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April 29, 2005

I would have called it something stupid like the Doc Halladay


The Grand Traverse Heritage Center in Michigan just opened an exhibit highlighting the history of the Adams fly and its creator Len Halladay.

One man in the small town of Mayfield had a large impact on trout fishing worldwide. Leonard, or Len, Halladay, crafted the Adams fly in 1922.

Halladay created it for friend Charles Adams, who tested it on the Boardman River and termed it a "knock out," starting a fly dynasty. Halladay generously and offhandedly named his creation after his friend and Adams dry flies remain an enduring favorite among trout fisherman today.


Mid Current Fly Fishing News

A fabulous site with tons of content! This should definitely be bookmarked as one of your favorites!

MidCurrent is an independent provider of fly fishing news, literature and advice. We are experienced anglers and guides who enjoy helping others learn.


Fish tales offer reel morality lesson


A commentary on fisherman bending the truth.

A British angler's deception on the stream "destroyed me, my marriage and everything I ever wanted. I felt so guilty. Not a week went by without me thinking about it." After eight years, Clive White, 37, confessed to the British Fish Record Committee that his monster rainbow trout (36 pounds, 14 ounces) was dead before he netted it and had been raised in captivity.

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April 28, 2005



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Can't wait for this spring's Damsel hatch?


Well then check out the Digital Dragonfly Museum


April 27, 2005

Dam Bureaucrats


An actual letter from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the response is priceless!

SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Montcalm County
Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality
that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced
parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or
contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet
stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this
type of activity. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits
have been issued.

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in
violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource
and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994,
being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws,

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially
failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.
We find that dams of this nature are inherently
hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to
cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the
stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the
dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no
later than January 31, 2003.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that
a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to
comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site
may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.
We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.


David L. Price District Representative
Land and Water Management Division

** This is the actual response sent back: **

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Montcalm County.

Dear Mr. Price:

Your certified letter dated 12/17/02 has been handed to me to respond to.
I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson,
Michigan. A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of
constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet
stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor
supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that
you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris." I
would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam
project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state
there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam
resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam
determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must
first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam
activity. My first dam question to you is: (1) Are you trying to
discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or (2) do you require all
beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are
not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom
of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other
applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see
if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams,
of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the
Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan
Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is ... aren't the beavers
entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially
destitute and are unable to pay for said representation, so the State will
have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that
either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing
flooding is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department
is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond
Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names.

If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please
contact the beavers, but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously
did not pay any attention to your dam letter ... they being unable to read
English. In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to
build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is
green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to
live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the
natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be
referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until
1/31/2003? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there
will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real
environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears
are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be
persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are
going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not
careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact
you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam

Thank You,

Ryan DeVries & The Dam Beavers

Bass Tard


Authorities in Southern California arrested a man for spearing a 171 pound protected Black Sea Bass in the La Jolla Ecological Preserve. The man claims that he killed the fish in self defense even though experienced divers know that giant sea bass are neither aggressive or afraid of humans.


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Eastern Sierra Trout Opener


In honor of his 14th consecutive trout opener this weekend, San Diego Union Tribune writer Ed Zieraiski reviews the hotspots. Having spent tons of time in the Eastern Sierra prior to becoming a fisherman I hope to get back there someday to fish and soak in the hot springs.


April 26, 2005

Hodgman Acquired by K2


Reprinted from Sporting Good Business.

Stearns acquired Hodgman, Inc. Founded in 1838, Hodgman is a market leader in waders and wading accessories. These products include the Guidelite, Wadelite, Lakestream, Brighton, and Caster series of breathable, neoprene, canvas and rubber waders, outerwear, wading boots, rubber knee boots, and accessories. It should make an outstanding fit with Stearns, which has been expanding its presence in activities beyond watersports. Stearns is owned by K2.

Sea Lice = Sudden Death

Sea lice close up

A fresh dispatch from the Boulder office

Landing a bright steelhead “fresh from the salt” is a huge moment for most fishermen.  Seasoned steelheaders with a little experience or marine biology training can tell you within a factor of hours how long your fish has been in freshwater by analyzing the sea lice attached near your catch’s adipose fin. Are the little sea lice tails still intact? Your fish probably has been out of the salt less than 24 hours. Make no mistake about it though, those little saltwater vampires are more adept than fishermen, sea lion, and killer-whales at taking the life from your chrome-bright trophies at every life stage.

