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127 posts from August 2007

August 31, 2007

Tasteless T-shirt of the week


Juan Montana stikes again


Johnny "carp crap themselves when i'm in the house" Montana strikes hard at the bell.  We appologize for the blurred lens - apparently the result of projectile stool that said carp didn't have a firm grip on.

Carp on the Micro Rod


Sight fishing for these local carp with the 4 wt is fun. However, the past few brief outings I’ve had have regularly produced fish. Thus, the question must be asked: how can one make the process more difficult? Enter the Micro Fly Rod, by J. Austin Forbes. VIA FISHING AND THINKING IN MINNISOTA LINK

It's Like My Lure Is Literally Flying Through the Water

Easy to Build Boat Plans


Build your own wooden drift boat. LINK

August 30, 2007

The Wild Steelhead Coalition is looking for new members!


All new members will be entered in a drawing for a guided steelhead fly fishing trip in Western Washington.

Sign up here. LINK

DO IT!!!!

X-Ray Vision


The Solution to Fishile Dysfunction


Trout Unlimited National Meeting


Trout Unlimited will be holding their annual meeting in Boise right before the Fly Fishing Retailer show in Denver.


August 29, 2007

Willie and J raising money for AFFTA


For Immediate Release:

In an effort to help promote excitement, unity and sustained growth for fly fishing, William Joseph Company has put together a raffle to help raise funds for AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association) who’s sole purpose is to promote and grow our beloved sport.

And what is it that we be raffling off for this cause? Funny you should ask.. When the folks at Willy J. decide to get behind something they always “go big” with that in mind they have had a custom World War II BMW replica motorcycle built for the Ultimate Angler transport machine. This circa 1944 motorcycle features a 750 cc motor, dual seating on the bike it’s self and an authentic WWII style side car, not to mention custom rod holders, saddle bags and probably best of all a slew of matching William Joseph equipment.

The fund raiser will be held at the Fly fishing outdoor retailer show in Denver Colorado September 16th through the 18th tickets are $10.00 each and you may purchase as many as you would like with all proceeds going to AFFTA. You need not be present to win and can send your donations directly to AFFTA and they will forward you a ticket

How a Bathroom in Minnesota Could Help Wild Salmon and Steelhead


Senator Larry, "I'm not gay but like anonymous gay sex", Craig killed funding for the fish passage center and proposed legislation that would exempt Idaho from taking part in salmon and steelhead recovery. His impending political demise could ultimately benefit wild fish.

It's raining trout in Colorado


The state Division of Wildlife is stocking hundreds of lakes with 325,000 fingerling trout dropped from modified Cessna 185 airplanes. Via: 9 Mews  LINK

MRC Hand Crafted Rod Cases


No veneers!  LINK

Articulating School of Bluefish


Anthony Holland sent us this link to his site featuring beautifully handcrafted limited edition weathervanes.

Via: Tuck and Holland  LINK

The Fly Fishing Equivalent of Glamping


Brought to you by Orvis. LINK

Sticker Goodness


August 28, 2007

Submit Your Aug Slabs Now!


The Chum Participates in Puget Sound Recovery Partnership


The new head of the agency leading the effort to clean up Puget Sound is longtime environmental lawyer David Dicks. He was appointed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire to run the newly created Puget Sound Partnership.

Puget Sound suffers from historical and ongoing pollution, the development and destruction of shorelines, and overfishing.  LINK

The Chum team was invited to participate in the branding strategy of this new plan.  Our first meeting starts tomorrow.  We'll be joining forces with creative firm Bridgeman Design for a Vulcan mind meld.  Our fish saturated cerebellum for once just may be used for a good cause!

Salmon Run - Breakers to Bay

Some people dress up as salmon and fight their way upstream through the hordes at the Bay to Breakers foot race in San Francisco.

How Do You Say Stripah?

Marie and I took the red eye to Boston last night and are now gearing up for two weeks of Stripahs, Chowdah and Dunkin Dog Nuts.




Did you say dog nuts?

The Water Chopper


Years of puttering around the workshop have finally paid off for a western Maryland inventor featured in the July edition of Popular Mechanics.

The magazine noted the chopper would make an excellent platform for fly-fishing.  LINK

Curiously Strong Fly Boxes


Use your old mint tins to make mini fly boxes. LINK

August 27, 2007

Stream Team Report

Half of the Patagonia PNW Stream Team got out on the South Sound recently with Marty G.

Here's our first report:

It's all about pink!
Who said you can't catch kings on the fly?
We have to get Jesse some new shirts.






The Getaway

Rapala has done some very clever ads over the years. In this one a bass tries to make a run for it.

August 26, 2007

Name the flow


Be the first to name the flow above and get a Eat Moldy Chum, Crap Thunder tee shirt.  Email to mcreelpure@gmail.com .


