.. A new collaborative project has been cooked up by Jason Borger, [Fish, Flies & Water,] and Jeff Kennedy[Drawing Flies - 365.] .. These two masters will draw one fly a week, (starting January 01, 2010,) and post them each Thursday for the next year. .. They will draw the same fly, in their own inimitable style, on the same day, and limit themselves to 30 minutes of artistic expression. Neither will see the others fly until it is posted on their respective sites. .. Aside from being a wonderful traffic builder, this should prove entertaining to the rest of us who have enjoyed the efforts of these gentlemen in the past. Is there the aroma of another book in the offing? .. The first fly is going to be a Mickey Finn. Let the delights begin.
.. The neighbors love the Christmas season. There's a bit of snow and the fishing is grand. Holes in the ice are spewing forth fish like never in recent memory and the ice-clogged Madison River, (a rare occurrence,) sends them to the short stretch between the lakes. .. Our sleepy little village is gearing up for the boisterous arrival of holiday merry maker's. The skiers and sledders and photographers and fishers and gawkers are arriving. They trickle in in droves. .. The neighbor kids play "count the shivers" as lowlanders slide around looking for garments to augment their designer togs. 'Tis the season to be jolly." .. We've adopted the Christmas Wrasse, (Halichoeres ornatissimus,) as the fish of the season. It reminds us of the Hawaiian surf and the fine fly fishing available on the reefs there.
.. The catching has been good between the lakes. A small dip in the temperature has kept all but the neighbors from fishing in the glory holes of the Madison Riverbetween the lakes. Even the pros eschew the nuisance of frozen toes and the ice clogging of rod guides. They haven't learned that precision casting of a six-foot leader on the end of another six feet of fly line is about all that you need. Stealth, guile, and precision stalking will out! .. Big nymphs, (6 - 10,) and small streamers are doing the job. Winter has finally decided to stay and the fishing is superb. WAHOO!
.. Jeff Kennedy over at Drawing Flies 365 has the book ready! If you hurry you can buy the book for 10% less than anyone else. --> Click HERE to visit his site and get the discount code. --> Click HERE to preview and order the book.
MONEY QUOTE: Join Jeff on his visual journey as he draws a fishing fly a day for 365 days. This book chronicles an artists journey as he challenges his creativity on a daily basis. The book contains all of the full color images of every fly from the project. You will also venture into Jeff's head as he describes what was on his mind as he created some of his paintings. -------
.. The ground is very cold. The snow pack is thin. The neighbors call it a "Plumbers Winter." .. At the recent -25 to -35 degree temperatures, & without the lovely covering of snow the frost line descends into the depths where the pipes are buried. It's a general nuisance for normal operations. It's a safety hazard if the water supply to fire plugs freeze. The anticipated 12"-18" of snow will be appreciated by the neighbors. .. We hope that the Henry's Lake Flat Road is open when we get there. Should be interesting. -> NWS ALERT -> NWS URGENT UPDATE -> Real-Time Radar Maps
.. By comparison, West Yellowstone is a metropolis. Troy welcomes each visitor as a neighbor. The beer is cold, the fishing good, the views spectacular, and the stay was all too short. .. For three days the hot fly seemed to be the "Spider Egg." We lost all of ours but they are available locally. Who knows what it is now! .. On the road again!
.. We said goodbye to the coast and decided to take the slow way back to West Yellowstone. Of course we were having trouble deciding on the route. After all it's hard to just drive past the two Umpqua Rivers, the Elk River, the Deschutes River, and many other streams this time of year. We flipped a coin and decided on the Clearwater River. -- Then the jungle drums began to beat. We listened! The Grande Ronde River near Troy is cranking out catchable steelhead at obscene and ridiculous rates. RECENT PUBLIC COMMENTS AND REPORTS [HERE.] That's all.