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Fly fishing with Mr. Larimer
Transcript of Fly fishing with Mr. Larimer
There are many reasons why fly fishing appeals to so many people. First there is the beauty of the landscapes where trout are found. Second is the peaceful feeling of quietly becoming part of that environment as you walk along or float the streams, rivers and lakes. Last but not least, trout themselves are in my opinion some of the most beautiful fish in the world and are very tasty to eat when you keep a few.
Catch and release is a method of fishing that many fly fisherman practice. This involves bringing the fish in as fast as you can and not stressing it too much. Then quickly netting it and extracting the de-barbed hook while handling it as little as possible. I usually take a picture if I can and then let them go as soon as possible.
Trout live in
Custer State Park
French Creek in Northeast Iowa
Crazy Horse Monument
Big Horn Sheep in
Custer State Park
Walking in a creek
in Northeast Iowa
Antelope in Custer State Park
The rainbow trout, known scientifically as Oncorhynchus mykiss, is a coldwater fish that is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere in freshwater streams and lakes and in the ocean. They are commonly referred to by many other names, including rainbow, bow, steelhead trout, Kamloops trout and silver trout depending on their coloration and location. The rainbow trout is about 16 to 30 inches in length and can weigh between 2 and 16 pounds. They are named for their color, which can be variable. The coloration of each fish can also change throughout the year, especially during spawning season. The back is usually darker and the shading can range from a steel blue or green to brown. The cheeks and sides are silvery and they sometimes have a pink or red lateral stripe. The belly of the fish is silvery white. The body is covered in spots. Rainbow trout have been introduced on every continent except Antarctica, but their native habitat is the cooler waters of the northern hemisphere, specifically the North American Pacific Coast from Mexico to the Bering Sea, the Pacific Ocean and Asia's eastern coast. -http://www.troutnation.com/rainbow-trout
Brook trout have a long, streamlined body with a large mouth that extends past the eye. Color variations include olive, blue-gray, or black above with a silvery white belly and wormlike markings (vermiculations) along the back. They have red spots sometimes surrounded by bluish halos on their sides. The lower fins have a white front edge with black and the remainder being reddish orange. The tail fin is square or rarely slightly forked. During breeding time in the fall male brook trout can become very bright orange-red along the sides. The brook trout is native to Michigan's waters and is the state fish of Michigan. They can be found throughout most of the state in many creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, and in the Great Lakes. Brook trout require cool, clear, spring-fed streams and pools. They can be found under cover of rocks, logs, and undercut banks and have been described as stationary. Larger brook trout often inhabit deep pools moving to shallow water only to feed. They prefer temperatures from 57-60 degrees F. - Michigandnr.com
Cutthroat trout, like rainbow trout, also have an anadromous (or ocean migrating) form. Steelhead and rainbow trout can both spawn more than once, unlike the Pacific Salmon that die after spawning. Cutthroat trout are a favorite catch of fishers in King County. Also, cutthroat are often present in the same streams that Pacific Salmon use for spawning.
•Head blunt, jaw long - extends past eye
•Small black spots on head & body extending well below lateral line, and on all fins
•Red to yellow streaks on underside of jaw
•Faint to no red on sides of spawning fish
•Length up to 30 inches - Michigan DNR.com
The Brown Trout has been widely introduced for purposes of sport into North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The most distinguishing characteristics of the brown trout include large black and sometimes reddish-orange spots with a pale border on the sides of the fish. These spots are modified Xs when the fish is large. The food of the adult brown includes terrestrial and aquatic insects, worms, crayfish and fish. Brown trout prefer water temperatures between 55 degrees and 65 degrees F. - http://www.allfishingbuy.com
The brown trout - Salmo trutta morpha fario and and the sea trout are fish of the same species. Also known as Salmo trutta or German Brown Trout, German Trout, English Brown Trout, Von Behr Trout, Lochleven Trout, European Brown Trout, Truite, Breac, Gealag, Brownie. The brown trout is normally considered to be native to Europe and Asia. There are also landlocked populations far from the oceans, like in Greece and Estonia.
The brown trout very similar in shape to the salmon; the back is dark, the sides pale, and both are flecked with variable reddish spots that have pale borders. The belly is a creamy yellowish-white. Juveniles and immature adults can be distinguished as they have bluish-grey spots, and adult males have a strongly curved lower jaw. The brown trout is a medium sized fish, growing to 20 kg or more in some localities although in many smaller rivers a mature weight of 1 kg (2 lb) or less is common. Like the rainbow trout, their size generally relates to the size of the water they can be found in. Smaller creeks
are usually home to smaller
fish, while double-digit fish
are common in large lakes.
