Monday, August 31, 2009

The problem with buying fish

This is a great blog post by a writer named Cathy Erway. In it she explains that the fish you are buying at grocery stores and restaurants may be a bad choice for a variety of reasons. Catch methods, overfishing and all sorts of things to consider. And fish farming is not the answer either unfortunately:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Reds in the skinny

Got some nice fish busting shrimp right out of the water this morning. A lot of people were put off due to TS Danny offshore. Churchill's Law of Whether Or Not To Go When The Weather Is Bad: "We are going until we aren't going." I was the only one out there for four hours.
I also shot some nice video.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The America Cup: Day Two

NC Fly Fishing Team Member Kevin Lowe - File photo

Here is an update from the NC Fly Fishing Team members taking part in The America Cup:

Ryan Harmon and Kevin Lowe are in 1st place with 80 fish on day 2.

Chris Lee and Eugene Shuler have a good grasp on 2nd.

Michael Yelton and Paul Colcord are in the running at 6th place.

The big test comes tomorrow when action turns to still waters.... Stay tuned for more info.

America Cup Standings

This week several North Carolina Fly Fishing Team members are competing in The America Cup being held in Frisco, Colorado. The America Cup is a fishing rally where anglers can choose their water each day. Anglers fish rivers for two days of the three day event with the final day being devoted to still waters.
NCFFT member and angler behind The Granddaddy Fly Fishing Experience, Michael Yelton reports a strong showing for the boys from down South as they go up against teams from as far away as Australia.
Day 1 Team results
Eugene Shuler & Chris Lee 29820 pts.
Kevin Lowe & Ryan Harmon 29240 pts.
Adam Boehlk & Steve Bowka 20060 pts. (Team Blue Quill Angler)
Chris Lee is the individual leader with 16720 pts.
Follow all the competitor's progress at

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gear: C&R UV Buff to Benefit TU

**Editor's note - For the first time in three years we won't be attending Fly Fishing Retailer. We will certainly miss the New Belgium ale, seeing new gear first hand, and most of all reconnecting with good friends. If any readers are planning on attending and want to guest blog for us during the event, drop us a note at (editor at replace the at with an @). In the mean time we will be attempting to keep you informed using our vast network of industry contacts whom we have promised to buy a round the next time we see them in person.

Buff, Inc. Launches New Catch and Release UV Buff and Promotion at Fly Fish Retailer 2009 to Benefit Trout Unlimited

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 10, 2009) – Buff, Inc., known for their innovative, versatile and multifunctional headwear loved by anglers worldwide, will be launching the new Catch and Release High UV Protection Buff as an exciting new addition to Buff’s Angler Series at Fly Fishing Retailer 2009.
In Addition, Buff will be running a promotion on the show floor of Fly Fishing Retailer 2009, where the new Catch and Release UV Buff will be sold for $10 to benefit the national coldwater conservation organization,
Trout Unlimited (TU). 100-percent of proceeds garnered at Fly Fishing Retailer 2009 will be donated to directly assist with Trout Unlimited’s conservation efforts.

“Buff is honored to play a role in Trout Unlimited’s restoration and conservation projects and hopes to continue to help moving forward with the success of Buff’s products that resonate so well within the angling community,” says Shirley Choi Brunetti, vice president and general manager of Buff, Inc.

“The functionality and versatility of the High Protection UV Buff has proved to be an essential fishing accessory for anglers worldwide to the point where they’ll turn the boat around if they forget their Buff before a day out fishing. We’re very excited about the design and message of the Catch and Release UV Buff” continues Choi Brunetti.

Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

“Support from our corporate partners is invaluable to the success of TU’s on-the ground conservation projects,” said Liz Ogilvie, TU’s corporate marketing manager. “Buff, Inc.’s commitment to TU’s mission helps us accomplish our restoration goals around the country.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, TU has helped to restore over 10,000 miles of rivers and streams around the country and is dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. TU has more than 400 chapters around the country. TU’s national headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia.

The UV Buff is designed to offer technical performance and to block 95-percent of harmful UV rays. It can be worn over 12 different ways to accommodate varying weather conditions and offer a custom fit. Additionally, the UV Buffâ is made from CoolMaxâ microfiber fabric to provide superior moisture wicking and dry comfort properties, as well as to reduce skin temperature and maintain hydration.

