Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Well of Deals Has Run Dry...


Tonight's deal of the night is that there are no deals tonight. I did some searching and came up with nada, so I have decided to refer you to the site of Yoshikazu Fujioka who's paper craft trout models we visited in a post earlier this week. Fujioka San has crafted much of his fly fishing equipment from scratch or by modifying less expensive items into some very nice fishing gear. Be sure to take a look at his light weight fishing vest that he made from a cheap, ill fitting vest. It looks as nice as anything I have seen lately. Fujioka San has got it going on!

Drop a Line to Lefty


Want to talk with Lefty Kreh? Don't want to wait in line at the next fly show? Join the Allflyfishing.com's forum and send Lefty a message. Lefty is a member and actually responds to postings when time permits. Wicked Kewl if you ask me!

Hurricane Aid Needed


A lot of our fellow fishermen and women have lost their homes due to hurricane Katrina. Take a moment and visit the Red Cross web site and make a donation. If you can, make your donation at your local Lowe's store . Lowe's has agreed to match donations made in its stores, up to the first 1 million dollars.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Now Paying Full Price for Hodgeman Waders...


Recently I was checking out some of my favorite fly fishing equipment deal sites and thought to myself, "Self, you should see what new and wonderful wader type goodness Hodgeman is hawking in their outlet store." However, much to my dismay I couldn't locate the website. I fired off a quick email to the company to find out the story and here is the response I received: "thank you for your interest in our products. Stearns INC has acquired the Hodgman company, and we have decided to no longer offer the OUTLET on our website. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope you continue to support our products through our retailers.If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us."

Of course, you can always visit one of our wonderful sponsors for all your wader needs. (Shameless plug follows)

Monday, August 29, 2005

Deal of the Night - 20 Pack Tungsten Slotted Beads


Here is our deal of the night. A package of 20 tungsten beads for $5.95. These are a new product and instead of being counter drilled they are slotted. According to J. Stockard Fly Fishing the slot makes them heavier since less material has to be removed to allow them to fit round the bend of the hook.

Buggy Business


Here is a business opportunity for you. The owners of Bug Luggage are looking to sell out. The successful buyer will receive the molds that they use to make their line of six fly box designs. The owners say the company is profitable and their products are being carried by L.L. Bean and Cabela's.

Paper Trout in the Land of the Rising Sun


Yoshikazu Fujioka, a 56 year old Japanese fisherman who works his day job as a "designer of commercial spaces" has created a website that combines his love of fishing with his art. This site will give you a look at fly fishing as only the Japanese view it. Be sure to check out the patterns for 3D papercraft models of trout that he has created. He has a great philosopy on fishing that is brought out in the following quote from his site. "Things didn't always go as I wish. So I made my rod myself and try every means. Now a days Fishing tackles have become abundance. But I use only spinner and caddis, and don't need many kinds of fishing tackles. It's an irony.Anglers usually prepare many kinds of fly and I was not an exception. I made dragon fly at that time. It is my principle how not think about catching but fish in favorite places and use favorite tackles without any hurry."

In 1979, Youshikazu founded his own fishing club, "Tsuttenkai." When I read his description of the site It sounded like a club that Paisley, Zugbug, and I would enjoy. "One of us is crazy in fishing and forget time. And the other take part only in the party at night."

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Stoned Fly Nymph for Trout??


Finally tonight - San Benito County, California officials are waging war on pot growers in the area. One of their reasons for doing so: "State authorities are also concerned about the environmental destruction the growers wreak by dumping pesticides and chemical fertilizers near creeks and lakes, where they can endanger coastal steelhead and salmon runs and trout, said State Fish and Game Warden Jeremy Bonesio, who was among the 30 federal, state and local officers participating in the Thursday raid 50 miles south of Hollister."

Area fishermen have mixed feelings about this campaign, as trout that swim in streams near these illegal fields seem to be hungry all the time...

Lightning + Fly Rod + H2O =Ouch!


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reminds us that those 9ft long lightning rods we all fish with should never be waved about during a lightning storm. Graphite is an excellent conductor of electricity. If that is not warning enough consider this quote from the article. "The blast burned a chunk out of his scalp and knocked most of the stitches out of his hat."

Is it ever good to be a drag?


Tonight we take a look at an article that tells us sometimes drag on your fly can be a good thing. One of the first things you learn about fly fishing is that drag on your fly is a bad thing. However, how many times have you go a strike at the end of your drift, just as you were starting to bring in your line?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

I Like My Women Like I Like My Fishing Reels


If you have a spare $1,000 laying around you might want to pick up one of these beautiful new Abel reels. Since only 59 are being made I think they are intended more for art than fishing. I would have a hard time fishing with a reel that pretty and that expensive. Pretty and expensive are qualities that should describe women not fishing equipment.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Fly Casting in a Kilt...


