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The Video Parade On The Sick, Slow-Moving, Perilously Behind-At-Work Underground

Posted by Tom Chandler 2/22/2013

Sorry guys. Long time, no post. Everybody's been unhappily sick, and when the munchkins get sick together and spend more than a week at home sans childcare -- while the ailing parental units sleep about as well as you would in a front-line foxhole -- things fall by the wayside.

Like the Trout Underground.

Even now I'm behind the curve on the career front, where I'm supposed to be writing an annual report (which pays a lot better than a TU blog post) and a handful of pieces for another client.

In other words, I'm screwed, and don't expect much here until I've unscrewed myself. (Screwdriver donations accepted.)

For now, here's the video parade:

From Nymphs To Bugs

Ian and Charity Rutter are enjoying the early spring hatches in the Smokies, and shot this refreshingly non-fish-porn video of a Blue Quill hatching:



Spring is starting to show up in a lot of places not named "the mountains of Northern California," where I've got several feet of snow on the ground outside my office window. If this year is like the last several, we won't see an end to the snow until April or May.

Accordingly, Ian and Charity should show a little more care when posting pictures of big fish caught during hatches lest they receive a ticking package.

I'd suggest posting using a simple disclaimer like "Look at this big brown caught on a dry fly during the springtime Blue Quill hatch on the Little River, though we're aware -- and sincerely sorry -- that some of our friends aren't yet experiencing spring and may find this post offensive, so we won't say any more. Please don't mailbomb us."

Swingers

Swinging has become the "purist" technique for spey fishing, but people forget swinging a wet fly works pretty damn well for trout (and light trout rods) too.

I swing the Upper Sac when I see the odd caddis coming off (also works during the BWO hatch), yet I suspect it's a technique that generates more discussion than actual use.

Orvis' Tom Rosenbauer posted a short video about swinging wet flies that should help novice swingers get a handle on the technique:


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In fact, I'm feeling so guilty for the lack of posts that I'm going to disclose **A Formerly Secret Small Stream Technique That You Maybe Haven't Heard About This Week**.

When the dry fly just isn't cutting it on a small stream, I'll sometimes tie on a simple soft-hackle dry fly.

Small streams are difficult to nymph because the depth varies so radically; a six-inch gravel bar can fall off into a two-foot run, which is bisected by a couple of barely submerged laydowns. The run ends suddenly in a logjam.

A soft hackle submerges, but it doesn't sink like a weighted nymph, and it's far less likely to snag on laydowns, especially if you're fishing it downstream -- you simply tighten up on the line, and the soft hackle tends to rise right over the top of any obstacles.

And thus my guilt is abated.

OK, Fish Porn

I run damned little fish porn on the Underground, but this short (trailer-length really) clip from Keith Brauneis (who also crafted the McCloud "Enough is Enough" video) is about the Dean -- a river I've never fished but do wonder about:



See you trying to catch up, Tom Chandler.

