Sunday, March 29, 2009
For me and more than a few others I know, the answer to that is simple. Outdoors writing puts us and keeps us in touch with “our” people — folks we understand and who understand us in turn. It also pays dividends that are priceless, regardless of the fact that they will never show up on our bank statements.
He puts together a great article that describes why it's certainly not about the money.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Ed Engelman of the aptly named EdEngelman.com is all about fishing and fly tying on the cheap. He provides his own version of an economy buster and proves that you can tie flies without one of those fancy rotary thingamabobs, the $6 fly tying vise.
This fly tying vise can be built and used as a low cost way to introduce tying flies and jigs. It is designed to be built by those who may not be willing to commit the financial resources to purchase more expensive equipment. I have introduced adults and children to tying flies on these vises. The flies can then be fished on a fly rod or can be used with a spinning outfit when a casting bubble is used. When children catch a fish on a fly or jig of their own creation, it is almost as though they are catching their first fish again! And of course, the participants experience the connection between insect, fish and themselves.
Check out Ed's site for more great ideas for home craft fishing gear. Oh and if you simply must have a rotary vise to tie, check out his Fly Tying Vise with Osterizer Blender Base. It must be for the production tyer with really fast hands.
Editor's note: Seriously, this guy's ideas are great! Be sure to check out his site. I found him via one of the blogs in our sidebar but for the life of me I can't figure out which one it was to give props.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Boone, North Carolina fly shop owner, Theo Copeland talks about everything from teaching trout anglers to cast for bonefish to being on the cover of what he calls "The Rolling Stone" of fly fishing, Fly Rod and Reel Magazine.
Announced by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the move targets a controversial practice by coal mining companies that blasts away whole peaks and sends mining waste into streams and wetlands. It does not apply to existing mines, but to requests for new permits, a number estimated to be as high as 200.
WASHINGTON – National Park Service visitors and wildlife have something to cheer about today with the agency’s stepped-up efforts to reduce lead in national park environments.
“Our goal is to eliminate the use of lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle in parks by the end of 2010,” said Acting National Park Service Director Dan Wenk. “We want to take a leadership role in removing lead from the environment.”
The new lead reduction efforts also include changes in NPS activities, such as culling operations or the dispatching of wounded or sick animals. Rangers and resource managers will use non-lead ammunition to prevent environmental contamination as well as lead poisoning of scavenger species who may eventually feed upon the carcass. Non-toxic substitutes for lead made in the United States are now widely available including tungsten, copper, and steel.
The NPS will also develop educational materials to increase awareness about the consequences of lead exposure and the benefits of using lead-free ammunition and fishing tackle.
Lead is an environmental contaminant affecting many areas of the world, including our national parks. Lead is banned in gasoline, children’s toys, and paint because of its effects on human health. In the United States, there is an accelerating trend to expand efforts to reduce lead contamination associated with firearms and hunting. California and Arizona have recently implemented mandatory and voluntary bans, respectively, on lead ammunition to facilitate California condor recovery. And Yellowstone National Park has had restrictions on lead fishing tackle for years to protect native species and their habitats.
Resource managers recognize that hunting and fishing play an important historical role in the complicated and intensive management of wildlife populations. Because of this history, these activities continue in some parks and, in some cases, even enhance the park’s primary purpose to preserve natural environments and native species. The new restrictions on lead will ensure environmentally safe practices are implemented to protect park visitors and lands.
Wenk adds, “The reduction and eventual removal of lead on park service lands will benefit humans, wildlife, and ecosystems inside and outside park boundaries and continue our legacy of resource stewardship.”
According to Gene Mueller's article in the Washington Times, some folks are upset with this decision which many feel was made without consulting the sport fishing industry or providing science to support the ban.
What bothers the sportfishing group and various shooting organizations is the quiet way the park service went about the lead ban. Normally, user groups might have been notified about such changes and would have been invited to discuss the plans, which can affect so many Americans.
"The NPS policy announcement does not explain how this decision was reached, why it may be necessary or how this rule will be implemented," Robertson said. "To our knowledge, there has been no proposed rule, nor any opportunity for public comment. We request that the NPS withdraw this proposal and discuss the rationale for it with the appropriate stakeholders before taking further action."
What do you think about the lead ban? Does the Park Service's plan sink or float? Weigh in via the comments.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here is the top 10:
1 - Josh Stephens
2 - Chris Lee
3 - Brian Horner
4 - Simmons Welter
5 - Forest Marshall
6 - Ryan Harmon
7 - Michael Yelton
8 - Paul Thompson
9 -Gordon Vanderpool
10 -Eugene Shuler
Many of you may recognize some of the names on this list. Josh Stephens is a member of the current Fly Fishing Team USA. Paul Thompson is the three time winner of the Field and Stream Total Outdoors man Challenge. Shuler is the founder of the North Carolina team and Lee, Harmon, Yelton and Vanderpool are all NC Fly Fishing Team members. Don't let anyone tell you that the Carolina's don't produce some top sportsmen.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"The cheaper alternative," he said, "is to go fishing."
