Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

"T'was The Night Before Caddis"

"T'was the night before Christmas when down by the stream
The full moon looked out on a chilled winter scene.
A lone trout was sipping a midge in his brook,
Untroubled by worries of fishers with hooks.

Then from above a small sleigh did appear
Pulled by a brace of eight tiny reindeer.
It swerved of a sudden and down it did glide,
Settling its runners along the stream side.

The fat, jolly driver dove into his sled
And emerged with his three weight held high over head.
"Thank you my elves for this wand smooth as silk.
This break will be better than cookies and milk."

So saying, he jumped from his sleigh with a chuckle,
Hiked up his boots and cinched up his belt buckle.
Santa meant business that cold winter's eve.
A fish he would catch that you'd better believe.

Looking upstream and down, he spotted that trout,
Then he open his fly box and took something out
"Size 32 midges are only for faddists
I'll go with my favorite tan reindeer caddis."

So he cast out his line with a magical ease
And his fly floated down just as light as you please.
And it drifted drag free down the trout's feeding lane,
But the fish merely wiggled a fin of disdain.

"Oh Adams, oh Cahill, oh Sulphur, oh Pupa,
Oh Hopper, oh Coachman, oh Olive Matuka!
I've seen every fly in the book and the box.
I'm old and I'm wary and sly as a fox.

To catch me you'll need an unusual gift,
For a present this common no fin will I lift."
Old Nick scratched his head for his time it grew short
The reindeer behind him did shuffle and snort.

He looked once again in his box for a fly
When a pattern compelling attracted his eye.
"The Rudolph!" he muttered and grinned ear to ear
"Far better to give than receive, so I hear."

So he cast once again and his magic was true,
And the trout it looked up and knew not what to do.
"This fly has a body of bells don't you know,
And if that's not enough there's a shining red nose!

I know it's fraud and I know it's a fake,
But I can't help myself. It's I gift I must take!"
So he rose in swirl and captured that thing,
Flew off down the stream. Santa's reel it did sing.

"Ho!" shouted Santa, "You're making my day.
If the heavens were water, you'd be pulling my sleigh."
So, Santa prevailed and released his great rival
First taking great care to ensure its survival.

He then mounted his sled and he flew out of sight
Shouting, "Merry Caddis to trout and to all a good night!"

Author: Richard Frank

Sunday, December 5, 2010

DIY Fisherman's Neck Lanyard

Parts List

Cord (42 Inches Long)
Cord Lock
Badge Clip
Snap Swivels
Hollow Tubing

Cut the cord to about 42 inches long and singe the ends with a lighter. Using whatever kind of beads you want, string them onto the cord along with a badge clip and snap swivels. Use as many snap swivels as you want. Its totally your choice. Use the badge clip at the bottom to pin the lanyard to you shirt to prevent the lanyard from swinging around all over the place.

Add the cord lock and the lanyard is complete. 

If you feel the the lanyard will dig into your neck, you can always install some aquarium air tubing onto the lanyard to make it more comfortable on your neck. Cut the tubing to about 18 inches long and cut a v notch at the mid point of the tubing. String the cord into the tubing from each side and add the cord lock to complete the lanyard.

Detail of the v notch.

Make up some tippet reel holders to add to the lanyard.

Add the tippet holder to the lanyard.

The cord I'm using is 1/8 inch diameter nylon. Substitute as required.
Badge clips can be found a office supply stores.
Snap swivels from the fishing department of your local big box store.
Cord locks can be found online. Search for them on GOOGLE.
Hollow tubing from your local aquarium store or granny's oxygen supply store.
Beads from your local big box craft store.

I hope you found this useful. String up a lanyard for yourself, family and friends.

Cased Caddis

Hook: Your favorite
Bead: Black
Caddis Larva: Yarn; singe one end
Legs: Partridge
Case: Dubbing brush, dubbing

Install the bead and tying thread

Singe one end of yarn and tie on as shown

Tie on a partridge feather and make a couple of wrap for the legs

Tie on a dubbing brush of whatever color to act as a filler. Note: this step is totally optional, its just the way I tie them

Wrap the dubbing brush forward and wrap the tying thread back to the bend of the hook

Dub the tying thread with a spiky dubbing such as hares ear and wrap forward creating the case

Finished Fly