Rainbow’s Genome Draws Insightful Information On Evolution Processes

Hey Everyone (if there is anyone out there reading my blog still). It has been a long time!

I just read a scientific article on our dear friend the Oncorhynchus mykiss (Rainbow Trout). Turns out, the Rainbow Trout has a unique molecular mechanism for its evolving genetic information.  The article –

http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/science-genome-rainbow-trout-01877.html

 

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Fish Cake

Every year I look forward to the birthday cake my sister bakes me. Last year she did the best German Chocolate Cake I had ever had. This year I made a particular request. IMG_20140322_110742I think my sister was skeptical at first on how to create this cake. I had to explain to her several times the difference between a Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and a common salmon. IMAG6349My sister was concerned that this fish cake was too fat! I then proceed to tell her what the term “football” means to a fly fisher and there is no such thing as a fish that is “too fat!”

IMAG6345I call this cake “Better than your wedding cake” because it is!

Cake Filling: Spiced apple cake with caramel  cream cheese frostingIMAG6343 (2)  Wont be releasing this catch. IMAG6351 (1)  Cake went fast!  Thank you Honey! She also has a blog. Check her out at http://www.willeliz.wordpress.com

We are complete opposites!

I also was able to get in some birthday fishing! IMG_20140321_192758 (1)

The Blue Wing Olives were insane! Caught over 20 fish, landed a white fish on a dry fly and finally, found a message in a bottle! What a fantastic birthday!

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Foam To The Dome On the First Week Of March!

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As the winter midge hatch carries on my desire to throw giant dries increases.  I had to do something about my craving for bigger dries so I began to ponder… “Where can I find trout during the first week of March that would strike a big dry terrestrial?” Sorting through my biased opinions, I was able to come up with a plan. Joe’s Valley! Why? This river hardly recessives much pressure from anglers as it is. Also, I have fished Joe’s once, 2 years ago during the summer and I recall there being a LARGE amount of giant ants crawling all over the place and continually being slurped up by the local trout. I figured these fish hardly get fooled and their use to eating bugs off the top. Acting on this intuition I convinced Scott to join me and in no time we headed South!

Long story short… I caught a handful of Brown Trout on big foam terrestrial patterns!! We were spoiled with amazing weather, enchanting scenery and fantastic dry fly fishing. All and all, zero complaints despite the accidentally broken rod to the tail-gate door! Hahaha!

For the FULL STORY visit Scott’s blog by clicking on the link below! Pictures are a must see! http://rambleonxcountry.blogspot.com/

#TBT Tribute

I have been putting this post off. Mainly because I hate talking about myself. However, I feel that I have not given my readers a good sense of who I am, where I came from and my ultimate mission statement in life.

Just after my Father gave my Mother the epidural I was born healthy in Price, Utah 1989. Soon after, my three older sister, one older brother and parents moved North to Alaska.

My first memories harvest in Ketchikan. Oh my, what a place to be exposed to at such an early stage of life. A small town filled of forest, fungi and fish. A young inquisitive mind in the heart of Mother Nature’s laboratory. A fermented infatuation for the natural world was like an inevitable chemical reaction already reacting…  The bulk of my memories were of my Father taking me fishing after work. If I wasn’t reeling in his fish, I was observing the critter-occupants within the near by tide pools. Reflecting back on this experience, I have to wonder… Was I genetically disposed with a love for the natural world or was it an environmental influence that conditioned my passion?

My time in Ketchikan was brief as we moved to Anchorage soon after. I spent the rest of my childhood in Anchorage fishing, snowboarding, camping, exploring, running into moose, bears, hunting and hanging out with the Bayer’s (not a spelling error). By middle school I moved to Herrimen, Utah. I never liked the place.  I felt I had left my heart in Alaska. I promised myself I would move back once I had finished my professional education and training.  Interestingly enough, I ended up attending college in Utah, at Westminster College. I graduated with a degree in biology. I didn’t pick up a fly rod until my last semester of college which was probably a good thing. On a side note, I have to give my Mother’s old law partner Tom a shout-out. After all, it was Tom’s old fly rod I had inherited.

Through fly fishing I have come to terms that Utah is a special place of its own. You just have to look around and appreciate what you have… You can sit and kick rocks while wishing you were else where, or you can polish those rocks and celebrate their glory. I learned this valuable lesson thanks to fly fishing, and you can bet, no matter where I am or what I am doing I will be smiling while searching and finding those hidden delights we tend to over look. Now enjoy some of these cheesy photos I found in honor of Throw Back Thursday.

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High school graduation. Sister support! 2007

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2010 and shredded!

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AK 2011 Playing Sarah Palin

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AK 2011 The Bayer’s Cabin

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AK 2011

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Throwing it way back! Sister and I 1990?

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AK winter 2013

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AK sunset 2013

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2009 with some friends boating in Utah

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AK 2009 Kenai River Red Salmon!

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2012 BFE-Alaska

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Utah 2012

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Dear friend Shawn and I PCMR 2011

Tied My First Foam Dries Tonight!

