Sunday, September 30, 2007
The National Fly Fishing Championships are being held October 1st -7th. Participants in the event will fish two lakes and three streams in an effort to qualify for a spot on Team USA.
Since we just got back from the FFR show we couldn't manage to be in Colorado to cover the event ourselves. However, Colorado Steering Committee Member, Paul Prentiss has told us that he will endeavor to keep us in the loop. Paul is part of Colorado's Trout Unlimited who spends countless man hours putting on the event.
Here is a link to the schedule. We are trying to get some additional reports from this year's event. If you are a participant or otherwise involved and send us regular reports, we will gladly dig through our bag of schwag and send you something cool for your trouble.
In case you missed it, here is a link to our slide show from the Southeast Regional.
The 18 miles of bountiful trout river in Northeast Tennessee attracts fishing enthusiasts from across the globe. The client list for the Champions and other guide services in the Mountain Empire is wide.
"We’ve been guiding in this area for nearly five years, and we’ve had a great time meeting working with all the different folks," Rod Champion said. "Fly fishermen are diverse group. There is no average age or typical profile. The sport is for everyone."
The guiding business is competitive and time-consuming. However, Rod Champion said their work is all about family-style fun.
"It’s a unique privilege and pleasure to work with my son on a daily basis," Rod Champion said. "Matt is just a natural at guiding."
Thursday, September 27, 2007
“Because stream levels are extremely low right now, it makes sense for us to adjust trout stockings accordingly.”
When western North Carolina gets some much-needed rain and stream flows improve, biologists will stock 213,000 fish — 85,195 brook trout, 42,610 brown trout and 85,195 rainbow trout — as originally planned.
To compete, Gordon provides one-on-one service and makes special orders for customers.
The store also provides free shipping on special orders to give customers a reason to come into the store rather than shop online.
“We try to underpromise and overdeliver,” Gordon said.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The scientists say the technique could be used to preserve threatened species if traditional methods such as reducing fishing, breeding in captivity or restoring their habitat fail.
However, the real target of the work is the bluefin tuna – an important ingredient in Japanese sushi and sashimi.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Photo: Troutfishers Guide Service helps put Tim Linehan of Trout Unlimited Television on his first Smallie in 20 years.
Randy Ratliff of the TroutFishers Guide Service posts the following East Tennessee fishing report:
Troutfishers Guide Service, Randy Ratliff
When: September 2007
South Holston, Watauga, Holston Proper
Hello everyone, it looks like we are finishing up the Summer season and the Fall season is upon us. The cooler temperatures are a relief from the scorching hot temperature we have had lately. We are seeing some rains to help with water flow, but it is not enough to recover from the drought.
Mark your calendars to come and see us at Jesse Brown's on Thursday September 27th, 6:30pm at their Sharon Corners store in Charlotte, North Carolina. We will be giving a presentation on Fall and Winter fishing in East Tennessee. Here is a link for further information and directions: http://www.jessebrown.com/
On Saturday September 29th I will be at the Orvis Store in Raleigh talking on Fly Fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I hope you can come out and see our presentations. Here is a little report on how the fishing has been here in East Tennessee:
The morning wade and afternoon float trips are doing very well. We use terrestrials and sulphur emergers while wading. All areas of the river are fishing good. Our afternoon float trips during generation have been great. We see the sulphurs really start coming off around 2pm and we have been using a size 16 tan comparadun to bring many nice rainbows and browns to the boat. When the hatch slows down we use terrestrials near the bank and swing soft hackles in the better current lines. Seeing those big browns slurp a beetle or cricket off the surface is something to see.
The Watauga has seen some local rain showers each evening and it is helping with the float trips. We are using small beadhead Pheasant Tails and Zebra Midges while nymphing. There is a small tan caddis hatching and craneflies are still coming off as well. We are not seeing the BWOs yet. When we float during generation it is olive and black Woolly Buggers (size 6) that produce the most. Our "Dumb Blonde" and "Plum Crazy" buggers are also doing great. It is about time to see the October Caddis start popping and we are looking forward to this hatch.
