Sunday, January 31, 2010

Etsy Finds


The editorial trophy wife says I have a serious "container fetish," so it's no wonder I was drooling over two items on the craft site Etsy.

$245 gets you this great looking Handcrafted portable fly tying station.

This portable fly tying desk will hold everything you need and will go from home to motel to fishing camp and everywhere in between. Made of hardwood plywood with walnut reinforcing on the corners and edges, this is one rugged desk. The left half of the case houses two removable drawers which are drilled with different sized holes to hold all your tools, a slide out thread tray with room for twenty spools, three drawers for tools & such, and a large open bin for large items.




This sweet looking custom collectible fly fishing knife: $450

Full tang construction, clip point, 440-C stainless, 3 3/8" blade, 7 1/2" overall, black ash burl scales, brass trim, mirror finish, fly engraving with 24k gold accent. Black walnut display box

Quote of the week: Free as price point


The December 2009 issue of Angling Trade Magazine provides a review of Chris Anderson's book, "Free, the future of a radical price" and how it relates to the fly fishing industry. It gives us our most recent quote of the week:


"Which gets us to fly fishing… where
we’re still hanging no trespassing
signs on rivers and charging rod fees
to fish, then wondering why the sport
doesn’t grow. And we’re still assuming
that people will pay to read how
to tie a blood knot, or fish a streamer.
And the hot free deal in many shops
is getting a “baker’s dozen” 13 flies
for the price of 12. Wow."

To get the context check out the entire review on the Angling Trade Magazine website. The magazine also has an excellent editorial by Kirk Deeter.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Range to target..one ping only..


When I was a kid I heard stories (intended to be taken with a grain of salt) about German U-Boats that made their way up North Carolina Rivers...but imagine seeing this on your next brownline expedition.

Famous.

Because you can never have too many photo's of Lefty on your blog.

Famous for fibers

Enrico Puglisi at the vise during the Somerset, NJ instance of The Fly Fishing Show. Tell him hello if you see him at the Charlotte show this weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Patagonia's World Trout Initiative Grants

WORLD TROUT ISSUES FINAL GRANTS FOR 2009

Eight Global Grassroots Groups Receive $75,000 for Fish and Habitat Enhancement

Ventura, CA (January 12, 2010) Patagonia, Inc, the outdoor gear and technical apparel company announced today their World Trout initiative has issued eight grants totaling $75,000 to global grassroots groups whose diverse efforts to protect and enhance fish and their habitat around the world exemplify the philosophy of World Trout.

Grant recipients include the Wild Salmon Center at $10,00 for their Koppi River Salmon Diversity project; Pacific Rivers Council at $8,000 for their Umpqua River Legacy Program; Truckee River Watershed Council, who’s efforts on Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Restoration received $15,000; Takshanuk Watershed council was allocated $10,000 for completion of their water rights reservations initiatives; Bahamian-based Friends of the Environment was the recipient of $8,000 for their sustainable crawfish campaign, Henry’s Fork Foundation’s film, Watershed, which is about impressive hands-on projects completed over the past 25 years, was allotted $3,000 to help distribute this informative film to anglers and other grassroots groups in the hopes these efforts can be replicated; Bonefish and Tarpon Trust’s research on critical tarpon habitat received $15,000 and Italian group Societa Valsesiana Pescatori Sportivi was sent $8,000 for enhancement of their threatened grayling habitat.

World Trout was founded by Patagonia owner Yvon Chouinard and author/artist James Prosek, who believed that immediate, hands-on action through local grassroots groups can begin to address multiple threats facing our fish and their habitat. Educating the public about these groups’ efforts and raising money to support their vitally important activities was the goal. As a result, original artwork by such renowned artists as James Prosek, Tim Borski and Alan James Robinson, has been used to create unique t-shirts, with $5 from the sales of each shirt set aside to fund these groups. Since 2005, World Trout has successfully generated over $400,000 that has been allocated to 30 local grassroots groups.

