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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Virtual Fly Fishing at Denver International Airport

Ever have a hankering to work on your cast while waiting for your flight?  August 1st - 20th you can do just that at Denver International Airport.  In addition to simulating the quiet sport, you can do other Colorado things zip line or rock climbing.  For more info follow this link.

PS.  If you are going to be in Colorado anyway, we suggest trying the real thing on some area streams.

Monday, July 31, 2017

REWA Lodge - Arapaima on the Fly

The Arapaima is the world's largest scaled fresh water fish and can range in weight from 150 to 400 pounds. It can grow to over 9 feet in length.  The people of Rewa Village in Guyana have partnered with a group of anglers to use catch and release fly fishing to support their village and protect this endangered species.  Villagers, who once had to travel long distances to find work in mines, are now able to provide for their families via this fishery.

Situated about a day's journey from the USA, Rewa Eco Lodge offers anglers the opportunity to stalk these behemoth sized fish on fourteen weight rods and large flies that imitate peacock bass. The fish live in local rivers but seem most likely to "eat" when fished for in jungle ponds. Getting to the ponds involves a bit of effort. Local guides have to hack through vegetation to haul in the boats anglers use to get a shot at one of these beasts.

Outside TV Features is running a new film which tells the story of this effort:  "Rewa: Conservation through Fly Fishing."  Outside TV Features (not to be confused with the cable TV network) is a digital app with content aimed at outdoor pursuits.

Before you start tying giant peacock bass flies, check out more videos about Arapaima on the fly and Rewa Village by following  this link.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gear: CorQs Strike Indicators

While we aren't admitting to using strike indicators... well we do and truthfully we use them a lot.  Fish  just seem to feed underwater quite a bit of the time.  A pack of these sustainable and light weight bobbers (dare we call them that?) ended up in the box with a recent order we placed from @Orvis. Of course we decided to give them a try.  What is your favorite form of strike indication?

Eco-friendly and straight-up darn effective. These strike indicators, constructed from natural cork are more buoyant than their synthetic counterparts, provide less surface friction for effortless drifts, and produce less splash thanks to their light weight. All that, and you can feel good about yourself for using an environmentally friendly product. 
Full Disclosure:  They gave us this product to try when we bought some other items. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

North Carolina Nessie?

Fox news is reporting that North Carolina might have it's own monster in Lake Norman.

While boating on the man-made Lake Norman, the man, along with several of his friends spotted the creature, describing it as “splashing around in the water." He noted it was around 10-feet-long and reminded him of the mythical Loch Ness monster. No photos were taken of the creature as it was only visible for approximately one minute until it went below the surface.
Come to think of it, there is a nuclear plant on Lake Norman. Break out the thirty weight fly rods....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YETI's 5 Gallon Bucket

Product Guy:   "Hey, what else do you think we could brand as YETI?

Marketing Guy:  "Hmm."  "How about a five gallon bucket?"

Product Guy:  "No way.. you can get those for like five bucks..."

Marketing Guy: "Precisely!"

Presenting the YETI LoadOut 5 Gallon Bucket

Friday, July 07, 2017

Nautilus Reels Micro-Film Contest

Calling the Cecil B. DeMilles'  among us..

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Nautilus Reels are getting together to host a contest open to both amateur and professional film makers.   From their press release:

"We encourage anglers of all ages and experience levels to submit their best micro-films telling stories from the world of fishing and conservation. The top videos, selected by BTT and Nautilus staff, will be played and voted on during the Nautilus Reels Art + Micro-Film Festival on Friday, November 10th at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s 6th International Science Symposium in Weston, Florida. Each winner will receive a *Nautilus reel* along with other prizes."

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Force is Strong: Belizean Permit Edition

Photo Credit M. Mendez

Our Facebook pal and fellow Texan, Michael Mendez, recently got things done in Belize.  He landed this magnificent Permit while fishing the waters of Ambergris Caye at the El Pescador resort.  He gave a lot of credit to his guide, Micheal for putting him on this beast.  

This photo got me excited about my own trip to Belize coming up  later this year.  However, the fact that it took Michael three years to finally land one of these fish is not lost on me. Permit are by no means an easy catch. Nicely done Michael!  In the mean time, i'll just keep reminding myself not to trout set.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Force is Strong in this one...

New to fly fishing, cousin Matt is lighting some piscatorial fireworks this holiday weekend.