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From a personal Facebook page I stumbled across yesterday: "Having
lived on the left coast for years, I can tell you the city dwellers of today are
deprived. The cities are a mess. The homeless are begging on literally every
corner. The streets are falling into ruins and the taxes higher than ever. I strongly recommend you to get out of the cities. Go to the countryside which is filled with Americans trying
to keep their homes away from those living in the cities who want to tax and
regulate us out of existence. Truly sad."
What do these three things have in common? Well, Idaho fly fishers are sportsmen and most sportsmen generally own guns. They frequently hunt as well as fly fish. Kittens definitely are cuter than cats and “kitten” sounds better than “cat”. So, really, how are these three things associated?
I recently moved into a much smaller home. Down-sizing has its definite advantages but storage isn’t one of them. I still have a beautiful view, large back yard in which my dogs can play, pasture for my horses and soon my man cave located next to a medium size western freestone river which is inhabited by some really good trout.
My smaller house has fewer moving parts, therefore less maintenance. And I have to pay NO monthly condo fees. I have NO visible neighbors. But where do I store my man things? It will definitely not be in my new man cave which will be a "flood-proof" canvas tent next to the river. About my only place to store things is a drafty old cabin behind my house. But it is really drafty and therefore humid in there.
Humidity is not a friend to most inanimate things and can destroy guns in a short time. So I did some research and found a hydrophilic substance in MiMi Cat Litter (4 pounds and only $8). It contains silicon. Silica crystals are filled with millions of micro pores that adsorb moisture. Silicon dioxide (the type of sand found in quartz), when mixed with oxygen and water, turns into silica gel crystals. Walla, no more moisture in the air. Walla, protection for my 3 12-G shotguns.
So how do you protect your expensive weapons? Buy some nylon hose and cut the legs off. Put in about a pound of MiMi into each leg and tie the open end (careful, there will be blue powder leach out of the tiny holes in the nylons - it can stain). Then hang this kitty litter filled nylon in your gun safe now stored in your backyard shed. When the nylons get heavy and firm, they are saturated with moisture. Discard and replace. This will solve you gun safe humidity problem!
So now you can see the association “Kittens, Guns and Fly Fishing”.
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and take care of those expensive guns. Get out there hunt some birds (when in season) and Idaho fly fish soon.
Fly fishing with an Idaho Fly Fishers Association friend and member
yesterday, We hooked two really good fish. One flipped off at the surface and I
would guess (I could see it - no fishing tale) would measure out at 24”.
Considering the time of year and where we were fishing in Idaho, this was
probably a Gerrard rainbow.
There was a prolific hatch of small dark stoneflies that were in 16-18
size and quite long and skinny. It was a bright and sunny and warm (55 degrees)
afternoon. So I did some research and found the following courtesy ofTroutnut.com site editor Entoman northern CA& ID:
the small dark stoneflies of Winter & early Spring, we all hear these
common names thrown about a lot:
Little Winter Black Stone
Little Winter Brown Stone
Tiny Black Snowfly
Tiny Brown Snowfly
Little Black Needlefly
Little Brown Needlefly
Early Brown Stone
Early Black Stone
These are the
families and their important genera that are associated with the common names
Capniidae (Capnia and Allocapnia)
Nemouridae (Nemoura and Zapada)
Taeniopterygidae (Doddsia, Strophopteryx, Taenionema and Taeniopteryx) Which go with which? I figured this would be a good topic to chew on this time of year.”
My guess is
this was a Gerrard-strain (Kamloop) Rainbow. These “Lake Trout” creep up into
the small streams draining into Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho to spawn in the
spring. Check this out from Game
species is famous for its success as a predator, surviving year after year over
a lengthy lifespan, feasting on kokanee, growing to incredibly immense
proportions by trout standards. But it’s not just their propensity to grow huge
that makes Kamloops so popular with anglers. It’s their endurance and dogged
fighting capabilities that stamp an indelible impression on anglers who tangle
The Gerrard strain of rainbow was transplanted from Kootenay Lake
into Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced “pond uh-ray”) in Idaho in the 1940s.
Supplemental stocking took place in the mid-1980s, too. Here these trout
prospered in the azure waters of a forbiddingly deep lake, just as they did in
the lake of their origin, gorging themselves fat on afabulously rich
diet of kokanee and baby lake trout and bull trout and anything else that swims
that’s smaller than they are.
result is a rainbow trout that averages 3 to 8 pounds in size, with
double-digit fish refreshingly frequent, and fish in the low- to mid-20-pound
ranges a real possibility almost every day on the lake. The world-record
Kamloops was a 37-pound fish, surprisingly caught here and not at its native
naturally reproducing, Kamloops trout spawn in the spring, usually in March and
April, when they congregate in Lake Pend Oreille’s bountiful creeks and
and rivers are flowing hard right now, but come to Idaho anyway and try for one
of these monsters on a 6-7 wt. rod.
takes, tight lines, bent rods and screaming reels to all.
If you are not a PETA person, then you as an outdoorsman possibly own an animal skin rug. In my opinion, they look and feel cool, but the edges frequently curl. They still look cool, but those curling edges.....they are a danger to anyone walking across them. Incredibly easy thing to trip over, they can even be a huge liability to you when you entertain. But they still look (and feel) cool!
The internet is a great invention. Remember there really was no such thing readily available to the public 30 years ago. Next question--do you believe everything you read online? Of course you don't! Well, animal rug curling edges is one thing I researched where EVERYONE said exactly the same thing and IT REALLY WORKS!
The uncurling method is simple. Moisten both sides of the skin (not fur) thoroughly, then lay something rigid and non-porous underneath to protect the floor from moisture. Then place a paper towel directly under the skin. Lay the rug flat and then add another paper towel and several heavy books for a topping. Allow to simmer overnight then remove all. Perfect uncurled animal rug!
Very simple but effective. Do not know yet how long the rug will remain uncurled, but hoping for the best--like forever.
Hard takes and tight lines forever. Come and fly fish Idaho soon.
I awoke at 2 am yesterday to pee, which I do now most nights. It was 27 degrees Fahrenheit and crystal clear. The stars were so bright, they lit up the night. So how many constellations are there that reference fish?
Well the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is now rapidly adding constellation names, but here are the 5 names associated with the IAU's original 88 modern names:
Many thanks again to Wikipedia for the assist here. The moral to this post is Life is Short. Get out there and fly fish Idaho, take in more sunsets, gaze at more sunrises and don't forget those incredible stars on a clear night. Hard takes and tight lines to all.