Yellow Purple, Blue and Red. This is a great “FLASHY” pattern !!! Please go HERE (FRANK’S FLASHY) for additional details…


LIL’ B/O FLASHER…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

UNDER RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm

THORAX: SLF Prism, Peacock

HACKLE: Light Brown CDC

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 8

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, 5/64

I like to use CDC for hackling on sub-surface patterns for it’s ability to trap air bubbles. I am NOT a big fan of using it for emergers or dries  (I dislike having to change patterns after they have been “SLIMED”)…I prefer using Snowshoe hare for those patterns, but will use CDC on those occasions that find me working a particularly selective Trout…

TRIPLE H PUPA ( Hot, Holo and Hydropsyche )…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Brown or Tiemco 16/0, Brown – dependent on hook size

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Tinsel

RIB:  Wapsi wire, Copper, SM or x-sm – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Brown

WINGS: Brown CDC, tied on either side, pulled upwards,  held vertical to hook shank and clipped

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Hareline Dazzle Bead, Metallic PT Brown, stuffed with lead sub., sized to hook

A bright, attractor Caddis Pupa for the Eastern Sierras…

THE PALINISTA MIDGE…last Spring, on the East Walker River, this pattern caught more large Browns and Rainbows than any other patterns in my boxes…that’s why I am tying more in #18 – #20, Daiichi 1130 hook…

PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 – #18 -#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Back and White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite # 3

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

ALLY’S MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White

TAIL: One Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Red Micro Tubing

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver,  X-sm

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 3

BEAD: Black Tungsten 5/64 or 1/16

The RED version of the Palinisista…named after my daughter Ally, with the red hair…

MADISON MIDGE GIRL – ALLY…

THE BUG FROM EC…TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20…( “Follow the yellow brick road…” )…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown or Tiemco 16/0, Brown – dependent on hook size

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Brown/Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Brown Micro Tubing

RIB: Wapsi wire, Amber, SM

WING CASE:  Hedron Pearl Fire Fly (may be coated with Epoxy or UV Knot Sense)

THORAX: Emerald Green Arizona Diamond Hair

LEGS: Brown Partridge (lower back, on the skin)

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 8

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I love this stuff !!!

EMERALD CITY…from MCALL.COM…home of said BUG…


COPPER LONG WING DIP…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra 70 Denier, Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper/Brown, SM – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair, Nature’s Spirit – held vertical to hook shank and clipped – long-ish

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Gold or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Copper is a slayer on the East Walker River…I used to tie these on TMC 2487 hooks… till some of the larger locals bent them completely out of shape….

HAPPINESS…is just around the bend…habitat of some really large locals…

WHITE BEAD BROWN KF PT…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown or Black – to thorax

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Fl. Yellow, SM or Chartreuse x-sm for # 18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash or Black Midge Flash for # 18 – #20

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: White Dazzle Bead (Hareline) stuffed with lead sub., sized to hook

As with ALL the above patterns…a comprehensive report of their success will be posted in about five weeks…as I have stated previously, I don’t tie anything that will not take TROUT somewhere or sometime…

Like this…

Reason for my tardiness in posting the recipes YESTERDAY…Hangin’ with my girls…

Ally…

…Nadia and Mr. SAND DAB…at Paradise Cove


NEXT: REFIT, REFILL, REFURBISH and REPAIR…

PT/TB 

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Winter…cold, snow, sleet, ice in the guides, lethargic Trout, hands that don’t work , many trips to the truck to warm up …and. these little guys. Fortunately, most of the Midges I tie… will work year round in the tail water fisheries we visit in the Eastern Sierras…These particular ties will be used this Spring on the Lower Owens River near Bishop, CA and the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. In this series, I have included some variants of patterns that were created by Pat Dorsey and Steve Parrott, the guys who are BLUE QUILL ANGLERS, in Evergreen, CO…their patterns WORK

Just like the ARMY, one guy is out of step…

Those red hooks are these and I get them HERE

Here are the patterns:

Steve’s Midge (Medallion Midge)/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White or Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear or Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: Black or Dark Brown Superfine Dubbing

