Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Smoky Mountain Speckled Trout

The Daily Times of Maryville, TN reports that a three year study of native brook trout (speckled trout as they are called here) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will come to an end in June of this year. So far the study has found that sport fishing has no real negative impact on fish stocks.

"Park Fisheries Biologist Steve Moore has discovered that 67 percent of local anglers and 83 percent of visitors do not keep even one fish. The mere experience was pleasure enough."

On a related note, If you are planning on visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year and want to do some fishing. Consider buying your out of state fishing license in North Carolina rather than in Tennessee. North Carolina charges $25 for a three day permit with trout stamp, while Tennessee charges 33.50 for a three day all fish permit. Due to a reciprocal agreement, either license will allow you to fish inside the boundaries of the park. The difference in price is even greater if you are considering annual licenses. Check it out for yourself by visiting the respective websites for NC and TN Wildlife Resources.

Shock Leader Jocks?

Back in the day when I was spinning vinyl over at 580 WKSK AM radio, I never dreamed the day would come when there would be an internet radio show(or an internet for that matter) devoted to fly fishing. Rejoice my fellow anglers, the future is now! Mike Lawson has put together a regular internet radio show called "Ask About Fly Fishing." He will have special guests and even take questions from listeners. The show will air March 15th at 7:00 PM mountain time. I wonder if they will play "tunes to tie flies by".

I Shot Six Holes In My Freezer

As my mentor JB says "I think I have cabin feaver..." Up until today it has been pretty cold here in the Carolinas. I suppose thats why I spent some time today looking at Melvin Sim's blog Long Rodding in Garden City, Singapore. The pictures of his recent fly fishing trip made me want to go somewhere warm.

Thousands of N.C. Fish Take to Land

Last Friday thousands of flounder, spot, and pinfish beached themselves near the Marine Corp's New River Air Base on the coast of North Carolina. Most of the fish survived the seemingly intentional beaching and returned to the water of their own accord later in the day.

Fisheries officials think the bizarre phenomenon might be due to low oxygen levels causing the fish to come to shore for what amounts to a breath of fresh air. This same sort of event, known as a jubilee, happens regularly on Mobile Bay's eastern shore and provides locals with a good meal of free seafood just for the picking. Tom Remington over at the Daily Bag Limit Blog brought this story to my attention earlier today. I took the opportunity to try to convince him that North Carolina's anglers were such good fishermen, that often times if we took a stroll down a beach the fish would just give up.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Fishing Teamster Style

From the "reasons I gave up bait fishing" file, here is a good article about trout fishing Missouri trout park style.

"Try standing in a tub of ice water with about 50 Teamsters and a hook stuck in your ear and you'll begin to know what it's like to go trout fishing, Missouri style."

This article had one of the best quotes so far this year about getting snagged on other peoples lines:

"One good yank and you'll have more metal in you than Dick Cheney's hunting partner."

Dave Hughes Keynote Speaker at GSO Banquet

Fly fisherman and author Dave Hughes will be the keynote speaker at Greensboro's Nat Greene Fly Fisher's annual banquet this Saturday, March 4th. Mr. Hughes has written several books about fly fishing for trout. He will also be holding a book signing at Great Outdoor Provision Company Friday night starting at 6:30 PM. Visit the club's banquet page for more information.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Show Contacts

We met lots of people at the fly fishing show this weekend. I decided to put up links to a few that caught my eye:

The Richardson Chest Fly Box Company - This company will manufacture you a hand built, made to order, fly box that you wear on your chest. They are a bit more expensive than the fly boxes I usually carry, but one of these with the right sort of attachments could easily replace an entire fishing vest.

Cast Away Luxury Cabins - The Kenai Peninsula is high on my list of places to fish. The owner of these cabins is also the distributor for pontoon boats from Northfork Outdoors. He was nice enough to give us some tips on planning a visit to Alaska.

Three Rivers Lodge, Labrador - Giant brook trout make Labrador a place I want to visit. Why do I always think of Cheech and Chong movies when I think of Labrador?

Westbank Anglers - The rep from this guide service took some time to tell me about fly fishing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole is alleged to be the home to more trout than people. I have always wanted to fish the Fire hole. Now to find a way to finance all of this travel.

