Thursday, December 28, 2006

New North Carolina Laws for 2007

Just a quick reminder, new fishing /boating regulations go into effect for North Carolina anglers as of Jan. 1, 2007.

The first is a new Coastal Recreational Fishing License or salt water fishing license:

Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, any person 16 and older who wants to fish recreationally in any water designated as coastal and joint waters of North Carolina must purchase a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL). The N.C. General Assembly passed legislation in 2004 to create a saltwater license, and Governor Mike Easley signed it into law in 2005.

Also the long standing tradition of being able to fish in your home county with natural bait without a license is now illegal:

Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, any person 16 and older fishing in North Carolina's public waters (excluding private ponds) must have a fishing license. Additionally, anglers fishing with natural bait (i.e., worms, crickets, etc.) will no longer be able to fish in public, inland waters in their county of residence without a license. In 2005, the General Assembly passed new legislation that repealed the "natural bait exemption," which allowed people to fish in the public, inland fishing waters in their county of residence without a fishing license as long as they were fishing with natural bait.

Finally, All motorized watercraft over 14 foot long must now be titled in order to be transferred.

Anyone who purchases or transfers a motorized vessel 14 feet or longer, who owns a personal watercraft (jet ski) or who has a lien on a vessel, regardless of size, will be required to title the vessel effective Jan. 1, 2007. This mandatory titling requirement will affect only new vessel purchases and transfers; existing vessel owners will not be required to obtain a title certificate. The cost to title a vessel will remain at $20 and is effective until the owner sells or transfers the vessel

Here is a link to the NCWRC website for the details.

Trout's Cocktail Lounge

This New Year's Eve will find us in Nashville, Tennessee with Contributing Editor, Jay Moore. Our weekend includes a fishing trip to the fabled Caney Fork tail water, attending the Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots football game, and ringing in the new year somewhere near Tootsie's Orchid bar in downtown Music City. If we did not already have plans, we would most certainly fly out to Bakersfield, California to toast the New Year at Trout's Cocktail Lounge if for nothing else but the name alone.

Hey Teacher....

Trout Unlimited's "Trout in the Classroom" has Virginia school children running a in class fish hatchery as a way to study the effects of water quality on trout.

Ben says the best thing about the project is "letting the fish go." When the fish are older in April of 2007, Way will seek a permit from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to release the fish in a specific trout stream. When his class takes the field trip to release the fish, they will also conduct a stream bank cleanup to further enhance the new environment for the fish.

Now that's what I call a darn good use of child labor >}}}}">

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Our Country's National Bird...

according to this post from the message board, will steal the fish right off the end of your line. See this amazing post about a fish stealing bald eagle with photos.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Not Everyone Wants A Fly Rod

Actress and wife of Iron Chef Bobby Flay, Stephanie March, didn't know what to think when she got a fly rod for Christmas.

Stephanie March, of "Law & Order: SVU," says she can never forget her worst present: "My dad gave me a fly-fishing rod. My sister and I both got them the same year, and we were, like, 'What the hell is that?' And he was, like, 'It's a fly-fishing rod!' I was, like, 'We live in Dallas. Where are we supposed to use this?' And, also, we don't fish!"

Potential New NC Record Bluefin

This photo from The Daily Cast Blog shows an 875 pound potential new North Carolina record bluefin tuna. The monster was caught off the coast of Morehead City and was the second fish of the trip. The first scrawny fish, only weighed in at around 400 pounds. Considering the price that these fish can command in the Tokyo fish markets, this catch could buy some angler a nice boat.

Here's a link to the story.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Tie or Buy?

John McCoy has put a pencil to the numbers and determined that it is indeed cheaper to tie flies than to buy flies.

Let’s say a Woolly Bugger — a simple, universal wet fly/streamer that catches trout, bass and other gamefish with equal success — costs $1.50 at a store. I can tie that fly for 18 cents.

Santa Caddis

From everyone at Here's wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a fish filled new year. Let us know what Santa put under your tree in the comments section!