TRIGGER SPOT: Micro Flasahbou – Pearl….for this tie, I used SM. Opal Tinsel

SHELLBACK/ WING PADS: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun – Hareline

This is a Steve Parrott design, the original recipe may be found HERE. I have chosen to use a different hook and tied it in color(s) that match the small cream midges found in the Lower “O” and East Walker. For those waters, I generally go deep with my Midge patterns, in those locations, because that is where the Trout prefer to take up feeding stations…

BROWN HOLOGRAPHIC MIDGE (side view)…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou

RIB: Lagartun, x-Fine Copper wire

WINGLETS: Flashabou, Tinsel Flash, Marabou Action, Pearl Orange – charge with sunlight, it “GLOWS”…

THORAX: Iridescent Peacok, Brown, Spirit River

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass – Lead or Lead Sub. – Optional

BROWN HOLOGRAPHIC MIDGE (Tilted View) …

There is a little Brown Midge that makes it’s appearance on the Lower Owens River, in the Spring. This fellow was designed to mimic that critter. Standard chocolate wd-40’s and 50’s work well during this emergence…I offer something a bit …well...DIFFERENT. It will probably have some applications on the East Walker…the character below will, report on that…

Michael likes Midges and the East Walker River is loaded with them…

MISTLETOE MIDGE #18-#20, side view…

MISTLETOE MIDGE …tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18 or Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Chartreuse Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Holographic Tinse, Wapsi, SM

WINGLETS: Flashabou, Tinsel Flash, Marabou Action, Pearl Chartreuse…as above

BEAD: Silver Tung., sized to hook

I have been using pearl or other colored midge flash shucks on many of my Midge patterns for some time. I believe they are very effective and now, I have started playing around with materials which act as “triggers” in these, and other patterns I tie…try some…

PRE-XMAS POWER DINNER WITH Michael…to kick my FLU to the curb !!!

EVERGREEN KOREAN BBQ

Michael, in from San Francisco and the sides…

Kimchi Spicy Pork Belly Soup, BBQ Sliced Beef and Purple Rice…YUMMMmmmmmm…

BIOT BLUE KF TUNG MIDGE…side view…

HOOK: TMC 2488 #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Natural Goose Biot

RIB: Blue Krystal Flash or Blue Holographic Tinsel for extra “BLING”…

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair, Pearl Blue

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun

BEAD: Black Tung., sized to hook

Tilted view…

This is more of a Midge/Mayfly hybrid than a straight Midge pupa. I have had some interesting experiences with the Browns, in the East Walker River, all year round, with blue incorporated into the fly pattern design. This is another offering for Spring, that was influenced and inspired by a pattern I saw HERE. I see some other variations, tied with Turkey and Goose Biots, using other flash materials for the ribbing, in my future…

PEPT-HO MEDALLION MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Rainbow Flash, Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: Pink Holographic Flashabou, 2 strands

RIB: Ultra wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Dun

WINGCASE/WING BUDS: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun

A little play on Steve Parrott’s Medallion Midge using the red Gamakatsu hook I am really becoming enamored with…the “Pinky” clobbered some nice Browns and Rainbows for us on the East Walker this past Spring…I believe this variant will see some exciting “hook-ups”…

Tilted view…

The TRADITIONAL day after Christmas Chinese Dinner with FAMILY…this year at a new place : MISSION 261 “.GUNG HAY FAT CHOY” from PT and Family !!!

$3.00 BRIDGE DIP. HOLO/RED…#16-#18…side view…

Tilted view…BECAUSE, Craig is out of the # 18′s

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Red

ABDOMEN: Red Holographic Mylar Motion – Spirit River

RIB: Lagartun, Silver, x-fine

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Bleached

BEAD: Silver Tung. or Brass, sized to hook

The “classic” BRF, Craig Matthew’s pattern with a new paint job…this pattern and a whole lot of variations on this theme, consistently take nice Trout…I would not be without them…

TUNG FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY…Dorsey/Variant…(the winglets are a secret trigger on the EAST WALKER RIVER)

