Wednesday, November 30, 2005

185,000 Square Feet of Fishy Fun

Go on a "Big Box Safari" and explore an LA Times walk through of a new Cabela's 185,000 square foot superstore. The article makes a stark contrast:
To think, Dick Cabela started it all in 1961 on his kitchen table in Chappell, Neb., selling cut-rate flies tied in Japan. First, he advertised 12 flies for $1 and got only one customer. He cut the price to five flies for free with a 25-cent charge for shipping and handling, and the orders started rolling in. According to the hardcover history of the company written by his son, David Cabela, the profit margin on each order was 2.2 cents per fly."
Back in business school they taught us that retailers always located the men's department near a door because men like to get in and get their stuff then get out quickly. The average customer of Cabela's shops for four hours. I guess it all depends on what you are selling!

Professor of Flyrodology?

A professor at the University of Washington who is working on in flight showers for intercontinental travelers also helped the manufacturers of Sage fly rods find and correct an defect in their manufacturing process that was costing them several million dollars a year in rod rejects. "What they found was that sometimes they were making not exact wraps of the material - sometimes they would go just one and a half times around so it wasn't even," Seferis said. "They were able to help Sage optimize their manufacturing process."

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Fish the Infield at Daytona

The guys over at Fishing Jones have a link to a site for you to enter a contest in which the grand prize is a chance to fish in Boating Magazine's, "Basscar invitational". The "Basscar" takes place in the infield lake at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500. I think it would be great to see a fly fisherman out there casting in front of millions of race fans. Enter the contest then start tying those chicken bone flies right away.

Name that Fish

Cryptozoologist are the folks who study the likes of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. One of the most famous "Cryptos" is Loren Coleman. Mr Coleman is asking the fishermen of the world for help in identifying this mysterious fish from a post card that is thought to be from the early 1900s. The comments from the readers of his site, Cryptomundo reveal quite a bit about the many different types of odd fish that are out there. So far answers have ranged from giant squid to a large Amazonian fish called pirarucu.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Cyber-Monday Night's Wild Deals

According to the media's propaganda machine, today was "Cyber-Monday" or the day we all go back to work and spend the first few hours buying Christmas gifts online. My hard working readers would never waste their employer's time by doing their shopping on the clock so I have decided to reward you with free shipping on orders over $125. Any angler worth his salt can spend $125 on gear, don't you think?

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Stocking for Coastal Waters?

Could salt water fish hatcheries be the answer to dwindling game fish numbers off the coast of North Carolina? The jury is still out. I can already see a long line of anglers in boats following the hatchery stocking ship.

Scottish Guides Consider Disinfecting Foreign Anglers

It seems that North America is not the only part of the world where trout stocks are threatened by parasites. In this article from, Finlay Wilson talks about his responsibility for keeping the Gyrodactylus Salaris bug out of Scottish Waters. This little nasty critter can live on fishing equipment for days between trips. Mr. Wilson is concerned because he regularly guides anglers from all around the world on Scottish waters. One suggestion I thought of was to hose down visiting anglers with Scotch before taking them fishing. Note to self: plan trip to Scotland.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Poorly Tied Flies That Sometimes Catch Fish

This weekend I finally got around to digging out the fly tying kit and replenished my fly box of some of the patterns I use regularly. I am not the best fly tier so I try to limit myself to simple patterns that I have modified to meet my needs. They may not be pretty enough to catch anglers but I do know that they will catch fish. The first pattern I tied is a different variation of the wooly bugger. My version is tied on a size 16 long shank nymph hook with a tungsten bead and several wraps of lead wire to make it super heavy. The body is olive ostrich herl and the tail is marabou. I sometimes put a rib of holographic tinsel through the body just to add a bit more flash. The tail of the fly is about two times longer than it actually should be for the size hook on which it is tied, but I have found that this is necessary to give the fly a nice swimming action. I tie these in black, olive and yellow.


The next fly that I tied was a quick and easy midge nymph or maybe its a micro caddis imitation. I tied these on a size 20 hook with a tungsten bead and a body that consists of a few wraps of olive larva lace. As you can see I don't always get the nice tapered body but I am thinking they will still work and they only take about one to two minutes to tie.