Photo (minus Santa hat) courtesy of Fishing Flies Online.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Fishing Elk Creek

Yesterday, my Dad and I took advantage of an invitation to fish with some members of the Elk Creek fishing club on their private water located on the North Carolina, Tennessee line. It was cold, wet, and windy and we had a great day on the water. The fish didn't respond well to small nymphs and emergers, so we broke out the buggers and fished them heavy and deep. It worked like a charm. One hungry 14 inch rainbow trout swallowed a three inch long zonker whole!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Al Troth - Inventor of the Elk Hair Caddis

Who says fly fishers are elitist?

I wonder if the 11 year old kid in this story will take up fly fishing anytime soon?

I should have waded the 30 or so feet to the bank, put my hand gently on the lad's noggin and explained that proper fishermen do not encroach on pools occupied by other fishermen. And they certainly never cast across another's line.

Had he asked if I minded him fishing the pool, I'd have invited him to come upstream so we both could fish without threat of fouled lines or fouled tempers.
I should have explained that courtesy makes just as much sense on a stream as it does in school, church or his dining room.

I should have warned him that not all fisher folk he'll meet in life will be as understanding as I and that some may be more apt to inflict pain than instruct in etiquette.
I didn't. I surmised that he would dismiss me as a meddling geezer and the day was too nice to ruin with that thought.
I had also noticed several people on the river with more tattoos than teeth and figured that any one of them could be the boy's parent.

I doubt it. This reminds me of a time when I was fishing a tail water and this youngster eased in front of me and started casting into my honey hole. I was just getting ticked off when he spoke to me and handed me a streamer that I had broken off in the hole earlier and considered lost. He said," "Here's your fly mister", I saw you lose it and thought I could snag it for you." I felt pretty small and let him have the fly and offered to show him how to cast it. He told me he was doing just fine with his spinning rod.

Kids will grow up to buy fishing gear, vote on environmentalmental laws, and will have an impact of the future of our sport.

Politics at the fly shop?

How can a fly shop owner make a small fortune? The old answer was that he simply had to start with a large fortune. The new answer might be to get into the business of politics by selling collectible and t-shirts emblazoned with the date 01-20-09 out of the back of your fly shop. That date is President George Bush's last day in office.

"We're close to selling a million pieces of assorted stuff. We'll hit that this Christmas season," said Elliott Nachwalter, 56, of Arlington, Vermont, who started the business about 18 months ago out of the back of his fly fishing store.
Nachwalter said Bush's Last Day was founded after outrage at the president' environmental policies spurred him to design a lapel button and then a bumper sticker that he shared with a few friends."

Trout Out

Oklahoma's Spring Creek will remain free of non-native and invasive trout under a decision released by the Oklahoma Court of Appeals. Spring Creek is considered the only pristine Ozark Stream of its kind in the state.

The original case was brought by a coalition of landowners who objected to the Wildlife Department allowing private fishermen to stock the creek with trout, a species foreign to the area. The landowners feared that the trout would crowd out native fish, triggering a domino effect in the stream's ecosystem.

"You just don't want to mess with a steam that is still in its pristine, natural state," said Charles Shipley, the Tulsa lawyer for the Spring Creek Conservation Coalition. "You just don't want to take a pristine stream and add something foreign to it, even something as usually unobjectionable as trout."

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

It was a dark and stormy night....

In this article, aptly titled, "It was a dark and stormy night," the author talks about writing great opening sentences that "hook" your reader. The infamous one referenced by the title of the article is often the subject of great ridicule in writing classes.

I agree with the author of the article that one of the best examples of a great opening line comes from none other than Papa Hemingway himself in "The Old Man and the Sea.":

"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. "

In addition to the Hemingway citation the author also manages to treat us to some fly fishing by including this analogy:

Opening sentences are crucial for any writer. They’re like casting a dry fly into a school of largemouth bass. If the fly — or the sentence — is attractive enough, you’ll get a bite.

Ah the joys of casting a size 20 blue winged olive dry fly to a big largemouth bass!

Long overdue Caney Fork Pictures

Not in our gift guide...

