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The Friday Morning Blues

By Tom Chandler 5/26/2006

It's Friday morning, and for some reason I'm already done for the week. There's work to do and clients to call, but I'm ready to unplug the phone, turn off the e-mail, and curl up in the fetal position. Wake me when Friday's over.

Some fishing would be a nice change, and with the Upper Sac falling to 4,000 cfs, I'm sure there are places on this river where it's possible. It would also be nice if we were over the runoff hump, but I'm afraid the cold weather has just slowed the snowmelt. Cross your battered, fly tying fingers and we'll see what happens as it warms a little this weekend.

Salmonflies on the Upper Rogue...

Sunday will find me floating the Upper Rogue with Dave Roberts and a mysterious, bamboo-fishing reader we will identify only as "K." I'm hoping for massive flocks of stoneflies, but will take pretty much anything I can get. It'll be a chance to break out the 8.5' Canadian Canoe taper (a powerful 6/7 weight) that I bought pretty much for the express purpose of fishing stonefly dries, though I'm bringing along a 5wt in case the mayflies have other ideas.

I also toyed with the idea of rowing my pontoon alongside Dave's boat to get in a little practice, but Roberts made a lot of snarky comments about "interrupting his float to save my miserable butt," which I took to mean he finds my company compelling, and wanted me in the boat so we could discuss cultural issues and the arts. Expect pictures next week.

The Puppet Conspiracy...

And speaking of chilling coincidences, the ever-interesting Moldy Chum site posted a link to a fly fishing puppet which frankly scared the bejeezus out of me. Why? Clearly the fly fishing puppet is a close cousin to Dave Roberts, calling the man's very humanity into question. The evidence below:

Dave Roberts Puppet?

Oregon guide Dave Roberts (left) and fly fishing puppet (right). Is Roberts a human being or a large, ambulatory puppet? The expose continues.

Are we to believe this is simply coincidence? Or is Dave Roberts (assuming that is his real name) one of a race of huge, bearded, fly fishing Twilight Zone-ish puppets living among us?? Are we at the center of a puppet conspiracy to rule the world? To get to the bottom of this, I'll light him on fire this Sunday. That should net some answers.

Today's Underground Entertainment
is topical; in keeping with all the recent comments about non-trout species, here's a link from MidCurrent about sniffing out good bream fishing. And yet another link to Ian Rutter's fishing report from the land of the slaw dog, where he once again taunts the runoff-shackled among us with stories of dry fly fishing and two-foot long brown trout on streamers. Also another site (Collateral Damage) that isn't about fishing, but whose take on the business world is always good for a laugh.

Finally, Alert Reader Mitch White noticed our recent carp fixation, and forwarded us a picture from one of the hottest carp holes in China. Here at the Underground, our grasp of fishing's potential extends around the globe. You can't run, and you can't hide. See you everywhere, TC.

Mitch White Chinese Carp
Chinese bonefish? [Mitch White photo]


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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.

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TeeRex's pictures unfortunately raise more questions than they answer. For example, the Puppet Infiltration of the fishing world now seems more dire than I imagined: Another photograph raises questions about the International Scope of the Puppet problem. Finally, TeeRex includes a photograph of himself, obviously in an attempt to prove his non-puppetness. He fails miserably...
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Well, TC, I have an answer. The great IPC, as you term it, isn't so much a conspiracy as a way of life. I can't begin to tell you how many ways you've misinterpreted the impressions you've gathered! I am sending you some further pictures by email that should "set the record straight." There are no human puppets! My regards to Wally, and don't trip over his strings... TR
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That's great Brian. Don't know why IE has to play badly with others, but it does. And really, you haven't answered the critical question of the day: Puppet, or furry guide?
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Hey Tom, Downloaded and installed Firefox and that solved the problem of not being able to log in so here I am. Brian
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Scheez, are you two done kissing each other's butts? Interestingly, you've both defended Roberts, which leads us to one inescapable conclusion. You're both part of the International Puppet Conspiracy. Am I surrounded by Puppets and their Puppet-Hugging minions? Do I stand alone against this wooden threat to our way of life?
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pseudososa, Thanks. TC would insult just for the sheer joy of it. You're a kind-hearted soul; I hope it doesn't get you in trouble! (Big Grin) TeeRex PS Stay tuned for pictures from South China; I leave for the Pearl River Delta tomorrow... TR
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TeeRex, I see no useful purpose in insulting anyone that can't crowd me out of my water. Have fun in China.
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PS It seems I mis-spelled pseudososa's name. Oh well, I suppose the insults are simply taking over the Underground. Mea Culpa-- TeeRex
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I wish to note that the evidence that Mr. Roberts is human is clear and compelling. He's wearing a wider-brimmed hat, and he is exceedingly polite. If TC had threatened me like that, I would have responded, "I won't interrupt my musings to save your smelly, miserable butt." He, of course, was much more circumspect in his avoidance of the word "smelly," thus proving his lineage. Of course, he fishes; ... more therefore he's an insane human. But there seem to be several of those, including most of the denizens of the Underground. And I am forced, against my better judgment, to point out a teensy, tiny oversight by pseudorosa. He somehow overlooked your humble writer when hand out his insults, er, accolades. I would say it was unintentional, but maybe he finds it more insulting not to insult me? I could get really, really confused sorting all that out... Your roving reporter in China, hard on the hunt for koi-- TeeRex
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Well, the salmonid-deprived blog-meister of this site is cross-eyed due to lack of fishable water. It should be obvious to anyone the differences between Dave and his little friend. Dave is wearing sunglasses. The guy on the right looks smarter. If smellslikefish grew a beard, the three of them could have a family reunion! Keeping in mind the family tree would have only one branch. If I left anyone ... more uninsulted, please contact me off list so that I can remedy the oversight. 4000cfs Snow to 5500 feet tonight Sigh
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