Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fishing Jones: Sign, Save Redfish, Get Gear

Pete McDonald over at Fishing Jones is giving away an extremely sweet Redington Titanium CDL Reel for 7/8 Wt line. It only takes two simple steps to get your name in the running for this primo item of fly fishing gear.

First take a moment and sign our pal Captain Gordon Churchill's Petition to stop unattended gill net practices in North Carolina.

Second, once you've signed the petition, slide over to the Fishing Jones website and leave a comment on his Help Redfish and Get a Reel post using your name and typing the word "Signed" in the body. A commenter will be picked at random and get this great fly reel.

The completed petition is going to be presented to the Governor of North Carolina as a way to protect the state saltwater fish. Unattended gill nets are taking a major toll on Redfish stocks on Carolina inshore waters. Guys like Captain Gordon Churchill, Pete McDonald and others are doing this to make a real difference for both anglers and fish populations.

Listening to the Orvis Podcast

In this edition, Tom Rosenbauer gives tips that will up your odds of catching instead of just casting. Fishing multi-fly rigs. Via the Orvis Website.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wednesday Wally World Fly Tying Zen

Tonight I took a cue from our innovative, brownliner, fly tying friend over at Singlebarbed and took a detour to the local Wally World in search of fly tying paraphernalia.

The big score of the night had to be the $10 spool holder from the sewing aisle. It was a major bonus that it will almost fit the top of the fly tying desk perfectly.

I also managed to pick up:
  • Enough eyes for 40 flies (.97)
  • Four different color skeins (40 yards) of let's call it "hemp nymph body material" ($1.97)
  • Enough foam for a gazillion crease flies in every color imaginable ($4.97)
  • A massive package of large metallic plastic "lace" ribbing material that looks as if it would be great on big Czech nymphs or salt water flies alike (around $3.00).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Don Barone : When Recession Bites You In The A$$

Ever since we read his first story over at ESPN we have been what amounts to fans of the work of outdoor journo Don Barone. DB has he is known in the fishing world, recently became a victim of the recession getting sliced from the mainstream media even though he was writing some of the most popular stories on the outdoor net. Don received a award for having a "Job that probably did not suck" which appears to have been his undoing. Look out Joan, Brian, Lefty, and Jose. This could be the fishing equivalent of the SI cover curse.
So what does a media guy do when the media he gave his blood, sweat, and tears for tells him to take his jelly donuts and go home? He covers the sport he loves anyway, albeit doing so on his own dime, all the while writing his book "The Hula Girl Diaries" (also published online) and reaching out to his fans to help fund his adventures.
"It was suggested "in jest" by one of my several thousand bosses that. "How cool would it be for you to take a Greyhound bus to….and write about the adventure of getting there to cover the event." I passed.

I have a minivan. With a dashboard Hula Girl named, Leilani, Jill my GPS-speak "Recalculating" bitch-in-a-box and U.S. Government approved luggage: 6 white plastic United States Postal Service mail bins.
I'll be fine.
So far I'm a National Traveling Internet Columnist w/o A Travel Budget for $312.52 plus shipping (Leilani $12.99, GPS-Jill $299.53)."
I "borrowed" my luggage from Ron the mail guy. No db editorial budget line cost there.
So he hit the road and is financing his journey with the sale of dashboard hula girls doing the service of helping freshen the stinky passenger compartments of anglers all over the USA.
The prices:
$5.00 each for Hula Girls Signed by DB
$6.00 for unsigned Hula Girls
$264 for those who's name we dare not speak or it will screw up our content ads (Sea Kitten Lovers)
$9,999 for IRS Employees
Check out Don's website for all the details and help a brother out.
PS. Don's big into covering Bass fishing. It is OK. He does occasionally write about fly fishing. There is hope for him.

Gill Net Issue Update - Save the Reds

Captain Gordon sends an update on the cause to stop unattended gill nets on the Carolina coast. The face book group is now up over 600 members strong. Sign the petition and
Don't forget to sign the petition too and keep spreading the word. There is a new committee in the NC Assembly. It is called the Marine Resources Committee. Rep Bonner Stiller from the southern part of the state is cooperative. Send him your thoughts on the gill net issue. The more pressure we can bring the better.
Thanks for your help.
PS Sign the petition! :-)

Road Trip Food

It actually was a darn good pie

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fresh Chum

One of the founding fathers of the flyfishing pajamahideen, Moldy Chum, makes all things old, new again. We raise our glass.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fly Tying Video: Dick Talleur ties the "Beetleator"

Famous fly tyer Dick Talleur took the time to sit down with our Captain Paul Rose and tie up an innovative fly pattern known as "The Beetleator." Unlike I would have done, Paul refrains from using the phrase "I'll be baaaaack" at any time during the interview.