What we’re learning is that sea lice are a grave and deadly threat to small salmon and steelhead (healthy adult fish can survive due their general size and health), so much so that in many Pacific Northwest and in many Canadian North Coast rivers, sea lice may the cause of a recent precipitous wild salmonid decline. Supported by recent university research, there is rapidly mounting evidence that net pen salmon farms and the bazillions of sea lice floating all around these toxic fish factories are on the verge of destroying entire runs of wild salmon and steelhead. How? When wild smolts leave the estuaries for the ocean, they often swim by net pens anchored nearby and are swarmed by sea lice. According to Rob Brown at Friends of the Salmon in Terrace, B.C., death comes quickly as the small fish can’t swim or breathe when loaded up with as few as three of these nasty parasites.

That same two or three sea lice you once thought was cool attached to your adult salmon or steelhead quickly immobilizes a smolt the size of a Double A battery. Imagine a one-year old human with three ferrets attached to his or her juicy baby backside. Junior might shake off one or two of the little bity bastards, but three? Don’t think so.

The Columbia River spring salmon run is currently in crisis.There are all kinds of new net pens down at the river mouth in Young’s Bay. Cooincidence? On Vancouver Island, the Gold River steelhead run, normally 3500 fish each winter/spring, is down to 700 fish. The Gold River returns are echoed by similar poor runs on the Island where salmon open net pens have flourished in recent years. There is no other explanation for a steelhead population crash on a wild river like the Gold other than something happening to the smolts once they hit saltwater.

Now there are plans to put salmon net pans outside the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, one of the most productive salmon and steelhead rivers left in the world. If you like red food-dyed salmon fed on dog chow and reconstituted cat carcasses, have at it with a bib and fork. But the rest of us should join the protest so the Canadian government moves these farms out of the smolt migration corridors. If you have to, tuck the farms into remote corners of the fjords where the toxic blanket of uneaten food and salmon feces will sterilize the bottom of a more remote ocean without taking the lives of the innocent smolt passers-by in the busy rivermouth migration corridors. Better yet, ban the net pens

Tarpon Tug of War


During a fishing tournament the crew of the Snapper Trapper spots a large shadow in the water. When they cruise over to investigate they find a 1200 pound, 14 foot Mako snacking on what's left of a VERY large Tarpon. The crew decides that the only way to catch the shark is to separate the Mako from its lunch.


The video! WARNING adult language.


April 25, 2005

TAKE ACTION! Save Our Skeena Salmon

This was posted recently on the Washington Fly Fishing Forum, you can take action by signing the declaration to keep salmon farms away from the mouth of the Skeena.

Save Our Skeena Salmon is the Prince Rupert Environmental Society's campaign to keep open net salmon farms out of the approaches to the Skeena River. We believe that the introduction of open-net salmon aquaculture to this region represents an unacceptable threat to the wild salmon who flourish here and the fisheries which depend on them. In our view, there is overwhelming evidence that when open net salmon farms are introduced near wild salmon migration routes, wild salmon stocks are severely impacted. This is indeed what happened after salmon aquaculture was introduced to the coasts of Norway, Scotland, Ireland and the southern coast of British Columbia.


Oregonian Editorial


My latest e-mail from Save Our Wild Salmon had a re-print of an editorial which appeared in the Oregonian. The Portland based paper which has generally commented favorably on existing federal government salmon efforts is now having doubts due to this years grim fish returns.

The low, slow return of spring chinook salmon will change the
debate over fish recovery in the Columbia Basin

Friday, April 22, 2005

On this Earth Day, the most pressing environmental question in
the Northwest is whether Columbia River spring salmon are just
running late, or whether tens of thousands of fish are coming
back at all.

Continue reading "Oregonian Editorial" »

April 22, 2005

Killer Carp Invade Blue States


Genetically altered killer carp are suddenly turning up in the waters of all blue states, causing biologist to suspect they are agents of biological warfare sent to destroy all human life in the unpatriotic region. “They’re big, they’re bad, they’re ugly, with a faint resemblance to Wolfowitz” said Illinois state biologist Ching Aling.


April 21, 2005

Most Endangered Rivers of 2005 announced


(Washington DC) Some 860 billion gallons of untreated sewage foul America’s rivers with pollution and make millions of American sick each year, but the federal government has turned its back on the problem, warned American Rivers with the release of its 2005 America’s Most Endangered Rivers report. These problems are particularly apparent and poised to get worse along the Susquehanna River, which tops this year’s list of rivers facing uncertain futures and crucial turning points.


Ring of truth in a story of love lost, luck and a fish that returned


Having once attempted to surprise my girlfriend by slipping an engagement ring on to a hook which was firmly planted in the mouth of a 23 inch rainbow caught in the now infamous "engagement hole", I can relate to the whole fish / ring thing. I had visions of that rainbow leaping out of the net and tearing ass down river with my future brides diamond imbedded like a flash back pheasant tail.

