Thursday, March 29, 2007
"Zoo Atlanta is participating in programs that send plumage from some of its most colorful birds to people who value them for culture or sport. Some wind up in the hands of Native Americans who use them in centuries-old ceremonies. Others are used in making fishing flies." Link to the AJC.com article
Click here to sign up for free Kori Bustard feathers from FeathersMC.com. In the past these feathers have sold for as much as $300 for a matched pair.
Photo of the Kori Bustard - Credit FeathersMC.com
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
For some time now, Korkers has been known for its line of wading boots with interchangeable soles. These form fitting soles making it possible to easily go from felt to hiker and back to golf shoe without ever taking off your footwear. The above pictured "guide boot" was on display at last year's Fly Fishing Retailer Show but it wasn't quite ready for release. This version of their popular wading boot incorporates the Boa Lace Technology, more commonly found on snowboard boots. No more struggles with untied shoes or laces that get snagged in your fly line. With the boa lace system a simple turn of a knob tightens your shoes snugly around your ankles.
"the boa lace system incorporates a dial system with a 4-to-1 gear that tightens and loosens a stainless steel lace. The boa-lace boot eliminates problems associated with traditional laces and keeping your wading boots tied tightly throughout the day."
If you have ever tried to get out of a pair of frozen lace up wading boots after a day of fishing an icy mountain stream, you might just think this sort of gadget would be worth the money.
For more information check out their web page at http://www.korkers.com/
Monday, March 26, 2007
"Regional councillor Ian Walker agrees there is a problem with driving on beaches.
His eight-year-old son nearly lost a hand when his fishing line got caught by a car and dragged him 20 metres along the beach. "Some time in the future somebody's going to get seriously hurt," he says."
It was a depressing Monday here on Tobacco road. Saying that our favorite college basketball team went cold in during the overtime period against Georgetown is probably the understatement of the year. Add to that the fact that rumor has it that Tyler Hansbrough might head for the pros this year leaving us without the big man in the middle.
Since our Heel's are out of the running we are looking for a new team to back in the final four. UCLA comes to mind. Especially since according to this Newark Advocate article the Bruin's coach, Ben Howland, is a fly fisher.
It’s the same thing on the river, Howland says.“When I fly-fish, you have to be detailed in terms of all the little things that go into throwing a fly, how you mend the line, how you let it float,” he says. “You’re doing it hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times a day. So there’s a lot of attention to detail.”
"Bob Teufel offered to withdraw draft Resolution #1, dated March 9, 2007, that he had co-authored with Ted Roosevelt, regarding prohibiting TU involvement in disputes that pitted TU against private landowners. After extensive discussions with TU leaders from around the nation, and after learning of the opposition of the NLC to it, he decided that withdrawing the draft resolution was in the best interests of TU. In its place he offered a substitute proposal which puts the matter to some degree back in the hands of the National Leadership Council. However this issue is not settled and will continue to cause difficulty…..the heat on the Board of Trustees got intense! "
This is good news for anglers who must have found it absurd that their own conservation organization was not going to go to bat for their ability to fish some of the very waters they have worked to conserve. The very fact that this has been considered could lead some to believe that TU's future efforts might be less than enthusiastic.
You might want to take a look at the text of this letter from TU President and CEO, Charles F. Gauvin to members of the National Leadership Council. The letter attempts to explain the TU Board's support of the access amendment. It also provides some insight into an organization trying to maintain relationships with both rank and file members as well as wealthy and often philanthropic landowners.
As our source put it, this issue is not settled and continues to be tested in the courts. The Billings Gazette reports that Atlanta media mogul James Kennedy is bringing a suit that challenges Montana residents right to reach their state's waters even via public roads and bridges.
Tom Chandler from The Trout Underground weighs in on the issue as well.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
According to this article on New West, Trout Unlimited is considering a resolution to drop their involvement in stream access issues.
"A proposed TU resolution states: “Involvement in stream access disputes is divisive and a distraction from the mission. ….The proposed amendments would prohibit TU involvement or participation in disputes that pit claims of public stream access against claims of private property rights.” "
Knowing that this issue is of major interest to fly fishers across the nation, we contacted Steve Moyer, Trout Unlimited's Vice President for Government Affairs and Volunteer Operations for a comment. Mr. Moyer let us know that TU's Trustees are "actively considering the matter" and that a decision could be reached as early as next week. He has graciously consented to an interview with FlyfishMagazine once the decision has been reached.
David Rogers, purveyor of fine bamboo fly rods, from the Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company sent us a note today that announced a major reduction in the price of his 2007 Classic Series fly reels. These artistic examples of the fly reel are now priced at only $199.
Couple this reel with one of Headwater's very affordable bamboo rods and you will have a set up that will most likely make you the envy of your fellow graphite chucking anglers. Tweed jacket not included.
