Friday, January 27, 2017

Getting Ready For The Coming Trout Season.

    The weather has been so very nice, although it's still January my mind has wandered to trout fishing. I started to check out my gear and decided to add to my fly collection, particularly in the midge department. I found some videos on YouTube that talked about midges being on the trout's menu even in the winter months. I started tying some Griffith Gnats, some beatles, A few Adams' and a few Lady Heathers. This sort of expanded to ordering a 6 wt. double taper floating line and some other things from the web.  Tying the small flies was a problem prior to watching that YouTube video, I used to whip finish the head of the fly and try to carefully use head cement on the knot trying to be careful and not block the fly eye with head cement. The gentleman in the instructional video said that he whip finished the head twice firmly binding the fly and not needing head cement. I've been doing just that and feel confident that that will be more than sufficient.

Friday, November 4, 2016

November at Stone Mountain

   Went up to Stone Mountain for some fall trout fishing. The weather was absolutely gorgeous with the temperature near 80 degrees. Wednesday the 2nd started off a little slow with a few rises here and there, then near two o'clock the trout started to to get a little hungry and I was into five fish one after the other. One fish in particular was very interesting, it was striking in coloration and had a "hooked" jaw, like a spawning salmon. Jerry, fishing mostly below the surface wasn't doing well until later in the day, when he caught two fish and missed a few.  Dinner as usual spaghetti, with meat sauce and crashing exhausted 'til morning. Thursday started off a little cloudy, but still really mild for 3rd of November. We continued fishing until about 2:00 then started for home. We were able to get gas pretty quickly, and the drive was all in daylight,
     This  photo is not the best shot, of this fish. He was about 12 " in length and had striking coloration, you can see the brightness on his belly. The one thing I never saw before fishing this river was the hooked jaw on this Brookie.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween celebrants are in the front yard.

These characters have moved from the back yard to the front. They are really for their big night.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

First Fall Fly Fishing in Stone Mountain.

13 October 16   We arrived at the Church Pool after 10:00AM the visible trout were holding to the bottom totally disinterested in our offerings. After awhile we headed for the "Magic Pool". I planted myself just downstream from to footbridge. It took three casts to straighten things out and hook into a nice trout. Micheal's rod, which is longer than my old rod casted beautifully. The trout had hit the dropper, a size 22 Griffin's Gnat and slipped off the hook. From that point on the trout were very cooperative. Without hardly moving my position I caught 11 beautiful Browns. I tried to film them being caught and of course released. Jerry was fishing a Woolly-Bugger and a Copper John, but wasn't doing that well. The weather was grand and we fished all the afternoon. Had the usual spaghetti dinner and fell asleep without a thought about T.V. Next morning, 14Oct16, after coffee and cereal we got back to the river. Jerry picked up two nice fish near the pool with the big rock near the end of the park road. All in all, it was a great trip, though starting out for home a little late forced driving in the dark and catching the rush hour traffic.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A fine fly rod, a gift of her brother's fly rod.

My original fly rod was damaged in an accident with a car door. About 10" was broken off the tip. A dear friend offered me her brother's fly rod. When I first started to withdraw the rod from it's protective sleeve, I was surprised to see the same winding as on my broken rod. Like a twin 'though longer. When I finally got a chance to use it in Stone Mountain it casted  beautifully... What a wonderful gift.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Cold Weather is Setting in

My studio/garage is pretty cold these days, 'though I'm able to do short periods of time before it becomes uncomfortable. I've been working out a method of carving huge mushrooms. I've got plenty of logs that will be useful in this project. Here I've carved the caps on both ends of the log, just need to cut it in half for two mushrooms

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Getting ready for a Spring show

I've been working on some pieces for the open studio tour at Fearrington in the Spring. So far I've completed work on several Spotted Sandpipers, a couple of Curlews, and two Owls. I'm going to get to work on some over sized mushrooms.

Friday, March 27, 2015

April open studio tour

Some pieces to appear in the open studio tour.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Carving some shore birds

I have not carved any birds for a long time. Painting them on cold rainy days was just the thing to be reminded of the beach and the usual sunshine.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving is done with.

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving day dinner at the Carolina Inn here in Chapel Hill. We're recovering from over-eating. Bright sunny day today. Another batch of Santa-cicles have been carved and painted.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Beechmast Pond yields a Five-pound Bass

The black Jitterbug scores again. It was close to 8:00 PM and about 8 feet from the bank. a five and a half pound bass attacked the Jitterbug after 2 foot retrieve.(7th June)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It's going to be extra warm for a few days

The weather is going to be in the high 80's for net few days. A good time to tie some woolly-buggers. May just bring the necessary materials into a cool place. I usually set up the tying vise in my garage, but when its too hot or too cold out there I move it all into the house.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fishing Stone Mountain and the Mitchell River,

