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138 posts from February 2007

February 28, 2007

Flat-out mean and ugly: 10 scariest fish on planet


According to Keith Sutton at ESPN Outdoors. LINK

Texas Man Wins TFB Contest

I always thought the Moldy Chum thatsphuckinbig contest was for skip skaps, skanks, and scallywags. Phuckinbig hater!  Jeff Cordich from Texas got some noggin love this week by identifyin Michael Bennett. Ever had your sclera injected with a single barbless?
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Your jet sled just got pwnd

VIA Endgadget LINK

That's Phuckin Big


This week's eddition of "That's Phuckin Big" focuses on a nice slab of Thompson Chrome. 

Who is the Angler in this picture (or the pooch for that matter)?  Ask your guide friends, lodge pals, or any bug addict you know.  The first person that identifies this dude, and gives us a little background on where he got his tarpon, we'll hook up with a free Reel Pure Fleece Noggin Cover.  Email referrals to thatsphuckinbig@reelpure.com .

Invasive Notes


Focusing, discussing and musing on the wickedly complex world of invasive species.  LINK


The Rainbow Rustler



February 27, 2007

Salmon Study Cancelled Due to Lack Of Salmon


Scientists will have to suspend this year's study of barging Snake River salmon -- because there aren't enough fish.


The Art of Sculptor Ben Foster



Reel Purist Snapshot


Mile High Bugthrower LINK

Angling Destinations


Offering unique angling opportunities in spectacular settings around the world. LINK

Podcasts and videos too.

Welcome to the Orvis animated flyfishing knot series



Previously on MC:

Knot nut Valhalla!  Animated Knots By Grog  LINK

Pentax W30


Pentax is rolling out an even more waterproof version of it's popular point and shoot. VIA Gizmodo  LINK

I've been very happy with my W20 although I have to agree with Chandler's comment that the lack of a viewfinder can be annoying in certain conditions. Target retail price on the W30 is under $300 bones.

February 26, 2007

Wake Up and Smell the Blog!

This first screen shot, and subsequent LINK, shows the top five dogs in fly fishing e-commerce according to the Google Directory.



This second screen shot and LINK shows an Alexaholic comparison of the daily reach per million for those same top 5 sites over the last six months.


Now compare the above graph to the one below showing the 900 pound gorillas of Fly Fishing e-commerce, Cabelas, Orvis, Bass Pro and Sportsman's Warehouse. A graphic taste of what the biggest independent fly guys face when competing against the big boxes. Think about the even smaller guys for just a second.


However, nothing could have prepared us for this final graph. We substituted The Trout Underground for High Country Flies on the first graph and came up with this.


If my eyes don't deceive me, T.C. at Le Underground has a comparable. and occasionally LARGER, daily reach than the top four fly fishing e-commerce sites! Shit man, ditch those low paying affiliate links and make those big boys pony up some bucks for some advertising.

Just in case you were wondering what The Chum graph line looked like...think cadaver EKG.

The Orvis Story


Brands that chose to abandon their outdoor heritage litter the bankruptcy courts and current over saturated retail landscape; can you say Eddie Bauer or Abercrombie and Fitch? Table linens and cabin pajamas aside, you have to give the grand old brand chops for staying true to their sporting heritage.

For thousands of our customers, Orvis represents more than a country lifestyle company. We are an integral part of the history and lore of fly fishing in America.



New threat posed by Asian Carp

Coming this Summer



February 25, 2007

My Name is Brandon Howard and I'm Going to Shove My Fist Down This Tarpon's Throat

February 24, 2007

Slab of the Month - Walla Walla Stylie

Simonslab Simonslab2

Simon gets on the board again.  And, he seemingly takes a slab of the month lead.

Keep the pictures coming.  We've got FIVE days left.  Send us your slab.