The Holston Proper
The smallmouth action has been very good for the last couple of weeks. The action has been mainly topwater poppers with an occasional fish on clousers and hellgrammite imitations. We have been seeing 30 to 50 fish days while floating. The grass is thick in the lower river but the fish are holding in it. They are chasing minnows getting ready for Fall.
With the drought conditions these streams are very low. Stoney Creek at one point has gone underground. Many of my prime streams are just down to a trickle so we have been not fishing these waters.
We still have dates available for Fall and early Winter fishing. Give us a call at 423-360-1468 or email me at FishwithRandy@Embarqmail.com to set up a fishing trip for you.
Troutfishers Guide Service
Sunday, September 23, 2007
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Saturday, September 22, 2007
We interrupt our coverage of the Fly Fishing Retailer Show to bring you this startling news:
In what can only be described as the coolest thing ever to happen in the realm of fly fishing blogging, FlyfishMagazine's Blog has received link love from the Naptown Roller Girls Roller Derby team. Our adolescent dreams are now fully realized.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Yesterday was very cool as we took a drive up into the high tundra and saw some beautiful views. On the way back to Estes Park we stopped off at what amounts to a Colorado blue line stream. I caught several brookies with some beautiful colors and a lot of fight but no Green backs yet. I'll have some photos to post later.
Today we are going to check out some small lakes that just might hold our quarry. More later.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Three guys with cool jobs, Casey Sheahan - CEO Patagonia, Inc, Bill Ritter - Governor of Colorado, and Yvon Chouinard - Owner of Patagonia, Inc. (apologies to Mr. Chouinard for the poor photo composition)
Two guys with jobs that are slightly less hip but cool none-the-less. Tom Chandler - Czar of The Trout Underground and Brian Bennett - Newly promoted to a soon to be announced job at Patagonia, Inc.
Aside from eating and drinking on the dime of large corporations I did manage to get my hands on some new fishing gear. I'll post more about it once my feet and head stop hurting. So far the oddest item of schwag that I have received would have to be my new ExOfficio boxer shorts.
Monday, September 17, 2007
One of the neatest new ideas we have seen at the show. A rigging station designed for boats that holds all your tippet, floatant, nippers, and etc in one place mounted to the side of your boat. If they take our idea for a magnet mount to heart then we will have one securely affixed to the tail gate of our truck as well.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
"Fishing For Pit Bulls (FFPB): Introduced in 2015, no one believed league founder Michael Vick that it was a good idea to stock lakes with pit bulls. Vick's excuse that he thought dogs could survive underwater for long periods of time fell on deaf ears. "
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
In our haste to pack our travel rod we almost forgot to bring you this month's gear deals from our valued affiliate partners.
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As always, we thank you for shopping through our affiliates. We know you have many choices when you are looking for things to hide from your significant other and we thank you for supporting our blogging habit. Watch for more details about our coverage of the Fly Fishing Retailer Show in tomorrow's posting.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
While I am on the subject of my friend Phil, two weeks ago we had a great trip to the Caney Fork. Phil only landed 5 fish but the fish were some of the largest we have seen this year. He landed a 19”, 16”, and 15” rainbow and did a great job bringing them in. I also caught three large rainbows but nothing that beat Phil’s big fish. He said it was the best he has caught on the Caney and it was certainly one of the largest I have seen in a long time. All these big fish were hooked on either a size 16 black zebra midge or size 16 Blue Bomber tied in the Moore house kitchen.
I thought I would include something for my daughter Mylisa in this report. She gave me a fishing cap for fathers day and I have worn it the last three trips and I think it’s my new lucky hat. I have landed almost 60 trout since I started wearing it and I will keep it on until the luck runs out. Thanks Mylisa, I need all the help I can get.
Monday, September 10, 2007
At $9,343 (and already sold mind you) artist Carl Roberts of South Africa takes top honors with his work entitled "Must Be A Brown Trout."
The lowest priced item is under the heading of "Trout Art" is a ringtone for your cellphone of Schubert's "Quintet for Piano in A Major Trout Tema con variazioni" for only $0.22.
However, we found this photo of two trout kissing up for sale via Featurepics for a mere $0.50 to be much more interesting. It almost makes us wish it were Valentines day.
The individual anglers won’t know which area they fish until a blind draw is conducted one week before the event.
Competing in the national championship, which is being billed as the largest fly-fishing competition in the U.S., will be the 15 members of the current U.S. Fly Fishing Team, five-person regional teams from around the country and national teams from Ireland, Great Britain and Canada.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Winchester, Virginia contractor Dave Hepler built this beauty of a motor boat from scratch. The picture comes from Mike Feinman who is the General Manager of The Contractor Yard in the same town. Mike is our parrott head co-worker pal and helped source some of the special materials for Mr. Hepler's excellent project.
"They know that we can destroy places like this, but we can't create them."
This is an official Schwag Reception Notification or SRN as we call them here at the FlyfishMagazine.com. In the interest of full disclosure we thought that we should let you know that Dennis Peek with Sierra Summits Skin Products mailed us a nifty Adventure Traveler Gift Pack which includes a tube of High Altitude Adventure Sunblock (SPF 30), a tin of Superfly Therapeutic Lip Ointment (promptly seized by my balm addicted spouse), and a sport stick of Sierra Summits Trail Healer - All Natural Healing Balm (currently soothing a nasty spider bite on my leg.)
Our intention is to give these products a thorough field test after the Fly Fishing Retailer Show in Denver next week. The High Altitude sunblock should prove most helpful as our post show accommodations are situated well above 8,000 foot mark. More on those later.
Their website also contains an excellent section on skin cancer prevention called Derm 101.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
What do you get when you take a master goldsmith / jeweler and turn him loose on the world of fly rod building? Press release follows:
NEW WEBSITE OFFERS TRUE FLY ROD JEWELRY BY A MASTER GOLDSMITH
J. Marcus, a Master Goldsmith with over 35 years hands-on experience working at the bench in the jewelry trades introduces one-of-a-kind, handmade, reel seats, ferrule plugs and other fly rod jewelry.
The term "fly rod jewelry" has been much bandied about for the last few years. Although a few suppliers of metal and wooden parts for fly rods have made items that are of good quality and appearance, few or, perhaps, none of them have possessed the knowledge, skills and experience of a real goldsmith. Now J. Marcus, a master goldsmith with more than 35 years of bench experience in the jewelry trades, and a fly fisher since the age of six, enters the field. His reel seats and other fly rod parts reflect years of experience crafting high-end, one-of-a-kind personal jewelry in precious metals and gems. He has experience in building fly rods and has associated for many years with split cane rod builders, whose preferences helped shape the nature and appearance of the J. Marcus line of products.
J. Marcus’ reel seats are crafted of nickel alloy ("nickel silver") ornamented with precious metals such as 18K gold. The inserts are turned from fine woods and inlayed with fossil ivory, rare minerals, precious metal and gemstones. Most of the seats contain an area of fossil ivory where the purchaser may have the reel seat personalized in scrimshaw.
The J. Marcus website also offers hand-turned ferrule plugs of fossil ivories and other quality materials, as well as a selection of his handcrafted custom jewelry.
If you would like more information about this topic, visit the J. Marcus ~ Fine Handmade Reel Seats website at: http://www.flyrodjewelry.com or please call: Marc (J. Marcus) at: 360/647-5195 or email Marc at: email@example.com.
He sources his exotic woods from sustainable sources or dead fall and even makes use of scraps from other woodworking shops that would normally be thrown away.