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66 posts from November 2005

November 30, 2005

Size Does Matter


You no longer have to settle for telling fish tales accompanied by a small photo that just turned your 50" muskie into a 5" picture. Now you can have a 50" life size photo of your 50" muskie or even a 10' print of your 10' shark.




All fish photographed were released.

This site contains photographs, articles, links, and other information about Catch and Release Fishing.  You can also find information on catching Bass in cold water, suggestions for fishing various types of structure, tons of great photographs from the outdoors, and much more.


You answer me next time I ask you to kiss a fish


A man is facing jail after slapping a passer-by with a fish.


November 29, 2005

The Gods Must Be Crazy


Our children also learned the art of fly-fishing from Dick. He loves the streams and rivers of this great country and he has passed that love along to them. Indeed, I would say one of the keys to understanding Dick Cheney is understanding fly-fishing.

--Lynne Cheney introducing her husband at the Republican convention June 2nd 2000.


Genetically Modified Farm Raised Salmon


What possibly could go wrong?

Aqua Bounty's GM salmon are capable of growing to adult size in a quarter of the time of a normal fish, and the company is hopeful that its latest scientific work will persuade US food regulators that the fish is safe to farm and to eat.  LINK

Bish on Fish


More blog goodness from Tony Bishop.

Fished for over 50 years in fresh and salt water, in NZ and around the world. Seven books on fishing (flyfishing and saltwater) published. Write articles for magazines in NZ, Australia, USA, and England. Seen and done amazing & marvelous things, and things no man ought to have seen or been trained to do - in 60 something years around this planet. Read and heard ideas, that have inspired, invigorated, appalled and disgusted. Would not have had it any other way!


Tony's Fish with Bish site.


November 28, 2005

Dude.....check out the fish ladder


Fast Times in San Juan Capistrano!

The state will spend $1.2 million to build a fish ladder under an Orange County freeway that will allow endangered steelhead trout to swim upstream from the ocean and spawn.


Dream Weaver


nter one or more keywords as a subject and Dreamlines makes a dream out of them. I entered Rainbow Trout and the picture above is a screen shot from that dream.

Dreamlines is a non-linear, interactive visual experience. The user enters one or more words that define the subject of a dream he would like to dream. The system looks on the internet for images related to those words, and takes them as input to generate an ambiguous painting, in perpetual change, where elements fuse into one another, in a process analogous to memory and free association.


Science and Sarcasm


Natural science, politics and fly fishing - not necessarily in that order...

We've spotted TroutGrrl's photos on Flikr as well as some of her comments on other fishy websites so it's about time we finally posted a link her webste.


Flying carp video worth $10K


When a flying carp hits you in the face on Americas Funniest Home Videos does it go Boioioioing?


Oooh Me So Hungry


US fast food chain McDonald’s could soon be sourcing catfish from Vietnam for its outlets all over the world.


November 27, 2005

The President Finally Speaks on Global Warming


I think polar ice caps suck, who needs a place where penguins can have an orgy?


Logging helps keep salmon runs healthy


Two myths, unfortunately, have pervaded many people's views of water and forestry. One is that managing our forests harms California's waterways. The other is that the condition of inland watersheds is the primary factor affecting salmon.


Dam Fish Plan


A proposal by environmentalists to change operations at the region's hydroelectric dams would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and could jeopardize the reliability of the Northwest's power supply.

That's according to a report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, a four-state agency charged by Congress with balancing the needs of fish and wildlife with the need for affordable and reliable hydropower.

Let's not forget that District Court Judge Redden has ruled the federal government's salmon recovery plan to be woefully inadequate. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council only examined the impact to the power supply and not the "presumed" benefit to fish despite being charged with examining the impact of various proposals on the ENVIRONMENT and the power grid.  There will be another hearing in Judge Redden's court on December 15th.

If I recall correctly the estimates for increased electricity costs for the region this past summer due to increase water flow over the dams was greatly exaggerated.

