Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
|Photo courtesy of All the Best for Lefty Kreh|
Monday, February 19, 2018
|Herbert Hoover was not big into the CandR scene. Photo Credit Library of Congress.|
The three presidents who enjoyed fishing the most were probably Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter. Cleveland and Hoover wrote books—Cleveland’s “Fishing and Shooting Sketches” (1906) and Hoover’s “Fishing for Fun—and to Wash Your Soul” (1963)—extolling the virtues and healthful benefits of fishing.
The HUK gear site says our first President used it to avoid dueling:
While history has styled our nation’s first president as a revered public figure, he was also one of the finest outdoorsmen of his time, and this included his passion for fishing. Washington’s home of Mt. Vernon was near the prime waters on the Potomac River and he even endeavored into commercial fishing. There are also stories that George Washington used fishing to settle disputes between his fellow founding fathers, or that he took three fishing breaks during the Constitutional Convention. By all accounts, he was a competent survivalist, fantastic horseback rider, and a passionate fisherman.
WideOpenSpaces on Warren G. Harding:
Few would call Harding a particularly great or notable presence, but his victory lap after winning the election essentially consisted of golfing and fishing in Texas. He’s a president we wouldn’t have minded being friends with, as he knew how to keep his priorities straight.
Finally, The Drake says that a little bad weather didn't keep GWB off the water.
While both Bushes put their time in chasing stripers off the coast of their family compound in Kennebunkport, it seems the elder Bush—when both were along—was generally at the helm. While sometimes criticized for the size of their stripers, (Reuters photo caption: “Are the Bush’s immune from the regs?”), they at least can be credited for getting after it in less-than-ideal weather conditions, even if they once got the anchor so stuck that it had to be retrieved by Secret Service divers.
Each of these sites have many more tidbits of info on fishing Presidents so check them out. Just a thought, maybe, in addition to President's day, we should have a National "Take a POTUS fishing day." We just need to find a guide that can pass the background check..
*Update* Just found this post on Anglers In Chief from Orvis.com
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Disclaimer: Use these at your own risk. You might be so thoughtful and selfless that you end up alone and owning half of your stuff. #satire
A fly fishing festival and a beer festival combined? Yes please! We missed this last year but this year are planning on attending along with Honorable Son #1 and only who will be in town for my 51st. Let us know if you are attending and we will look you up.
Make plans now to attend the second annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF) on March 10-11, 2018, in Plano, Texas. This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event will be held at the Plano Center approximately 20 miles north of Dallas, with easy access from Route 75.
The indoor/outdoor venue means that attendees can have the best of both worlds: Attendees can check out a myriad of fly fishing manufacturers indoors, attend various lectures on techniques and topics interesting to fly anglers of every stripe–and then step out into the Texas sunshine to taste some of the Lone Star State’s best micro-brewed beer.The TFFF is your chance to meet nationally known fly fishing authors, professional guides, expert casters, custom bamboo rodmakers, and fly tyers from across the country.
Don’t know much about fly fishing?The TFFF is the perfect place to learn every aspect of the quiet sport. Not sure if fly fishing is for you? Wander the festival grounds, learn how to fish from a kayak, watch a casting or fly tying demonstration, take a casting or fly tying class, test out the latest fly rods yourself – and then sample a series of microbrews.