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December 31, 2006

Heaven

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The past three days have been as good as it gets.  With repeated cycles of pounders of Metolius grog, sore as hell quads, and torched cheeks (facial and butt), we couldn't be happier.  My boys at The Riffle Fly Shop gave me the lowdown.  The Crooked hasn't been flowing regularly for a while and it's best to focus on the south.  So, I'm packin' up the Yukon Jack and Bailey's and dunking my junk in the Fall tomorrow.  Size 22 is the play. 

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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The clock's counting down good riddance to 2006, and a crowd of thirsty revelers encircles you, the designated popper of the cork.

But how will you free the bubbly from its bottle to greet the new year?

VIA Wired News  LINK

Rockwell

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December 30, 2006

Skinny Water

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December 29, 2006

The OC Life - Holiday Edition

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Mikey got some nice Eau De Toilet in his Christmas stocking.

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The blizzard of 2006 is no match for the man truck.

And I think it's gonna be a long long time...

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What do you get when you combine two of America's favorite pastimes, shooting and fishing, into a children's toy? Well, the Rocket Fishing Rod of course.  VIA Get Outdoors LINK

Fantasy Flies

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Home of the Whopper Hopper the Super Royal Wulff. .........

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....and the size 32 Royal Wullf 

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Flats, Ruins, and a Happy Wife

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After seeing Gibson's new film, a few thoughts were haunting: 

a) It was badass.  Braveheart badass, but with a little more history.

b) Visiting the sites of these ancient civilizations is a must.

c) Popping a boner or two on the flats during the trip is important.

b) Having the wife to join me would be nice.

The exploration of how to effectively rape my bank account yet again starts now .  And, it starts here.

Vintage Ray Troll

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Can you ever get enough of Ray Troll?

December 28, 2006

Another rod goes for swim

Wildlife artist Milt Franson of Liverpool felt a strong sense of empathy when he read J. Michael Kelly's column about losing a fishing rod in Skaneateles Lake and then recovering it with a big trout still attached.

VIA The Post Standard LINK

Black Eye for the Black Canyon

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An excellent article covering the history of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and a looming private development project within the park.  VIA GJSentinal  LINK

Cream With Your Flounder?

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I guess I'll take it black next time.  Via Seattle PI LINK

Fighting for the future of native fish

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The Native Fish Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1995. Our goal is the conservation, preservation and restoration of wild fish in the Pacific Northwest.  LINK

Their Wild Fish and Wild Rivers benefit auction takes place on 2/17/07.  LINK

Reelhard

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A production company out of Bozeman specializing in fly fishing videos. Though there are no videos posted on the site, a Guatemala Sailfish vid is in the works, they do have fishing photos and branded product available for purchase.   

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Who Owns the Fish?

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This brainteaser, reportedly written by Einstein is difficult and Einstein sai d that 98% of the people in the world could not figure it out. Which percentage are you in?

There are five houses in a row in different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The five owners drink a different drink, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet, one of which is a Walleye Pike.

The question is-- who owns the fish? 

Hints:  LINK

December 27, 2006

What'd you git?

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Here's a short list of stuff some local washingtonflyfishing.com members got from Santa.  Me?  A nice little iPod nano.  Now we're off to Bachelor for snowboarding, nymphing the Crooked River, and rocking out to Richard Cheese on the new gift.

Master the Cast

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I got the idea for this book after reading the late Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. I've never picked up a golf club in my life, but you don't have to be a golfer to understand Hogan's book is a small masterpiece. In Five Lessons, Hogan did not address the game of golf as such; rather, he focused on what he considered the most important aspect of the game: building a repeating swing.

It struck me that no such book on the market did for fly casting what Ben Hogan's book did for golf--so I've attempted to create one. 

LINK VIA: White Mouse Fly Fishing

For all you duffers out there.  LINK

The Latest Trend in Fly Fishing?

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The fly fishing film festival.

The Great Falls Trout Unlimited Chapter will be presenting its second annual fly fishing film festival on Jan. 26 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

VIA Berkshire Fly Fisher's News Service  LINK

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Inshore light tackle fishing disciples.  LINK

December 26, 2006

Bring Cat Spray When Fishing Malaysia

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Tasty Brown Trout

The Quiet Pool

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Contemplations on Fly Fishing and the Meaning of Life  LINK

 

December 25, 2006

Christmas Island

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VIA Fly Fisherman  LINK

December 23, 2006

All I Want for Christmas

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December 22, 2006

Slab of the Year Smorgasbord

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VIA The Hawg Trough LINK

Twas The Night Before Caddis -

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Twas the night before Christmas when down by the stream
The full moon looked out on a chill winter scene.
A lone trout was sipping a midge in his brook,
Untroubled by worries of fishers with hooks.

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Does My Ass Look...

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...fat in these waders? 

