Thursday, May 31, 2007
American Fly Fishing Trade Association
The Fly Fishing Expo, a New Era of Consumer Fly Fishing Shows
Denver, Colorado May 31, 2007 The first fly fishing consumer show to be entirely owned by the member companies of The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) will be launched in January 2008. The Fly Fishing Expo will focus on providing a unique fly fishing experience to both seasoned and beginning anglers. The Expo will be held at the beautiful Colorado Convention Center on January 4th-6th. The Expo has already received commitments from many leading fly fishing companies including Cloudveil, Frontiers International Travel, Orvis, REC Components, Rio, Sage, Scott Fly Rods, and St. Croix Rods. Exhibitor invitations and contracts will be received by all prospective exhibitors no later than June 25th.
Jay Moore sent us some snapshots from his latest trip to fish the Caney Fork tail water in Tennessee. Much of the trout caught on this trip were within yards of a major interstate highway. Jay was accompanied by his new fly fishing protege, Tammy. It looks like she is catching on just fine.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
While still machined from 2024 aluminum with hardened steel jaws, improvements include a rotating head, a hinged stem, and a more attractive silver satin finish. Many of the improvements were suggested by tiers who used the original version. The most-asked for and significant new feature is the rotating head, which allows a tier to turn a fly over without removing the hook from the jaws, giving them much greater versatility with this vise.
The Apprentise is available with a C-clamp and retails for $95. An optional base assembly is also available. All of Renzetti’s products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and are proudly made in the USA. This vise will be available beginning in January 2007.
For more information on the newly redesigned Apprentise Vise or any of Renzetti’s fine products, visit www.renzetti.com.
"We are actively engaged in trying to get a large reef, a large ship, on the bottom," said Bill Thompson, a member of the nonprofit group.
just get along? Here is another take on the fly vs. bait fishing debate. This one comes from California's Truckee River via the Sierra Sun.
A recent letter to the Sierra Sun made some inaccurate assumptions regarding bait fisherman. Most men and women are not fishing from a lawn chair, littering the shoreline, nor are they flinging beer cans to and fro. The people I know that bait fish are walking the river, moving from hole to hole, covering up to two miles as they move along the river. They release many more fish than they keep. A lot of bait isn’t swallowed, many fish are hooked in the mouth. These people care about fish just as the fly fishermen do.
In the words Sir Paul:
We all know that people are the same wherever you go. There's good and bad in everyone. We learn to live, we learn to give each other, What we need to survive, Together alive.
Just don't leave your Styrofoam worm buckets on my favorite creek bank.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
This article in the News Tribune tells of how one angler gets his inspiration from Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler."
Like him, I use a rod over 15 feet long. But whereas his was made from various woods available in England in the mid-1600s, and probably weighed a pound or more, the one I use now is a telescoping, 19-foot carbon fiber "whip" from Italy that weighs six ounces.
Lacking his knotted horsehair line (although I did make and fish one in North Carolina 20 years ago), I tied 10 feet from the tapered tip section of an old No. 5 fly line to the rod tip, with an 10-foot monofilament leader. My 5X monofilament tippet was probably equivalent in strength to the two or three hairs from a horse's tail used by Walton and his protege, Charles Cotton (who really wrote the fly fishing sections of "The Compleat Angler").
A patent granted to Stanley M. Wright and Andrew D. McGill in 1931 for a fishing fly that would rival the success of metallic spinners and spoons.
It is made from "thin strips of copper plated with gold, silver, nickle, or the like and highly polished. The strips are preferably lacquered to preserve the polish. This produces a soft flexible blade which will not interfere in any way with the fish striking the hook."
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I started fly fishing in 1957 at age 8. After some coaching from a step-uncle with his old Shakespeare glass WonderRod and a handful of cork popping bugs used to slay my first farm pond bream and bass, the passion of fly fishing started and I caught fire. The site was Sedgefield Lakes in the Jamestown section of Greensboro, where said step-uncle resided. He was my mentor in the beginning of a life long sport for which I had no other to help.