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, x-fine or Silver, x-fine

FLASHBACK:  UTC SM Pearl Tinsel or UTC SM OPal Tinsel

WINGLETS: 2 strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

BEAD: Tun. or Brass with Lead or Lead Sub., Black or Silver

Another Pat Dorsey original that I have taken the liberty of “tweaking”. The winglets, in this coloration combo, have acted as a trigger on this pattern with which, Michael totally outscored his Pop one afternoon and evening on the East Walker…We are talkin’ about some Browns of major proportions !!! I plan on getting EVEN

CHIRONOFLASH MIDGE PUPA…Parrott/Variant…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVERABDOMEN: Tan Micro Tubing

TRIGGER/HOT SPOT: Micro Pearl Flashabou

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Mottled Brown

Tilted view…

This is another Steve Parrott design…simple with a “hot spot”…my variation, is once again for those chocolate/brown Midges that are seen on the Lower Owens River in the Spring…

DISSONANCE MIDGE…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Grey

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Lt. Blue Dun

ABDOMEN: Danville Silver Tinsel, 16/18

RIB: Lagartun, Blue wire, Fine

WINGLETS: 2 strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash, Red/Black

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair, Lt. Blue

BEAD: Silver Tung., sized to hook

Tilted view…

My experience, with stuff I tie like this…is reflected BELOW

“HEY DAD, Gimme’ another one of those…!!!”…

KG’s FULLBACK/FOAMBACK MIDGE… Glissmeyer/Variant – Chocolate…“NOW PLAYING IN EUROPE”

HOOK: Mustad c49s, Dai Riki 125, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Strands of SLF PRISM, Amber

ABDOMEN: Uni-Stretch 1x, Brown, twisted

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, x-fine

THORAX: Hare-Tron Dubbing, Dark Brown

WINGCASE: Electronics packing foam

KG would be Kelly G. Glissmeyer who ties some nifty patterns. This little guy is intended for spring creeks and appeared in the WINTER 2011 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal pg. 29. Kelly tied this pattern in black using flat tying thread for the abdomen and black dubbing for the thorax. My variant is keyed for those Chocolate/Brown Lower “O” midges that will, hopefully, be lookin’ up – this Spring…I like this UNI -Stretch for the segmentation it provides…tied in other colors, it would cover a wide range of Midge hatches…

“THE BURPLE”…a Midgey-Nymphy Thingee…Gamakatsu, C12-B, #20…side view…

For this place, just about this TIME of day…

Tilted view…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco16/0 Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fibers – Hareline

OVER ABDOMEN: Blue Micro Tubing

THORAX: Arizona Simi-Seal, Purple

LEGS: Fluro Fiber, Grey

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Glass, Blueberry, SM

So the sun is starting to hang low, in the late afternoon, while we are on the East Walker River and Michael turns to me and asks, “What should I put on, Dad?” I reached into my box and handed him THIS (“Deep Purple”) “Try this as your lead” , I said. He wasn’t disappointed…this pattern may be tied with or without legs…it is meant to be used as a surface trailer or fished in the depths, as a trailer, when the sunlight is off the water’s surface…you won’t be disappointed – either

To those who are new to this tying thing…make it FUN…retain a sense of wonderment and expectation that anything produced will catch a fish…glue this look on ‘yer face – as the experiments begin at the vise:

My Grandson Miles, attempting to levitate his first milk shake at Bob’s Big Boy

NEXT: Some ties for CFR and a participation/fly box drawing at FFA

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From time to time, I like to post photos and links to patterns that REALLY pique my interest. This one comes from Frank Drummond, a tier and guide out of The Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Colorado…Here are two photos of the pattern and I’ll let the viewer decide what constitutes their make-up…

FRANK’S FLASHY…from the Laughing Grizzly Store  #14-#18

Franks flashy.
Recipe
Hook- curved caddis
Bead- Tungsten
backstrap- pheasant tail (PT)
Rib-wire your choice size and color
body- your favorite krystal flash personally I use rainbow, red, and orange.
Thorax- you can do the typical peacock herl thorax if you like, I just use the flash.