Appalachian Angler Fly Shop - They guys from Appalachian Angler in Boone, North Carolina were in attendance. I think I managed to talk them into sending me some fishing reports. Theo Copeland gave a presentation on float fishing Alaska. Some of the first fly fishing I ever tried was in the river that runs behind their shop.

Lowe Fly Shop from Waynesville, NC - Chuck Garwood introduced us to Roger Lowe, owner of this fly shop.

Davidson River Outfitters - Kevin Howell's shop is located on the banks of the Davidson River near Brevard, NC. Kevin's father and my father actually used to go fishing together back in the day.

The cost of admission was $14 per person plus $7 for parking. We all complained about the cost but had a good time and got to meet lots of people. All things considered, it ended up being a good day out for the boys. I did make a purchase of some Cortland 555 fly line which I got for about half price. Garwood was quick to point out that after the cost of admission I paid about the same as ordering it online. It wouldn't have been near as much fun though and I wouldn't have gotten to hear him and Paisley debate about who was the better fisherman.

The Fly Fishing Show 2006 - Charlotte, NC

Here are a few pics I snapped at this weekend's Fly Fishing Show in Charlotte, NC.

Sage had a good looking booth right next to the casting pool. I got to watch Joe Humphreys give a casting exhibition that was a real treat.

One of the two man pontoons on display from North Fork Outdoors. Honey, if you are reading this, you know my birthday is coming up soon.

Jim Casada gave an entertaining program on tips for catching Smoky Mountian Trout.

For $14 they will let anyone into one of these shows. In between trading fish stories with Paisley, Chuck Garwood made a few purchases at the show.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Common Fly Fishing Blunders

Jenny Johnston of the The Aspen Daily News reminds us about several common mistakes that anglers make on a regular basis. My favorite is the "throwing your paycheck in the river mistake."

leaning down to net a fish with your vest pockets open. Most anglers I know cram enough crap in their vests to last them a year in the backcountry, so this blunder is usually an expensive one.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Proposed Georgia Delayed Harvest Addition

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be holding a public meeting to present a proposal to bring part of the Toccoa River under delayed harvest regulations. Georgia's delayed harvest season runs from November 1st to May 14th.

"The portion of the Toccoa River being considered for this regulation is a 1.2-mile section located on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) property. This section includes the portion of USFS property located just upstream of the Shallowford Bridge, which is roughly 9 miles southeast of Blue Ridge."

For more information, contact the Calhoun Fisheries office at (706) 624-1161."

Fishing in the Rain

One of my favorite outdoors columnists, Hugh Koontz of the Shelby Star Online says, "Never let a weather forecast affect your fishing plans." I think he has the right idea. The members of my old fly fishing club used to say that it sometimes rained "just enough to keep the yuppies away."

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Invasion of the Flying Carp

Flying Carp are fast becoming a navigational hazard to boaters on the Mississippi river. Silver carp were imported in the 70's and 80's in an effort to clear invasive plant life from catfish ponds. These fish are great leapers and when startled by passing boats can launch into "missile like" jumps and actually land in passing boats. While this might seem every anglers dream, some of these fish are rather large, and could cause a serious problem to "impacted" anglers.

Duane Chapman, a Fisheries Biologist with the U.S. Geological Service Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Mo., has had several run-ins with the silver carp.
"We do indeed have carp guards on the boat to keep the crew from being hit by flying silver carp," Chapman wrote in response to an e-mail Tuesday. "Because we are performing research on these fish, trying to understand their biology and find ways to control their populations, we are in the thick of them constantly."

Be sure to check out the photos of one of these acrobats, wedged half way through a boat seat.

NC Costal Fish Stock Status Report

The website for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has a chart that breaks down the status of fish stocks off of the Carolina coast. The chart gives a quick look at which species are overfished in our region. A positive note is that Striped Bass are doing well in two out of three regions.

NCC Angling Show - Bethesda, MD - March 25th

The National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding their 31st annual National Capital Angling Show at The Landon School, in Bethesda, Maryland March 25th from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The special guest will be Gary Borger

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Arkansas Minimum Flow Problem Solved?

Could a new device be the solution to the lack of dissolved oxygen that can plague tail waters during the hot summer months? The Supersaturated Dissolved Oxygen or Ozone Injector invented by University of Arkansas Engineering Department, can shoot a stream of dissolved oxygen directly into a body of water without disrupting the natural flow of the water column. This could make it ideal an ideal system for oxygenating trout streams.

