Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Harrisburg, PA – The number of Pennsylvania fishing licenses sold through September 13 – 871,499 –has already eclipsed the total yearly sales for each of the last four years and represents the largest one year percentage increase since 1980, according to sales figures from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
“Fishing license sales are up 5 percent and overall stamp sales are up 4.36 percent over the same period from 2008, reinforcing thinking by many that people have returned to fishing as an affordable, family oriented activity,” said PFBC Executive Director Douglas Austen. “The commission is also finishing the second year of a multi-year direct marketing campaign in cooperation with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. We believe these efforts aimed at lapsed anglers have also had a positive impact on licenses sales.”
Among license types, resident license sales are up 5.47 percent; non-resident sales are up 3.41 percent; 7-day tourist licenses are up 1.55 percent; and 3-day tourist licenses are up 3.61 percent. Among stamps, trout permits are up 3.79 percent; Lake Erie permits are up 3.18 percent; and Combo permits are up by almost 8 percent. The good news also extends to boating, where registration renewals are up by approximately 5 percent from the same period in 2008.
This year’s sales are the highest since 2004, when more than 909,000 licenses were sold. In 2005, the cost of a license increased from $16.25 to $21 and sales for that year subsequently dropped to 823,175.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I regret to inform the loyal readers of Jay Moore, the now dearly departed and former Tennessee Editor of Flyfishmagazine.com, of his passing from the Caney Fork watershed. You may have noticed that his regular posting has been absent for some time and you may have attributed the absence to the erratic generation schedule at the Center Hill Reservoir Dam. That schedule has been affected by the repair of the dam and acerbated by the torrential rains occurring in the watershed over the last several weeks. It would take more than that to keep Jay out of his waders under normal circumstances.
I am sad to report that Jay left us at 8:00 AM sharp on Sunday, September 6. Jay was always very punctual, leaving behind Tammy his loving wife, two sets of waders and shoes, several fly rods and reels, and too numerous and lovingly tied flies to list here. The service commemorating his sad absence was private. The trout of the Caney Fork though invited were absent from the ceremony but in favor of his demise.
Even though we all knew the end was near, Jay had the courage to enter the river a week earlier on what we all knew would be his last trip. I had the privilege to accompany Jay on that bittersweet occasion. We fished the river near the settlement of Lancaster about a mile downstream from the dam. We reminisced over our many trips on our way to the river and chose a spot that would be easy to approach to make it more comfortable for Jay.
When we arrived about 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6 there were two fisherman in the water who were preparing to leave and shared that they had been there for at least a couple of hours and the fish had been uncooperative. That news did not bother me as I was with Jay and Jay caught fish especially when no one else was catching fish. Even the power bait boys typically marveled at his ability.
At 6: OO PM we had not only failed to net a fish but had not even had a strike. Now Jay knows how to fish. He doesn’t go fishing as much as he goes catching. I’ve been with him when he loses count of his captures when the total is in the forties and we have been there only two hours. This afternoon was different. Jay kept changing flies; Wooly buggers, emergers, and nymphs. He would use each for a few minutes then change. He would try all of one color then repeat the order changing color. As always Jay was focused on the moment and not distracted by anything else, but after two hours the mink I saw working the shore threatened to turn into a skunk. I had never fished with Jay when he didn’t catch fish. I have, however, fished with Jay when I didn’t catch fish.
Then it happened, fish on. Jay’s rotation had just included a #18 gold Zebra midge. And a 10” brown was in his net. Jay said it was a 12” brown, but under the circumstances I agreed with him and tried not to sound patronizing. Nine more were to follow in close succession. Jay continued the rotation and landed rainbows, browns and brooks with the largest being a 15” rainbow. I personally think it was closer to 13”, but I withheld comment for the reason already stated. I on the other hand retrieved only five and finished with what Jay determined was a 19” brown which he actually had to net for me. I let him assist so that he could share the thrill of a large catch that I actually believe was at least 22”, but I accepted his measurement for the reason already stated.
So we bid Jay a fond farewell. He has been as excellent a friend as he has been a fisherman. I have been the recipient of not only several JayMoore flies (patent pending), but of many hours of enjoyment that could not have been duplicated in anyone else’s company. I shall miss him.
Jay, however, has gone to a better place, Columbia, South Carolina. At least that is what his boss told him. He accepted a transfer to the ProBuild facility in Columbia as operations manager. They needed someone with special talents and Jay has them in spades. I regret he is gone, but Tammy is looking forward to being there and Jay will do great in his new position. I particularly feel for the catfish, carp, and gar, how fun, who will soon feel the sting of a JayMoore fly (patent pending).
In his absence, I will try to keep you updated on the Caney as well as an occasion article on the Harpeth River. I will also try to get to the Buffalo River before winter.
Phil Duke, cub reporter
Editor's note: Jay Moore is not (as far as we know) Dead. He simply moved to S.C. If moving to S.C. evokes an Obiufisuary then we can't help but wonder what our recent move to the Garden State should evoke. Great work Phil - We look forward to hearing more from you about our favorite TN trout waters.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Some Sixth Finger fly tying scissors showed up in our mail box today courtesy of fly fishing innovator and brownline guru K. Barton of Singlebarbed.com fame. Now if we can figure out where the movers put out fly tying kit we will give them a try. In the mean time, they work great on our salt and pepper chin beard.
I had my “Ah-ha” moment last year while doing a little research on surgical scissors. I stumbled across a design that looked promising, bought a couple of sets to try, and liked the result but also recognized it had shortcomings.