Instructions- this is kinda tricky to explain if you have any questions let me know.
Lay down thread base 3/4 hook length. Tie in pheasant tail with a typical half body length. I put a couple of wraps down then fold the PT back on itself and tie it down again so you can tie in the rest of the materials right against the tail. Then tie in wire then 4 strands of krystal flash. Advance thread to thorax area. Wrap crystal flash up to thorax tie off. Fold PT fibers over the back (Do not wrap just lay them down over the back of the fly) take wire and rib the fly to hold the pheasant tail in place. Tie off PT and wire. Remove wire. I tidy up by bringing the pheasant tail and flash back and tie down again so you can cover the thread with the flash. Advance thread to head. wrap flash over thorax, tie down with one wrap. Then fold PT over for wing case. Tie down flash and PT with a couple wraps. Split PT fibers and flash equally on each side of fly. Pull the two sets down on each side of fly (helps if you pull pretty firmly, you really want to take any looseness out of the materials) with left had hold the flash and PT so they are touching the point of the hook. Whip finish. trim legs at the point of the hook.

RECIPE FROM:

SHELLEY JAVIER MILLSPAUGH

FRANK’S FLASHY…another variation from BRUSH CREEK CANE

An OLIVE/PEACOCK VARIANT…4.5.2012 ( see “FLASHIES” )

Check out the list of waters that this pattern has been used on (link above)…with success…(hint)…East Walker River, Hot Creek and the Owens River…

I’ll be getting to this soon… 

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The first time I introduced my son to Fly Fishing was on Father’s Day weekend in June, 1987. Jean and I went to Bridgeport, CA to try our luck at Virginia Lakes, the East Walker River and Green Creek. Michael was four at the time and was required to put on an overly large orange life jacket to go out in a boat on the waters of Little Virginia Lake. He looked like the “stay puffed” marshmallow man… Michael has a video of this excursion, that Jean put together, which I will post herein when he brings it to me and shows his computer illiterate Father how to do it…There is a portion of the clip in which I bring a dry, # 18, beetle caught Trout to the boat, lift it up and swing it back – boinking the tot directly in the kisser..what an intro to FF!!!

This is PT, Michael and “PINKY” at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, near Independence, CA on Oak Creek, in 1985. I weaned the “Moo” on trips to this location so he could see the life cycle of hatchery raised Trout. He always got a nickel to buy the little brown pellets to feed to the brood stock in the pond behind us. That is where Michael saw his first “rising” big fish…

Michael -AKA: “MOO”, scoping out the Brook Trout in a holding pen…

I believe that to get kids interested in Fly Fishing, they must first have the experience of feeling the tug of a Trout on the end of their line. This is Michael on a trip to lone Pine, CA with PT and my Father at the Symms Creek Sandtrap. This a great location to introfish with kids – swivel, bubble, 5x tippet , #20 treble hook and POWERBAIT… the fish are stockers…My Dad would chide Michael by saying, “You puttin’ bubble gum on that hook again?“…

An “older”Michael works a Seal Bugger with a “bubble” set-up at the Lone Pine Creek sand trap…

My first Tout was caught on a Bamboo pole with an Eagle Claw hook in a pond at the Sportsman’s Lodge on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, CA using bread dough…

It did not look like this back in the early 1950’s…but it was really close – I could ride my bike down the hill to get there…

SPORTSMAN'S LODGE copy

Later, in June 1987, Jean, Michael and I spent a long camping weekend up at Monache Meadows, on the South Fork of the Kern River. Michael went out with me and learned how to drift a cripple Caddis behind boulders to entice the Golden/Rainbow hybrids up and out of their lairs…

Michael, crashed out after a nice long hike up along the South Fork of the Kern River..

Within a year, Michael had learned how to tie a Uni Knot and set up his rig for Fly Fishing. His next trip up to Monache resulted in his first Golden – unassisted…

“MOO” with his first Golden Trout…

Working the water on the South Fork of the Kern…with a Winston 7 1/2′ Fiberglass Rod and Hardy Reel..

