Thursday, February 26, 2009
Listening to the Orvis Podcast
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$$
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.
Gill Net Issue Update - Save the Reds
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Road Trip Food
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Gifts for Fly Fishers and Bait Chuckers Alike
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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 Viddler.com)
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
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
Would all of you please go to www.flyfishingfilmtour.com, 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
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.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Makers/DIY: Backyard Wooden Drift Boat
"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.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Have you seen this fly?
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
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.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
People: Interview with Bob Clouser
FlyfishMagazine.com 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
FlyfishMagazine.com Acquires Naming Rights to Top Water Bass Fly
In what insiders call one of the boldest marketing moves in the fly fishing industry, FlyfishMagazine.com 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 FlyfishMagazine.com, 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 FlyfishMagazine.com in the near future.
Online Gillnet Petition
FlyfishMagazine.com 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."