Thursday, August 30, 2007
Richard Bernabe is a very talented photographer, writer, and fly fisher who is going to be spending the next month paddling his canoe 250 miles across the state of South Carolina.
The most frequently asked (and obvious) question is, “Why?” I don’t have one answer that fully explains all of my motives. The closest explanation might be one borrowed from Teddy Roosevelt before his expedition on the River of Doubt in the Amazon in 1913.'It’s my last chance to be a boy again.'”
Richard will be blogging his trip from the North Carolina line down the Broad River and finally into Charleston harbor.
Marion, North Carolina hunting and fishing guide, Paul Garrett Thompson, has claimed back to back titles in the Field and Stream magazine's 2007 Total Outdoorsman Challenge. He won 25k and according to a report in the Asheville Citizen-Times he is a young man who has his priorities in order.
Thompson said after the competition that he would buy his girlfriend “a diamond.”
He meant he’ll buy her a bow, made by Diamond.
And when he goes to start it, the motor coughs and goes silent.
So as we shoot along in the current, Capt. Jim looks back at Bob and says, "I should probably have that engine looked at."
We here at the FlyfishMagazine.com home office like to think that we keep our finger on the pulse of the latest trends in the world of fly fishing. To that end we couldn't help but note that a few of our fellow fly fishing bloggers have recently been photographed wearing the same article of high end fly fishing couture.
Left to right Pete McDonald from Fishing Jones, Tom Chandler from Trout Underground, and on the far right some unscrupulous angler who just won't give up using strike indicators.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
One look at Mark D. Williams' book, "So Many Fish, So Little Time" and you are immediately struck by sheer size of the tome. The book's 860 pages and the promise of taking you to "1001 places all anglers should visit before they go to that great fishing paradise in the sky" left me wondering how one man could possibly fish so much and at the same time feeling sorry for the poor postman who had to lug this gigantic book to my door.
"So Many Fish, So Little Time" is both a fly fishing reference guide as well as the diary of one angler's fishing adventures. The book is broken down into geographical sections that range from different regions of the United States to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the South Pacific, and as they once said in those late night K-tel album commercials, much, much, more.
Each section of the book includes a few paragraphs on several of the notable streams and rivers of the area and the author does a great job of interspersing stories of his own fishing adventures through out the stream overviews. These anecdotes are what set this book apart from being a mere encyclopedia of fishing spots and make it a very entertaining read.
For instance, in the section on Colorado's Blue River the author refers to the popular fishing venue as one of the most expensive places to fish in the United States. Not because of fees or expensive lodging but rather because of the outlet mall that it flows behind and his significant other's love of shopping.
In another section about North Carolina's blue ribbon Davidson River he refers to it as "a great place to get fairly skunked too." He is absolutely correct and you have to admire a fishing author who isn't afraid to use the word skunked in an article about any river that has been written up as much as the Davidson.
In addition to the entertainment value each section also includes information about stream access, fly suggestions and a list of a few of each area's fly shops and fishing guides. Having all of this information in one location makes this a valuable reference.
Due to its size I do not think that this book intends to be one that many anglers will sit down with on a winter's night and read from cover to cover. However, after receiving the book for this review I have found myself continually referring to it as a planning tool for future trips or when I've found a few quiet moments to read about a spot I have heard of but have yet to fish.
"So Many Fish, So Little Time" by Mark D. Williams is published by Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY and is available via Amazon.com. ISBN 978-0-06-088239-6
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Via Uncrate we bring you news of the latest innovation in the world of fly fishing. The Pocket Shot.
