A trip we made last fall. a very nice mountain restaurant in Townsend. Sometimes I just love to visit this kind of local restaurant. You might see some old family photos on the counter, see some big fish or even fly rod on the wall as well. Good food and warn light in the mountain, what could be better!
- A copy from my writing in a Flyfishing forum - Yuhina
Two things that people are often messing up in flyfishing. Philosophy and Science
Philosophy is what you believe, what you feel, what you enjoy. It is the process in your body/brain. No body knows, except you. Cold, warm, happy, sad, even colors... the green you see is not necessary the green I see or I feel. Be simplify, "the feel" effect is the above post just describe, wine taste is a good analogy.
There are Scientific part of FF. The material, the taper design, even the rod length and the swing motion, no even need to mention "the action" which is over "bended" now in this forum. If these factors are not be able to diagnostic, how a rod designer improve a rod? how a rod designer go out and try to find some "light" "strong" "stable" material. How they talk to material engineers about "feel"?
Sage develop a casting disgnostic software to help people casting. FFF have programs from define those terminology and help people to find out what's wrong with their casting mechanic to certify instructors. "The swing" is a science, "the joy" of FF is a philosophy.
I am a big fan of fiberglass rod, and I also love fastest rod for big water (TCR and XP). Even in the fiberglass (whimpy rod is what other people call us...) there are some "good" ones and bad ones... some are very "stable", they cast softly but the rod tip are not wobble after forward cast. Those rod are "easy and fun" to make a soft/accurate presentation.
I hate arguing through internet, usually I am not too serious about what people say on the internet... but every once of a while people are messing up these two different components. (I am not direct to Steve's post...)
For analogy, When someone is talking about "How the Earth tilt make 4 seasons, I won't just say I love summer because I feel comfortable."
Sorry if I offend some people here... this is just my own little opinion. Sincerely
Michael's Website: http://www.minedition.com/index.php Have you get one yet? The 2008 issue is already out... The reason I know Mike is we were working in the same institute. Jane Goodall Institute...well... not really working...We were photographers for Jane's tours. We have the same attitude about shooting photos...Childish! I did not know he is a big guy in children's books, until one day he showed me "his name" on my beloved Bolonga Annuals... A great guy...He is My Borther!
Sometimes I just like doddling... this painting was done in the waiting of my roomate's dinner... the dinner was great, this little fish got some speical flavor too : ) BTW this is a card I created for my 5 yrs old friend.
The weather get really cold last weekend... below freezing point... I start to miss the sun, under a comfortable condition... today the temperature comes back to about 60s... I see students were back from vacation and jogging in the compus with t-shirts... what a wonderful scene... start to miss summber...
"Why paint watercolor? For me, the unpredictability and uncontrollable nature of watercolor make it the most exciting and expressive medium of all. The opportunity to meander somewhere between mastery and complete lack of control during the course of a painting make it one of the most engaging mediums. This, plus the fact that it is quick, clean and portable, got me in thirty years ago and my enthusiasm has grown ever since" http://www.johnlovett.com/watercolor.htm
http://www.christinelarsen.com/ Note: This is NOT my drawing, this is from christine's website, see above.
For the friends visit my blog, I have a gift for you... that is the website attached above : ) I have been keep reading her website for years. It always has something great in there. Some ideas, some emotional, cold/ warm /funny illustrations. You will realize how powerful a little drawing can reach (if you smile at that snake...)! For the first day of 2008, I wish we have a bit of imagination, sense of humor, work harder and enjoy our life!! Cheers Friends!
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark