Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Road Trip: Saltwater Weekend
Thursday "Wild Ass" Photo and Rant
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Rivers of a lost coast
We just made friends with these guys through Facebook and I must say they had me at "and he pulls out a gun and he shoots the salmon."
Monday, October 27, 2008
Buff To Sponsor the Save Wild Steelhead Festival
Buff Headwear today announced sponsorship of the Save Wild Steelhead Festival in Bozeman, Montana.
Buff® Headwear, known for their innovative, versatile and multifunctional headwear, will be providing custom Save Wild Steelhead UV Buff® head and neckwear to the Save Wild Steelhead Festival on November 5, 2008 at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, Montana. Additionally, Buff® is slated as a hosting sponsor with proceeds benefiting Trout Unlimited and the Wild Steelhead Coalition non-profit organizations.
“We are proud to sponsor the Save Wild Steelhead Festival and contribute to such a unique, environmental cause. Buff resonates so well in the angling market and we are so happy to take part in the action,” says Shirley Choi Brunetti, United States general manager. The Save Wild Steelhead Festival http://www.flyboysfishing.com/conservation/save-wild-steelhead is a fundraising event focused on uniting anglers, filmmakers, photographers and conservation groups to bolster awareness and education around influential issues regarding wild steelhead. Wild Steelhead are one of the most valued freshwater game fish on the planet and wild stocks are at an all-time low. The festival will be composed of documentary films, slide show presentations, guest speakers, and raffles. All proceeds generated at the event will go to Trout Unlimited and the Wild Steelhead Coalition.
“With this event we hope to have a profound impact on the future of wild steelhead. For it is up to us to save these fish and this sport for future generations,” says Joshua Brandner, event coordinator, Fly Boys Fishing Team.
Buff will donate 80 custom Save Wild Steelhead UV Buff® samples. The UV Buff® protects against 95-percent of damaging UV rays and can be worn over 12 different styles. The UV Buff® is made from CoolMax® fabric that provides moisture wicking and dry comfort properties to keep you warm in cold climates and cool and dry in warmer climates.
Editor's note: Keep an eye out for more information about Buff products. We are currently working on reviews of several Buff products as part of an upcoming series on cold weather gear designed for anglers. The temps around these parts are finally getting cold enough for a proper field test.
Gear: Reel Art - Trilogy by Ari't Hart
Guaranteed for life, the Trilogy can be used for fresh water as well as salt-water fly fishing. Presented in a handcrafted mahogany case lined in black leather, the Trilogy is an ideal corporate gift and object of desire for any devoted fly fisherman or collector.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
More gill net pics
Now you would think that anybody who labels himself a recreational fisherman or especially a fishing guide would be incensed by these photos of wasted redfish left out to waste in a gill net. The truth is that is a wrong assumption. I am amazed by people who are inshore fishing guides who really don't take a stand against this sort of thing. I really only know a couple of guides who are taking a stand and willing to speak out on this issue. Right now among guides who I consider to be fly fisherman there is Capt. Tom Roller and there is me. Surprised? You should be. What you would really be surprised by is the number of people who call themselves flyfishing guides who are not only NOT taking a stand against gillnetters, but some who actually support this outdated and wasteful practice. Ask questions. If you are going to the NC coast and hiring a guide, ask him point blank what he thinks of gillnetting. You may be surprised by the run around answers you receive.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Favorite dish of the most evil person to ever live? Brown Trout in butter sauce. We bet he poached them during the spawn as well.
"In the next episode of his series 'Plat Prefere,' or 'Favorite Dish,' acclaimed Belgian TV chef Jeroen Meus will be seen travelling to Hitler's haunts in southern Germany to prepare trout with butter sauce. The dish is described as 'a succulent festive meal' and is said to be one of Hitler's favourites. "
Link to the article about Hitler's favorite foods via the UK's Daily Mail.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Rumble in the Rododendron: Day 2
North Carolina angler John Honeycutt casts a fly into the mists.
And the winners are...
First Place - Kevin Howell & Paul Thompson
Second Place - Josh Stephens and Brian Capsay
Third Place - Eugene Shuler & Chris Lee
Labels: rumble in the rhododendron
Gear: The future of wading shoes?
With all the talk about Vibram sticky soles replacing felt and saving our trout streams from invasive species, could this Vibram Five Finger shoe be the next "step" in the evolution of the wading shoe? Talented fly anglers could immediately make use of access to the extra digits to help land fish or grip slippery rocks. Bigfoot sightings increase dramatically.
Check them out at VibramFivefingers.com
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Rumble 2008:Day One - Casting Competition
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Rumble In the Rhododendron 2008
The new Cherokee catch and release water was stocked full and was a big hit with the competing teams. Just to give you an idea how full of fish the stream was, the winning team of Thompson and Howell landed 112 scoreable fish in a three hour session. They were fishing a beat that had been fished just three hours earlier.
