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61 posts from June 2005

June 30, 2005

Court Upholds Pesticide Ban


Score another one for the good guys.

In 2001 the EPA approved certain pesticide usage without consulting their own biologists. The EPA, which has become just another oxymoron, was appealing another judge's ruling which prohibited pesticide applications within 20 yards of salmon bearing streams.

A federal appeals court upheld on Wednesday a ban on spraying 54 pesticides near salmon waterways in California, Oregon and Washington and said the Environmental Protection Agency must consult federal biologists about protecting endangered salmon and steelhead from harmful chemicals.

In addition, it also required urban home and garden stores in the three states to warn their customers if a product contains pesticides that can harm salmon or steelhead.


That would be the same EPA which advocates the testing of pesticides on children.

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson is under fire for suggesting that pesticide testing on children is “ethically and scientifically sound” and for characterizing the cancellation of the testing program as “an unfortunate result of public misunderstanding.”


BASS Unveils Women’s Bassmaster Tour


No word yet as to when the calendar might be coming out.


Support Our Ribbons


Just like the wristband craze the magnetic ribbon thing is starting to get out of hand.

The Fishing Notebook Greeting Card Creator

Love the pipe!

Send a free fishing electronic greeting card courtesy of The Fishing Notebook. Actually more like an electronic postcard but the retro images are great and you can even add music!


June 29, 2005

The Reel Yo-Yo


Yo? Looking for that perfect desktop gift for the fly fisherman in the family?

The ultimate, "catch and release" precision yo-yo.


The Worlds Largest Freshwater Fish Caught


Thai fishermen netted a catfish as big as a grizzly bear, setting a world record for the largest freshwater fish ever found, according to researchers who studied the 646-pound Mekong giant catfish as part of a project to protect large freshwater fish.


June 28, 2005

For the times they are a-changing


Not fishing related in any way!

You know the world is upside down when..... LINK

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

The Bridge on the River Yuba


An accord was signed which will provide a proposed framework to provide more water in more years in the lower Yuba River below Englebright Dam, benefiting populations of wild chinook salmon and steelhead trout.

We posted a piece about the accord back in early May LINK

This article on Yubanet covers 150 years of Yuba history which puts the accord and the resilience of it's fish in perspective.

Because of the gold rush three times as much material washed down the Yuba as was excavated to create the Panama Canal!


June 27, 2005

Fly-fishing at core of new Granby real estate


Fly-fishing has become big business in the last 20 years. Now, a land developer in Granby is branding a project with a well-known fly-fishing name, Orvis, to create a high-end project mixing golf, fishing, and horseback riding.

The project is called Orvis Shorefox, and if that name sounds a bit like Starbucks, it's probably not coincidental. It was minted with the possibility of franchising at other locations.

Have you ever been to Granby? The project involves 600 units, a golf course, two hotels, an equestrian center, a fly fishing lodge and a 25,000 square foot Orvis Store. LINK

The trend of applying the ski resort development model to fly fishing is just another example that certain corporate wonks want to appeal to wealthy tweed bags.

How about this tag line?

            Some people dream of owning Gulfstreams. Others, trout streams.                         


That is the tag line on an insert that came in the Orvis catalog promoting Orvis, Cushman and Wakefield. No it's not a stuffy Boston law firm but actually Orvis promoting global brokerage of, "Premier recreational properties". LINK

June 24, 2005

Of TIME and RIVERS Flowing


I came across a quote last night on a card an old friend sent me quite some time ago. The quote is from Mason Williams who is most famous for the song, "Classical Gas", but who also worked with the Mackenzie Fly Fishers to fight a plan to put 5 hydro dams on the North and Middle Fork of the Willamette back in the early eighties. That old friend who sent me that card was Jim Williams. Jim is a former President of Mackenzie Fly Fishers and Oregon Trout who lives on the Mackenzie and who helped spearhead the effort to defeat the dam projects. I met Jim when we were volunteer leaders on a backpacking trip for troubled youth in Colorado. I was just developing my passion for fly fishing and it was magical watching Jim mesmerize some real hard core boys from the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch on the beauty of the sport, how to tie a fly, cast a line and catch your dinner. What I did not know then is that fly fishing would ultimately become an integral part of the fabric of my life and finding that card again makes the memories of that trip all the more satisfying.

"The great philosophical perspective I get from livng on the river - I never lose sight of the fact that I am downstream from the wilderness, which is like being downstream from God's place. And since I know there are others downstream from me, I am constantly aware of my place in things."


