Tuesday, July 31, 2007
"Discovery Communications has learned that isolated elements of the 'Man vs. Wild' show in some episodes were not natural to the environment, and that for health and safety concerns the crew and host received some survival assistance while in the field," the network said in a statement.
We understand. After all we have never been ones to believe everything we see on television. We do however have it on good authority that while filming he only stays at hotels that do not provide room service and is not allowed to avail himself of the contents of the mini-bar.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Orvis is celebrating its 20th year operating a massive distribution facility in Roanoke, Va. Massive might even be an understatement.
Company officials say Orvis is projected to do about $335 million in business this year. A big chunk of the merchandise responsible for that hefty figure will flow through Roanoke, where roughly 575 employees work in a facility that covers 335,000 square feet.
Like most northern folk they were afraid they might not be able to understand us.
The Perkins brothers also admitted there was some anxiety about, of all things, the accents of the customer service representatives. "We were worried about it," said CFO Dave Perkins with a chuckle. "We were a New England company."
However, southern hospitality won out in the end.
The employees from Roanoke were extremely courteous and friendly, with great attitudes.
"Yankees aren't all that friendly," Perkins added, still laughing.
Its a win win for anglers as Orvis seeks to bring conservation dollars to the area.
Now, as Orvis tries to increase its profile in Roanoke and Virginia, the effort will center on a subject that also is not surprising for a fly fishing company: conservation.
Rigney and the Perkins brothers said Orvis has been discussing ideas with officials from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries regarding potential projects.
"We're looking for the right project to get behind," Perk Perkins said.
We give them a thumbs up!
Read the Mark Taylor article via Roanoke.com
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
"The Maryland DNR's Inland Fisheries Division hopes to transport 750 tons of sediment from the bottom of a drained pond where trout infected with whirling disease were grown.
"So far, the coal sites we've looked at are in Allegany County," said Bob Lunsford, the division's director, on Monday. "We're talking about more than 50 dump truck loads, so the shorter the haul, the better." Lunsford said the dirt may be transported by DNR dump trucks if they are available.
Let's all hope there are no trout streams along the route to the mine.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
ESPN's Don Barone takes on the world of the Bassmasters and finds out it's harder than it looks to be a professional bass wrangler.
"Imagine a football team, say the Buffalo Bills, playing Monday Night Football, then Tuesday Night Football, then Wednesday Night Football … which, if they do good, gets them to play Thursday Night Football and possibly Friday Night Football, all in the same week.
Oh, and the games are eight quarters long (Math teachers don't even think of sending me email about the eight quarters reference, I'm fully aware that with the NFL Math sudden-death rule most games never make it past the fifth quarter).
And getting to the bass fishing spot, well that's sort of like riding a bucking bull, except you'd have to stick a rocket in his ass, and light it."
Read "Big-time ESPN writer/producer finds in bass world he's just a candy-ass co-angler."
Monday, July 23, 2007
Via Kenai Alaska's Peninsula Clarion we get news of this angler's massive salmon catch. As we sit in our office overlooking the cemetery, working on our latest Power Point presentations we can barely contain our drool.
"It's kind of a blur, but I remember fighting it for about 15 to 20 minutes, it kept circling and going under the boat. When I finally saw it I couldn't believe how big it was, and when we finally got it into the boat I was physically shaking," he said. "
Photo by JOSEPH ROBERTIA
The folks at Ross Worldwide are getting into the fly rod game and have enlisted the help of fly fishing instructor Mel Krieger. These "Essence Series Fly Rods" will retail starting at only $99 and will include a rod case and sock. They will also be available as a complete outfit coupled with a Ross reel. Personally, being a big fan of affordable fly rods, I'd like to see how one of these rods performs. Text of their press release follows:
Mel Krieger Joins Ross Worldwide in the Development of "Essence" Series Fly Rods
After more than 40 years of teaching fly fishing and fly casting to thousands of people around the world, Mel Krieger has joined the Ross Worldwide team in the design and development of high quality, affordable fly rods. The first products scheduled for release are the Essence Series Fly Rods, named after Mel’s most notable work – The Essence of Flycasting.
When asked about this new partnership, Mel said,
"It is a pleasure to be working with the fine people at Ross. The company is well respected and makes great products. I am delighted with the design of the Essence series fly rods. These are quality rods that will satisfy the most advanced anglers, as well as those just starting out. While the price is absolutely affordable, these are top quality fly rods that perform every bit as well as tackle costing many times more. A great casting rod is an invaluable tool in the sport of fly fishing, and this is exactly what you get with every Essence series fly rod. I proudly fish these products myself".