Brian Potvin nails it.  Green River, UT it is!  Well done BP.  Schwag is on the way.

August 25, 2007

Moldy Links - Video Edition


A classic!



August 24, 2007

That's What She Said!



Michael Scott, artist, not Dunder Mifflin - Scranton's main man, displays some killer art here.  A few pieces hit home.  LINK

A Woman Without A Man Is Like A Fish Without a Bicycle


Unless of course the fish is a bicycle. LINK

The Gentlemen's Society of Angling


Helped to warm my heart and lighten my load. A wonderful story and reminder of why I fish. - Glenn Brackett


Cast and Blast Career Opportunity


Bass Pro is looking for a, "Group Sales Manager" to oversee both their fishing and fly fishing departments in their Foxborough, Mass. store.  LINK

August 23, 2007

Judge: Wash. must ensure salmon can navigate culverts


A tribal lawsuit victory will force Washington to replace it's salmon blocking culverts by 2016.

Washington state must ensure that culverts under its roads don't block migrating salmon, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in siding with American Indian tribes who complained that dilapidated or poorly designed structures blocked about 250 miles of streams.  Via: The Seattle PI  LINK

Salmon making your lips numb?


Unscrupulous vendors in Thailand have been selling meat of the deadly puffer fish disguised as salmon, causing the deaths of more than 15 people over the past three years, a doctor said Thursday. Via: MSNBC LINK

The Geppetto of Fly Fishing


The wooden reels and fly boxes of Giorgio Dallaria. LINK



His logo is the fly fishing Pinnochio.

8 Years And Counting: Columbia-Snake River Salmon Returns Fall Short Again


The book officially closed on the 2007 spring and summer salmon season on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the bottom line was even worse than fisheries managers predicted. 

The numbers tell a sad story.

Fewer than 67,000 adult spring Chinook crossed Bonneville Dam this year, the first of eight dams salmon must navigate during their upstream migration to Idaho through the Columbia-Snake river system. That's 30% below last year's number (itself a dismal year), significantly below the 10-year average, and only a fraction of the 400,000-plus fish needed for sustained recovery.

Via: Earth Times LINK

Day Glo Rainbow


Straq has inspired us to create some of our own fish themed art.

August 22, 2007

Always listen to your guide mon

"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"


Field & Stream
Magazine had an annual fishing contest that began in 1911. They presented these honor and award badges for fishermen and hunters from 1934 through 1977. The Award badges were part of their annual contest.

Drexel Grapevine Antiques has quite a collection. LINK

Maybe we'll do a Slab of the Year badge.

Proudly Lowering the Level of Fly Fishing Discourse


If you’re gonna’ fly fish naked you’ve gotta’ be prepared to risk it all, if you know what I mean. Or is this bait fishing? Now I’m confused…  Via: Ray Troll LINK


Fly fishing is particularly challenging for the unaccomplished, and has in the past resulted in pierced nipples and worse. We recommend that this is first attempted wearing protective clothing, which should only be removed once the basic technique has been mastered. 

Via: Health & A Fishiency LINK (WARNING NSFW)


The Naked Chicken fly shop  LINK



Watermarked - The Journal of a Naked Fly Fisherman  LINK


August 21, 2007

Slaw Dog Solidarity!

"We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."


The Not So Near-Great Fly Fishing Association


Like all really worthwhile organizations, the NSNGFFA  has no rules, no office, no dues, no membership list, and the only requirement for membership is to recognize you haven't achieved the status of a great or near great flyfisher yet, and aren't all upset about it.  LINK

Back home we got a taxidermy man. He gonna have a heart attack when he see what I brung him


In what would become a chaotic frenzy, Christopher Mautino, Howard McKim, Allen Bushnell and Allen Sansano each hooked a salmon shark within minutes of each other. They spent the next 90 minutes "sleighing" through the water as the sharks took them on a ride, or muscling them to the top when the sharks dove deep.  Via: Spluch LINK

I Finally Solved The OC Rubik's Cube!


August 20, 2007

Great Falls Fly Fishing Film Festival


The 3rd Annual Great Falls Flyfishing Film Festival takes place January 25th, 2007 at the University of Great Falls Theater and it features documentary-style films that portray the art of flyfishing. Past films have included Trout Grass, The Hatch, Digger, Running Down the Man, and In Search of A Rising Tide.

And, this year they're having a public calling for new film producers LINK

G-Smolt In Da Hizzy


G-Smolt (our bro de Juneau) shows the world that the pen can be mightier than the 8 wt. with his new ramblings titled “The Neil Creek Chronicles”.  It's every bit as rancid as a piping hot bowl of the Chum.   LINK



You feel it, even now, don’t you? The urge to move toward slick saltwater and sweet silence. LINK

Ain't No Nookie Without Chinookie


Had a great morning recently with the Bedlam Boys right off the Redondo pier a mile from the homestead. LINK


Pretty in pink.


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