Friday, February 29, 2008
Scott Parrott of Hendersonville, North Carolina's Times-News Online provided some excellent coverage of the NC Fly Fishing Team's February practice session.
Bryson City native Eugene Shuler founded the N.C. Fly Fishing Team in 2005. Shuler, who could fish before he could write, hoped the team would introduce more Tarheel State anglers to the emerging sport of competitive fly fishing. Shuler, a builder, appeared on national TV when he competed in the Fly Fishing Masters in 2004.
The competitive take on this quiet, solitary sport remains in its infancy in the United States, especially when compared to its avid following in Europe.
But Shuler says interest is growing here in the sport, where fly fishers face off rod-to-rod in casting and fishing contests.
Read the rest of Scott's article via BlueRidgeNow.com Be sure to check out the video from the event as well.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
At this water level, the fish are in side channels or over weed beds. They are deeper, and the current is greater. Therefore I use a longer and a stronger tippet (3X or 4X) and larger flies. You want the trout to be able to see them.
I also use a lot more lead to make sure that the fly ticks the bottom. To float this increased weight, I use the largest strike indicators that I can find. Once again you cast out from the boat and drift the fly with the boat. The secret is to set up the boat so that you will float by the weed beds at the proper distance for you to present your flies to the fish.
Read the article complete with high water fly selections via the Baxter Bulletin.
For the second year in a row Orvis has taken Field and Stream Magazine's award for best fly rod. The Orvis ZG Helios fly rod, which is known for light weight and castability, marks a true innovation in the world of high end fly rods.
From their press release:
While noting the gains Orvis made in creating the world's lightest fly rod, Field & Stream editors were equally impressed by the added distance and accuracy a Helios rod gives to one's cast:
"We tried to break it on big fish, but couldn't. We cast everything from dry flies to big streamers. It dropped midges on the money in ponds and busted foam hoppers through heavy winds, proving to be responsive and accurate on the light side, and burly in the down-and-dirty.
"And it cast well. In fact, we observed 10-to20-foot distance gains unfurl within a few casts for almost everyone. A 5-weight feels like a 3-weight; a 10-weight feels like an 8-weight. In the end, we were convinced you get what you pay for, and we couldn't quite say that about some other rods."
Read the entire release.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Adventure Medical Kits Solo Kit
Ideal for one-to two-day solo back country blue line fishing trips.
Ultra-light and packed into a resealable Aloksak® bag for waterproof protection up to 200'.
Kit includes instruments, medication and wound/burn/blister care.
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Monday, February 25, 2008
It's been death by less than a thousand cuts," Rogers said. "Across the country we've lost a third of the fly shops in a two-to-three-year span. The interest in fly fishing is there, we've just seen changes in the way people shop."
Read more about this story via Trout Underground and Moldy Chum. As it often is with the blogosphere some of the best points come in the comments.
More than twenty members of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team met this weekend for a practice session on the waters of the Davidson River near Brevard, North Carolina. Davidson River Outfitters operates a private section of the blue ribbon river and made it available to the team for the day. This was also the team's media event so reporters from several media outlets spent quality time with the team and some large trout. Several team members were interviewed by members of the media during the practice session
Things are picking up for the team as several members prepare for the upcoming Pisgah Fly Masters tournament which will be held in late March. Stay tuned for more information about the team in the near future.
Editor's note: The lack of serious fish porn from this event is due to editorial camera malfunction and not entirely due to the fact that the fishing was so good we failed to take very many photos.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
No its not a nickname for a sleazy fishing buddy. Its a steelhead bait developed by Dave Richey and his brother George. This Record Eagle article could be considered NSFW but only if your minds reside firmly in the gutter.
Vaseline balls were born in a motel room 40 years ago. What's that, you ask? Vaseline balls? Most people have never heard of them, but many years ago (December 1975) I did a feature story for Sports Afield magazine on the idea after we had kept it a secret for 10 years. Here's how to make them.
Buy several closed-cell kitchen sponges at a grocery store, and buy orange, pink, red and/or a reddish-yellow. Green produced a few fish for me. Buy a small jar of Vaseline petroleum jelly, and visit a drug store to buy a small bottle of anise oil (not anise extract. We also added a few drops of sperm oil. Why? Who knows? I guess because we had some at the time.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Commute times 96
Misery Measure 625
Thursday, February 21, 2008
We expect to have more information on this new venture for Filson in the very near future. In the mean time check out our previous coverage of Filson including a first look at those ever elusive Filson waders.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This article announcing an extension of time to enter the Pisgah Fly Masters Fly-Fishing Tournament which will be held on the Davidson river in the mountains of Western, North Carolina uses a photo of a child spin fishing off of a pier.
Many anglers have expressed interest in the inaugural Pisgah Fly Masters fly-fishing tournament, leading to an extension of the deadline to allow maximum participation.
The proceeds from the $50 registration fee will benefit classroom construction at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The new deadline is March 14.
Here is a link to more information about the event.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Via Moldy Chum comes word that a group of major jewelers have annouced that they won't be using gold from Alaska's planned Pebble Mine in their bling bling. With Valentine's day upon us the timing of their press release couldn't have been better.