Mr. Larimer with a brown trout on the French Creek
Charlie Radden and a brown
on the Pere Marquette
Another brown on the
holding a brown on the
A Brown before I released it
on Spring Creek in Iowa.
A young Brooky
A Brook Trout in Spawning colors
Female Brook trout on the
South Bear in Iowa
Cutthroat trout out West
Nice Cutthroat on a
Mr. Jordan with a big
Rainbow on the Manistee
Big Rainbow on
the South Bear
Steely on the PM
Danny Rittenhouse with a
Steely on the PM
Mr. Larimer with a
Steelhead on the
Mr. Larimer and a
Quincy Area Rainbows
Charlie Radden with
a Steely on the PM
Salmon are pinkish in colour and have spots on their fins and back. A mature salmon has a long, thin body. Generally,female salmon are larger than males. The largest salmon are the Atlantic salmon and the chinook. The smallest is the pink salmon weighing approximately 1.5 kilograms at maturity. http://www.themeunits.com
Salmon and trout are similar in appearance with the
difference being color patterns on the bodies. Both salmon and trout have a small fin on their back called the adipose fin. They are the only fish to have this fin.
Salmon have eight fins all together. The tail, or caudal fin is the largest and helps the salmon move. The tail is extremely flexible and powerful. The salmon is able to travel up to 20 000 kilometres (km)
in the ocean and achieve speeds of 50 km per hour.
It can jump more than four meters to climb waterfalls and obstacles in the water. The median fins are located on the back and belly of the
salmon. These fins are called the dorsal and anal fins and prevent the salmon from rolling over. The pair of pelvic fins are located on the fishes' belly while the pair of pectoral fins are located on the underside
of the fish near the head. Both sets of fins help the salmon steer and prevent it from falling forwards.
in Northeast Iowa
Bead Head Nymph
Elk Hair Caddis
Blue Winged Olive
Winter Salmon on the PM
Mr. Larimer with a fall Salmon
Danny Rittenhouse with
a fall Salmon
Hiking back to camp after dark.
Winter Salmon fishing
Bob and Carlos
netting a Salmon
Fly Tying is becoming increasingly popular, and now many anglers are deciding to tie their own flies. Perhaps you are one of them, and know lots about what works for you in the waters you fish in, and for catching different fish. If you’re new to fishing, then here’s why you should start fly tying.
1. You can save money by tying your own flies. If you want to save for a lighter rod, or a better reel, then why save money on bait, and make your own flies?
2. Think of the immense sense of pride you’ll have when you land your first fish with a fly you tied yourself. Perhaps you’ll discover something completely different from the other anglers, or than you’ve used before, and it’ll work well for you.
3. Because you can use all sorts of things to make good fishing flies, you’ll be making use of things you’d normally throw away. Think about how you could utilise shiny sweet wrappers, or reflective materials, or bits of foam packaging.
4. As you get better and better at fly tying, you’ll lean what sort of things fish are attracted to. Maybe some fish will like brighter colours, or different textures, or bigger or smaller shapes. You can experiment with lots of different ideas, and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all.
5. When you make your own flies, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting, and won’t be spending money on things you don’t need. Perhaps you’ve bought flies before that weren’t very effective, or you bought the wrong ones for the time of year, or the waters you were fishing in.
6. You’ll get used to tying flies onto your rod, and soon you’ll be much better at it, and produce effective flies to help you catch more fish.
7. Anglers know that different flies work with different fish, in different waters and at different times of the year. So once you know the waters and what you’re likely to catch, you’ll know exactly what you need, and can be highly prepared.
8. You might be naturally creative and want to put your creativity to good use when you’re not sat on the bank, or wading in the river. Why not see whether you can make effective fishing flies in order to catch more fish?
9. There are even people who don’t go fishing who are keen on fly tying, and do it just for fun. If you know someone who enjoys fly tying but doesn’t fish, see if they can help you get started, or borrow some of their ideas.
10. Fly tying can involve the whole family. Whether you’re all saving shiny wrappers, or old beads and sequins, or helping out with the designing of shapes, or choosing materials, you can have fun fly tying. If other members of your family share your passion, then why not see if they’ll help with fly tying too?
Now you know more about it, perhaps now is the time for you to start fly tying today.
Mr. Jordan Tying Flies back
in Fish Camp on the Manistee
10 Reasons to Tie Flies