Pocket Shot is an innovative new concept that provides the consumer with “grab and go” convenient and user-friendly package for alcoholic beverages. Packaged with a distinctive shape to resemble a miniature bottle complete with bottleneck for easy pouring and a high quality sheen with bright graphics, Pocket Shot is truly the first new concept in alcohol packaging to hit shelves in North America.Each Pocket Shot comes in a 50 ml single serve flexible stand-up pouch containing 80 proof varietals including:
• Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged Four Years
• Imported Caribbean Gold Rum
• Premium, Triple Distilled Vodka
• London Dry Gin
• Especial Gold Tequila Imported from Mexico
Pocket Shot developer Jarrold Bachmann devised the idea for the product after seeing the workers at his farm in South Africa buy simple, crude 25 ml plastic sachets of alcohol to celebrate payday. “As someone who loves being outdoors, traveling and sports, I saw an opportunity to develop a product to fit my lifestyle and extend across all demographics from the older golfer to the Extreme Sport generation,” stated Bachmann. “Looking at how market demand has exploded for single serve, ‘on-the-fly’ convenient and easy-to-use products, I wanted to develop something that consumers want and can use anywhere,” said Bachmann.
Each pocket shot is designed to fit snuggly in the pocket of a fishing vest or the back pocket in the pair of cutoff jeans worn by a model trying to crank a reel with the wrong hand.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
In a moment of boredom on the computer and when I should have been taking a nap to help speed my recovery from last nights Finger Eleven, Puddle of Mud, Nickelback concert, I decided to play around with Google's search engine by asking the obvious question that is on all our minds, Fly fishing is... Here are a few of the answers:
Fly fishing is "reeling" in more women (most of whom I know would be extremely angry to think they had been reeled in by any one or thing.)
Fly fishing is easy (I wish they would quit telling people that. It is actually very hard and you can get eaten by bears or panthers so you should just stay home and read about fly fishing on the Internet instead.)
Interest in "fly fishing is not as acute as it was in the wake of the 1992 release of The Movie." (Obviously, this is because it is so difficult and dangerous and you could be eaten by bears or panthers. The better half does however say that we look pretty acute in our waders and fishing vest. )
"Fly-fishing is definitely an art, but it doesn't take Rembrandt to be good at it." (Obviously they have never seen my casting style. I would describe it as impressionistic at best.)
"Fly fishing is just a metaphor for taking control of your life again." How can we argue with that?
Note that we purposely left out all references to fly fishing is "the quiet sport." Obviously the folks who coined this over-used phrase have never fished with any of my pals. Usually the only quiet one is the one who isn't catching fish.
Friday, August 24, 2007
One of the top competitors at the recent FIPS-Mouche Southeast Qualifier was 18 year old Heather Seitz of Hampton, PA. Before the Southeast competition Ms. Sietz placed 20th at the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships. She is pictured here with her coach, Loren Williams.
On Fishing Creek, Ms. Seitz cast a hand-tied, beaded Red Devil nymph on a No. 16 hook with a No. 12 Stonefly dropper on 4X tippet -- a combination that pulled one trout from a submerged spring. She said she lost another and had several additional hits.
Ms. Seitz started fishing when she was 4. She took up fly fishing to spend more time with her father.
"No pun intended," she said, "but I got hooked. ... I've seen the numbers of women [fly anglers] growing. It's so positive. I've taken some of my friends out and taught them. Hopefully the numbers will be going up in the future."
We found out that Ms. Seitz was quite the competitor at the Southeast event when she came back to the score keeping room after the first day of fishing, soaking wet after going swimming in order to land a fish. In case you had not guessed, she qualified for the national championships later this year in Colorado.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Via the Hatch, Here's a link to an article about opening a flyshop in an urban area:
“My menu is a little different,” said Roche, using an analogy to match his former career. “If you like French food, you go to a French restaurant. If you like hamburgers, you go to McDonald’s. I am more of a French food kind of place.”
The owner of the liquor store across the street is excited about the future stream of fly fishers who will be visiting the neighborhood.
“It’s certainly a destination store,” said John Negrotti, 20-year owner of Silver Lake Liquors, which is two doors down from the fly-fishing shop. “And a lot of pedestrians will enjoy walking into the shop. I am excited about it. It will add and interesting dynamic to the neighborhood.”