(Editor's note: Due to the size and length of these video's they are not hosted on our Youtube channel but rather through

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cold in Carolina

As if the past two weeks couldn't get more interesting, today I called the gas company to come by and replace a plug on a regulator outside my house. They did and in the process turned off the gas as part of the repair. Rather than call me on my cell they decided to leave a hang tag on my door saying to call them when I got home and they would come out and turn it on. I called and they said someone would be out tonight. Well its 10 PM on one of the colder nights of the year and we have no gas heat, or hot water. A second call to their office informs me that I am calling after hours and ends with a mechanical "Goodbye." Orvis spokesangler Tom Rosenbauer has some tips for those of us left out in the cold.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Steep trails and peace of mind

This past weekend I had a severe need to get on the water. The work week had been filled with change and future promises of hard decisions to be made. When Paisley emailed me saying that he could visit an area delayed harvest stream for a few hours the next day, I got my "kitchen pass" from the wife and jumped at the chance.

The weather was supposed to be rainy and reports indicated that the river we would be fishing had been heavily poached, so the chance of it holding fish was slim. The rain was a plus and the poached out status of the water was not nearly enough to dissuade me. I needed the focus that fly fishing requires. I was also in no state of mind to wield a camera, so even though we brought one, I decided to leave it back in the car.

Paisley and I met before daylight and after we consolidated our gear into his Suzuki fish wagon, made our way to the river. A first glance into some likely holes revealed no easy to spot fish. Fishing our way up the river proved our theory that the water had indeed been heavily poached. After failing to even see a single fish, much less catch one, we decided that delayed harvest fishing was useless and made a turn up a tiny feeder stream marked with a sign denoting it as wild trout waters. Jeff made the statement that since NC regulations allow anglers to keep four fish per day in the wild waters and since the delayed harvest water was empty, the poachers had probably cleaned out the wild stream as well. We could only hope that the tiny water with tough access had been enough to keep people away and the trout fishing intact.

The tiny stream was strewn with large boulders and worked its way as stair steps up the side of a steep mountain. Recent warm conditions had us watching our step as we both knew that the area is well reported to have a large population of Timber Rattlers and Copperheads. I remarked to Jeff that it was just cold enough for the rattlers not to be able to warn us if we got too close. He said that there way more Copperheads than Rattlers in the area anyway.

The river turned out to be beautiful. We worked our way over house sized boulders and around dead fall timber, fishing tiny pockets of water all the way. Many casts were made while peering out from behind rocks while casting at eye level with the pool above you. Jeff managed to pick up a six inch brookie out of one of the pools but most of the tiny pockets seemed not to hold fish.

The next step up the mountainside revealed an unusually large pool flanked by giant rocks on either side and with a fallen tree in its dead center. I waited below as Jeff crept into position to make what amounted to a blind cast around the boulder. Jeff made several casts with no reaction so I crept up the side of the rock to the right of the pocket and eased my head up over the rim so as to allow a sight line in the pool. Immediately I spied two 14-15 inch brook trout cruising the pool shoulder to shoulder. Keep in mind that a 15 inch brookie in a NC wild trout stream is about the same as a thirty inch Alaskan rainbow only much more rare. I flipped my nymph into the pool only to have the trout rise and eat my indicator (yes, I was fishing a strike indicator - this was supposed to be an easy stock trout trip). On my second cast the other trout in the pair did the same thing this time coming out of the water to try to swallow the tiny rubber indicator whole. I looked at Jeff just in time to see him get a strike and break his tippet on the set. You normally only get one or two shots at the same native trout so, having missed ours, we moved on up the river. We paused at the head of the pool and Jeff managed to pick up another trout from the whitewater. We climbed higher with some resolve to come back and visit the dead tree pool on our way back to the vehicle.

The tiny gorge was spectacular and both Jeff and I regretted the decision to leave the cameras behind. It seemed that every time we climbed up to another level, the river became more clear and the boulders more massive. However, we both agreed that even guys with fishing websites deserve some time "off the grid". We managed to fish our way up as high as we dared without the aid of ropes. On our way back down to the car I switched to a small dry fly and after getting the rust off of my hook set, managed to catch one of those gem like brook trout. Jeff was able to pick up another fish or two as well.

