Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day - Presidential Fly Fishing

Herbert Hoover was not big into the CandR scene.  Photo Credit Library of Congress.
We don't often jump into politics (unless it's something that impacts our fishing), However, since it is President's Day, it is worth noting that several folks of the rank of Commander In Chief have been among the afflicted.   Some quick scanning of the interwebs brings interesting facts to light.


The three presidents who enjoyed fishing the most were probably Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter. Cleveland and Hoover wrote books—Cleveland’s “Fishing and Shooting Sketches” (1906) and Hoover’s “Fishing for Fun—and to Wash Your Soul” (1963)—extolling the virtues and healthful benefits of fishing.

The HUK gear site says our first President used it to avoid dueling:

While history has styled our nation’s first president as a revered public figure, he was also one of the finest outdoorsmen of his time, and this included his passion for fishing. Washington’s home of Mt. Vernon was near the prime waters on the Potomac River and he even endeavored into commercial fishing. There are also stories that George Washington used fishing to settle disputes between his fellow founding fathers, or that he took three fishing breaks during the Constitutional Convention. By all accounts, he was a competent survivalist, fantastic horseback rider, and a passionate fisherman.

WideOpenSpaces on Warren G. Harding:

Few would call Harding a particularly great or notable presence, but his victory lap after winning the election essentially consisted of golfing and fishing in Texas. He’s a president we wouldn’t have minded being friends with, as he knew how to keep his priorities straight.

Finally, The Drake says that a little bad weather didn't keep GWB off the water.

While both Bushes put their time in chasing stripers off the coast of their family compound in Kennebunkport, it seems the elder Bush—when both were along—was generally at the helm. While sometimes criticized for the size of their stripers, (Reuters photo caption: “Are the Bush’s immune from the regs?”), they at least can be credited for getting after it in less-than-ideal weather conditions, even if they once got the anchor so stuck that it had to be retrieved by Secret Service divers.

Each of these sites have many more tidbits of info on fishing Presidents so check them out. Just a thought, maybe, in addition to President's day, we should have a National "Take a POTUS fishing day."  We just need to find a guide that can pass the background check..

*Update*  Just found this post on Anglers In Chief from

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stay out of the dog house with this free Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Did you fail to obtain a suitable Valentine's Day gift for that special person in your life?  If so, feel free to stay out of the dog house by giving your significant other our downloadable Valentine's Day coupon sheet.   These coupons obligate you, the giver, to several thoughtful and selfless acts of love which anyone should appreciate receiving.

Disclaimer:   Use these at your own risk.  You might be so thoughtful and selfless that you end up alone and owning half of your stuff.  #satire

The Texas Fly Fishing Festival and Brew Fest 3-10 - 3-11

A fly fishing festival and a beer festival combined?  Yes please!   We missed this last year but this year are planning on attending along with Honorable Son #1 and only who will be in town for my 51st.   Let us know if you are attending and we will look you up.

Make plans now to attend the second annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF) on March 10-11, 2018, in Plano, Texas. This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event will be held at the Plano Center approximately 20 miles north of Dallas, with easy access from Route 75.
The indoor/outdoor venue means that attendees can have the best of both worlds: Attendees can check out a myriad of fly fishing manufacturers indoors, attend various lectures on techniques and topics interesting to fly anglers of every stripe–and then step out into the Texas sunshine to taste some of the Lone Star State’s best micro-brewed beer.The TFFF is your chance to meet nationally known fly fishing authors, professional guides, expert casters, custom bamboo rodmakers, and fly tyers from across the country.
Don’t know much about fly fishing?The TFFF is the perfect place to learn every aspect of the quiet sport. Not sure if fly fishing is for you? Wander the festival grounds, learn how to fish from a kayak, watch a casting or fly tying demonstration, take a casting or fly tying class, test out the latest fly rods yourself – and then sample a series of microbrews.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

BOLO: Thieves pilfer 14k in gear from The Fly Shop

Photo via Yelp

Just in case you see a guy on the creekbank who wants to sell you a reel, The Record Searchlight is reporting that thieves recently broke into The Fly Shop located in Redding California and quickly made off with approximately $14,0000 worth of rods, reels, and other fishing equipment.

Owner Mike Michalak thinks the culprits were professional pilferers who cased the place earlier in the month.

After reviewing surveillance footage Friday afternoon, Fly Shop owner Mike Michalak and general manager Terry Jepsen are convinced the two men who made off with the high-end rods and reels are the same ones who visited the store and cased the business on camera Dec. 20. What's more, one of the men appears to be wearing the same shirt in both videos..

It's not unusual for out-of-town customers to take photos inside The Fly Shop, Jepsen said. Its aisles of sophisticated fishing gear, colorful flies and clothes is an eye-opener for any fly fisherman. "It's the Disneyland of fly shops," Jepsen said.

