Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Goldbrick

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Our European brothers have made carp fishing into a high art.  At first I thought they were just misguided souls who happen to live in an over populated, natural resource deprived corner of a world and were doing nothing more than making the best out of  it.   

On the other hand, they could also all be Buddhist masters, meditating on the boundaries of unconsciousness and full awakening, sipping tea and fishing for 24 hours straight, their thoughts only reuniting with the physical plane when they connect with a 25 pound goldfish.  

. . . . . . . . Fly . . . . . . . .

Ah the Marsh Hare Fly.  Well, i guess it has a lot of names, including the Homer Rhodes' Streamer and the unfortunately named Seaducer.  Just as a side note, if you are trying to come up with a name of a fly and think that using a pun would be cute, do everyone a favor and stop, put the bobbin down, and think "Am I trying to name a fly or my yacht?"  The "Homer Rhodes" Experiment sounds like a great classic rock band, the "Marsh Hare" is poetry, and the "Seaducer" is 100% Summer's Eve.

The Marsh Hare is great for so many reasons.  It has great action in the water as the hackle points wave in the water behind the water pushing palmered hackle.  Also, unlike every fly that uses half a rabbit skin to tie, it does not cast like a wet sock, shedding practically all water on the back cast.  Finally, and best of all, it is a fast tie.  All you need is 10 long hackle feathers that you will never use for anything else, use 4 for the tail and 6 for the body.  Colors are up to your imagination, but in my case determined by whatever is left on my saddles.  

. . . . . . . . Firewater . . . . . . . . 

This is a no brainer.  This beer has to be the official beer of the Midwestern fisherman, enough hoppiness to cut thru the wet cold when fishing for salmon in the fall, and still refreshing on a hot muggy morning in august fishing for bass in the pads.  And to top it all off, it's a nod to Hemingway.  The only issue is that you can not find it along I-95.

Definition of GOLDBRICK
a : a worthless brick that appears to be of gold
   b : something that appears to be valuable but is actually worthless
2    : a person who shirks assigned work