All Buff models, except for the new Merino Wool Buffâ, incorporate
Polygiene technology for active odor and sweat control by releasing non-toxic silver ions to break down odor-causing bacteria.

Please stop by Buff’s booth, number 517, at Fly Fishing Retailer 2009 to buy your Catch and Release UV Buffâ in support of conserving, protecting and restoring national fisheries. Also, additional donations are made through the
Trout Unlimited website.

Please visit the Buff, Inc.
website and Social Media Release webpage for new, featured products, up-to-date company news, video, images, and much more. Also, please join the Buff, Inc. Facebook fan base.

About Buff, Inc.
Buff, Inc., located in Northern California, is a subsidiary of Original Buff, SA Spain, and established its U.S. presence in 2003. Popular for more than a decade in Europe and used since the show’s inception on CBS’ Survivor television series, Buff, Inc. is distributed in more than 45 countries. Buff performance headwear is all about versatility and simplicity – one garment serves many functions. Among other uses, a Buff can be worn as a hat, neck gaiter, balaclava, bandana, scarf, hair band, helmet liner, headband, and pirate-style cap or as a sun, wind or dust screen. Designed to offer technical performance and protection from the elements during a wide range of outdoor activities and sports, Buff models are available in hundreds of styles and designs. For more information on the entire line of Buff, Inc., call 707.569.9009 or visit the
Buff, Inc. website.

Quote of the week: Contemplative Carnivores

From an open thread on about what sport is best suited to what belief system:
"Fly fishing is no good for vegetarians, but is just about perfect for contemplative carnivores."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Undercover FlyShop Vist: LL Bean Retail Store

Our latest surreptitious fly shop visit finds us sneaking around the inside of an LL Bean retail store. The store, located in Southern, New Jersey, also happens to be the only source fly fishing gear within easy reach of my temporary residence in Cherry Hill, NJ. Since the bulk of my fishing and fly tying gear packed in boxes in a warehouse somewhere, I was glad to find a place to pick up a few flies.

As expected, the bulk of the store's square footage is devoted to men and women's clothing. While the Editorial Trophy wife picked up a few bargains from the clearance rack, I proceeded to the fly fishing section located at the back of the store.

I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to the fly shop, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. The shop carries a good selection of both trout and saltwater flies at normal retail prices along with a fair selection of rods from both LL Bean and other well known makers. I noticed a section of "pre-rigged" reels and "grab and go" bags of leaders, tippet and etc at what seemed like a good price and fit the bill for the angler who planned poorly and ended up with all his gear locked in a moving van.
It has always been said that the Editorial Trophy Wife had eyesight issues an eye for value, after all she did marry me. However, she outdid herself on our first trip to LL Bean, when she noticed a orange Clearance sticker on a Sage 9 weight fly rod. Since one of the upsides of my move North is the chance to fish the Salt, I wasn't able to pass it up. I won't divulge the price we paid but lets just say it pays dig through the clearance rack when you visit an LL Bean store. They had a bit of an issue locating the rod tube to go with my new prize but it all worked out and I was smiling when I left.
The staff at this location was friendly and knowledgeable and even took a bit of interest in some guy running around the fly shop snapping pictures with a camera phone. I explained that I was a blogger and in what must be a sign of the times, they simply nodded and went about their business. The location offers classes and has a FFF certified casting instructor on hand as well.
The question of the day came when a gentleman, who seemed to be new to the sport walked up to the counter and asked the equivalent of "what are they biting?" " If you could only buy one fly, what would you buy?" This caused a bit of debate among the other staff and customers. I managed to get some odd looks when I chimed in that "if you could only afford one fly, you should probably stick to garden hackle." I'll be back to visit our local LL Bean in the near future. I need to make friends with the Manager as I noticed what looked to be a carp or two cruising the pond beside the store....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

News: Fluke Sashimi = hot water for boat Captains

Two Montauk based party boat Captains were issued 53 citations (and not the good kind of citations) for " assisting party boat passengers to illegally catch and consume fluke

Via The North Country Gazette:

On Aug. 9, four plainsclothes officers (two per vessel) boarded the boats and documented that customers were filleting fluke on board, failing to keep fluke racks, keeping undersized fluke and keeping over the limit fluke. Officers observed customers eating raw fillets while the trip was ongoing — and that they were being advised by vessel personnel to dispose of undersized fish and to hide illegal fillets.