Once I returned home from that wonderful week, I read every Field and Stream magazine I could get my hands upon and absorbed anything that was related to fly fishing. Being financially lacking, my first fly rod was a Sears rod which set me back the terrible price of 4 dollars. For weeks until placing the order, I ate with and slept with the catalog until wearing out the 2 or 3 pages containing their fly gear offerings. My excitement could not be contained on the day the lady called our house and said: “Your order is here.” My mother somehow found time to take me to the store. I distinctly remember paying for it with nickels and dimes. The rod was 7 1/2 feet for a # 6 line. The first reel was a stamped Japanese skeleton affair: cost; 1 dollar. The matching fly line was a level line by Gladding: cost; 1 dollar. The leader was a 4 foot piece of monofilament stripped from my push button spinning reel. My flies came 2 to the package for a quarter with the brand name: Glen L. Evans, printed on the blister pack. Four packs equaled 8 flies, enough to get me started. Essentially, my first fly fishing outfit was a whopping 7 dollars. For me, those dollars were hard to come by.
Graduating up the ladder, the next rod was an 8 dollar rod, also from Sears. As I thought I needed a different length, this one was 8 feet and also for a # 6 line. The next was a luxurious Fenwick Feralite fiberglass, 7 feet, for a # 6 line. The year was 1969. The price was 30 dollars. By this time I was becoming somewhat accomplished and that rod accounted for hundreds of local trout of all species. Within a week of college graduation, a brand new Orvis bamboo "Flea" found its way to my hands with the last dollars I had in my college savings account, never mind that I owed the government over $3,000 for a student loan. Thus were my priorities: No job, no money, owed money; - but I had a single tipped Orvis Madison bamboo 6 1/2 foot rod that would become my right arm for the next 10 years, cost: $89. The year was 1971.
We move up the rungs. We pay our dues. Some with means choose to start cheap and are never satisfied with what they purchase. This leads to spending more money than necessary as a person runs through a gamut of fly rods and reels that do not make them happy. They spend more money seeking the perfect rod, all in an effort to avoid the purchase of a truly premium rod to start. Some have to acquire what they can afford and this is understood. I certainly understand this as well as anyone. My first pair of "waders" for icy streams were a pair of Converse canvas basketball shoes, no felt, but many hours of numb, wet legs had to be endured as I had no other choice.
I put these thoughts down for readers as I reflect. A potential rod customer called me who appreciates brand X but was hesitant to spend the bucks for the premium models. He has means. At his age and his serious long time fishing passion, I see no reason for him to deny himself the best. When one casts a finely tuned rod that they call their own, they have the satisfaction of knowing that the hunt for the perfect rod is over.
This customer made the decision to go for the best and plans to do so. A life long fly fisherman in his late 50's is replacing a recently broken 35 year old Fenwick graphite and has committed to a premium rod backed by an dedicated American company that will last him the rest of his life.
Before he committed, I shared my " Tackle Buying Philosophy of Life:"
Life is short.
If you are truly and passionately serious about this sport and feeling a finely tuned fly rod unload its line after a well timed cast, buying a top grade fly rod is cheap. It is not like you are purchasing a Ranger Bass Boat, 200 HP Mercury motor that costs as much as your first house, and a Suburban to pull it all with. You are just buying a fly rod for a few hundred dollars that should be with you and a part of you for the rest of your life, with an unlimited life warranty backed by people that do not want you to be unhappy. When personal fishing, I fish the best rods and reels. This is not because I am a show-off but those rods have a different feel and I cannot ever get enough of it. Fishing the best brings me personal pleasure and I also know that I do not have to question whether I should have looked at another brand or a cheaper model. I cannot place a monetary value on that feeling.
Life is short.
I think the above is why we are here. In summary, if fly fishing is your primary focus where you live and breathe it, you owe yourself the equipment that will bring you the most pleasure, as you can afford it.
Y'all be good. "Bo"
"Bo" Cash is the owner of The Table Rock Angler which is open by appointment. "Bo" accepts appointments as late as 10 PM nightly and is also available by phone or email to help you with all your fly fishing needs including guided trips on area streams. You can reach him at:
"Bo" Cash Table Rock Angler4515
NC 181Morganton NC
In a recent newsletter from the Colorado Trout Unlimited Steering Committee for the National Fly Fishing Championships, Paul Prentiss talks about how great most business people think the idea of a national fly fishing event is wonderful. However, thinking something is great and putting up cold hard sponsorship dollars are two very different things. The committee is looking for a few good companies to step up and purchase some serious goodwill in the fly fishing community. Here is the text from their mailing.
