Monday, November 29, 2010

Google Watch: One expensive swig

Via and for sale for $36,784.20 comes this engraved fly fishing flask. Shipping is only $2.95. Gives a whole new meaning to just carrying a brown bag. This is actually the second most expensive "Fly Fishing" item on Google Shopping but the first was a boring $39k copy of "The Complete Angler"

What did the navigator have?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Brad Sprinkle's Trash Flies

FlyfishMagazine's friend Brad Sprinkle is famous for re purposing found and abandoned items for fly tying. His website, has lots of tips for the angler who wants to keep our landfills a bit less crowded while saving a buck or two. Brad also wrote an excellent article for us on the subject. Note the bugger above with a cone head made from a hollow point .177 caliber pellet.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The supply lines remain intact

Today a rider from Dixie brought our Northern outpost a box of much needed supplies. Included were an ample supply of country bacon flavored grits, Duke's Mayo, and sugar cured country ham. The much needed rations arrived just in time for the coming Thanksgiving day offensive. Thanks Becky and Tommy for the care package.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mail Call: What is it edition...

We recently received a package that contained these ominous looking devices. The first look in the box made us question weather our safe word could be remembered easily enough. However, digging deeper into the package revealed an item that would certainly come in handy during the winter. We also couldn't help but wonder how a set up like these might compare to sticky rubber wading boots with studs for fishing on slippery rocks etc. We intend to test them for both purposes, but can't help but hope the snow holds off for a few more weeks.

Icetrekkers from Kako International. More info available via their website.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

13 Year Old NJ Girl Out Fishes Us

A 13 year old girl from Vineland, NJ has landed a 58 pound striper that may very well be a IGFA world record. View the video via this link from NBC News.

Tip o the hat to the Editorial Trophy Wife for scoping this one out.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Gear Review: fishpond Tundra Tech Pack

When fishpond mentioned they were sending me the new Tundra Tech Pack to test this fall, I got all Pavlovian. Who knew I could drool so much?! And when I got it out for an overnight on the Bitterroot River near Missoula, Montana, it didn't disappoint. The Tundra Tech Pack is a great piece for short backpacking trips. Fishermen know it's a pain to stuff your fly pack into your regular backpack...and no one likes to hike in a vest with accessories banging around. The Tundra keeps everything contained in well-considered compartments.

There is enough room in the 1525 cubic inches of storage space to fit all the overnight gear you need. (But not quite enough room for more than two nights unless you're an expert at minimalist camping.) The removable chest pack can clip on to the back of the pack when you're hiking and to the front when you get to the river. And, it completely separates from the pack so you can leave the big gear at camp and just wear the front pouch while you're fishing. The backpack's molded back and internal frame make it very comfortable and easy to haul heavy gear. There's a 100 oz hydration reservoir, a d-ring to attach your net, and a loop for a wading staff. If you're a smaller-sized fisherman, you'll have to cut quite a bit of length from the tightening straps...they come long enough to fit around any fisherman's keg-sized belly. The large mesh pocket on the outside of the pack is great for letting wet wading socks air out as you hike.

There are two internal rod sleeves that are the perfect size for 4pc rods, but I don't think it's deep enough for a 3pc. I chose not to bring the rod case, just to save on weight and room...but my 3pc stuck up too high and I kept hitting the rod on branches as I bushwhacked to the river.

The fishpond Tundra Tech Pack is a great solution for anyone who likes to keep their gear organized and contained as they hike into high mountain lakes or streams. I know the picture above doesn't make the pack look like it holds a lot, but I have a one-man tent, camping pad, food, water, hat, gloves and emergency supplies in there.

(The chest pack is sold separately as the Deep Creek for $79). MSRP: $239
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Friday, November 05, 2010

Carteret County restaurants remove reds from menu

An aggressive email campaign directed at a popular beachfront eatery here recently got the chef/owner to remove redfish dishes from his menu. Once he realized the fishery is not sustainable and enough people were not pleased he did it without much fuss. Our local paper is vehemently pro- netter and you can get that from the text of the article. I applaud the people who got the campaign started and also the restauranteur who made the decision. He should be supported.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Fish Skulls, Roly Poly Fish Skulls

No more dumbell eyes on our salt water flies....

"Quick-and-simple to tie, this latest innovation in fly tying offers fly fishermen an exciting alternative to using old-style dumbbells or cones to weight their flies. The Fish-Skull™ has unique design features making it a very versatile platform for tying a wide variety of realistic, weighted streamer patterns using natural or synthetic fly tying materials."

Available from Flymen Fishing Company

Fishing News: Talented People Edition

The internets are reporting that angling legend Pete McDonald and Uber-talented photog Tosh Brown have completed the yeoman's work on their new book about fly fishing the saltwater off the East coast. Judging by the latest post over at this is one launch party we want to crash. Check out the photos here.