Stop anti-salmon rider in upcoming lame duck session of congress. LINK
Thanks to Murdock at Flyfishmagazine we now have an appropriate fly of the week. Thanks Murdock!
West bay of Reel Pure loading dock 3 (a.k.a....the left-hand side of our garage)
After landing our first major Reel Pure retail account, we found out that we actually had to go to work. It took one weekend, 16 hour days, a couple cases of grog, and too much pizza to finally finish packing and shipping our Reel Pure seasonal dry bag gift pack. Check back in a few days...we'll have a formal announcement and pictures of some cool new product.
Halloween and fly fishing may seem like an odd mix, but not for true anglers. Yep, I’m talking about the ultimate test of your abilities and nerve. LINK
Some beautiful work by Peter Corbin.
His coffee table book is 205 pages with over 200 pages of color plates. LINK
Our boy Kit from Wetfly just returned from a jaunt to the Platte. Looks like he faired a bit better than our trip to the Deschutes last week! We already knew Wetfly's bugs kicked ass, but proof is in the pudding.
Maria and I try to break into the very closed world of fishermen. What we lack in skill, we make up for in womanly grit. LINK
Ladies, it's spawning season again - for our andromous friends. Yes, the salmon and steelhead have eaten all summer, I know, I know, while we've all been starving ourselves to paint on bikinis, to make their final labors of love on inland rivers. It's constant sex, pregnancy, then death - doesn't it just feel that way for all of us? VIA Happy Woman Magazine LINK
Last week, part of the Chum/Reel Pure posse loaded up the boats and headed south to the Deschutes. While we didn't set any quantity or quality records, we caught enough to keep our waders bulging and had a seriously fun time.
A four and a three and a two and a one...kick it... Download big_d_posse.wmv
Chandler, you leave us no choice but to pull out some of our heavier artillary, please don't make us go Kim Il Jong on your ass.
The Girls of GAFF LINK
Sounds like a fun read.
On this trip, though, the goal was to catch the biggest brook (i.e., speckled) trout in the world, to best the record 14 pounds. But nature was against them, with an unrelenting, freezing wind, lots of rain and at least one ice storm. The terrain, too, was hostile and the engine on their boat uncooperative. Everything went badly, leaving this humorous account the only bright spot in their quest. VIA Amazon LINK
Just a fraction of the over 25,000 flies in this collection
For the first time, this definitive collection of Atlantic salmon flies is being offered for sale. These flies have been painstakingly assembled over the past several decades by Martin I. Boucher (a.k.a. Lord of the Flies).
VIA Art of Angling Collectibles LINK
More Art of Angling Collectibles LINK
Now you can be haunted by Steelhead, or other favorite fish of your choice, on your desktop. LINK
A fly rodding, sheep stalking, moose calling, guitar trying, bird watching, fly tying, Katie loving stay-at-home-dad. LINK
We've loaded more dilithium crystals into the warp core and our links are back! You will also see a new category link section on the sidebar, it's all the way at the bottom.
Thank you for your patience! ThE CHuM I.t. DePaRtMent
One early morning, we got out to Ambrose Tower - choppy water, 2 to 3 footers - it didn't look good. Two hours later, the sun was out and the water turned to glass. Out of nowhere, skip jacks and blue fin tuna were bustin' everywhere! If we weren't busy enough battling the torpedoes, 15-pound (plus!) Mahi break in to the mix (jumping for max air). The bait was so thick, it was scattering at the bow of the boat. LINK
You'll see in the Chum's archives that we had a slab of the year contest. We've not anointed a winner yet, but here's a sneak peek of a few of the entrants. The contest isn't over yet, so keep them coming.
Andy Camping's nice chilly day Brownie
Bob Erickson's slabacious Brookie
Derrick Yi's beautiful Alaskan Bow
Our boy Wylie with a slob of a bow
Kevin Green's first legal "butt". Nice piece of ass Kevin!
Our sidebar links have been down for some unexplained reason, expect to see them back up soon....we hope.
The cHuM I.t dEpaRtMent
The second round of our ongoing effort to be a more fair and balanced purveyor of gratuitous traffic driving posts.
"It's kind of hard to say how many [fly fishermen] are doing it, because there is still a perceived shame. A lot of guys don't like to talk about it." VIA Chicago Tribune LINK
In addition to the unique billfish prints you will also find a whole host of other crazy billfish inspired products. LINK
Beautifully crafted fly rod display cases and fly tying desks. LINK
According to the DAPfly site, the “Fyre-Fly” is a unique and indispensable tool for the fly fisherman / fly tier. LINK
The resident Bonneville sea lions have finally exhausted the appeals process and could be swimming, "The Green Mile" as early as this spring. VIA MSNBC LINK
River Girls is a book in which four girls, just like you, each tell the story of how they began fly fishing and why they think you should give it a try. Besides their stories, there's lots of information and comments from the girls on how to get started, the gear and how to use it, places to go fly fishing, illustrations of how to cast, pictures of girls out enjoying fly fishing, and much more. LINK
Even though I disagree with just about everything the man does, I'll give W some credit for signing this legislation.
Areas protected include King Range, the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous United States; Cache Creek, home to the second-largest wintering bald eagle population in California; and portions of Eel River, which hosts 30 percent to 50 percent of the state's endangered summer-run steelhead trout. LINK