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When is the Best Time to Steelhead Fish?

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We all want to be on the river when steelhead fishing is at its best, however knowing just when this is going to be depends on many factors. The run timing for each river is going to be different, and the best way to get information on a particular section of river is to check with a local sports shop. Owners of these sports shop make a living selling steelhead anglers gear, and they know that if they provide accurate up to-date information they will build trust with the anglers and this trust may just lead to a sale. Plus many of these shop owners are steelhead anglers themselves and know just how important good information is to someone planning a fishing trip, they will also give you some very good ideas on what type of bait and tactics are working.

Once you have a general idea of when the steelhead will be in the river section you would like to fish it is important to keep an eye on the weather reports. The weather is one of the most important aspects when it comes to steelhead fishing, or any type of fishing for that matter. You not only want to be prepared for the weather yourself but the fish activity is greatly influenced by the weather. Knowing how the steelhead or fish react to weather changes will definitely let you know in advance just how good of a chance you will have of hooking into a steelhead.

Here are some general rules of thumb with regards to the weather and fishing that will help with picking the best times to fish for steelhead.

Pressure High:Typically gives you those bright sunny days and while this is great weather for fishing it is not typically the best weather for catching fish especially if you are steelhead fishing. Fishing in general usually slows down during high pressure. Steelhead spook easily and this is more than ever true now, with the sun out and casting shadows it is hard to get your presentation in front of them without scaring them off. Deep pools and areas that are shaded will offer you the best chance for success under these conditions. Try slowing down what ever type of presentation you are using and use pale colors for the best results.

Low Pressure:Usually means you will be fighting rainy and or snowy conditions so make sure you take along the appropriate clothing. You will find that in general the fish are much less active during these times, although a good rain usually signals the steelhead to start to move again they typically do not hit well in a driving rain. If it is a large storm river conditions can change from crystal clear to that of a chocolate milk shake suddenly. Under these conditions fishing is going to be at its toughest now. If you are fishing some of the smaller rivers and steams try fishing close to the banks as it offers the steelhead some protection from the floating debris and is also where the current is not as strong. If you are fishing the larger rivers try finding some deeper holes too. The darker colored lures work the best now.

Rising PressureWhen the pressure starts to rise usually after a storm moves through fishing will start to improve as the fish again become active. Steelhead at this time will normally still be found in the slower moving deeper pools or close to the banks out of the main river currents. While you will not find them charging up the river just yet they are more likely to be enticed into striking then during the storm. Bright colors fished along the edges of the main current should work well, as will fishing them in the deeper pools where the fish were holding during the storm.

Steady Pressure/Normal Pressure:

This is typically found on those days where you have hazy sunshine or it is over cast but no precipitation is predicted. Fishing should be fair to good on these days. You will find steelhead through the river and they will be active enough to get them interested in what you have to offer. Most any of the standard steelhead gear will work now so try your favorites.

Dropping Pressure:

As a storm approaches and the pressure beings to fall you will want to be on the river. This is the best time to fish as the fish now are at their most active state. Steelhead will become aggressive when the pressure is falling and they seem to strike at almost anything that passes by them. If you can time your steelhead fishing trip so you arrive on the river the day before a storm moves in your chance for success will be greatly improved.

While it is true you can catch steelhead in just about any weather, if you want to make a trip that is going to give you the best chance of success, then it is important to consider what the weather is going to be doing. Planning a trip where you have the weather working for you instead of against you is always something you should do before you take off after that often finicky steelhead. Being on the water at the proper time is going to improve your fishing success.

Trevor Kugler has written a short e-book called How the Weather and the Moon Really Impact Fishing, I believe this e-book is still available for free by signing up to receive timely fishing information twice a month.

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Dealing With Toxic People When Mourning

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It is not uncommon, when coping with great losses, to have a well-meaning friend, acquaintance, or family member say the wrong thing at the wrong time. They may tell you that you need to take a specific action or that it is time to make a particular change and start getting back to being your old self. You know and I know that getting back to being as we were before the loss occurred just isn’t going to happen. Big losses change us.

