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41 posts from July 2005

July 29, 2005

Fly Fishing Merit Badge


Don't you wish some of the inconsiderate morons out there were forced to earn one of these?

In honor of the Boy Scout Jamboree which ends on August 3rd.


Fun with fishing pics!


Take a favorite fishing pic of one of your friends and turn it into a wanted poster.


Moldy Chum Meets Family Guy


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July 28, 2005

Why steelhead would say: 'It's the water, stupid!'


When California's governor vetoed money meant for imperiled salmon and steelhead, perhaps he knew that budget cuts don't matter to fish born naturally in cold streams. Only artificially hatched and bred fish depend on public assistance. With the dismal record of government-sponsored salmon and steelhead recovery plans, it would take the entire state treasury to keep wild fish from sliding into the eco-abyss.


Another shot fired in the wader wars


First Cloudveil now William and Joseph has announced the launch of yet another new wader line at the upcoming Fly Fishing Retailer show. Willie and J has always brought innovative product to the market so I'm sure the new waders will be no exception. You can bet any new technology or features that resonate with retailers and consumers will be R and D'ed by Orvis.

How long before we see a new wader line from Fishpond?

Cliff Claven pays a visit to the Sage factory


John Ratzenberger's, "Made in America" T.V. show on the Travel Channel taped a segment at the Sage factory on Bainbridge Island. The episode will air on 8/31 at 12:30 am EST. The same episode will also feature Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils.


July 27, 2005

Fish Names That Sound Like Unfortunate 7th-Graders


From Timothy McSweeney, be sure check out some of the other lists on the site.


Kool-Aid Fish


Endangered steelhead thriving from record rain. 'Add water, and they appear.'

When this year's record rainfall deluged Southern California, some anglers worried that the big water might be a body blow to the few remaining steelhead. Once plentiful in local rivers and streams, Southern steelhead, a seagoing rainbow trout, have been protected by the Endangered Species Act for eight years.


July 26, 2005

High Plains Drifter


Not the movie but a truly exceptional angling experience.


So what if you were to name your guide service after another well known Clint Eastwood movie?

Dirty Harry's Guide Service

I know what you're thinking: "Did he cast six flies, or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being this is a Boron 2X, the most powerful fly rod in the world, and would rip your lips clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya fish?

Mississippi River flooded with flying fish



"I've seen people get hit in the crotch. I've seen laptops destroyed. I saw my boss get kissed in the mouth by one of these things. Right after, he had some sort of weird herpes sore on his lip," Ridings said. "It hurts. Trust me. If they bounce off the deck first, it's not so bad. But a 25-pound fish coming through the air -- it's going to hurt."


July 25, 2005

Pact gives fish priority over at-risk wildlife


Agree to save one species that you helped pushed to the brink of extinction in exchange for a get out of jail free card if you harm another? WTF? Some people seem to think it's a good idea.

Should Washington's timber industry get a 50-year break from Endangered Species Act prosecutions in exchange for helping salmon?


So is a fish with four chromosomes a quadloid?


Bigger rainbow trout for consumers is the goal of Agricultural Research Service scientists who are working with industry on genetic methods to more efficiently produce fish that   grow faster.


July 22, 2005

Clooney Speaks!


The Drake magazine has had some serious fun with their column, "Ask Trask". Never being ashamed of practicing a little R&D (rip off and duplicate) Moldy Chum is proud to launch Clooney Speaks! A weekly column where my dog Clooney answers pressing questions facing the fly fisherman and woman of today.

Dear Clooney,

I'm in the market for a pair of new waders and was wondering if Gore-Tex was better at letting my farts escape than other waterproof breathables?

Fermenting in Ferndale

Dear Fermenting,

Kayak Fishing Stuff


A rig with this URL painted on the side was spotted by, "The Dude". It was parked at Faria Beach along with a blue whale carcass that had great white shark bites all over it. The Dude figured these guys had hooked something a bit bigger than they thought and that Faria Beach is going to be getting a bit ripe in the near future.


Wonder if they'll try blowing up the carcass?


