Monday, October 31, 2005

Jake's Demon Bugger

A couple of years ago my 13 year old son decided he wanted to tie a fly, so we sat down to the vise and with a bit of guidance he tied and designed this "Halloween-ish" variation of a wooly bugger. It has a tail of red marabou and a the body is peacock herl over a base of lead. The rib is brown larva lace and it is tied through with olive thread. The most striking parts of the fly are the goose biot "horns" he decided to add at the last minute. They give the fly it's "hellish" appearance. I thought the current holiday would be an excellent time to bring it out of the back of the fly box and give it the place of honor it deserves. The fly you see here has actually caught a trout on one of our local delayed harvest fisheries. Maybe it mimics some sort of bizarre hellgrammite or other large bug? However, I often wonder if there isn't something more sinister at work here??

Dracula's Fishing Hole

So you say you want to fish in extreme places? You've already tried your hand at prison fishing and want an even bigger challenge? Try fishing the Arges River in the shadow of Dracula's castle in the old country of Transylvania! Be sure to put a crucifix on your vest with your nippers just to be safe. Weretrout? There Trout! (sorry about yet another vague "Young Frankenstein" reference)

Tennessee Tailwater..Caney Fork River

This weekend my day job required me to visit Cookeville, TN for some inventory counting. I did not get time to fish but did manage to hang out with fellow fly angler, co-worker, and regular fishing report contributor, Jay Moore. Jay told me about a tailwater in the area known as the Caney Fork River and I even managed to get a look at it while driving down I-40 on my way to the airport. Here is some information about the fishery via GORP. I had to promised Jay not to give away all his secret fishing holes on the Caney Fork and he agreed to take me fishing on it the next time I make it to town. According to Jay this is a great place to fish. I plan to find out for myself in December.

Angler Meets Night Stalker

This being Halloween and we take a look at one angler's scary fishing trip where he confronts one of the creatures of the night and almost doesn't live to tell about it! Ok, perhaps I exaggerate a bit, but this is a good read about a guy who almost got eaten while fishing at night.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

How Not to Go Broke Fly Fishing

The guys over at Moldy Chum offer some insight into how to make a small fortune in the fly fishing business. "Start with a large fortune........." Be sure to check out their blog. I have to agree with them as we here at are up to about $10 before expenses. Click Click Click!

It Sure Beats Digging Ditches For a Living

The Raleigh North Carolina News and Observer has a feature about Judson Conway, a fishing guide from Boone North Carolina, who got his start after getting a recreation degree at Appalachian State University (not unlike our own valued team member, Paisley). The article tries to convince us that the life of a fishing guide is not all glamour and glory. However, I simply refuse to believe it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Zugbug Visits Assawoman Bay, Maryland

Zugbug called today to let me know that he was passing over Assawoman Bay while traveling on business in Maryland. After much deliberation about the name we did some internet searching and found the place. However, we did not have any luck finding out the origin of the name. I think it has some sort of Native American origin, while Zug thinks it might be more of a commentary on the rampant over eating that plagues America these days. That said, we were not able to determine if Zug was crossing Little Assawoman Bay or if it was Big Assawoman Bay but knowing Zugbug I feel like it was probably the latter.

TSA Guidelines for Anglers

And now a word from the federal government for all you anglers planning on traveling to your fishing destination via airline. "Fishing equipment should be placed in checked baggage. Some tackle is sharp and dangerous. Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as flies should be packed in your carry-on baggage.
Rods can be carried on if the meet the size restrictions imposed by the airline that you are flying. I think we all agree with the TSA statement that: "Spear guns and spears are prohibited in carry-on luggage." Check out the link for detailed information about what you can and cannot take on your flight.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New Product - Loon Outdoors Lochsa Reel

Loon Outdoors, maker of many different types of fly fishing equipment, has announced the launch of a new large arbor reel the Lochsa (pronounced lock-saw). The reel is machined out of aircraft grade aluminum and has a sealed cork drag system. A quick check of the web indicates they are selling for around $170 with spare spools going for about an even hundred.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Deal of the Night - Your Tax Dollars At Work!

