We’re proud to have the privilege to wish you and yours a Happy 4th of July.
In Chile, springtime brings the blooming of many flowering plants. One such is the Lupine which flourishes in the arid, rocky soils along road sides and river beds.
During the months of December and January, as far as the eye can see, the landscape is painted in colors of purple, pink and blue.
The plant, which is a member of the pea family, received its name from Lupinus, meaning wolf, because it ravages the land wherever it grows.
Early Egyptian and pre-Incan civilizations dating back thousands of years were found to have used Lupines as a food source.
Lupine hybrids are popular ornamental plants but they also have the ability to take nitrogen from the air and create ammonia in their roots, which naturally fertilizes the arid soil in which the Lupines thrive. For this reason some farmers plant Lupines to help rejuvenate the soil. Today, Chile has the world’s fastest growing commercial production of Lupines.
Regardless, they make a beautiful backdrop for a fishing trip.
More on Southern Chile
Yes, it’s painful to see a bonefish die. On the other hand, it’s pretty neat to see the natural circle of life in the mangroves up close.
From a long ways away we heard an osprey making quite a commotion in Grassy Creek on South Andros. When we got up close, we found out why.
Warning: this post is about another post about a book about trees.
Here’s why we think you might care about a book about Northwest Trees, which you’ll be surprised to learn is a book about trees in the northwest.
- Lots of people who like to fly fish find themselves in the Northwest at times, whether they’re chasing Deschutes redsides or Kanektok silvers or Kispiox steelhead.
- Said people who like to fly fish often tend to pay attention to what they see when they’re outside.
- There are lots of trees in the northwest.
- So yeah, a book about trees in the Northwest might be interesting to people who like fly fishing.
Our friend Greg Thomas writes Angler’s Tonic, the cool new fly fishing blog that you should read. Greg recently read and reviewed Northwest Trees, a book published by The Mountaineers, which is a really handy reference about trees in the Northwest, and he liked it. On his recommendation we bought it and liked it too.
No, this is not the part of Alaska where we routinely fish within sight of dozens of bears (and we’re quite happy about that). The home of Alaska West is a place that’s prolific but subtle. It’s loaded with life – sometimes you just need to look around a bit.