Two years ago Eric Bartos, in a symbolic act prompted by the break-up of his marriage, slipped his wedding ring off his finger and onto the bill of a sailfish he and friends had caught off the Florida coast. They then returned the fish to the ocean.

Two weeks ago Mr Bartos was out fishing again when he landed a good-sized sailfish. His wedding ring was still secured to its bill.


April 20, 2005

Dire fish numbers prompt major closure of Columbia


While the current administration pours mega millions into salmon recovery solutions that won't effect agricultural and power interests, dire returning fish numbers are wreaking havoc on the 2005 sport fishing industry and tribal harvests. What's disappointing is that in all the stories regarding the record low return is the lack of any discussion about the changes that need to be made to truly protect endangered fish.

Faced with the lowest counts on record for spring-run Chinook salmon on the Columbia River, decision-makers Tuesday decided to exercise the nuclear option, closing salmon fishing on nearly 300 miles of the Columbia River.


April 19, 2005



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The Noodlers Are Revolting!


The Noodlers are upset because after reading the details of the proposed experimental noodling season they say the Missouri Department of Conservation fed them a line...or in this case a hand. Noodling is currently illegal in Missouri but OK is many surrounding states.

Why doomed to fail? "Two of the rivers are no good for noodling," replied Howard Ramsey of Paris, Mo., president of Noodlers Anonymous, "and the Fabius may be OK, but it would only be allowed on a relatively short stretch. This is no good."


April 18, 2005

Sexyloops Flycasting Instruction


This has to be the most comprehensive collection of on-line casting instruction available on the web. They even offer bilingual options on a number of segments.

Después de varios años dando consejos prácticos e información sobre el lanzado a mosca   a través de Internet, he decidido cambiar el enfoque radicalmente para poder ofrecer algo mucho más interesante. Este es el resultado.


April 15, 2005

On Fly Fishing with Smarties

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"I knew him as The Wizened Apostle of the River, or just "The Apostle" for short. He did his fly tossing in a beat-up cowboy hat and rubber hip boots and unleashed the above epithet while eyeballing these modern angling monstrosities. He spit into the fine dust at his feet in the scorching July sun at Allingham pool, without a doubt the biggest idiot magnet on the entire river even to this day. We watched the displaced weekend warriors huff and puff as they tried to shoehorn themselves into tight lycra undergarments and neoprene chest waders; to jam wool covered feet into giant boots and cleats -- all to walk in waters that seldom required wading deeper than your knees..."

Another great fishing story from the pages of Smokebox.com the volunteer E-zine.


Stairway to (Fish) Heaven


A sea lion has mastered the art of cruising up and down the Bonneville Dam fish ladder and authorities are formulating plans to discourage this behavior. A one way ticket to Sea World may be required if the usual harassment techniques do not succeed.


April 14, 2005

Yale Anglers' Journal Annual Dinner 4/21


The Yale Anglers Journal will be hosting their Annual Dinner Thursday April 21st in the President's Room, Woolsey Hall at Yale University in New Haven. Adult beverages commence at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00. There are literature and art presentations as well as an auction and the guest speaker is Peter Gorinsky who I believe is one of the authorities on fishing South American tropical waters. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by clicking on the link below.

They are only taking 100 reservations so act fast!


Save Our Wild Salmon Newsletter


Now available on-line so bookmark this page!

The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS) is a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sportfishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer advocates working to resto re self-sustaining, healthy, harvestable, and abundant wild salmon to the rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest.


April 13, 2005

The 3:16 Lure Company


Seems like we're on a bit of a lure bender these last couple of days.

The good Lord told Mickey Ellis to make realistic handcrafted bass lures. His 3:16 Lure company has announced a new lure called the Armageddon which at over ten inches is designed to catch record size bass. At $250 bucks a pop you're sure to be cursing the lord when you hang it up on the bottom.


Fish truck driver honored for 1M miles


A 27-year state hatchery worker has been honored for driving 1 million miles, all accident-free, to deliver fish. John Burns, who lives at the Game and Fish Department's Clarks Fork Hatchery north of Cody, received special recognition from the Game and Fish Commission recently.


April 12, 2005

Baits Great! - Less Filling!


The inspiration for the Bottle Cap Lure Company came when a slightly intoxicated tackle shop owner tossed a half bent beer bottle cap on the workbench and it landed next to a hook!

Buy em by the six pack!


April 11, 2005

Oil platforms may be used for fish farms

NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico could be converted into deep-sea fish farms raising red snapper, mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna and flounder, under a plan backed by the Bush administration.

Not commercially viable as of yet but deep ocean fish farming is definitely on the horizon and it just might overcome the pollution issues associated with current methods. Still does not address the issue of genetically modified fish infiltrating native stocks.