As shoppers rush to buy last-minute Valentine's gifts, five of the nation's leading jewelry retailers -- Tiffany & Co., Ben Bridge Jeweler, Helzberg Diamonds, Fortunoff, and Leber Jeweler, Inc. -- today pledged their support to permanently protect Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale metal mining, including the massive proposed Pebble gold mine. The retailers, who had $2.2 billion in sales in 2006, took this step at the invitation of local Alaskans, who seek to protect wild salmon, clean water, and traditional Alaskan ways of life from the damaging effects of industrial metal mines.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Today's out of place fly fishing reference comes via FairLady Magazine and makes us cry out a resounding "WTF." pardon our Françoise. The article with the title "When he's got a headache" offers ladies advice on what to do to entice their husbands to give it up. Apparently there are men out there for whom the mere suggestion of a roll in the hay is not enough.
"if talking to him about your frustrations or wearing slinky underwear doesn't help, then accept that you may have to try another route. For instance, if you're the one who always initiates sex, stop. Instead, try to relate to your partner on a new and unexpected level: if he's mad about fly-fishing, show some interest in that."
Ladies, if you want to get the really good sex we have a few words for you..."learn to tie flies." Nothing gets a red blooded angler more in the mood than a sexy lingerie clad lady sitting at the vise in front of a a dozen freshly tied bead head pheasant tails. Not only will we give it up, we will probably wash your car to boot.
Simms Fishing Products, the choice of professional guides,
chooses Pale Morning Media for strategic public relations
BOZEMAN, MONTANA (February 12, 2008) -- Simms Fishing Products (www.simmsfishing.com), the established guide’s choice for gear that embraces the elements in any conditions and any season, will partner with Pale Morning Media for public relations and strategic media support.
Founded in 1980, Simms creates high-performance waders, footwear, protective and insulated outerwear, technical apparel, lifestyle apparel, packs and accessories.
A leader in advocacy and conservation efforts, Simms directly supports numerous national and regional outreach efforts from the Atlantic Salmon Federation to Oregon Trout. They actively promote borderless causes such as the battle against aquatic invasive species and the fight to stop Pebble Mine. And they design a full range of products that enable anglers to better protect the places they love to fish.
“As Simms continues to grow, our vision remains the same: to be a leader both on and off the water,” said K.C. Walsh, president of Simms Fishing Products. “We sought a public relations partner with an acute understanding of the business, a passion for the brand, and a background in the industry. We found that rare combination with Pale Morning Media.”
A national communications firm specializing in the outdoor world, Pale Morning Media will work as Simms’ Agency of Record, combining primary-source public relations efforts with creative web 2.0 strategies to assert the brand’s leadership role.
Pale Morning Media represents numerous clients in the outdoor world including FlyFishing Retailer, the world’s largest fly fishing trade gathering, held annually in Denver, Colo.
“To me, Simms is synonymous with fly fishing. Their remarkable people, their innovative products and their passion for fishing have made them a true market leader,” said Drew Simmons, president of Pale Morning Media. “We’re honored to be working with such a premier brand and excited to help support the company’s ongoing success.”
Simms Fishing Products was started in 1980 by John Simms, a well-known and respected fishing guide and outfitter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (In the off-season, Simms was a ski patroller, lending his initials to the infamous S&S Couloir). Creative and passionate, John saw an opportunity to enhance the fishing experience by developing apparel and gear that was more comfortable, more durable, and better performing in a full range of fishing conditions.
The company grew consistently through 1993, when it introduced breathable waders in a pioneering effort with W.L. Gore & Associates. Simms’ breathable waders changed the face of fishing, and opened up new possibilities for the sport. That same year, a passionate angler and entrepreneur (K.C. Walsh) acquired Simms and relocated the business to Bozeman, Montana.
Today, Simms remains true to the original vision of the company, with a staff largely comprised of committed anglers who understand the importance of quality, dependable fishing gear.
Simms is the only wader manufacturer in the United States, and one of only three worldwide, that is licensed by W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. to make GORE-TEX® waders. Simms' products are sold nationally and internationally at specialty fly-fishing stores and select large format retail chains.
For more information about Simms Fishing Products, please visit www.simmsfishing.com, or contact Drew Simmons at 802.583.6069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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drew simmonspale morning media / public relations & strategic media
Monday, February 11, 2008
privatization of the NC Coast
Project Healing Waters has announced their second annual "Two Fly Tournament" to be held May 4th on the beautiful and trout filled waters of the Rose River that runs through Rose River Farm near Syria, Virginia. 30 teams will compete in the event with at least 10 of the teams being made up of corporate sponsored Pro/Vet teams.
Scott Hed, Outreach Director for the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska. Scott was fresh off the plane and hard at work getting signatures on the petition to stop the Pebble Mine. Scott tells us that the fight to save Alaska's salmon run is going strong. Signatures gathered at this week's show are heading to the Governor of Alaska's mail box.