July 21, 2005

O'Connor picks wade over row


Much of America knew the name of the man nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor before she did because she was out of cell range fly fishing on the St. Joe River in Northern Idaho.

ST. MARIES, Idaho -- Far from the marble halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was in my minivan near St. Maries, Idaho, on Tuesday when she finally offered her definitive decision on Row v. Wade.

"I don't want to be confined in some little boat when you can have a whole river around you," she said. "I sit on my butt enough. I want to wade."



Sage E-Postcards


Some nice electronic postcards for all you Sage owners out there.


July 20, 2005

Marlin Attacks Fisherman!


Not sure if a fish almost jumping in the boat quite qualifies as an attack.

The beautiful fish, estimated to weigh about 600 pounds, had jumped a couple of times and then unthinkable happened.The marlin came out of the water straight toward the boat. Part of the fish's body hit the side of the boat and part of its head hit teen fisherman Stephen.

Watch the video!


The Fly Candle


Don't be fooled by imitations!

Welcome to Brookins Fly Candles™ home of the Original Fly Candle™.        

The fishing fly gel candle™ allows outdoor enthusiasm to extend itself from the banks of the river and into your home..office..lodge and everyday life.



Game and Fish


Game and Fish offers some great state by state hunting and fishing resources. Just click on state by state on the menu bar and then click on your state. The link below will take you to the fishing section.


July 19, 2005

New Fishing Organization Launched!


Steelheaders Anonymous helps fisherman kick the old school swing method via a 12 step process.

SA's motto?

I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus,
goo goo g'joob.

Teton Reserve


I remember when Driggs Idaho was one of those sleepy places only found on the pages of some outdoor mag article on the least expensive undiscovered mountain towns. An old colleague of mine bought 60 acres there 20 odd years ago, built a Yurt that had a million dollar view of the east side of the Tetons. Roger finally sold half the acreage and built a beautiful custom home with the proceeds and used to rent it to guys that are now buying lots at places like Teton Reserve.

Nestled among the aspens at the foot of the Teton Mountains,Teton Reserve features unprecedented access to world renown fly fishing streams including the Teton River, South Fork of the Snake River and the Henry’s Fork with its diverse water types and trophy rainbows – the ultimate experience for dry fly aficionados. The “greatest trout stream in North America,” is right outside your front door.


End Split Shot Tyranny!


From Skip's Originals Fly Fishing Products comes Toobies Shot and Turn On strike indicators. May be old news to some  but new to me and I just love it when someone reinvents the wheel.


July 18, 2005

Trading Wading Shoes for Mountaineering Boots


Support the 2005 Summit for Salmon Team!   

Our friends at Sage asked us to help highlight Save our Wild Salmon's upcoming Summit for Salmon climb.

The second annual Summit for Salmon climb of Mt. Rainier supports efforts to restore wild salmon to the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Funds raised through the climb will be donated to the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sportfishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer advocates.

I'll be making a donation, you can too by clicking below!


July 15, 2005


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Do you ever take a scale along when you go fishing just to see what your catch weighs? Did you ever forget your scale and then catch a big fish? No problem! A little algebra can help you out. What! Algebra? Well, that is the price you pay for your forgetfulness. The following formula will give you an approximate weight for your fish. Actually, it can be fairly accurate, as you will see if you use it. The standard formula is simply


How Now Brown Trout


Graham Owen founder of Go Solar has a section of his website dedicated to his various fishing exploits. The Brown Trout page is impressive. His credentials as a supplier, advocate and expert on solar power are also impressive.


July 14, 2005

Snake dam-spillage case back in court


So the new administration argument is that spilling extra water hurts more than just the pocketbook of Bonneville power.

The Bush administration yesterday asked a federal appeals court convened in Seattle to end the forced spilling of water over four Snake and Columbia river dams, saying the effort already has harmed some of the salmon that were supposed to be helped.


Flying Fish?


Biologists tracking radio-transmitter-fitted fish also wind up with their transmitters showing up in odd places.


Hasta La Vista Baby!


When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California's latest budget into law, he vetoed millions that were to be directed to fisheries restoration and hatcheries.


