Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Breaking News - Glass is dead

Sources with close ties to the fly fishing industry are reporting that glass passed away in its sleep late last night and is now dead.  Despite a recent resurgence in popularity among younger anglers and hipsters,  the once vibrant glass succumbed to surging prices for rods that were once considered the lower end of fly fishing performance.  

 An anonymous rod manufacturer was quick to respond to our request for comment this morning with the following statement:  "Obviously glass will be missed.  However, it was only matter of time before anglers casting abilities got better and the need for the slower rods gave way to the need to punch tight loops into the wind."

Bamboo also weighed in about his less pretentious brother, "He was a good rod but always wanted to be as prestigious as me.  We had a contentious relationship, with him often boasting about only having to have one tip and being able to fish in the rain without warping." He then, strangely, followed his statement by yelling out #GrassIsNotDead. Graphite was not available for comment due to the threat of a severe thunderstorm in the area.

Thus far, all attempts to locate Cameron Mortenson have been unsuccessful.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

An Interview with Bob Clouser

Let's step back a few years and re-visit Capt. Paul Rose's interview with Bob Clouser. Yes, we asked how much of a royalty he gets on every Clouser Minnow that is tied.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gadgets Anonymous: Sportsman Bumper

From the broken tips file comes a product that I came across at the Denver version of The Fly Fishing Show. The Sportsman Bumper is the brainchild of Bo Pitto who came up with the magnetic gun / rod holder as a way to secure your gear to the side of your vehicle while suiting up for a day on the water.

Made of heavy duty rubber, the bumper has embedded magnets that affix it to metal surfaces without marring your paint job. The clips hold your gear firmly enough that some anglers are buying two and using them to transport up to three rods on a moving vehicle.

The Sportsman Bumper is available from and retails for $18.99 and is currently on sale for $16.99. Think of it as functional insurance. I picked up one for myself at the show. Skiers might want to consider Bo's other product The Ski Bumper.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gadgets Anonymous: The EZ Tie

The meeting will come to order.  Hi, my name is Lee Murdock and I am a gadget junkie. crowd responds: "Hello Lee Murdock."

If I don't watch myself carefully, my fishing vests will jingle more than a group of hikers walking through thick brush in Katmai National Park.  I carry far too many things in my pack already so I was hesitant when the nice lady offered to demo the EZ Tie for me.    The EZ Tie is a device, like about three others that I own, that is supposed to make tying blood and barrel knots quick and easy.  I suppose I've always felt guilty about my chronic overuse of the surgeons knot, so I agreed to watch the demo.

The difference in this tool and the three others is that this one works (I made the lady let me try it myself).  I ended up buying one and have found it works pretty well once you get the hang of it.   It's a little pricey at  $27.95 plus $5 shipping but it is all made in the USA out of very sturdy material.  I met the inventor who sales these for himself and he's a nice guy.  They way I see it, if it gets me rigged up and on the water quicker, it's worth the price. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Fly Fishing Show Denver Edition

Wherein we learn that the good folks @Patagoniaflyfish bring out the big guns to staff their booth. Bill Klyn, Patagonia's International Fishing Development Manager.


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Better work on your roll cast boys and girls...

 My fellow Colorado anglers might want to think about sharpening that roll cast this winter.  It looks like plans to "suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River" by artist Christo may be good to go.  The artist's website (which has pictures of the project) reports :

On January 2, 2015, the Federal District Court upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of Over The River. The dismissal of this challenge marks a major victory toward making this two-week temporary work of art a reality. The only legal challenge still outstanding is now being heard in the Colorado Court of Appeals.

No word if it's going to be a nice shady fishing spot or a big tangled mess. Dibs on all the flies caught in the "silvery, luminous fabric"

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

This is absolutely the reason I spent a few years as a disc jockey back in the day.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Watch for falling trout...or It's raining fish...

Found posted on climbing enthusiast message board comes what may be a sign of apocalypse if we have ever seen one.  A climber on the summit of Colorado's Mt. Shavano reports what can only be describe as fish falling from the heavens.

"At the risk of sounding crazy, let me tell you what happened last Tue. 09/23. I climbed Mt Shavano & was hanging on the summit thinking about going to Tabeguache. It was very windy, with clouds swirling all around. Now I see things in my peripheral vision that look like fish falling out of the sky, this goes on for about a minute, 4 or 5 instances. I chalk it up to lack of oxygen, and decide to head down since I'm obviously hallucinating. When I get home & check out my pics I found this shot, taken from about 14,100 looking back at the summit." forum user richwill

 He even managed to catch a photo:

The award for best comment in response to the post goes to user Tortosel.

Probably related to the legalization of marijuana somehow. Seriously, that is strange. They stock fish by plane but not big and they're supposed to go to a lake not a summit. Volatile weather is another explanation but there shouldn't have been any of that either. Don't mention this in job interviews.

As they say at the auction house, "be your own judge"....  I am sure there's a punchline in here somewhere.  Discuss amongst yourselves.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We may have just found the next Tenkara.

It meets the simplicity test. However, for or obvious reasons this is not recommended for catch and release fisheries.  Found on Reddit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Gear: Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD

I recently picked up a Leatherman 300 Super Tool EOD while visiting Portland, Oregon.  Leatherman has an outlet store and I couldn't resist when I found this military version made for those who defuse things exponentially more dangerous than the occasional stream side disagreement. Sure a fly fisherman may not have a need for a C4 spike (maybe use it to tie nail knots?) but why quibble over details.  The full featured multitool weighs in at 9.6 ounces and its comfort grip handle contains 19 different tools.  It retails for $109 but is available at at various lesser prices. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We hope the aliens practice "abduct and release"

This photo, taken on the Selway River in Idaho by fellow fly fisher @Conky208, makes us think that aliens might have more than a passing interest in trout.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gear: Google Glass on the river

From the, "It was bound to happen file", according to the Billings Gazette, a Montana Tech professor has started thinking about a use for Google glass on the river.  I must admit I kind of like the idea of grip and grin photos with only the blink of an eye. However, that's not all they are thinking about.

"Hawthorne is creating an app, with the help of Scott Fleener, a computer science major at Tech, he hopes to submit to Google for use on all Google Glass devices. With a seed grant from Tech, the app will, using a Glass wearer’s GPS location, be able to give fishermen details on nearby rivers in southwest Montana."

Back in the late 90's, our pal Zugbug wrote a article for the BRFFA newsletter that predicted anglers using digital cameras and Palm Pilots would sell their catch on ebay while still standing in the river.  The man was sort of a prophet.

No word if Google has plans to release a version of their hardware in tweed with bison leather accents.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Gear: FreeSteps6 Wading Crampons

A while ago, I decided to forsake the felt soles of my youth and go with some of the, now not so new, rubber soled wading boots (with spikes).  I did this for various reasons that included invasive species as well as comfort when hiking into remote fishing spots.  When I tried them for a the first time I suffered from what I'll call a "lack of confidence" which seemed to manifest itself whenever I found myself waist deep in a tail water, trying to balance atop bowling ball sized rocks which were covered in rock snot.  This lack of confidence (and an adequate wading staff) led to many Fred Flintstone like moments.

Enter some friends from Hillsound, who sent us a set of Freesteps6 crampons to try. While Freesteps6 look a lot like a traditional light weight ice crampon, they are also being marketed as an easy on/off option for river wading anglers. The "independent studs" (note possible new name for our fishing club) with twenty-one 1/4 inch spikes are made of stainless steel so they should be fairly durable. I plan on giving them a test this summer, so look for a full report later this season.

At a MSRP of $39.99 a set of these won't break the bank and might keep you from breaking something else.