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54 posts from February 2006

February 28, 2006

Extreme Kayak Fishing!


Some amazing videos from La Jolla Kayak Fishing, be sure to hit the link to their other two videos.  LINK

This week's weird fish company name


Fukui North America is one of two operating divisions of Bishop Aquatic Technologies, Inc.    LINK

February 27, 2006

Fishing for Submarines


A local fisherman will be getting paid for an unusual catch of the day -- a nuclear submarine. 

Via The Boston Globe  LINK

A list of all the subs caught by fisheman.  LINK

Orvis Seminars


The Orvis retail stores hold a fair number of free fly fishing seminars and presentations. Here is a link to the store list and the 2006 schedule of events.  LINK

February 26, 2006

I Got A Kink in My Line


Classic Bill Dance, this Google Video link is a bit crisper than some of the other links currently making the rounds.  LINK

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Fishing For


Could a little Bono help save the world's fish?   Via Toronto Star  LINK

Squid On!


You might not want to go swimming out there, but anglers are having a ball catching them off party boats run by Rick Powers at Bodega Bay Sportsfishing. Rick said these monstrous calamari are preying on anything that swims in front of them, and the action for party boat anglers is hot and heavy.   Via Sonoma News  LINK




February 24, 2006

The Fly Fisherman's Wife


Last Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long underwear and dressed quietly.

I made a lunch, grabbed the dog and went to the garage to hook up the drift boat to the truck and down the driveway I went.

Coming out of the garage rain is pouring down. It is like a torrential downpour. There is snow mixed in with the rain, and the wind is blowing 50 mph.

Minutes later, I returned to the garage. I went back into the house and turned on the TV to the weather channel. It's going to be bad weather all day long, so I put the drift boat back in the garage, quietly undressed and slipped back into bed.

There I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, I whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."

To which she sleepily replies . . ."Can you believe my idiot husband is out fishing in this?"

Better marriage through fly fishing  Via Clackamas Review  LINK

February 23, 2006

Bass Pro Jugs


Real fish porn.

Once out on the lake, the girls decide to get naked, arousing not just the fish! Our hero Razzy starts thinking more about Fish’n WITH the big’uns than fishing FOR the big’un!  LINK

A Tractor Trailer Runs Throught It?


Watch for it next time!

In the scene where Norman, his girlfriend and her family are seeing off her brother at the train station, you can see modern tractor trailers on the interstate highway in the background.  Via Moviemistakes.com LINK

February 22, 2006

Feds won't list Yellowstone cutthroat


The Yellowstone cutthroat trout, an iconic fish of the West that has suffered declines in the past 200 years, will not get protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it denied a petition to classify the fish as threatened or endangered.

VIA Jacson Hole Star Tribune  LINK

The License Plates of TU


A gallery of fishing related license plates on the TU website.  LINK



This essay on indicator ethos was written by Richard Wilpitz and was first published back in 2002 in the Golden Gate Casting Club Bulletin.  LINK

A more pro indicator view of the world from Brant Oswald and Midcurrent   LINK

February 21, 2006

Teaching Wounded Warriors about Fly Fishing


Writing a check today.

A professional fly fishing guide, Trapper Badovinac, has taken on a new challenge: teaching Wounded Warriors how to fly fish. He will need help to continue this endeavor.  LINK

Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project here!  LINK

The Latest in Fly Tying Equipment


Concerns about bird flu are forcing the makers of the artificial flies used by anglers to turn to synthetic fibres instead of traditional material such as pheasant or duck feathers -- sacrilege in the eyes of some purists.  LINK

Slob Fishing - The Sport of Bums


After spending the day waving the fly rod on the Sky last weekend I actually toyed with the thought of busting out the Lamiglas.

My fly-fishing friends are tolerating this ghastly lapse (barely) because they assume that I'll eventually grow up and join them in the manly, ethical art of fly fishing. Which I will, eventually, but my dirty secret is that whatever happens, I'm going to keep up with my Slob-Fishing studies on the side.    VIA Slate  LINK

The Bite Buzzer


Are you tired of missing the grab because that fourth tall PBR put the lights out?   LINK

February 19, 2006

Rising From the Shadows: The Return of the Cutthroat Trout


You can stream or download the 27 minute video on the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society website.



February 16, 2006

Fishing's Lure Lost on Young?


