Sunday, October 31, 2010

Invasives: If you can't beat em... eat em...

photo via Wikipedia

A quote from a recent article via about increased Lionfish numbers off of the coast of Jamaica:

"Agriculture and Fisheries minister Christopher Tufton is already leading an aggressive public education campaign to get Jamaicans eating lionfish. Television programmes, videos of high-profile locals like Prime Minister Bruce Golding enjoying meals of lionfish, and some of the hotel industry's most decorated chefs preparing what Tufton describes as "good food" are broadcast regularly. Tufton believes that Jamaicans can eat their way out of the lionfish problem. "I believe the way to control the lionfish is to promote its consumption. We are going to bring in chefs who know how to prepare them and we are going to eat them," Tufton said at the start of the campaign."

No word yet on how they taste with a nice jerk sauce and a Red Stripe...

Boo! - Glow in the dark Thread

The latest addition to my fly tying bench is this spool of glow in the dark thread. I haven't tried it out yet but I can't help but think that using it to tie the head on a fly might give me an edge fishing in some of our local cedar waters or even an undercut bank on a trout stream.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quote of the Week: Catch and Release

We have been slammed workwise lately but couldn't help sharing this quote from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
“Catch and release is good for world class trout fisheries like the Provo River, but using this philosophy to stop deporting drug offenders, spouse abusers and sexual deviants and putting these illegal aliens back on our streets and in our neighborhoods is simply inexcusable,” Hatch said, explaining why he and Senate colleagues sent the Oct. 20, 2010, letter to Napolitano.
It's rare to see trout fishing and sexual deviants in the same quote...well maybe not so much...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Urban Fishing

The picture above is the pond at the apartment where I live in Augusta, Ga.. I have moved from Nashville to Columbia, SC. and now I am in Georgia. ( The things we do to stay employed )

Last night I got my Hexigraph out of the tube for the first time in a year to try my luck at the apartment pond. ( The things we do to fish ) The woman that leased me the apartment said there were fish in the pond but had never caught one. My wife is still in Columbia and I was looking for a distraction, so I swallowed my pride and fished the pond. To my surprise, I could still tie on a fly and started trying to remember how to cast. To say I am a bit rusty is an understatement. On my fourth cast I caught a nice bluegill or bream as they say in the South. I fished for about 20 minutes and landed two large mouth bass. It was not exactly like fishing for trout in the Caney Fork, but it's a short walk to the pond. Now that you know what my fishing life has become, you probably understand why I haven't posted anything for some time. My friend Phil will keep you posted on the Caney and I will keep you posted on the pond. ( good grief)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Girls Gone Wild on the Elk River

Oh, Elk River. We love you. I recently traveled with Trout TV to visit our neighbors to the North in Fernie, B.C. We fished with Elk River Guiding Company, and had the fine fortune to be guided by Beckie Clarke, a seasoned pro and a creel of fun.

We put in about 16 miles north of Fernie at an access called The Aquarium. We got on the water before the fish were ready to rise. Beckie warned us things wouldn't heat up until after lunch. And while mid-morning brought us a few big, beautiful, pure cutties, Beckie was right--the real action started just after noon. And HOW! She easily got me into some serious cutthroat...just take a look at the pictures.

The big guys liked the olive mayfly patterns. Everything was hitting on top, and the larger fish took their time slowly rolling over the fly. It was all I could do to contain my excitement enough to let the fish hit and not rip the fly away from them too soon.

Mostly Beckie and I think we drove dear Bob the shooter nuts with our dorkiness and tongue-in-cheek high-fives. "Knock it and LOCK IT!" (Knuckle bumps, baby!) We turned the "Shop Stop" segment of the episode into a tour of the fly shop that was right out of MTV Cribs. Thanks for putting up with us, Bob!

Beckie and I fished a couple of holes together, and it was so fun to fish WITH someone instead of just for the camera. And a double hook-up with her is a good time, let me tell you.

After a slammin' couple of hours, we got slammed by an epic rainstorm and hailstorm. Bob had to put the camera away, of course, and Beckie turned the boat around to pull downstream through the deluge. Still, the laughs kept coming, and it turned out to be one of my favorite days on the water this year.

I highly recommend to EVERYONE that if you love dry fly fishing and catching big native cutthroat in an amazingly gorgeous setting, go see the folks at Elk River Guiding Company in Fernie, B.C. They are fun, knowledgeable, passionate, and they have a fridge-ful of Molson.

Toll Free: 1.877.423.7239 PO Box 568 791 - 7th Ave Fernie, BC, Canada V0B 1M0