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
From their recent press release:
“Northwest Florida is a place of incredible natural beauty,” said JOE chairman and CEO Peter S. Rummell. “By allying with Orvis, we believe we can help provide innovative and extraordinary outdoor experiences to visitors and JOE property owners. In addition, Orvis shares our commitment to conservation, and we will be looking for ways to work together to protect the lands with special environmental attributes in Northwest Florida for future generations.”
“In recent years, JOE has become a corporate leader in managing their real estate assets as natural treasures to be protected and enhanced,” said Orvis CEO Leigh (“Perk”) Perkins, Jr.
“No other real estate company has five full-time biologists on staff, has permanently protected more than 170,000 acres, has developed specific programs for protecting twelve threatened or endangered species, has partnered with two dozen federal, state and local environmental organizations, and has set a new standard for watershed protection through its large-scale regional planning efforts.”
“We are very excited to work with JOE to create opportunities for people to experience and enjoy Northwest Florida’s natural beauty,” said Perkins. “I believe our alliance will ultimately benefit local communities, visitors to the region and everyone who appreciates the importance of protecting our most special places.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work to develop Orvis operated shooting and fly-fishing schools in Northwest Florida and will work as a team to envision a community concept created around the Orvis lifestyle. In addition, the two companies will evaluate the creation of an Orvis Club facility in the region. Orvis designs and brands signature eco-travel experiences that can also be integrated into JOE’s rural recreational land sales program in the region.
“We look forward to working with Orvis to integrate their 150-year heritage of outdoor traditions and distinctive country living into JOE’s RiverCamps and other rural recreational real estate products,” said Rummell. “Through our combined experience, expertise and creativity, we believe we can find innovative ways for people to reconnect with nature in a meaningful way.”
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Loren Williams took the top spot at the event with 14 fish and 9260 points. Steve Parrot of Blue Quill Anglers in Evergreen, Colorado took second with a score of 5910 and 10 trout. Chris Lee rounded out the top three with 8 trout and 4810 points.
Stay tuned for more info about competitive fly fishings first trip to the Carolinas.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
NEW FOR 2008!
Essence FS and Essence FC Fly Fishing Outfits
Includes Mel Krieger’s Instructional DVD "Beginnings, An Introduction to Fly Fishing"
The Essence Fly Fishing Outfits are complete outfits. Simply tie on a fly and you are ready to fish! All of the products included with these outfits are top quality. In fact, they are the same high quality Ross products that we sell individually, but when purchased together as part of a complete outfit, you save money!
The Essence Fly Fishing Outfits are available in three sizes – 3/4wt., 5/6wt. and 7/8wt., covering everything from small streams to light saltwater. Each outfit is built around an Essence series fly rod, which is named after Mel Krieger’s most notable work – The Essence of Flycasting. These rods were designed with Mel to satisfy the most advanced anglers, as well as those just starting out. Mel Krieger is unquestionably the top fly fishing instructor in the world, and his Beginnings - An Introduction To Fly Fishing DVD that is included with each outfit makes learning the sport of fly fishing a fast, easy and fun experience for every level of fly angler.
All three series are 4-piece rods that ship complete with a rod sock and rod case. The three Essence rod series are priced at just $99.00, $149.00 and $199.00. These fly rods will set a new standard for what an angler should expect from an affordably priced fly rod. For your money, there is not a better value on the market today! Available October 1, 2007.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Tonight finds me in Cookeville, Tennessee which is also known as the land of the spotty internet connection. I did however manage to find just enough bandwidth here at the Hampton Inn to let you know that the North Carolina Kokanee Salmon record was broken two times in one day. Yes you read that correctly, North Carolina Salmon.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2007) – It was a hot weekend for kokanee salmon fishing — literally and figuratively — as two state records for the small salmon were broken within a day of each other.
Mark Swann of Black Mountain reeled in his 2.48-pound record breaker on Aug. 3 while fishing Nantahala Lake. The next day, Levi Towery of Forest City brought in a salmon from Nantahala that topped Swann’s by a mere two-tenths of a pound.
Levi, 9, caught his 2.68-pounder, which measured 18.4 inches in length, using a Browning rod, with a 6500C Ambassador reel and a Doctor Spoon lure.