The Ross Worldwide Essence series fly rods will be available September 2007, and will retail starting at just $99.00. The rods will be sold individually with a rod case and rod sock, and as part of a complete fly fishing outfit, including a pre-spooled reel, rod case and an instructional DVD, Beginnings – An Introduction to Fly Fishing, by Mel Krieger.
Mel Krieger is unquestionably one of the top fly fishing instructors in the world, and a master at unraveling the mysteries of fly fishing. Mel’s gentle approach and enthusiastic teaching style make learning the sport of fly fishing a fast, easy and fun experience for every level of fly angler; even those that have never cast a rod! Over his lifetime, Mel has helped thousands of people become great fly fishers, including many champion casters, expert anglers, guides and instructors.
For additional information, please contact the Ross factory at (970) 249-1212 or on the web at http://www.rossreelsworldwide.com/.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Be on the look out for:
Stolen Wed. July 19, 07 at TVA parking lot on the South Holston River at the "metal grates":
2004 Forest Green Toyota Tacoma X-tra cab with matching Leer camper cover. Truck had trailer attached for a 16 foot jon boat. Boat and motor are still in possession of the owner. Truck contained ladies pocketbook with cash, diamond bracelet, 3 cell phones and personal items. Truck had fly fishing gear, two sets of waders, 3 pairs of binoculars, and other items.
One of the cell phones was deeply hidden in the cab of the truck and could have been tracked immediately by Verizon using their GPS system, but a court order taking 24 hours would have had to be obtained first...................... (this is BS). These guys could have been tracked immediately if not for red tape and the "system protecting criminals." Otherwise, Verizon could have gotten immediate results. This property was stolen from the larger parking lot at the metal grates between 2 and 4 pm.
PLEASE CALL Monte Tuttle in Lenoir, NC 828-758-8712 or TVA Police 800-824-3861 and Sullivan County Sheriff's Dept. 423-279-7500 with any information you have to share.
ADDITIONALLY: on that same day, a late model Harley Davidson Electraglide was stolen at the park next to the actual weir dam. This bike had 3 locking systems on it. We are not dealing with below average scum bags. Instead, we are dealing with below average PROFESSIONAL scum bags.
On Monday, July 16th, a vehicle was also stolen from the "view" area up on the dam at the lake. No description was given.
Asking your help for the benefit of all of us who use this area on the South Holston and the Watauga: If there are board members here or friends of board members that write for any of the TN/VA area newspapers within that perimeter, please forward this information to them. We need to get this into print for all to see. Headline news is the only thing we have had in the past to get more protection for our property when we are dropping our dollars into those communities. Additionally, those of you who personally know county commissioners in the areas of Sullivan and Carter Counties, I hope you will take a moment to call them. This hurts everyone who drops recreational related dollars into those two counties when using the rivers.
Drop the TVA a note and let them know how you feel about the situation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Cash even provided us with a sample letter.
Beach officials are calling them "isolated events." and this article says your chances of getting eaten are less than being struck by lightning.
Believe what you want to but we tell everyone that if you come to fish the Carolina coast when the fish are biting you stand a fair chance of being eaten so you should stay off the water until we let you know it's safe. And you should stay away from our mountain streams as well due to the snakes and bears and mountain lions....
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The Ledger's Harry Hurt went to fly fishing school and decided it just wasn't for him. He didn't like all the knots, didn't have much luck with the fish, and couldn't understand catch and release.
"Maybe I was mentally shell-shocked, but the thing that really bugged me (pun intended) was the fly fishing credo of catch-and-release. In the unlikely event that I hooked a fish, I wasn’t supposed to take it home and fry it up for dinner. Instead, I was expected to follow a prescribed procedure for removing the hook and “respirating” the fish before gently reintroducing it to the water. All that sounded environmentally correct, and I appreciate humanity’s Sisyphean existential plight as much as anybody. But I just didn’t see the point: if you can’t eat the fish, why bother to catch them at all?"
When the class was over he let his instructor know his future fishing plans:
By now we’d been out on the water nearly two hours, and it was time for Ed and me to turn in our borrowed gear. As we trekked back to the Orvis lodge, Ed said he planned to go fishing again that evening on his way home to western Pennsylvania. I said I was going to eat fish at my favorite sushi restaurant in Sag Harbor and wash them down with bottles of hot sake.
For up to date fishing reports check out our new web-site: http://www.southholstonriverflyshop.com/.
For more information on guided trips on either the South Holston or Watauga Rivers. Give us a call at 423-878-2822. Float and Wade Trips available in both full and half days.
Rod and Matt Champion
Champion Outfitters & South Holston River Fly Shop
608 Emmett Rd.
Bristol, TN 37620
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
"Yep, we're here. This is where I first came across those Bigfoot tracks."
At which Denver about gets whiplash turning his head to look at me.
"Ahhhh … sorry, Den. Didn't I mention …?"