Without a foundry and metallurgical skills, I managed to mock up a pair using wire – and that was close enough to be a proof of concept. I had something and the idea was good enough to pursue.
Get your own pair via his ebay store.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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**Editor's note: In our current internetless state due to our recent move, we didn't see that B2 over at Moldy Chum has the whole story on this with video. Don't fret for us as we will have FlyFishMag back up and running at high speed just as soon as the fiber optic guy gets the tubes from the curb to our new office.
Monday, September 21, 2009
For 10 years kayaking has been the fastest growing outdoor sport in the country. It is still fairly pure and affords us a sense of community. Let`s get together and enjoy what kayak fishing is today.
"Let`s think about it`s roots and consider how to keep it pure.
Remember Nascar started with a bunch of good ole boys running shine. There is a
revolution going on in fishing and we are the insurgents. "
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
FlyFishing Retailer Day THREE!
Immediate thoughts and observations:
- Instead of stickers and koozies, booths should pass out sample bottles of Visine. Lots of bloodshot dudes this morning!
- There's just not enough coffee in the whole wide world.
- I think Simms must have given away a zillion free hats...either that or suddenly everyone on the show floor is from Bozeman, MT.
- I wonder if that guy over there remembers hollering, "I got yer sculpin raaaahhhhttt heeerrrre!" (Really loud on the trolly going to the Patagonia party last night.)
The Redington CPX Waders were actually unveiled last year, but they're among the hottest at the show, thanks to the front zipper that makes it much easier to get in and out of the waders. Fishermen are realizing that the convenience of being able to make a quick pit stop is well worth the $200 retail price.Patagonia is vowing big things ahead for its fishing category...since we all know such a number of its products are lifestyle crossover and not fishing-specific. But in the meantime, this new underlayer jacket called the Nano Puff is bound to be big hit among fishermen. It features 60 grams of Primaloft, and follows a trend in insulation that moves customers away from heavy fleece by achieving warmth and mobility without the bulk. The Nano Puff quickly packs away into a built-in pouch about the size of a pastrami-and-swiss sandwich. It retails at $150.
Chota Outdoor Gear has introduced the new Caney Fork wading boot with removable insole. The Chota guys have been wearing the boot around the show (without cleats of course) to demonstrate how comfortable and versatile they are. The Chota-brand sticky rubber and quicklace system look quality, and I got to test the ease of the screw-in steel cleats. And kudos to Chota--yesterday they made a nice donation to Trout Unlimited after a successful campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of spreading aquatic invasive species via felt-bottomed boots.
Now to track down some Visine...
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sure, there's a load of great gear here at FlyFishing Retailer, but there are also booths that offer services and resources that help shops do business efficiently. Check out Pos.IM. That's Point of Sale Inventory Management. Pos.IM offers a point of sale system with a prepared data base that is intuitive for both MAC and PC flyshop computer systems.
- Inventory control
- Post-purchase customer data management
- Seamless integration to the web
Fishy celeb watch from FlyFishing Retailer: Please tell me I'm not the only person at FlyFishing Retailer who tackled Joan Wulff in the middle of a promotional appearance at the R.L. Winston booth! Please tell me I'm not the only one who forced this lovely lady into one of those awkward duo self-portrait shots. Anyone....? Anyone...? Oh. Well... Anyway, here's a picture I snapped of Joan, the pioneer, and half of me, the paparazzo. I was this close to asking her to run over to the casting pond and show me that 161-feet cast! I can't help being star struck. Hil
Hello from FlyFishing Retailer Day Two! Expanding on its popular "Common Threads" apparel recycling program, Patagonia is introducing a partnership that allows ripped-out waders to never say die. Patagonia and Seattle-based Recycled Waders have teamed up to offer fishermen a place to reincarnate their beloved-but-too-far-gone breathable waders. The material is then used to make handsomely simple and well-done fishing bags, like the Messenger Creel, which retails for about sixty bucks. You can find out more about Recycled Waders at http://recycledwaders.com. In the meantime, if you talk to the guys at the Patagonia booth this weekend, you'll probably impressed by their enthusiasm for making leakers into keepers. Hilary
The folks at Patagonia provided some more color on the Recycled Waders story:
Just wanted to say thanks for a fine post and offer a small correction. While we did feature a story on our blog, The Cleanest Line, about Recycled Waders, I wanted to make sure readers of your blog knew that Recycled Waders is their own company - they aren't part of Patagonia at all. We just work with them on the materials that they in turn use to manufacture their goods. Here's a link to the story about Recycled Waders. Complete RW contact info is provided at the end of the post:http://www.thecleanestline.com/2009/07/fishing-waders-trigger-deep-thoughts-about-gear.htmlkind regards, localcrewassoc. editor, TheCleanestLine.com
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Stay tuned for Hilary's unique view from the show floor during this year's Fly Fishing Retailer Show.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
The results are in from this year's America Cup in Frisco, Colorado and the fellows from the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team finished strong.
Ryan Harmon & Kevin Lowe 2nd place
Chris Lee & Eugene Shuler 3rd place
Michael Yelton & Paul Colcord 7th place
The tide turned slightly during the still water fly fishing day of the event with the win going to the competitors from the local team Blue River Anglers - Steven Bowka & Adam Boehlke. Congratulations to all.
***UPDATE*** Somehow we missed the fact that Kevin Lowe placed first individually in the event. Sorry Kev.