When you talk to individuals and company representatives about Team USA and the US Championship process you hear the same comment over and over, "that's a great concept". However, translating this enthusiasm into hard dollars is very difficult.
Getting to the right people who can/will make a decision and understand how this helps the sport, conservation, and youth involvement is the particularly difficult.
I can't tell you how many times I hear "how will your program help me" or ""what can you do for my specific customers." My answer is always the same. Our objective is to promote the sport, youth involvement, conservation ethics, and relationships with other countries via the common language of fly fishing. This is a non-monetary, wholesome activity that is not gender specific.
We need to find individuals and companies who want to make a difference and feel their association with this program is reward enough. Can you help? If so, click here
How about it FlyfishMagazine readers? You may not be in a position to sponsor this event yourself but you might just know someone in the business who is. Spread the word. Ted Turner, if you still read this now would be a good time to step up.
Also don't forget that our own Southeast Regional event is set for August 18th and 19th on the waters near Cherokee, N.C. For more information contact Eugene Shuler
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 22, 2007) –
Under hatchery-supported regulations, which are in effect through Sept. 30, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.
From October to the first Saturday in June, delayed-harvest regulations allow only catch-and-release fishing, and anglers can fish only with artificial lures with one hook.
To maintain public access on these privately owned lands, the Commission urges anglers to respect private property. Kyle Briggs, fish production coordinator for the Commission, suggests that anglers properly dispose of trash and litter, park only in designated areas, close gates and avoid blocking driveways and side roads. Hunting, camping, picnicking and activities other than fishing typically are not allowed unless the landowner grants permission.
For a list of delayed-harvest waters organized by county, click here.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
"Abel Quality Products touts the fact that all the components used to produce its world renowned fly fishing reels are manufactured in Camarillo, right down to the nuts and bolts.
Every last screw is made in a 16,000-square-foot factory on Aviador Street."
With a bit of foreign investment:
The company is owned by Craig Treharne, a London businessman who acquired the business in September 2006. But day-to-day operations are handled by Swanson, Krapff and sales manager Jeff Patterson.
Pictured above is the Able Prosek Signature Edition Brown Trout Super 5N. Only 45 of this limited edition remain.
Don't get us wrong, we are big fans of Abel products and we like folks from the UK just fine. Just ask Alistair if you don't believe us. We just found it ironic that a company doing this much to manufacture its product in the USA was owned by and English business man. Now you will have to excuse me. I need to go fill up my Toyota Tundra with some Saudi gasoline.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Here are a few quick snapshots of my Kayak. This is my father's design and he has built several of them over the years. The one pictured is my second. The frame and trim are made of basswood which is light, strong, and flexible enough to make the curves needed to give it the proper shape. The "skin" is denim coated with oil based paint. While they are very light weight, they are surprisingly sturdy. When Dad was testing them back in the 70's, he and my uncle made some serious whitewater runs through the Nantahala gorge. Almost all of the kayaks survived the trip. I am looking forward to getting this one in the water soon on our local lake.
Friday, May 18, 2007
"Redfish On The Fly" by Capt. John Kumiski found its way into my briefcase before a recent business trip. Before that trip was completed I had devoured its 287 pages and was already plotting a strategy to try to convince my wife that we would soon need to vacation somewhere in Florida known charmingly as "Mosquito Lagoon."
When the subtitle of a fishing book reads, "A Comprehensive Guide," I tend to view it with a healthy dose of skepticism. Often these compendiums are out of date and out of touch with the everyday angler's needs. Saying that "Redfish On The Fly" makes good on its promise of being comprehensive would be an understatement. After reading it I felt that I had gained an excellent head start on my trek to catching a bull red on the fly.
The book is broken down into four basic sections ranging from understanding the fish, a full featured How To section, flies to use, and destinations. Captain Kumiski takes the time to tell us what to do and more importantly, what not to do in order to become a successful fly angler for these "copper coated crab crunchers." His advice on tackle and tactics is both clear and concise and will save the new redfish angler hours of getting up to speed on the water.
The destination section of the book covers the full range of the fish from North Carolina to Texas. A great feature of the book is that each location is described through an interview with a fishing guide local to the waters being discussed.
"Redfish On The Fly" is an excellent reference for anyone considering trying for redfish using the long rod. It is entertaining and full of information that will make you a better saltwater fly fisher no matter what species you stalk. It is available from Argonaut Publishing via Captain Kumiski's website for $27.95. ISBN 978-0-9635118-6-7
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Dion said rescue workers cut a hole in the side of the tank at the farm, which raises barramundi, a fish farmed as a replacement for grouper."
