Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Give a man a trout shaped cake...

and he will probably marry you. The future wife of Raleigh, North Carolina angler Kevin Frank got him this excellent trout cake before they got married. She got it from Ranch Events out of San Diego, California. The cake sealed the deal and he married her right away. Click the photos to get the full effect.

Photo credit Thomas Hiatt

Say it ain't so Bear!

There is no doubt in our minds that the Man vs. Wild star, former British Special Forces solider, and guy who has been to the summit of Everest, Bear Grylls is one tough guy. You can tell that by the catch and release technique that he is using in this photo from his website, BearGrylls.com.
However, we must confess that we were a little disappointed to find out via Reuters that parts of his show were staged and that he is sometimes whisked away to a cozy hotel room when it appears he is sleeping under the stars.
The network issued a statement Monday in response to an investigation launched by British television network Channel 4, which carries the program under the title "Born Survivor: Bear Grylls." Channel 4 confirmed that host Bear Grylls had partaken of indoor accommodations on at least two occasions when his series had depicted him spending the night in the wild.

"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.
***Update*** more info arrives via the comments section:
Link to the BearWiki: A site devoted to pointing out bad survival advice from Grylls.
All the more reason we prefer Survivorman.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Judges Needed for Southeast Qualifier

North Carolina fly fishing team coach Eugene Shuler has put out the call for volunteers to act as judges during the Fly Fishing Team USA Southeast Regional Qualifier that will be held August 18th and 19th in Cherokee, NC. They are in need of 36 judges to record the details of the contestants catches.
"We are in need of 36 judges to assist with measuring competitors fish and recording the length and time of day caught, also what trout species the fish is. At the end of each session the judge and competitor will sign off on the score sheet and turn them into the head judge.Its very easy and no experience necessary whatsoever.
Each Judge will receive a Fly Fishing Team USA T-shirt, and special Fly Fishing Team USA lapel pin. Its a long honored tradition of the US team to give their judges a spacial pin as a way of saying thank you.
The only way you ever see one of these is pins is on a judge, a current or previous team member. Lunch on both days and dinner Saturday night at the Chestnut Tree will also be provided for the volunteers.
This is great way to see the very best fly anglers in the US compete head to head in an international format. And a great way to improve you own fly fishing skills. You will see all the tactics and secrets you read and hear about first hand, and see them done by the very best anglers in America. Most all of the these guys will share their secrets with you if asked nicely."
If you would like to have a once in a lifetime experience and help out Team USA contact Eugene Shuler via email.
More info via the National Fly Fishing Championship Website and view the North Carolina team training video, "BigfishBootcamp."

Here Sharky Sharky Sharky...

The O'REILLY Radar site has an interesting story about the new Discovery Channel interactive online game, Sharkrunners. The game lets players take the role of a marine biologist and track sharks online. The more shark you find the more funding you get for your program. The catch is that the game play is actually driven by real time GPS data from actual transmitters attached to actual sharks that are swimming in the actual ocean.
"Players are given a virtual boat and virtual crew. They use it to track real-life sharks that have been tagged with a GPS recievers. When a boat encounters a shark the player is alerted via email and/or SMS. The player has three hours to select how to try to collect data about the shark and its behavior. The goal is to gather as much data about sharks as possible."
I think this is a pretty cool concept and can't help but think that it has some definate applications in the world of angling. Anyone for TarponTracker 2.o?