"This can provide habitat for fish and may allow oxygenation of tailwaters from hydroelectric dams so trout fishing can occur during summer months when tailwaters ordinarily do not have sufficient oxygen to support fish. The potential economic impact of a prolonged trout season in Arkansas may be a significant benefit to the state." And all the trout fishermen said, "Go Razorbacks!"

Magnets for Trout?

No matter how well they work and no matter what Jay Moore tries to tell you, this best selling trout lure is not a fly. (from the "Why didn't I think of that" file.)

Take a Kid Fishing ....Please!

Are our children losing interest in fishing? I like the idea put forth by blogging compatriot Moldy Chum that the fly fishing industry groups and companies should do more to get the future of our sport involved. I also think its up to us "old timers" to get them on the water. After all, once you have felt a two pound rainbow trout tugging on your four weight, a vibrating video game controller just can't compare. Also, nobody ever shot up their school trying to imitate a fishing trip.

Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company

I have been having an email conversation with David Rogers of Headwaters Bamboo Rod Co. I was not familiar with his company until recently when I started seeing his product announcements and then noticed that he had started a blog.

There is something about the whole idea of fishing with cane that takes a fly fisher back to the very roots of the sport. With classic rods starting at only $375, his site deserves a look by anyone curious about fishing bamboo. As a bonus, the site includes a history of bamboo as well as the reasons you might want to fish with it; the art, the science, and the value.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Skimp or Splurge - Response Good So Far

In an earlier post I asked the question: "When you shop for fly fishing equipment, what are you willing to skimp on to save money and on what equipment do you refuse to compromise and will splurge on higher dollar items?" I put this question out to the Flyfishmagazine.com editorial staff, my fellow fly fishing bloggers, our readers, and also posted it on some forums that I frequent.

I have been very pleased with the responses so far, as several people have dropped me a line to let me know their opinion on the subject. I have gotten responses from as far away as Singapore, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. I am in the process of putting the information together and will let all involved know what came out of this exercise once the article is complete.

One thing is for sure, there is a lot of great fly fishing know how out on the internet. I could have saved a lot of money on things I did not really need if I had known these guys when I was getting started into fly fishing. Thanks for all the replies. If you have not yet given me your ideas, please feel free to email me.

Fly Fishing Tea Time

Fly fishing in the bitter cold of winter can bring its own special challenges. Anglers have to be resourceful. This is the story of one angler who used his thermos of hot tea for something other than keeping himself warm.

Fly Fishing as Rehab for Wounded Warriors

The Wounded Warrior Project in conjunction with Disabled Sports USA is offering a program whereby wounded soldiers who are undergoing rehabilatation can enjoy confidence building outdoor activities including fishing and kyaking.

"What they need is something NOW that will show them the promise of a bright and active future. Sport provides this. With the proper adaptive equipment and trained instructors, they can successfully learn a sport--almost any sport—in ONE day. This immediate success provides a foundation for the development of a positive self-image and outlook on life. This transformation is embodied in DS/USA's motto: "I can do this, I can do anything!"

Monday, February 20, 2006

Curt Goudy Dead at 86

Curt "The Cowboy" Goudy died at his home in Palm Springs Florida today after a long battle with leukemia. He was 86 years old. Mr. Goudy was most well known as a football and baseball commentator for NBC Sports. He was also an avid outdoorsman and the host of NBC's American Sportsman television show.

"I was a very lucky guy," Gowdy said in 2002. "I grew up in Wyoming. My father was the best fly fisherman in the state. We had free access to prime-time fishing and hunting. The outdoors was a way of life for me. I should have paid them to host 'American Sportsman.' "

Mr. Goudy's passing made news on several media outlets tonight including a post from fellow blogger Pete over at Fishing Jones.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Skimp or Splurge? Response Requested

Yesterday I posted about a deal on some $69.95 Costa Del Mar Polaroid sunglasses and Scotsman Alistair Stewart from Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin commented that his sunglasses had cost him "a Tenner" and worked just fine. This caused a moment of contemplation in which I realized that my fishing glasses originated at a local flea market and had cost me every bit of $4.