From the eBay files:

Quite possibly one of the worst "Fly Fishing" gift baskets ever sold. This Fly Fishing Christmas Gift Basket with a buy it now price of $44 gets you a selection of gear and flies and comes complete with two jars of Powerbait and a pack of "cheese worms." Obviously this gift set is aimed at the purists among you.

Monday, December 18, 2006

We might all be falling down a lot more.

From the Protect Your Waters website and comes news that those felt soled wading boots might be a great way to spread "rock snot" (didymo) while being almost impossible to decontaminate.

* The battle to prevent didymo - the "rock snot" that smothers trout habitat - spreading from the South Island to the North reached anglers' wading boots this week.

Niwa has discovered that the felt soles of wading boots are almost impossible to decontaminate and will harbour the disease for up to 100 days.
The problem is that anything that stays wet, such as the felt soles, can transmit didymo, says a statement from Fish and Game Rotorua and the Department of Conservation in Turangi.

"Walking on didymo pushes the cells into the felt material where cleaning agents are unable to reach ... so we are encouraging anglers to wear rubber boots or neoprene waders which dry quickly and are easily cleaned."

Coming Soon....

to a delayed harvest trout stream near you?

According to postings on internet message boards, North Carolina Department of Wildlife Resources officers have indicated that scented baits like the one pictured here are legal for use on the state's Delayed Harvest (artificial lure, single hook only) trout streams.

Fly fishers are concerned that the soft yummy bait will be swallowed more readily by the fish leading to higher mortality on the DH streams.

We have emailed a request for comment to the NCWRC and will publish their response when we receive it.

Here is a link to the posting by Marty Shaffner that brought this to our attention.

BLM Still Pushing for Bristol Bay Mining District

Editor's Note: The following information comes from Scott Hed, Outreach director for the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska:

ACTION ALERT: BLM Still Pushing for Bristol Bay Mining District!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accepting public comments on its Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for 2.5 million acres in the Bristol Bay and Goodnews Bay region over the next couple of weeks with a comment deadline of Friday, January 5.

As many of you know, the State of Alaska is currently reviewing permits for the proposed massive Pebble Mine north of Lake Iliamna. To compound the potential problem for Bristol Bay’s magnificent fish and game resources, BLM's "preferred" alternative recommends that the agency create a major mining district in Bristol Bay by taking the following actions:

*OPENING another 1 million acres of Bristol Bay lands to mining development, including tributaries of the Nushagak, Mulchatna, and Kvichak Rivers.

*REJECTING public nominations for a special management designation that would recognize the threats posed by the proposed Pebble Mine, and apply protections to the area's fish and wildlife habitat.

*ADOPTING changes to allow the permitting of new mining operations, which could ultimately become "sources of irretrievable loss of wildlife habitat and subsistence resources" (dRMP at 4-118)

What’s at Stake?
- World class salmon and rainbow trout fisheries within tributaries of the Kvichak, Mulchatna, and Nushagak Rivers.
- Critical big game migration corridors, calving and winter grounds for the Mulchatna caribou herd, as well as forage for trophy brown bear and moose.
- A thriving sport fishing and hunting industry in this remote corner of southwest Alaska.

What are the Alternatives?

Alt. A (No Action) - maintain current management direction that is keeping BLM lands closed to mineral development and providing untarnished habitat for wildlife habitat.

Alt. B (Pro-Resource Development) – all BLM lands would be opened to mining.

Alt. C (Pro-Resource Conservation) – designate an Area of Critical Environmental Concern for BLM lands. They would be opened to mineral development, but a special Fish and Wildlife habitat management plan would be created to limit negative impacts.

Alt. D (BLM’s “Preferred” Alternative) – mirroring Alt. B, this choice would open ALL one million acres of federal public lands in the Bristol Bay watershed to mineral entry and development. No special management plan would be created for fish and wildlife.