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Orvis celebrates, seeks VA conservation projects

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

Friday (I'm stuck in meetings all day) Links

It is Friday and for the past three days I have been taking part in meetings that start at 7:30 AM and end around 10:00 PM. Sure there is lots of hob knobbing, food and beverage but one can't help but feel a longing to be standing knee deep in the fluff mud of a nice salt marsh. Since time is tight we thought we might keep you abreast of what the real fly fishers of the net are up to:
Our pals over at Reel Pure's Moldy Chum blog are posting about the best RV ever, the Save our Salmon 25 foot long salmon sculpture. It makes us wish our pal Paisley had taken our design advice for his teardrop camper project.
Our kilted blogger pal Alistair from The Urban Fly Fisher in the UK lets us know that so far Scotland has avoided the flooding that has plagued England of late. We are glad he is keeping dry.
Pete McDonald of Boating Magazine and The Fishing Jones blog takes time out from trying out exotic new boats to remind us why a kayak is not always the best choice of watercraft for waters inhabited by great white shark.
Hawgdaddy from The Tennessee Valley Angler has taken up his quill and crafted an excellent short story with the title "Backyard Wilderness." Here is how he describes it:
"This one is written in true Southern English where “they” and “there” are interchangeable in actual conversation, although any Southerner ("who can read - the majority of us) could tell you the difference in the written words."
Finally, if you have noticed a "disturbance in the force" lately in the fly fishing blogger community, it is probably because Tom Chandler of the massively popular Trout Underground is on vacation and has taken to posting about his gastronomic prowess.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Range to target...One ping only...

When I was growing up in the Carolina mountains, the older folk would often tell gullible young children stories about the time during WWII that a German U-Boat found it's way up the South Toe River. I never gave the story much credence (nor did I ever actually build any depth charges) but I am pleased to report that if it had been true our beautiful rainbow trout would have suffered no harm at the hands of the Jerry's sonar.

"This study, funded by the U.S. Navy, was designed to look at the effects on fish that might be exposed to low-frequency sonar from a Navy ship sailing nearby. The specific sonar system the team examined was the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) Low Frequency Active (LFA) sonar, which uses frequencies from 100 to 500 hertz, the range of best hearing of many fish species.

The tests were conducted on rainbow trout, at the U.S. Navy Sonar Test Facility in Seneca Lake, NY. While species of greatest concern are the endangered salmonids of the west coast, the rainbow trout has very similar ear structure to the salmonids and is not endangered. It is also found in Seneca Lake."

Link and photo via ScienceDaily.com

Working Err... Whirling in a coal mine....

What's the best way to dispose of fifty dump truck loads of whirling disease infected pond scum? Dump it down a coal mine of course. Isn't this how all those monster movies start out?

"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.

Why we will never be CEO of a big corporation...

"The filing also claimed that Ceridian's corporate jet "apparently flew to (board Chairman L. White) Matthews' vacation home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming seven times in one 63-day period during the fly-fishing season last summer."
Only 7 times in 63 days? Sounds perfectly reasonable to us.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Barone on Bass

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

I guess we all must have our day jobs...

Quoted from an article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle about Richard Childress' trip to watch his grandson race Late Models in Montana.
“This is great,” Childress said of the opportunity to watch some short-track racing. “We could have been over there fly fishing, but we're over here racing. Ralph Ferraro is a friend of mine, and he's been trying to get me out here for years. So here we are. It's in our blood, it's what we want to do.”

74lb Kenai Salmon

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. "


Ross to sell Mel Krieger Endorsed Fly Rods

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.

About Mel…

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/.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Calling All Cars: Theft on the South Holston

We just got word from Bo Cash of The Table Rock Angler about another fly fisher who was the victim of a theft on the South Holston River in Tennessee. This issue got a lot of publicity several months ago and the thefts dropped off. However, from what we are hearing it seems that the meth-heads are back up to their old tricks.

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: tvainfo@tva.gov
Mr. Cash even provided us with a sample letter.

Carolina Shark Week

The shark must be running off the Carolina coast with two swimmers being mistaken for dinner while frolicking in the surf in has many days.

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

Otter vs.Trout

From the Google product search (FKA Froogle) comes this $6,500 Otter vs. Trout Coffee Table created by Marvin Elliott and available via Absolutearts.com. Guess who we are rooting for.