"Each reel is meticulously crafted of the highest quality aircraft-grade aluminum. The jewel-like materials and workmanship of this timeless fly reel complement any bamboo fly rod. The graceful serpentine “S” handle provides smooth operation and a classic look in the tradition of Vom Hofe fly reels from the turn of the 20th century. Simple click and pawl action."
Update: Mr. Rogers posted a comment:
Thanks for the hat tip, but frankly, it's not a sale. We've experienced lower cost with higher volume and as such we're passing on the saving to our customers.Also, stay tuned as we are revamping our entire bamboo rod product line and should have an announcement in 2-3 weeks.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We were pleased when we found this article on the Monroenews.com site that tells us there are at least 32 different uses for beer. One of them is of benefit to the fly tiers in the group:
"Mix beer, chimney soot, walnut leaves and a little powdered alum in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then chill. Dipping any natural materials you're using in this solution prior to tying is supposed to make a tighter, more attractive fly.I guess you could call this "tying one on.''
We were even more pleased when we found the above video. Now there is a skill no fly fisher worth his hops should ever be without.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sidebar links have been added.
Monday, March 19, 2007
A bid to rid the Shenandoah National Park of invasive species has spawned new regulations that are not sitting well with some die hard catch and release fishermen. Park officials say the new regulations are aimed at protecting the Brook trout fishery.
From the park's fishing regulations:
In the park’s continuing effort to control wild non-native brown trout populations to limit
impacts on wild native brook trout populations, special brown trout specific regulations
have been promulgated for the Rose River, Hughes River, and Brokenback Run.
All regulations as specified in the Regulations section apply to these three streams except:
• The minimum size for brown trout as part of any daily creel or otherwise in
possession is 7 inches.
• The release of any captured brown trout back into any park stream is prohibited.
Undersized brown trout, those less than the 7 inch minimum, must be disposed of
away from the stream and away from park roads or trails.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
"I have been talking with Carolina Mountain Land Conservation, representatives from the Trust for Public Lands and the Henderson County Soil Conservation Group," developer Kent Smith said Thursday after withdrawing his proposal. "I haven't gotten that far with them, but it is my goal to exhaust all possibilities with a variety of groups in hopes to avoid development."
I got this photo via e-mail this week along with an ad for Entre Aguas Lodge in Chile. Along with the fish porn, the ad included this link which caught both my eye and my imagination.
BUSCAS TRABAJO COMO GUIA DE PESCA CLICK AQUI
Made me want to ask the wife if she was feeling up for an adventure!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Alistair from The Urban Fly Fisher tells a great story about the mystery of a strange ticking sound coming from his new Sage fly rod. He probably doesn't know how lucky that he is that he managed to get it back to the UK in one piece. In these parts if something that is not a clock starts ticking we generally blow it up!
The developer has turned down an offer of 2x the purchase price of the property by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. While the Henderson County, North Carolina planning board is recommending denial of the proposed plan, the general feeling is that this will probably only delay the plan and possibly limit the number of houses built. It is doubtful it will actually stop development of the property. One reader who lives in the Mills River community has asked his representative to seek federal funds to aid in the purchase of the land back from the developer. Here is the text of his call to action from a posting on the Southeast fly fishing forum.
Ladies and Gents,
The idea of the federal government helping pay for purchasing some or all of the Big Creek Lodge property has been presented to Representative Heath Shuler. They have been watching the situation and it will be their determination if they want to push for federal funding. If they decide to it will be because they hear from the local community. The message to them is simply this:
1. This is an important priority for us.
2. We hope that all or a portion of the property can be preserved.
3. Please help us with conservation dollars.
I think they have until Friday to determine if this will be a priority for them. Therefore, it would be beneficial if the local interested people contact Shuler's office via fax, e-mail, or phone to reiterate their support for this potential. If you have already contacted Representative Shuler about this issue, please do it again.Phone:(202) 225-6401 Fax: (202) 226-6422 http://www.house.gov/writerep/
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Mark Sampson has written a good look at fly fishing the flats around Key West, Florida. The article from DelmarvaNow.com chronicles the first day of fishing on his recent Key West vacation.
"By the way, our first day of fishing was good in that we explored a flat we've never fished before, caught a fair number of nice-sized barracuda (Charlotte caught the most, but I caught the biggest), we saw a bunch of sharks and other marine life, worked a lot of kinks out of our fishing routine that's gotten a little rusty over the winter, and only broke one $400 fly rod (ouch!)."
Larissa Murdock (my lovely wife) took the photo above on our own Key West adventure. The Ninja subject of the photo is guide Justin Rea of Sting Rea Charters.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
It's sowbug roundup time in Mountain Home, Arkansas! The North Arkansas fly fishers have invited 120 fly tyers to demonstrate their art during their annual three day festival that honors the favorite food of those big White River trout.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Recently a group of North Carolina college students ventured into the Linville Gorge for a bit of a hike only to get lost and have to spend a cold night in the woods. They were on an afternoon hike but were unprepared for the cold weather.