A total of 53 summons were issued, including tickets to the mates and captains of each vessel. All charges are violations and carry a penalty of up to $250 per violation. More than 60 fluke were seized as part of the investigation.

They say it's your birthday....

Happy Birthday to ya! R.L. Winston Turns 80 this month. We present the only video we could find on the subject via Youtube

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Leach: Window Mount Fly Tying Vise Base

I found this aptly named device, The Leach, aimed at the mobile fly tyer via twitter with a photo from's flickr stream.
"The leach is different than any other vice platform component on the market. It is crafted with a silicone suction that offers the most stable platform available. This unique suction also allows mobile positioning at home, auto or on the water. Made in the USA from anodized aircraft aluminum with tool organization holder and built in magnet for hooks. This platform in compatible with all manifacturated vices and comes in 2 color options, silver and black."
No word on retail price or availability. The website was slated to launch 9-1-09 but we had no luck pulling it up on our attempt.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Guide on vacation

Thanks to the guys from the "Fin" who recommended Capt. Corey Pietraszek for stripers and bluefish in RI. Working on a destination piece about Newport,RI Corey spent two days with me fly-fishing for monster fish. Fabulous scenery along the coast and the Elizabeth island chain. We caught fish from 5lbs to 30 lbs. Corey also chases bluefin tuna and albies. Check out

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gordo Gives it Away

You know we are always ones to point out the giving away of high quality schwag. Well FlyfishMagazine's own Contributing Editor for all things saltwater is giving away a Dicapac waterproof cell phone case over on his blog, Capt. Gordon's Fishing Reports. Just spin him a good yarn and you might win.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Project Healing Waters Online Store

Here is your chance to show your support for one of our favorite organization and get some very cool looking gear at the same time. Visit the Project Healing Waters Online Store and pick up this what is quite possibly the best looking rod tube ever. It comes in Digital Camo with the PHW logo for $44.50. Of course proceeds benefit PHW.
If you don't know about this excellent organization that helps our wounded hero's get back into the swing of things with fly fishing and fly tying, visit their website and read all about them.

DIY: Fly Fishing Kirigami Kit

Impress your friends and go all Edward Scissorhands with this DIY Fly Fishing Kirigami (read pop up card) kit from online craftmart Etsy. $3.95

Monday, August 10, 2009

$10,000 Purse for '09 Rumble in The Rhododendron

There are a few things in life that we are proud of: The Editorial Offspring, the fact that we married well, the time we came up with the word "viewbicles" to describe cubicles located near windows, and more recently the time we came up with the name for the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team's signature competition, "The Rumble in the Rhododendron." Now we are proud to announce that this year's event will have a one of the largest purses in competitive fly fishing.


CHEROKEE, N.C. (September 26-27, 2009): A $10,000 cash purse is at stake for the second annual Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Masters Tournament on September 26-27 in Cherokee, N.C. Presented by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Fisheries and Wildlife Management in partnership with the North Carolina Fly-Fishing Team, the top three teams in the two-day, two-person competition will have the pleasure of splitting the prize money with $5,000 going to the first place team, $3,000 going to the second place team, and $2,000 to the third place team.

Currently, the Rumble is the only fly-fishing tournament to award this much prize money. The only other tournament to ever offer such a hefty cash purse was the nationwide "Fly-Fishing Masters" series produced by the Outdoor Life Television Network (OLN) from 2004-2006. The grand prize was $50,000, which was split among the top three finishers. The event consisted of four regional qualifiers and a final round in varying locations, but both the television channel and national tournament were cancelled.

The Tribe

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Fisheries and Wildlife Management have sponsored the event since its inception and have embraced the opportunity to promote its fishery through this tournament.

The Tribe is very proud of their fishery and intends to make this tournament a premier event to attract world-class anglers, said tournament spokesperson Christopher Lee, who is also a member of the North Carolina Fly-Fishing Team. A large purse should attract a lot of angling talent from across the country.

Following last year's tournament, the Tribe was also introduced to Curtis Flemming and is now the title sponsor for Fly Rod Chronicles. Several episodes will be dedicated to the Tribe's fisheries program.