Again, I emphasize that toxic people think they are doing the right thing and want to help you out. However, we are all products of a culture that distorts the grief process and continues to pass on the myths learned early in life. Sometimes toxic people have an accurate piece of information to convey but the timing is horribly wrong. Or as one actively grieving widow once said to me, “How does she know what my needs are?” Good caregivers are essentially good listeners not tellers of what one needs.

What can we do to cope with the additional stress these unwanted remarks generate? Here are five approaches to consider.

1. As hard as it might be, try to maintain your composure as you respond to the person. To quickly snap back with a stinging remark only heightens your justifiable anger (as well as the physical changes that go with it) and may very well cause a temporary break in your relationship with the person. Of course, much depends on the nature of the remark and the tone of voice in which it was delivered.

2. Try a simple reply such as, “I’m not ready to do that” or “I know you mean well, but I have to make the changes I need according to my timetable.” That may be all that is required. Also, there is nothing wrong if you decide not to respond in any way. Read the situation, and then take the appropriate action.

3. Reduce contact with people who don’t get the message or expect you to follow their agenda for your grief. Their nonverbal communication will give them away every time. When you have to be in their presence, be polite (it will save you much energy) but part company as soon as possible. There is nothing wrong with absenting yourself from a situation where you know you would have to talk to the person for an extended period of time. You are simply caring for yourself.

4. Everyone grieves differently but not everyone knows this important concept. Thus, you may be able to prevent unwanted remarks by telling your caregivers we are all different in the way we adapt. Normalize your grief for them. In short, teach them what your grief is like. Yet, emphasize how much you appreciate all they have done and how grateful you are for their being around your pain and listening to your thoughts. In short, you are educating your support system, even though it is a difficult time for you to be the teacher.

5. Finally, carefully consider the following. Has a person who said something to you that was upsetting experienced a loss very similar to your great loss? For example, was it one widow speaking to another or was it someone who has little or no insight into what you are experiencing? I do not mean to imply that a person who has experienced a similar loss knows your grief.

No one can know another’s grief experience because every relationship is one of a kind. However, is it possible that what the person said to you was something that could be helpful as you proceed in your grief journey? I once heard a widow say, “It takes one to know one” implying there is often compatibility and awareness among those who have suffered similar losses. That person may (and may not) in the long run be helpful to you. You just were not ready to hear whatever was said.

In summary, it is important to be kind in your response to the toxic person. Keep in mind that many potential caregivers are at a loss as to what to say to one who is mourning. They need direction. Often, their sadness in seeing you in so much pain causes them to try to do anything they think is helpful. In the final analysis, only you can decide how much additional pain the person continues to cause by being around you. Because of the stress of grief you may have to limit your conversations or else choose to add to your existing burden.

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Feeding the Elderly When They Can’t Feed Themselves

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Sometimes the elderly encounter problems when eating. They may be unable to physically manipulate utensils. They may be unable to understand how to get started eating. They may be unable to continue feeding themselves after starting because of fatigue. When you are helping someone by feeding them or helping them to feed themselves, there are several things to think about.

Always sit to the side of the person you are feeding. If you are right-handed, sit on their right side. If you are left-handed, sit on their left side. However, if you are working with them to provide assistance (i.e. having them hold the utensil and guiding their actions) sit on the side that they are using. Try to sit next to the person in such a way that they are still able to see you. Never sit in front of the person and feed them as if they were an infant – this is demeaning. Never feed a person while standing up. This makes the person feel rushed and contributes to a head tilt backwards that can cause choking. This is also true when giving a drink or pills to someone. You should always be on the same level.

Encourage the person to feed themselves when possible. They may be able to pick up finger foods such as french fries, bread, fruit slices, etc. Sandwiches are an excellent way to encourage self-feeding. Cream soups placed in coffee cups are also easy to handle. Some people may continue to feed themselves if you help them get started by putting your hand over the top of their hand, scooping the food, and helping them to get it to their mouth. This is particularly true of people who have dementia.