I was out on the net poking around for bargains to bring to our most valued readers when I came across a site selling a surplus copy of the U.S. Army Survival Manual FM 21-76 for around $4. In my humble opinion this is one of the books that is valuable to anyone who ventures beyond the lobby of a five star hotel and into the great outdoors. So I started looking for the best deal and I found it for Free, yes you heard me correctly, zilch, nada. After all it was our tax dollars that paid to write it. Isn't the internet wonderful!
Check out this and other valuable information and gear at the Equipped to Survive website. This site is a valuable web resource operated by Doug Ritter. Their mission statement speaks for itself:

Equipped To Survive Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by:

Raising awareness of potential survival emergencies
Promoting preparedness as the key to surviving life-threatening circumstances
Performing research and offering objective information to allow intelligent selection of effective survival equipment and supplies
Providing education in practical survival techniques and procedures
Encouraging development of new and improved survival equipment, supplies and techniques

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Fishing Shows Not Real? writer Robert Streeter provides insight into some of the short comings of the current crop of Outdoor television shows. He makes the point that often times the shows are just vehicles for their host's egos rather than real life representations of fishing and hunting. I would have to agree that most anglers shouldn't expect the nonstop action and huge fish that they see on the tube. After all, we really have no idea how much footage ends up on the cutting room floor. I would venture that most of us would be able to catch more fish if everywhere we fished someone paid the best local guide to show us how. Show me a guy who ties on his own flies, nets his own fish, and gets hung in a tree every now and then.

They Mix Like Oil and Fly Fishing???

In a strange twist even for an article about oil exploration, Time Magazine compares the search for oil to fly fishing. "Finding oil is like fishing in a pond. After several months, you notice that you are not catching as many fish. You could buy an expensive fly rod--new technology. Or you could decide that you have already caught most of the fish in the pond." This sort of thing reminds me of those TV commercials where famous football players chastise people for using football related metaphors as a comparison to business. Maybe we should ask Lefty Kreh to give these folks a call.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Golf Course Fly Fishing - He Caught Fore!

The New York Times has an article about something I have often wanted to try but was never real sure what the procedure would be to make it happen, fly fishing in the water hazards on golf courses. Being a casual golfer and a serious fly fisherman I often gaze longingly at the gurgling rises that one often sees in those under fished ponds on the links. The author has a good outlook of the risks one takes to fish these waters: "And if I'm knocked unconscious by a shanked golf ball while fighting him in, and end up in a persistent vegetative state, well, I suppose there are worse ways to go." I wonder how you would do with a white sphere shaped fly.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Another Joke you have probably already heard...

Three blondes are sitting by the side of a river holding fishing poles with the lines in the water. A Game Warden comes up behind them, taps them on the shoulder and says, "Excuse me, ladies, I'd like to see your fishing licenses." "We don't have any." replied the first blonde. "Well, if your going to fish, you need fishing licenses." said the Game Warden. "But officer," replied the second blonde,"we aren't fishing. We all have magnets at the end of our lines and we're collecting trash off the bottom of the river." The Game Warden lifted up all the lines and, sure enough, there were horseshoe magnets tied on the end of each line. "Well, I know of no law against it," said the Game Warden, "take all the trash you want." And with that, the Game Warden left. As soon as the Game Warden was out of sight, the three blondes started laughing hysterically. "What a dumb Fish Cop," the second blonde said to the other two, "doesn't he know that there are steelhead in this river?"

Check out more really bad fishing jokes at

New for 2006 - Ross Reels CLA

Ross Reels has a new line out for 2006 called the CLA (Cimarron Large Arbor). They feature the benefits of a large arbor reel at an affordable price. According to the Ross Reels website they range in price from $160 -$190 depending on size. And yes, they click when you wind them. I like my reels to click. Ross must know this as one of the features they list on their website is:
* Pleasant incoming and outgoing click

Smallest Fish Contest Continued

We have been fortunate to get a photo of the fish that won 2nd place in the Smallest Fish Contest. The angler who caught this fish using the spin fly method is fellow blogger "Flyfisherman." from Singapore. Be sure to visit his blog Flyfishing Journal. I really enjoy seeing how fly fishing is done in other parts of the world and he has some great photos of the fish he has caught. They actually catch Peacock Bass on bamboo fly rods!

I wonder if the first place fish had to be viewed under a microscope? Thanks again for the great photo!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Smallest Fish Contest

Finally a contest even I might have a shot at winning. Henry Miller of The Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon brings forth an idea for a contest where the smallest fish wins. I would suggest a requirement that you use tiny fly rods made of bamboo cooking skewers with reels made from sewing machine bobbins...

The FLY Lady!