When the bass hits the fan

Eco guy Al Gore is catching heat for serving up Patagonian Toothfish at his daughter's wedding. The fish, also known as Chilean Sea bass, and is suffering from overfishing due to a lack of regulation and the under-reporting of catches.
"It has been estimated that more than 50 per cent of toothfish traded is illegally caught, and includes juveniles vital to the ongoing toothfish population."
The delicious fish was most likely flown in that same day and driven from the airport in a caravan of SUV's modified to run on cow flatus.
See what the US State Department has to say on the subject.
Photo via Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"You gonna talk or are you gonna fish?"

When we saw this fly tied by Gary Jones of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina , we couldn't help but think of the following over-told fishing joke:
The game warden is getting a bit suspicious of the best fisherman in 3 counties, thinking he may be doing wrong, so he asks if he can come along to see how a real pro does it. The fisherman said that would be fine and they set out. The boat was launched and a spot was selected when the fisherman opened a tacklebox full of dynamite and lights a fuse. He tosses it over the side and BLAM water goes every where, and fish are floating up. The game warden is beside himself, telling the guy how he is going to get locked up and his boat confiscated and on and on, while the ol boy pulls out another stick, lights it and hands it calmly to the game warden. The game warden asks just what the heck he did it for, to which the old fisherman simply asks "you gonna talk or you gonna FISH?!!"
Gary tells us that the fly was inspired by fishing guide Bo Cash of The Table Rock Angler. He didn't say how it was inspired and we figured it best not to ask.
Thanks Gary for tying a great fly and sharing it with us.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The 2nd Best Wedding I've Seen

The Anchorage Daily News brings us this story about two anglers who tied the knot, and it wasn't an improved cinch.
"After getting engaged last winter, they joked about marrying at the Soldotna city park, where they could wade in their hip boots right into the Kenai River to say vows. A friend told them to check out Beluga Bill's Kenai River Lodge in Sterling."
photo by Shawna Shields

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Global Warming Bad for National Parks

The National Parks Conservation Association has released a report titled "Unnatural Disaster: Global Warming and Our National Parks." It predicts the death of many trout, floods and the end of fly fishing as we know it. Except of course in the FlyfishMagazine.com biodome I am constructing in my back yard. Admission will be $5,000 per week plus a case of beer, not that synthetic junk they have been peddling since the depleted ozone layer burned up all the hops.
"Global warming is harming our national parks. If our national parks are to survive and thrive into their second century, we must act now. We call on Congress and the Administration to put an action plan in place that will protect our national parks," said National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan.

It's not for everyone

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.

New South Holston Fishing Report

Rod and Matt from Champion Outfitters & South Holston River Fly Shop sent us a fishing report about their home waters. As is often the case on Tennessee tail water, the sulphurs are hatching!
The South Holston River is fishing extremely good right now. The Sulphurs are pouring off on low water and on high water. There are some really nice fish rising to the Duns. The trout that we are catching right now are gorged on the Sulphurs, and are mean. Then late in the Evening the Spinners are coming back to the water and there are huge Spinners fall with lots of fish rising in the evenings.

For up to date fishing reports check out our new web-site: http://www.southholstonriverflyshop.com/.
Special Prime Time Float $225
The trip is just to fish the Sulphur hatch on High water. It is a half day float in the afternoon that last about 4-5 hours. This a time to fish to big trout rising to dry flies along with thousands of 8-14" Browns and Rainbows that are rising. Starting time depends on generation schedule.
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

Green Monster Sighted in Carolinas

We are hating life in our uptown Charlotte offices these days as our chums from Moldy Chum jet off to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula to throw mice at rainbow trout the size of their legs. Not that we are bitter though, we do have a view of the cemetery from our office window and microsoft excel is way more fun that fishing....NOT!