The Competition

As for the competition teams will compete in distance and accuracy casting on day one with the top 15 teams advancing to day two's fishing rounds. In addition to the coveted prize money, other factors make this competition unique. For starters, the team aspect, in addition to the event being televised, adds a much higher level of challenge according to Lee.

"You have to partner with someone you trust can produce under the pressure of TV cameras and big cash payouts," comments Lee, who himself has participated in numerous tournaments across the country.

Furthermore, the event is set in the beautiful Ravensford Valley where anglers often find themselves fishing among wild elk and other native wildlife. Participants will equally enjoy fishing the well-stocked, catch and release waters while surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

More Info

For more information the second annual Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Masters Tournament, please visit or call 828-421-0172 or 828-269-6529. For more information on the North Carolina Fly-Fishing Team, please visit The tournament is sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Fisheries & Wildlife Management, the North Carolina Fly-Fishing Team, "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Flemming," Davidson River Outfitters, Cortland Fly Line, The Granddaddy Fly-Fishing Experience, John Hancock, and William Joseph

Orvis Podcast: Rosenbauer on Casting Mistakes

Couple "too much wrist and not enough forearm" with "too many false casts" and you are bound to flub your shot at the fish of a lifetime. In his latest Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast, all around fly fishing guru, Tom Rosenbauer talks about five common casting mistakes and gives some excellent advice about how to avoid them. Oh yeah, it's OK to watch your back cast. Really it is. Tom said so.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Brother let me tell you it's a long hard ride...

News from Trout Unlimited:

Brothers Bicycle from Alaska to Argentina to Protect Bristol Bay

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, August 5, 2009 – Two brothers are bicycling from Alaska to Argentina to draw attention to Bristol Bay wild salmon and the threat the fishery faces from a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine.

Seth and Parker Berling, of San Francisco and San Diego, Calif., left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in early July to begin a 17,000-mile journey to Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost tip of South America. The Berling brothers are making the trip to raise awareness about the proposed Pebble mine and how it could harm the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, located in Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The Pebble deposit is located in the headwaters of the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers, two of the major salmon-producing rivers of Bristol Bay. If developed, Pebble would be one of the world’s largest open-pit mines. A diverse coalition of commercial and sport fishermen, Alaska Natives, lodge owners, guides, outfitters, scientists and others say the project is likely to expose the region to acid mine drainage, industrial discharges and habitat destruction.

The self-described “Pebble Pedalers” first became aware of the mine project and the threat it poses to Bristol Bay from watching a trailer of the award-wining documentary, Red Gold ( The movie depicts the vital role that wild salmon play in the Bristol Bay region and how the fish are a cornerstone of Alaska Native culture. The film illustrates what how Alaska’s most valuable fishery, and one of the world’s last remaining wild salmon runs, could be lost if the massive open-pit mine gets built.

“Our Dad raised us fly-fishing and we’d always hear about California rivers and how great they once were before the salmon runs were destroyed. In Alaska, you still have an untouched working ecosystem right at your doorstep. It’s unsurpassed for wild salmon. Why would you possibly consider jeopardizing it?” said Seth.

The bicycle journey is also a fundraiser for Trout Unlimited Alaska, a non-profit conservation organization based in Juneau that is organizing efforts to stop the Pebble mine and to protect the Bristol Bay watershed.

“We’ve fished all around the world but we had never been to Alaska before this summer. Bristol Bay blew us way. It totally surpassed our expectations. We caught huge rainbow trout, arctic char, Dolly Varden and grayling. We were a little early for the salmon but we plan to go back,” said Parker.

The brothers hope to complete the bike journey across 15 countries, two hemispheres and two continents in one-and-a-half to two years. As avid fishermen, their arrival in Argentina will depend on how much time they take to catch and release along the way.

“We’re already a little behind schedule because of the fishing trips we did in Bristol Bay and in the Tangle Lakes area along the Denali Highway,” Seth said.

For more information about the Pebble Pedalers, go to:

Learn more about Bristol Bay and the Pebble mine at:

Join Trout Unlimited at:

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Road trip ATL: The Vortex

The official hamburger of when in the ATL.

Try "The Big Jerk" with jerk spice and provolone. Not sure who the guy is in the picture. He wouldn't move until I took it.