Sunday, June 30, 2013

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

Hopper season is coming!

While not exactly a big fan of some of the other bugs that tend to drive a brother nuts...I am a fan of the grasshopper.


Certainly not because he was lazy and didn't prepare for the winter...but because he is apparently the trout equivalent of Little Debbie Snacks in my own life: irresistible.

So I have been toying (unsuccessfully) with hopper patterns for the last couple years.   I have only one that is effective, proven, easy to tie, and frankly...visually un-appealing to me. It is the Happy Hopper.

I can't really put my finger on what bugs me about the Happy Hopper, other than to say that it just doesn't scream grasshopper to me.  Perhaps I should just accept that it doesn't quite look like a real grasshopper and quit getting so hung up on details.

Yeah. Right.

So it is has been back to the drawing board for me.  Time at the vise has been hard to come by lately, but I have taken the last couple of nights to slink on down to the lab for a foam hatch that's been brewin' for a while.

It has not been without it's ups and downs.  After yesterday's effort, I was ready to just give up and accept the Happy Hopper for what it best effort.  And I was ready to give up foam entirely.  My best efforts should we say?      ......Unfortunate.

Then, in a late night fit of Google searches on grasshopper patterns...I remembered this little blog I have in my favorites list that I hadn't scoured for a while: The Hopper Juan.

Thankfully, there is a great video on tying the original "Hopper Juan".

I can't take credit for creating this one...but I can take credit for following an excellent video tutorial and bringing my own version of the Hopper Juan to life.  And...I am satisfied both with my efforts on a foam fly, as well as one that actually looks like a grasshopper.

The final chapter in this will be a picture of a nice trout with one of these bad boys hanging off the corner of his mouth.

Now...if only the rain will stop....

Til later,


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Here's what's been happenin'

"I'm busy, man, too busy.  There's a lamentable absence of free time"  
-Juan Pablo Montoya

Why so long between posts?  It happens from time to time I guess. is a pictorial update of my last couple of weeks.  Enjoy.

Wife went away on business to NOLA.
Made me promise that if she brought home a voodoo doll (at my request) that I would neither name it, or stick pins in it...

Work has had it's challenges lately.... 
Tied up a couple more magic bugs and reorganized the nymph box
Sneak bought a GoPro Hero3 White

Dished the kids off on Grandma & Grandpa--went camping with Mrs. MacLoosh
Went to the MacLoosh Family Reunion 
More work fun...going to get a "jump to conclusions" mat for my office...

Mrs. MacLoosh found out about the GoPro camera...
My current status at the MacLoosh Mansion that it is out in the open...I've been working with the new camera. Lately I've been consumed with learning how to use it, and edit cool videos.

At this point, everything is still an experiment to see how the camera acts and how to use it best.

Here are a couple of my current favorite stills:

And finally, my first edited video (again...don't judge...I am still learning...)  

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Til later,