No Hitchers!

Mama always told me never to pick up hitchhikers and now The National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force reminds us to make sure we don't bring home more than memories from our fishing trips. There is a growing problem with out of place organisms hitching rides on boats and waders and other fishing equipment. Whirling disease has gotten the most press in recent years but the problem includes everything from New Zealand Mudsnails, snakehead fish, to hydrilla and water hyacinth. These hitchers can destroy native species and clog waterways. Link to

Saturday, November 26, 2005

New Fishing Report - Middle Tennessee's Elk River regular contributor, Jay Moore has posted a fishing report that details his latest fly fishing adventures in middle Tennessee. (Link)

Been fishing somewhere? Tell us about it by submitting your fishing reports here.

A Survival Story from Belize

The Reporter, an independent newspaper in Belize, tells the story of a fisherman went out for a day of fishing only to have his boat sink due to foul weather. He was stranded at sea for over 19 hours before being rescued. There were 8 fishermen and crew on the boat. Three of them stuck together by hanging on to an ice chest and were rescued. No word yet as to the fate of the other five.

Martin Mohawk River Fly Reel reviewed at TackleTour has reviewed The Mohawk River fly reel by Martin Fly Fishing. Here is what they had to say about Martin's top of the line fly reel. "The Mohawk River MR34 is a nice compact and lightweight 3wt reel that looks good, is well balanced, performs well for a variety of nymphing and dry fly applications, and best of all comes with an incredibly low price tag of under $60." While Martin may seem to have been left out of the higher end reel market in recent years. They have always been known to make quality equipment. My first fly reel was a Martin automatic and it is nice to see them putting out some affordable and good looking machined aluminum reels.

Thankful for Peacock Bass

I wanted to check in and see what our fellow anglers from Singapore have been up to and I ran across this section of Fly Fishing Journal showing what Billy did over the Thanksgiving Holiday. (Before you write, I know they probably don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Singapore but it made such a nice tie in). Be sure to scroll down and check out the beautiful pictures of the sunset fishing on the Lower Peirce Reservoir.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Fishing Pressure to Increase on Area Rivers

In an effort to further crowd our rivers, Columbia Pictures has released a deluxe DVD edition of "A River Runs Through It". I am not sure what makes this version deluxe but I did notice the new cover prominently features Brad Pitt's mug. If you are a fly fisherman you are required by law to own a copy of this movie. You more contemplative types should check out the printed text as written by Mr. Maclean. I can't really complain about this movie though because as much as I hate to admit it, I actually took up the fly rod after seeing the movie back in 1992. I guess you could say Brad Pitt converted me from bait fishing. I haven't shown up with a coffee can full of worms since.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Flyfishmagazine Version 2.0

Happy Thanksgiving!
Tonight I have been putting the finishing touches on the re-design of Hopefully the turkey induced stupor that I was in did not keep me from achieving my goal of making the site cleaner looking and easier to navigate. More of the actual content should now be "above the fold." Feel free to drop me an email with any suggestions or comments.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Blackness Falls Across The Land....Deals Abound

You may already know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. You may also already know that it is known as "Black Friday." I am sure the reason it is called "Black Friday" has something to do with the empty blackness in my bank account after my wife hits the sales that day. What you may not know is that stores like Bass Pro Shop, Dick's Sporting Goods, and even Black and Decker actually participate in this punishing session of retail bloodlust. This means that even us guys can get out there and find deals on all the big boy toys we need. This link is to a site where you can see all the things that will be on sale in advance. I intend on having my wife with me as I hit all the stores...after all I will need someone to carry my bags for me.

Seriously I wouldn't be caught dead shopping the day after Thanksgiving and I would never try to come between my wife and shopping. That would be like taking food from a mother grizzly bear.

Tokyo Terry's Fly Fishing Bar

Welcome to Tokyo Terry's Fly Fishing Bar. I can't read it and for some reason altavista's babelfish wouldn't translate it for me but the pictures on the front page are wicked cool. Be sure to scroll down and check out the photos. I suffer from Nipponese digital camera envy!

