Friday, October 20, 2017

#FoundattheAuction: To Grant, From Lee

Photo: Lang's Auction House
Lang's Auction House has an interesting and fishing related item coming up in their upcoming sale.  This William H. Bradley new and improved fishing reel that was reportedly a post war gift from Confederate General Robert E. Lee to then President Grant.  The inscription tells the tale.

"To Grant From Lee for Bravery - In Vicksburg Rabbit was your Dish - This Reel for you to Feed on Fish."

 Here is the link to the full description of the item.  In these divisive times, It's interesting to me to see a a picture of the two former foes sitting in the White House telling stories of war and fishing.  The auction estimate is between $3,000 and $5,000.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#Trollpoll Guided or Solo?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Video: EPA Reverses Bristol Bay Salmon Protections

That Pebble Mine thing we all got so involved with a few years ago? It's back and it's bad...  I have no idea how even a casual sportsman could support this in any way.  If you have forgotten, feel free to review our previous coverage.  If you haven't visited the Bristol Bay area of Alaska you might want to do it quickly.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Irma Relief: Guide's Trust Foundation

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust are joining with the Guides Trust Foundation to provide relief for Florida Keys fishing guides who where impacted by hurricane Irma.

Bonefish &Tarpon Trust is pleased to join with the Guides Trust Foundation in supporting a special guides relief fund. Dollars raised will be provided to guides and their families during this difficult time by the Guides Trust Foundation based on recommendations made by the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association and the Lower Keys Guides Association.
Your support is needed, too. Please send your most generous contribution to: Guides Trust Foundation c/o Rand Holstead, 1800 Augusta Drive, Fourth Floor, Houston, TX 77057. Or click here to donate online. Please reference “Hurricane Irma” in the notes section for online gifts.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Books: Ramblings of a Low Country Game Warden

This is one of the better outdoor books we have read.  It was given to us by our friend and retired lawman, Ron Barnes.  Think of it like sitting around the campfire with a long time South Carolina low country game warden, and listening to his adventures.  If you hunt or fish you will more than likely enjoy this book.   Available at (affiliate link)

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Midweek Troll Poll - Local Fly Shop Edition

Yes we are going there.... after all it is a #Trollpoll. **We will assume those who "get in trouble with the significant other" got great service.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Orvis stepping up: Seeks donations of used gear for #harvey rescuers #Harveyprops

In yet another example of the outdoor community stepping up, The Orvis Company's San Antonio store has been quietly outfitting hurricane Harvey flood rescuers with waders and rain gear.  However, due to the shear volume of people involved, they have tapped out their supply.  Phillip Monahan writes:

The magnitude of the flooding in southern Texas and Lousiana has shocked the nation, but we are also heartened by the bravery and dedication of both first-responders and private citizens who are working diligently to help those in need. With so much water on the ground, the need for raingear, waders, and wading boots is far outstripping availability. Our San Antonio store has been outfitting as many people as possible, but the need is greater than we can supply.
So we are asking anyone who has extra rain jacket or pair of waders and boots to ship them to:

Orvis San Antonio
ATTN: Landon Rowlett
Park North Shopping Center
7427 San Pedro Ave., Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78216
All items will be distributed to rescue personnel in affected areas.

Orvis is also inviting customers to join them in making donations to several charities.  More information is available via this link.

If you know of outdoor industry companies, large or small, doing something nice for people impacted by hurricane Harvey and it's aftermath, let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Let's give some #HarveyProps

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The one that got away: Drunken 22 Year Old Edition

St. Johns County Sheriff's Dept. Photo

They say that a man biting a dog is news, so this must be something...

Fox news reports that a Florida anger missed out on quite a catch while pier fishing. It seems an allegedly highly intoxicated woman, allegedly swam up to him, allegedly bit his line and allegedly swam away with his lure.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fly Fishing The Eclipse

Photo courtesy American Astronomical Society
The upcoming eclipse promises a few rare opportunities.  One might take advantage of the situation to escape the clutches of a remote tribe of headhunters by threatening not to return the sun to its rightful place in the sky, or maybe impressing young children with you magical powers.   However, I wonder how it will impact fly fishing?

I think most anglers would say that they have noticed an uptick in the bite around dusk.  Would it be possible for the change in the level of ambient light during the eclipse to trigger a hatch?  I would be interested in hearing from any of you that get a chance to fish the eclipse.

Here is a link to an article via The Sportsman Channel.  What do you think?

Oh yeah,  you really shouldn't stare at the sun and your @costasunglasses won't really work for that.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Flies: Tie or Buy Twitter #Trollpoll results

Proof that our readers are hardcore anglers: 75% of voters in our recent Twitter #trollpoll said they tie flies and 36% tie them exclusively.   5% fish worms and corn but you are still welcome here...I think...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fly Tying: "Tying" The Paracord Survival Fly

Via the YouTube channel of Tex Grebner Outdoors, here is a quick tutorial on tying a fly using paracord, a hook, and some heat.

It looks like it should work, although I might try to scale it down using cord with a smaller diameter and smaller hooks.

It certainly reminds me of a cased caddis with a trailing shuck. Well sort of.  You could pretty much make unlimited colors. Would you fish this?  Do you think it would work on trout?

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Force is Strong; Hassan Alpine Trout contributor and Colorado pal, Ali Hassan, taunted us with this photo of a nice trout he caught in one of his state's alpine lakes. We made him swear on his journalistic integrity to let us tag along next time.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Gear: SOG Baton MultiTool...Or are you just happy to see me?

Hmmm. Not sure about this one. Would you carry it stream side?  Seems on the long side if you plan on sitting down with it in your front pocket.  $49.95 on Amazon (Amazon affiliate link)

Trollpoll Results are in: You own lots of flyrods!

You guys and ladies own quite a few fly rods. I knew it! While we strive for confidentiality, no guarantees your significant other won't get hold of this.