Fly Fishing with StreamersWritten by Cameron Larsen
Fly fishing streamers is often over looked by fly anglers, especially trout anglers. Streamers is a category of flies fly fisherman have given to loosely mean food other than insects. Generally, being smaller fish, it could also be crayfish, leeches, and crustaceans. Bass and salt water anglers, are more familiar with theory that big fish eat littler fish. However, as our sport is dominated by trout anglers we think insect first and many times that is as far as our thought process goes. However, big fish eat little fish, always have and always will. Fish are indiscriminate feeders and will eat what is presented to them. They don't have preferences, they take what they are given. And nice thing about little fish is they are always present.
In most rivers and lakes there will be almost always be fish fry of one kind or another present. With predominant season for fish fry being spring, they easily will be present until late fall, and often year around. But even if fry are not around, minnows are present year around, sculpins, silversides, alewives, smelt, list is endless. And even if you say there are no minnows available where you fish, well, trout are cannibalistic, if your fishing waters have big trout, then it also has little trout. In short, 'hatch' is always on when you are fishing streamers.
Besides year around availability, another advantage of fishing streamers, is your average catch is going to be larger. Fish are masters of energy conservation and expenditure. They will not pursue food if it costs more energy to catch then they will receive from its consumption. That is why in winter they will not chase food, you literally have to hit them in nose with it. This fact, helps us to understand feeding habits of large trout. A large trout holed down deep, not particularly interested in eating, will consume a minnow, if given opportunity, no matter what. They might not rise up to devour size 22 Tricos, unless they are in a feeding mode, but given a minnow that they only have to lunge for, is an opportunity they won't turn down very often. That is a lot of energy consumed without a lot of energy exerted.
CyclingWritten by je Dunn
Cycling is a great activity that can be enjoyed by very young to not so very young. In fact many middle age adults are discovering health and social benefits of cycling.
Recreational cycling doesn’t require any special athletic skill to start, and provides a low impact cardiovascular workout.
Riding with a group is a lot of fun. Joining a local cycling club is a great way to learn about cycling and make new friends that share some of your common interest.
Cycling is also a great stress reliever. You can jump on you bike and pedal your tensions into blacktop or trail whichever you prefer.
Bike riding is an activity that you can start at your own pace and increase intensity over time. You will be amazed at how a hill that felt like Mt Everest to you a few weeks will turn into a bump in road after some consistent cycling.