The Heart of Rock & Roll Fly Fishes

Here is the latest news from Huey Lewis. It seems his heart of rock and roll beats for fly fishing. "I've got a ranch with a few hundred acres. I'm an outdoor guy; I like to fly-fish. It's the opposite end of the celebrity thing. Animals don't ask for autographs." I guess that if you run into Huey on the creek bank you probably shouldn't ask him to autograph that copy of "Sports" you keep in your fishing vest.

Monday, November 21, 2005

"Icky" Sells Flies

If you think your day is going poorly, take a gander at this guy. His nick name is "Icky" and his wife had an alleged affair with the Governor of West Virginia. But old "Icky" is getting back on his feet. He recently became the United States distributor for United Kingdom fishing equipment seller Reelhunting UK. His website is

Get a Knob

If I didn't know what this site was about I would have never, ever gone to see what was there. has a large selection of drawer pulls and cabinet knobs in various shapes and sizes including the rainbow trout shown above. If you want to see something really bizarre, check out the drawer pull shaped like an erie looking baby's head. This reminds me of those Nightmare on Elm Street movies from my youth.

False Alabcore Feasting Off N.C. Coast

This video shows a school of Fat Alberts feasting on a bait ball off the coast of North Carolina. Think Ferreri driving through a shopping mall full of people. (via Midcurrent)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Gifts for the (Lost) Fly Fisher..

Tonight I wanted to post another gift idea for the fly fisher-person on your list. I decided to find out what the top selling item on was when customers used fly fish as a search word. The answer might surprise you:

It seems a lot of fly fisher-people are worried about getting lost. Not only does the GPS keep up with your location, the built in FRS radio lets you keep track of your buddies whereabouts as well (provided of course that they buy one also). At $196 each these could really come in handy in helping us keep track of our pal Zugbug on the next expedition.

Georgia On My Mind...

Georgia's Delayed Harvest trout season runs November, 1st until May, 14th. There are four streams that currently fall under the special regulations:

Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
Smith Creek at Unicoi State Park
the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta
the Chattooga River

Here is a link to an article on the The about delayed harvest trout fishing in Georgia. Also, here is a link to free maps courtesy of the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources to help you find each of these streams. Why don't a few of you Georgia folks, be a peach and give us some first hand fishing reports.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Gerber, Fend For Yourself!

I have been a fan of Gerber since I was a baby slobbering their cereal up on my Dad's shoulder (just kidding). Now that I am older I am a big fan of Gerber knives and outdoor equipment. In my opinion the quality can't be beat. I ran across an interesting commentary on their website about the concept of fending for one's self. "There was a time when the words "quick" and "fix" were never found together in the same sentence. When our homes needed to be built, we grabbed brothers, fathers and hammers, not a mouse that clicked on Mr. On-line Contractor. Our nation's great accomplishments were a testament to hard work, sweat and ingenuity. After all, we not only put a man on the moon, but built him a rover to drive while he was up there." Amen Brothers! Grab your knife and fend for yourself!

The Angry Trout

No self respecting fly fisherman could ever visit Sandusky, Ohio without stopping in for a bite to eat at The Angry Trout Co. Perhaps Cletus and I should have stopped there when we made our impromptu visit to Lake Erie a few years back.

North Georgia Holiday Trout Stocking

Eight north Georgia trout streams will receive a generous stocking of fish courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources just before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The Rivers included in the stocking are:

the Chattahoochee River
the Tallulah River
Panther Creek
the Lake Hartwell Tailwater
the Lake Blue Ridge Tailwater
Holly Creek
West Armuchee Creek

Rod and Quill - Fly Fishing In South Carolina

I stumbled upon a new blog recently. Rod and Quill is all about the writings and wanderings of South Carolina fly fisherman and former professional forester, Mark Szymanski. "Objective: catch trout on a fly rod. I suppose most folks wonder why anyone would consider a free-time activity like fly fishing for trout when the closest such natural environment in this state is a good two hour drive. That's roughly the equivalent of two hundred miles round trip, since you have to count the return leg. You can take up golf, or tennis, and not have to drive that far."