Michael learned how to “read” water by walking directly down the middle of Lone Pine Creek, below Mt. Whitney with a fly rod, six inches of 5x tippet, #20 treble hook and, salmon eggs or red worms. Here he is instructing his sister Ally on the method…

When we were not fishing, we pursued another favorite pastime – looking for arrowheads in the blistering heat of the Qwens Valley…

Michael sucking on a Villa Rica, GA product standing at “Charlie’s Butte” in the Owens Valley…

Michael soon learned the fine art of nymphing, swinging wet flies, dry fly tactics and bugger and streamer draggin’. Here, he works a wet along the bank of the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA using a 10′, 5wt, Scott “G” Series and a RAM Caddis…

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Ally, of course, was not to be left out. While Michael fished with a fly and bubble on Trumbull Lake, Ally went to the bubble and POWERBAIT technique which netted her this nice Rainbow stocker which she allowed her brother to hold…

Through the years, Michael has become quite accomplished at FF…here is a series of his experiences on some wonderful rivers, creeks and lakes throughout the West…

Michael at Hot Creek,CA…

Michael with his “Alpers” Trout at Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Michael and Ally overlooking the Madison River Valley after a “FINE” meal at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael and Ally getting ready to wet a line at North Lake, Bishop, CA in the snow…

Cookie munchers at the Palisades, along the Madison River on a very cold and windy day…

Michael and Ally after a day of FF on the Boulder River, MT….

Michael on the Boulder River, MT…

Michael, freaking Ally out with a gift on the Stillwater River, MT…

Rigging a Wooly Bugger, Owens River, below Five Bridges…

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Michael, working an # 18 H & L Variant on the Stillwater River, MT during a PMD hatch…

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H & L Variant ( River Stone Gallery)…

In the Madison River, below Varney Bridge, Cameron, MT…

With a nice Brown, imitating Brad Pitt, above $3.00 Bridge, Madison River, MT…

Mike big Fish

A feisty Brown on The Madison…

“Which Fly should I use, Dad”,,,Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

Stillwater River, MT…a fish to hand…

“One last cast, Dad?”…Zipping a Seal Bugger with a Fly and Bubble, Lone Pine Creek Sand Trap…

DR’S SEAL BUGGER:

Creme Brule at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael’s “other” favorite pastime, Absarokee, MT…

In the “Honey Hole”, Madison River, MT…

mike-owens-upstream

Fishing up through a run on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

Michael on the West Walker River, above Bridgeport, CA…

PT makes a pit stop on the Owens River, below Five Bridges…

Angelo and Michael on the Lower Owens River…

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That Place…

Hot Creek, as an adult…

A freezing day on the Upper Owens River…

On the East Walker River…shmutz on the Fly…

Michael and Ally on the Madison River…

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Goose Lake, looking for the Obsidian thingees that are pointy…

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Chest high in the Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

The GIFT I got….

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“Children may fail to listen to what you say, they will NEVER fail to watch what you do “…

PT/TB


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…and Ally, Nadia and Michael…a mixed bag before and after…

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A throwback…

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New Orleans…1978

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In Aspen highlands…1981…

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Somewhere on an island…

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Jeepin’ it on the Frying Pan River, CO…

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A special place in the Southern Sierras…

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On a boulder in the Roaring Fork River, CO…

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL…

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In Hawaii…

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On a boat, with a friend, in Mexico, just before I met her…

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More boat…

JMH NO STREET BUS -1-New Orleans, September, 1978…and a visit to:

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After sharing THAT…

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Cooking Pheasants for Thanksgiving…

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Jean, on the beach in Malibu , BBQ Chicken…ummmm – goooood, 1981…

Wading the Frying Pan…1981…

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Ally at 1 ( 1990), hamming it up…

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Jean and Nadia in Bridgeport a long time ago… 1980

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Jeep BABE…Frying Pan River, CO…

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Defiant Asian chick…1978..Owens Valley…

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Michael, Ca/NV border, East Walker River, 1990…

JMH on the Roaring Fork…1978…

Graduation GIRL – U.C.L.A. – 1981…

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More Graduation Day…

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Cover shot…

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Tossed hair look…

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Making Nadia laugh at the Faire…

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Tim And Jean, 1983, Michael very much on the way…

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Jean and Michael on the beach, Santa Barbara, 1988 – (the day I found out Ally was coming)

Same day at the beach…

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Skiing in Mammoth…

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Ally and Michael at Xmas…

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Here’s ALLY!…

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Jean and Kasmir, our first cat…

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Ally, About 1 year old….1990

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“Here, wear this!!!”….1984, Michael

