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Paging Doctor Spratley…

“Doc Spratley” (modified)

Hook: Mustad 9671, whatever, sizes 8-10 (also 1x)

Tail and Beard Hackle: Grizzly (I prefer it thicker)

Body: Black wool

Rib: Silver tinsel

Wing: Pheasant tail

Head: Peacock herl

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-As the story goes:

The late Dick Prankard of tulip infested Mt. Vernon Washington originated the pattern around 1949…While he was tying the fly, his friend doctor Spratley (I believe a dentist?) came into the store and asked Dick what the name was…Dick replied “I think I’ll call it the Doc Spratley.”

As a ‘wee little lad,’ this pattern was introduced to me for steelhead, tied in larger 1x sizes and it produces…However, a couple of years ago I started tying them in (original) smaller sizes and use them on lakes where the fat caddis flies roam (which is their purpose, I believe)…

This fly is deadly…My only problem with it is that the strand of peacock herl used for the head usually gets broken and comes unwound after a couple of fish slam it…I need to tinker with ‘fixing’ that somehow…

I was using this pattern to sore-mouth some trout the other night at a lake that I frequent regularly and know rather well…I had never used a “Doc Spratley” on that specific lake before…

It was tough to keep them off…I fished for 1 hour and released 14 trout all 11-13 inches…That’s not a fish story, I was amazed too, especially after opening weekend when this specific lake gets slammed:

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Uh, so you might notice a broken net (handle and netting) in the above photo…I usually don’t net fish (don’t need to) but I did a few times that day for photos…Snap! I got my $19.99 and 5 years worth out of that net…I had to cut that fish loose from the netting…

Also, I caught 4 fat perch while using the “Doc Spratley.” I’ve never caught perch out of this lake before (probably because I don’t target them) but it was fun catching them (they come with the grill marks already on them!):

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I had to keep that perch because she somehow a$$holed the fly…I guess that the “ol Doc Spratley” is rather versatile…

Here’s what was left of it afterwards:

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And as for the net? Well, its stinky goodness rests with my dogs:

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The ‘Keep’ is back…

SOUNDERS 2, San Josie 0

…Aside from making San Josie look stupid, there’s not much to report about this victory at home…Goal’keep’ Keller is back where he belongs and made a difference…Another good crowd tonight!

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After spending most of the afternoon indulging in some ‘old timey’ downtown taverns, we somehow ended up joining the SOUNDER nation crowd for a  pre-game march from occidental park to the Stadium…Pretty cool…I love the fact that one of the team owners joins the crowd too:

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Atta boy, Drew…

See ya’ll at the next one!

Opening weeks…

…It’s always fun soremouthin’ these little fellas before gobs and gobs of powerbait and crawlers get winged at them…

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I like to think that I kicked it off in style while indulging in some fine Wisconsin beer…

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If not, I can always start a turtle farm…If cooked correctly; I hear they taste pretty good too…

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“Lawn Fairies”

UPDATED—(suck it New York, Sounders ruled the pitch and kicked ass–3-0)!

It’s finally SOUNDERS soccer season! Giddy-up…

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The inaugural season kicks off tonight vs. the New York Red Bulls…Season ticket holders received a “Sounders Scarf” with the ‘package’ and it’s the ‘ticket’ for tonight’s game…I’ll try not to lose it while indulging in pre-game ceremonial rituals…

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32,000 fans are expected at Qwest field for the opener…That’s pretty damn impressive considering that the original “capacity goal” was 18,000…Over 20,000 season ticket packages were sold…Not bad for a bunch of “Lawn Fairies.”

I’ll try to add pictures later…Gooooo Sounders!

Update-

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Gametime …

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The pretty “wimmens!”

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What a blast!

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Fun for the whole family….

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What an opener…Beating NY at anything makes it all sweeter…

Cheers to SEATOWN and SOUNDER fans!

“The World Game”

…Folks, the World Baseball Classic is back in full swing and I’ve been loving every minute of it…For those of you not familiar with the WBC, it’s an ‘international professional baseball tournament’ held every four years (uh, well, 3 years, I guess?)…The first “Classic” was held in 2006 —I guess that IT WILL be held every four (4) years from now on with the next ‘installment’ in 2013…

As a baseball ‘junkie’ I love everything about this tournament…When it was announced in 2006 that the finals would be held at Petco Park in San Diego, I immediately booked a flight (okay, okay, I thought team USA would have been there too)…

“16 Countries, 432 players, 1 game!”