As fly fishermen we have lots of equipment available to us, at lots of different price points. Rods can easily range from $30 up to $3000 while something as simple as a reel can run anywhere from $5 for a used Martin to more than $1,000 for a new Hardy. Here is the question I want to pose for you tonight: When you shop for fly fishing equipment what are you willing to skimp on to save money and on what equipment do you refuse to compromise and will splurge on higher dollar items? I would appreciate your taking a moment to leave a comment with your answers or you can email me. I look forward to hearing from lots of fellow anglers so don't be afraid to share you opinion. I hope to take this information and post it so that anglers new to fly fishing can have a better idea about where to skimp and where to splurge in order to get the most for their money. (So that our data isn't skewed, If you are filthy rich and money is no object to you please let us know in your comments and I will send you my mailing address so you can send me your cast off equipment as you replace it)

Dr. Jim Casada - Angler, Hunter, Writer and more.

I was checking out some of the articles about the fly fishing show that will be coming to Charlotte, NC next weekend and found one that directed me to the web site of one of the anglers who will be presenting at the show. Jim Casada will be giving a presentation at the show titled "An Insider's Tips on Fishing North Carolina's Trout". A look at his web site JimCasadaOutdoors.com gives us some insight into the angler who holds a P.H.D in British Imperial History and has authored over 3500 magazine and newspaper articles on hunting, fishing and the outdoors. In addition to taking you hunting or fishing Jim can also help you find and appraise rare and out of print books. The seminar he will be presenting at the show should prove interesting to say the least.

Fayetteville NC Fly Fishing Classes

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission is has been holding fly fishing classes in of all places Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville Online has an article about the latest class that brought 20 anglers out to fly fish for trout about 200 miles from the nearest trout stream.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses $69.95

Costa Del Mar Finsterra Wave Sunglasses - Polarized

We all know how hard it can be to spot fish. It doesn't matter if you are going after trout or tarpon, being able to see your quarry will greatly increase your chances of a hook up. Experienced fly fishermen know that having a pair of quality polarized sunglasses is a must. Sierra Trading Post currently has a great deal on Costa Del Mar sunglasses which are regularly $89.05, now marked down to only $69.95.

100% UV protection
CR-39 polycarbonate lens
Metal frame with composite arms
Water-repellent and scratchproof coating
59 mm lens
5-¼” temple to temple

The Fly Fishing Show

Next weekend I plan on attending The Fly Fishing Show & National Rod Builder's Show at the convention center in Charlotte, NC. Several free seminars will be offered. Dick Talleur, Joe Humphries, Jim Casada, Fishy Fullum (gotta love that name), and Capt. Sarah Gardner will all be giving presentations. If you visit the show try to catch Mac Brown's casting demonstration. Mac is a physics professor and can show you how to do some pretty cool things with a fly line. Admission is $14 for one day, while a two day pass can be purchased for $24. Expect to pay for parking in uptown Charlotte as well. Here is a link to the list of exhibitors.

Lake Norman Striped Bass

I found this article on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources web site that gives a good look at the striped bass fishery in Lake Norman near Charlotte, NC. The conclusion is that we most likely won't see the giant fish that are found in other waters in these parts, but the fishery should sustain large numbers of smaller fish. I have been looking into the possibility of getting striper on the fly on Lake Norman this winter and find this news to be promising.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Fishing News Round Up

Here are a few of today's South Eastern Fishing Headlines:

The Kingsport Times-News reports that fishing has been slow on the Tennessee Tailraces.

The New Bern, NC Sun Journal has a good article about fly fishing for shad in area rivers as well as an announcement from the NC Dept. of Wildlife Resources that Rockfish Season will be open on the lower Roanoke River March 1st - 15th and on the upper from March 15th - 30th.

Myrtle Beach Online has an account of Andy Baldwin's 35 minute battle with a 350 pound bluefin tuna off the coast of North Carolina.

The SouthPort Pilot tells us that these same bluefin tuna can bring $8 to $20 per pound when brought back to the docks. This coupled with the larger numbers of fish being caught off the Carolina have spawned a new cash crop of sorts. Once brought to shore the fish are packed in ice and shipped air freight to Japan. Can you say sushi?

Call the Boss, You're Going Fishing

So you are visiting the fly fishing show, drooling over all the gadgets and gear when you run into a television crew. The guy with the microphone tells you that you have five minutes and two phone calls to decide if you will go on a dream fishing trip that starts right then. This could actually happen to you if you meet the host of ESPN2's new reality show "Wanna Go Fishing?" I am guessing they give you two phone calls so that a married guy can call his boss and also the person he works for.

