Thursday, June 16, 2016


Via the Godfather of the fly fishing blogosphere, MoldyChum's Pinterest page.  A selection of vanity plates we wish we'd thought of.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Confluence Films: Providence Trailer


"Filming for the new “Providence” project took place in the fall of 2015 with the FlyCastaway crew on Providence Atoll in the Seychelles. Confluence’s Jim Klug, Chris Patterson and Colin Witherill, Yellow Dog’s Camille Egdorf, and FlyCastaway’s Gerhard Laubscher and Tim Babich joined forces to create the new project, which is the fifth full-length film from Confluence. The new movie chronicles FlyCastaway’s first trip back to Providence Atoll since the waters were closed to all fishermen and boat access more than six years ago due to the threats and activities of pirates operating out of Somalia. The team returned in October of 2015, spending three weeks exploring the atoll and  fishing for multiple flats species including giant trevally, blue fin trevally, bumphead parrot fish, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, trigger fish, milk fish and more. Simms, Costa del Mar, Hatch, YETI and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures are all sponsors of the new movie."

Just in case you wondered

The corporate compound has relocated from Colorado to Dallas, Texas.  Economic factors led to the move (we enjoy eating).  Friends and fishing in Colorado will be missed but hopefully a few plane tickets here and there and this won't have too much impact on our fishing exploits.  Local suggestions for anything appreciated -editor

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Usually just the mention of April Vokey gives us a boost in traffic.  Let's see what happens when you combine her with Hank Patterson.  Check out the trailer for "Sensei".

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Fly fish Mayberry
Former salt water fly fishing guide, Kevin Merritt has settled in Surry County, North Carolina and set up shop as a fly fishing guide.  Many of you old timers will know that Surry County is the home of the fictional Mayberry from the Andy Griffith show (the under 50 set would be wise to  check the show out).  

"At Fly Fish Mayberry, we offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Northwest corner of North Carolina. From the Ararat River in downtown Mount Airy, to the wildest blue line headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we strive to custom design your trip based on current conditions, time of year and what you hope to get out of a day on the water"

Kevin is also a fan of Tenkara fly fishing.  Check out his website.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What a way to go....Sleeps in the fishes edition

The @Telegraphnews twitter account and Fox news are reporting that British anglers have given a fishing friend the ultimate send off.   They used his ashes to catch a 180lb carp.  Via Fox news:
via fox news
Using the special “Purple Ronnie” bait, Fairbrass and Dale battled the massive carp for three hours before catching and releasing it.

"We were gutted that Ron couldn't come on the trip because he was really looking forward to it, but he was definitely with us when we caught that fish,” Fairbrass told The Telegraph. "It seemed like it was destiny we would use Ronnie to catch one of the biggest fish in the lake. It's what he would have wanted."
Hopper's wife, Judith, reportedly scattered half of his ashes on beaches across the Caribbean island of Grenada. His fishermen buddies took the other half.
To date no one has voiced concerns about carp developing a taste for human flesh.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5600 Fish killed on the Big Thompson

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reporting a March 2016 fish kill on the Big Thompson River
"While details of the fish kill are still being analyzed, it appears the event was associated with concrete work being performed in building and securing rockery walls along Larimer County Road 43 and replacement of the nearby Storm Mountain Road Bridge which spans the lower North Fork, as part of the massive redesign of County Road 43 and the adjacent North Fork Big Thompson. The Storm Mountain Bridge is located approximately 0.4 miles upstream of the confluence at Drake, Colorado.
Using electro fishing, a non lethal industry standard method for estimating fish populations in rivers and streams in conjunction with citizen reports in the days immediately following the kill, CPW was able to pinpoint where fish were dying and locate the lower extent of the kill.  The extent of the loss extended 8.3 miles below the confluence to Loveland’s water treatment facility where sentinel fish kept in tanks to monitor river water quality died. CPW did not find any sick or dead fish further downstream. By comparing CPW historic sites surveyed during the Fall of 2015 with post-incident surveys CPW provided a statistically accurate estimate of number of fish killed.