Monkeybubba Fishin


All lanty hell, this is where a few bubbas are gonna do some talkin about some dang fishin!  LINK

February 23, 2007

Lee Murdock sings the lore of the lakes



Fishing in the Alternate Universe


Please don't throw your cigarette butts in the urinal. It makes them soggy and hard to light


VIA Fishwest LINK

UPDATE: Link repaired

RodMaker Magazine



Fly Fishing Gnomes Prefer Cane Rods



February 22, 2007

Fishing with dogs - Part Three


After five hours of continuous casts into the Delger River without so much as a nibble, the dog was both absurdly stiff and unbearably heavy, the twin effects of rigor mortis and being waterlogged.  LINK

Dog Fishing Part Deux



Lightning Strikes

Some of the transitions don't transfer cleanly on You Tube but you'll get the idea.

The Dirk Diggler


The Diggler has been a great streamer for me this year. It's caught browns out of the Madison in the Park, 'bows from rocky ford and Dollies from the Devil River and Rocky Creek.

VIA Fly Times "Old Timey" Fly Fishing Blog LINK

Sign This!

Please tell us this is a hoax.



Ice Ice Baby

Those wily carp are causing vehicles to plunge through the ice. LINK

Timmy had a great day of fishing at Three Mile Island


February 21, 2007

You don't like the Drake?

George: Hate the Drake.

Elaine: I *love* the Drake.

Jerry: How could you not like the Drake?

George: Who's the Drake?

Elaine: "Who's the Drake"?

Jerry: The Drake is good!

VIA Thee Ass Hooked Whitey LINK

Future Slingers


Generation Fly  LINK

Harry Had Always Wanted A Huge Mayfly Hatch


Yes, you can purchase the poster with its real stars as shown, or you can memorialize those pals whose treasured gear is now yours forever! Choose a total of ten names for the "Starring," "Co-starring," and "Introducing" categories, order your print, and we'll fax or e-mail you a proof.  VIA: Blue Loon Fine Arts  LINK

Previously on MC:

First Fish on the Fly  LINK

Moldy Oldie


Fine pic submitted by Juneau's fish whore.

I'm Not Having a Good Day


Could be worse


February 20, 2007

Thank you oh merciful professor of poetry and trout!


Largely forgotten until A River Runs Through It came along, the Bunyan Bug has quite a fan club.


Bunyan Bugs are collectibles today and difficult to find. The value can be $100.00 - $250.00 and up depending on
the condition of the fly and age.  VIA: Bunyanbug.com  LINK


If you're familiar with the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean, "A River Runs Through It". You may recall mention of the Bunyan Bug. Well, here is some info on the original and an updated version. VIA: Front Range Anglers  LINK


The Bunyan Bug--invented by Norman Means...aka Paul Bunyan of Missoula Montana in about 1945.
I remember buying these flies in the Hamilton MT hardware store (there was no fly shop then) in 1960, when I was about 12 or so. I do remember they were fun to look at but hell to cast. VIA: Montana Fly Tyers  LINK


Taimen Flymen

Did we already post this?  Who gives a shiat.  It's worth many looks.

Okie Noodling


With music from the Flaming Lips and more white trash than a Raiders game, this film is a must see.  LINK

The British Aren't Coming?


DANGER! Fly Fishermen visiting North America as tourists are in danger of being killed or seriously injured. LINK

Steve Thorton Worldwide Fly Fishing Photography


Steve's site has both fly fishing and entomology image banks.


February 19, 2007

Fly Casting Extreme

Designer Jewelry with Insect Larvae


French artist Hubert Duprat has developed a method of getting Caddis larvae to use bits of gold, pearls and saphires to construct their protective cases. LINK

Fly Fishing in Middle Earth


Three Flies for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Fly to rule them all, One Fly to find them,
One Fly to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.




Avoid urinating in the Amazon at all costs!


The vast freshwater ecosystem of the Amazon River is home to abundant animal life, and many of its species thrive by virtue of their ferocity. If one were to ask the locals which of the river's indigenous species is the most treacherous, a few might describe the roaming packs of carnivorous piranhas, or the massive anaconda snakes; but based on the general sentiment of the region, the most frequently uttered response would be "candirĂº."

The terrifying toothpick fish - VIA Damn Interesting  LINK

February 18, 2007

Come On. Brag A Little!


Email us your slab of the month submissions! This month's winner beds a Reel Pure Long Sleeve Tee and automatically becomes a finalist for Slab of the Year.  The Slab of the Year winners get more.  MUCH more.  Send us a pic of your big fish of the month.


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