Monday, May 5, 2014

Protect Your Local River

How Does Your Club Protect Your River

Protecting your river is a complicated process with many moving parts.  The frustrating aspect is that while you are working to restore and protect, there are forces at work destroying the habitat and cleanliness of the water.  The Rogue Flyfishers in Medford, Oregon can write a book on this problem.  One of the issues is the local waste water plant.  They couldn't meet the standards for the discharge so they applied to get the standards lowered so they could.  They took action by having a study done with private money and now it looks as if something might be rectified.  Another problem is suction dredgers.  There was a fish passage success by getting Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River removed.  The unintended consequence is that hordes of suction dredgers descended on the area.  One of the issues is that the legacy mercury is now being redistributed throughout sensitive areas downstream.  One more big issue is the proposed 36 inch, high pressure, natural gas pipeline that is proposed to go across Southern Oregon.  The gas is to be sold to Asia.  

One of the problems when trying to garner support from the politicians and the general public is that many are not knowledgeable about nature and especially riverine habitat and riparian zones.  Politics often dictates attitudes instead of science.  When talking to the farming interests, say green belt along the stream instead of saying riparian zone.

The Rogue Flyfishers have put a page on their website to provide some insight for those who are unfamiliar with riparian zones.  This is just one facet of their conservation work.  They team up with other organizations to organize, fund, and complete projects.  click here

Saturday, May 3, 2014

TICKING PROBLEMS IN CASTING

By John MacDiarmid, IFFF Certified Casting Instructor
You are on the Holy Water reaching out to trout with a long cast and your fly is ticking or hitting the water on the back cast. Worse yet, sometimes the fly ticks the water besides you as it goes by. The obvious solution is to add more line speed so the line will be aerialized but not so obvious is how to correctly add line speed. The intuitive response will be to move the hand faster -- speed up the stroke -- this will speed up the line some but the improvement in relation to the energy input is small and you are not using the full value of that expensive rod you bought to make yourself a better caster. The correct solution is to increase the rotation portion of the stroke. What is rotation?
There are two basic parts of the cast: translation and rotation. Translation is the movement of the casting hand back to forward on the forward casting stroke, generally, the horizontal movement without changing the angle of the rod butt. Rotation is changing the angle of the rod butt with the bend of the wrist and elbow at the end of the translation. The rod is a lever and the full benefit of a lever is achieved with a SMOOTH, constant acceleration of both translation and rotation right at the end, followed immediately with a quick stop. Of the two, rotation is way more important than translation. We could go on about the important parts of the rotation but that is enough for one lesson.
At our weekly Wednesday casting celebrations I stress this proper stroke with beginners and more experienced casters alike. Once you are able to load the rod properly, then you can add that elusive double haul for some real line speed.

Just Smile

You had to be there.  It was a nice warm sunny day and we had just got back to the car where we were removing our boots and waders.  We were both challenged by lack of flexibility.  This condition was the result of too many trips around the sun for both of us.  During the banter about the fishing conditions, I happened to mention that I found it easier to step on the edge of the bootie part of the waders and then pull the other foot out.  At our age the hearing can sometimes be a challenge and at that moment it was a challenge.  He thought that he was being asked to step on my foot to assist me.  Being unexpected on my part, balancing very quickly became an issue.  Several attempts to clarify the conversation soon set things right again.  No injuries occurred and no equipment was lost or broken.  At that point, just smile.