"I don’t drink cold coffee. I know saying “iced coffee” is supposed to give it mystique, but it’s still cold coffee. Temperature is temperature. It’s much like a $600 handmade fly rod. It’s still a fishing pole, and if you slam the truck door on it, it will break. I’ve practiced this on a couple of cheap rods."
The Georgia author does give some excellent advice for the person wishing to stay cool and healthy this summer:
"My first thought of this advice was to hang out at the wash hole and don’t walk alone in downtown Atlanta at night. Takes care of cool and safety."
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
our Middle Tennessee Editor, Jay Moore, better brush up on his back stroke. Seepage is turning the land around the dam into a swamp, greatly increasing the chances of a failure according to the Corps of Engineers.
If Wolf Creek dam breaks, how bad would it get in Nashville?
Forget Tennessee Titans football. LP Field would be better suited for water polo.
"The 30-yard line would be 30 feet underwater. Everything above Nashville, the effects would be a little more pronounced. Everything below Nashville, a little less," said Lt. Col. Steve Roemhildt of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
We have previously posted about problems with the Wolf Creek dam that led to a massive draw down of Lake Cumberland. In a worse case scenario the draw down could hurt the fishery in the tail waters below the dam.
"You're more likely to catch fish using a rod and reel if you are out to have fun," Cox said. "Fly fishing is more for sport and competition."
Monday, May 14, 2007
Speaking of fish stories, here are two items that caught our eye from today's news wire:
That young angler fishing upstream from you might be a youthful offender learning to fly fish as a means of rehabilitation. Should you worry? Maybe not.
"The boys are unbelievably well behaved. Because of where they are and what they did to get here, visitors might expect them to act up, or be distracted. But that is not the case. They are overly courteous.After each session they thank the men for teaching them and extend their hands for a shake. Hand shakes and high-fives are the only forms of touching permitted between the boys and the visitors.At times it's easy to forget this is a correctional facility. But there are reminders. A boy named Joshua drops a hook on the floor."Whoa," he says. "That'd be bad to have a loose fish hook in here. You should see what happens when we lose a pencil. It's insane. It's not fun."
Did the melamine that has caused the deaths of hundreds of family pets make its way into fish hatcheries trout chow? The FDA says its no biggie.
The department said it's been told by the federal Food and Drug Administration that there is no significant human health risk associated with eating fish that have been fed melamine-tainted fish food and that melamine -- unlike other chemicals such as mercury -- does not accumulate in a fish's body.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
When I was a kid I remember that she had a refrigerator magnet with the following poem:
When my prayers were early said,who tucked me in me widdle bed and spanked me butt til it was red?
In the morning,when the lights would come and in me crib me dribbled some,who wiped me widdle tiny bun?
Who took me from my cozy cot and placed me on me ice cold pot and made me pee-pee when me could not?
Who's hair so gently she would part and hold me tightly to her heart and sometimes squeeze me til I'd.....fart?
Who looked at me with eyebrows drooped, and screamed and yelled til she had the croup when in me Sunday pants I...pooped?
And at night when the bed did squeak and me raised me head to have a peek who yelled at me to go to sleep?
She always considered it to be a bit risque but for some reason it stuck with me. Thanks for being a great Mom.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Travis Rummel aka "The Boss" from FeltSoul Media e-mailed us to announce the launch of their new and improved website. You might remember the guys at FeltSoul Media as the talented creators of the excellent fly fishing videos "The Hatch" and "Running Down the Man."
Here is the text of Travis' announcement with info about their latest project in Bristol Bay:
Ben and I are really excited to announce that after months of designing, multiple web programmers, and weeks of toil - we have launched our new and very much improved website - www.feltsoulmedia.com. Please check it out and let us know what you think. We could not be happier to be sharing our work with you and it is a wonderful feeling to be doing so through a site that we designed.
We are less than a month away from heading up to Bristol Bay to begin work on our biggest film project to date. For more info and to lend your support please check out The Horizon section of the site. We will be giving updates through out the project, so please keep an eye on our "Wire" feature to see what we're up to in the coming months.