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Ally & Jean Marie…

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All of US…

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With Michael at Griffith Park…

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MOO and Mom at the edge…

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Another cover shot…

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A smaller Michael at Monache Meadows on the South Fork of the Kern River…

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At the crib in Mammoth Mountain…

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Michael and Angelo, freezing on the Owens River, 2003…

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Jean, Ally & Auntie Morgana…

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Jean being ridiculous about FOOD, Malibu Beach, 1981…

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Ally and Jean at Grandma’s house…

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Michael and Ally in the rocks, Hogback Creek, 1999…

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Spinnin’ Ally…

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Taken by the friend who introduced us, at her office on Sunset…1978…

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Lake Tahoe, July 5, 1981…

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Jean and Ally at about 2….1991

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Jean’s favorite photo of Michael – 1989…

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Birthday Bunch…

JMH HOME XMAS -1-XMAS..at home…

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Looking at an old ARK II episode, December, 1987…

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Jean’s “MOMMY LOOK” for a composite, before she had Michael and Ally, 1982…

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Michael, Oggie and Ally…

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Beachy- Malibu, 1981…

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Michael, Fly Rod MASTER, South Fork of the Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Mom of MOO…on a river…

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Of course Jean was a CHEERLEADER…’73-’74…

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Malibu….

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Nadia and Jean, Bridgeport,CA 1980…

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Jean, commercial shoot, 1984…

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More Malibu…

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Jean, Michael and “Pinky” – Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery about 1984…

JMH LP CREEK STAN -1-Lone Pine Creek…

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Michael. Hot Creek, 1987…

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Ally and her “BUDDY”, Angelo. 2002

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Beach dining – Malibu , 1981…

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Ally, North Lake, Bishop, 1999…Ally is using a Fly and Bubble Rig…

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Michael and Jean, 1984…

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A hint of skepticism, perhaps???….

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Michael comes home, September 1983…

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Jean, Chinatown Queen, 1977…

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Stylin’ in Aspen…

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Ally, swings Angelo, Owens Valley, 2002…

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Michael and Dad, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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With friends at Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean…Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean, cooking at home ( not rice – again!!!)….

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Ally comes home – Michael pleased – 1989…

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With Ally…

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Michael, shooting with his Nikon, Deep Springs Valley, 2002…

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Ally at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, 1995…

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Michael’s first bath, 1983,,,

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Ally, being a HAM, 1990….

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Michael, chillin’ at the campsite, Monache Meadows, 1987…

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Just a nice head shot…

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Ally and Dad, 1990…

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Jean and Michael at the campsite, Fall, 1987…

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Nadia, attempting to play the piano, 1987…

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Michael and Ally – Who’s Driving??? – 1990…

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Michael and Dad in the Owens Valley, 1986…

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Jean, AUDITIONING for “The Price Is Right”, Xmas, 1988…

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Ally and Angelo, scattering Grandpa’s ashes, Owens Valley, 2000…

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Michael, Jean and Tim, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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Same boat,1977…

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Bedtime story, Chimney Peak, 1986…

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Michael with Golden Trout, South Fork of The Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Jean, at about the time I got out of the service 1970-71…

With Michael and Ally in Santa Barbara, CA…

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Jean, San Francisco, 1988…

MICHAEL WEST WALKER -1-Michael, West Walker River, 2003…

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Studying…

Santa Barbara, CA…1994…

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With Ally at Michael’s wedding…

JMH NADS GRAD -1-At Nadia’s Graduation from High School…

JMH ALLY LIL MOO 2 -2-Jean Marie and Ally on the occasion of  our Grandson Miles’ two year Birthday…January 26, 2013…

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Flowers in the Campfire Light – East Fork of the Carson River, 1987…

PT/TB

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Here they are…DOGS COUNT TOO!!!

Michael and Ally at the TOP of the WORLD…Saline Valley…

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Children of dune…Saline Valley…

Michael and a person with their tongue sticking out…at Trumbull Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Ally gives shooting instructions to my mentor, Sal A. (guess she wants to do some writing…like I have to do)

Ally at the campsite with Angelo, Hogback Creek, 2002 Winter

This was a GREAT steakhouse that burned to the ground in 1993 on Hwy. 178 between Ridgecrest and Kernville. I tipped more than enough here before…Sal got a hold of me…

PT and Allo on the Madison, 2001, photo by Michael

Ally getting whacked by hailstones on the East Walker, August 2000

Michael and Ally DEEP in the VALLEY of the ” Aliens “…April 2001

Angelo,bookin’ it after a strange encounter…2002, January

Down the Wabbit HOLE….