Tuesday,6th of May and my friend and I are fishing the Roaring River in Stone Mountain. On the drive up I kept thinking I forgot something. I did, I forgot my wading staff. We strung up at the Church Pool. We were catching trout by 12:20. This was a lot different from the last trip.Jerry was fishihg a Woolly-bugger, I was doing well with a Griffith's Gnat.At the days end we got a spaghetti dinner. and crashed. Wednesday, 7th of May we went to the Mitchell River in Mountain Park. We continued to catch fish pretty much at every pool we fished. At a bit after noon I slipped wading and fell forwards damn near breaking my pole. I got really soaked, my hip boots filled with water and I could hardly get out of the stream.The pole was saved,I remembered My friend Wendell Niemann saying when you fall like that.... "SAVE the POLE"! All in all, it was a good trip.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The First Trout Fishing Trip of 2014

My fishing friend, Jerry Noe and I finally got to go to Stone Mountain to fly fish for trout. The drive up started with gas in the car and sausage muffins and coffee in us. We strung up our rods at the big parking area. The water was clear and a little low. We couldn't spot any fish in the pools where we usually easily see them. Jerry went down stream and I went up stream. It was not a good start. I saw one trout swimming below the foot bridge. We both saw a nice fish leap clear of the water taunting us. It was a disappointing day. We had dinner and crashed after deciding to go to Helton Creek next morning. 24 April 14 , Thursday morning we started for Helton, had breakfast in Sparta, and drove Rt 221 to Route 16 and Helton Creek. We didn't catch a trout until late in the afternoon. Jerry caught two right close to the car.On the way home we stopped at Bogangles for our usual chicken dinner.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring is finally here

The Final Burst
This is the last bunch of Daffodils, the rest of them are nearly finished with their peak display. The weather has been like summer these last few days. The trees are beginning to show off their red buds and dogwoods are just getting going.With all this happening my thoughts are are stirring about trout fishing. Its been a long hard winter for much of the country, a trout could shake the cold memories right out of me. All it'll have to do is grab hold of the leader and start shaking.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let's take a walk

A bamboo walking staff was split from end to end. The nodal partions were ground down and the interior prepared to allow a 3 sectioned telescopic crappie fishing pole to be fitted into the bamboo. A web wrist strap was attached and epoxied in place. The butt of the crappie rod had a screw cap to which a strip of metal with some foam was secured with plumber's epoxy, when the cap was unscrewed and the strip withdrawn several flies were made available for use.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas is approaching

    Christmas is nearing. I haven't been doing much in the way of carving until just recently. I carved about two dozen Santa-cicles to add to the Christmas tree. This usually gets my enthusiasm to up to where I'll start work at it. I had great difficulty getting into this blog so I could begin posting again.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Indian brave and an Indian Maiden

The Mandan Indian Maiden now has a  boyfriend. I always wanted to carve a Cigar Store Indian. What I came up with is a little more refined then the usual product. I was able to glean a lot of genuine information about the American Indian at about thirty years after Lewis and Clark visited them from the letters of the artist George Catlin. He painted them in the finest apparel. This figure is a composite of some of that information. Another source for authentic regalia was the works of Ben Hunt a lover of and collector of things Indian.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Bull has been copper leafed and given a greenish patina. The overall size is 33" x 20".
The horns are sections of deer antlers trimmed and fixed with an epoxy putty.

Spencer( XXXX)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween is here again

The ghouls and the trolls have returned to terrorize the Millcroft neighborhood. They have moved from the back yard, where they spend most of year, to the front yard.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Walk Around the Yard

This video was taken to show the various outdoor sculptures in our yard.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Viewing some of my works.

My interest in sculpting began with a boy scout knife, a piece of cherry wood and some inspiration provided by seeing carvings in a shop in the old section of Quebec City, Canada. My first carving was of a horse, of course the legs were fragile and were easily broken during the carving process. Years later I had the opportunity to attend a few meetings of a carving club in Saddle Brook N.J. There I was introduced to wood carving, the membership was varied in their interests. Some were into relief carving, others were carving "in the round". Here I got exposed to many different techniques. My first carvings with this group were of Gnomes and Santa-like figures. I found a place on the Ramapo River where beavers were actively felling Aspen trees and doing what beavers do. I was fascinated by their tooth marks on the wood. I brought home a few of the stumps they left and carved an old man's face in the sides of these stumps. As time passed I began to carve shore birds and fish. The source of Aspen wood stumps was lost when we moved to NC. Here I found cedar fence posts to carve my "Wood Spirits". Along with the Wood Spirits I've been sculpting female figures in cedar and refining some of these pieces to be "Ladies in Red". Much of the work is done in my garage which serves as my studio. My interests have extended to works in clay, plaster and bronze. Many outdoor pieces are on display in our yard here at 867 Millcroft. You may even be interested in going to YouTube and then to "zen867" and watching the video labeled "A Walk Around the Yard". If you wish to call 919.542.3429, we may be able to arrange for a short studio tour.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Botanical Garden Show Nearly Over

The Botanical garden show is nearly over. The Wood Spirit I entered is going to a new home. The Indian Maiden is coming back home to 867 Millcroft.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ready for the Botanical Garden Sculpture Show

This Wood Spirit and Indian Maiden will be entered in the 2010 Botanical Garden Sculpture Show. Both pieces were completed this past week and just need to have their paperwork and entry fee filed.