Levi, who was fishing with his grandfather Roy Toms, also of Forest City, says he expected to catch a record breaker. He has been fishing for salmon with his grandfather for the last three years and everything he knows about catching the silvery fish, he learned from him.
Toms says he’s been catching kokanee salmon from Nantahala since the early-1980s, many of them much bigger than the one Levi reeled in on Saturday. When he saw last year that the newly established kokanee salmon state record had been set by a 9.2-ounce fish, he knew it was just a matter of time before Levi reeled in a record breaker.
Nantahala Lake is the only spot in North Carolina where kokanee salmon are found. The fish, which is native to the western United States, was stocked in Nantahala Lake in the mid-1960s by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in an attempt to establish the species as a forage fish for other predator fishes in the lake. This stock has remained and become a favorite target for anglers.
Kokanee salmon do not grow very large, generally less than 20 inches in length, which is the reason they were stocked as a forage species. They feed almost exclusively on plankton and on small aquatic organisms.
Jake Rash, district biologist for the Wildlife Resources Commission, certified the fish, which was weighed on scales at Ingles Market in Forest City.
To qualify for a state record, anglers must have caught their fish on a hook and line, must have their fish weighed on a certified scale witnessed by one observer, have the fish positively identified by a qualified expert from the Commission and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish.
For a list of all freshwater fish state records in North Carolina or for more information on fishing in North Carolina’s public, inland waters, click here.
Story and Photo via The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
The Charlotte Observer brings us news of Pawley's Island angler and Table Rock Trout Unlimited Chapter member, Bobby Kilby who has just completed his 12 year quest to catch trout in 1000 different North Carolina streams. Just to make sure his goal wasn't too easy, he imposed a two trout minimum on himself before allowing the stream to be counted. He caught trout in his 1000th stream while fishing the Henry Fork located in South Mountains State Park near Morganton, NC.
Since 1980, Kilby has logged every fishing trip, with stream name, location, date, number and kind of fish caught, a rating (A-D) and comments. The logs fill 16 notebooks. He keeps a record not only of his 1,000 N.C. streams but also of 610 other streams he's fished, in states from South Carolina to Vermont to Idaho.
Kilby began his quest in 1995. That year, for the first time, he exceeded fishing 100 streams and catching 1,000 trout. In 2006, he hit 199 streams and 2,151 trout. "In the early years, 1995-1996, when I first said I want to catch trout from 1,000 streams, I thought that was as good as you could possibly do."
Congratulations Mr. Kilby on this milestone. Now how can we get our hands on that logbook?
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Thompson Cigar continues to offer their $120 dollar Ultimate Cigar Sampler for only $29.95. They are even giving two free gifts with the purchase.
Finally, If it is knowledge (or hard to find fly fishing books) that you seek. Bookseller Alibris can save you up to 90% on books.
A distress beacon that doesn’t notify someone you are in distress and provide location information is no distress beacon. TracMe is simply a homing beacon, nothing more.The TracMe operates on FRS (Family Radio Service) channel 1. Yes, the same FRS frequency as used by those ubiquitous inexpensive “walkie-talkies” you see at Wal-Mart, Cabela’s and elsewhere.
When activated it transmits a recorded message, a beep and then “Help…Emergency,” every 15 seconds. This analog transmission does not serve as a distress alert, unless someone quite close just happens to be monitoring or talking on Channel 1, unlikely in most cases.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
FlyFishMagazine.com contributing editor Jeff Paisley sent us a visual progress update on his latest project, a pimped out - hand built - teardrop - fly fishing camper. When finished the camper will sleep two, have a full galley, built in fly tying desk, as well as an integrated fly rod storage system. Our contribution will be a FlyFishMagazine.com "Never Fish Vacant Water" license tag frame.
The tournament's celebrity host is to be Major League Baseball Hall of Fame superstar Wade Boggs, lauded for his career with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Other celebrity anglers include NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce Melnick, who participated in both the Endeavor and Discovery missions.
