Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Minions Assemble

Hail Minions,

I will be fishing this weekend if anyone is interested. I am open to any suggestions. (No Johno, not those type of suggestions.)


Monday, March 30, 2009

Fishing Report for 03/28 & 03/29

Spring Creek 03/28/09

After getting up on Saturday and noticing the overcast sky, I decide to head up to State College to fish Spring Creek. I arrived streamside at the handicap access around 11:00 am. To my delight the Olives were hatching and the fish were rising. To my chagrin, the fish were rather picky about the flies they chose to take. After an hour of frantic casting and even more frantic fly change I arrived at a floating nymph pattern that the trout ate like crack. After multiple misses I finally managed to land six trout and miss almost three times as many. The nicest one being 16".

Tulpehocken Creek 03/29/09

After the orgy of rising fishing the day before, I head to my home waters outside of Reading. I met John (aka Slumpbuster) on stream. After two hours of fishing we managed to land zero trout.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Where's The Bacon

Yet another Friday passes and no bacon. Lately waking up on Saturday has been like waking up on Christmas morning to find no presents under the tree. Hopefully Coach will find his bacon soon and share it with us.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Fine Saturday on PeeYays Finest Spring Creeks...

A fine day to gather the various and assorted Minions for some frollicking in the sun along two of Pennsylvania's finest spring creeks.

Coach managed to luck into a very small brown just upstream from this very picturesque stone monolith along the venerable B.S.

The Captain, traveling en bandito, landed what he said was a trout...

Coach personally witnessed Captain hook into a whopper just downstream, it took a cress bug just long enough to make a short run and a greyhounding leap before leaving us standing there looking stupid.
The road crew scavenging for lunch, couldn't even find a robin to graze upon. (Curli, Johno, Stew and Captain.)

Multiple trips up and back along 81 eventually led us to a robin where we, except poor Stew, enjoyed the bottomless buckets of fries and poor excuses for burgers.
Sufficiently refueled we landed at the L.S.R near this lovely picnic pavillion. No hooks, one miss and a Minion business card left in the mailbox for Hagn's Log.

I leave you in the ring of the rise...

with the Dean.

Till next time, soon!

Monday, March 23, 2009

How will I know if the boat is gonna drag?

March 16, 2009
Times Herald-Record Writer
Vital tools that can predict floods — and possibly save lives — will soon fall victim to New York City budget cuts.
Several stream gauges in the Delaware and Hudson River basins will be closed by New York City's Department of Environmental Protection, officials from the DEP, U.S. Geological Service, Delaware River Basin Commission and Upper Delaware Council tell the Times Herald-Record.
Those unmanned gauges, in winding waterways like the Callicoon Creek and Beaverkill and rushing rivers like the Delaware and Neversink, help measure the volume, height, temperature and cleanliness of local waters — waters that have caused millions of dollars of flood damage to the region, while also bringing millions more in tourism and recreation. Both the DEP, which funds the gauges in the New York City watershed, and the USGS, which helps operate them, would not say which of the more than 50 gauges may be closed.
But as many as 27 closures have been proposed by the DEP, said Willie Rodriguez, director of the USGS New York Water Science Center in Albany.
He said the specific closures — at a savings of less than $1 million — could be announced soon.
"There will be some cuts, but we're not ready to discuss which ones," said a DEP spokesman.
The USGS monitors the gauges, which transmit data through satellites.
That data — compiled for decades-old records — is linked to a national network of gauges and is also used by the National Weather Service to measure climate changes.
But it's the local impact of the potential closings that have many along waterways like the Delaware worried.
"If some are taken out and a major storm occurs, some would say that maybe a life would be saved if we had them," said Bill Douglass, director of the Upper Delaware Council in Narrowsburg, N.Y. "You find out when and what is happening and you can get people out."
The gauges are also used for lucrative recreation activities like trout fishing in the Beaverkill and Neversink and canoeing along the Delaware — both of which depend on the height, volume and flow of the water.
"We need the level to know whether it's safe for rafting, canoeing or just whether people should go out on it," said Rick Lander of Lander's River Trips in Narrowsburg, who's particularly concerned about the Delaware River gauge in Barryville.
And in these tough economic times, knowing the condition of local rivers and streams may be important than ever, said trout fishing expert Ed Van Put of Livingston Manor, which has been devastated by floods several times in the past decade.
Fishermen will check the water conditions that are transmitted by the gauges to a "real-time" Web site before deciding whether to drive here, he said, noting that trout season starts April 1.
"It's an invaluable resource in so many ways," he said.
Nice. This on top of a proposed increase in resident fishing license fees. What next a tax on coke, oh yeah, that's coming too.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Old dude gonna knife you...

if'n you give up his super guillotine secret fishing sanctuary!