What are the Potential Impacts?
Privatization of federal lands for mining operations and the construction of roads, bridges, and infrastructure to support commercial developments would likely lead to:

• Habitat fragmentation • Increased road access into wildlife habitat
• Increased competition • Disturbance to wildlife behavior and migration
• Increased poaching and trespass • Concentrated hunting along new road corridors
• Decrease in water quality • Decline in fisheries and spawning habitat

Submit written comments via

BLM Anchorage Field Office
Attn: Bristol Bay draft RMP
6881 Abbott Loop Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507-2599

View the draft plan at:

Scott Hed
Outreach Director
Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska
(605) 336-6738 office

Fly Fishing Patents

My newest and most cool time waster has to be the new Google Patent Search. Basically you can type anything into it and see the actual diagrams and documents for the patent. Here is a link to the 1915 patent by Paul A. Haberl and Edger F. Warren for an improved, pear shaped, fly rod tip.

Update: It seems that the folks over at found this as well. Visit their blog to see more great fly fishing patent diagrams.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

AEG Fly Fishing Film Tour 2007

Trout Bum Ryan Davey of the Angling Exploration Group sends us this press release about their upcomming film tour Presented by Fly Rod and Reel magazine. We are a bit bummed that there is currently no Carolina stop on the film tour (nor many East Coast stops at all) but we might still consider a trek to the Tampa, Florida event. The press release follows:

The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to a theater near you this winter. We’ll be screening a fast-paced highlight reel of some of the top films from various fly fishing filmmakers in the categories of adventure, conservation, and entertainment…
This years tour is presented by Fly Rod and Reel magazine. Our 2007 sponsors include Costa Del Mar, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers, Loop, Korkers, Brunton, Defeet, and more to be announced shortly…

The Fly Fishing Film Tour will kick off in Ventura, California at the Patagonia World Headquarters on January 12th, 2007. We’ll visit over thirty cities nationwide to end the tour in Anchorage, Alaska at the Performing Arts Center on March 23rd, 2007.
Our entertainment will includes highlights from films by AEG Media, Feltsoul Media, Howard Films, The Drake Mag, and Beattie Outdoor Productions… This tour will also be the first official screening of a special edition of the Angling Exploration Group’s new feature film, The Trout Bum Diaries, Kiwi Camo.

We’ll be giving away a ton of free gear at each event and enter a raffle for the big tour-end giveaway for a shot at boats, rods, and more…

* An
Angling Exploration Group event…
You can check us out on
Fly Rod and Reels website…

Or Visit for the latest info, film titles, video clips, tour dates, and more!

Ryan Davey
Angling Exploration Group, LLC.


“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo...

Win a Coleman Tent

The folks at Heartland Outdoorsman sent us a note letting us know that they are giving away a 16 x 7 Coleman tent during the month of December. Visit their message board for details.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Our favorite charismatic mustachioed giver of video fly fishing tips continues his "ever popular series" of fly fishing tips with "Five Tips to Choosing The Best Fly Fishing location." We find ourselves unable to look away.

Two words...."White rocks"

Trout Shaped Toilet Flusher

From ebay: Trout Toilet Flush Handle for the fly fisher who can't stand to be away from his sport long enough to .....well you get the picture. This would work great with the new "Toilet Tier" a fly tying desk for the angler on the GO!

The gift that keeps on giving!

The Raleigh News and Observer suggest the gift of a lifetime fishing license for the angler in your life. We concur.

A popular gift is a Lifetime Sportsman License. The license, which runs $250 to $500, depending on the age of the licensee, provides a lifetime of hunting and fishing privileges. Other favorites include subscriptions to "Wildlife in North Carolina" magazine ($12 for one year; $30 for three years) and the 2007 Wildlife Calendar ($6).
View items at, call toll-free (866)945-3746

Fly Rod & Reel Magazine Angler of the Year

Fly Rod & Reel Magazine has chosen Bruce Richards as its 2006 angler of the year. Bruce works for Scientific Anglers.

"We usually don't name 'industry' people as Angler of the Year," said FR&R editor Paul Guernsey in a news release, "but Bruce is such an obvious choice as much for his character as for his accomplishments."
His work has resulted in fly lines designed for tough species, and work with colleague Del Kauss in developing SA's patented Advanced Shooting Technology, which FR&R writer Greg Thomas calls a "monumental improvement" in fly line coatings.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Headwaters Bamboo Rod Co. End of Year Sale

David Rogers of the Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company is one of our fly fishing blogger pals and he sent us a note letting us know about his end of year sale. David's company provides bamboo fly rods at affordable prices and gives you the choice of having a rod with either one or two tips.