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Since my brother lives in “San Dog” it was easy for him to score tickets for the finals…Sadly, team USA failed to qualify that year but it really didn’t matter–there were more deserving teams for sure…

(gotta love this guy for having the nerve to show this in an American ballpark):

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The final four teams at Petco in 2006 were Japan vs. S.Korea and Cuba vs.Dominican Republic…Japan eventually won it all over Cuba…A pretty good mix of ball teams and talent…

Now, I was a little bummed that I didn’t get to watch team USA in person…However, I’ve never had more fun at a baseball game(s) than I did at the WBC…There was a double-header played on that Saturday and it was amazing—Japan, Korea, Cuba, D.R—Wow, those folks take being a baseball fan to a whole new level…There was no sitting and there was no angst with 4 different countries (5 if you count for USA) teams and fans in the same ballpark…I talked with fans from everywhere; even though I couldn’t understand what they were saying…Everybody was courteous and friendly, it was pure joy and the cheering was non-stop…I was impressed and I thoroughly enjoyed it…

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I walked away from the 06 WBC with a whole new respect for the game of baseball and an understanding of what the game means to other countries…

…I’ve heard nothing but (mostly) negative things said about this year’s WBC: “it screws up spring training,” “who cares, it’s our sport,” and “the Canadians play baseball?” Thank you media…

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All in all–I recommend supporting the WBC, it’s a beautiful thing…AND, as of this writing, team USA is still in it…

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Mush!

Before I hurt my knees, I had planned a ski trip to Sun Peaks, Canada with a group of friends. Since I’m not one to let a “little” detail like two busted up knees ruin my vacation, I signed myself up for a dog-sled ride instead.

My friends dropped me off…crutches and all. The guide (Brent) took one look at me and instantly went into all the reasons I should not go on the ride – – tipping sleds, bumpy trails, etc. – – he could not persuade me. Finally, he just said “Well, you signed the waiver!” And it was on…

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The first thing I saw when I got there was this open field with ~ 45 dogs. They were each chained to a pole next to a little wooden house. When they saw me, they started running around in circles around the poles, wearing down a path. It made me pause…the one thing I was not prepared for was that the animals would be treated badly.

But after 2 minutes talking to the people who work there and interacting with the dogs, it was easy to see they take very good care of their animals. Even though these dogs take this “job” very seriously, they’re still dogs and they were very happy…playing and rolling around in the snow!

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This place does two runs a day (two sleds with six dogs each) and the dogs are rotated through, so each dog typically only runs once a day. This little guy had already done his morning run, so he was just hanging out on top of his house!

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The approach at this place is very “hands-on” so the other people who were going in their own sled actually helped pull the dogs together and get them ready for the ride. I couldn’t exactly help, so I just stood around and took pictures most of the time.

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As soon as these dogs realized it was time to go for a ride, they went NUTS! 45 dogs barking and howling all at one time…that’s LOUD! (I have a little video of this happening and I will try to add it here…)

Anyways, since I couldn’t “mush” my own sled, I had to have a guide. They helped me into the sled, and away we went! The whole ride was probably about 45 minutes – uphill, downhill – too short but fun, very fun.

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And then we stopped and my guide took pictures for me…my dogs (front to back, left to right): Red Dog, CJ, Tim, Crunch, Rugar & Bush. They were pretty feisty and a few of them kept fighting at different points…

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This is a closer up of me bundled up in my sled. Bush is on the left and Rugar is on the right…

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I think this picture looks like we’re actually moving…because the dogs are all leaning forward, like they’re actually pulling. The only time they truly relaxed was when they brought out the beef popsicles for a snack…

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Anyways, I really enjoyed my dog-sledding adventure! I would recommend it to anyone…

Ah Skeet Skeet, mutha trucka…

Ode to the 2009 BASSmaster Classic winner….Mr. Skeet Reese:

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SKEET REESE ladies and Gents…Skeet is ‘da shite’ and he represents the WEST coast well…

BASS fishing received some notoriety this year because ESPiN had “Mike and Mike” broadcast there? …Uh, no…

BassAnglerSS (BASS) can kiss my ass…They stopped bringing their “TOUR” to western states a few years ago because we were kicking the shit out of  “dems soufern boys.” It’s true…

-My boy (Luke) from Spokane won this tournament too and represented well..

Regardless, I’m just happy that Iaconelli(sp?) didn’t win…

CONGRATS SKEET!!!

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