Flies vs. Metal

In today's news from the UK, "The Daily Record" asks us which is better for salmon, flies or metal. As I am sure we all guessed, the flies won. I am sure you all know that this is not always the case, but there is something satisfying about having a spoon chucker yell across the water to find out what you are using to catch all those fish.

Be Ye Fishers of Trout

Growing up the son of a Baptist minister, I heard a lot about all the conferences that they were required to attend. Little did I know what they were doing in all those "meetings". The BP news reports on a new program in Glorieta, New Mexico where pastors and church workers get together for fly fishing. Now that's my kind of church!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Rock Snot found On Watauga & Holston

Rock Snot or Didymo algae, about which we previously posted, seems to be becoming more of a problem in our local waters. Roanoke.com's Field reporter Bill Cochran reports that the Tennessee Valley Authority has confirmed its presence in Watauga, South Holston, and Tennessee rivers. (link to article) Rock Snot forms thick brown mats on river beds that can choke out insects and foul fly fishermen's hooks. Here is another link to the TVA's article.
One rather ironic solution for this problem is the New Zealand Mud Snail. Talk about a catch 22.

English Humor Bad Influence on Nurses

This posting is not so much about fly fishing as it is about the blatant misuse of a trout. Across the pond in the UK, the BBC reports on nurse Patricia Jennings of Turnbridge Wells who is accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with her fellow workers. In addition to her more "traditional" forms of misconduct she is also accused of slapping a fellow nurse with a frozen trout. (link to the BBC article)

One nurse said she was slapped in the face with a frozen trout after a patient brought several of them into the hospital as a gift to staff.
Ms Jennings then said "give us a kiss" while moving the fish's mouth, the hearing was told

I refer you to our previous posting of Monty Python's "The Fish Slapping Dance" without further comment. ***update** the original video appears to be down so I found this replacement on google.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This land WAS your land....

"Come on down to Crazy W's Real Estate. We are having one heck of a sale. The schools need money so Big W said we should sell it all, to the bare walls. We have thousands, count' em, thousands of acres of the tax payer's public lands and we are ready to make deal."

This sounds a bit far fetched and it would be a funny spoof were it not sadly true. It seems that our government is entertaining the idea of selling off public lands in our national forests to raise $800 million dollars to extend a temporary program that funds schools and roads in rural counties. According to information provided by the US Department of agriculture North Carolina stands to lose 9,828 acres while Georgia and Tennessee can say goodbye to 4,522 and 2,996 acres of pristine National Forest respectively. South Carolina is on the list to sell 4,665 acres of public land.

No doubt these lands will be prime property for developers who will seek to build exclusive and possibly gated communities, which will probably be out of reach of the average sportsmen and women who currently own them. The upside is that rural school children will be able to have nice schools where they can study about what it was once like to visit a national forest.

Don't get me wrong, I am not much of a bleeding heart about this sort of thing. I would much rather see them drilling for oil in our national forests than selling them off to political cronies who would make them exclusive and inaccessible. I am in favor of schools too but I don't see the logic in giving up public land to fund them. There are too many other things that could be cut or taxed before resorting to this. I try to remember what my father said on the subject of land, "they won't be making any more of it."

A close look at the list of properties that might be sold can be a bit sobering even to a crusty old editor like me. Names like Bitterroot, Black Hills, Colombia River Gorge, Uwharrie, and Ozark ought to mean more than just another nail in the lid of a Washington pork barrel.

The forest service plans to open up the topic for comments from the public after it publishes an notice of this plan in the Federal Register around February 28th. Start contacting your Senator now to express your opinion on this topic. Watch the USDA website for further information and the opportunity for public comment.

Thanks to Charlotte.com (free subscription required) and Find the River for info on this subject

Joe Humphries On OLN - Feb. 24th 10:00pm

My fishing buddy Paisley dropped a note my way yesterday to remind me that OLN will be airing an episode of Fly Fishing America featuring legendary fly fisherman Joe Humphries. In this episode Joe goes after 20 pound brown trout in the dark on Arkansas' White River. The show will air Friday, February 24th at 10:00pm.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Women of Child Bearing Years Rejoice

It is official, the famed two mouthed trout that was caught in Nebraska back in December got that way as the result of an injury rather than as the result of genetic mutation. I am sure this is a great relief to all those who enjoy an occasional meal of corn husker trout from Holmes Lake near Lincoln.