Yale Anglers Journal


There was a post on the Wahington Fly Fish Forum from a member inquiring about some alternative fishing publications. Here's a new one to me,  the Yale Anglers Journal, that was founded in 1996 by former Yale students James Prosek and Joseph Furia. Check out some of the excerpts from past issues....good stuff and some great art work as well.


April 08, 2005

Bull Trout Bonanza!

This weeks hotspot brought to you by Lake Billy Chinook.

COVE PALISADES STATE PARK - Throughout most of the Pacific Northwest, bull trout are so scarce it's against the law to kill a single one. Here at Lake Billy Chinook, however, big bull trout are so numerous - and so voracious - that anglers may soon be asked to kill more of them, for the species' own good.

Anglers ROUTINELY toss 7 and 8 pounders back in the hope of catching a much bigger one!


Swim Boy, Swim!

"Swim boy, swim" is a blog post by Jake Bronstein who buys a live fish (looks like a carp) from his locale Chinese market and sets it free just upriver from the Brooklyn Bridge.

"It’s alright little guy. It’s not just about us anymore. This is for everyone who’s ever felt like a fish out of water… everyone who’s ever felt helpless… like life is out of control…"


April 07, 2005

Biggest fish wins a mini-van!


This weeks combat fishing locale is the Argungu Fishing Festival in the north-western Nigerian state of Kebbi.

Thousands of fishermen line up like an ancient army, carrying their traditional nets and gourds. At the sound of a gun, they pound towards the narrow river and leap into the water. They have just one hour to catch the biggest fish.

Winner gets $7,500 and a mini-van

More traditional African angling for Nile Perch, the largest freshwater fish available to the angler.

April 06, 2005

Score one for Bull Trout and Grizz

HELENA - A proposed copper and silver mine challenged by environmental groups - and by jeweler Tiffany & Co. - has been sidelined by a judge who found federal officials gave approval without adequately considering potential harm to imperiled bears and fish.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said that in analyzing the Montana mining proposal of Revett Silver Co., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inadequately weighed the possible effects on grizzly bears and bull trout, both protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.


Stripahs Forevah!


This post is for our friends back east!

Given that the Sox have broken the curse of the Bambino it should be a wicked pissah year for Stripahs.

Welcome to the official web site for Stripers Forever, a not for profit organization dedicated to making the striped bass a gamefish. By eliminating commercial exploitation of the #1 recreational saltwater fishery on the east coast, over 3,000,000 recreational anglers will enjoy the social and financial benefits that will come from an improved striped bass population.


April 05, 2005

Zappa Confluentus


Back in 1978 guy finds new type of fish.......10 years later upon reexamination another guy realizes it's actually a new genus and names it after Frank Zappa.

"This particular fish is clearly different from any other known to science, which is why the designation of a new genus was necessary. As to why I chose the name Zappa, there are three reasons:
1. I like his music
2. I liked his politics and principles
3. The name itself is a good one for scientific nomenclature."


Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass


Fishing reading from the Forbes book club.

On a rainy morning in the spring of 1932, a farmer named George Washington Perry decided it was too wet to plow and went fishing instead. That day, a star was born in McRae, Georgia, when George landed the largest largemouth ever recorded--twenty-two pounds four ounces, to be exact. The fish has inspired and frustrated hundreds of also-ran anglers for decades. They've dedicated their lives to the pursuit of "Sowbelly"--a nearly mythical fish, whose swinelike girth holds the key to their dreams.


The world record bass caught on a fly rod was 14.14 pounds.


If you're interested in a shot at a world record fat bass-tard you might want to head to the greater San Diego area.


April 04, 2005

Bass Tards


A story from seacoast on line describing various tactics used by unscrupulous bass fisherman to cheat in tournaments. These must be the same guys that kick their golf ball out from under the bush when you're not looking


Monday Morning at Moldy Chum

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April 01, 2005

"Would You Like To Get Paid To Hunt And Fish?"


I just watched the video and I'm still scratching my head.

What Ronnie and Bryant discovered.... is a business that not only gives you more time to hunt and fish... it actually pays you to hunt and fish. Yes... you read that right... this business pays you to hunt and fish. As a matter of fact, the business mission is "To create more full-time hunters and fishermen than any company in history".


Forget the fancy theories, it's female skill that counts


A dispatch from the birthplace of fly fishing.

This phenomenon of lady anglers catching big salmon - indeed big fish in general - has led to much speculation as to why it occurs. Books and numerous articles have been written on the subject. Some claim that it is the female pheromones that attract the fish and that this is what makes them better at hunting and fishing. What a notion!



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