The Greensboro, NC News Record reports on the recent Triad Highland Games. Included for the first time this year, a long distance fly casting competition. Could wearing a kilt affect your double haul?

For Sale - Fishing Shack / Missile Silo


I have always thought I might like to live out west someday. When Flyfishmagazine.com really takes off we will need a corporate office, so I am considering this Denver Colorado, Titan 1 missile Silo that is on sale on eBay for a bit less than 1.3 million. Amenities include the ability to withstand an atomic blast and over 45,000 square feet of office space. Let me know if you want to chip in.

Fishing Movies - The Grass is Greener



I had to write about this movie that I watched tonight. Cary Grant plays an Englishman who's wife falls for another man. In pure British style, he promptly invites him over to the his house for the weekend, takes him fly fishing while directing him towards the deepest parts of the river, and then challenges him to a duel. When his wife asks him why he decided to fight for her he remarked, "Because if you left I would miss sleeping with you and there would be no one to send the Christmas cards." I hope Zug doesn't get any ideas from this one!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Fly Fishing Now Declared Cool


Just in case you didn't know it already, fly fishing has been declared cool. Soon it is thought that dry fly fishing will become "too sexy for it's shirt."

Dark Days - French Win Fly Fishing Title


Say it isn't so! The French have won the 25th Annual FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships that were recently held in Sweden. Team USA finished 15th with the highest scoring American in the individual rankings finishing 34th. This is down right embarrassing. I am sure the Americans were distracted by the tall, leggy, blond, Swedish Bikini Team or something like that. Paisley, Zug, and Garwood, are you guys up for a trip next year? We need to bring the flag home again!

P.S. I wasn't going to go there but I can't resist. Obviously the trout didn't put up much of a fight. If they had been fishing for German Brown Trout the French would have surrendered right away. "Je rends heureusement à vous la truite de Monsieur."

Ok Ok, Now for the vague Monty Python reference. I can see the French team across the banks of the river, after having won, yelling at the Americans, (read in your best French accent) "Go away or we shall taunt you a second time!"

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Off the Reservation

I just returned from spending the weekend at my villa (read as camper) on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the mountains of North Carolina. Long before the reservation made its income from the spinning reels of a slot machine, they made their money literally from the spinning of fishing reels. Although they now get most of their tribal income from the local Harrah's Casino, the Cherokee Nation runs the Raven Fork of the Oconoluftee River as "Enterprise Trout Waters." This means that they stock them with trout and sell permits to fishermen who want to fish these waters. Bait fishing rules these waters and the pressure is heavy.

I grew up fishing this river and long before I ever picked up a fly rod, I was learning to dunk worms and corn for stocked trout. Back when I was younger it seemed it was not uncommon for an angler to catch a limit of tasty trout (no qualms about eating these as they were born to be fried at the reservation hatchery) before lunchtime. Some folks would argue that the focus on the casino has changed this for the fishermen.

When I took up the fly rod it was only natural that I try my luck at Cherokee. The Raven Fork is tough on fly fishers. It is wide and deep and the stocked trout seem to only want to hover close to the bottom. This makes it hard for the average small stream fly fisherman to put his fly into the feeding zone. After many attempts, I finally figured out the correct technique to catch fish semi-consistently on the reservation.

This weekend, I met my father at our camper and he and I proceeded to fish a section of the river off of Big Cove Road. This section doesn't get as much pressure because it winds through a valley, far from the road and is surrounded on both sides by large cliffs. The only access for the most part is to wade upstream. Not knowing what to expect my father brought his spinning rod with a Mepps Spinner tied on and I opted for my 7'6" small stream rod thinking it might be hard to fish a larger rod in the wilderness. I was very wrong about the small rod and casting it the long distances required to get a good drift became a chore by the end of the day. A longer rod would have helped me get a better drift without mending line seemingly all the time.

We accessed the river by walking through the middle of a campground and getting into the water where the campground ended. Much to our surprise the campground had grown and about 1/3rd of the remote area we were to fish was now accessible by gravel road and lined with recreational vehicles. Bravely we continued on and eventually the road turned to a trail and then the trail disappeared leaving us no choice but to wade the rest of the way up river. Once we left the beaten path behind we actually managed to catch a few fish on small nymphs, although they were nothing to brag about. I blame either the heat (it was in the 90's all day), or defective trout. At any rate neither the fly rod nor the spinning rod had great success.

I would show you pictures but I took a bit of a spill while wading and got to test out the quick drying properties of my new fishing shirt. The digital camera in my vest did not react well to the sudden influx of river water and I am certain that it has made its last fishing trip. We did get an education as to how much water my waders will hold and also a nice reminder to cinch up the belt tight next time.

