Thursday, June 22, 2017

Most of us just wanted to be Brad Pitt

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mouse fly #Trollpoll results

For the record. I have "caught" one fish on a mouse fly. I use quotes around the word caught because I hooked a sockeye salmon. I am pretty sure he was just trying to kill something invading his redd and not actually trying to eat a mouse. I counted it though.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Interesting Hemingway Letter up for Auction

I ran across this very intriguing Ernest Hemingway letter coming up for auction on June 3rd.  I found the content related to the over harvest (harpooning  yikes!) of broad bill swordfish to be fascinating.

"Suppose you saw what I wrote Mrs. [Oliver C.] Grinnell about the broadbill harpooning and that's why you sent the clipping….Listen, kid, I had not seen one single comment on C. B. Millers speech when [I] wrote Mrs. G. nor have seen any. We don't get columns here. Sorry he ratted on you. That was lousy. I have no ax (sic) to grind in this, except possibly that have found plenty of pro fishermen as good or better fellows than amateurs'...

When they are thick they are cheap. When they are scarce they bring plenty in from outside but why not tax the imported fish and not throw even 1200 good sword fishermen out of work so rich pricks can pass baits to them….I am for making a living and for sport for the rich man and the poor man, and especially the poor man and against all class legislation. It is better that every rich man should have to go up to New Brunswick and learn to cast a salmon fly properly and pay for his fishing or rent a good trout stream or go out and find new ocean fishing (there is a world of it to fish) than that one single poor man should be deprived of the livelihood that the sea has brought and that he has learned to take since over a hundred years. That's where I stand'."

Trout Anglers Boost NC Economy by $383 Billion

The Asheville  Citizen Times reports that a 2014 study shows that 149,000 North Carolina trout anglers spent 1.6 million days on the water and are estimated to have boosted the economy by $383 billion dollars.

"The study, “Mountain Trout Fishing: Economic Impacts on and Contributions to North Carolina’s Economy,” also found that money spent on trout fishing in 2014 supported approximately 3,600 jobs" Read the article here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Everything is bigger in Texas

It looks like the "hold it closer to the camera" trick works for frogs as well as it does for fish.

Check out the story of this giant bullfrog at 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fly Fishing Reads: Fly Fishing the Southeast Coast

Our pal, Captain Gordon Churchill, has condensed his ample fly fishing knowledge into a recently published book.  If you are interested fishing this area of the world you need to get a copy of "Fly Fishing the Southeast Coast."  We see a lot of fly fishing books but we know from experience that this is one you don't want to miss.  You can pick up a copy at  

For each chapter, Churchill gives advice on where to find specific species of fish, from the striped bass in the southeast region of the Roanoke River to mahimahi in the Gulf Stream, forty miles off of Morehead City, North Carolina, as well as specifics on the approach of catching each species, as they’re all quite different. While full of tips and advice, Churchill makes it clear that, if ever fishing on the coast, you must be involved in a conservation effort. The environment and fish are constantly in danger, so make sure to always be aware and put your planet first!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Outdoor Retailer Show Parent Company IPO

Business must be good.   SGB Media is reporting that the company that owns the Outdoor Retailer Show, Emerald Exposition Events, Inc., is filing to go public.   The article gives you some idea of the scope of the business.

Emerald said all of its trade-show franchises are profitable and offered at least annually, and said its line of business offers diversification in a highly fragmented industry with “significant opportunities” for mergers and acquisitions.  Companywide, revenues reached $323.7 million for the year ended December 31, up 5.7 percent from $306.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.
Are you buying or selling? 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fly Fishing Quote of the week: Pretentious Edition

Great read from Always a Good Day about why fly fishing is considered so pretentious.

"This snobbery accentuates the image of the cigar chewing old man with his $3000 bamboo Powell rod who spent three days without casting once on the Missouri. It just so happened the only fly that he wanted to fish did not hatch.  After returning home, his buddies bought him a Scotch at the club and commended him for not succumbing to the temptation of nymph fishing."

Read the whole article here

Monday, March 06, 2017

TX Fly Fishing and Brew Fest

The Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival is a unique celebration of Lone Star State fly angling – and beyond. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages, the only thing we require of our attendees is good humor.
The festival will afford attendees the opportunity to learn from various fly fishing authors and experts and meet representatives from some of the best manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. Local and regional fly fishing guides, destination lodge owners, kayakers, fly tyers, world-class outdoor photographers, and fly shops will be on hand – not to mention some of Texas’ best microbreweries.
Don’t know much about fly fishing? Then you’ve come to the right place! Experience what makes fly fishing so addictive – and learn about the quiet sport from the very best, in a low-key and supportive atmosphere, on your own terms.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rare Bourbon, Great Cause

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is auctioning off a very rare bottle of Buffalo Trace O.F.C Bourbon (1982) with all proceeds going to help their excellent cause.  This auction is not for the faint of heart or lite of wallet as similar bottles have gone for as much as $10,000.  However, you would be hard pressed to find a better cause to support while drinking Whiskey.  Here is the link to the auction.


The most state-of-the-art distillery of its era featured copper fermentation vats, column stills, and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system, still used in our aging warehouses today. This very rare and collectible bourbon honors the O.F.C. Distillery, a National Historic Landmark known today as Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each hand-cut crystal bottle is vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled. Enjoy this whiskey of a bygone era, sourced from barrels of yesteryear.
The packaging for O.F.C. matches the splendor of the whiskey itself, in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Glass artisans cut the shoulder facets using equipment created exclusively for Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each bottle then is manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before in-laying cut copper lettering to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front. A paper label is then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.
Shipping costs are the responsibility of the winning bidder and dependent upon their location within the United States.  Please contact Mindi Roberts at for more info

Quote of the week: Inside the Beltway edition

This time around, business owners like John Tattersall are readying for their own renaissance.“As soon as there’s a Republican president, I know business is going to pick up,” said Tattersall, owner of Grand Ole Potomac Fly Fishing Guides. “There’s lots of good activity on the books for the spring.” But, he noted, his clients — most of whom are Republican — seem to be more pressed for time than usual this year. Instead of booking eight-hour fishing trips on the Potomac River, they’re opting for four-hour half-days.

No idea what to read into this.  Just know comments of a political nature (either side) will be heavily moderated depending on how funny they are.