Low Water = Spooky Fish

The Kingsport Times-News has a report from our favorite Tennessee fishing holes, the South Holston and Watauga. ""The water is real low, fish are real spooky and there are a lot of leaves in the water. You can hook a lot of leaves on the backcast," Walters said. "One way to avoid that is to mostly fish the faster riffles where there aren't a lot of leaves floating on the surface."

Thursday, November 17, 2005

California Trout Appeal

Brian Stranko, the Executive Director for Cal Trout has asked anglers to contact their Senators expressing opposition to changes to the Endangered Species Act. They have even prepared a template to make it easy to send your email to your lawmaker.
Here is an excerpt from his email that gives you some idea why they are so concerned:

"But if this terrible legislation is signed into law, H.R. 3824 would allow more pesticide runoff into salmon streams, require payoffs to developers, and make voluntary many habitat protections for the 270 threatened and endangered wildlife species in California, including salmon and trout."

I Am Special!

A controversy has erupted in Arkansas about the institution of minimum flows on the Norfork and White Rivers. Some folks are angry that they are drawing down lake levels to keep "special interest groups" like fly fishermen happy. "This would help on special interest groups like river guides and fly fishermen and not take into account the fishing and recreational use of the twin lakes." I do believe this is the first time I have ever been part of a "special interest group." The author says that more people use the lakes for recreation than do the rivers. However, when I was there in September I didn't really see many people on the lake, while the river was shoulder to shoulder with anglers. Hopefully they can sort it out and keep everyone happy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blog Free Night

Tonight is my 3rd wedding anniversary and the wife and I are going out for a dinner date. Since I would like to continue to be able to have the use of my limbs for fishing and future blogging I will be spending the evening with her and will not be scouring the net for bits of fly fishing goodness.

You might check out some of my pals whilst I commence my wooing:

Fish Spawn

Moldy Chum

Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin

Fly Fishing Journal

Or check out some of Zugs adventures at our sister site

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Lions, Bears, and Trout Up Your Pants Leg

I found a story by Paul Pittman on the NC Wildlife Resources website that talks about he history of the Waynesville, NC fish hatchery. Built in the 1920's the hatchery was a tourist attraction even before the area around Maggie Valley became a vacation destination. In addition to the trout, the hatchery was home to a collection of animals that included a black bear and a mountain lion. It appears that just like the tourists of today, some of the visitors couldn't resist the urge to bring home a souvenir. The author describes one so inclined young lad :"One enterprising boy had a fish line rigged inside his pants running down and out the bottom of his pants leg. Baited with a red worm, he would put his foot up on the raceway, dangle his lure in the water and pull a fat rainbow up his britches leg! This worked fine until a hatchery worker noticed the boy's leg twitching uncontrollably."

Not your Father's Pocket Knife

Abel Quality Products makes pocket knives that score very high on my "cool meter." Abel has long been known for their beautifully anodized fly tying vises and pliers that use the colors of gamefish to make them irresistible to anglers and collectors alike. These blades come in several species such as the Dorado (pictured) as well as trout and steelhead. Spend $385 and you can be assured that you will make a definite impression on everyone on the boat the next time it is your turn to cut bait.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Are You Ready For Some Deals? - Sage Starter Outfit $280

It is Monday Night and that means football. Tonight the Dallas Cowboys will take on a much nicer Philadelphia team and it should be a great game to watch over in the media room. However, with only 57804 minutes left until Christmas I must not neglect my duty to provide you with something to put under the tree for yourself or the ones you love. This would be a great way to introduce your significant other to the sport.

For your inspection, I present the Sage Introductory Trout Fly Fishing Kit.

Product Features
Sage Launch 590-4 (5 weight, 9ft, 4 pc fly rod)
Sage 1201 Series Reel
5 weight floating weight forward line with backing

Dog Days of Winter?

The wife and I attended the Carolina Panthers 30-3 trouncing of the New York Jets yesterday with our good friends Dawn and Justin. Even though it was the middle of November we never even considered putting on a jacket. This warm weather has me confused, so think what it must be doing to the trout. The Baxter Bulletin of Arkansas agrees that the fish must be thinking its Spring.