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Mr. Barton helped coin the name for his sport two summers ago. He recalls that a fly-fishing friend, Tom Chandler, called him to talk about "bluelining" -- scanning a wilderness map for the squiggly blue lines that represent remote streams and hiking into those valleys with a fly rod. Mr. Chandler had spent the day fishing in a cold, clear trout stream fed by Mount Shasta glaciers.
Mr. Barton had spent the same day casting his line into a slough littered with sofas, old cars and goat carcasses. "I told him what I'd just wiped off my shoes," recalls Mr. Barton. During that conversation, he says, the men first talked about the term to describe Mr. Barton's fishing.
Mr. Chandler began talking about brownlining on his blog, troutunderground.com. Mr. Barton soon started his own blog, Singlebarbed.com.
Congrats on the press guys. However, when we start seeing crowds of anglers with new boots standing around our favorite retention pond, our plan is to balme you. What is next, the International Brownline Fishing Association?
Also involved in the hotspotting: Fat Guy Fly Fishing , Michael Gracie, Tom Teasdale and John-Paul Lipton.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Weather they fish mountain streams or bonefish flats the serious angler will tell you that bright colored fishing clothes are great for photos in magazines but don't do very well when it comes to catch rates. Fish look up for predators and if they can make out your form against the sky they probably won't bite. That is why I like these camo fishing shirts from Aqua Design.
Solid colors are a problem if you want to be stealthy. To blend into nature, multi-colored patterns are always superior to a solid shade. That's why Aqua Design is the perfect solution for anglers that want to be camouflaged. Our one-of-a-kind underwater prints are actual photos taken from the fish's perspective. We call it "water on fabric." Get closer to those smart fish with stealthy camo.
Quest Fishing Shirt features a water-inspired pattern available in five natural color options and printed on 100% microfiber fabric. This material is fast-drying, wicks moisture from the skin and is extremely comfortable. Three chest bellows pockets hold small fly and tackle boxes, extra leaders and line, sunglasses, or a cellular phone. Double-stitched construction.
Available in colors from Sky Blue to Overcast from Aqua Design - MSRP $49.95
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Unable to get to the coast for reds or the mountains for trout? No problem. Lake Norman and other Charlotte lakes are hot for bustin' spots and largemouth on the fly. Most are 1-3 lbs but on the 4-5wt using small flies the action was consistent all day .Water temp was sixty and no one was jet skiing! Just an idea to get you out of the cabin.Capt.Paul
Editor's Note: Be sure to look at the first picture full size (click it) to see the shad busting.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Orvis Warehouse Sale is in Charlotte, NC this weekend at the Metrolina Trade Show Expo. Typically this show is a fly fishing bargain hunter's paradise deals at up to 75% off. The Charlotte sale has an excellent selection of waders, rods, and bin after bin packed with terminal tackle and fly tying material. They also have major quantities of non fishing related outdoorsy type merchandise.
Parking and admission are free. Follow this link for directions. Look for the FlyfishMagazine staff to be on hand and up to our elbows in gear.
Monday, March 09, 2009
The event, in its second year, takes place March 21-22. The late registration fee is $75.
The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, a free-to-the-public learning facility operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission near Brevard, hosts the event. Davidson River Outfitters sponsors it.
“We’ll take registrations up until the competition starts,” said Emilie Johnson with the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and a tournament organizer.
The Pisgah Fly Masters challenges anglers’ casting skills off-stream on Saturday, March 21, with the 10 finalists moving on to a catch and release competition on the river on Sunday, March 22.
Our money is on the anglers from the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team.
Friday, March 06, 2009
FlyfishMagazine.com's Saltwater Guru, Capt. Gordon Churchill, interviewed fellow North Carolina fly fishing guide Capt. Gary Dubiel of the Spec Fever Guide Service as he tied an innovative saltwater fly pattern, the "Little Haden."
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Discovered in the downtown Denver Holiday Inn Bar when I, being uneducated in the ways of Colorado beer, asked the barkeep for one of "those beers Colorado is famous for". I was thinking of Adolf's watery version but the kind brewista delivered a New Belgium Fat Tire ale to my coaster. Rumor in the Charlotte, NC area suggests that I will not have to wait until next year's FFR Show Patagonia reception to enjoy a frosty tire. Charlotte is abuzz about this so let's hope that the local importer has an ample supply.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
We ran into Scott Hed of the Sportsman's Alliance For Alaska at the Charlotte Fly Fishing Show and got the latest news from the Bristol Bay area about the fight against the Pebble Mine disaster. After you watch it check out some of these other videos created by folks who will be directly impacted by the mine.