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51 posts from August 2005

August 31, 2005

Do the Dew


The latest in fish revival techniques.

Quicktime req. LINK

The Fly Fishing Guide


The website.

Yet another site geared towards the fly fisherman, their motto?  Eat, sleep, fish. (repeat as necessary...)


August 30, 2005

What is it about a fly shop?


My wife and I took our first fly tying class at St. Vrain Angler in Longmont Colorado. This riff on the, "rarefied air" of a fly shop is exactly the reason it was our home shop. Take some time to check out their archive of newsletters and be sure to stop in if you're taking a trip to the Front Range of Colorado.

What is it about a fly shop? In our day and age, I suppose some of it has to be that a fly shop is one of the few remaining places where people at least try to remember your name, greet you when you walk in, and truly want to know how you are doing.


Japanese Fish Models


This Japanese website sports downloadable, lifelike papercraft fish, very cool! After you're done downloading your favorite fish check out Yoshikazu Fujioka's main page, "Trouts and Seasons of the Mountain Village".....beautiful work. LINK

Crazy bout a Mercury


That monster of a bluefin tuna that Dan Dillon landed back in July was more than a Delaware record-breaker.


August 29, 2005

REALLY big Fish!


Who would have guessed the largest fiberglass structure in the world is a Muskie? LINK

Thai city swarming with flies


Have you ever thought about where the bulk of those commercial flies you buy are tied or the people that make them? This story from ESPN outdoors will answer all your questions.

The hundreds of young women busily tying and snipping around town don't know a minnow from a mackerel. But their nimble fingers and sharp eyes have turned this picturesque hill town into the fishing-fly capital of the world.


August 26, 2005

The Original River Quiver


Don't be fooled by imitations!


Hip Waders


Just when you start thinking there could not possibly be anymore fly fishing web sites to be found.


August 25, 2005

The Steelhead Site


All steel, all the time!

Welcome to the Great Lakes most comprehensive resource for Steelhead, Trout and Salmon fly fishing information. Explore new water, discover resources and start your fly fishing journey here. LINK

The Fly Fishing Insider


Independent experts? LINK

The Fly Fishing Insider is a new print and web publication – coming Fall 2005 – that provides unbiased, comparative and standardized ratings and reviews by indepdendent experts and input from recreational fly fishers like you. Our goal is to be your independent one-stop source for making informed, intelligent and money saving decisions to help you get the most out of your fly fishing experience.


August 24, 2005



From the land that is the cradle of the sport comes a a new program designed to expose youngsters to the art of fly fishing. If this was a U.S. program they could have called it No Child Left Without a Fly.

The image of fly-fishing as a sport for the comfortably off middle-aged is being given a radical shake-up by a leading angler who wants to wean youngsters away from computer games, iPods and street corners and on to the river.


Wasatch Custom Angling Products


Sweet tying tools from Wasatch. Their exotic handles are actually dyed and compressed American Birch which substitutes for endangered cocobolo hardwood.


August 23, 2005

The Itinerant Angler


The Itinerant Angler is edited by Zach Matthews, a regular contributor to American Angler magazine. LINK

The Most Challenging Throwing Sport in the World!


Official website of the Japan Casting Association. Gotta love the tournament casting uni, click on image to enlarge.


August 22, 2005

One Fish..Two Fish..Dam Fish..Dead Fish


Bluefish.org is a public library for anyone interested in the plight of Idaho's wild Salmon and Steelhead, spawned from the film Redfish Bluefish.


Fishing Logs


My Daily Fishing Log is a private, password-protected website written by fly fishermen for fly fishermen who keep a journal of their fishing trips and need a more organized way of recording streamside memories and analyzing their success. LINK             

Fish&Log! is the tool you need to record your fish catches. Fish&Log! features an easy to use yet powerful interface that makes entering your catch fun. You can even link photos and sound effects of your catch for each record. LINK

A must for every outdoor enthusiast, Sportsman's Logbook is a fun, easy-to-use software program that captures the location, techniques, weather, equipment, results, and photos of your fishing, hunting, and target shooting outings. LINK

August 19, 2005

Effort puts a hook to poaching problem


With apologies to Steve Miller.

I'm a joker..I'm a smoker..I 'm a midnight poacher..I get my steelhead on the run.

As wild summer-run steelhead look for cool water, an effort on the North Umpqua River and its spawning tributaries is helping to keep the prized fish from ending up in hot water.