He emailed us the super secret code that will take 30% off the regular price of last year's stock of fly rods. You know we totally suck at keeping secrets:

Thirty Percent Off Regular Prices

1-tip Headwaters Series rods are now $262 (regular price ($375)
2-tip Headwaters Series rods are now $332 (regular price $475)

This sale will run while stock is on hand so order early before the last of these rods go at these low prices.*

Go online to To receive the discount, enter offer code 30 (just the number "30") in the voucher field of the order form.
Or, when ordering by phone mention this offer. Call toll-free (866) 432-3928.
We'll happily provide a gift certificate if you'd like to suggest an exceptional gift for a fly angler. Just call or email.

Thanks David!

2007 FIPS - Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship

The 2007 Fly Fishing World Championships are being held in Finland and the organizing committee has just released their official web site that tells all about it. We wonder if our Blogging Finnish Fly Fishing Friend, Opax will be participating?

The main stage of the Championships, the 180 kilometre long River Simojoki, is part of the European Union Natura 2000 Network and offers versatile fishing environments. We also want to offer the competitors a chance to fish under diverse conditions in order to show some of the many possibilities for fly fishing which southern Lapland offers, and to give them a chance to test out various tactics and techniques in order to achieve the best possible result.

Can anyone else say it with me? "ROAD TRIP!"

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Trout = Dollars

A recent press release from a North Carolina real estate developer promotes their efforts to restore a trout stream on the grounds of their exclusive community known as Cielo Falls located near Boone, North Carolina. They have hired a stream restoration company to turn the now silt choked trout stream back into an excellent private fishery for those who purchase homes in the community.

Two points come to mind when I read this:

1) Trout have value. Real estate developers do not add things to their developments that do not make them money. You can't really fault them for this. After all, if they have the capital to invest and it adds value to their holdings, why not?

2) The trend of high end development shrouded in the guise of conservation continues.

Pebble Mine Update

The spin doctors are hard at work in the battle to establish a fish refuge in the Bristol Bay drainage around the proposed Pebble Mine. The State Board of Fisheries voted to create a panel to evaluate a possible refuge. Both sides claimed the decision as a victory.

"Board of Fisheries resists pressure to establish fish refuge in Bristol Bay," crowed a statement from Northern Dynasty Mines Inc., the company exploring Pebble.


Trout Unlimited, a sportfishing group that supports the refuge concept, proclaimed: "Alaska Board of Fisheries sends message that fish come first in Bristol Bay!"

The real story no doubt lies in a smoke filled room somewhere. The battle continues.

Arkansas Fishing Report

Here is the latest Arkansas fishing report via the North Texas e-news.

The White River report looks pretty much the same as last month.

"Fly-fishermen have done well with little generation on olive woolly buggers, zebra midges, scuds or sow bugs."

Gift Guide - Part III - Editor's Picks

In our final gift guide installment and just in time for last minute shopping, I bring you my personal picks for 2006. I have attempted, like all the Flyfishmagazine staffers, to do my part to point out a few of the products I have enjoyed and found to be helpful this year.

Thanks again to all the staffers (Paisley, Zugbug, Jay, and Larissa) for their hard work in putting this guide together.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Houston, We have an analogy!

This week's obvious misuse of fly fishing in the media comes in a New York Times essay by Dennis Overbye, about NASA's plan to put a base on the moon.

"We science fiction fans rise to the bait again and again like dumb trout to the shiny fly — only to bounce back to Earth, and to our loneliness."

Obviously, Mr. Overybye is either a very skillful fly fisher or he needs to spend more time on the water so he can experience the occasional skunking like the rest of us.

