Friday, July 31, 2015

Say it isn't so: Whirling Disease Found In North Carolina Trout

Photo: Wikipeida
Break out the Formula 409 boys and girls, the Citizen-Times reports that the first case of Whirling Disease has been found in our editorial home waters of the Watauga River between Linville and Boone, NC.

"We were alerted by anglers who were fishing on the Watauga Riveer who noticed fish that had obvious deformities," Besler said. Crew members were sent out, fish captured, and some of the fish were sent to a disease lab at Auburn University in Alabama. Two of the fish came back testing positive for whirling disease. The Watauga River where the infected fish were discovered is mostly on private land in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, but it is a popular fishing area, he said.
 If my memory serves me correctly, the area in question was once classified as delayed harvest water but later was closed to public access. 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Crowdfunding Watch: The Kingii - micro inflatable PFD

A new campaign on IndieGOGO for the Kingii promises a potentially life saving inflatable flotation device that is worn on the wrist like a watch.  It went viral and has beat its funding goal in no less than 10 days so seems like someone thinks it's a great idea. I doubt this could ever get coast guard approval but my initial thought is that I would wear one on the water.

 The Kingii fits on your wrist, stays out of the way, is rechargeable and is there when you need it most. The smallest inflatable in the world is perfect for every activity, every age and every environment around the water. The risk of drowning and the need for bulky safety devices is over!


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Don't eat the street fish...

Residents of Newark, NJ are being advised against eating the fish that are showing up in their flooded streets. reports:

Officials urged people to not trap, catch or eat any fish caught on the streets because it's unclear how "exposure to elements outside of their natural domains will affect them." There are several ponds and lakes in the region where fishing is permitting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Flyfishing Myths

I've been working on another project and have neglected my duties around here lately. To make me feel better about my slackness here is a link to an interesting article about the myths surrounding fly fishing.   My favorite from the article:

Another BS myth that annoys me is that you have to be really smart or well-educated to be a fly fisher. Some uppity fly fishers perpetuate that myth and try to impress people by using Latin names for the bugs that trout eat. You can indeed catch some nice trout using an imitation of the Pteronarcys californica, but all you really need to know is that you want to tie on a black woolly worm when the trout are eating black bugs.

I'm pretty sure I've met "Latin bug guy" before.   Feel free to name your favorite myths in the comments.  I like to perpetuate the one about the fish not biting so everyone should just stay home..

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.