Because of increasing requests for support and the significant amount of dollars that have been raised, Patagonia has made the World Trout Grant application process easier. Go to www.patagonia.com/worldtrout and the grant guidelines in the lower left corner will walk you through the process. "This grant process allows us to receive applications from groups worldwide, allowing us to react more rapidly to fund those working tirelessly to protect and enhance fish and habitat," noted Bill Klyn, Patagonia’s international fishing development manager.

About Patagonia
Noted internationally for its commitment to product quality, Patagonia’s Environmental Grants program has contributed over contributed over $35M to grassroots environmental activists since the program began in 1985. Patagonia, with sales last year of $315M, is noted internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism. Its Environmental Grants Program has and its Environmental Internship Program allows employees to work for environmental groups while receiving their full paycheck. Incorporating environmental responsibility in to product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically-grown cotton in its clothing line, and is noted world-wide for using recycled soda bottles in many of its polyester fleece garments.

www.patagonia.com

About Patagonia
Noted internationally for its commitment to product quality, Patagonia’s Environmental Grants program has contributed over $35M to grassroots environmental programs since it first began back in 1985. Since 1993, Patagonia is noted world-wide for using recycled soda pop bottles in many of its polyester fleece garments. Raising the bar even further, our Common Threads Recycling Program takes back ours and our competitors’ polyester underwear and specific Malden Mills fleece, along with organic cotton t-shirts, to be recycled into new fibers. The company has paved the way for others to get on the garment recycling bandwagon. In addition, Patagonia initiated the Footprint Chronicles, a unique, transparent insight into the impact a product generates from its sourcing of materials until it is delivered to our warehouse. For further information on these programs, visit www.patagonia.com/recycle.

travel companion,ipad

With a 9.7-inch, high-resolution screen, the half-inch-thick device gives book, newspaper and magazine publishers — as well as movie and TV producers — a chance to show they have a future in the digital age. The iPad, which uses the same operating system as Apple's popular iPhone, promises to show off news and entertainment as well as, and maybe better than, print media and many TV sets. For the fly fishing travel companion,this baby looks like it has it all. Murdock should get all his editors one to increase posts and blog from anywhere. Capt.Paul

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Something to smile about?

Chuck Furimsky, owner/operator of The Fly Fishing Show may well have something to smile about. We accosted him in the halls of his Somerset, NJ event and found out a few interesting facts about the fly fishing show scene.

How was attendance this year? According to Mr. Furimsky, Friday set an all time record for the Somerset show (which is his largest event). The packed house we saw on Saturday seemed to further back this up. When asked if he thought the strong attendance was a sign of an impending economic rebound he replied rather that people saw the $15 admission price for the show and over 60 fly fishing programs as a great value (a message that is front and center in this year's marketing material).

What about the whole AFFTA / Nielsen trade show drama this year? Mr. F just shook his head and indicated that he had pitched a Florida show proposal to AFFTA but couldn't get any traction with the AFFTA board (the same folks who had previously decided to go head to head with his consumer show in the Denver market). A big revelation about his proposal for the Florida show would have given free hotel rooms to the dealers. Something we have to think would have made it almost as popular as if they had given free rooms to the media types.

From our own point of view, the show felt successful. The dealers we spoke to seemed happy with the attendance, booths were packed, Lefty Kreh was in the house, and the cash registers appeared to be ringing sales. We even saw a few freshly purchased fly rods leaving the building. Lots of folks were giving show discounts and one rod company even offered our pal Pete a code to use if he wanted to purchase online later. Laissez les bon temps rouler? Maybe.

Thanks to Mr. Furimski for taking time to answer our questions. Just in case you ever thought being a fly fishing show mogul was easy, when we met up with Mr. F he was on his way to repair a wireless microphone and wondering why the local Goose Patrol hadn't gotten rid of the geese.

Fly fishing show NJ Edition

I met up with angler, author, and fly fishing blogger Pete McDonald of FishingJones.com at the Somerset, NJ fly fishing show. In this picture he is holding a House of Hardy fly reel worth about 8K. I can't spill the beans but let's just say that Pete has some "splainin'" to do when he gets back home to Mrs. FishingJones..

Friday, January 22, 2010

Found in the Urban Wild

Fish on!...the wall. Well partially anyway. The beast in question came through the office wall of co-worker, Dave Colle, The trophy is proof that Dave comes from great angling stock.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Caney Fork Photos from Phil




What's Up with the Caney Fork?