The challenge of attracting younger participants in these X-Box/Games times is daunting for any activity perceived to be dominated by older rich white guys. The fly fishing trade association should use the power of the media to shed some of its, "River Runs Through It" image and start promoting the new school of the sport which is alive and kicking.

The bright yellow and gray fishing lines perform slowmotion shimmies in midair before whipping out onto a shallow pond in front of the clubhouse of the Long Beach Casting Club.

It's early evening, and overhead stadium lights illuminate half a dozen middle-aged and elderly anglers practicing fly casts. The light gives the dancing lines a magical glow.

Former club president Jeff Sadler stands on the porch of the Craftsman-style clubhouse and points out the obvious: "The occupation of the average member is 'retired.' "


Debate rages over world's smallest fish


An update to the world's smallest fish post.

The jostling over whose fish is the world's smallest reveals a mix of collegiality and competitiveness. The scientists involved claim to be friends. This isn't a race to the bottom, they say. This is about biology, evolution and a wider appreciation of the spectacular menagerie that lives on our fabulously biodiverse planet.

But in the next breath these scientists can't help belittling -- at least a little -- one another's claims.


February 15, 2006

Defending The Lowly Hag


The hagfish is one of the most despised creatures in the ocean. Its very name inspires disgust. But does the hagfish deserve its reputation? Maybe it is time to stand up for a fish that can't stand up for itself. Let's look at the charges against the poor hag.  LINK

Feke Fishing


Once the head appears, the gatherer works quickly seizing it around the head with their hand. Within seconds, the feke is killed by biting between the eyes or turning its head inside outLINK

February 14, 2006

Tattered Fly


This weeks fly fishing blog goodness, and new sidebar link, comes courtesy of Dan Bachman and his site Tattered Fly.

With my recent move to Idaho I am smack dab in the middle of some of the most amazing waters and rugged scenery for fly fishing. Over the coming weeks and months I hope to chronicle the fish, fishing spots and experiences that I have on my trips. My entries will also include gear reviews, hopefully a weekly fly pattern from a good friend that is a wiz with a vice and bobbin and anything else even remotely pertinent to fly fishing. I hope you find TatteredFly.com entertaining and informative. Enjoy


A timeless dream of fishing

P2_g_fea_eoradio_west2_06 With all the industry hand wringing about strategies to get more participation and growth in fishing here's a suggestion, appeal to a new demographic.

Charles K. West, founder of the online Black Outdoorsman Magazine, talks about his goals of helping more African-Americans experience the outdoors. 

Which includes a lot of fishing!


The rod is mightier than the pen

"Why you bring a pen to fishing??" Your friends may ask you this question when they see this awesome mini fishing pole set !! Then, you need to explain to them.....Hmmm..... It is not a pen, but it's my new fishing pole."Are you kidding?", your friend may ask. No No!! Let me show you the trick! 

Monster Lake

For those of you that have had the chance to fish Monster Lake outside Cody, WY or seen the pics of Denny Rickards cradling the slabs that inhabit that high desert fish factory things are about to change forever. Monster Lake has been acquired by the same billionaire who developed the Yellowstone Club and other World Club properties.

We posted the listing for the property back in July of 2005. The list price was 3.8 million half of which would be covered by just one intiation fee to the new club which will incorporate the lake.    LINK

The World Club would be limited to about 500 members, said Barve, with an initiation fee of $2 million or more. The club would be family friendly, and properties would be smaller than the Yellowstone Club.  LINK

February 13, 2006

Luca Brasi Brand Farm Raised Salmon


Why worry about "humanely" harvesting a genetically modified mutant fish, penned and fed puppy chow its whole life? The better taste argument makes no sense when you consider the wild variety, which puts up a bit of a fight when caught, seems to taste just fine.

The phrase "sleeping with the fishes" takes on a whole new meaning with one Lower Hutt company.

Aqui-S is looking to make a splash on the international stage with its fish anaesthetic. Its product is a harmless and humane way to prepare fish in fish farms for harvesting. Aqui-S's product works in the same way as a human anaesthetic does, putting the fish to sleep by shutting down their nervous systems. 


Advocates Float Radical Ideas to Save Salmon

3012706eb_sm Give up on streams that no longer can sustain wild salmon. Throw open the fish hatchery gates. Create a Wild Salmon National Park. Build new waterways instead of tearing down dams.