The Fly Lady, Marla Cilley, who takes her name from her love of fly fishing (she was once an casting instructor) now spends her time teaching folks how to unclutter their homes and offices. The FLY in FLY lady stands for Finally Love Yourself, an anthem that she uses in her quest for cleanliness around the country. I imagine that she might be a fine mate for Zugbug if she is not already married. Think of it she knows all the tricks for keeping a house clean and can tie flies for you as well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

From the "I'm sure you've already heard this one" file...

And so the story goes...

It was a terrible year for fishing in the small town and no one was having any luck catching fish. No one except for Zugbug who was bringing in a limit every time he went out on the lake. The local game warden decided he wanted to find out how Zug was managing to catch fish when nobody else could bring in so much as a minnow, so he ask Zug to take him out on his boat. As they paddled out to the center of the lake the warden watched as Zug opened a mysterious compartment under his boat seat and pulled out a stick of dynamite with a precariously short fuse. He handed it to the game warden who protested loudly that it was against the law and probably God, and nature, to fish with explosives. To which Zug lit the fuse on the dynamite (still in the game warden's hand) and said, "Are you going to talk or are you going to fish?"

Is Al Queda Targeting Kansas Fish???

Here is a story about the one that didn't get away but I am sure this angler wishes it had. An angler in Lawrence, Kansas was fishing at a local lake when he hooked something big. In fact he had caught a 20 pound pipe bomb with three propane tanks attached to the outside with duct tape. He alerted the local bomb squad who disposed of it right away. Some folks surmise that the bomb was part of a poacher's attempt at a bit of explosive fishing that didn't quite work out. Luckily no one was hurt. Sadly the angler didn't get to have his trophy mounted as it was blown up by the local bomb disposal unit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bare Fishing Legal in Missouri

It is official the state of Missouri has legalized bare handed fishing. Also known as noodlers the bare handed fishermen quite often catch large catfish by reaching up under a rock and dragging them out. Judging from the size of the fish in the pictures I would say it is a pretty fair fight. Anybody want to toss the fly rods and fish for trout bare handed?

Legal Advice For Fishermen

And as a public service the law abiding folks at remind you that "it is illegal for a man to knit during fishing season" in the state of New Jersey. Not that we ever really wanted to though.

A few others from the list:

It is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.

It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish
You can't shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

<Via> **by the way we are not attorneys nor do we play attorneys on T.V. You should never get legal advice from fishing websites. Especially ones devoted to fly fishing the South Eastern, United States.

Fishman Spotted in Caspian Sea...I always hoped for fishwomen.

Fishermen claim to have spotted an amphibious creature resembling a human in the Caspian sea.
What kind of fly do we need to tie to catch one of these?

Monday, October 17, 2005

Deal O' Tonight Simms Fishing Vest Reg. $79 Now $39.95

Simms Freestone Fly Fishing Vest (For Men)
Whether it's time to replace the old one or you're looking for a good starter, check out this comfortable, versatile fly fishing vest from Simms. Full back shoulder zip for ventilation plus all the pockets and accessories you'll need for a great day on your favorite spot.
Large, bellows front pockets with zips or hook-and-loop closures.
Smaller accessory pockets Inside mesh zip pockets.
Fly patch
Rod holder
Length: 16" Weight: 1 lb. Nylon with polyester lining.

Toyota Fishing For People?

So if they do genetically enhance the trout you might face something like the jogger in this Toyota commercial.

Frankentrout? No, it's pronounced Frankentroot...

In an effort to make trout more appealing to restaurant patrons scientists are attempting to use genetic engineering to create prettier trout. These "Frankentrout" as they are called don't have the hook jaw and their flesh is firmer and doesn't get dark with age. The trout, which have an extra chromosome, divert the energy they would normally use for reproduction to growth and thus can weigh as much as 10-12 pounds after only two years of hatchery life. An added bonus to those of us worried about pollution of the wild variety of trout, is that these fish are sterile so if they do escape they supposedly can't do much harm. I see a horror movie somewhere in this projects future. Let's hope the do not create an "Abby Normal" monster trout. <--vague Marty Feldman reference>. "Master, the villagers are coming to burn the hatchery!"

Sunday, October 16, 2005

James Bond, Fly Fisherman?

"Well 007, I have managed to cook up a new gadget for your latest fly fishing mission. It's a pen that converts into a full size fly rod!" Ok, so maybe James Bond wouldn't have much use for this but it sure looks cool to me. Imagine your friends surprise when you, having forgotten your fly rod, pull this out on the banks of your favorite river or pond. Somebody order one of these and let me know how it works.