In conclusion, The Raven Fork of the Oconoluftee River is still a challenge for me to fish with a fly. It is one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever fished and the water is refreshing when you fall in on a hot day. For a boy of any age, fishing with Dad on familiar waters is always a good thing.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Angie - The Fishin' Goddess


As you might remember from previous postings, our old friend Zugbug is single again. I thought I had found the perfect woman for him today but as I read her site she is already married. Angie is a fly fishing guide in Washington state and calls herself "The Fishin Goddess." In addition to her ability to catch fish, one of the things she lists on her site that makes her the guide you should choose, "The view in the boat is much better of me than some big fat smelly old redneck." Judging from the pics on her site she certainly can put a guy on fish!

Her husband, Or*is Boy, has this quote on her website "There is a Goddess, I saw her yesterday on I-5. She had the top down and she was drivin a cherry 69' GTO, with an 8 weight Sage RPL in the backseat" Who couldn't like a woman with a nice fly rod and a 69' GTO?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Deals for Large and Small


Ok, this one is for the small and the very large anglers out there. It seems if you want really exceptional deals at the Hodgman outlet you can't be an average guy. These breathable rain jackets normally sell for $119, but if you are size small or size XXL you can get one for only $44.99 and save 62%.

North Carolina's Pamlico Sound


The Shallow Water Angler talks about the salt water fly fishing paradise that lies just off the mainland of North Carolina known as the Pamlico Sound. Read as large groups of eager feeding redfish.

Monday, August 15, 2005

U of Alaska to Offer Fishing Class


I think every news outlet in the country picked up this story about the University of Alaska offering a class in how to catch a fish. I thought to myself why be different! How great would it be to enroll some of my fishing buddies in the class as a joke. I wonder if they have a t-shrit. Can you letter in fly fishing? Save your tuition, I know some guys who will be glad to teach you to fish for a six pack.

Tennessee's Clinch River


Game&Fish talks about that other tail water river in Tennessee, the Clinch River. The Clinch is home of the Tennessee state record trout. I thought you guys and gals might like to read this one.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Learn Flyfishing with a Guide or On Your Own?


Harry L. Hoots author of the Hoot's Holler outdoor column for the Hendersonville News writes about why it might be better to learn to fly fish from a knowledgeable guide vs. reading lots of books and watching videos etc. I know I spent a lot of money on things that I really didn't need when I was learning, but in retrospect that was a lot of the fun as well.

Guides are expensive, but for the first time angler who has no one to show them the ropes, they can be a good investment. A guide can also be great when you are fishing in a new area for the first time. I would hate to shell out all that money to visit Alaska and then try to go it on my own without having a clue. If you are going to spend $1,000+ to get to the river, don't skimp on a guide. Anybody who spends 200+ days on the water has to have some clue about where the fish stay.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Rod Deal - Cortland Five Piece Travel Rod- $54.95


If you travel a lot on business or otherwise it can be a challenge to take you gear along with you. The old two piece, nine foot, fly rod just won't fit into a briefcase very well. The Cortland Line Factory Store has just the thing to solve your problem: a five piece, 5WT, 8', Premium Scout fly rod for only $54.95. My first non "Eagle Claw" fly rod was a Cortland and I still fish with it.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Zugapalooza!


Zugapalooza is live and on the web. Be sure to visit our very own contributing editor's personal blog. It even has music videos. While some of his recent music selections might cause you to want to make an appointment with Doctor Kevorkian, he really did pick some quality music irregardless of mood.

While you are at it check out the lighter side of Zugbug by reading his latest article at Flyfishmagazine and learn how "Zug lost his Britches!"

"The Poor Man's Tarpon"


Mike Marsh of The News & Observer reports on fishing for Ladyfish off the coast of North Carolina. He tells us that they tend to,"makes four or five jumps, then it just peels off the line." This along with their nickname of "the poor man's tarpon" must mean they would be loads of fun on a fly rod.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Fly Fishing Retirement Fund

Earlier today I was thinking about retirement and such and wondered what kind of investments might be available to the angler who wanted to put his money where his hobby is. I came up with this list of investments that are related (albeit somewhat loosely) to our favorite recreation. Here are the investments that I have decided to dub "The Fish Market Fund."

Cabela's Inc (CAB) - An obvious choice for any angler looking to invest in his hobby. With earnings per share of $1.03 and trading at $21.84 up .19 cents today, a solid pick.

The Sports Authority (TSA) - A secondary play for the fly angler. This retailer carries a line of budget gear suited for the angler new to the sport. Fly fishing is certainly secondary to other outdoor pursuits at TSA. This stock traded today at $31.64 up .49 cents.