Tyler Befus - Nine Year old Fly Fishing Author

When I was nine years old I enjoyed watching Bugs Bunny cartoons and playing in the dirt. Nine year old Tyler Befus writes fly fishing books. I suddenly feel very inadequate. Tyler's book is "A Kid's Guide to Fly Fishing." Tyler's proud Papa is Brad Befus of Ross Reels.

Link via Midcurrent.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Dig out your old VHS Tapes

South Carolina fly angler and member of the Southeast Fly Fishing Forum message board, Overbrook, has devised a great use for all those old VHS video tape boxes you have lying about the house. You do remember VHS don't you? He uses 2mm foam on the interior and turns the easily labeled boxes into bulk fly storage containers for around .50 each. We at think this project is "Flippin Sweet!" Here is a link to his posting that describes the project. Overbrook (Tom) tells us that the tape boxes can often be found for sale at a good price on eBay.

1990 Pier Fishing World Record

The following press release is from The North Carolina Fishing Pier Society:

North Carolina Fishing Pier Society

Contact: Al Baird (803 396-7867)

Fishing Pier World Record Has No Peer

December 10, 2006--On August 5-7th in 1990, the record for fishing the most ocean piers in a 48 hour period of time was established by Bill Morris, Kim Jones and Steve “Flash” Wilson. Anglers Morris, Jones and Wilson fished 23 different piers from Atlantic Beach to Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Fishing Pier Society (NCFPS) officially recognizes this achievement as a world record.
“The effort by these sportsmen is consistent with the ideals and principles of the NCPFS whose purpose is to promote the excitement and the rich history of North Carolina fishing piers,” NCFPS founder and spokesman Al Baird said today, “This recognition should have been noted earlier, but we are pleased we can do it now”.
Out of 23 piers fished in August 1990, only 13 still remain. They are Oceana, Bogue Inlet, Seaview, Ocean City, Surf City, Jolly Roger, Johnny Mercer’s, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Yaupon Beach, Ocean Crest, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach Pier.
The piers that are no longer in business and the reason that been shuttered include:

Triple S (2006) Oceanfront Development
Sportsman’s (2006) Oceanfront Development
Iron Steamer (2004) Oceanfront Development
Indian Beach (1998) Hurricane Bonnie
Emerald Isle (1996) Hurricanes Bertha and Fran
Scotch Bonnett (1996) Hurricanes Bertha and Fran
Barnacle Bill’s (1996) Hurricanes Bertha and Fran
Crystal Pier (1995) Hurricane Felix
Center Pier (1996) Hurricane Fran
Long Beach Pier (2005) Oceanfront Development

The North Carolina Fishing Pier Society was established in 2006 to promote the continued existence of remaining piers along the North Carolina coast and to celebrate the culture and tradition of past piers. To find out more about the organization please go to or email the group at .

Friday, December 08, 2006

FFM Gift Guide - Part Deux

We are currently in day two of our 2006 gift guide madness and have added new items to the guide. Follow the links below to check out all of our contributing Editor's picks for 2006.

Jeff Paisley - Tail Water Editor
Jay Moore - Middle Tennessee Editor
Zugbug - Nomadic Fly Fisherman
Larissa - The Editor's Wife.

Coming Monday - My own (the Editor's) gift guide picks

With all this talk of gifts and fishing gear we would be out of line if we didn't mention to you that our affiliate, Sierra Trading Post has once again sweetened the pot to help you extend your Christmas gift dollars by offering free shipping on all web orders of $100 or more. Hurry though the deadline for ordering for Christmas shipping is December, 20th! Use the coupon below to take advantage of this offer.

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Fly Rod = Bad Christmas Gift?

Jeff Weltz reminds us that buying someone a fly rod for Christmas might not be such a good idea. I tend to agree with him.

This should go without saying, but many times a well-meaning friend, or sales clerk will put their own personal biases into the equation. If a rod is what you wish to buy the angler on your list, I suggest giving a card along with a note stating your intent, and follow up by taking him or her shopping. The right rod will last a person a lifetime, but the wrong rod will be on the exchange list within six months.