Over My Waders


This Friday's fly fishing goodness from Over My Waders.

"In these pages I will add to the burden a few words that I hope come from serious contemplation by streamside and are not just errant bubbles from leaky waders".


August 18, 2005

Maybe the they can get Fila to supply some groovy Euro warm up suits for the U.S. Fly Fishing team!


Cloudveil a company more familiar to those in the outdoor industry has just "officially' announced their entry into the fly fishing market. The company is planning to show a new line of waders, fleece, wading shoes, shirts, pants and vests at the upcomng fly fishing retailer show. Despite their Jackson Hole roots Cloudveil is a wholly owned subsidiary of SBI, the same company which also owns Fila and Ciesse.

Download cloudveil_press_releasel.doc

Happy Bamboo!


Over one million visits and counting at the Classic Fly Rod Forum.


More bamboo rod making tips, tutorials and articles.


Beam me up Scottie!

Sharpes' "Scottie" rod was first acclaimed at the Milan Exhibition of 1933 where Sharpes was awarded the Gold medal and Diploma. Traditions of excellence have been maintained to this day and the "Scottie" trademark is still internationally recognized for top quality impregnated Bamboo rods.


Promoting the beauty and utility of bamboo.


Fisherman dies chasing fish that stole his pole


Lured to his death!

A fish caught in an east German lake near the Polish border not only got off the hook but also lured a 46-year-old fisherman to his death, police in the eastern town of Eisenhuettenstadt said on Tuesday.


August 17, 2005

River Smallies


I've been meaning to get this site posted for some time.

"Our goal here at River Smallies.com is to increase awareness of the delicate balance maintained by smallmouth bass, particularly in rivers and streams. These fish are a vital part of our natural resources and should be treated as more than table fare. We strongly support CPR and encourage everyone to practice it as much as possible. Heavy fishing pressure and "catch and keep" practices can severly impact a stream smallie population. We want to help you enjoy river smallmouth fishing while at the same time preserving these wonderful fish for future generations"!


The Thrill of Victory.....the Agony of De Fish


The 2005 World Fly Fishing Championship is underway!

Can't seem to find it on my local cable network.

The Official Programme - LINK


Team Profiles - LINK

Small Streams


More fly fishing goodness from Smallstreams.com.

"Because we're all small streams of information".


August 16, 2005

Fewer areas will be protected to help salmon


An 80% reduction thanks to the scientests at the National Association of Home Builders.

The federal government has reduced the protected habitat for 19 species of threatened and endangered Pacific salmon, arguing that an earlier designation demanded by environmentalists was poorly executed and that voluntary habitat improvements will work better.


What's A Matta U


For about $1,100 -- $300 more with food and housing -- the college offers 20 hours of classroom time and field trips that include flying to a remote lake, an excursion to the ocean or a float trip down the Kenai River. The tuition is in the same price range as that of booking individual day trips, said Atcheson, who also worked for the state as a fish and game technician.


August 15, 2005



An Idaho biologist who argued for a quarter century that fish ladders were good enough to prevent salmon from dying out now says four dams on the Snake River in Washington state ought to be removed to help the endangered fish.


August 12, 2005

Fishing in Maine?


Fishing in a bar or restaurant is entertaining and challenging. For $2.00 a cast customers can catch their own lobster dinner.


OK, the real fly fishing in Maine....the website


Put your PFoot in you put your Pfoot out


We are the knights who say NICHE!

Here's the product that started it all - the Pflueger Medalist replacement reel foot! One-Pfoot components are made from the highest grade aluminum (T6061 Grade) and stainless steel (303) to insure that the One-Pfoot will last as long as Granddad's favorite Medalist.


August 11, 2005

Brown Trout.....You got me on my knees


He says, "I love fly fishing. It is so different from what I do for a living that it's almost like meditation for me.


Fly Tying Prodigy


Alexa Button of Parish can tie a Purple Peril, which is a complex hair-wing steelhead fly, in 2 minutes and 55 seconds, even with a total stranger watching her and the clock intently.

And she can fashion an Estaz egg fly - the best-selling pattern for chinook salmon on Lake Ontario tributaries - in 25 seconds, wrapping tinsel chenille around a hook so rapidly that her right hand becomes a blur.

Not bad for a 15-year-old.