The popular S.L.A.M. is the first in an annual Florida Keys autumn trilogy of Mercury Redbone celebrity angling challenges that raise money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
The International Federation of Sport Fly Fishing (Fips-Mouche), at the 38th Congress of The Confederation International of Sport Fishing (CIPS) in Prague, has announced Scotland has won the rights to host the 2009 World Fly Fishing Championships.
Dr Neil McCarry, International Organizer of the Scottish Anglers National Association (SANA), who presented the successful bid said: "For the first time the World Fly Fishing Championship comes to Scotland and it will be the biggest such event ever held in our country. The Championship will highlight our superb fishing, set in magnificent scenery and will enable anglers from all over the globe to enjoy the unique fishing experiences which we have to offer."
The event is expected to welcome more than 25 countries over seven days of competition and will be broadcast through cable television, showcasing the fishing sites and surrounding landscapes of Stirling and Perthshire to an international audience.
Paul Bush, Acting Chief Operating Officer of Event Scotland, the national events agency, said: "Attracting the World Fly Fishing Championships in 2009 is a coup for Scotland and will help to promote the quality of Scottish fishing, consequently raising the profile of the country as a fishing destination to anglers across the world.
"The award of these Championships also helps us to sustain Scotland's reputation as a destination for major, international events and builds upon our recent success in attracting World and European Championships to the country."
- Ghost tours are a costly way to hear ghost stories and in general are disappointing rip-offs. They are not staffed by benevolent Roto-Rooter men. Every spot in the entire town of Savannah is haunted so just buy a book or watch TAPS.
- Cobblestone streets will turn an ankle in a heartbeat.
- If you eat more than two pecan pralines you will instantly become diabetic.
- Never trust the valet at your hotel with the keys to your wife's prized automobile even if they only charge $12 bucks a day. "You #$%@ well better have our keys in that cabinet!"
- 100 degrees in Georgia is "dang hot!" It is however, a "wet heat."
And finally, a word to any budding entrepreneurs from the state of South Carolina. Ditch the fireworks stand and open a gas station restroom cleaning service. Apparently, they do not have any.
Friday, August 03, 2007
How can you get year round value from your new football stadium? Easy, just build a Bass Pro Shop across the parking lot from it. No outdoors experience required.
"We're not outdoors people," Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group, said Thursday from an impromptu construction site stage also occupied by four New England Patriots cheerleaders and Gov. Deval Patrick.
With the stadium looming in the distance, construction crews went about their work as a banner was unfurled to reveal a store sign reading, "Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World."
Even more amazing from a PR standpoint is the next quote from the story:
"We had never heard of Bass Pro Shops, so we found that very hard to believe that there could be something out there that unique that we had never heard of," Jonathan Kraft told reporters and dignitaries at a ceremony to provide a sneak peek of the store, due to open Nov. 15.
What is Kraft's favorite fishing bait? The cheese worm of course. Although, things could be much worse, we hear the Atlanta Falcons might be looking into a Petsmart franchise.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times wonders why anglers will spend big bucks on rod, reel, and then skimp on the stuff that just might save their lives?
If you fall overboard...
"Would you rather be clutching an Orvis large arbor Battenkill fly reel, cost about $250, or wearing a Hodgman inflatable fly fishing vest, cost about $250?
Serious fishermen are serious about their tackle. Not as many are very serious when it comes to the purchase and use of equipment that could save their lives. And the unfortunate truth is that every year fishermen across the country lose their lives for less than the cost of a good fishing outfit"
The article is aimed at blue water anglers but the same tenets hold true for the tail race trout fisher. Check out this video of how well these PFD's work on the Mustang Survival website.
Friends of FlyfishMagazine.com who angle in some of the rougher parts of the world might be more comfortable in Mustang's Damage Tolerant Life Preserver.
"This life preserver can take a direct hit from a firearm or fragment and still inflate. The unique damage tolerant design makes this PFD well suited for use in high-risk tactical situations"
We have actually fished in a few places with our pals Paisley and Zugbug where these would have come in handy.