These are just a few of the conflicting, provocative and radical suggestions from a group of 33 scientists, salmon policy analysts and advocates who have been studying the future of wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest since 2002.   

February 10, 2006

One Billion Dollar Salmon Plan


The voluminous Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan proposes doubling spending on salmon recovery -- a commitment of more than $1.1 billion in federal, state and local funds over the plan's first 10 years. The anticipated payoff: big jumps in chinook populations throughout the region.   

Just booked two flights to Sayulita!


A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

Continue reading "Just booked two flights to Sayulita!" »

Poachers Steal Lake


Did you hear the one about the two Polish fisherman who stole a lake?  LINK

February 09, 2006

Should saltwater anglers have to pay a license fee?

Saltwater_license_lg Bob Marshall weighs in on why saltwater anglers should unite behind a license.

In a few weeks, saltwater anglers may wake up to some shocking news: Congress might require you to purchase a new license--and major sporting groups support the move.

VIA Field and Stream



While some may say this post is just a shameless attempt to drive traffic we say it's a valuable lesson in how to handle game fish when wearing a tiny bikini.  LINK



Greenpeace activists will shift their focus to protest against pirate fishing off Africa's west coast following two months battling Japanese whalers, the group said on Wednesday. 

February 08, 2006

Public Service Announcement


When drinking large amounts of alcohol on a fishing trip, make sure your boat doesn't drift within bow-and-arrow distance of the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world    LINK

Casting Call

R11_1024ts1090439852890 Casting clubs can be small or large, formal or casual, but they should all have one common ingredient: FUN LINK

The American Casting Association  LINK

The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club  LINK

The Chicago Angling and Casting Club   LINK

Long Beach Casting Club  LINK

The Grande Ronde Angling and Casting Society  LINK

History of casting and casters  LINK

It is fascinating to watch a good fly fisherman when he or she stands on the riverbank casting the fly easily and yet powerful to a ringing fish nearby. Almost like magic and you wonder what planet these people come from or how lucky they are being born with such skills  LINK

Casting Instruction for Casting Instructors.....Welcome to Virtual Fly Casting  LINK

February 07, 2006

Belgian town bans 'Saddam shark'


Still searching for laser beams of mass destruction.

The piece, called Saddam Hussein Shark, shows the handcuffed ex-Iraqi ruler suspended in liquid and wearing nothing more than underpants

A Fish Called Allah


Salmon Rushdie unavailable for comment.  LINK

Tied to Tradition

060205flytie2 In a tiny room the size of an Irish snug, Selene Dumaine works with a sunroof at her back, a large, brilliant stained glass window by her side, and a light like a surgeon's in her face. The work she is doing is a precise science.

But a peek inside this portal to a fly fisherman's version of heaven would leave any non-angler confused.  LINK

Fishing with a Disco Ball Part Deux


Remember our post Fool A Fisherman?  

They're baaaack, this time in Yahoo News.

Called Fool-a-Fish, it comes in a bottle that sprays titanium dioxide on fishing lures and bait. The chemical lights up the watery depths like a disco ball, luring fish from half a mile away.   LINK

Ask Ian?


Just one page of goodness from the website Ian Colin James.

Ask Ian? Fly Fishing advice from the Grand River fly fishing guide Ian Colin James. The original Grand River guide, the man who put, and keeps, the "fun" in dysfunctional. So, if you have a fly fishing problem: Ask Ian. Yeah right!  LINK

Fly-fishing with flair


It's fishing the Ritz-Carlton way.  LINK

February 06, 2006

Fly Fishing and Outdoor Adventure Photography Goodness


Brought to you by Animas Valley Anglers and gottrout.com. Most images are also available for sale.


Groups to File Suit Over Grizzly and Bull Trout Protection


Two environmental groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the Flathead National Forest for failing to provide Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears and bull trout.

February 03, 2006

Don't miss Chasing Silver this weekend on OLN!


Chasing Silver will start airing this Sunday on the Outdoor Life Network. You can also reserve your copy of the special edition DVD here.  LINK

Stream State University


Affixed to the diploma is an embossed gold foil seal of "Graduate". Each diploma can be personally customized for you with a name and graduation date of your choosingLINK

February 02, 2006

Eating Silver




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