Yeah.... they're for fishing..... yeah that's it....fishing


Moroccan police have questioned three men after seizing explosives and detonators, apparently for use in fishing, state news agency MAP reported on Wednesday.

200 sticks of dynamite and 115 detonators!


June 23, 2005

Miller's Dog is So Dumb


He thinks herl refers to projectile regurgitation.

Some funny stuff from Oregon Link, be sure to check out the other sections of this site.
Does not appear it is being updated any longer.


June 22, 2005

Got Mercury?

Well if I had money
Tell you what I’d do
I’d go downtown and buy a mercury or two
Crazy bout a mercury
Lord I’m crazy bout a mercury
I’m gonna buy me a mercury
And cruise it up and down the road

It is well established that eating seafood that contains mercury is hazardous to our health, especially for pregnant women and children. But with a lack of health advisories nationwide, how are we supposed to make smart choices for our families? The Got Mercury? calculator helps you make such choices; just enter your weight, the seafood type, the quantity of seafood you will eat during a week and hit the calculator button.



Total Fly Fishing


So many sites.....so little time and yet another link added to the Moldy Chum sidebar.

TotalFlyFishing.com is dedicated to helping anglers find fly fishing information on the internet. We catalog good fly fishing sites in an effort to bring anglers the best fly fishing information on the internet.


June 21, 2005

Noodling for Tarpon


Dennis you ignorant slut!


$30-Million & Counting The Stupidity - Removing Oregon's Savage Rapids Dam - An Enviro's Wet Dream

In the spirit of fair and balanced, here's a counterpoint to the argument for removing the Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River written by Dennis Becklin the publisher of Oregon News Online.

The removal of the Savage Rapids Dam is an approaching eco-system disaster for the Rogue River and Grants Pass.

If removing the dam is an, "approaching eco-system disaster" what the hell would you call putting it in the first place?


Bighorn River poised to bounce back


Due to the severe drought conditions since 2001 trout numbers on the Bighorn have been steadily declining. According to Montana Fish and Wildlife improving flows are beginning to turn things around and there are a good number of future Bighorn slabs in the river.

"It looks really good," Frazer said. "And the best thing is that we have some real strong year classes of young rainbows and browns in the river right now. With the higher water coming in, it's going to give a real boost to the trout population again."

From the Casper Times

June 20, 2005

The World Anglr Times


We've highlighted WorldAnglr and the Angling Exploration Group here at the Chum in posts past but what you may not know is that they have also joined the dark netherworld of blogging.

Add The Worldangler Times to your favorites or connect through the WorldAnglr link on the siderbar.

What is it? It's a blog.
What's a blog you ask?         
It's short for weblog...
Here you'll find a collection of fly fishing news, random thoughts, information, and more!         
Check it out!


Fly Fishing according to Wikipedia

If you've never experienced Wikipedia check out their take on fly fishing.

Wikipedia is a free-content encyclopedia, written collaboratively by people from around the world.


Something Fishy Is Going on With Bass in the Potomac


The male fish are behaving like female fish.


June 17, 2005

Healed by Fishing


An inspiring story about the healing powers of fishing, friendship and living with cancer.

Inspired by Casting for Recovery, an organization that helps women who have or had cancer learn to fly fish, Reel Recovery organizes retreats for men with cancer.

Like many anglers, cancer does not discriminate. It catches whomever it can.Some with the disease get off the hook. They return to the pond to forever wonder whether cancer will get them again.
Others never make it back.



Ooooh Look an Eagle!


Fish Toting Eagle Crashes Into Alaska Home

A bald eagle crashed through a window of a home and landed in the living room, scattering broken glass, feathers and a salmon carcass across the floor. Homeowner Jean Stack heard the crash and initially wondered if someone had thrown a dead fish through the window.


June 16, 2005

Flymart Online


Today's fly fishing information website brought to you by Fly Mart. The information is geared towards the Great Lakes and Michigan area but there is plenty here for any fisherman including forums, surveys, tips and gear reviews. The site is brought to you by the FlyMart fly shop.

The fly fishing information site serving the Great Lakes and Michigan fly-fishing enthusiast.The Great Lakes region offers some of the best fly fishing in North America. Read about our fishing resources and join other flyfisher's as we share the opportunities available to you. Get involved and participate. + 2,629,635 pages served and counting..