I dare ya' to tempt fate boy!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Top secret flies for the WB...

After much serious and in depth research, I submit the following "secret" flies for the WB:

#1 the "Sharka Emerger"

HOOK: #14 curved thin wire hook
THREAD: Reddish brown
TAIL: brown Z-lon
BODY: Brown dubbing
WING: Gray poly yarn looped to form a ball
LEGS: A few dun hackle fibers tied on both sides

#2 the "Jailbird"
HOOK: #14-18 curved nymph hook
BODY: Olive-green dubbing
WINGCASE: White craft foam strip cut thin

#3 the "Secret Weapon Emerger"HOOK: #14 curved thin wire hook THREAD: Reddish brown SHUCK: Tan or brown Z-lon BODY: Reddish-brown dubbing UNDERWING: Gray CDC WING: Deer hair

#4 the "Sulphur Usual"HOOK: #14 standard dry-fly hook THREAD: Orange SHUCK: Light tan Z-lon BODY: Yellowish orange dubbing WING: Natural white snowshoe rabbit foot

#5 the "Giant Serio Spinner"

HOOK: #8 4X-long streamer hook THREAD: Reddish brown SHUCK: Tan or brown Z-lon BODY: Reddish brown dubbing WING: White Z-lon

Get busy boys!

Friday, March 13, 2009

New use for Johno's 7 wt.



Must use flyrod.

Bait must be tied to tippet.

No hooks.

Squirrel must be lifted off the ground to count.

Photographic evidence is required.

Instructional videos below:

It counts!

Hilarity seen first on the incredibly thorough website/blog MoldyChum

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Derivative Financial Instruments?

Derivative markets .... an understandable explanation:

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit. In order to increase sales, she decides to allow her loyal customers - most of whom are unemployed alcoholics - to drink now but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).
Word gets around about Heidi's drink now pay later marketing strategy and as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi's bar and soon she has the largest sale volume for any bar in Detroit.

By providing her customers' freedom from immediate payment demands, Heidi gets no resistence when she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Her sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts of the alcoholics as collateral. At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert traders transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then traded on security markets worldwide. Naive investors don't really understand the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, their prices continuously climb, and the securities become the top-selling items for some of the nation's leading brokerage houses.

One day, although the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the bank (subsequently fired due his negativity), decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar.

Heidi demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Therefore, Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations and claims bankruptcy.

DRINKBOND and ALKIBOND drop in price by 90 %. PUKEBOND performs better, stabilizing in price after dropping by 80 %. The decreased bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans.

The suppliers of Heidi's bar, having granted her generous payment extentions and having invested in the securities are faced with writing off her debt and losing over 80% on her bonds. Her wine supplier claims bankruptcy, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 50 workers.

The bank and brokerage houses are saved by the Government following dramatic round-the-clock negotiations by leaders from both political parties. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by a tax levied on employed middle-class non-drinkers.

Finally an explanation I understand ...

Miss the Cash...

There's a hole in the world without this guy to shake things up and make the feebles think.

Just watched Johnny's America on Biography. Confirmed why I connect with him.

Seems pretty tame by today's outrageous standards, but Mr. Cash was out the on the edge in the 70's. Seems we could use a few patriots today who aren't afraid to take a position.
Here's one for the road:
And here's one to let you know he's not really gone, but will be back again:

Monday, March 9, 2009

Schmoke & a Paancake?

Just a little sumpin, sumpin to keep the urges at bay...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Saturday on a PeeYay spring creek...

One angler to every pool / run, temps. in the 70's, a few tiny and regular size BWO's, and 2 brown trouts, one fell to the venerable Johno Special and one to the ever formidable cress bug.

The angler hatch was much more impressive than the BWO hatch. I should have known...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Saturday, March 21st?

Who's in? Your choice of water?