We are also happy to announce the World Theatrical Premier of the HD version of Running Down the Man – Friday, May 25th at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival (mountainfilm.org). We hope you can join us in Telluride for this special screening. Along with Running Down the Man will be Roam and Nine Winters Old, both come with rave reviews and will leave lasting impressions. See you in T-ride.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Washington DC-Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) has reached a sponsorship agreement with Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter. Cabela's will support the 2007 PVA Bass Tour and the 11th Annual PVA National Trapshoot Circuit.
"Paralyzed Veterans is honored and deeply grateful to have a company like Cabela's on board with the PVA Bass Tour and PVA National Trapshoot Circuit," said Randy L. Pleva, Sr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. "And we would like to thank Cabela's for providing outdoor clothing to the disabled anglers and trapshooters who are competing in our events."
The PVA Bass Tour, a B.A.S.S. sanctioned event, consists of five annual events from Augusta, GA, to Ft. Hood in Belton, TX. The Tour provides fishing opportunities to both disabled and nondisabled anglers. The PVA National Trapshoot Circuit consists of 10 annual events from Myrtle Beach, SC, to San Diego, CA. The Circuit was created to give individuals with disabilities a chance to participate in the recreational and competitive sport of trapshooting. One of the goals of the Circuit is to enable shooters with disabilities and able-bodied shooters to compete as equals.
Programs such as the Bass Tour and Trapshoot Circuit could not take place without the generous support of sponsors such as Cabela's. "Cabela's is proud to partner with the Paralyzed Veterans of America," said Dennis Highby, president and chief executive officer of Cabela's. "We're honored to help give these anglers and trapshooters a chance to compete in the outdoor sports they, and we, enjoy."
Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. Paralyzed Veterans is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more than 19,000 members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its website at www.pva.org.
Cabela's Inc., headquartered in Sidney, NE, is the world's largest direct marketer-and a leading specialty retailer of-hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Founded in 1961, Cabela's has grown to become one of the most well-known recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World's Foremost Outfitter. Through Cabela's direct business and its growing number of destination retail stores, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela's also issues the Cabela's CLUB VISA credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.
The following comes from FlyFishMagazine.com Middle Tennessee Editor, Jay Moore. Jay ran into a strange phenomenon while fishing one of his favorite tail waters. The river began flowing in the opposite direction! Here is his report:
On Saturday my friend, let's call him Phil, and I attempted to fish the Caney Fork in a driving rainstorm. Things started out as usual but then got very weird. Things became very much like the Seinfeld episode where everything was backwards.(The Bizarro Jerry).
We had landed a few small fish on midges when we noticed that our flies were no longer drifting. Rather than drifting with the current, they were sitting still. I decided to change sides and made a cast to a good spot but the fly drifted upstream. I tried again with the same result, so I tied on a thin mint and hooked a 15-16" rainbow. Phil netted it and put it on his new stringer (Editor's note: We think this is first spot where Phil got on dicey grounds with the fishing Gods). His old one swam away last trip with a nice rainbow on it. He tied on a trout magnet and the Green Cork of Death (second and third black marks on his permanent record with the fishing deity). It also drifted upstream. Soon there were all sorts of debris moving upstream!
We decided that things were getting strange enough that we needed to get out of the river. By the time we got to the bank the water level was up about three feet. I was as concerned as I have ever been while wading in the river so we were looking for a quick way out if needed.
I would not have believed that the river could reverse course if I had not seen it with my own eyes. I think that either Phil angered the Fishing Gods with his continued use of The Green Cork of Death and by not releasing the only good fish caught that day or it could have been flooding downstream. Either way it was a strange day on the Caney Fork. Oh, the fish count. Jay 8 Phil 0.
As always when we find someone chucking hardware here at FlyFishMagazine.com, identities have been shielded to protect the guilty.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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Monday, May 07, 2007
Today I had the good fortune to run into Steve Buck. When Steve isn't busy consulting on EDI projects for big companies he is an avid salt water fly fisher and fly tier. Steve's favorite way to stalk his quarry on the flats of his Florida home water is from the cockpit of his wooden sea kayak. He was nice enough to share a photo of his favorite quarry, big sea trout, as well as the fly he developed to catch them, the Sea Trout Seducer. Thanks for sharing Steve! We look forward to lots of fishing reports and tips on tactics for kayak fly fishing in Florida.
Steve's kayak of choice comes in kit form from Pygmy Boats Inc.