VIA the Missoulian


November 25, 2005

Friday's Unfortunate Fishing Name


Boater James Niggemeyer of Lindale, Texas, earned a fully rigged Ranger 519VX and a new Chevy truck Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Regional event on Lake Ouchita.


Proverbial Shit Storm


Remember the feud between the feds and the locals over access around the Jarbridge River due to protected Bull Trout habitat? Well the shit continues to fly even though the forest service won't have to use a helicopter to transport the two and a half tons of shit to the landfill anymore.

A remote outhouse that came to symbolize a throne of sorts in a war of wills between the U.S. Forest Service and anti-federal activists over a dirt road and a threatened fish has been removed.


Keep On Truckin

Like the do-dah man once told me you’ve got to play your hand.

Federal agencies that run the hydroelectric dams in the Columbia Basin want a judge to let them continue barging and trucking young salmon around fish-killing dams on the Snake River in Eastern Washington, arguing that will bring stronger returns of adult fish.


He Blinded Me With Science!

"Good heavens Miss Sakamoto - you're beautiful!"

The proopiomelanocortin genes in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Duplications, splice variants, and differential expression


The Flies that Bind


But to a confirmed swing fly angler this is just "bobber fishing" with fake bait. A No. 18 exact imitation of a nymph, presented below a float only appeals to the more base, hunger instincts of the fish.


November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!


November 23, 2005

NPR Fly Fish Radio


A link to a NPR story originally broadcast in July of 04 that focuses on fish illustrator extraordinaire James Prosek.


Prosek's website  LINK

Farmed and Dangerous


There are presently over 85 open net cage fish farms currently operating in the coastal waters of British Columbia producing waste that is equivalent in volume to the raw sewage released from a city of 500,000 inhabitants. It could get a lot worse if industry is allowed to add new farms.


November 22, 2005

Fly Fishing with Trout-tail


Not only can you order the book but your kids can play interactive fly fishing web games on their site.

Fly-Fishing with Trout-tail offers a gentle introduction to a life-long love of nature, care-taking of the outdoors and fly-fishing. It takes you on the heartwarming journey of a young boy named Trout-tail showing you everything there is to love about fly-fishing. It has peaceful river scenes and playful wording tied together with the images of a child engaging in a grown up world.


November 21, 2005

Veneratio Bovis


Seattle Matadors is a secret society in the tradition of secret societies. Not like college frats or Skull and Bones, but like those old secret societies, back when they were cool. Maybe like Skull and Bones (but only if you think Skull and Bones is cool). Matadors' primary quarry is the sea run bull trout of the pacific northwest (aka Dolly Varden).


Go ahead...pull my fin...


For humans, it's known to clear a room. But for some types of herring, flatulence might be a way to "talk"


November 18, 2005

Friday's fish headline


Vendors Carp as Fish Market Opens


Dizzy Trout


Friday fish name goodness.

The colorful, fun-loving Trout led the AL in wins in 1943 for Detroit, but his best season was 1944, when he won 27 and led the league in ERA (2.12). He also topped the AL in shutouts (7) and hit five of his 20 career home runs while batting .271.


November 17, 2005

The Salmon Page


Dedicated to all things salmon: How to catch them, cook them, buy them and save them.

This site hosted by Riverdale Grade School in Oregon has not been updated since 2001 but still has seen over a million visitors since 1995.


Stop catching our salmon eh?


Canadian fishing is severely cutting into salmon-recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest, according to two new federal lawsuits.


November 16, 2005

NOAA Fisheries set to distinguish between trout and steelhead


Environmentalists had feared that lumping the two together was a tactic to get steelhead in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho off the threatened and endangered species lists, and were relieved by the latest turn of events.


日本のはえ釣 Blogs!


In our never ending search for posting fodder we've come across some interesting Japanese fly fishing blogs. Some of these sites are not only beautifully done but interesting to check out despite being in Japanese. Below are links to a couple of these sites and a third link is added which will take you to Babelfish where you can paste in the URL from any of these sites for a rough translation of the web page.