This week's, "Death awaits you all with nasty big sharp pointy teeth"


The fish exploded like a rocket from the peaceful river. A jewel-like setting of backlit water and glowing fly line framed its leaping arc. The quarry on the other end of my line was none too happy after discovering that its dinner was biting back. Had we not been in a boat and mobile, the fish likely would have broken off.

As it was, 10 minutes, three jumps and two long runs later, a hard-fought battle wound down. I stood admiring a fish of great beauty and heart - an 8-pound tigerfish pulled from the Zambezi River in southern Africa.

From the Billings Gazette

The customary sound bite


June 15, 2005

NPR report on Salmon and Dams


A federal district court has ordered more water to be released from hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River, as a way to protect endangered salmon. The action is expected to increase electrical rates for consumers in the Northwest. Associations representing local consumers are expected to appeal the ruling.

The Army Corp is ready to start spilling water shortly, expect the administration to appeal as well.

Listen to the NPR story here.

Fisherman claims local fishing hole contains sea monster


According to eye witness accounts the creature looks surprisingly like the Loch Ness Monster.

Wreak havoc at your local fishing hole.



Another robust fly fishing site with industry news, forums, feature stories and a 1% for the Planet member. They also have assembled a huge collection of links to other educational fly fishing sites. A link to the site has also been added to my sidebar

FlyFish.com, was founded in 1995, in an effort to, help answer questions important to a tight group of flyfishers. It has since grown dramatically to serve the fast growing world of fly fishing


June 14, 2005

In the town where I was born

Lived a man who sailed the sea

A French fisherman hauled in the catch of a lifetime this week when he caught a yellow submarine while out at sea, France 2 television reported.


Greetings from Asbury Park!


Madman, drummers, bummers, stripers in the summer with a teenage diplomat.

Shaping up to be another great year for Stripahs! I'll be back east in September chasing fish on Cape Cahhd and New Hampshire.


June 13, 2005

Badda Boom Badda Bing


The Big Goomba is a Musky guide service that takes it's name from a Lund pro series boat. Opens up a whole new world of fishing lexicon.

Fish on! = Badda Boom
Fish off = Fuhgeddaboutit!
Cosigliere = Guide
Good Fellas = Fishing Buddys
Whacked = Opposite of Catch and Release



The Happiest Place on Earth

Unless of course you're a shark.

HONG KONG (AFP) - Disney, under fire from green groups for planning to offer shark's fin soup at its Hong Kong resort, announced a novel plan to ease activists' fears -- it will hand out leaflets explaining the cruelty of shark fishing with every bowl of the controversial dish.


June 10, 2005

I'll Gut Him Like a Fish


One scary dude.


A Bout With A Trout


The LikeTelevision Cartoon channel brings you - Bout With A Trout - classic Little Lulu. She decides to listen to the “devil“, skip school and go fishing. Then she bumps her head and has a terrible nightmare, complete with “Swinging On A Star“ - or would you rather be a fish?


June 09, 2005

The Gouds Must Be Crazy


An Indian court warning failed to dampen the faith of 30,000 asthma patients who swallowed live fish coated with a yellow herbal paste they believe will help them breathe more easily.

The 160-year old "secret" herbal formula from the southern Indian city of Hyderabads Bathini Goud family is applied to a three-inch (75 mm) live murrel minnow that patients swallow, free of cost.


Offshore fish farms - a solution or a problem?


From the June 8th edition of the Christian Science Monitor. Could be better than having them parked right on the coast but either way industrial aquaculture is here to stay. Still requires 3 to 25 pounds of feed to generate just one pound of farm raised fish so I guess L.A. County will still have a home for all those euthanized pets.

Fish farming has long been viewed as a way to help fill dinner bowls worldwide while easing the pressure on declining populations of wild ocean fish.

Now the US aquaculture industry is poised to shed its coastal cloak to farm deeper waters. Tuesday, the Bush administration sent a bill to Capitol Hill that would open 3.4 million square miles of ocean - roughly the land area of the lower 48 states - to fish farms.


Independent tackle shops are endangered species

Support your local fly shop!!!!!!!!!!

The publicly trade big box hook and bullet chains are furiously opening locations in an attempt to satisfy Wall St. By this fall in the Denver area alone there will be a Bass Pro, a Cabela's, a Gander Mountain and 5 Sportsman's Warehouse locations. The shops that focus on great service, selection and attitude not available at the mega-stores will survive. Those that don't will go the way of the local pharmacy, appliance and stationary store.

These days, when Joe Bruce talks wistfully about the ones that got away, he doesn't mean fish.