Due to lack of Internet access, all we were able to post were crappy camera phone photos during the event. However, don't worry I have about 400 better quality photos of the event and will be posting more shortly.
Rumble: brushes with greatness
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Road Trip: Rumble In the Rhododendron
Depending on Internet connectivity. we will be blogging live this weekend from the event located on the Cherokee Indian reservation. If you plan to attend be sure to stop by and say hi to the guy in the FlyfishMagazine.com shirt.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Brookies not fond of asphalt
A study of Maryland brook trout indicates that the disappearance of the native fish might be due to urbanization.
Researchers led by Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist Scott A. Stranko found that brook trout have disappeared from some Baltimore County watersheds where impervious surfaces such as pavement and rooftops cover less than 4 percent of the ground.
That's much lower than the 10 percent figure generally accepted as environmentally sound for nearly 30 years.
The short answer? Don't pave the brook trout streams. Link to the article via the Charlotte Examiner
A very serious message from FlyfishMagazine.com
This Weekend: "Rumble In the Rhododendron"
Don't forget that this weekend is the first annual "Rumble in the Rhododendron" two man fly fishing tournament. The tourney, hosted by the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team in conjuntion with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, has a purse totaling $6,000 with the top winner bringing home a cool three grand.
Tournament features a one day fly casting tournament. Cast your own fly rod of anylength up to a 9’ 5wt rod, to various targets placed at realistic distances for a combinedteam score.The top twelve placing teams will advance to Sunday’s fly fishing portion of thetournament. In the first round of fishing on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee, NC onthe new Trophy Catch and Release Section, both anglers on each team will catch andscore as many fish as possible from their beats in a three hour session. Each beat willhave an assigned judge who will measure and score fish.
The top 6 placing teams from the first fishing round will advance to the final round offishing where they will again catch and score as many fish as possible from their beat in athree hour session. Trout in the section of water include; Rainbow, Brook, Brown,Golden and Trophy!! A sure bet for a barn burner!This is strictly a catch and release tournament, all flies must have the barbs removed.Entry Fee is $150 per team.
If your team advances to the fishing rounds EACHfisherman must purchase and have in their possession a Catch & Release SpecialUse Fishing Permit ($20.00) “Good For 1 (one) Full Year From Date of Purchase” andpurchase and have in their possession a 1-day ($7.00) Tribal Fishing Permit. Each participant receives an event shirt and gifts from our sponsors. For more information and to pre-register visit www.rumbleintherhododendron.com orcontact the NC Fly Fishing Team at 828-497-0172.This event is organized by the NC Fly Fishing Team with assistance and support ofvarious federal, state, and local agencies.
This is a competition in the style of FIPS MOUCHE so the rules do not allow for strike indicatiors or split shot. FlyfishMagazine.com will be on hand to provide full coverage of the event with daily updates.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Hustle & Fish: Behind the Scenes
It isn't every day that you get a chance to talk to the Executive Producer of a fly fishing film. FlyfishMagazine.com sat down with (or rather stood around with) Steve Apple of Roll Cast Productions and "Fishizzle!" fame, to discuss his latest project "Hustle & Fish." We learn that the life of the fly fishing film maker does not come without paying a few dues along the way.
Contributing Editor / Carp Guru: Capt. Paul Rose
Monday, October 13, 2008
Famous People: Capt. Gordon is Fly
Gear: New Tech from Ross Reels
The MagnaLock™ spool release is a magnet-driven system that uses 4 Ni-Cu-Ni (Nickel Copper Nickel) plated NdFeB (Neodymium Iron Boron) grade N40 magnets to secure the spool onto the frame. With an operational life of more than 1000 years, this system will always perform flawlessly.
Linear Drag Knob Rotation
The drag knob incorporates a revolutionary multi-ball thrust bearing drag for an almost perfectly linear drag response, resulting in a constant, mechanical feel through multiple knob rotations. Regardless of how much drag has been applied to the Vexsis system, the drag knob rotation is effortless. This provides the Ross system with greater drag range and usability when compared to every competitive reel tested.
Instant Retrieve Conversion
The twin pawl "over-center" style escapement allows the user to convert the direction of retrieve from left-hand to right-hand with a quick turn of the escapement cover. In less than one second, this conversion can be completed without any tools or disassembly.
Each reel in this series is designed with a specific diameter and width to maximize the properties of drag consistency and quick line retrieval. A dual radial pawl escapement system ensures dependability under the most demanding fishing conditions, and by adding in features like a recessed counterweight that will not snag line, modern machining and a lightweight design, you have reached the pinnacle of modern fly reel design.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sight fishing when you can't see.