Brooktrout Inc. (BRKT) - The only publicly traded company named after a trout. Traded on the NASDAQ they provide communications software and hardware. The stock closed today at $9.58 down .11 cents.

Pan Fish ASA (PNFSF.PK) - Traded on the OTC markets at a whopping .27 cents per share. This company has fish farms all across the globe. Check them out at www. panfish.com. This stock closed unchanged today.

New River Pharmaceuticals Inc (NRPH) - Famous for small mouth bass, The New River has to be one of the South's favorite fishing and whitewater destination. This company makes drugs that will help ease your pain after you crash your boat into a rock while trying a land a big bronze back. The stock closed at $37.06 up $1.37.

FYI - Bass Pro Shops and Orv*s are not included because like so many other companies in the fly fishing business they seem to be privately held.

Now for the disclaimer - Don't take this list seriously and don't bet your life savings on something you read on the internet. If you want to get rid of your money that badly you should contact me at editor@flyfishmagazine.com and I will be glad to dispose of it for you. Otherwise do your own research and make your own decisions.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Watauga River Float Trip Photos

Paisley Relaxing in his Water Skeeter

Zugbug, deep in a "zen-like" state, ponders the meaning of the trout.


Garwood and Paisley park the boats in favor of some wade fishing.

For All You Executive Types



In our continuing effort to expose you to the finer things in life, we humbly present you with "The Executive's Guide To Fly Fishing."

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Wooster Wins Tarpon Tournament


Gene Wooster takes home the prize in the 13th annual Rotary of Oriental Tarpon Tournament. The anglers fished the Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound. Wooster landed four tarpon to win the event.

Roanoke Bass


The Herald Sun of Durham, NC reports on the Roanoke Bass. Roanoke Bass are a species that is classified as being significantly rare. NC Wildlife will be looking at how the population is doing and if it is strong enough they might even begin to promote the fishery.

Fly Fishing Vanderbilt Style - Biltmore House


The Roanoke Times and Richard Formato tell us about what it is like to fish on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Tackle Trader Classifieds


Do you have extra fishing equipment that you don't need? If so ask yourself, "What on earth is wrong with you?" You can never have enough fishing tackle! Here is a site where you can buy more from guys whose wives are making them sell theirs.

Dead Angler



Mystery writer Victoria Houston uses fly fishing as her inspiration for her novels. Her book titles include Dead Angler, Dead Creek, Dead Jitterbug, and Dead Boogie.

Follow the Thin Blue Line


TriCities.com tells us about the term "bluelining" or following the thin blue lines on the map to find places to fish that are off the beaten path. They mention how folks call the Davidson River "technical" water but the author of this article says it is just over fished!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Finally - New Clearance Items at Bass Pro




Finally Bass Pro has added some new items to the Fly Fishing Clearance section. I have been watching this thing for months only to see the same fingerless gloves and fly reel key chain over and over again. This time they actually have some goodies, including a Outcast Saddlebag that goes over the back of the seat of your personal pontoon boat and holds your gear and even a water bottle! At only $19.88 it's worth a look. Click the banner above to be magically transported to their web site and help keep www.flyfishmagazine.com and this blog free (like we could get anyone to pay for this stuff!).

Sometimes the Fish Catch You...


So, as if you haven't had your fill of shark attacks and people almost getting skewered by black marlin, this poor fellow had a run in with the ominously named Crocodile Needlefish and got a thorax full of stitches as a bonus. The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that he is doing well except for "Sometimes I move wrong. It feels like my guts are coming out." Warning the pictures here are not for the squeamish.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Event - Watauga Riverfest


The Mountain Times of Boone, NC reminds us that it is almost time for Watauga Riverfest. The Watauga is one of our favorite local rivers and the Watauga River Conservation Partners will sponsor the festival August 13th from 11am to 4pm at the Valle Crucis Community Park. Events will include fly casting demonstrations by our friends at Appalchian Angler. For more information call Richard DeMott at (828) 963-8682 or send an e-mail to Greco at tg43121@appstate.edu

Advice to a Fisherman from an Investment Banker


Allaboutflyfishing.com brings us an interesting fable about a poor fisherman and the advice that he got from a rich New York investment banker. See what conclusions he was able to reach.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Fly Fishing U.


If you have not had the opportunity to study under our resident fishing guide, Paisley, you might try attending Fly fishing University. This is where you can get your Doctorate of Driftology.

Scottish Fly Fishing Tourney


Flyishingscotland.com sponsors the Glen Garioch Scotch whiskey Challenge fly fishing tournament. Anybody up to catching a plane over to Scotland in Sept. for the competition? Thanks to Jake for the heads up about this site.