Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Wowzer Wednesday" - A Winter Version............

It's Wednesday......... It's Winter time.......... It's snowing outside........... It's expected to be a 
(-7) degrees tonight.  Brrr........ I don't see a person interested in going fishing anywhere in my line of sight......  What to do?

Well, how about putting up a "Wowzer Wednesday" Winter version here on the blog!
 As a reminder, "Wowzer Wednesdays" are used to show some blog love and other information about fly fishing etc. from around the 'net.

Let me begin with this:
My BlogBuddy, Kevin, over at Feather Chucker, just posted a wonderful video on Fly Fishing.  I realize I could steal the video and show it here, but, I am not that kind of Geezer!  Here is a link to Kevin's Video.  If you have not seen it yet, drop over and watch it.  I was very moved by the message and the other general information given on this video.  Thanks, Kevin!

A relatively new BlogBuddy of mine, Jeff, over at Bobcat Hollow Fly Fishing/Tying, could use some love about now, too.  Jeff recently had to go through some emergency surgery issues and has been on recuperation road for a little while now.  Jeff is an outstanding fly tyer and has spent some of his recovery time at the vise.  Here is a link to his most recent work on fly tying.  
I think we can agree that his patterns look great and give us some thought and ideas for our winter tying sessions.

BlogBuddy, Neil, at Soft Hackles, Tight Lines is always covering interesting history on soft hackle fly patterns.  I really enjoy his post and his most recent post is a soft hackle pattern that I will be tying soon to try on Colorado trout and warmwater fish.  Here is the link to that pattern.  Red Ass or Arkansas Red Butt.......

An Update on Cabela's CGR..... I guess you never know.  While I previously understood that the CGR Fiberglass Rod's would be priced at $49.00 or so through Christmas, that apparently didn't hold quite true.  I hope those of you who were considering it got on board at that incredible price.  Seems they briefly sold out, and, then when restocking them have them now priced at $65.00.  While that still is an outstanding price for these rods, I have no idea if they will drop the price again before Christmas.  

I have heard the term "trout bum" bandied about quite a bit. Heck on occasion, I have even been called one. However, I am not sure that I know exactly what one is. I took it upon myself to investigate this term. I read the very insightful book by John Gierach on the subject. I traveled to the various places where trout bums congregate. I went fishing on the Madison, the Deschutes, the Henry's Fork, the Green, the San Juan, the Yellow Stone and every other trout stream where I thought I might learn something useful on the subject. I attended National Conclaves, Southern Conclaves, Sow Bug Roundups, and the "Home Waters" Expo. I visited lodges, fly shops, bars and fishing cabins. I have talked to countless anglers. Sadly, I am unable to find a succinct definition. What I was able to identify from all of this learned research is that there are certain indicative behaviors that can predict whether you are a trout bum. The more of these that you exhibit the more likely it is that you are one. I have listed a few of these indicators below.

If your cat is named Winston and your dog is called Lefty, you might be a trout bum.

If your family had to eat Christmas dinner on TV trays because your dining room table is set aside for fly tying, you might be a trout bum.

If you missed the birth of your first child because it coincided with the start of the sulphur fly hatch, you might be a trout bum.

If your fly tying vise cost more than your automobile, you might be a trout bum.

If one or more of your children were conceived on the back seat of a drift boat during a lull in the salmon fly hatch, you might be a trout bum.

If your wedding reception was held in a fly shop, you might be a trout bum.

If your wife wants to do something romantic on your anniversary and you take her night fishing, you might be a trout bum.

If she thinks you finally hit a home run with that idea, she might be a trout bum.

If you have ever worn a fishing shirt to a funeral, you might be a trout bum.

If Wapsi or Orvis makes more than three deliveries a week to your home, you might be a trout bum.

If you can identify every insect you encounter on the river with its complete scientific name (in Latin) but can't remember your children's names, you might be a trout bum.

If the only time anyone has seen you cry was when you broke the tip on your bamboo rod, you might be a trout bum.

If your greatest fear in life is that when you die your wife will sell your fishing tackle for what you told her you paid for it, you might be a trout bum.

If you honestly believe that you can save money by tying your own flies, you might be a trout bum.

If you own more fly boxes (all completely filled with flies) than your wife has pairs of shoes, you might be a trout bum.

This list is by no means complete. I would not be concerned unless I exhibited more than five indicators.

Ok, let's wrap us this Winter version of "Wowzer Wednesdays" with what it might take to get us older "Geezers" back out ice fishing with flies!


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    1. My pleasure, Kevin! I really enjoyed the quality and the message provided in the video. Wanted to make sure others' new of it's quality. Happy Holidays..........

  2. Mel, I stopped in Cabela's retail store here in CT today and CGR's on the racks are 49.00.
    I like your "Trout Bum" might be's.
    Stay warm friend.

    1. Alan, thanks for the heads up on a couple of things!! First off, Blogger has apparently malfunctioned at times on forwarding messages. Talked to them today and they got it fixed I hope. Commenting is such a great part of our little blogging world with friends.

      That is good news on the CGR's. Our (somewhat local) store has them bumped up to $97.00 or so now. Anyway, great rods, but, for now, price is going in the wrong direction!
      Happy Holidays, Alan..........

  3. Looks like some good blogs there Mel. I would also say kudos to Kevin Frank for a first class video. As far as what it would take to get me out ice fishing? Put a fur coat on that young lady with enough room to snuggle inside of her motorhome. (which isn't shown in the picture.)

    1. Happy to give my fellow BlogBuddies a "Wowzer" once in awhile. They deserve it!

      How about we don't go ice fishing, but, just sit in the motor home with her and tie up some "Fur Flies"............

  4. Mel
    I'm always interested in checking out new trout fishing links, thanks for sharing. I think most of our little blog community here would qualify as trout bums, I know I would.

    1. Bill, as legendary Geezers, I am sure we have all passed through or are still wading through our life as a "Trout Bum". I laughed at myself when I read this..........

  5. First, I've never seen a hat or boots anywhere that look that good on the ice. In fact I've never seen anyone with so little clothes on fishing. Where are these women????? The Trout Bum theme feels a lot like Jeff Foxworthy's "you might be a redneck".

    1. Mark, I used to ask Howard that same question when I lived up in Idaho. Howard said, "Come to Colorado, especially around the Boulder area, they are all over the place". Well, I retired and left immediately to move back to Colorado. Live just north of Boulder about a 1/2 hour or so. Let me just say, Ol' Howard, is always grinning every time he leaves home to go fishin'.

      I think you are right on with the Jeff Foxworthy comment.

  6. Great read Mel! I'm packing my ice sled as I type. :)

    1. I hear ya', Ralph.......... Do you have a nice warm ice hut for the two of you?


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