Yeah, seems that over the past 10 years or so while out fishing the remote streams of the Adirondacks, ADK keeps coming across what he says are Bigfoot tracks.
"I've seen some unusual tracks of some human-like creature," he says. "The tracks are 17, 18 inches long, twice as wide as a human's foot. Big strides. You're talking about a 6-foot stride between each foot. I've seen 15 tracks in four different locations."
We here at FlyfishMagazine.com have been known to tell our fishing pals the this same sort of story as a means to keep them away from the better fishing holes. We tend to refer to snakes, bears, wild hogs or even the occasional panther but we never thought of using Bigfoot until we read Don's latest story!
Read Part II via ESPN Outdoors.
Here's a link to Part I in case you need to catch up.
Photo credit Don Barone.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Take 'em fishing after bible study!
"A lot of churches don't understand men will serve the Lord if they can find a marriage between their passion and their faith. If you give them permission to do that, boy, you are on it," Cruise said.
This can only lead to fly tying vises in the Sunday School classrooms. Now if I could only sell Dad on the idea.
Red Drum (spot tailed bass; redfish)
3 per person per day Must be 15 inches Total Length or greater, and equal to or less than 23 inches Total Length maximum.
Float tubes are a great and easy to carry way to leave the crowds behind and reach water that might not be accessible otherwise. The recent death of a float tuber on the Clark Fork river reminds us that they (like all watercraft) are not without risk.
Dennis said Stover was fishing from a u-shaped float tube, commonly known as U-tubes or U-boats. Stover, who was safety belted into the float tube, tipped over and was unable to right himself.What caused Stover to tip over is still being investigated, Dennis said. Stover was not fishing by himself.
Here is a link to some information on float tube safety. On moving water I suggest sticking to a pontoon. They can still turn over but to me they just feel more substantial.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Carolina Redfish Guide Captain Gordon Churchill came across this disgusting example of bad sportsmanship while on a recent redfish trip near Morehead City, North Carolina. The saddest part of the whole story is that the owner of the gill net was cited and given the maximum fine. A whopping $35 plus court costs of $110. I'm not sure which is the bigger crime, the untended net that took out a dozen nice reds or the pitiful fine.
***Update**** Here is the link to the original Mike Zlotnicki article in the News & Observer.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I almost forgot to tell you about this month's deals from our favorite purveyors of fly fishing gear goodness. I suppose the deals were so good that I subconsciously wanted to keep them to myself.
Speaking of the subconscious, last night I had a dream about fly fishing. I was casting to huge salmon and rainbow trout all night long with everyone taking me into the backing. It was one of those dreams that made waking up disappointing. I suppose this can only mean that I am feeling a definite need to get out from behind my desk and into a river somewhere.
Sierra Trading Post comes to the rescue with one of their best offers of the year thus far: 10% off all orders of $100 or more. Remember you can easily find what you need - sorted by brand name no less, by visiting the Deals on Gear page at FlyfishMagazine.com. Just note the item number and click through the link above to get the deal.
You might not think of Overstock.com when you are looking for deals on fly fishing gear. However, from time to time you can find some excellent deals on fly gear and they always have great selections of books and DVDs about the sport at great prices. They offer our readers 7% off all orders with no minimum purchase. Use the link above and check out their pro's choice 120 fly assortment (catalog # 10426381 ).
Their assortment of fly rods is a bit limited but 15% off all fly rods at Joe's is nothing at which to sneeze.
Finally, those crazy guys at Thompson Cigar are selling 30 premium handmade cigars with a carrying case for less than a buck a smoke! They can't be making money. Buy these now before their bankers get wind of what they are doing.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dale Ditmanson has announced that fishing has no significant impact on stocks of native brook trout.
From the National Park Service Press Release:
Superintendent Ditmanson said, “A year ago we reopened all but a handful of Park streams to brook trout fishing on an experimental basis after a 30-year ban. This decision opens the door for a permanent change to Park regulations that will allow visitors to fish for brook trout throughout the Park except in three streams where active restoration is currently ongoing. These streams are Bear Creek, Sams Creek, and Indian Flats Prong.”
Fishing and harvest will generally be open in streams throughout the Park with the exception of newly restored streams, so as to allow ample time for recovery. Park staff will monitor and assess the viability of opening newly restored systems after a sufficient period of recovery and sound monitoring results that support such an opening. Each restored system will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Monitoring will also be used to assess whether a “catch and release” program should be initiated if at any time the populations appears to be at risk.
Input from the public during the EA public comment period clearly indicated support for the permitting of brook trout fishing within the Park. Park managers will initiate a regulation change in the Code of Federal Regulations, but in the interim the experimental brook trout fishery will continue. The change to the existing regulation may take a year or more.
No power bait allowed yet though.
Photo via the NC Wildlife website.