Sunday, July 31, 2005
Enraged Angler Attempts To Make Lunch of Bovine!
This actually happened on a trip to fish Tennessee's Watauga River this weekend. Aside from almost loosing a boat, Zug, Paisley, and Garwood had a good day on the water. Be sure to check out how they did by visiting the fishing reports page at www.flyfishmagazine.com.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
I am a little behind posting this story but here it is. The Pilotonline.com and several other papers report on the North Carolina Department of Wildlife's closure of the popular fishing beach Cape Point on the Outerbanks. The closure is a measure to protect a small group of nesting shore birds. A group called the Defenders of Wildlife based out of Washington, DC threatened to sue the state of North Carolina if they did not close the area. The beach should reopen once the Piping Plovers fly away. I hope they don't nest on your house.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
So if you are thinking about something to do to support our troops in Iraq and sending care packages full of food and stuff is just not your style. Send a soldier something he can really use, a knife. Smoky Mountain Knife Works (one of Zug's favorite stores) of Severville, TN is making this program possible.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
AZcentral.com reports about another famous and powerful fly fisher. The honorable Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner is visiting Montana for a few days of fly fishing before starting her retirement in earnest. I think she has an unfair advantage when it comes to fly fishing though. If there is no hatch on she can simply tell the bailiff to tell the trout to "All Rise".
If your dream has always been to move to Billings, Montana, get a job, and fish every day you might want to read this article in the Billings Gazette. Simm's Fishing Products Corp. (who make some darn fine waders) is having trouble filling jobs at their factory. Maybe the staff of Flyfishmagazine.com should consider making a change to our day jobs. Zug and Paisley, let me know if you are up to it and I will start packing.
Check out this video of a kid who almost got turned into shish-ka-bob when the 600lb black marlin he was reeling in decided to jump in the boat with him. Pretty spectacular viewing.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
What do you get when you cross Blue Collar Comedy with Fishermen? It is called Fishing for Laughs and is a TV show that airs on selected stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Show hosts Art Church and Jerry Carroll put a comic spin on the sport we love. Be sure to check out the video samples on the site. If anybody gets this show in their market drop me a line and let me know what you think about it. These guys should meet up with Zug, Paisley and I sometime for some fishing!
If you can make use of a 6 wt fly line here is a great deal on Cortland 444SL weight forward shooting taper. Cortland says this line was voted one of the best for trout fishermen. The $19.95 price makes me want to go out and buy a 6 wt rod.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
The ultimate fly fishing trip! Scientist believe that the moon Europa near Jupiter is a large body of water. They believe that this moon may have life in the frozen waters. I wonder what kind of fly I should use? I'm certainly going to need a sinking line! Leave it to ol' Zug to imagine all the possibilities for you.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Well, I had to see it for myself! There is water in Nevada. Here is a satellite map of Las Vegas at http://maps.google.com. If you haven't been using this great tool, check it out. It is a great way to explore your favorite fishing spot from space. Zugbug
Monday, July 18, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Naples Florida accountant Robert Collins won the Rolex / IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament in the Florida Keys. He managed a trifecta on the final day bringing in a pair of tarpon, a pair of permit and a bonefish to seal the victory. This tournament awards points for not only the fish you catch but the way you catch them. Fly Rods Rule and Steve Ward of Coppell, Texas won the fly fishing division!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I have never been accused of being a great caster but I know some folks who could compete for this $7,500 prize and have a shot at it. Start practicing your double and triple haul and sign up for this contest to be held at the Fly Fishing Retailer World Trade Expo. The expo is being held in Denver, Sept. 8-10th. I should be in Arkansas fishing the White River that week. If so I will be casting to a big brown trout instead of a hoop at the end of a 2 inch deep casting pool.
Here is an article about Blackberry Farm in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Blackberry Farm has garnered national acclaim as a destination by being ranked #2 of the 100 best hotels in an upcoming issue of Travel and Leisure Magazine. One thing they promote is their easy access to fly fishing in the area.
The Brothers Paisley with a limited amount of help from Zugbug and I, have semi-completed the fly fishing raft project. We still have to purchase the oars, seats, and install the oarlocks and anchor before it will be ready for river trials. We hope to have it out of dry dock (Paisley's back yard) and in the river very soon.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Here is a sign prohibiting fishing with suction devices, electricity, toxic substances, dredging devices, and or explosives. If you get caught doing these things in Hong Kong you will be subject to a $200,000 fine and 6 months in the pokey. Here is a link to the site where I found this.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Yellowstone Angler.com has a "deep deals" page where you can browse new discontinued and demo rods, reels and equipment. The prices are not the greatest but I am a cheap-skate and they carry some high end product. You can save a few dollars this way. An example is the Abel "Camo Coral" Super 8wt reel for $695.00 in like new condition. I froogled it and found it new for $720. A similar reel (Abel #3n Anti Reverse Caribbean Camo Coral) on ebay was going for a $575.00 starting price with no bids.
The Augusta Free Press reports on the boom of eco-tourism in the Shenandoah Valley. Steve Gibson a mountain guide from Staunton,VA indicated that the areas of the most growth are Fly Fishing and Hiking. He stays busy guiding one or the other year round.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
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Monday, July 04, 2005
The Mid-South Fly Fishers of Germantown, TN (near Memphis) will be holding their 2005 Home Waters Expo July 8th and 9th. Notable guests will include Jason Borger, Flip Pallot and many more. Tennessee and Arkansas rivers will be the focus of this event.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
I have found another Bargain Bin for your enjoyment and money saving pleasure. The Lines End, Inc. web site has some nice close outs on fly tying materials including 1000 3/32nd beads for $44.95. If only I could find tungsten at those prices.
Are you tired of the flimsy rod bag that came with your high dollar fly rod? Well why not replace it with one of these Silicone treated fly rod "Sack-Ups". These are made right here in North Carolina and the President of the company, Warren Norman, is a great guy. They also make sack ups for fire arms and knife collections.
More sad news for fly fishers as WAVY.com of Hampton Roads, VA reports the effect recent fish kills on the Shenandoah River are having on the people who make their living on the water. Over 746 miles of the watershed are effected and in some areas the entire population of small mount bass and sunfish have been wiped out. So far biologists have not found out the cause of the kill.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Overstock.com has this Forbes Magnesium fly reel for 4wt rods on sale for $75.99. It weighs just 2.2 ounces and has an adjustable click and pawl drag system. If you decide to buy one visit www.flyfishmagazine.com and make your purchase through the link on our site. If you buy it through the site you get $12 off purchases of $120 or more.