Friday, July 29, 2016

Gifts for the fisher lady: Brown trout skin brooch

Via EquusFancy's Etsy shop...

"I up-cycled an old brooch that had a broken cameo into this! This is for the fly fisherwoman out there or just a trout lover. It's a glass cabochon about 2" with a brown trout skin. There's matching rhinestones. The brooch is gold."

Asking price $22.50 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Saving the Greenbacks

The Denver post has an interesting article about efforts to save the rare greenback cutthroat trout from effects of the Hayden Pass fire.

"Colorado Parks and Wildlife says many of the rare fish — with genetic links to the iconic, pure greenback cutthroat trout — were taken from the fire zone to an isolation chamber at the Roaring Judy Hatchery near Gunnison."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Helios on the move!

In May The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust tagged a 45 lb Tarpon and named it Helios (it was sponsored by Orvis' Perk Perkins - which may be the first time naming rights have been "sold" for a fish).  It turns out the "Silver King" covers some serious mileage.

"I want to share a pretty cool story with you. As you may know, BTT began its tarpon acoustic tagging program in May 2016, and we just received our first detection of a tagged fish! It's a 45-pound fish named Helios (sponsored by Perk Perkins, CEO of Orvis) and it traveled over 400 miles in less than a month! This is amazing because it's the first time we've been able to track fish in this size range (previous satellite tagging efforts funded by BTT were limited to tarpon 80 pounds and up) and because it disproves the widely-held theory that tarpon don't migrate long-distances before reaching sexual maturity."

The BTT is a great organization that study the gamefish we all enjoy.   I'm looking forward to following Helios' travels. 

Cha-Ching : Underground Sold

Our pal and the Editorial Trophy Wife's favorite fly fishing blogger, Tom Chandler, may soon be spotted tooling around Mt. Shasta in a high end imported super car.   It seems he has formed a strategic partnership with Yobi Adventures.  It appears that Tom is the first and most likely only fly fishing blogger to benefit from a dot com era buy out (albeit a few years late).  Congratulations Tom!  On a related note,  I once had a guy offer to trade me a Winston fly rod for FlyfishMagazine. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Via the Godfather of the fly fishing blogosphere, MoldyChum's Pinterest page.  A selection of vanity plates we wish we'd thought of.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Confluence Films: Providence Trailer


"Filming for the new “Providence” project took place in the fall of 2015 with the FlyCastaway crew on Providence Atoll in the Seychelles. Confluence’s Jim Klug, Chris Patterson and Colin Witherill, Yellow Dog’s Camille Egdorf, and FlyCastaway’s Gerhard Laubscher and Tim Babich joined forces to create the new project, which is the fifth full-length film from Confluence. The new movie chronicles FlyCastaway’s first trip back to Providence Atoll since the waters were closed to all fishermen and boat access more than six years ago due to the threats and activities of pirates operating out of Somalia. The team returned in October of 2015, spending three weeks exploring the atoll and  fishing for multiple flats species including giant trevally, blue fin trevally, bumphead parrot fish, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, trigger fish, milk fish and more. Simms, Costa del Mar, Hatch, YETI and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures are all sponsors of the new movie."

Just in case you wondered

The corporate compound has relocated from Colorado to Dallas, Texas.  Economic factors led to the move (we enjoy eating).  Friends and fishing in Colorado will be missed but hopefully a few plane tickets here and there and this won't have too much impact on our fishing exploits.  Local suggestions for anything appreciated -editor

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Usually just the mention of April Vokey gives us a boost in traffic.  Let's see what happens when you combine her with Hank Patterson.  Check out the trailer for "Sensei".

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Fly fish Mayberry
Former salt water fly fishing guide, Kevin Merritt has settled in Surry County, North Carolina and set up shop as a fly fishing guide.  Many of you old timers will know that Surry County is the home of the fictional Mayberry from the Andy Griffith show (the under 50 set would be wise to  check the show out).  

"At Fly Fish Mayberry, we offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Northwest corner of North Carolina. From the Ararat River in downtown Mount Airy, to the wildest blue line headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we strive to custom design your trip based on current conditions, time of year and what you hope to get out of a day on the water"

Kevin is also a fan of Tenkara fly fishing.  Check out his website.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What a way to go....Sleeps in the fishes edition

The @Telegraphnews twitter account and Fox news are reporting that British anglers have given a fishing friend the ultimate send off.   They used his ashes to catch a 180lb carp.  Via Fox news:
via fox news
Using the special “Purple Ronnie” bait, Fairbrass and Dale battled the massive carp for three hours before catching and releasing it.

"We were gutted that Ron couldn't come on the trip because he was really looking forward to it, but he was definitely with us when we caught that fish,” Fairbrass told The Telegraph. "It seemed like it was destiny we would use Ronnie to catch one of the biggest fish in the lake. It's what he would have wanted."
Hopper's wife, Judith, reportedly scattered half of his ashes on beaches across the Caribbean island of Grenada. His fishermen buddies took the other half.
To date no one has voiced concerns about carp developing a taste for human flesh.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5600 Fish killed on the Big Thompson

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reporting a March 2016 fish kill on the Big Thompson River
"While details of the fish kill are still being analyzed, it appears the event was associated with concrete work being performed in building and securing rockery walls along Larimer County Road 43 and replacement of the nearby Storm Mountain Road Bridge which spans the lower North Fork, as part of the massive redesign of County Road 43 and the adjacent North Fork Big Thompson. The Storm Mountain Bridge is located approximately 0.4 miles upstream of the confluence at Drake, Colorado.
Using electro fishing, a non lethal industry standard method for estimating fish populations in rivers and streams in conjunction with citizen reports in the days immediately following the kill, CPW was able to pinpoint where fish were dying and locate the lower extent of the kill.  The extent of the loss extended 8.3 miles below the confluence to Loveland’s water treatment facility where sentinel fish kept in tanks to monitor river water quality died. CPW did not find any sick or dead fish further downstream. By comparing CPW historic sites surveyed during the Fall of 2015 with post-incident surveys CPW provided a statistically accurate estimate of number of fish killed.

Ben Swigle, CPW’s aquatic biologist for the Big Thompson drainage, concluded sections of the Big Thompson River between Drake and Estes Park were not impacted and “that healthy populations of both native and sportfish species in the upper sections will partially serve to repopulate sections of river compromised as part of this unfortunate event.” The 0.4 miles of the North Fork likely suffered a complete loss, whereas and the main stem Big Thompson from Drake downstream to the Loveland facility had suffered an estimated 52 percent loss. It is estimated that total loss was in excess of 5,600 fish

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Elusive Yeti

Not unlike its namesake who lives in the high mountains of Nepal, the YETI rambler is proving to be hard to spot this holiday season.  The Wall Street Journal breaks it down.

It wasn’t a hot toy causing the 33-year-old hairstylist from Dacula, Ga., to go to such lengths. It was a $40 stainless-steel insulated mug, called the Yeti Rambler.
“I have a friend who is in Illinois for business and has gone to 15 different stores,“ says Ms. Inman, who was trying to buy the mug as a class Christmas gift for her daughter’s teacher. Last week, she finally bought one from another Dacula resident.

 If you are desperate, I have two "slightly" used ramblers available at wildly inflated prices.