Sunday, July 31, 2005

American Museum of Fly Fishing

Honorable Son #1, Jake (the editorial offspring) emailed me with a link to The American Museum of Fly Fishing. They are doing some work on their website but this would be one worth watching.

The Unforseen Risks of Fly Fishing

The Bovine Stalks It's Prey!

The Bovine Makes Lunch Of Expensive Pontoon Boat!

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

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Here is a fishing site worth a look. They were nice enough to link to us. I like the opening page that reads "On my bookshelf you'll find a stack of tattered notebooks of various shapes and sizes. These notebooks are the journals from my travels."

Birds Close Popular N.C. Fishing Beach

I am a little behind posting this story but here it is. The 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

Support our Troops - A Knife for a Soldier

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.

Bad Breaks on The White River

With Flyfishmagazine's upcoming trip to fish the White River in Arkansas in mind. Here is a story about a guy who's buddy had a bad day on a river by the same name in Michigan.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Supreme Fly Fishing 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".

Make Waders While You Work...

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 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.

Video - Angler Almost Gets Skewered by Black Marlin

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

Fishing for Laughs - Local Boys Make Good - Get Paid To Tell Jokes and Fish

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!

What We Fish For....Literally

Here is a graph from the American Sport Fishing Association web site that shows the number of fresh water fishermen by region and by species.

6 wt 444SL Weight Forward Shooting Taper - $19.95

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.

ICAST 2005 - Las Vegas

During my recent trip to Las Vegas I happened to be there during the American Sport Fishing Association's ICAST 2005 show. Here is some info on the awards for best new products they gave out as part of the show.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Arkansas Fishing Report

The North Texas E-news reports on how the fishing is going in Arkansas. About a month and a half until the staff will be visiting some of these waters.

Fly Fishing Store Planned for Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Online is reporting that Or*is is opening planning a retail outlet in the complex that will be built on the old Air Force Base Property. The store is planned for opening on in 2007.

Friday, July 22, 2005

What Happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas ...Specifically your Money!

Well I have returned from my recent visit to sin city. Thanks to Zug for some excellent blogging in my absence. I took my PDA in hopes of doing some Moblogging (mobile blogging) but it was very hard to find wireless internet access in Vegas (free wireless that is..). I guess the Casinos don't want you hanging out in your room. I was able to experience history in the making as the High last Tuesday was 117 degrees. That is the highest temp ever recorded in Las Vegas. It may be a "dry heat" but 117 is hot no matter if it is wet or dry. Also for those of you who are interested I did hit for 10k on the new Star Wars slot machine. Yep 10,000 pennies. Also for the record, Zug's theory of betting on snake eyes to come up at 30-1 at craps is indeed crap.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Out Of This World Fly Fishing

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

Satellite View of Las Vegas

Well, I had to see it for myself! There is water in Nevada. Here is a satellite map of Las Vegas at 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

Las Vegas Fly Fishing Guides

I didn't know that so many fly fisherman were in Las Vegas! I thought it was a desert out there! Check these guys out if your in the area. Zugbug

Monday, July 18, 2005

Las Vegas Fly Shop

Since the editor is in Las Vegas this week fishing for sevens and elevens, I thought it would be good to showcase a local flyshop. Enjoy! Zugbug

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Cheap Oars....

Today Zug and I were able to procure some 8 foot Carlisle Oars for the Monster Fishing Raft. I got both for under $50.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Pentagon Elite's Little Brother

Here is a great deal on a SOG FSA-98 Knife. This is a mini version of Zugbug's favorite blade SOG's Pentagon Elite.

The Joy Of Hip Waders Only $12.95

Hip boots are a wonderful thing. Especially on a lovely lady standing knee deep in a river brimming with large trout...but I digress...Sierra Trading Post has size 8, felt sole, Reddington hip waders for only $12.95.

Bug Bites and Good Fishing

Hugh Koontz of The Shelby Star Online talks about the pain of being bitten by bugs while fly fishing. He reminds us how nice it is that mayflies don't bite.

Learning to Fly Fish in Tennessee

The City Paper Online reports on learning to fly fish the rivers of Tennessee. This kind of writing gives me hope that it is possible to make a living by writing about fishing.

The Crab's Claw - Atlantic Beach North Carolina reports on favorite seafood dives. The Crab's Claw in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina tops the list. We did some fly fishing in the Atlantic Beach area a few years ago.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Best Price For Size 13 Wading Boots Ever?

Here is our deal of the night. If you have a size 13 foot you can purchase a set of lug sole wading shoes at the Hodgman Outlet for only$3.99

Bean Counter Counts Winnings at Rolex / IFGA Tourney

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!

Golden Bear Trades Clubs for Fly Rod

Jack Nicklaus will be hanging up his competitive spikes after this after this week's open classic championship at St. Andrews. His plan for the future includes his new found passion - Fly Fishing. More fishing pressure!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hero Casting Contest - Sept. 8th - 10th

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.

Destination - Blackberry Farm Ranked #2 in USA.

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.

Fly Fishing Raft "Monster Garage" Style

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.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

"I'm In Control" - Zug

Zugbug has taken over the blog! Contact me now!

Fishing with Explosives Against Law in Hong Kong.

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 - Deep Deals Page

Yellowstone 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.

Start Your Own Fly Fishing Web Site

Here is s site that tells you how to start a fly fishing web site and make money. Hmmm... well I have the first part down pat but the second isn't doing so well.

Nice Work If You Can Get It... reports on a Missoula man who was chosen to participate in Fly Rod and Reel's Trout Bum Tournament. Nice work if you can get it. We need one of these tourneys on the East Coast. Send me your ideas.

Virginia Eco-Tourism On The Rise

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

The Classic Fly Rod Forum

On occasion I will take a look at the log files for to see where folks visit us from and that is how I found this forum about fishing classic fly rods.

Fishing Flies Online - Price Match Guaranty.

Our partner Fishing Flies Online has indicated that they will match any price that you can find on flies on the internet. Sounds like a good time to stock up. Visit their site by clicking through the link at or tell them you heard about it on

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Deal Alert - CFO II Reel $145 has an interesting offering today. An Orv*s CFO II reel for only $145.00. I have put this site on my list of ones to watch.

Event - Home Waters Expo 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

Line's End, Inc.- 1000 3/32 Beads $44.95

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.

Sack-Ups - Silicone Treated Fly Rod Bags

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.

Shenandoah River Fish Kill

More sad news for fly fishers as 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

Deal of the Night - Forbes 4wt Reel $75.99 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 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.

Western North Carolina Fishing Report

Here is the latest Asheville area trout fishing report as published in the Asheville Citizen Times.