Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Simplicity, revisited

From day one of this blog my concept was to bring to you the beauty and simplicity of life in all forms. In fact it has been the sub title of Small Stream Reflections. I live a simple life, not that I don't splurge a bit but I prefer simple and uncluttered. Most of the gear I own and fish with is generally within practical norms, not expensive by any means. The flies I tie and fish with are for the most part simple. While some have numerous materials they can be tied by most fly tyers, all that is required is your ability to keep trying. I'd like to add something here, never throw out a fly you have tied because it looks funny. Fish it man. Let the fish decide what's funny, you'll be surprised.
 

 

A Rangeley streamer fly. Is it complicated, no...after tying a few you'll be be doing just fine.
 

A North Country spider...two materials, that's simplicity.

What I'm saying is use the best materials you have, the finest bamboo rod. A classic Catskill fly from a vintage Wheatley fly box. But if you use a Cabelas fiberglass rod, a ragged Haystack from a plastic pin container it will work .
 


 Simple food...flour,water onions and butter, salt and pepper.

 

16 comments:

  1. Alan, keeping it simple is sound advice, thanks.

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    1. Dave H
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      Dave sound advice to live with...I keep trying.

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    1. John Dornik
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      John more wisdom from those wonderful people.

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  3. Simplicity makes life better. That dish sounds great!

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat it certainly does. It's a good substitute for potatoes.

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  4. Milkweed? Haven't seen one of those in years.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark when we were in the second grade we would collect them and paint the pods different colors. The fibers when the sun hits them are beautiful.

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  5. I like my Amish neighbors but some of their culinary highlights escape me... Amish baloney, on the other hand, ...fantastic!

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    1. mike
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      Mike baloney now there is a culinary delight I can enjoy. Spent some time in Lancaster PA and the chicken dishes were awesome.

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  6. Keep it simple stupid (KISS) is a great adage for life Alan.....

    Take care and stay safe

    Alistair

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    1. Alistair
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      Short and to the point....love it.

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  7. Alan
    Keeping it simple can mean for me-----landing fish with a hundred dollar fly rod or fly reel just as well as I could with 500.00 dollar fly rod and reel.
    Unusual dish----I assume its considered a dumpling dish?----looks good--thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill you and I agree. It's all in the experience.
      Dumplings yes.

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    2. Your generous sharing of trout fishing wisdom with a focus on simplicity and passion for the outdoors has been so helpful for me since I first picked up a fly rod a year ago. The food always looks tasty too.

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