Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Calling all cars.. Be on the lookout for a drift boat stolen from Unicoi Outfitters in Blue Ridge, Georgia. From the posting over at the SEFFF:
From Jimmy Harris at UO:
Well, here we go again. Someone has stolen our Hyde drift boat from behind the store in Blue Ridge. It's red, black and white, has counter-balanced oars, and, when it left our place it had an oval Unicoi logo on each side of the bow. You never know if someone dumb enough to steal something as large and unusual as a drift boat will have the sense to take the logo off. Not sure how you fence something like this but we would appreciate everyone keeping an eye out for it. If you have any information concerning its whereabouts, you may call our shop in Blue Ridge at 706-632-1880 or our shop in Helen at 706-878-3083. If your information leads to the recovery of our boat, I promise you will be one well-equiped angler, compliments of Unicoi Outfitters.The boat was evidently taken some time Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
We met these guys at the Fly Fishing Retailer Show in Denver last year. If you have any info be sure to drop a dime (or a quarter these days)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Our long time fishing pal Paisley is currently in the process of building the ultimate fly fishing tear drop camper. He is also documenting the construction steps for a future series of articles for FlyfishMagazine.com. It's too bad he didn't get a look at the Fin-mobile from the folks at Save our Wild Salmon before he started the build.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Fly fishing video Guru Travis Rummel writes us with an update about FeltSoul Media's current project that features Alaska's Bristol Bay.
Ben and i have been hard at work for the last two weeks up here, with 50 or more days to go this is looking like it is going to be our best effort yet. it is incredible up here.
To say that Travis and Ben are adventurers would be a pretty big understatement. Their current base of operations for the Alaska project is a shipping container in a place called Gypsy Corner. Visit the FeltSoul blog "The Wire" for regular updates from the guys who put the "new" in new media!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
"We put backpacks on and take people out on back-country adventures where no other guide service would ever take them. We’ll also put you on wild trout. Fishing is like the icing on the cake on our trips, though.’’
Thursday, June 21, 2007
What happens when fly fishermen add video cameras to their kit? Scott Parrot's article Lights, Camera, Fishing tells us they just might become budding film makers.
"So the past couple months, my fishing buddy Greg and I added a video camera to the rods, reels, flies and other gear we carry into the forest for our weekly trout fishing trips.
The end result may not be our ticket to Hollywood, but it is receiving rave reviews from Greg’s girlfriend. "
To help prove the positive points I picked the brains of some avid Kansas fly fishers.
We picked a ready-to-hit-the-water fly-fishing outfit that holds all you need to enjoy fly fishing in Kansas. We also put it to the test."
Florida officials are warning residents that wild dolphins are in fact wild and might just bite you.
"Florida experts said wild dolphins are becoming more aggressive because boaters are feeding them."
Link via Local6.com
Photo via The Ultimate Guide to Dolphins
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Fancy a membership in one of those exclusive fractional ownership fly fishing resorts? Just make sure the guy selling it to you actually owns it.
"Johannesburg businessman Jan Faure, 55, claimed to have had R14-million to purchase the Seaview Hotel, but then sold part of the hotel without paying for it. He has now advertised fractional title shares in the Outeniqua Trout Lodge in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. He offers purchasers an opportunity to buy "fractional title shares at R285 000 each in the Outeniqua Mountain Resort (Pty) Ltd".
On Monday, the owner of the Outeniqua Mountain Resort, Dr Ingo Vennemann, said although Faure and two other men, Wynand and Jaco van den Berg, had visited last year to gather information about his trout farm operation, there was nothing to entitle them to start selling his property. "
I ran across this letter to the editor of the Cambridge, Ontario Times. At first it seemed to be a rather innocuous complaint about anglers fishing for Small mouth bass out of season. However, a bit deeper into the text I ran across this gem that describes the lengths that some folks will go to find out what the fish are biting.
"I watched many people over the last few weeks wading in the Grand near the downtown area. I brought my binoculars to watch the pattern the person was using. By pattern, I mean it was a person fly-fishing and pattern is the type of fly's being used. Different flys for different species."
Perhaps you might want to purchase some of these for your fishing vest:
Browning Waterproof Binoculars - 8x42
Monday, June 18, 2007
From the Duh huh file and the Oregon Statesman Journal comes the word that a Judge has declared hatchery and wild trout to be different. This tidbit of info might not be news to anyone who has ever caught a six inch native brookie in a tiny mountain stream but it is news to the current administration who wanted to count stocked fish towards endangered species listing.
U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour, sitting in Seattle, on Wednesday struck down a Bush administration decision to consider hatchery salmon with their wild counterparts in determining whether certain runs need Endangered Species Act protection.
FYI - The above trout with its pale colors and mangled fins is one of the hatchery raised variety.
If you watch for this week's "Jay Walking" segment you might just catch a glimpse of us in the crowd.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The second photo is of my 15 year old Son. He is a great kid who has excellent taste in music, plays the bass guitar, and is never too cool to spend a day on the creek bank with his decidedly un-hip Father. This photo shows him decked out in his best rock and roll fly fishing garb on a day where the temps were hovering around the five degree mark. He recently started a blog and was nice enough to provide a link to FlyfishMagazine.com.
I am proud to be related to both of them!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Believe it or not my day job is actually paying me to go to Las Vegas for a few days later this week. The down side is that Thursday and Friday will be spent sitting in long meetings plotting the future course of credit management for the building materials industry. The upside is that the meetings will be in Vegas. With a bit of luck FlyfishMagazine.com could end up with that new corporate float plane we have had our eye on. However, it is far more likely that we will simply leave a few of our hard earned Franklin's at the tables.