"A muscle in the trout's mouth was severed in the past, causing thin membranes between the lower jaw bone and the floor of the mouth to split, the researcher said."

Here is a link to the article that tells the story at Fortwayne.com

I really feel like there has to be a t-shirt slogan somewhere in this story.

You Might Think Twice About Wading In Arkansas

Paisley found this great photo and story on the Arkansas Game & Fish website. It shows a 230LB Alligator Gar caught on the White River back in 1956 by Johnnie M. Gray. The fish was 6 feet 8 inches long and was caught on a deep sea rod with raw fish for bait. The fish took 2 hours to land. According to the AG&F website Mr. Gray, a professional photographer by trade, had the print made up into postcards which he later sold. Looking down and seeing something like this swimming by my knee caps might make me think twice about wading into the deeper holes. (photo courtesy Arkansas Game & Fish)

Sunday, February 12, 2006

What the World Needs Now...

Bill Anderson up north at the Muskoka Outdoors Blog has a great idea on how to promote world peace. Let's make all the world's leaders fish together.

"They would have to net each other's fish. This starts to develop trust. I know I bank on the guy who is about to net my fish."

I can picture it now. The President of Iran trying to blow the fish out of the water with a nuclear bomb. The French running away from the fish. Vlad Putin telling George W. that he shouldn't be casting on his side of the boat. Then their boat gets swamped when a Chinese trawler runs through the fishing hole and nets all the fish.

I think Bill has a good idea but I can see now why he doesn't want to take them hunting.

Disclaimer: The staff of flyfishmagazine.com have absolutely no business whatsoever trying to delve into the sordrid world of international politics. We are equal opportunity fishermen and try our best to offend everyone at least once. We would enjoy fishing with any of the world's leaders that want to fish with us, just as long as they can unhook their own fish and bring along a nice adult beverage or two.

Fishing Classes Offered

Journalnow.com has a list of the many learning opportunities that will be available to Carolina fishermen in the next few weeks. You can learn about everything from fly fishing to bottom fishing in the numerous classes being offered. The class at UNC Wilmington's Executive Development Center caught my eye. I wonder if I could get my company to spring for me a bit of extra development.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Product Showcase @ Flyfishmagazine.com

I wanted to let you know about a new feature we are testing out over at Flyfishmagazine.com. We have set up a product showcase that features fly fishing items currently being offered at Sierra Trading Post. This showcase will be updated regularly and will feature some great items at excellent prices. The prices are low and we can't list them on the site, so you will need to click the links to see the discounted price. Let us know what you think of this new feature.

Ross Reels Have Soul

Today I got an email from Ross Reels announcing the fact that they have refurbished their website with a much slicker design. The new design includes the required picture of a hip looking guide-type person with sideburns and a "soul patch." In my experience the true "guide beard" is one that starts in the chest hair and makes a seamless transition to the face via the chin. Ross makes some high quality reels and other fishing equipment. You should go have a look.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Tennessee Fishing Reports

The Kingsport Times-News reports that snow has not impacted Tennessee fishing ...yet. They also give us the latest fly fishing report including insight from one of our favorite Tennessee outfitters, Eddie Wyatt.

Eddie Wyatt at Fly Shop of Tennessee said, as of Thursday, the TVA was finally turning off the water between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the South Holston and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the Watauga. "There's a window of opportunity to fish there," Wyatt observed. "There's still a few Blue Wings coming off, always midges. Fishing seems to be a little better."

Now This is My Kind of Fishing

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Kayaking To Save Wild Salmon

Today Zugbug forwarded me an email that he got from Bill Erickson letting us know about his Salmon to Sea Awareness Trip. Bill is a professional river guide / boatman for Oars-Dories and is going to kayak 900 miles from the start of the Salmon River in Idaho, through the Snake and Columbia River systems, tracing the route of wild salmon to the sea. He is doing this in order to raise awareness and money for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. Along the way they will be stopping at various towns to talk with media, anglers, and school children about the plight of the wild salmon and the opportunities we have to protect the resource. Bill has a blog where you can read about the planned trip and follow his progress during the month long trip. Hopefully this trip will make a big statement and get some media attention along the way. You have to be impressed with a guy that can come up with a way to take a month long fishing trip and help a good cause at the same time!