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

16 comments
Great vid on wet fly fishing, it's a great way to fish out here in New Jersey
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Good to know that Swinging has become the “purist” technique for spey fishing, but people forget swinging a wet fly works pretty damn well for trout too.
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Scott: I think I defied the laws of “all that is good and proper” (aka, the stylish bonfire poetry slam you treated us to a while back) on a “storied” Montana stream last summer by swinging a simple purple (yes, you heard correctly- purple) soft hackle. Isn't the Starling and Purple a staple wet fly? My memory probably fails -- maybe [Name Redacted] can chime in. Interestingly, a Montana fly fisher ... more once sent me some purple dry flies to fish. He said they killed on his waters, but they worked about normal out here. Maybe more purple bugs in Montana? You guys apparently have more foam-like bugs out there...
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marty: Tom the P&O is one of those that seems to work everywhere…. my fish like a few turns of peacock herl at the thorax It really does work everywhere, but truth in advertising laws probably would decree it be called the "Partridge and Deep, Lustrous Mahogany When Wet" fly. Doesn't exactly trip off the tongue. marty: advice from the divorced guy that has plants and a goldfish is probably questionable ... more Noted. A plant and a goldfish sound pretty good right now.
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The soft hackle is such a keeper! I think I defied the laws of "all that is good and proper" (aka, the stylish bonfire poetry slam you treated us to a while back) on a "storied" Montana stream last summer by swinging a simple purple (yes, you heard correctly- purple) soft hackle. Rainbows lined up to take turns on this offering and could be heard to exclaim, "now THIS is what we've been looking for!" ... more (much the same exclamation some of us have when we view the "swimwear vs. fly fishing popularity contest entries" posted on your site, or teaser for the "Tying Tenkara Flies" link!)
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Tom the P&O is one of those that seems to work everywhere.... my fish like a few turns of peacock herl at the thorax ..I also dress it with starling for a darker fly with more sheen... to make sure it breaks he surface but doesn't dive like a Uboat... I tie some with a shank length piece of lead wire parallel to the shank just enough to sink a tad faster..... in small waters thats the standard ... more dry and dropper if they won't look up like I want...... real silk is my thread of choice for most stuff larger than #20 but I'm a bit of a fuddy duddy.... nymo just doesn't have the sheen or color change (or I depending on who you ask snob appeal).. I suppose earplugs are out of the question.???????... I realize you have fatherly duties you may have to hear.....but if you buy the non neon colored ones you could snooze in peace and SWMBO would have to respond as long as you don't get caught........ advice from the divorced guy that has plants and a goldfish is probably questionable I'm a great uncle but I doubt suitable in a more primary role (plus that cuts into fishing time) Ice cream is ok for breakfast and ketchup is a vegetable are official household policies.....
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Greetings Tom, I love your blog. I live in Puerto Rico and would like to learn more about fly fishing in this area specifically Caribbean. You know a book I can recommend where I can be filled with the best information on this subject? thank you very much
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Jon Novoselac: I like the soft hackle tip, Tom. Do you think one could use an unweighted nymph in the same manner? On a small stream? In conditions similar to what you wrote about above? I'm sure you could. I just like the soft hackle when you tighten up the line and the thing swims toward the surface. You can put a soft hackle on a lot of nymph pattherns -- a soft hackle Pheasant Tail is pretty ... more damned effective, though not much beats a Partridge and Orange (tied from real silk thread so it turns a mahogany brown in the water) for simplicity and effectiveness.
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Brian Thomas: Can certainly relate to the lack of sleep when the kids are sick.When they don’t sleep, you don’t sleep.Hope everyone in your household gets well soon. The kids are now sleeping, but the cough's keeping me awake at night -- to the point that last night I was forced to watch a Catherine Zeta Jones, the central premise of which seemed to be "Ms. Jones looks really good in a little ... more black dress." True, but not exactly high concept...
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Kentucky Jim: I first became a fan of Tom’s when I bought a small book he authored entitled “Trout Foods and Their Imitations”, a book which I still have on my shelf, and to which I stillrefer from time to time. I’m also a fan of his podcasts.He really imparts a lot of knowledge with a relaxed, fun style.This video is another example of that. Once I got past the whole cannibalism thing, I too ... more became a Rosenbauer fan. Here's a guy who fishes literally all over the world, but at heart he's a small stream guy. His small stream book is one of two I consider useful for the small stream fly fisher.
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If only I could get the kids to drink the hot toddies. At least some of us would sleep...
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I like the soft hackle tip, Tom. Do you think one could use an unweighted nymph in the same manner? On a small stream? In conditions similar to what you wrote about above?
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Can certainly relate to the lack of sleep when the kids are sick. When they don't sleep, you don't sleep. Hope everyone in your household gets well soon.
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I first became a fan of Tom's when I bought a small book he authored entitled "Trout Foods and Their Imitations", a book which I still have on my shelf, and to which I still refer from time to time. I'm also a fan of his podcasts. He really imparts a lot of knowledge with a relaxed, fun style. This video is another example of that.
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Nice fish porn! I'll come back to look at Tom's stuff. Sleep beckons.
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Damn sorry to hear about the malaise that has hammered the family....I know it all to well,having been hammered for two weeks,then the Maximum Babe caught it;I've just been nursing my folks through it (and you think dealing with sick wee ones is bad.....)Hot Toddys all around,try to keep the congestion under control,no day time TV, burn all the bedding...or send it to the Pebble Mine folks...
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