Monday, February 21, 2011

Gamefish status in NC? Really?

We are closer than we have ever been to gaining gamefish status for redfish, speckled trout and striped bass n NC. It's actually possible due to the hue and cry from all the videos of dead striped bass off the coast of the Outer Banks last month.
What is gamefish status you ask? Good question, it pretty much means that commercial fishing for those species will end. And this will end the waste. And in case you are not totally sure then look at this:

Contact the NC Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tem and tell them what you think about this.

RIP - Dick Talleur

Midcurrent tipped us off to a big loss for the fly fishing and fly tying community. Dick Talleur passed away on February 18th after a brief illness. Paul Rose and I were lucky enough to spend some time with Mr. Talleur at the Charlotte Fly Fishing Show and were even able to film him tying a few of his famous flies. The obituary is on his website

Friday, February 18, 2011


For a South Florida business trip
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


So, there's a huge snafu in the fishing industry--it's fishin' vs. fashion.

We all know that fly-tying hackle is beautiful. The problem is, it's apparently too beautiful. So much so that fashionistas in the hair styling industry have taken notice....and taken over! We just got word that Montana Fly Company can't order and receive ANY additional grizzly variant saddle hackle for its fly tyers until 2012! (Good thing they already have enough to fill their current orders for 2011.) We've done our homework and called around to a bunch of fly shops, and it seems coif aficionados all across the country are flocking to fly shops and buying up the nation's supply of that gorgeous saddle hackle to make hair accessories.

Colorful, beautiful hair extensions of a variety of shades are popping up on the trendy heads of women across the country. Woven into human hair, just like other extensions, bright grizzly saddle hackle is the next big thing for beauty buffs, causing a supply shortage for fly shops. So fly tyers, get to your favorite fly shop and stock up before the hair hipsters beat you to it.

You can see plenty of evidence of the hype online--The Feather Emporiums website is just one of many my coworker Sammi found when she Googled this phenomenon. Pretty fancy. The folks at recently posted a few funny pics of their own rendition of Fashion Feathers on their forum. Fashion Feathers, or “Featherlocks” have taken on a new look in fly shops—they call this the “partridge mullet.”

Honestly, I love the saddle hackle look. A booth at the Snowsports Industries of Americas trade show last month was weaving these in women's hair for free, and I stood in line for a while to get it done. (Then, I got distracted by other shiny objects and wandered off...)

Soooo...ladies, enjoy your locks, but you might want to watch your six. There could be a fisherman poised to tackle for your hackle.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

My editorial valentine. Seen here one of the few times I have ever gotten her to stand in the middle of a river. She out fished me and didn't budge when the grizzly ran toward us instead of away. That smile was after the out fishing but before the grizzly.

The best thing since velcro shoelaces?

Both Korkers and Simms have felt the squeeze of the Boa...

Via a press release from Backbone Media:

The Boa Closure System achieves a micro-adjustable, glove-like fit via three key components: a knob, spool, and lace. Turning the high-grip exterior knob activates the internal spool which then pulls the ultra-durable Boa lace with remarkable closure force. The combination of the low-friction lace and lace guides creates a uniform closure that is free from pressure points and automatically conforms to the demands of your feet, activity, and terrain.

Constructed from aircraft grade, stainless steel, the Boa lace is gram-for-gram stronger than tank armor and easily sheds water, mud, ice, or any kind of river muck. Finally, the Boa Closure System is secure: once you set the dial to your desired tension, you're off and don't have to worry about the laces coming untied all day.

*Boa is guaranteed for life.

Boots pictured above- Korkers Metalhead / Simms Rivertek

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Jobs that probably don't suck...Trout TV Hostess

Wherein we realize that we have some pretty talented and cool friends in the fly fishing industry... More info soon about FlyfishMagazine contributor, Hilary Hutcheson's latest media project.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Colorado Fly Shops Hit by Thieves

Angling Trade Magazine is reporting that several Colorado fly shops have been targeted by a "well orchestrated" band of thieves.

"Suspects are two couples, Middle Eastern or Latin in appearance, well groomed and dressed fashionably. One couple distracts the store staff while the other steals merchandise. Suspects have called ahead and verified that you are indeed a specialty fly shop. Cell phone area codes that have been used are (402) and (815). A Maroon passenger van with an Illinois license plate # K714 248 was used by the suspects."

Check out the full article in Angling Trade for a photo of one of the suspects.

Thursday, February 03, 2011