The shop is offering a reward.  Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The best way to make a small fortune in fly fishing..

is normally to start out with a rather large fortune.  However a newly re-launched website, , might just hold the key to paying the bills for the so inclined angler.

If you have found us, then you are probably interested in finding a job in the Fly Fishing Industry or posting an available position for your Angling business.  Please take a moment to follow the site so you will be updated on any new job postings.

In addition to job postings they also offer a "Premium Guide Resume Service" where for the sum of $20 they will make sure your angling resume is made available to employers with jobs to fill.

Maybe I should update my resume....

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Is the Fryingpan River's famed Toilet Bowl Closed?

Vail Valley Anglers has posted an article warning anglers about deputies enforcing trespass laws near the base of the dam on the famed Fryingpan River.  The long standing law that makes the area 100 feet from the base of the dam off limits is being enforced due to security concerns.

"It seems a series of events have spurned the recent enforcement. Reports of a Recreational Vehicle exploding at the base of the dam during the past summer have raised concerns that the dam is a target for homeland security to protect. Knowledgeable anglers with their thumb on the pulse of social media will undoubtedly recall videos of scuba divers and Stand Up Paddleboarders floating around the toilet bowl without remorse for their effects, pushing the envelope of acceptability. Some of the concern is certainly warranted for without the first hand working knowledge of a hydroelectric dam poking around the depths at its base in scuba gear has to unnerve certain individuals. "

Read the rest of the story via the Vail Valley Anglers page.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Media Quote Of The Day: Zinke Blunder Edition

A fly fishing faux pas for Secretary of the Interior Zinke.  Rumor has it he showed up late, with a Hills Bros coffee can full of worms.

Via the Montana Post (Link):

As Zinke and I casted over the ice-cold water, I noticed something funny about his setup. He kept struggling to strip line out of the bottom of the reel. For a while, I thought he was simply having trouble concentrating on our conversation while casting. No, there was something wrong, and when I asked him to stand for a portrait, I finally saw what the problem was. He had rigged his reel backward, so that the line was coming out of the top of the reel. Every so often when he went to strip line out, he would grasp air where the line should’ve been.
Seems like an inconsequential thing, but in Montana, it’s everything.

Monday, December 04, 2017

This is the guide...

This is the guide who put me on bonefish.
This is the guide who has lived on Turneffe Atoll all his life and has guided fishermen for 28 years.
This is the guide who can see the fish without those fancy Polaroid glasses.
This is the guide who can shoot all the line off a reel in one cast.
This is the guide who is responsible for any fish I caught. 
Listen to your guide or he will tell you he thinks "your ears are caked up".
This is Fabian Johnson.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This is the Bonefish....

This is the bonefish.
This is the bonefish that is assertive.
This is the bonefish that, although rather small, is special.
This is the bonefish that was sitting in the middle of a school of Permit and intercepted my fly.
This is the bonefish that I was both happy and disappointed to catch.

Go figure...

Keep an eye out for our future posts about fly fishing in Belize.  I'll be covering the gear I took, the importance of a good guide, and even an undercover look at where we stayed.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Force is Strong: Turneffe Island Edition

While we were out chasing"trash fish" like Permit, Tarpon, and Bones in Belize (more on that later), @FlyfishMagazine's newest correspondent, Kevin Ladd, decided to reel in a Wahoo which fed the entire resort.  When he isn't busy catching bigger fish than us in Belize, Kevin's other hobby is sight fishing for massive Cobia in the Chesapeake Bay.  

Don't worry though, both Kevin and I caught our share of the grey ghosts on the fly as well. Look for more details about fly fishing Belize and our take on Turneffe Island Resort in the near future.   

Monday, October 30, 2017

Undercover Shop Visit: Filson Edition

Upon learning that Seattle, Washington based Filson opened up a store just down the street from the FlyfishMagazine HQ, I really couldn't help dropping by and snapping a few pictures inside the newly opened temple to tincloth and flannel.  The new shop is located in the upscale Legacy West area of Plano, TX.  In the same vein as our "Undercover Fly Shop visits", we kept our presence under wraps and luckily didn't get shown the door by security.

The Rustic Exterior

Lots of wood, antlers, and even a pair of original Filson Pants add to the decor.

The clothes are nice but the luggage / packs are awesome.

The location seemed to carry a fairly complete representation of the Filson line of products including clothing, luggage, hats and packs.  Service was excellent with a staff member making sure I got a look at all the fishing related offerings.

The thing to know about Filson is, that while you will pay a premium for their gear, (their simplest fly fishing vest is $225), the products are so well made that you will probably never have to purchase it again in this, or possibly even your grandchildren's, lifetimes.  About eight years ago Filson sent me a fly fishing bag.  I have carried it all over the country and it remains so new looking that it makes me worry that folks will think I am some sort of yuppie who never gets his line in the water.  I didn't make a purchase today, but I do have my eye on a $45 ball cap should I ever find myself in the store without The Editorial Trophy Wife in tow.

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.