In the mean time, FlyfishMagazine.com's Tennessee Editor, Jay Moore , who's corporate overhead I will be living on in Vegas, will be taking over the helm of the blogging behemoth that is FlyFishMagazine. We fully expect tall tales and great things.
We cannot resist mimicking the tag line of one of our favorite talented fly fishing writers when we say, "See you at the craps tables."
The 2007 State of the James Report, compiled by the James River Association (JRA) for the first time in six years, gives the James River an overall passing grade—52 percent or “C”—but warns that the pace of development in the river’s 10,000-square-mile watershed threatens to reverse three decades of progress in cleaning up the James.
The rockfish are doing pretty well though:
In assessing Fish and Wildlife, for example, the report gives its only perfect scores to the dramatic rebound of the bald eagle and striped bass (also known as rockfish and striper) populations within the watershed. In 1975, the report notes, no bald eagles were breeding on the James River. Today there are 120 pairs.
Brook trout? Not so good:
Less positive is the news about oysters, American shad and brook trout, all of which are markedly down from earlier years and well below the benchmark levels set by JRA. Overall, the Wildlife category scored 46 percent or C-minus.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The fly box above belongs to North Carolina competitive fly fisher, fishing guide, and co-owner of Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing, Eugene Shuler. Eugene is one of the primary people putting together the Southeast Regional Qualifier for Fly Fishing Team USA and the driving force behind the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team.
Be sure to click the photo for an up close look.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
While it wasn’t one of the best years on record, it certainly wasn’t one of the worst either. During weekly samples between April 16 and May 29, Commission biologists and Division of Marine Fisheries personnel tagged close to 3,000 striped bass, with many striped bass ranging in size from 18 to 35 inches and some exceeding 40 inches.
L.L. Bean Inc. plans to develop a theme park style adventure center in Freeport, Maine.
"Bean envisions a "family-friendly outdoor adventure attraction with lodging amenities under something similar to a theme park operating model," the document said."
No rides though...
There are no plans for roller coasters or log flumes. Instead, the idea would build upon efforts by outdoors outfitters like Cabela's, L.L. Bean and Bass Pro Shops to generate customer traffic by offering rock-climbing walls, aquariums and even ponds to let customers try out equipment.
Via Boston.com - Photo from Wikipedia
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
What do you get when you put together some PVC pipe, tarps, plywood and a trolling motor? Why a PVC John Boat for some fishing on the cheap. Via Instructables.
Do you have a fishing related DIY project that's a bit out of the ordinary? Let us know about it in the comments or drop us a note.
We are not sure exactly who in their right mind would want to go white water rafting on the Chattooga River in the first place. Don't these people watch old movies? Currently on the Chattooga boating is allowed only on the lower sections of the river with the upper section, above highway 28, reserved for anglers. However in 2004 American Whitewater filed an appeal that sought to open the entire river to the raft and kayak hatch.
An administrative appeal was filed by American Whitewater in 2004 with Forest Service’s Washington Office. The appeal challenged the boating prohibition on the river above Highway 28. The Washington Office of the Forest Service decided to reverse the agency’s decision to continue to allow floating only below Highway 28, and directed the Regional Forester to conduct a visitor use capacity analysis to help make a more informed decision about how that section of the river should be managed by the agency. Until this work is completed and a revised decision is issued, the relevant provisions of the Sumter’s 1985 plan remain in effect, including the prohibition on floating above Highway 28.
Any floating on the Chattooga River above Highway 28 may only be allowed by Forest Service permits associated with this analysis. Activities allowed during this analysis period are only for data collection purposes, and may or may not be allowed in the agency’s final decision.
The US Forest Service has announced a public meeting on July 27th, 2007 in Highlands, North Carolina for the purpose of giving an update on the status of this appeal. For more information see this press release from the USFS or contact the following people:
Terry Seyden, Public Affairs Officer, National Forests in North Carolina 828-257-4202
Karen McKenzie, Public Affairs Officer, Chattahoochee/Oconee NF 770-297-3061
John Cleeves, Chattooga Analysis Team Leader, Francis Marion/ Sumter NF 803-561-4058
Here is a link to additional information about this subject from the Mountain Bridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Here is a link to previous coverage of this subject on FlyFishMagazine.
Monday, June 04, 2007
The photo was genuine but reports in the Anniston Star indicate that the monster hog that has been causing all the controversy of late wasn't exactly what you would call a wild hog.
Phil Blissitt purchased the pig for his wife as a Christmas gift in December of 2004. From 6 weeks old, they raised the pig as it grew to its enormous size.
Not long ago, they decided to sell off all of their pigs. Eddy Borden, owner of Lost Creek Plantation, purchased Fred.
It wasn't what one would call a clean kill either:
The monster hog gained worldwide acclaim after he was harvested by 11-year-old Jamison Stone, a Pickensville native, with a .50-caliber pistol on May 3 at the Lost Creek Plantation, LLC, a hunting preserve in Delta. The big boar was hunted inside a large, low-fence enclosure and fired upon 16 times by Stone, who struck the animal nearly a half-dozen times during the three-hour hunt.
The same sort of thing as using a 4wt for tarpon?
The young hunter's father says they weren't aware that the hog was domestic.
“We were told that it was a feral hog,” Mike Stone said, “and we hunted it on the pretense that it was a feral hog.”
Guys who, even after eight hours give you only about 10 minutes of quotes you can actually print. ("Hey, D.B.," I kept hearing. "That one would be the end of your career, huh?" Oh, yeah.)"
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