Ben Swigle, CPW’s aquatic biologist for the Big Thompson drainage, concluded sections of the Big Thompson River between Drake and Estes Park were not impacted and “that healthy populations of both native and sportfish species in the upper sections will partially serve to repopulate sections of river compromised as part of this unfortunate event.” The 0.4 miles of the North Fork likely suffered a complete loss, whereas and the main stem Big Thompson from Drake downstream to the Loveland facility had suffered an estimated 52 percent loss. It is estimated that total loss was in excess of 5,600 fish

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Elusive Yeti

Not unlike its namesake who lives in the high mountains of Nepal, the YETI rambler is proving to be hard to spot this holiday season.  The Wall Street Journal breaks it down.

It wasn’t a hot toy causing the 33-year-old hairstylist from Dacula, Ga., to go to such lengths. It was a $40 stainless-steel insulated mug, called the Yeti Rambler.
“I have a friend who is in Illinois for business and has gone to 15 different stores,“ says Ms. Inman, who was trying to buy the mug as a class Christmas gift for her daughter’s teacher. Last week, she finally bought one from another Dacula resident.

 If you are desperate, I have two "slightly" used ramblers available at wildly inflated prices.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

If you find yourself in Cherokee, North Carolina you should make a point to check out the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

The FFMSA provides a center for learning both the history of fly fishing as well as the arts, the sciences, the crafts and the skills of fly fishing. The purpose of the museum is to capture and preserve the history of fly fishing in the region, since it is being lost daily as our “old timers” pass away and as modern methods and new generations of anglers move fly fishing forward through technology.

Judging from the list of exhibits and names on the site, the museum features a well rounded history of fly fishing in the Appalachian mountains.  If you get a chance to check it out let me know what you think.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

#TBT New Boots and One Stinking Trout

From the pre-HD Video era here's a throwback to a time when my buddy Paisley and I took a fishing trip. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It just got real: Isis Edition

Pictures depict ISIS members posing by the water's edge with freshly caught fish, holding up their catch of the day.
Be careful the next time you are on the creek bank.  That angler approaching you wearing an off looking Buff and with wires coming out of his "fishing" vest might not be what he seems.  It appears that The Islamic State has taken up fishing. Via Catholic Online.
"A new series of photographs shows members of the dreaded Islamic State terror group building boats and fishing in the Euphrates River. Released by the group's propaganda arm, the unusual photos are perhaps meant to show that the group is not "all work and no play," putting a more human face on the group's monstrous activities."
Insert your own joke as to the type of tackle they might use...

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Media quote of the day: Parrot Head Edition

Photo Credit Wikipedia
Forbes has a good read about angler Paul Dixon and fishing in Jimmy Buffet's back yard.

"There is a good flat right in front of Jimmy Buffett’s house. I have known and fished with Jimmy for over 20 years. Last year I was poling the “Margarita” flat with an old guy that had booked a day. It was just about lunchtime. I saw Jimmy walking down his dock. He waved hello and sat down on the dock as we poled over. I introduced my client to Jimmy and we broke out the sandwiches. We had this wonderful time shooting the sh*t, telling fish stories with Jimmy Buffett on his dock. We said our goodbyes and, as we are puttering away, the client looked at me and said: “Jimmy Buffett…is that Warren Buffett’s son?”"

Read the whole article on

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Trouble on the Pro Fly Angling Tour? *Updated*

The Denver Channel reports that all is not rainbows and unicorns in the world of  professional fly angling.  Some of the participants in the Pro Fly Angling Tour are saying that they didn't get what they expected.    Read the story here.

*Update* with links to additional coverage.

Outdoor Hub

KOAA 5 (this link is no longer active)

Field Notes (Field and Stream's Blog)

Also be sure and check out @Flyfishmagazine on twitter to see our conversation with some experts on the subject of tournament fishing (@DonBarone & @Sghoffman