Monday, October 31, 2011

Oldie but goodie: Gerber River Shortie

I've carried a Gerber river shorty knife on my personal pontoon boat for years. On more than one occasion it has kept me out of what might have been serious trouble. The stubby serrated blade can be used to do everything from dig a hole to cut away a hopelessly stuck anchor. The lack of a sharp point and the locking plastic sheath make the knife "toon-safe."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

101 Uses for my Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress

Wedding dress as wader changing mat?

I wasn't quite sure what to make of it when Kevin Cotter emailed me and asked me if I would have an interest in seeing his new book "101 uses for my ex-wife's wedding dress". Being a fly fisherman / trash fly fan, my mind immediately went to the tying bench and I began picturing all the flies I could make out of a whole gosh darned wedding dress. Veil winged adams, Veil parachute adams, veil body adams, and so on....

However, when the book arrived on my doorstep, I was shocked to find that only one of the 101 uses was related to fly tying and the remainder were far more creative and entertaining than expected. The book, which launched on the 25th of this month, is a comical look at taking lemons and making lemonade when faced with divorce. What is a guy to do when his wife walks out and leaves him with a pristine wedding dress?

"A little while after my ex-wife dumped me and her dress an idea was born. Over dinner with my parents and brother and sister-in-law I explained that I had her dress and that I did not know what I should do with it. A few creative suggestions were made and we agreed it would be fun to come up with a list of all the ways a wedding dress could be used. Not all of the applications on the original list were put into action."

Aside from me applying my own fly fishing bend to everything in the book, Mr. Cotter includes photos of himself doing some pretty amazing and inventive things with his ex wife's wedding dress. Here are but a few that caught our eye:

51. Fly Tying Material
53. Fishing Net
55. Shower Curtain
57. Kennel Liner (litter box)
70. MC Hammer Pants
97. Surrender flag

Check out Kevin's website and blog for more of the 101uses for an ex wife's wedding dress. Spoiler alert: The book has a happy ending and would be excellent therapy for any one happily married, divorced, or otherwise.

PS. Even the Editorial Trophy wife found this book to be great reading material. Not sure what I should read into that though...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As if we needed a reason...

The odds that a chunk of ROSat will hit a person are roughly 1 in 2000. The odds go even higher that the person will be fishing at the time they are struck down by the falling German telescope. Improve your odds. Go fishing.

Monday, October 17, 2011

I have wallet pics of my oars

You know how annoying it is when you just meet someone and they whip out their iPhone and show you tons of photos of their kids, wife, dog and house? Well, now I'm THAT GUY. Only, I'm showing pictures of my oars. I can't help it. They're psychedelic.

After saving up for forever, my adoring husband finally let me pull the trigger on these tie-dye wrapped Sawyer MX-F composite shafts with Cataract Magnum II blades. The shafts are made with lightweight fiberglass and fiberglass/graphite composite tubes in a just-right balance of weight, flex, strength and durability. And the blades are made of high-density structural urethane and a composite core for moderate flex and super strength. The svelte cross-section is a water-dicer.

It's a great combo, and they look dang slick on our 143D Aire raft and NRS rowing frame, and I can't help showing them off. But I promise, when I get a new boat anchor or cooler, I won't make you look at pictures.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quote of the week: Bipolar Edition

From Christine Stapleton's article "Fly-Fishing & Bipolar: It’s Progress…Huge Progress"

"Imagine in your mania you are given a fly the size of a mosquito and a fishing line the diameter of a frog’s hair and you must thread the frog’s hair through a hole the size of an ant’s eye on the end of the fly. After a dozen attempts I became convinced that there was some evil fly-tying madman out there who was laughing his butt off because he had place a microscopic drop of Super Glue on the ant-size eye on the end of the fly – blocking me from ever pushing that frog’s hair through the ant’s-eye."

Sunday, October 09, 2011

One for the fishing vest- Tool Logic SLP2

It's a knife, flashlight, fire starter and signal whistle all in one. Tool logic is better known for those credit card tool kits you see in the "Men's Gift" section at department stores. The only problem is they are never really the size of a credit card nor do they strike me as being very functional.

The SLP2 however, with its knife, light, whistle, fire starter combo seems to have all the things you might need. Especially, if you find yourself needing to find your way in the dark, dry your wet clothes by a fire, or cut something. It also has a whistle so you can signal your buddies when they come looking for your sorry hide. Available from and other retailers for around $30.

Tool Logic SLP2 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife With LED Flashlight, Magnesium Fire Starter and Signal Whistle, Silver