January 16, 2010
I know, I know it’s been two months since I have posted an article and I have received hate mail from my reader asking for an update. Well, two things have happened, it’s been busy and it’s been cold. Really busy and really cold. The really busy part is all personal not professional. I am in the lumber business and right now that sucks more than a carp.
The cold has been consistently averaging about 20 degrees below normal for the last twenty days. As you may know the water temperature normally does not vary much from the 50’s at anytime during the year for about the ten miles of the Caney Fork River below the Center Hill Lake Dam.
So today, the first Saturday in several weeks that I was available, the generation schedule was favorable, and the temperature above freezing, I stepped into my waders and then into the river. The fishing reports were not encouraging. Even before the weather had turned adversarial fishing had been poor for most of the fall. Heavy rains in September and October had forced the TVA to aggressively generate to keep the level of Center Hill Lake at a safe level as the construction continued to repair the dam. Heavy generation during a time that large quantities of relatively warm water were entering the lake had raised the temperature of the tail waters and reduced the clarity of the water. On my last semi productive trip to the river in November, of the 17 fish I caught 12 were bluegill. I have only caught one bluegill in the last 5 years, a sure sign of warmer water.
So today why did I bother to go? I had two secret weapons. First, inspiration, as
I received a Christmas present from my son-in-law, Matthew, arriving in a plain brown wrapper. Yes, you guessed it, the 2010 calendar from “Women in Waders”. Each month shows a fisherwoman sporting an incredible pair of, you guessed it, waders, and not much more. Second, Santa left me a fly box full of one of a kind midges and streamers designed specifically for the Caney Fork. I even had the artist, Miles Warfield, who tied them as my partner for the day. Unfortunately, Miss January was unavailable though Miles called her twice.
We arrived on the Happy Hollow boat ramp at about 8 AM. TVA was to turn on a generator for one hour at 8 AM giving us about 2 hours before the rising waters would reach us. The temperature was in the mid 30’s the sky was cloudy with no wind. An approaching low was forecast to bring about an inch of rain starting after noon. We entered the water and waded upstream. This area has yielded copious quantities of trout, but today the surface was completely smooth except where the current showed surface turbulence and eddies. There were no ripples from rising fish. Miles started with a zebra midge and I tied on one of his purple zebras with a micro black fly larva dropped about 8 inches below. Before Ronnie Howard at Cumberland Transit talked me into buying 5 of these I did not know there were flies that small. Under a microscope you could see the tiny barb on the hook. The person who tied the fly must have been a Lilliputian.
We fished hard for 2 hours. I kept the same rig on as my fingers were too numb to retie and fortunately only had few minor tangles. Miles changed midges several times. We never saw a fish rise or taken by another fisherman. We never even saw a fish in the water. If I had not had a hit and kept it on long enough to get a glimpse of it, we could not have verified there were any fish there at all.
By 10:00 the rising water sent us packing to the ramp at the dam. We were met in the parking lot by a TWRA agent advising us not to take the main path down stream as there was a juvenile deer hunt in progress but that we should be safe wading down stream. Great, we might not catch a fish, but we might catch a bullet. We decided not to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous teenage hunters, but stay near the dam and except taking the path on the edge of the bank for a short distance we stayed in the water. By 10:30 we were back in the water and had seen a power baiter reel in a trout. We now had proof that there was at least one trout in the area. We stayed with out midges and fished the drift of the receding water. A drift boat which had just put in produced another catch and this time on a fly. Our hopes rose, but the trout did not. At 11:30 the micro black fly larva claimed our first catch. A 12 inch brook made it to the net but it flipped out breaking the 7X tippet connecting the larva to the midge.
I used this as an opportunity switch to one of Miles’ new streamers. See picture. It is a creative mix of rabbit fur and iridescent green thread and unlike the midges the hook has a barb. I need all the help I can get. It didn’t take long to get a strike that brought a 10” rainbow to the net that gave me the naming rights to a new fly so the Hey Sewanee Green was christened. It has a red partner.
Unfortunately that was it for our success. Even though we did begin to see the occasional rise, 12:30 saw the end of our trip. The weather co-operated, the generation schedule provided opportunity, Miles had created some beautiful and unique flies, but something about the river has changed. Miles measured the temperature of the water as 51 degrees which should be perfect. The generation schedule had not excessively riled up the waters for several weeks and the thermometer had kept most of the fisherman home. Fishing can be such sweet sorrow. We should have done better and we will. Stay tuned.
(Pictures to follow)
Phil Duke
Tennessee correspondent