We left the stream and stopped off for lunch before heading our separate ways. As I drove the hour and a half back home, the thoughts of work and work issues slowly crept back into my head as if only to remind me of why fly fishing is such good therapy.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Refreshing Fly Fishing Quote of the Week

Comes from Tom Bie of The Drake and more recently The Fly Fishing Film Tour:

Would all of you please go to, take a look at the dates and towns, and call or e-mail your friends in any of those towns and ask them to attend the shows.

I'm not going to feed you a bunch of bullshit about how this is "all about supporting the filmmakers." It's not. It's also about supporting me: I would like very much for my two partners and I to not lose money on this. (That was an appeal to all you Texans--Look how capitalist I am!!)

Besides, if we make money, then the filmmakers make money. And if the filmmakers make money, then we all get to keep watching flyfishing films. If the filmmakers don't make money, then we can all look forward to annual sequels of Feeding Time II--the flyfishing equivalent of Ishtar.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bristol Bay Online Auction Active

The Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska's annual fund raising auction is currently in full swing. Last year this auction raised over $50,000 for the fight against the Pebble Mine which would put its caustic tailings in the heart of the world's largest Salmon run. This year, according to Scott Hed of the SAA, anglers will have a chance to get a major deal on the "trip of a lifetime":

In a nod to the economic reality of the present time, the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is offering what may possibly be the best deals you’ll ever find on a bunch of fine fishing trips. Here’s the deal: The starting price for all trips will be just $500 over the regular price for 1 angler. That’s right. Basically, book a trip for 1 angler at regular price, and the 2nd person comes along for as little as $500 more! Find a buddy, split the cost, and start packing for your dream trip.

In addition to the trips there are many other items of great gear with starting prices of just 65% of retail. Click here to visit the auction's ebay page. New items are added each Monday.

ebay watch: B.F. Meek Fly Reel

This B.F. Meek No. 44 German Silver Fly Reel for the Buy it now via ebay for the price of $9,980.00.
Built entirely of German silver, the renowned raised-rim No. 44 was the company's only single action fly reel which was introduced in late 1899 and continued in limited production until 1916, when the company was sold to Horton Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island. Described in "Classic & Antique Fly Fishing Tackle," by A.J. Campbell, page 185, "The Meek No. 44 was one of the most appealing fly reels ever built... it has sold for higher prices than either the Talbot Ben Hur or the Gayle Aluminum Trout Reel and remains one of the most coveted reels of the classic era."

B.F. Meek was a watchmaker in Kentucky in 1882 when he established his reel making shop. This reel will only appreciate over time... you will never regret your proud ownership of this most collectible gem. Hardly seen for sale, especially in this jewel-like, mint condition.
According to the seller the reel was valued at $10,000 in the 1999 edition of "Antique Fly Reels" by D.B. Homel. This has got me thinking I might just need to help my Grandmother clean out her attic.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Makers/DIY: Backyard Wooden Drift Boat

While surfing the Southeast Fly Fishing Forum we had the good fortune to come across photos of this magnificent wooden drift boat built by Allen Dozier of Weddington, NC. We were afraid that it might be too pretty for actual use but Mr. Dozier, who goes by FlyVet on the forum, assures us that it is as tough as it is beautiful.

"Used teak for most of the boat, has a plascore honeycomb floor and kevlar and linex truck bed liner on bottom. "

Kevlar? Not only is it functional but it also seems to be bullet proof. Thanks to Allen for letting us share pictures of his creation. The next time he is passing through Huntersville we hope he will stop by and let us have a look see first hand.

Tuesday photo Zen

Monday, February 09, 2009

Have you seen this fly?

Reader Ed Hickey dropped us a line to ask for help finding information about a fly that has been in his family for at least 50 years. Ed writes:

Have you ever heard of a fly called : Kikkendoll. Really am unsure of the spelling here but am spelling it like it sounds. This fly has been spoken of in our family for the last 50+ years and I'm wondering if it really did or still does exist. Something known as "Junglecock" is always mentioned when this fly is talked about. And whatever the junglecock is/ was is either protected or extinct and these flies are no longer available. They sure were the most popular flies out on the Sierra Nevada mountain areas we used to fish in but that was back in the 1970's. Hope there's some truth to this fly and maybe a few fishermen who have some knowledge of them

So far I haven't been able to come up with much information for him, except the assumption that the fly in question was a type of Salmon fly due to the use of Jungle Cock in the design. (I did provide a link to some info about Junglecock feathers) Therefore, I am putting the question out to our readers in hope that one of our more in the know fly tying folks can enlighten us. Responses welcome via the comments.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

New Video Fishing Report from Hatch Hunters

Josh McFadden and Kevin Lowe are a couple of hardcore fly fishermen and friends of who run Hatch Hunter's Guide Service. Be sure to check them out if your fishing takes you looking for big browns on the South Holston. These guys are the real thing.

