Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dear Paul

Hi Paul!

This email is from Corey White, one of the graduate students living at NCI's Environmental Learning Center, just downriver from you up at the Ross L. Resort. I was truly pleased to see your inclusion of the wonderful quote at the end of the July 3 post on "Tom's View from Ross Lake Resort" blog. The author, however, is not unknown - he's one of my favorites, Edward Abbey, and, as you write, he is much appreciated.

Thanks again for your post and keep up the good writing.


Corey White

Hi Corey!

Thank you so much for the feedback!  It has been driving me nuts trying to figure out who was the author of that quote!  Of course - Ed Abbey one of my absolutely favorite authors and characters of the American West.

Abbey's writings inspired me to photograph the southwest and I carried 'Desert Solitaire' with me in my backpack everywhere.  When I was waiting for the light to get just right, I would pull the book out and read about Arches National Park, 'The Moon-Eyed Horse', 'The Dead Man at Grandview Point', or 'Down the River'.

In memory of Edward Abbey here are a few images I photographed of his beloved southwest.

© Paul K. Anderson  "Antelope Canyon'

© Paul K. Anderson  "Toroweap, The Grand Canyon'

© Paul K. Anderson  'Monument Valley"

© Paul K. Anderson  "Death Valley Sand Dune'

By the way, the North Cascades Institute, just past the Ross Lake Resort parking area is an incredible resource for all of us in the Pacific Northwest.  I have enjoyed many courses that they have offered and love staying at their facility on the shores of Diablo Lake.

Please click on their link on the right side of the blog.  

I will write more about NCI and the dedicated staff in the near future.

And who knows maybe I'll assist in teaching photographic composition someday for them.

Monday, July 5, 2010

What Works? Catching Ross Lake Wild Rainbow Trout

"A favor. Go fishing with me?" 
"That's marvy because Jessie has a brother........ in from California and I'm not going to lie, he's a world champion peckerwood."
"Bait fisherman?" 
"He didn't say." 
"Good Lord George! He's going to show up with a coffee can full of worms. Red can. Hills Brothers"
"I'll lay a bet on it."
Norman and Paul Maclean discussing bait fishermen from
'A River Runs Through It'
So how do you catch fish on Ross Lake?
Very good question!
Just sat down for a few minutes to discuss this with Tom Barnett and I asked with all of the latest and greatest gear out there how do you know what is going to entice the Ross Lake wild Rainbow Trout to grab that single barbless hook?
His answer was very practical and simple! 
Whenever Tom is in town he stops at fishing stores and peruses all of the lures and flies. If he sees something that he thinks might work up at the resort he buys it.  Then when the season starts he passes out the lures to guests he knows to be good fishermen and asks them to report back.

If the lures are successful he will often stock them.

The Copper Bingo Bug is still one of the most successful lures and Ross Lake Resort has a supply on hand. Very few other places stock these attractants.

Tom also carries a nice selection of spinner fly's produced by an excellent small company owned by Jim Carpenter. Jim's Fly Tying of Sunnyside, Wa.

Jim is an avid fisherman and an excellent craftsman, which is why Ross Lake Resort stocks his gear. They all come pre-tied and ready to go.

Over the next few weeks I will add photos of some of Jim Carpenter's work. Stop by the office and try some of his spinner fly's and lures!

Ross Lake Fishing Regulations

Please remember that everyone is responsible to know the fishing regulations for whatever body of water you are fishing.

Please refer to the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Web site for all of the latest informations.

Ross Lake Regulations:  (Always refer to Fish & Wildlife Site as final word)

No bait

Single barbless hooks

13" minimum length

3 fish per day limit

6 fish possession limit

All Bull Trout must be released

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Fishing Has Been Stellar"

Most of you know Tom Barnett well enough by now that when he gives you his opinion on fishing, well, he doesn't resort to hyperbole to describe conditions.

Brian Parks and his 21.5" Wild Ross Lake Rainbow
July 2, 2010 Ross lake Photo

Sam and his sister display their 16" Wild Rainbow Trout

July 3, 2010 Ross Lake Photo

Happy 4th of July everyone and may God protect those of you in the military and we hope you return home safe to your families and loved ones soon.  We appreciate that you read this blog and can use it as a small distraction - day dreaming about your next visit up here.