A good rule is to never go into the woods without the means to stay over night with some measure of comfort. I bet those students would have given their greek letters for one these Altoid tin survival kits.
This kit is designed to be a 72-hour kit. It is designed to be small and portable, but also to be effective in providing for the Survival "Rule of Threes."
A person can live for:Three minutes without air.
Three hours without shelter.
Three days without water.
Three weeks without food.
Three months without love.
22 states already have a whirling disease problem but according to this article from the Louisville Courier Journal, for the moment Kentucky is in the clear.
"We put a great amount of emphasis on disease testing," said James Gray, who manages the Wolf Creek facility."
The hatchery produces all of the 800,000 trout annually stocked in Kentucky. The eggs come from broodstock fish in Montana, West Virginia, Tennessee and Wyoming. Those fish are inspected regularly.
"Our broodstock are tested twice a year for whirling and other diseases," Gray said.
Photo from the Whirling Disease foundation.
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If your team wins at the big dance you will want to make sure you have some cigars on hand. We lit one earlier today when our Tarheels won the ACC tourney and you can bet we have a special one set aside in the humidor in case they are able to pull it off in the Georgia Dome. Get 15% off your order from Thompson Cigars.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Last week we posted about a tiny fly rod and reel that we thought might be the ultimate blue line rig for fishing the thickets around our favorite tiny mountain streams. Tom Chandler over at The Trout Underground Fly Fishing Blog noted that this 30 inch rod with a reel no bigger than a quarter might be used by unsavory angling types to inflate the size of their catches in photographs. Upon reading his post we felt compelled to kick things down a notch and bring out our own tiny Martin set up with a reel not much bigger than a penny and a rod only 18 inches in length. We had hoped to use in our yet uncompleted television series "The Hunt for Small Fish."
All fly fishermen are not elitists who want to tell others how to fish. All ice anglers are not fish-killing slobs. And just because you sell bait, that doesn’t mean you don’t care about the future health of our fisheries. No matter what you read on the Internet message boards.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Time to head back to the Carolinas from the big 40th B-day celebration my wife threw for me in Las Vegas. I did not catch any fish but did manage to catch a few shows (those are the tickets in the picture above) in addition to a few 7's at the craps tables. Let's just say that Flyfishmagazine.com will not be getting that sea plane we've had our eyes on any time soon. A dose of food poisoning did its best to cut into our time at the tables.
Thanks to Middle Tennessee Editor, Jay Moore for taking up my slack and posting some great articles while I was away.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The result: in America, reed canarygrass has developed traits, like faster emergence in the spring and larger root biomass, that allow it to become a rapid colonizer. In short, the grass is still the same species, but it has quickly evolved to be invasive.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
Editors Note: Click this link to a sound file for a hint from Vince Vaughn about where I will be having the "Big Four Oh Party!"
Thursday, March 01, 2007
You still remember it as if it had happened just yesterday. You were a wet behind the ears college kid working in the mail room of Mega-Corp, schlepping around hundreds of pounds of corporate memo propaganda from one office to the next while you waited for your big break.
You saw the big corporate muckety-mucks with their executive restrooms and private parking spaces, slinking off to "business meetings" in exotic locations around the globe in their corporate jets. You knew deep down that they had nothing on you. Nothing but a Harvard MBA and an expense account twice the size of your yearly income that is.
Then one day it all changed. You were delivering the day's TPS reports when you happened by the door of the VP of Marketing. He was shouting into his telephone about things like market penetration and brand identity. Sales were slumping and the brand was suffering from a less than sterling reputation. He needed a plan and he needed it now.
Without even missing a beat you reach into your jacket pocket and produce the one vice that your meager salary will allow. A cigar. But this was no ordinary cigar, instead it was a hand rolled personalized Thompson Cigar that you ordered affixed with your own personal logo "The Crippled Trout." The Veep's eyes widened as you twirled the cigar above the flame of your match until the end glowed the same cherry red as the stove in your one room hovel does when you have money for a lump or two of coal. "What's that?" he exclaimed. You explained that Thompson Cigars could easily imprint Mega-Corp's logo onto the band of a premium hand rolled cigar. The cigars could be given to potential customers making the Mega-Corp brand synonymous with only the finer things in life.
The marketing guy scratched his head and took it all in before dismissing you back to your postal dungeon. Later that month you saw a memo under a stack of interoffice envelopes congratulating the VP for turning around the Mega-corp brand with his innovative "Cigar Initiative."
Oh well you thought, such is the lot in life of the mail clerk. At least the VP's trophy wife would enjoy the big fat bonus he got for your idea and the new jewelery he bought her put her in an excellent mood when you picked her up for your weekly rendezvous later that evening.
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