The customers who used to hover in his tiny Catonsville shop each spring and summer, searching for the perfect trout fly or fishing rod, dwindled to a handful last year, prompting Bruce to close his 15-year-old business, the Fisherman's Edge.

Like hundreds of other mom-and-pop operators of tackle shops nationwide, Bruce has learned the painful lesson of being a small store in a big-box pond.

From the Baltimore Sun

Sven and Ole's Miracle Fishing Lures....if it catches a fish it's a miracle!

The #1 Lure

Congratulations! You found us! Welcome to the home of Sven & Ole's Miracle Fishin Loors. Our only goal is to make YOU the customer happy and clean all of that nasty dirty money out of your pockets, before you catch something and get sick. Just remember we stand behind each and every one of our lures(cause if we stood in front of them you wouldn't be able to see them )


VanDam Charges to Lewisville Bass Fishing Elite 50 Victory


Steven Segal unavailable for comment.

On an extremely windy day VanDam was the only angler to bag a limit. His catch was the best of the day and will earn him $1000 as the Busch Heavyweight.


Some Guys Catch All the Fish


Yet another web version of a fishing infomercial but this one directed towards the fly fisherman and featuring a book on nymph tactics by Don Bryant. All these secret formula fishing sites all look and read the same which makes you wonder if they are all being cranked out by the same source.

"I'll take you by the hand and be your personal nymph fishing guide. You'll learn exactly how I went from an unsuccessful fisherman who always struggled to catch a few trout, to a nymph fisherman who's now helped countless people like yourself to easily catch tons of trout every time they're on the stream but..."


Here's a previous secret fishing formula post, note the similarities in the pitch and the massive one page design. This one has audio!


Trout Fishing in America......The Music

Click on image

Music for people who take their fun seriously.


June 08, 2005

Wicked Outdoorsy


Sometimes referred to by his blogging friends as the, "Young Bob Barker" of the outdoor industry, Drew Simmons owns and operates one of the freshest outdoor world public relations firms, Pale Morning Media. His blog, Wicked Outdoorsy, is not only a daily read but is now linked on the Chum sidebar. So where is the fishing connection you might ask? Well Drew and his band of pros are the PR firm which represents and promotes Fly Fishing Retailer....... the fly fishing industry trade show for you civilian readers.


pale morning media's site


Angling for the Million-Dollar Carp


From NPR's Morning Edition this morning.

The world carp-fishing tournament is taking place in upstate New York, where anglers from 20 nations are competing for prizes including hopes of hooking a $1 million carp. Northern Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports.


Emporian hopes to make fly fishing agritourism in Kansas


Toto, I've a feeling we're not on the Henry's Fork anymore.

Fly fishing. Most consider it a sport commonly found in places such as Montana, Colorado or Alaska, but not in Kansas. Bill Hartman of Emporia, a fishing guide, is trying to break that stereotype with his agritourism business, Fly Fish Kansas.


Oh Billy, Billy, Billy...don't let me down Billy."


"You aint got it today Noonan. Missit, missit, Nonnan, Noonan, Aaaaah!"


Let me tell you a little story.


Woman caught trying to smuggle fish into Australia under her skirt

Could have some serious fun with this one but I don't want to piss off the fish goddess.

There must have been something fishy about the way she walked. Customs officials said Monday they stopped a woman as she arrived Friday in Melbourne on a flight from Singapore, and found 51 live tropical fish allegedly hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt.


UPDATE! Another link to this story with photos of the apron she wore under her skirt to carry the fish.


June 07, 2005

Fish was inspiration for 70-mpg car


DaimlerChrysler on Tuesday unveiled a diesel concept car that gets more than 70 miles per gallon, reduces some pollutants by 80 percent, seats four and looks like something that popped out of a Caribbean reef — only magnified.


If a Boxfish was the inspiration for that Daimlerchrysler concept what would a Steelhead inspire?


Update from the World Carp Championship


A day 2 report from the scintillating World Carp Championship on the St Lawrence. Angler who lands the most pounds of fresh water bones will walk away with 100K. The excitement is palpable as anglers from around the globe compete for fame, fortune and the ability to stay awake. My money is on the South Africans. Don't miss the video!




Invention allows humans to breathe like fish

Alan Izhar-Bodner, an Israeli inventor, has developed a way for divers to breathe underwater without cumbersome oxygen tanks. His apparatus makes use of the air that is dissolved in water, just like fish do.



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