Here's a pic taken two weeks ago of our floundering father as he prepares to go Beyond Thunderdome (a series of canyon lined pools on zipper lip river on the Olympic Peninsula).  The fish were generally safe on this trip as we hooked 5 and landed 3.  But, all were bright and full of sea lice. 

Stay tuned for short vid on this trip.  Our production team is hard at work in studio B on this project.

One for the gallery

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December 21, 2006

More Christmas Gift Ideas...

Fish Festival Bans Fishing

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We've posted about the Argungu Fishing Festival in the past but this year there will be no fishing allowed. LINK

Last Call For Fishahol

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10 days left for the Slab of the Year contest.  Keep them coming for a chance to win. 

The Chum will collect all slabs and allow you, the twisted audience, to select the winner on January 1st.

Davy and Owens...

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...take a break from post production and Top Ramen to talk some smack.  We ripped this Podcast from Marshall at Midcurrent (thanks) who ripped it from Zack at the Itinerant Angler (thanks again).  Again, this and the rest of the Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to a theater (hopefully) near you.  And, as of yesterday, Moldy Chum and Reel Pure have stepped up to help sponsor this film festival. 

The members of the Angling Exploration Group have made it their mission to provide fly fishing's stodgier establishment with a much-needed shot in the rear. Whether they're pummeling rented Jeeps in Patagonia or trout bumming their way across Reykjavik, these young documentarians and explorers make desk-bound anglers everywhere jealous, though as you'll hear, it's not all tall blondes and warm campsites...LINK

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December 20, 2006

Smith River Driftin

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China Grove

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River clearing

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Pepe's 1st steelhead and slab of the year entry


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November Rains

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What sounds like a blog about the weather here in Seattle iast month is actually another fine site dedicated to the pursuit of Great Lakes Steelhead. We'll get a link up when we get around to updating our sidebar.

A semi-coherant collection of ramblings,misdealings, and Tom Foolery experienced during my travels in pursuit of Great Lakes Steelhead. Some times solo but most often enjoyed with my trusty side kick Kimo-trotsky.  LINK

That's a Big Phuckin Trevally

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This week's eddition of "That's Phuckin Big" focuses on El Trevally Gigante.  Holy fishizzle!

Who is the slob model in this picture?  Ask your guide friends, lodge friends, or any bug addict you know.  If you identify this dude, we'll hook you up with a free Reel Pure long sleeve tee.  Email referrals to thatsphuckinbig@reelpure.com .

Damn these glasses!

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VIA: Tales from a Texas Fly Fisher  LINK

December 19, 2006

Darwin's Nightmare

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The chilling consequences for Africa of an invasive species.

Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world.

Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo‚Ķ Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent.  LINK


This Sums Up Our Thoughts About Winter Storm 06...

Fishing Businesses Decry Large Mine Proposed for Alaska

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The American Fly Fishing Trade Association and industry leaders are taking a stand against the proposed Pebble Mine. VIA: ENN  LINK

Northern Dynasty Mines response?

Bruce Jenkins, chief operating officer of Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. in Anchorage, an American subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals of Vancouver, British Columbia, said Trout Unlimited and the other groups are waging a propaganda and misinformation campaign.

Images of the proposed Pebble gold mine and Bristol Bay mining district in the Lake Iliamna region of Alaska.
VIA: Sky Truth  LINK

Bonefish? Permit?

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How bout Barracuda?  VIA: Chaser Key West Fishing LINK

December 18, 2006

The Lights are ON at Moldy Chum

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Not sure about Reel Pure...........

Can't find good chum or tired of paying too much for low-quality chum? Save time, money, and catch more fish with Mister Chummer by creating your own fresh ground chum.  LINK

Sorry Dean

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It appears Dean may have objected to our "Hold My Dorado With Love" post.  We appologize Dean and offer this sound bite to alleviate your pain.

Stonefly Fest

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Update...the Stonefly Fest is launching under an updated name and brand.  It will now be called the Fly Fishing Film Tour.  Coming soon to a theater near you. LINK

Vintage Buttocks

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Old school fish porn.

New York Steel

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Andrew Nisbet submitted his slab of the year taken out of a Lake Erie trib this month.  You boys back East continue to make us Western steelminers look bad!

December 17, 2006

Smith River Report

Late in the fourth quarter the team from Univ. Ventucky pulled off the equivalent of a two minute touchdown drive followed by a recovered onside kick and 57 yard field goal, netting an 8 pound buck and 12 pound hen and a half pounder before reeling up the gear and collecting speeding tickets on the way to crescent city international. Photos of pepe's 30 inch chrome bright hen and sheahans hangover hottie will be posted soon on the Patagonia intranet and moldy chum wall of shame. Next species for our pilgrim pedro to conquer? Bonefish and tarpon in Puerto Rico..the bank account is draining.

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