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107 posts from September 2007

September 28, 2007

Ay Payara!


Wally Vidal comes strong with a 17 lb. Payara caught on the Xingu River in Brazil.  No sign of a fly rod in the boat, but whogivesashiat.  The beast is worthy.

Fly Fish America Now Available On-Line


You can now have Fly Fish America delivered right to your in box.


Cool Trout Trailer




Spotted at FFR.

Twwly Ties One On


TWWLY SAYS: ‚ÄúPart wooly bugger, part egg sucking leech, this fly is guaranteed to mesmerize even the most finicky of trout.  LINK

Thank you for your email to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


I followed Chandler's lead at The Underground and sent an e-mail via Cal Trout to the Governator supporting legislation limiting suction dredging on sensitive waterways.

The Governor's office e-mailed me right back.

The Governor appreciates hearing from concerned and involved Californians, as well as from individuals all over the world who have an interest in California.

Governor Schwarzenegger is committed to restoring your confidence in state government. As the Governor has said, with hard work and your help, California will once again be the "Golden Dream by the Sea".

Due to the unprecedented number of emails sent to the Governor, there may be a delay in immediately responding to your email. Please know that the Governor's office is making every effort to respond to your inquiry and will ensure that your voice is heard by the Governor.

To help us respond to you, please include your email address when you communicate with the Governor's Office. Please note that we are unable to accept e-mail attachments because of the risk of Internet viruses. We ask that you please send your attachments via traditional mail to:

Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information about Governor Schwarzenegger and the State of California, please visit the California website at www.ca.gov.

Again, thank you for your email. Governor Schwarzenegger is proud to serve you and all Californians.

Take action and you too can get an e-mail from Arnold.

September 27, 2007

Uptown Angler's 2nd Annual Saltwater Fly Fishers' Picnic


I'll be there next year MT!

This is a fun-filled gathering of saltwater fly anglers, guides, industry leaders and celebrities from around the country. Enjoy a day of fly-fishing fun on the banks of the Mississippi River at Woodland Plantation with Uptown Angler & friends!!!




Join the Chum tribe and send us a note with your mailing address requesting a decal - please include "I gargle Chum every morning" in the subject line.

Stripah Blitz


A clip from our recent Cape Cod trip.

El Pescador Sighting


Snapperhead Stillife


Thanks Chris!

A somewhat subdued IPA. LINK

September 26, 2007


Despite his popularity, Manfish always yearns for the water.

Confused Spey Cast



Chum junkie Kevin Brintnall pays the piper on a trip earlier this summer on the Sky.

Wetside Bow


Jim Olsen with a beautiful S.O.M. resident 'bow from "dunnowhereitis crik" somewhere in western Washington. Slammed a dry October Caddis. 4 weight, 6x in Vodka clear water.

The 2008 Women in Waders Calendar is Out



September 25, 2007

Dry Fly Distilling


Save Our Wild Salmon is going to have to add the Dry Fly Washington Wheat Vodka to their Wheat Wine and Wild Salmon events. In addition to small batch vodka, Dry Fly will also be offering Washington Dry Gin and Single Malt Whiskey  LINK 



You know you have issues when you're bummed about your trip to Hawaii because the bonefishing isn't exactly worldclass.  That won't stop me and my boomstick from a little GT hunting.

Reels on Wheels


Nick, a disabled angler from Devon UK, decided to do something about the lack of information for the disabled angler.


Better LEDs From Salmon Sperm


An expert in light-emitting diode technology has discovered you can enhance LEDs by using biological membranes to slow down electrons, getting them to emit more photons. According to the expert, salmon sperm, a waste product of the fishing industry, is the cheapest source of LED enhancing DNA. LINK Via: Backcountry The Goat

A Soothing Fishing Scene

September 24, 2007

Red Gold


The trailer for Felt Soul Media's latest film about Bristol Bay and the proposed Pebble Mine can now be viewed here. LINK

The trailer took the best overall film award at The Drake's 5 minutes of fly fishing film festival at the recent fly fishing show and was one of the featured clips at the Patagonia store reception.

UPDATE: Link is fixed.

Catch and Release Fish Tales - The Art of Paul Puckett

I'm re-posting this because somehow the links to Paul's sites dropped off the last time.

When not working at Atlanta's Fish Hawk Fly Shop, Paul Puckett paints fantastic catch and release and sporting art.