Here is even more advice from the New York Times:

“Bad gifts are what you’ve always wanted, but you give them to someone else,” said Margaret H. Rucker, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who has studied the science of gift giving. “If, for example, you’ve always wanted to go fly-fishing, that doesn’t mean you should give fly-fishing to someone else when clearly they’ve had no interest in it whatsoever.”

This might explain the look on my wife's face last year when she got her new cordless drill.

Fishing the River Wii

Nintendo has released its latest gaming system, The Wii, with a unique controller that turns your hand motions into game movements. There are already games that make use of this controller to simulate fishing but so far I have yet to find any mention of a fly fishing simulator for the Wii. It would seem to me that this would be the perfect platform for such a game that could help an angler practice their casting stroke during the cold winter months.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

2006 Gift Guide - Episode One!

The trout is out of the bag. We have officially released part one of the 2006 Holiday Gift Guide. The first sets of product selections come from contributing Editors Jeff Paisley and Jay Moore. Coming attractions include additional gift guide goodness from our pal Zugbug, The Editor himself, and The Editor's Boss (my wife). Be sure to check in daily so that you don't miss a thing.

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out...

A new fishing joint venture by Roland Martin and Red Ryder? Be sure to watch the video.

Thanks to the South East Fly Fishing Fourm for pointing this one out.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ready for Print: FFM Gift Guide 2006

Christmas is almost upon us and even more importantly the last day to order for delivery by Christmas Eve is even closer still. In case you are having difficulty deciding on what to buy that angler in your life, we wanted to let you know that the 2006 holiday gift guide will be released tomorrow to members of our mailing list and then on Thursday to the rest of our readers.

The gift guide is the painstaking result of a highly scientific process whereby we ask our contributing editors to sober up and pick three gift items that have caught their bloodshot eyes this holiday season. As predicted when we started this process no two of our contributors picked the same item. You might especially find it interesting (or disturbing) to note that there was not a fly rod or reel in the lot. Even the ESU (Editorial Spousal Unit) decided to get into the act and make a selection or two for this years guide.

101 Painfully Enthusiastic Fly Fishing Tips

"Sound like fun or what?"

Grand Theft Chub?

Ed Dentry from the Recreation page of reports on a Thanksgiving break in at the fish hatchery near Alamosa. Fish were taken but I wonder if the thieves knew what kind of crime they were committing. It seems they stole endangered Pikeminnows and Bonytail chub which carry fines of $10,000 per fish for any harm that might come to them. You might remember that Pikeminnows enjoy eating Steelhead and Salmon fry and in many areas anglers actually get paid for catching them in what is known as a sport reward fishery.

Give gifts that get your kids off the couch

While it seems that most kids want to spend their time sitting in front of a video game, often it only takes a bit of a nudge from Mom or Dad to get them out of the house and into nature. C. Boyd Pfeiffer has some suggestions for outdoor gifts for children that can help get them off their rear parts and into the great outdoors. It's pretty basic stuff but a worthwhile thought none the less.

If they are very young, a rod/reel combo, cap or tackle box featuring SpongeBob, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Spider-Man, Superman or Barbie can be a big hit, according to Dee Taylor of Tochterman’s. For older children, a plain spinning or spincast combo from a major manufacturer is always a good choice.
Even small tackle boxes are “big,” since kids equate tackle boxes with being a “real” angler and having a real fishing kit, just like Dad’s. Many youth tackle boxes are equipped with the essentials, such as a stringer, bobbers, sinkers, hooks, a few simple lures, etc.

I would also not be afraid to get a fly rod into a kid's hands at a young age. Most kids of 9 or 10 years old can be taught a simple roll cast that works well enough to take fish at a local farm pond. We have an article with a few tips to help you.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Fire no friend of trout

Forest fire bad for fish. Worse for people who eat fish.

The nutrient influx from the burned area increased lake productivity, which altered the fish’s diet. Post-fire, trout began to eat smaller fish rather than invertebrates. This feeding change added another layer to the food web, causing fish at the top of the web to ingest more mercury than before the fire.

Link to the article.

