The Girl with the Brook Trout Tattoo

My separated- at- birth friend from Savannah, Gil Tracy, recycles Larsen’s title with these shots of his daughter Julia, a French scholar, fishing in North Carolina…hey Russ Chatham, take a look at these!

UPDATE: Here is a poem about Julia’s tattoo by her grandmother, who was a friend of Flannery O’Connor’s, and appears in her letters:

Clark City

Russell Chatham is back in northern California, fishing, thinking, writing, getting back to his roots. I don’t have any practical info,  yet, but he is reviving Clark City Press, one step at a time .

Back in the day, he was the one publisher willing to take Querencia– the- book. Without him, this blog would not exist. He also  introduced me to Libby. Without his benign conniving, I might not be around…

The first “new” CCP book is a history of the guy who brought simple impressionistic imitation into the popular fly fishing world. I repeat, simple. Art Flick’s Streamside Guide was first published in 1947, and I don’t know a single fly fisherman of my generation in the northeast who didn’t have a battered, well- used copy.

Yes, it is a fly fishing geek’s book. But the author, the late Roger Keckeissen,  is an original and eccentric himself, so if you have the slightest interest in the subject, you get a storyteller’s perspective– it is NOT a book of fly patterns, And finally, Russ puts it all into context with a day astream with Roger and Ernest Schweibert not long before their deaths.

I shouldn’t need to say that being a Clark City book, its paper quality and cover stock are better than many limited ed art books.

No, I don’t know how to get it or how much it costs, yet. Let me know if you find out. 

UPDATE:Lucas Machias just sent a link to Mountain Press, where you can buy it for $45.

Dali Fly

Recently, writer Tom Davis put me in touch with master fly- tier Pete Fleischman, thinking correctly that I might have the skin of our local specialty, the Mearn’s quail.Its spotted fethers were neeeded for the”modern” classic salmon fly called the Dali, after the artist of course.

Traditional Atlantic salmon flies are strange things, surreal colorful attractors (or annoyers?) to tempt a quarry that does not eat in the rivers where it spawns. They are huge, complex, Victorian or  Edwardian, made of almost ridiculous numbers of species, and I have always wanted one. Now I have a fabulous original. Pete writes of its composition:

“The fly is called “The Dali”, designed by Mark Waslick, a photographer, fly tier, etc. from Vermont. The pattern uses the Mearns Quail feathers that you so graciously sent to me. There are four sections to this pattern each are veiled at the top, bottom and both sides with jungle cock. In the second section from the rear you will see first a pair of black spotted wing covert feathers, back to back, and white spotted breast feathers. At the fourth section behind the head there are two more black spotted covert feathers, back to back. The wings are made of individual strips of colored turkey tail feathers with Amherst pheasant tail. The blue cheek feathers at the base of each wing section are Blue chatterer substitute, Asian jay. The keel feathers on the bottom of the fly are peacock crest feathers. The gold tail feather and topping feathers are from the head of the Golden pheasant.”

All I can add is “!!!!” Right or double click for bigger image.