Monday, April 30, 2007
This week finds an out of place fishing reference in Ed Hardin's article about our own Carolina Panther's draft day experience:
Playing its offseason strategy to the extreme, Carolina almost traded completely out of the first round of the NFL Draft after making no effort to trade up Saturday. While one league prospect went trout fishing and another flopped around like a beached trout, the Panthers decided this wasn't the day to go angling.
One of the benefits of having an office in uptown (it would be called downtown in any other city) Charlotte is our proximity to the Panther's practice field. On some days during the season you might just find us getting a few autographs on our lunch hour right beside the bad kids who are cutting school.
From an article in the News-Gazette.com where a viewer poll picked a story for the CBS Evening news "Assignment America" to cover. It seems today candy beats the blood of patriots almost everytime.
A Tuscola candy shop will appear this Friday on the "CBS Evening News," thanks to the help of area computer users. CBS News announced Sunday night that Flesor's Candy Kitchen in downtown Tuscola was the top choice in Internet voting over the weekend.
The story of a Greek immigrant named Gus Flesor establishing the shop in 1901 and two granddaughters who reopened the shop in 2003 got more votes than a story on fly fishing for wounded soldiers and a 13-year-old boy who is the CEO of a baseball bat company.
The excellent RPS poster above comes from this site.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
"Estrogen, the main female sex hormone, is the big culprit here. While most treatment plants remove 90 percent to 95 percent of chemicals and hormones from wastewater before it heads back to a river, trace amounts of estrogen are enough to alter the sex of a fish."Sex determination is dependent on hormones, and hormones from the outside could override the ones inside a fish," Vajda said.The consequence of too much estrogen in the water? The Waynes become Wandas, and women rule the river."
"he told me that the President? of the Nc Wildlife Commission had been there..They spoke about the Catawba River...Captain said that he was told that they had resolves the Muddy Creek issues and had worked out the access plans...and the fact that they were going add aerators...and designate it a catch and release...BOLD and long over due move for NC Wildlife ."
However, others on the board are skeptical that any such fishery would exist under C&R regulations:
"C and R on the Catawba most likely will never happen. Not on waters where for over 65 years, the land owners have sucker fished, cat fished, AND trout fished, etc............with WORMS !! "
Any readers with inside info care to weigh in?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Dyke Hendrickson writes via MainToday.com about his youthful foray into fishing on some property owned by "The Family."
The reason there were many brook trout was that no adults would fish the streams. The land was owned by Mafia henchman. No joke. These guys, with five o'clock shadows and Cadillacs which at that time were the length of Rhode Island, would yell, scream and sometimes even point what appeared to be guns to get strangers to leave.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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Monday, April 23, 2007
"On the Watauga, the big caddis’ are hatching off daily, from morning til evening. Use a size 10 or 12 dark caddis for this event. And an event it is. It is a major, air filling hatch. Of course, on a caddis’ hatch, where ever you are, a soft hackle is the ticket. For Caddis’ only ride on the water to lay their eggs. Otherwise, they burst up and as emergers and are gone. Thus a swinging soft hackle is the trick. "
Visit FlyFishMagazine.com's fishing report page to read the entire report. Remember you too can let your fellow anglers know how the fishing is on your home water by visiting our "Submit Reports Page." We will be sure to give you credit and think happy thoughts about you.
Hooking a fish changed all that.
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
"White River Lover said...
We'd love to see all you fisherfolks at the Great Cotter Trout Fest this weekend. It's the sixth annual fishing party at Cotter, Arkansas, Trout Capital USA! "
The Great Cotter Trout Fest will be held this weekend "under the Rainbow bridge in Cotter's Big Spring Park." Here is a link to the press release with all the details about the event.
We would attend but we have an appointment this weekend to match wits with a wild turkey. Most folks are putting their money on the turkey.
"Fishing without the $20 state license carries a $77 fine during the season, and $154 during off season. The fines can be applied even if the fish are caught by hand."
The Department of Environmental Protection suggests the following proceedure for handling out of place trout:
"People who find any wayward trout are being asked to pick up the fish and put them back into the nearest permanent body of water. "
FlyFishMagazine.com staffers Paisley, Garwood, and Zugbug recently float fished Arkansas' White River. Read about their excellent trip on FlyFishMagazine.com's Fishing Reports page.
It seems I am the only one not getting to fish in Arkansas this month. Tennessee contributing editor Jay Moore is fishing this week on the White River with one of his valued customers. We should have an up to date report from him shortly.
Remember we will publish just about anything around here so feel free to brag by sending us your own fishing reports and photos.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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Monday, April 16, 2007
Anglers preparing for a trip to fish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be advised that last night's windstorm brought down large numbers of trees around the park. According to this Charlotte.com article highway 441 which runs over the mountain between the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Cherokee Indian Reservation, is blocked with over 200 trees down.
"The area where about 200 trees fell onto the road is in North Carolina, near the Tennessee state line, east of Newfound Gap. There was no estimate of when the highway would be opened again and no word about damage to the roadway. Crews were scheduled to work until dark on Monday."
The National Park Service website reports the following road closures:
Temporary Closures • Newfound Gap Road (US-441) - due to ice and wind damage
• Clingmans Dome Road - due to ice and snow
• Parsons Branch Road - was severely damaged by a flood. Repairs to the road began on October 16, 2006. For safety reasons, the road will be closed to all public use, including hikers, equestrians, and cyclists during construction.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
According to an article in today's Denver Post it is time for the Skwala Stonefly hatch on the Bitterroot.
"A large stonefly that appears in late March on certain rivers of the northern Rockies, the skwala is a bug shrouded in considerable mystery. It receives little mention in angling literature and is even less known to most anglers outside the area."
While you contemplate the stonefly hatch you should check out the website of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University. They have an entire section devoted to everything "Stonefly"
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
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There are lots of things in the wilderness that can hurt you. Outdoorsmen know to watch for things like snakes, deer ticks, and bears, but would you know what to do if you run into the strong smell of cat urine while fishing that blue line brookie stream? While there is a slight chance that you are being stalked by a cougar with a bladder control problem, it is more likely that you have stumbled upon a working meth lab. These labs (and their tweaked out owners) can be very dangerous. Authorites advise touching nothing and making a hasty retreat.
An article in Outdoor Life Magazine gives details on a growing problem for those who enjoy being in the wilderness.
"Twelve months earlier in Ashley County, Ark., deer hunters tipped sheriff’s investigators to the fact that methamphetamine manufacturers had taken over remote deer blinds and were using them as labs. Narcotics detectives ended up finding four cooking operations set up in Ashley County deer blinds. In Wright County, Minn., four years before, cookers decided to use ice- fishing shanties to manufacture meth on Waverly Lake."
The Boulder County Colorado website has a section devoted to identifying the signs of an active meth lab.