Tales from Texas

Recently we noticed that we were getting some hits from a blog from the Lone Star State. "Tales from a Texas Fly Fisher" has a focus on warm water kayak fly fishing. Sidebar links have been added.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

And now for something not so different

In order to raise funds for The Stroke Association UK, Ben Filmore is making a trek to the Mount Everest base camp. In addition he also used eBay to auction off the right to slap him with a fish. The auction was won by Lucy Berry who paid 210 pounds for the pleasure of slapping Ben with two rainbow trout in the same fashion as the Monty Python sketch.
Link and photo via the Just Giving Blog.

Those rods are expensive...

This article tells the story of a veteran angler, Bertie Weerasooriya. You can tell he is a true angler's angler by the way he recounts this tale of a time that he nearly lost his life while fishing:

“I was with my friends, E.R.Wijesinghe, Willie Obeysekera, Arthur Morawaka and J.A.R. Grenier when suddenly a huge wave hit the embankment where I stood. The embankment collapsed and I was washed out to sea. I was a good swimmer and had won a silver medal from the Royal Life Saving Society, but the receding waves were too strong to swim against. Fortunately Grenier reacted fast and cast out his line to fall within my reach. I held onto the line wrapped it round my arm while holding onto my fishing rod and tried to swim towards the shore. Grenier was an expert angler and he started to reel me in, just like fighting a fish he kept the line on a light drag to avoid it snapping. It took almost 30 minutes to drag me back to the shore.”For once Weerasooriya had the unpleasant experience of being at the wrong end of the line.

Aside from having been "reeled in" like a fish, the fact that he never let go of his own rod speaks volumes about the man.

Fishing's "Blues Brothers"

Charlotte, North Carolina fishing guide, Gus Gustafson writes about a group of Carolina anglers known as "The Blues Brothers" and their annual pilgrimage to fish the Outer Banks. It looks like this year's trip was a good one!

Bluefish were everywhere. The spit of sand became quickly crowded with everyone wanting a piece of the action. Fishermen stood shoulder-to-shoulder and cast into the fray. As soon as one angler left his spot to reel a bluefish ashore, another took his place. Fish were flopping everywhere and dozens more were tugging and trying to shake the lure. The blitz lasted until dark. By then, everyone had had a great time catching fish.

The Charlotte Observer article also includes some information about North Carolina's new saltwater fishing license requirement that goes into effect January 1st.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Dorito are running on the Outerbanks

Yes, you read that correctly. We said Dorito not Dorado.

Thursday of this week the Outerbanks of North Carolina was the site of what might be nothing short of the states first ever tortilla chip hatch. A cargo container full of Doritos brand chips broke up and washed ashore after apparently falling off of a ship somewhere in the Atlantic ocean. The tasty chips were strewn across a large section of the once pristine beach. The nacho cheese flavored snacks are kept in airtight bags and as a result the chips remained edible. Beachcombers launched an impromptu salvage operation with many scoring cases of the triangle shaped munchies.

It has not yet been determined if this coastal feast was the result of a seagoing accident or simply part of an elaborate sting operation conducted by the DEA and Coast Guard in an effort to attract large numbers of hungry cannabis users to a central location for easy round up.

Photo by Donna Bennett of the Virginia Pilot via

80 Feet of Waterline and Nicely Making Way...

When I saw this neon sign for the first time, I understood just why I came this way. The truth is we need to give some props to our fellow bloggers, so we bring you a few of our favorite recent fly fishy links.

Our pals from Moldy Chum are having a "Slab of the Year" photo contest that would make any fisherman drool. They are even giving away prizes for the year's best pic.

Speaking of photos, prolific angler, writer, and photographer, Tom Chandler from The Trout Underground, has a photograph gracing the cover of a new book titled "Oregon Bamboo." The ever modest TC titled the post "Is there anything I can't do?" The photo looks pretty sharp so we must say that we are starting to believe that there isn't.

Pete McDonald from the Fishing Jones and Fishboat blogs (and editor of Boating Magazine) has a well written article about fishing world record seeker, Dr. Martin Arostegui. Dr. Arostegui fishes for species most anglers turn their nose up at and he has much fun doing it.

and last but not least, Alistair celebrated his first wedding anniversary.