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Largest 100% Fly Fishing Show on Earth


is next weekend in Somerset, NJ. We will (hopefully) be posting live updates from the show floor, looking for deals on gear, and meeting up with some old and new fly fishing friends. Give us a shout out via the comments if your plans include attending this year's show.
Show Director Chuck Furimsky talks about just how large an event the Somerset, NJ show is:
No other event teaches you more about fly fishing than this three day show. With over 200 talks on anything from fly fishing for carp to landing a sailfish and marlin on a fly, we’ve got the sport covered for you. If you enjoy seeing everything standard or new, and getting some great show deals or needed fly fishing products, you’ve found the place. Hundreds of fly rods and areas to test them out, reels, waders, clothing, fly tying material, and more books and DVDs than you’ll ever see displayed are here for you to try and buy. Lodges and travel companies are exhibiting and represent every dream fly fishing trip in the world. They will also do power point presentation to answer all your questions in our Destination Theater rooms with over 60 talks daily. This is the must attend event of the year for fly fishing. It’s impossible to see it all in one day, even all three.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gill Net Ban in North Carolina!

It's happening! It's really happening! They will enact a temporary gillnet ban for much of NC's coast beginning in May and lasting until December.
http://captgordon.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/gill-net-ban-in-nc/

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gear: The Mudder Boot


You may have read our prior post about the re purposed snow shoes being used to aid marl walking on the Espn series "Pirates of the Flats." Our research on the subject also led us to find the Mudder Boot.

"Mudders overcome the two difficulties of mud travel sinking and suction by copying nature. Many of natures creatures are able to walk quite easily on soft mud. The Great Blue Heron inspired the inventor of Mudders with its ability to widen its foot when it steps down and contract it as the foot is lifting. Mudders work in the same manner."

Be sure to check out the video on their site. No embed available.

We can't say much...


Photo: Apocalypse Now

right now, but we have something interesting on tap for you in the next few weeks. Let's just say one of our correspondents may very well be fly fishing one of the most dangerous places on Earth, all the while sending daily updates via FlyfishMagazine. Think fly fishing with an AK slung across your back. If any of you industry types want your gear showcased in a truly unique situation, drop us a note and we will put you in touch with our globe trotting pal. More later. Right now if we told you....well you get the picture.

Friday, January 08, 2010

It's A Tie!


Photo Courtesy IGFA.org

The money quote from the article: "It turned into a lengthy process." The IGFA went to great lengths to make sure they made the right call on this record catch. Read about it via the link below.

http://www.igfa.org/Records/World-Record-Largemouth-Bass.aspx

Breaking News: IGFA announces decision on world record bass

We got this tip in our inbox:


The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will be holding a news conference on Friday, January 8th at 1:30 p.m. ET to announce its decision on a potential All-Tackle world record of a 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass caught this past summer in Japan.

The announcement comes six months after it was caught July 2, 2009, by Manabu Kurita of Aichi, Japan, and nearly four months since the documentation was received at the IGFA’s world headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla. USA. What followed was extensive research and information gathering by the IGFA and its sister organization the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).