Whenever possible, try to serve foods that can either be picked up with the fingers or eaten with a spoon. Trying to switch back and forth between utensils can be confusing and physically challenging. Look at the size of the utensils that are being used and be sure that they are the right size. If the person has a tendency to take very large bites, try using a smaller spoon. If you are feeding someone, the spoon should only be half full.

Encourage the person to tell you what they would like. If they are unable to tell you what they want, try to present the more nutritious items first. Be careful about presenting a lot of liquids early in the meal or putting a dessert out before the main course has been eaten. The elderly often fill up on liquids or sweets before they have had a chance to eat healthier items. If there is something that the person really does not seem to like, try to provide another item.

Pay close attention to the temperature of the food. When in doubt, use a food thermometer to check. Keep in mind that the person you are feeding may not be able to tell you if something is wrong with the food. They may also have reduced sensation due to medical conditions. A good rule of thumb is to take no more than 45 minutes for a meal. After that much time has gone by, the food is no longer tasty and the person that you are feeding is probably getting very worn out. It is better to give smaller meals more frequently or provide snacks between meals. Eating should always be a pleasurable experience.

Be sure to note any problems with chewing or swallowing. These may be related to ill-fitting dentures, declining mental status, or physical problems. These should be reported to a physician quickly so that appropriate steps can be taken to insure that the person can eat safely.

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How Can I Invest in a Movie and Make Money With a Movie?

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You may have heard that movie investments, especially low budget movie investments, can be very lucrative. This can be true, and you may be excited about investing in a movie, but not know how to find a movie project to invest in. You may also be wondering about what to look for in a low budget movie project, and what to watch out for. This article will explain how to find a movie project to invest in, and how to determine if it has a good chance of being a successful movie that will produce a good profit.

In your search for a movie project to invest in, you can simply search the internet using the key words “how to invest in a movie” and you will get a good start in your search. You will find a myriad of different articles, relating to this topic and associated topics. If you keep searching, you will find some movie projects with budgets that are within the realm of what you want to invest, and which have a story line that appeals to you. The term small budget in this article means movies costing under $300,000.

You will also find investment opportunities for bigger budget movies, where someone sets up a company which is funded by a pool of small investors. The budget for the movie may be 10 to 50 million dollars, and you can invest only $50,000 to $100,000 if you wish.

It is most important to know that movies with budgets under $300,000 actually have a chance of earning a much higher return than budgets costing in the multi millions. For instance, with a budget of 30 million dollars, the movie will most likely have to get a theatrical release to make a profit. Because of the limited number of movie screens available, getting a theatrical release is difficult, with strong competition from large Hollywood studios for those limited screens. On the other hand, a movie that costs $300,000, can break even if it is shown on TV only once. With TV networks worldwide on the constant lookout for new movies to broadcast, it can be relatively easy to double or triple your investment with relative ease. Some movies costing under $300,000 have made over a hundred million dollars. This type of return is rare of course, but it is possible.

For any movie to make money, the story must be interesting and captivating, and have something unique and special about it. Movies that are based on a true story have a higher chance of success. And here is smoothing very important to know. A good story is more important than big name stars, or special effects. You can verify this by checking the movie listings on TV. You will see movies you never heard of, yet they have big name stars. It is because they were actually box office flops. Yes, they are good enough to get on TV, but they may never break even.

A low budget movie on the other hand, can make good money if it is only shown on TV. If it turns out to be exceptional, it can get a theatrical release, and make really big money.

One thing to look for in a low budget movie investment, is to see if the writer/director is putting their own money into it. The writer/director should have some past successes, such as some awards, and TV sales, even if they are just with short films. Most low budget movies are made by writer/directors who are moving up from short films to feature films. If they have already made some feature films, they are also likely to now be working on bigger budget films. The key is to find someone who looks to be a rising star, and to capitalize on their strong commitment to their movie.

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