The past couple days have been pretty dreary around here. Cloudy, windy and some rain. So of course I went sight fishing in the shallows. The tides were right for low water fishing and the fish were there. We even caught some. So how do we see fish when the fish can't be seen? Usually we picture clear water, white sand bottom and sunny skies when we think of flats fishing. Around here we have almost none of that. The water can be quite murky due to the soft muddy bottom. The color of the mud is not conducive to seeing fish swimming over it and the sun has not been out for a while. Yet we spotted fish, casted to them and caught them. You have to be able to read the signs. Sometimes it is as obvious as a school of fish blowing up on shrimp and making huge wakes and waves all over. Other times it is as subtle as a single caudal fin just beneath the surface.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
The Colorado Equations
(High Altitude Mountain Reservoir + Belly Boat + angler who normally lives at 741 feet above sea level) + 40 MPH winds = Colorado Cardio Workout.
Anglers - Camera = Negative Fish Porn
Other angler remarking about my travel rod + "old and slow" = Potential for punch in face
Ali + Incidental Ingestion of Lake Water = Green Angler
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Gear: Shock Doctor Gear Drying Duffel Bags
Could the Shock Doctor Power Dry™ Ballistic Multisport Gear Bag be the solution for the moldy waders issue we face after every fishing trip that involves air travel?
The patented Power Dry System uses a custom designed free-standing blower to direct ionized, ozonated air, heated or unheated, into any Shock Doctor Power Dry gear bag, drying and deodorizing the equipment contained in the bag.
I can't help but think that the addition of some microbe killing UV LED lights on the inside might just make this the perfect product for keeping gear fresh and taking care of aquatic hitchhikers in your gravel guards. You industry types out there - I call dibs on the prototype and 10% of the profits to fund my fishing habit.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Take a good look at these two photos I took last fall. What do you see? I know one thing, I don't tie streamers without pearl flashabou anymore. This is happening now. Bait is coming out the inlets this time of year and fish are chasing them. Mullet runs are almost over around here but bay anchovies and glass minnows (spearing) are starting to make their fall appearances and the fish (spanish mackerel, false albacore, speckled trout) will be chasing them in the surf and offshore. Tie flies with with these pictures in mind and maybe a touch of red somewhere to tempt the trout if that's what you're after.
Rose River Farm - Western Fly Fishing in the East
Douglas Dear, owner of fly fishing destination Rose River Farm in Virginia, sent us a note to let us know that he still has a few dates available for Fall fishing on his excellent fly fishing, catch and release trout fishery.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I just fished the Farm today and water levels and flows are very good. The River is loaded with hungry trout and is fishing well. We are booking up fast for the fall and if you want to get an opportunity to enjoy the fall colors and catch trophy trout now is the time to book your reservation.
Douglas is a major league supporter for Project Healing Waters and the fishing up at Rose River Farm is first class, so we encourage you to spend some time fishing with him if you get the chance. You can contact Rose River farm and book your visit via their web site http://www.roseriverfarm.com/.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Music: Doc Watson
This grand gentleman and music icon was my next door neighbor back in my high school days. I got to visit with him in his home recording studio and for the part time disc jockey that I was it was a real treat that I won't ever forget.
Labels: weekend music break
Thursday, October 02, 2008
How's your Friday?
Found in the Urban Wild
Labels: not exactly fishing related
Inside Scoop: New N.C. Trophy Trout Water
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Bamboo Fly Rod: South Fork by David Redington
From the Sierra Trading Post close out rack comes a rare offering in the form of a hand made bamboo fly rod.
South Fork by David Redington Ranger Bamboo Fly Rod - 2-Piece, 5wt 7'8" Retail $1,899 -Sale Price $1,199
CLOSEOUTS . Southfork 2-piece Ranger bamboo fly rod with Koa reel seat is handcrafted by David Redington in Stuart, FLA. Select oven tempered Tonkin cane blanks imported from Kwangtung Province, China undergo over 100 steps from harvest to finished rod with a strictly hands-on approach. Inspected and hand finished by David, then fitted with hand dressed nickel silver ferrules and Hopkin and Holloway guides. Signed by David Redington Fnished in fine quality thread and durable hand-rubbed varnish R.E.C. reel seats Portuguese cork grips hand formed by D.R. Aluminum and brass tube by R.E.C. of Stuart, FLA. Koa reel seat insert Red and silver trim 2-piece rod Line weight: 5wt Size: 7'8" (two sections of 46-??") Weight: 4.8 oz. Material: Bamboo cane rod, cork handle CLOSEOUTS . USA. Each 2-piece rod comes with an extra tip section. Available Colors: SEE PHOTO.