From the Post Standard, brief registration required


August 10, 2005



"Kokee is the only place in Hawaii where rainbow trout can be caught by fishers," said DLNR Chairman Peter Young. "We are seeing about 1,500 anglers turn out each year for the chance to catch more than 7,000 stocked trout in the Puu Lua Reservoir."


Fishery blossoms in rewatered portion of Santa Ana River


I used to ride my bike daily along the Santa Ana River trail. Just a few miles from the coast the river hosts abundant wild life and it's upper stretches are now getting additional water flow for trout habitat.

The Santa Ana River tumbles down off the highest peak in Southern California, the 11,502-foot Mt. San Gorgonio. In its headwaters high in the San Bernardino Mountains, it doesn't resemble the concrete-lined channel that drains through the urban regions of western San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange counties.


August 09, 2005

On the Fly


More reading goodness from the Salem Observer.

This is the thing: My husband and his friends are “fly fishermen,” which is to spin fishing what Harvard is to community college. Similar, but way different.


I Pledge Allegiance....


To the United Fly Tyers of America

Welcome to unitedflytyers.org, the official website of United Fly Tyers. Founded in 1959, United Fly Tyers is the oldest continuously active Fly Tying organization in the United States.


August 08, 2005

Derailment dumps chemical into B.C. river


A toxic spill into the Cheakamus has essentially killed all the Steelhead in the region's 2nd most important fishery.

"It's really, really bad," said Mr. Klassen, who lives in nearby Brackendale, about 20 kilometres south of the spill site, halfway between Squamish and the Whistler ski resort. "Steelhead seems to be hit particularly hard. The Cheakamus is the second-most-important steelhead river in southern B.C., so this is just another kick in the teeth for a stock that is already in trouble.


March Brown PITA*


No it's not a fly tied by a crazed animal rights activist and it does not resemble a middle eastern flat bread. I've never tied a March Brown PITA but I've tied a few March Brown FUBARS in my time.


Something Fishy


Some jolly good reading from the Hexham Courant. Queen Victoria was only half way through her reign when the Hexham Courant started bringing the news to the 1,000 square miles of rural Northumberland which make up Tynedale

We’d gone about 100 yards when a car screeched to a halt beside us, and a bright red face emerged.
His hat was bedecked with fish flies, and his Barbour coat bore the heady whiff of the fisherman toff.


Zany Fish Tale


Hoepner, a Jeffersonville resident, was 12 years old when he became one of a few fishermen on record to catch a fish in a house. Not only that, he's probably the only one that can say he's caught a fish in a haunted house.


August 05, 2005

Fly Fishing Posters


160 various fly fishing posters form AllPosters.com.


'Now we'll have to pee in the boat!'


Two men were fly fishing, they found a bottle floating in the river, retrieved it, rubbed it, and a genie popped out. 'I'll grant each of you one wish,' said the genie. The first man wished for a new drift boat, all decked out with every possible option. Poof! New boat! The second man wished for the river to be turned into beer. Poof! The river is now made of beer. 'You dummy!' exclaimed the first man. 'Now we'll have to pee in the boat!'

August 04, 2005

I'll Get You Austin Forbes!


Micro Fly Fishing is the newest – and one of the most exciting ways to fly fish.


"A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle"


Unless of course the fish needs a Guinness.

The Guinness promotion went along the lines of "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" in big white characters on a black background. Several images followed which didn't exactly support the argument; then came the conclusion "not everything in black and white makes sense", which was followed by the fish cycling across the screen. In black and white, naturally.


This fish needs a bicycle.


August 03, 2005

I'm Batman


Whether casting a Pale Morning Dun for a trophy sized Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus) or hooking a small but feisty Eastern Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus subflavus) on a #18 Light Sulfur, bat fishing offers a way keep those casting skills sharp even when the hatch is off.


He Blinded me with Science


The Science of Fly-Fishing is designed for anglers--whether they have any formal background in science or not--who are curious about the relevance of science to their sport. The angling-related scientific concepts revealed in the book require no more of the reader than a good dose of common sense and a willingness to expand his or her fly-fishing knowledge.


The Art and Science of Fly Fishing


August 02, 2005

Trout bums: The bum's rules of thumb: Be careful, and hands off


As a general rule, it's best to treat your serious trout bum like a skunk: Give him lots of space and room to escape.


Here Fishy Fishy

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