Altoids Tin Survival Kit...Stay Minty Fresh and Alive

Here is something that I plan on adding to my fishing vest. After all, you never know when you might be fishing in the back country and get injured or have to spend the night outdoors. I might make a few changes to the contents but you have to love the idea of using an Altoids tin for the container. If you use a recently emptied one, all your equipment will smell minty fresh as well. (via

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Look at all the Pretty Colors.....

Ed Dentry of the has written an article about the trend in new fly fishing products to be colorful. Able reels was one of the first companies to do this and now more and more manufacturers are jumping on the band wagon. Some are even making reels and etc in the colors of your favorite football team. I think that this is part of an overall scheme to "catch fishermen rather than fish." After all is said and done you could store your line on a wooden spool and still catch just wouldn't look as would have more money though.

New Products - Nautilus Reels 12T

Nautilus Reels has announced a new addition to their line up. The 12T is suited for those anglers who go after big game on the fly. They are machined from bar stock aluminum and has a lifetime warranty. The drag system is sealed so that sand and salt can't get in to wear it out.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Blue Winged Olive

Richard Formato of The Roanoke Times extols the virtues of a fly that works year round. The Blue Winged Olive. The BWO is probably the one fly that I have the hardest time seeing on the water. Partly because of the color scheme and partly because of the small sizes you typically fish them in. Richard solves this problem by fishing his BWO with a parachute post of brightly colored material that makes them much easier to spot on the water.

T.U. Trying to Save the Golden Trout

If you want to add the golden trout to your checklist of caught salmonids you might want to try to catch one soon. This article in the Napa News tells us that they are getting ever closer to extinction. Trout Unlimited, however, is trying to do something about it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Deal O' the Night! - Sierra Trading Post

Powell Tiboron Fly Fishing Rod

A Powell fly fishing rod so light, it's almost weightless. Dubbed "The Ultimate Casting Rod," the Tiboron uses titanium and boron, plus proprietary graphite and resin, to deliver the ultimate in performance in both tight spaces and wide-open streams. Translucent black blank with blue and titanium metallic piping Titanium carbide S. I. C. stripping guides and thin-wire snake guides Powell up locking Ti-graphite reel seat

We all know that Powell makes some very fine fishing equipment. That is why I had to post this fly rod when I found it. What would it take for me to get you into this fly rod tonight? This rod normally sells for $595.00 but we can knock off $245 without even having to run it by the sales manager! That's a savings of 41%! You know you deserve it. Order one tonight!

One fish, Two fish ....No fish...

Here is a disturbing story from the BBC. It seems that in order to keep people from fishing at the Shire Brook Valley Nature Preserve they have removed the fish. A teenager was injured last year when his fishing rod hit some low hanging electrical wires, so local authorities banned fishing in the area as a way to prevent further accidents. The fishermen persisted so the authorities have hauled away the fish.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Fly Fishing Journal Blog

Take a look at the Fly Fishing Journal Blog. This angler's home waters are in Singapore. Check out the post about fishing in one of his secret spots where the "water seldom runs, except when the valve is turned by the technicians." The author catches some very nice Peacock Bass. Be sure to take a look at the techniques section. Especially the one about how to catch a Snakehead fish on the fly.

A Big Month For Record Fish

So Far September and October have been big months for record fish around these parts. On the fly or not we always like to hear about the big ones that don't get away. Here are a few highlights:

12 year old Robert Womack reeled in a N.C. state record Green Sunfish (10 inchs, 15 ounces).

Brian Newberger set a new N.C. state record for Flathead Catfish ( 78 lbs, 52 inches).

Burnesville, N.C. angler, Bryan Butner reels in a S.C. unofficial record for Tarpon from a pier (150 lb's estimated since he released it without weighing it).

High school Junior, Jesse Lockowitz set a N.C. state record for tarpon from a pier with his catch of 175 lbs.

Make Team USA!

Fancy yourself one of the best fly fishermen in the USA? Boy, do I have a deal for you. Fly Fishing Team USA is holding try outs for this years team. Here is what they seek. Do you fit the bill?

*A fly fisherman able to finish in the top 15 in the finals in Colorado.
*Upstanding character that will represent the U.S. in a respectful, professional manner as verified by references, and a positive learning nature (sorry Zug) .
*A competitive, never-give-up team attitude that shows a willingness to extend beyond the limits.
*Ability to travel up to four weeks to compete and train.
*Ability to train on their own, and learn new fly-fishing techniques.