His Name is Earle

Bad Boy Musician Steve Earle of has given up black tar heroin in favor of fly fishing and left wing activism. I hope his fishing is better than his latest political statement of a song Condi Condi: "One of the highlights of the album is the unusually upbeat Condi Condi in which Earle asks Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice out for a night of romance. With lines like "people say you're cold but I think you're hot", Earle admits it's deliberately sexist but says he just couldn't help himself. " Sounds like Stevie's got a crush!

Angler Drowns fishing Missouri River

A sad reminder to us all: be careful when you are wading and keep your wading belt cinched up tight. "He went to get it and his hip waders filled with water and he was taken away by the current."

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Leaders are Made...With Fishing Line and Knots

When you find a Baptist minister with a blog and his post is about "How to make a Leader" you might think it is about being a good shepherd to your flock etc. However, in this case it is actually about how to make the kind of leader that you use to fish on the bottom for big Bull Redfish. A Baptist Minister who fishes, this all sounds too familiar to me. Perhaps I should introduce the fishing Rev. Dr Mark to my dad the fishing Rev. Homer Murdock. Dr. Mark Redd is the pastor of the Bayshore Baptist Church in La Porte, Texas and posts to a blog about fishing for big bull Redfish. (link via Moldy Chum)

Remember the Sporting Goods Store!

I am not sure that this is a good thing, but it seems that the new Cabela's store in Fort Worth, Texas will have 4 million visitors per year, while the Alamo, will only get 2.5 million. Davy Crockett is either turning over in his grave right now or wishing that he could see their vast selection of repeating rifles first hand.

Put Some Caddis in Your Box

If you have plans to fish in 2006 be sure that you don't forget the Caddis imitations in your fly box. If you tie flies, the Elk Hair Caddis is probably the first dry fly you learned. It is probably one of the best in your fly box for catching fish either on our Eastern waters or the famed rivers of the West.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Deals O' the Night - Stocking Stuffers for Fly Fishermen

Here are some items under $10 that would look great in any fly fisher's stocking on Christmas Morning (click the photos to purchase):

Scientific Anglers 7x Tippet Material $1.50 per spool

Dr. Slick Mitten Clamp Forceps $6.95

Scientific Anglers Double Taper Floating Fly Fishing Line (6wt) $9.95

Fly Fisherman's Ex Trying To Hook Him Up

This fly fisherman's ex-wife is trying to find him a date. She speaks very highly of him, almost like a salesman trying to unload a used car. "The previous owner was a little old lady and she only drove him back and forth to church on Sundays." You know things are bad when your ex-wife is trying to hook you up with someone else. I wonder if our friend Zugbug's ex would do the same thing for him?

Rich Folks Fly Fishing - Destination Clubs

The newest thing in real estate is what are known as "destination clubs." Basically it is a high end version of time share ownership but instead of offering the owner a variety of homes they offer them a single theme. One of the newest ones being planned will offer owners upscale lodging at fly fishing destinations such as the Madison and Snake Rivers. The club will only have 165 members to share a planned five upscale lodges. Get your pocket book ready if you want to join though, as membership in these types of ventures will cost you at least $150k with some of the higher end clubs charging a one time fee of as much as $360k. If you are interested, you can always stay at my house and fish the prison pond for $50 bucks night.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

RIO Acquired by Owners of Sage / Reddington

Moldy Chum has a copy of the press release announcing the acquisition of RIO by Far Bank Enterprises. Far Bank also owns the Sage and Reddington brands.
I am guessing that in the future our fly rods will come pre-equipped with RIO lines and leaders.

From Political Pressure to Fishing Pressure

According to Knight Ridder Newspapers the fishing pressure on the nations fly fishing streams will increase slightly when President Bush finishes up his term in office. Dick Cheney plans on spending his time after leaving office with a fly rod in his hand. "Cheney has another advantage that sets him apart in Washington. Renouncing presidential ambitions, he says his top priority after Bush leaves office is to go fly-fishing." Personally, I think it would be great to have a Secret Service Agent to net my fish for me.