The Fly Caster Who Tried To Make Peace with the World

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that my day job has been keeping me pretty busy lately. I have spent far too much time on planes and in hotels and not nearly enough time fishing. One good thing has come of all my business travel, I am managing to get somewhat caught up on my reading. It was on one of these recent trips that I dove headlong into outdoor writer Randy Kadish's book "The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace With the World."
I wasn't sure what to think when I picked up my copy of the book and realized that this was a novel, set in the early 1900's, about a young man who aspired to be a long distance fly caster. I must admit at first glance the concept didn't really speak to me. I am not big on novels and I couldn't see how someone could write an entertaining one about fly casting. However, once inside the book what I found was an engaging tale of a young man coming of age in an era marred by the cruelty of World War I. All the while dealing with his own personal choices, tragedies and successes.
The author uses fly fishing on the Beaverkill River along with competitive long distance casting as the thread that leads us as we follow the book's main character, Ian Mac Bride, from boyhood through adulthood. Along the way Ian meets up with several fellow anglers some famous (Theodore Gordon and George M. L. La Branche) and some not so famous, with all being factors in his quest to make peace with the world.
The story is well told and has just the right mix of fly fishing prose and philosophy to make the point without one getting in the way of the other. A hidden gem in the book is found in the appendix in the form of a primer on long distance casting under the by line of the book's main character, Ian Mac Bride. Anglers who are looking to be entertained with a good read while getting real world casting tips should consider this book.
The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace With The World is available from Keokeebooks.com. It is published by Saw Mill River Press, 255 pages, ISBN 1-879628-26-0. It is also available via Amazon.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Like Traffic School for Poachers...

A coworker who recently visited Florida gave us a heads up about this story. Scofflaw drivers are often required to attend traffic school to shave a few points off the old license. In one Florida National Park the same is now true for anglers who violate fishing rules.
Sport fishermen who violate regulations in Biscayne National Park will find themselves back in school, starting in August.
A sharp reduction in marine fauna and a major increase in violations by sport fisherman prompted officials to include the classes as part of a broader plan to prevent the extinction of the park's fish population, said Richard Curry, the park's coordinator for scientific research."To do that, we want to educate fishermen in terms of how their activities affect the environment," he said
First time offenders will have the option of taking classes at the park in lieu of fines.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jump Around!

I guess I took it for granted that this was already in the rule book but and email today from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service clued me in that they have banned the import and transport of Silver and Largescale Carp AKA Jumping Carp. You might already know that these large fish have a habit of leaping from the water in mass when they feel the vibrations of an outboard motor. This can be cool to watch from a distance but getting smacked in the head by a 60 lb fish while speeding along in your bass tracker couldn't be much fun.
"Slowing the spread of these carp is necessary to protect our native aquatic species," said H. Dale Hall, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Although silver carp are established in parts of the Mississippi watershed, we will work to keep their impacts minimized and prevent additional populations from taking hold."
Silver carp, native to Asia, were introduced in the United States in the early 1970s for use as algae control agents in sewage lagoons and fishery production ponds, but escaped into surrounding waters.
The silver carp have established themselves in the Mississippi River Basin but are not currently cultured in the United States. Silver carp are difficult to handle and transport because of their tendency to jump: growing up to three feet long and 60 pounds in weight, silver carp have leaped into moving boats injuring people and damaging equipment.
Biologists are concerned that silver carp could spread throughout large rivers and lakes in the U.S. and compete with native species for food and habitat, having both ecological and economic impacts and threatening, for example, the multimillion-dollar Great Lakes fishery.
Here is a link to the USFW press release and if you havn't seen them be sure to check out this video via Youtube. Just for fun here is a link to the video for "Jump Around"

Part II from ESPN's Don Barone

In Part II of Don Barone's story "Adirondack Jack, Brown Trout, & Bigfoot" Don continues his remote fishing trip with the "mountain man and counter terrorism guy" only to find out that the mountain man regularly has run-ins with Bigfoot on the creek bank (sort of anyway).

"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

Dizzy Trout

The colorful, fun-loving Trout led the AL in wins in 1943 for Detroit, but his best season was 1944, when he won 27 and led the league in ERA (2.12). He also topped the AL in shutouts (7) and hit five of his 20 career home runs while batting .271. Via Baseballlibrary.com

A Target Rich Environment

The things you see when you don't have your fly rod. Click the photo for a better view.