Inspiration hit around lunch time today while I was at the library studying. I needed a study break so I wondered around the library looking at my favorite sections; bibliographies, science, biology, bugs, chemistry, biochemistry, quantum mechanics, basically all the stuff that matters. And of course the books on tape section. Love a good book on tape!  I finally laid my eyes on a fly tying book. I found a dry foam beetle pattern that didn’t look difficult to tie. With a quick stop at Wal-mart I was able to purchase craft foam of all kinds of colors for only $5. I then raced home to sneak in a tie session (remember I was at the library studying and I still had a lot of studying left)

Getting ready to tie…

For me getting ready to tie can be a process of its own.  I have to be in the right mind set, the right clothes, empty bladder, right Pandora/album/playlist played at just the right volume, cell phone near and my tying tools and materials have to be ordered in just the right way. Once I finally sit down to tie I am likely to get right back up again because I forgot something. I’ll do this for another 3-4 times until I am situated just right. When I establish myself and everything is within reach I feel an overwhelming sense of clarity and euphoria.  Nothing stands in my way. No rules. No one to criticize my work except the fish. The fly tying material is my substrate. My hands are the catalyst. And my artistic expression is the product. A healthy fish tugging at my line is the final product.  ( I was studying cellular enzyme activity at the library today if you hadn’t already deciphered that)

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I mixed 3 dubbing colors for the beetle’s thorax. Purple, Green and Burgundy Red.

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What are these? Well let’s just say towards the end I got really weird. I wanted to make a small dry using foam to increase the fly’s buoyancy. These 2 black dries have foam bodies if you can’t tell. I also trimmed the hackle to mimic appendages. And the red tail was just because I had a little bit of red pheasant tall that needed to be used up. An update on how they fish the Provo next week is sure to come, so stay tuned.

A cartoon for the fly fisher

Cartoons? Yeah maybe when I was seven!

I came across this really interesting 3D animation entitled “Elk Hair Caddis.” Fly fishing and cartoons aside, there is definitely a unique sense of style and quality to this piece that any film geek would appreciate.  Creator Peter Smith dared to explore the limitations of 3D animation by really thinking outside the box.  Smith’s goal was to make the 3D graphics appear to look 2D. Wait… What? Why would someone want to down play 3D to 2D? In my opinion, it gives the animation an abnormal trait, a signature if you will, that appeals to the eye.  Hey, it’s fun for the kids and for the whole family. Have a look see yourself.

Fun Fish Fact Friday

The oldest living fish known to man is a Australian Lungfish, 67 years young! This fish is still living today (1).

Do you think he would eat a fly?

 

 

 

1.  2005. Fish (Eyewitness Books). New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley Limited.

 

Tie Retreat Weekend

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Every year a few guides get together at Utah’s Falcon’s Ledge to tie bugs and socialize. This year I received an invitation and I wasn’t going to let my cold keep me from attending.

The lodge (www.falconsledge.com) was gorgeous from the inside-out. If you’re looking for a unique summer fishing adventure I would highly suggest Falcon’s Ledge. The guides alone are a blast to hang out with, check them out! falconsledge.com.

Getting to the lodge wasn’t easy! I carpooled with my dear friend Tana who had to convince her Mother in Law to baby sit her two young kiddos. Once the babies were tucked in, I met up with Tana and we set forward. According to the weather man, we were looking at a 50/50 chance of snow for the entire weekend travel.

After an hour drive in a white out snow storm we had stopped in deadlock traffic due to a multiple car accident. After waiting for thirty minutes or so, the traffic cleared and we made it to the lodge by sun down. Enough chat, just watch the short-edit I made of these events 🙂

LLBean Women’s Wading Jacket

Wading jackets are not cheap. You’re looking at a +$300 purchase. However, I found a Loop hole! LLBean’s Women’s Wading Jacket on sale from $179 to $129. Not bad for a wading jacket! Did I mention Free shipping? I fished this coat last Saturday and was well impressed with the overall quality. Below you will find a list of pros and cons. And yes, I would recommend this jacket to any lady out there!

Pros:

  1. GORE-TEX! Kept me 100% dry, yet breathed well
  2. Water tight wrist straps!!!!!! Sleeves stayed dry all day despite submerging my arms a few times. #clutch
  3. $129/ 3 day Free shipping
  4. Light weight!
  5. Packs up into a small pouch
  6. LIFE TIME WARRANTY (that’s just LLBean for you. They have been in this game for ages. Return it if you don’t like it.)
  7. Sure to stay warm with insulation. Just wear a light-small puff under and you’re good in -6.6 C (20 F)
  8. Wind protecting
  9. THE POCKETS – my favorite feature is the giant pockets! I could fill the pockets up with 5-6 fly boxes if I desired! No joke! Even stuffed a bulky GoPro in them. Fantastic! (in picture below I had 3 fly boxes, GoPro and a few other small items)
  10. The Side Pockets are fleece! Nice place to put your cold hands after landing a fish!
  11. 2 loops for attaching clippers, hemostats etc…
  12. Practical!!

Cons:

  1. Not girly enough. If the “LLBean” logo and “Gore-Tex” logo were to be stitched in pink then we would really be in business.
  2. No interior pockets. I would like a pocket for my cell phone on the left interior top half of jacket. But that’s just me…

For the price you can’t beat this jacket! I would assume the men’s LLBean wading jacket is similar to the women’s overall quality. Give them a look. Their fly fishing gear is Very Affordable! I also want to note that I am not getting any thing from LLBean for making this post. This is just straight from my gear closet to yours!

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Could use some pink?