The announcement will be televised live on Bassmaster.com For more on this significant announcement please go to the IGFA web site at: http://www.igfa.org/Records/World-Record-Largemouth-Bass.aspx

The current record is 78 years old.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Snowshoes of the Flats


One of our ever alert readers was watching Pirates of the Flats on ESPN and caught a glimpse of some orange snowshoe like foot covers that the famous fly fishers were using to aid wade fishing on the marls. Our reader left us a comment asking if we knew anything about them and we, recognizing the guy holding them in the 3 second clip, used our substantial fly fishing clout emailed our pal B2 at Patagonia to find out the story behind this innovative new product. It turns out they were snowshoes: Here is the email we received from Bill Klyn , Patagonia product Guru.
These were just cheap plastic snowshoes that you can buy for $20 at an Ace Hardware. Not a product we are doing. Just trying to find a better way to wade soft, muddy flats where you usually sink up to your knees.The Marls are famous for these bottoms. More fun to wade fish for bonefish that fish out of a boat. The problem was these are too short so it did not distribute the weight enough. There are longer snowshoes made and will use those next time...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Thursday Pickin'


When I was about 18 years old and working as a still wet behind the ears, vinyl spinning, obituary reading weekend DJ at WKSK AM 580, I had the pleasure of visiting with this gentleman at his home and even got a personal tour of his basement recording studio. I am sure that my "all access pass" at Doc Watson's NC mountain home, was in part due to my Dad being the pastor of the local church and I am also sure I didn't really fathom the fact that I was listening to one of the great guitar pickers of our day tell me preacher jokes. The one Mr.Watson told me is a much cleaner version of the last one on this page .

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

News: Skinny Dipping and Economic Impact

Fred Bonner of Garnernews.net of Garner, NC writes about the perils of popularity for public places:

The Chattooga remained one of our favorite trout streams until that fateful year when Hollywood came to this section of the South. When the movie Deliverance was filmed on the Chattooga, it changed everything.

In addition to a pretty cool skinny dipping story he also brings up some important stats about the impact of recreational angling on the economy:

Resident mountain trout anglers’ total trip expenditures were $83.5 million; nonresident mountain trout anglers’ total trip expenditures were $23.3 million. Resident mountain troutanglers’ total equipment expenditures were $36.9 million.

The Piopod



It's a tiny little trashcan for your belt. It keeps all those bits of mono out of the river. In my case keeps them out of my waders (where I stuff them when fishing and find them in the socks at some point). In a pinch it should make a fine shot glass (not recommended by the mfg.). The Piopod from fishpond also just won Gray's Sporting Journal's best of 2010.

fishpond’s Piopod wins Gray’s Best for 2010 from Gray’s Sporting Journal January 4, 2010

(Silverthorne, Colo.) – fishpond <http://www.fishpondusa.com> , inc., creators of high quality fly-fishing products, has been awarded Gray’s Best for 2010 for the Piopod Microtrash Container. Chosen by Gray’s Sporting Journal editors, Gray’s Best selections highlight products that lend more quality, functionality and innovation to sportsmen.
“We are honored to receive Gray’s Best for 2010 for the Piopod (Pack It Out) Microtrash Container, says Dave Thompson, fishpond co-founder. We strongly believe in the ripple effect: the impact that environmentally conscious individuals can have leading to a lasting change, and the Piopod is a perfect product to facilitate this behavior.”
The Piopod is a small container with an elastomeric cap with gripper teeth to readily accept small bits of trash such as monofilament, spent flies or gum wrappers. It easily attaches to waders, vests or backpacks and is a no hassle accessory to bring along on any outdoor adventure.
The article detailing the Piopod and other Gray’s Best award winners can be found in Gray’s Sporting Journal 2010 Expeditions & Guide Annual issue on newsstands in late December.
About fishpond:With a great passion for excellence in design and function, fishpond delivers exceptional products. fishpond has assumed a leadership position in the fly fishing industry and will continue to do so in other markets. For more information visit
www.fishpondusa.com <http://www.fishpondusa.com>

In a pinch we hear it makes a fine shot glass / bait box (not exactly recommended by the mfg.).

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Catch magazine

Above is a day's worth of new subscribers to Catch Magazine. The photography is fantastic. The composition alone will help with my on shots. Check it out below.
Catch Magazine is a new, on-line fly fishing magazine, that is full of stunning fly fishing photography and video from the top fly fishing photographers in the world. Catch Magazine is delivered - for FREE - via e-mail, on the first of every odd numbered month.

To view Catch Magazine just click – http://www.catchmagazine.net/Capt.Paul www.carolinabonefishing.com