If you make the team you will get don the Red, White, and Blue fishing vest and fish the lovely waters of Portugal where with any luck we should do much better than the beat down the French gave us last year.

I wouldn't stand a chance as I am often chosen last when we are picking teams for fly fishing.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Fly-Fishing Retailer Expo - 2005 New Product Preview

Last month the Fly-Fishing Retailer World Trade Expo was held in Denver, CO. If you did not get to attend you shouldn't fret. Click the link above for a PDF file that lists many of the new products featured at the show. Feel free to pass this along to your significant other as a kind of greedy Christmas list of sorts.

Computer Criticizes Casting : Take Over of Earth Imminent

We know that this has to be a sign that the machines are taking over the earth very soon. In the near future, we will all be able to find out just how bad a fly caster we really are. The Sage Rod company is outfitting fly shops with it's new Sage Casting Analyzer. The analyzer will use a gyro connected to a palm pilot to compare casts to that of an expert and will give us insight on how not to cast like an epileptic monkey.

More People Fishing In Arkansas This Weekend...

There is a good reason we visited the White and Norfork Rivers last month and not this one. This month the Federation of Fly Fishers is holding its 2005 Southern Conclave there. It's not that we don't like the Federation, we think they are a great group of anglers that do a lot of good, it's just that the fishing pressure was bad enough while we were there without half the anglers on the east coast joining us. All kidding aside, I am sure they will enjoy the fishing one of the nations best trout fisheries.

Duck River Watershed Report

The Shelbyville Times Gazette reports on a study released by the state of Tennessee about the quality of water in the Duck River watershed. You may have read about the Duck River in fishing reports from reader Jay Moore of Nashville, TN. Based on the study it looks like the Duck is in pretty good shape. That is good news if you want to visit Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch located on the banks of the Duck.

Friday, October 07, 2005

He never saw it coming!

You should see this x-ray of an angler who caught a large lead sinker in the eye socket while trying to get his line un-snagged. Can you say OUCH! "Mr Williams said he expected to be off work for some time."

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

A Gift for our Readers - $10 Off @ Sierra Trading Post

The good folks at Sierra Trading Post have seen fit to give the readers of and this blog an early Halloween gift, $10 off any purchase of $100 or more. It might be a good time to stock up on fly fishing gear. To take advantage of this offer click the link below.

$10 OFF on Web Orders of $100 or more! - CLICK HERE to redeem! **Cannot be combined with other offers**

New Missouri Record Brown Trout: 27lbs 10 oz.

A new Missouri state record brown trout has been caught by Rick Osborn of Camdentown, MO. He caught it while fly fishing at a secret spot on Lake Taneycomo. He caught the 27 pound 10 ounce monster while wading and fishing with a 4lb test leader. He caught it on a grey scud fly. He said it took him over 30 minutes to land the trout.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Deal of the Night - Roll Up Fishing Shirt $9.95

Our deal for tonight is for those of you who can wear a small or medium. The Cortland Line Factory Store has a nice roll up long sleeve fishing shirt for only $9.95. It's regular price is $39.95

Southern Rodmakers Plan Gathering.

Are you southern? Do you make your own rods? Perhaps you might like to attend the Southern Rodmakers Gathering in Mountain Home, Arkansas? Maybe I should email them and tell them not to eat at the McDonald's with the Porta-Johns out front.

Monday, October 03, 2005

New Exec. Director at National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced that Jeff Trandahal has accepted the position of Executive Director. Mr. Trandahal is the current Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. They describe themselves as "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1984 and dedicated to the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants, and the habitat on which they depend. The Foundation creates partnerships between the public and private sectors to strategically invest in conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources."

Giant Flying Salmon

Look...up in the air, its a bird, its a plane ....its a fish?? Alaska Airlines has unveiled the latest edition to their fleet, a "Salmon-Thirty -Salmon" (or that is what they call it on their website). Actually is is a 737 with a giant Alaskan King Salmon for a paint scheme. The several hundred thousand dollar paint job was paid for by the Alaskan Fisheries Marketing Board in hopes of promoting the eating of Alaskan Salmon. Officials deny that area anglers are said to be constructing huge helium filled balloons shaped like salmon flies in hopes of catching one.