July 12, 2005

Time spent behind the wand earns one far more than a tug at the end of your line


Words of wisdom from colleague John Rapp at Patagonia.

Invariably, time spent behind the wand earns one far more than a tug at the end of your line. Time to ask questions and look for answers. For example: A spring fishing trip immediately illuminates the absurd speed at which I've chosen to squander the previous four months. What bliss it is to live waist deep in a stream of consciousness, lungs full of fresh air, muddy paws covered in Mother's Day caddis? And how do I explain fooling a large resident brown with feathers poorly cobbled by my winter's sporadically focused mind? Sometimes the din of a river can answer a question without words.

Winslow Homer Artist and Angler

As I kid I was fascinated by the paintings of Winslow Homer which hung in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. What I did not know was that fly fishing was Homer's passion. Homer's target customer was the affluent fly fisherman who at the time could expect to pay $75 - $150 for a painting. That same affluent fly fisherman today should expect to pay in the neighborhood of 4 million for a Homer painting.


A virtual tour of some of Homer's paintings from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.


July 11, 2005

Hatch Reels


Some pretty sweet rod jewelry from Hatch Outdoors who will launch their new product line at this years Fly Fishing Show in Denver.


Story about the Vista based brand from the North County Times.


Fantasy Fly Fishing


Fantasy Fly Fishing not only offers the usual standard fare of information, recipes and forums but also offers on-line fishing tournaments. Have to pay to play, $45 annually buys you a membership. If I had a website called, "Fantasy Fly Fishing" I think I would have put some women in the picture (see above) on my membership page.

Fantasy Fly Fishing is dedicated to bringing its members entertainment, competition and education. Every fly fisherman, regardless of skill level, will enjoy a truly unique experience. FantasyFlyfish.com will create the excitement and joy of fly fishing. Experience a double haul on a salty bay or a roll to a rising brown even when you can’t get to the water.


July 07, 2005

His secret weapon? Ocean fruit flavoured boilies


The carp fishing fraternity is buzzing yet again following the capture of the second biggest carp ever banked anywhere in the world.


July 06, 2005

Real World Fly Fishing?


The more accurate name would have been Not So Real World Fly Fishing.

Pishtech's Real World Fly Fishing is the most life-like simulation of fly fishing. It features amazing photo-quality graphics and a huge collection of fishing locations. From the physics of casting to the artificial intelligence of the fish and the art of selecting the perfect fly.


Professor Higbees Stream and Lake Maps


If you want to catch more and bigger fish, then you need this map plus BONUS #1 and BONUS #2.

Not sure if this is realy a load of #2 but the maps look pretty cool.


Build your own Monster Lake


Tired of just dreaming of owning that trophy trout lake or just not getting any fish to bite in that muddy ditch that runs through your property?


July 05, 2005

Live Water Properties


Another premier fishing properties website for all you dreamers out there. These guys have the listing for Monster Lake in Wyoming one of Denny Rickard's favorite pay to play slab producers and available for only 3.8 milski!


So you want to be a fly fishing guide?


You too can see the world, drive a jet boat, guide your clients to BIG fish, earn a substantial income!

For most people Fly Fishing is a hobby, but, for a select few, it is a profession. Unfortunately, trying to get your first job in the fishing business is the most difficult step. The Fly Fishing Guide Market is a very competitive profession. It is almost impossible to get a job without a good connection or specialized training. Our guide school will provide you with the necessary experience to land that essential first job. LINK

Chickens Unlimited


Angling for chickens, the new off season sport.


July 01, 2005

A Beer Lover's Guide to Fly Fishing


"We all know it is a theoretical impossibility to catch fish without beer," says John "JB" Shireman of the New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, CO. "At the very least," Shireman continues, "it's poor form. Fishing and beer drinking are two endeavors in any sporting gent's life that evolve over time. While a cooler of cheap domestics and a worm tub once sufficed, no one worthy of the title, Fly Fisherman, would defile a Mackenzie [drift] boat with anything less than a hand-crafted ale in one hand and a nice fly rod in the other."


G3......It's not just a wader


At G3, building the best quality, best value fishing and pontoon boats in the marine industry is no accident.



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