Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Is the Fryingpan River's famed Toilet Bowl Closed?

Vail Valley Anglers has posted an article warning anglers about deputies enforcing trespass laws near the base of the dam on the famed Fryingpan River.  The long standing law that makes the area 100 feet from the base of the dam off limits is being enforced due to security concerns.

"It seems a series of events have spurned the recent enforcement. Reports of a Recreational Vehicle exploding at the base of the dam during the past summer have raised concerns that the dam is a target for homeland security to protect. Knowledgeable anglers with their thumb on the pulse of social media will undoubtedly recall videos of scuba divers and Stand Up Paddleboarders floating around the toilet bowl without remorse for their effects, pushing the envelope of acceptability. Some of the concern is certainly warranted for without the first hand working knowledge of a hydroelectric dam poking around the depths at its base in scuba gear has to unnerve certain individuals. "

Read the rest of the story via the Vail Valley Anglers page.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Media Quote Of The Day: Zinke Blunder Edition

A fly fishing faux pas for Secretary of the Interior Zinke.  Rumor has it he showed up late, with a Hills Bros coffee can full of worms.

Via the Montana Post (Link):

As Zinke and I casted over the ice-cold water, I noticed something funny about his setup. He kept struggling to strip line out of the bottom of the reel. For a while, I thought he was simply having trouble concentrating on our conversation while casting. No, there was something wrong, and when I asked him to stand for a portrait, I finally saw what the problem was. He had rigged his reel backward, so that the line was coming out of the top of the reel. Every so often when he went to strip line out, he would grasp air where the line should’ve been.
Seems like an inconsequential thing, but in Montana, it’s everything.

Monday, December 04, 2017

This is the guide...

This is the guide who put me on bonefish.
This is the guide who has lived on Turneffe Atoll all his life and has guided fishermen for 28 years.
This is the guide who can see the fish without those fancy Polaroid glasses.
This is the guide who can shoot all the line off a reel in one cast.
This is the guide who is responsible for any fish I caught. 
Listen to your guide or he will tell you he thinks "your ears are caked up".
This is Fabian Johnson.