ESPN's Don Barone : Fishing With Spies

One of the most entertaining outdoor writers we know is ESPN's Don Barone. This time he is fishing with his friend who won't say exactly what he does for a living.
ADK: "So, Denver, where do you work?"
Denver: "The N.S.A."
ADK: "Oh, immigration … that there National Immigration Service Department."
Me: "He's a spy, Jack."
Denver: "Oh, dear Lord no …"
ADK: "You know, Denver, my brother-in-law there was some sort of border patrol guy, too."
Denver: "Not N.I.S. … N …S …A!"
ADK: "I was sort of in the same field. I did Brinks work for 13 years …"
Denver: "That's very nice, Jack."
Me, leaning over and whispering: "Denver, just freakin' order."
Read the rest of his adventures, including some fishing via ESPN Outdoors.
Ps. You also might want to try your own hand at the spy game by visiting this link to the BBC's own Spy Academy.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

How to get more people to attend church

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.

New S.C. Saltwater Rules

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has announced new limits on popular saltwater fish. The new regs cover among others, black drum, gray trout and redfish:

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.
These new state fisheries laws were adopted primarily to support a proactive and precautionary approach in natural resources management to help deal with increasing fishing pressures and environmental stresses placed on South Carolina’s marine finfish resources associated with coastal growth and development.
Here is a link to the press release via the SCDNR site. Of course you could just put them back.

Float Tube Safety

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

Shameless Commerce

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.

Coupon 125x125
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.

Overstock.com, Inc.
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 ).

GI Joe's
Their assortment of fly rods is a bit limited but 15% off all fly rods at Joe's is nothing at which to sneeze.

Thompson Cigar
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.

Fly Fishing People: PGA Pro Mark O'Meara

"I would rather be in the river somewhere where I know the hatch is going off and the fishing is phenomenal than in a hotel somewhere playing any event, Champions Tour or regular Tour, and thinking, 'Why am I not doing that right now?"' he said.

Gettysburg Fireworks - Happy 4th of July

I shot this clip of some fireworks from the balcony of the Holiday Inn, Gettysburg,PA. The American flag just happened to be right across from where I was standing.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Keep this under your hat

NewWest.net reports that yet another Western angler has discovered that we actually have some decent fly fishing "back East."

I admit that I'm one of the western anglers who has a bit of an attitude about the eastern states. There isn't much to offer the avid fly caster, right? And whatever there is suffers from overcrowding by the eastern masses, no doubt. After the recent annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) in Roanoke, Virginia, I decided to test out eastern fly fishing, and I discovered how wrong I was.

If we ever find the Easterner that spilled the beans we will be forced to feed him to the piranha, turtles, and snakes.

Did we say Once Bitten?

It seems that this is the toothy season here at FlyFishMag. In addition to our usual fare of trout eating turtles and snakes, now our lovely wife has pointed out that an angler from the county next door to the FlyFishMagazine Corporate Compound has landed no less than a one pound four ounce Piranha. He was a bit disappointed in his catch:
"I was expecting to get a fish that I could eat. I don't think I want to eat this one," said Melton. The fish had a little more bite than he expected -- one with several very sharp teeth. Melton had reeled in a one-pound, four-ounce piranha. "
Personally we are busy rigging up some flesh flies and wire leaders on our trusty four weight for a trip to the mighty Catawba.

Twice Shy

Angler Ben Roussel warned us off of his favorite trout water with tales of snakes with a taste for Rainbow Trout. However, he failed to warn us about the hungry turtles. He followed his snake photo with this great photo taken on the same secret trout stream. Just in case the killer turtles don't scare you away, he said we should mention that banjo music can be heard stream side.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Break out the corn meal.

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.

Jimmy Buffett Weekend

We spent some time with our parrot head friends this past week.