Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A fisherman's car

I am not quiet remember the color of this car...we arrived the river banks in the dark and leave the river banks in the dark...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Mountain Restaurant

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!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

We all flyfish!

Photo were taken in my studio. We are fine flyfishermen!
(Note: if you believe me, you believe everything!)

Friday Night...

I like to draw...

Friday, January 25, 2008

When Philosophy and Science blend in - FlyFishing

- 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.

However,

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

Finger shot!


I have nice and clean fingers...photo by Bryan

Thursday, January 24, 2008

What fly are they biting on?

Photo by Cameron, model is me...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bolongna 2008

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!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

THE ULTIMATE FLY WALLET

Marc's website: http://www.flywallets.com/, He is the man, he is my buddy!

SUNDAY FUNNY


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Saturday Bass

Old Photo... a memorial fish...
When I was down, this is one of the best way to cheer myself up...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Golden Trout

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.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Define Sweeeeeet: A friend do a fly wallet for me!

Marc's website: http://www.flywallets.com/

Best Cake, Period.

The criteria of best cake is all about sweet memories!
A friend from Japan brought this to me! Sweeeeeeeet!

Saturday Birding


Friday, January 11, 2008

An awesome Article that hit my nerve... (Sorry...in Chinese)

門沿 龍應台  (20080111)
二○○七年最末一個晚上,十八歲的華飛去和朋友午夜狂歡。我坐在旅店的窗邊,泰北冬季的天空潔淨,尤其當城市的燈火因貧窮而黯淡,星星就大膽放肆了,一顆一顆堂堂出現。但是星星雖亮,卻極度沉默,下面的街頭人聲鼎沸,樂鼓翻騰。剛從街上的人流裡撤回,我知道,像河水般湧動的是情緒激越的觀光客,但是暗巷裡騎樓下,疲憊的女人正開始收攤,她們赤腳的幼兒蜷在一旁,用破毯子裹著,早睡著了。

 然後煙火,衝向天空轟然炸開,瞬間的璀璨,極致的炫美,人們雀躍歡呼。這是跨年之夜。可是,這不是神明的生日,不是英雄的誕辰,不是神話中某一個偉大的時刻,不是民族史裡某一個壯烈的發生,那麼,人們慶祝的究竟是什麼呢?

 想想看,你用什麼東西量時間?
 一只沙漏裡細沙流完是一段時間。一炷馨香裊裊燒完是一段時間。一盞清茶,從熱到涼,是一段時間。鐘錶的指針滴答行走一圈,是一段時間。

 有時候,我們用眼睛看得見的「壞」去量時間。一棟每天路過的熟悉的房子,從圍牆的斑駁剝落到門柱的腐蝕傾倒,然後看著它的屋頂一吋吋擴大垮陷,有一天野樹爬藤從屋中昂然竄出,宣告完成──需要多少時間?

 有時候,我們用非常細微的「動」,去量時間。星星的行走、潮水的漲落、日影的長短,不都是時間的量器?在香港的海濱,我看每天金星出現在海平線上的點,冬天和夏天不同。在台北的陽明山上,我看夕陽下沈時碰到觀音山脊的那一剎那,春天和秋天也不同。

 你是否也用過別的量法?孩子 小時,我在他們臥房的門沿掛上一個一米半高的木板量尺。每一年 孩子的生日,讓他們站在門沿背對著尺,把他們的高度用小刀刻下。於是刻度一節一節高升,時間也就一節一節在走。

 南美洲有一家人,夫妻倆加五個孩子,每一年的同一天,一家七口一人拍一張大頭照,三十年不曾間斷。三十年中,紅顏夫妻變成老夫老媼,可愛純真的嬰兒變成心事重重的中年人。

 還有那瘋狂的藝術家,突然決定寫數字。醒來一開眼就寫連續累積數字,吃飯、坐車、走路、如廁、洗頭時不斷地寫;搭飛機 出國 時,在飛機的座位上寫;到醫院看病打針時,在病床上寫;到教堂做禮拜時,在教堂的長板凳上寫。每分每刻每時寫,每天每月每年寫,數字愈來愈大,字串欲來愈長,藝術家這個人,是的,愈來愈老。

 寫「無邊落木蕭蕭下,不盡長江滾滾來」的時候,杜甫不是在記錄時間嗎?唱「林花謝了春紅,太匆匆」的人,不是在記錄時間嗎?Rembrandt一年一年畫自畫像,從少年清狂畫到滿目蒼涼──他不是在記錄時間嗎?

 農業社會的人們認真地過春分秋分夏至冬至,難道不也是在一個看不見的門沿上,秘密地,一刀一刀刻下時間的印記?

 所以跨年的狂歡,聚集,倒數,恐怕也是一種時間的集體儀式吧?都市裡的人,燈火太亮,已經不再習慣看星星的移動和潮汐的漲落,他們只能抓住一個日期,在那一個晚上,用美酒、 音樂和煙火,藉著人群的吆喝彼此壯膽,在那看不見的門沿量尺上,刻下一刀。

 凌晨四時,整個清邁 小城在寧靜的沈睡中,二○○八年悄悄開始。我們行裝齊整,離開了旅店,在黑夜中上路,往泰寮邊界出發。五個小時的蜿蜒山道,兩天的慢船河路,冷冽的空氣使人清醒。我在想,在古老的湄公河上啊,時間用什麼測量?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Monday, January 07, 2008

Winter Sun

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...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008

Colorado river cutthroat trout

They do "bleed" like this... or even more... amazing creature!

why watercolor?

A master say so... and I agree...totally...

"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

Thursday, January 03, 2008

brown trout spawning


Tiger

Whatever they said... it's all about Tiger~ WAR EAGLE~


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

sweet

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!


2008 MY STEELHEAD YEAR

MEKONG CAT ON FLY

...who say fiberglass is wimpy?...