2.1.09 South Holston River
Kevin and I decided to hit the water on Sunday afternoon to try out some of the sections that had been closed for the spawn. The weather was absolutely perfect. They had been generating for a few hours in the morning so watch the schedule if you plan on coming up this week. We got there on falling water at the water was still colored. So the fishing was slow until the water finished dropping out then it was like someone flicked a switch on and the fishing was hot. The fly of the day was a small olive hare's ear. Good old stand by nymph for sure. These fish are ready to eat. I suspect we'll be back several times in the next couple of days. We just can't leave water this good alone. Here's a short video we made of the day. The fish are very colored up now as the rainbows get ready for their spawn.

Josh McFadden-Guide

Thursday, February 05, 2009

People: Interview with Bob Clouser contributor Capt. Paul Rose, took up eight minutes of Bob Clouser's day to discuss everything from conservation issues for the Chesapeake Bay to casting for carp. We even managed to ask him how much money he gets from every Clouser Minnow we tie.

Editor's note: These videos were shot on the floor of the Charlotte Fly Fishing Show.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Fly Fishing Naming Rights Deal Inked

February, 5th 2008

For Immediate Release Acquires Naming Rights to Top Water Bass Fly

In what insiders call one of the boldest marketing moves in the fly fishing industry, today announced the acquisition of naming rights to a white topwater bass bug tied by talented angler and fly tyer, Josh Almond.

Almond, a college student currently on hiatus from his studies at Western Carolina University, inked the deal at a recent event being held in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was while he was applying the finishing touches to the fly with a marker that he realized that it probably didn't matter to the fish what markings were used to decorate it. As is the custom of college students, this realization led to the creation of flies inscribed with phrases such as "Eat Me" or various letters of the Greek alphabet. "We were goofing off at the fly tying vise after a kegger when the idea just sort of hit me" remarked Almond, "I had no idea it would be this big."

Publisher of, Lee Murdock, indicated his excitement at being the owner of the naming rights to the fly. "Bass are very popular fish that are just starting to get attention from fly anglers. The economy is in the tank and Josh is a college student so the timing of this purchase was great for both of us. We see great growth potential for both Josh's flies and our brand"

FlyfishMagazine staffer, Captain Gordon Churchill added, "Josh had a great idea that Lee helped him refine and turn into something that works well for all involved." "Let's face it, a fly with Eat Me written on it is cool but slap a dot com name on the back of that sucker and it becomes sheer genius."

Murdock did not reveal the amount paid for the naming rights but did flatly deny trying to charge Almond for the privilege of using the FlyfishMagazine name. "Josh is an excellent negotiator." "If you don't believe he did well on the deal, just check out the size of that cheeseburger in the picture."

Look for more of Josh Almond's fly tying to appear on the virtual pages in the near future.

Online Gillnet Petition Saltwater Editor, Captain Gordon Churchill, asks you to take a few moments of your day to sign this online petition seeking to end the use of unattended gillnets on the North Carolina coast. The petition will be presented to Governor Beverly Perdue. It is a quick and easy way to show you care about this issue.

"Unattended gill nets are a wasteful fishing method and should be attended all times to stop wasteful killing of non-targeted fish, bird and turtle species. Mandatory attendance would stop the waste due to the person fishing the net being right there and able to release the fish before it dies.

We support commercial fishermen and their desire to make a living from the water and also support fishing methods that are unwasteful."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

More Lying and Tying 2009

You guessed it.... A Blue Winged Olive

...and a Giant Golden Stone

If anyone knows who among the seventy or so tiers attending created these unique flies, please leave a comment.

Flies: Gordo's Grey Goose

Great minds + top shelf Vodka = Fly Tying Innovation. A very exclusive fly tied by our pal Captain Gordon Churchill, to be fished shaken and not stirred.

Just so you know, Gordo is famous for a few more conventional flies as well.