Angelo, playin’ with pinecone, White Mtns., Jan. 2002

Big Pine Creek, Fall, 1999

Pond…off Big Pine Creek

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Michael, Jack Flat, North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River…1987

He ate a BWO…Spring 2007

…and he ate a Bat Wing Baetis, Lower “O”, spring 2007…

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Ally in Bouquet Canyon…

This place has a spiritual nature… Winter, 2003

…maybe the people who left this grinding stone could explain…

Another time, another place…

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Michael, Charlie’s Butte, spring 1986

Michael, East Walker River, July, 2003

Michael, below the dam, East Walker River, August, 2003

Michael, North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, June 2002

Mr. Newt…NF Tule, 2002

Nice waterfall & pool on the Tule, June 2002

Wild Trout section, Owens River, December 2002

…and below 5 Bridges….

Upper Owens River, May, 2003

Nad & Pop, Hot Creek, 1976

Tule River, may 2004

Owens River, Fall 2001

Snow in the Owens Valley, 2003

Road to the highest weather station in the U.S., White Mtns., 2002

Ally, at her favorite eatery in the VALLEY – Lala, 2009…

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Hot Creek Ranch is situated off Hwy. 395 – East of the Mammoth Lakes Airport. My first visit to the ranch was in Mid September 1976. After returning from my extended trip to Aspen, I had resumed my career in the entertainment industry, joining with two twin brothers to start a new public relations firm on Sunset Blvd. I needed a fly fishing fix.

Hot Creek at sunset…

We arrived on early a Thursday morning. Fall was in the air and a fresh frost covered the ground in front of our cabin. Ilse and Nadia came for leisure and horseback riding. I came for the fish.

Dry fly fishing with single barbless hooks is the code on this property. To insure adherence to this rule, a crusty old codger rode a beat up motorcycle with spongy suspension on twice-daily rounds along the trail next to the creek, monitoring every fisherman.

A small store at the ranch sold limited angling supplies and flies that were created for this water. I purchased several small dry fly patterns in sizes 18 & 20. None of my choices were particularly effective. I had tied some skating spider patterns consisting of a tail and two oversized hackles attached to a short shank dry fly hook with the convex sides of the hackles facing each other at mid hook. After giving up on the flies I had bought and increasingly frustrated by the blustery afternoon wind, I tied one of my creations (thanks Ed Hewitt) to the end of a 12 ft. knotless, 5x leader and to that attached a tippet of 18 inches ( grease this puppy!) and one of the flies in a ginger color. I began casting down stream and downwind with my Leonard.

Some Dry Flies I have collected and tied through the years for Hot Creek…

As the leader and fly bounced up and down over the surface of the stream, I positioned myself so that the line, leader and fly lifted and dropped inches from the opposite bank. Within moments, a rocket smashed through the surface film and engulfed the offering. I watched as a hefty Brown raced downstream and cart wheeled in the air. On the strike, the fish had solidly hooked itself. I palmed the reel quickly as my line played out only then realizing that I had set my drag far too lightly. The tippet held and within a minute I brought the struggling eighteen incher to hand on the near bank. I immediately released the fish and prepared myself for what I believed was going to be an epic afternoon.

I would like to report that I caught numerous Trout of gargantuan proportions that day. However, as it played out, I raised an infinitely larger number of fish than I was able to hook. In any case, it was one of the most memorable days of my early fly-fishing experiences.

Another view of the Ranch at Hot Creek…

When the wind is blowing on moving water anywhere, I generally spend some quality time with the spider. …(or Hewitt’s Neversink Skater)

Nadia and Ilse at Hot Creek…

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Nadia with Pop’s Winston Fiberglass, 7’6′, 4WT Rod, Hot Creek Ranch…

Looking down the Creek towards the canyon where the public water is located…

PT/TB

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