Noted author and Tennessee fly fishing guide, Ian Rutter of R&R Fly Fishing ,took a few moments to tell us about fly fishing for Small Mouth Bass. He also gave us the low down on our pal from the Trout Underground, Tom Chandler. We won't bore you with details, but we have the inside scoop indicating that slaw dogs, curvy mountain roads, and Tom don't exactly mix.
It's one of those "you had to be there" stories but lets just say this fellow might have a somewhat "un-natural interest" in the Trout Underground.
We also ran across our friend John Bass and the rest of the good folks from Project Healing Waters. We bought a raffle ticket for a sweet bamboo rod with proceeds going to this worthy cause. John also reminded us that we don't have a sidebar link to PHW. Something we are correcting right away.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
SNL staff writer, Jack Handey, of Deep Thoughts fame writes about his 2nd passion in this SFreporter article:
I can’t imagine someone trying fly-fishing and not loving it, but apparently that can happen. I know it’s a cliché, but fly-fishing is one of those meditative things. If the fishing is good, and you’re fishing hard, you can’t think of anything else but the fishing. Adding to the allure is that usually you’re in a beautiful outdoor spot, with flowing water. Also, you get to torture fish. Actually, I do feel guilty about that, but so far not enough to quit fishing.
“Marta says the interesting thing about fly-fishing is that it's two lives connected by a thin strand. Come on, Marta. Grow up.” - Jack Handey
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
"They take judges to western resorts and they instruct them how and why to strike down environmental laws," said Doug Kendall, the executive director of Community Rights Counsel, a public interest law firm.
Space Coast Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2/3/08
-On February 12 I'll be speaking to the Backcountry Flyfishing Association in Orlando. Contact Bill Norton at 407.620.7639 for more information.
-On March 30 I'll be giving a program at the FFF Flyfishing Expo in Lakeland, Florida.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Is this a great country, or what!?!?
Before the actual fishing report, a few words about the Somerset Fly Fishing Show-
While I'm at the show, most of my time is spent at my fly tying desk. That's why they invite me. Since I try to be responsible, that's pretty much where I stay. There's a lot of the show I never see. However, I did find a GREAT new product for fishermen, one that almost everyone who uses fishing line and who has the slightest amount of environmental consciousness, needs. Called the Monomaster, it is a waste line holder. All those little pieces of line that you generate every time you change flies or lures are just fed into the device, which is small, easily carried, easily used, and easily emptied. See a picture of it here, or visit their website at www.grasshopperproducts.com.
I also saw two of my favorite artists there. Alan James Robinson uses nautical charts as the canvas for his paintings of fish and other wildlife. Mark Sussino specializes in underwater scenes, usually involving gamefish. Both are excellent artists. While I've never had the pleasure of fishing with Alan, Ive fished with Mark a couple of times and he's an excellent fly angler, too. Visit their websites and check out their work. I think you'll like it, too.
Monday afternoon Tom Van Horn called and invited me to join he and Chris Myers on a no motor zone expedition on Tuesday. I jumped at the chance, since Tom has access to areas I do not. Tuesday morning found us launching from the NASA Causeway.
Im not going to say we tore them up. The weather was beautiful in the morning. I found a large school of surprising small (10 pounds or so) black drum. I called Tom and he said he and Chris had found a school of large drum that I'd paddled past without seeing! I got two of the smaller fish, and Chris got one of the behemoths that was about 40 inches long. I went over to see if I could get one but by the time I got there the school was spooked and steaming off, pushing up a large wake. Good stuff.
I kept searching and found a large school of big reds. They were far from suicidal. After working it for about 30 minutes I got one to take a black redfish worm. There was only about two feet of fly line out of the rod when he took. I was all crouched down hoping they wouldnt see me! The fish was a big one, 25 pounds anyway. I fought it for ten or twelve minutes and was gaining ground when the hook pulled out. I pulled the fly in to check it and the hook was bent out to a 90 degree angle.
I had several shots at tailing drum. A big gator chased me off one pod by giving me a threat display and growling at me. I hooked one more redfish before we left, and lost him too when the hook, not bent out, pulled. I ended up with two drum and a barely legal trout. Had two reds on but couldn't get the slam.
Wednesday Shawn Healy and I launched the Mitzi at River Breeze. While we found some fish, they were by no means thick. We couldn't get any to eat and only got a single strike, which I didn't connect on, all day.
Thursday Scott Radloff and I launched at Parrish Park, and hunted for fish all the way up past Scottsmoor. While we found a few fish we couldn't get them to eat and did not even get a bite.
Friday Dr. George Yarko and I launched at River Breeze. It was cloudy and windy. We found a few fish and while we certainly did not have a career day, he did get a single redfish and a beautiful trout of about 25 inches. It was good to handle a fish again!
Yesterday I ran the Show and Tell at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I had six people come, a small turnout, but we had beautiful weather and everyone learned a lot.
Today I watch the Super Bowl, and take care of this fishing report and other administrative business. Since I grew up in suburban Boston you know I will root for the Patriots. I will also understand that there are way more important things than football, though.
Life is short- GO FISHING!!!
Life is great and I love my work!
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