Lake Blog...with sound option   LINK
Drag Free Drifts  LINK

Babelfish  LINK


November 15, 2005

The latest in surfing accessories


KRAMER: You know, Frank can't be too comfortable with those things clanging
around. He should wear something for support.

GEORGE: You mean like a bra?

KRAMER: A bra is for ladies. I'm talking about a support undergarment
specifically designed for men.

Scientists have discovered sexually altered fish off the Southern California coast, raising concerns that treated sewage discharged into the ocean contains chemicals that can affect an animal's reproductive system.


Save Our Wild Soda


Is that wild or farm raised salmon soda?

For beverage connoisseurs tired of turkey-and-gravy or green-beans-and-casserole flavoured sodas, there's a new choice being offered this year by speciality U.S. soda maker Jones Soda Co.: salmon.


Redneck Fishing at It's Finest


Making the best of some big headed invaders.

As soon as the motor revved, the sky came alive. Asian carp littered the air behind Chris Brackett's boat, offering numerous point-blank shots.


Looking for a job in the fly fishing biz?


UMPQUA FEATHER MERCHANTS, the world’s leading manufacturer of fishing flies is relocating to Louisville, Colorado and accepting applications for various positions including Sales Assistant, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, and Customer Service positions. We offer an active, fast-paced environment as well as a competitive salary and company-paid benefits.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and compensation requirements by email to: rsaez@umpqua.com; or by mail to: Umpqua Feather Merchants, 1617 Coalton Rd. #149, Superior, CO  80027.

November 14, 2005

Iron Man of Fly Fishing


Remember our tongue and cheek post about fly fishing triathlons? Well this article appeared in Outside Magazine back in 1996 and highlighted the Vail Ironman Fly Fishing Championship.

In decades to come, when the Vail Ironman Fly-Fishing Championship of the World has acquired the respect it deserves, when networks are battling over rights to exclusive coverage, when shoe companies and nutrition behemoths are baiting participants with cold cash and long-term endorsement contracts, it is likely--very likely--that Glenn Lokay, the event's founder, will look back on the list of inaugural contestants and pause long enough to curse my name.


He who dies with the most toys.....



The Mokai is a sawed off kayak coupled to a Honda four stroke propulsion system. I've seen the magazine ads but our So Cal tipster sent us a link to their web site.


Google Video


Google Video takes the Google concept and applies it to video content. Below is a link to one video that turned up with a search for, "steelhead." A search for, "fly fishing" also turns up a bunch of content.

Our mission is to organize the world's information, and that includes video. Google Video offers viewers a way to see material from archived TV programs, educational videos, personal productions and more.

Our mission is to take over the world!


November 11, 2005

Salmon Flavored Ice Cream


"Not just the ultimate band name anymore".


Redd on Reds


DaParsons Fishing Adventures is a web blog by Pastor Mark Redd dedicated to to the pursuit of Bull Reds.


Funny Fish Name of the Week


Al Poach's fish houses.


November 10, 2005

Treasure of the Sierra Madre


Hatches? We ain't got no hatches. We don't need no hatches. I don't have to show you any stinkin hatches!

Mexico is home to many native trout, from the San Pedro Martir in the northern baja peninsula, to the great diversities of trout in the Sierra Madre Occidental on the Pacific slope of the Mexico mainland.


The Evolution of Ice Fishing


This is way to complex!

The tag line should be The Intelligent Design of Ice Fishing.


Jeff Bright Photography


Great stuff.

The photos in this collection attempt to capture the visually remarkable and individually unique character of the fish encountered when flyfishing steelhead and trout rivers.


November 09, 2005

More Industry Consolidation



Far Bank Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Joshua Green Corporation of Seattle, Washington, today announced that it has acquired RIO Products Intl. Inc. of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Sage Manufacturing and Redington are also owned and controlled by Far Bank.

