FLY CULTURE MAGAZINE
With the start of 2022, I'm thankful to share my article in the Winter 2021 issue of Fly Culture Magazine. Fly Culture is, "a fly fishing journal of high quality writing and photographs that capture the essence of what fly fishing means to us all..and focuses on what our pastime means to us and the moments we have on the water, alone or in the company of friends" (Fly Culture website). Pete Tyjas, the Editor in Chief, and the Fly Culture staff provide a tremendous compilation of writing and photography each season, and I'm really honored to be a part of it.
My article, called "The Silence and Solitude of Steelheading," revolves around winter steelheading and how nature really sings in the deep freeze. Most of the time, I visit the Erie tribs with my fishing friends, but on this occasion, I went by myself. On this trip, the water created amazing crystals near the shoreline you can see below. One of my favorite lines in the article eludes to the steelheading sipping the snowflakes: "I imagine the steelhead softly breaking the water's surface to engulf the flurries of snow, a spontaneous snowflake hatch."
Check out Pete's podcasts and others on the site which showcase fly fishing from around the world. If you're interested in purchasing an individual issue or yearly subscription (4 issues), visit the Fly Culture website for details.
Among the great gifts which my family shared, a Christmas present from my students really sticks out this holiday season. One of my fly tying students tied his best version of a bead-head Woolly Bugger and attached it to his family Christmas card and a Starbucks gift card.
So proud of the progress my student "Tying Tigers" group (including Grades 6,7,8) has made during our weekly club meetings at school, and this gift really represented our time spent together learning, tying, and experimenting. Nothing better than a hand-tied fly pattern.
I hope this 2022 season brings you some time on the water alone...or at least with friends who are willing to lend a hand.
As a steelhead angler, what prompts my fishing friends and I to brave the wintery weather conditions and wade in frigid water to catch these elusive fish in the Erie tributaries? Is it figuring out what pattern, color, or size they want to feed on? Is it being sure to put that exact drift right on their noses? Is it battling them after they realize they're on the line? Is it sharing awesome fishing experiences and nature's surprises with other friends? Is it enjoying the walk back to the car in the tributary shallows when the ice begins to form?
I'm sure these all add to the entire angling experience, but as shown in the video above (Thanks to Charles Cantella for taking it), there's nothing like holding a massive silver-fresh steelhead and releasing it to be caught again.
AN AMAZING ARTIST
An artist asked if she could paint a portrait of me on the water. I agreed, sent her a picture of me on Twenty Mile Creek in Erie, and this is the beginning stages of the painting on her easel. She's not only a great artist, but she's also my mom, Dianne Bauman :) I'll prompt her to paint some more scenes from the water...
Check out her portraits, landscapes, and paintings at her website (www.diannebauman.com).
I'll be excited to share more information about Salmon Survivor at the start of January 2022.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!