RIO is a leading manufacturer and distributor of fly lines, leaders, tippet materials and related products for the fly fishing industry. “We are excited to be working with the management teams at Sage and Redington,” noted Jim Vincent of RIO. “We have always entertained the idea of a strategic alliance because we have many of the same U.S. sales personnel in addition to similar philosophies on the development of high quality products. We believe there are great synergies that can be realized from working together. Kitty and I look forward to helping build on the successes that we have enjoyed at RIO.” “The acquisition of RIO is an important strategic step in our endeavor to be an integrated supplier to the fly fisherman,” said Joshua Green III, Chairman of Far Bank. “We have long been interested in adding the manufacturing and distribution of fly lines, leaders, and tippets to those high quality products that we already offer through Sage and Redington.” In acquiring RIO, Far Bank made it clear that continuing to develop and manufacture top of the line products was essential to its decision. “The Vincents, and all the people at RIO, have done a great job of building a globally recognized company,” remarked Travis Campbell, Far Bank’s Vice President. “We do not expect any changes in the personnel at RIO, and in fact, the people there are a primary reason we are excited about its future.” The company also stated that RIO’s operations would remain in Idaho Falls. Campbell will have the title and duties of President of RIO, and will oversee the strategic coordination of RIO with Far Bank’s other companies. “Our focus continues to be customer driven, and RIO provides a wonderful addition to the great brands we already provide to fly anglers everywhere,” Campbell added. Far Bank Enterprises is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of fly fishing products, including fishing rods, fly reels, fly lines, leaders, tippets and performance outdoor apparel. Far Bank subsidiaries operate under the brand names of Sage, Redington, and RIO. For further information contact Travis Campbell via email at tcampbell@farbank.com or 206-780-8767.

An open letter from Jim and Kitty Vincent


The Carp Cohiba?


Havana company angles for Asian carp

More than 20 million pounds of Asian carp could be harvested from Illinois rivers each year if a Havana company succeeds in developing and marketing products made from the invasive exotic species.




Fishmantroutman.com is your source for fiberglass fish reproductions & other fishing collectibles and gifts.


November 08, 2005

Rocky Mountain Feather Merchants?


The Callibaetis King at Umpqua just e-mailed this to us an hour ago.


Glide, Ore. - Umpqua Feather Merchants Relocates to the Rockies

After thirty years on the banks of the beautiful North Umpqua River, Umpqua Feather Merchants, the world’s foremost manufacturer of fishing flies, is moving to Colorado. 

The opportunities offered by the move mesh perfectly with Umpqua’s needs and future goals:
Availability of a larger labor pool, many of whom are skilled practitioners of the sport Umpqua serves
Three-day shipping to almost anywhere in the U.S., ensuring quicker service to all customers
Reduced transit time to and from overseas suppliers
Easier and shorter travel time for Umpqua personnel to all customer locations.

A multi-faceted operational and growth strategy was outlined when Hans Bosch purchased Umpqua Feather Merchants two years ago.  This year has seen that strategy come to fruition with several important initial steps:
An aggressive increase in fly production, to an historic level, ensuring tremendous customer satisfaction in fulfilling fly orders
An operational streamlining to the Oregon facility, from purchasing thru warehousing and shipping
An ongoing software change leading to improved information and systems integration.

An important element of Umpqua’s plan was the construction of a new physical plant, designed for operational efficiency and growth in the 21st century.  Over the years add-ons, to what was essentially an old metal barn, have been made to the Oregon facility.  This provided an increase in space but did not enhance workplace efficiency.  What Umpqua needed was a new, state of the art facility housing all operations under one roof.

The question was, where?  Colorado offered the best choice of locations, specifically Louisville, a suburb on the Front Range between Boulder and Denver.  The relocation will be carried out in two phases lasting up to eighteen months, with elements of management moving immediately. 

Jeff Fryhover, President/COO, states “We will assuredly miss our many friends in Glide, and will always treasure the legacy and beauty of the North Umpqua River.  We see the move to Colorado as a great step that will offer opportunity and growth in equal measure, and enable us to better meet the needs of our discerning customers in the years to come.”


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