Catch and Release Fish Tales LINK

The Sporting Art of Paul Puckett LINK


A brilliant time lapse video of Paul at work.

The music is by James McMurtry.

Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon

Last Friday the Chum board of directors attended the first stop of Save Our Wild Salmon's, Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon event series. Highlighting Northwest food traditions, the series is designed to build public awareness in support of locally grown food and wild salmon.

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt lead an inspiring discussion about effective solutions to the Snake River salmon crisis. Babbitt's message was that wild salmon advocates should engage government, agricultural and power interests that have historically been opposed to removal of the 4 lower Snake River dams. Babbitt's own experience found that we shared common problems and concerns with pro-dam interests. By working together we can protect wild salmon and insure a secure economic future for farming communities throughout the Columbia Basin and central Idaho.

"For years, the debate over the future of Columbia and Snake River salmon, and whether to remove the four lower Snake River dams, has been cast as a clash between economic and environmental interests, of fishermen against farmers. But this is a false choice," Secretary Babbitt said. "Removing four dams on the lower Snake River and restoring wild salmon to one of our nation's signature rivers --- if done right --- will leave the Northwest economy and its communities with a brighter future."


The series will move to Spokane for a similar event on October 2nd followed by another two day panel discussion on October 19th and 20th.

Severson Slab - Again


Dave Severson, Syracuse fish pimp, submits S.O.M. another toad from upstate NY.  The Severson Salmon River Posse refers to it as the "twinky eater".  We call it the Ron Jeremy of trout.

Don't Go Noodling for Catfish in the Guangdong Reservoir!


It's a 3 meter long man-eating catfish whose head alone is 1 meter wide! After cutting up the catfish people were surprised to find the remains of a man inside!  LINK


Animoto is a web based application that automatically generates videos from your still images and music. You upload your images from your computer or from photo sharing sites like Flickr and Animoto does the rest. There is no charge to create shorts but the full length option will set you back $3 a video or $30 for an annual all access pass.

September 23, 2007



Chris Bamford stuck this 12 lb. slob fishing for steel on Conneaut Creek, in Ohio.  Not a bad consolation prize.

September 22, 2007

Homestate Trout


Here's a homestate S.O.M. trout submitted by Jim Olsen.

Moldy Links - Trout Ball Edition


Songs, Poetry, Stories, Cheap Coyote Tricks, and Other Stuff by Greg Keeler LINK

September 21, 2007

Wheat Wine & Wild Salmon

In all the chaos surrounding the Fly Fishing Retailer show we almost forgot to post this link.

Save our Wild Salmon is hosting a reception this evening to kick off it's fall 2007 Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon series.
There will be Washington wheat, wine and wild salmon prepared by local chefs as well as a discussion with former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.

The event starts at 6:30 this evening at the Mountaineers Summit room, 300 Third Ave. West in Seattle. Cost is $12.

We'll be in attending and will post a report.

Nine out of ten dentists recommend...


...you watch your freakin fingers while fishing with Captain Chris Hessert of Manhattan Fly!

We Call Him Straq


MidCurrent gives Patagonia some props for the Guidewater Vest and Sun Mask. LINK

A Quality Fishing Area


Delaney Buttes was the destination for this year's post FFR fish fest. There are some more photos to come from the High Plains Drifter but here are a just few highlights from Sully's boat


I don't care if it rains or freezes
'Long as I got my plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my drift boat


Mikey flashes a North Lake brown.


Benecio Del Rainbow


OC slab of the month, hold of the year.


What can brown do for you.



September 20, 2007

52 Degrees North



After three years of planning and a twelve hour drive, we finally arrived at our B.C. destination.  While B2 responsibly carried the Chum torch at the FFR show, I joined my childhood friends for a trip to what turned out to be a trophy rainbow incubator.  While we immediately appreciated the unspoiled quality of this place,  we soon found we weren't alone.  I'm working on the video this week and will post soon.  Until then, I'm feverishly cleaning the bacon strip that lines my boxer briefs. 

Nymph Fishing



Artist and photographer William Kramer spotted this nymph fisherperson on a recent trip to Yellowstone.

Moldy Striper


A digital version of Gyotaku.

Salmon Humor


September 19, 2007

Lepomis Megalotis Micro Slab


Heirloom Quality Fly Boxes from Fireside Fly Fishing



You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat


While out fishing in the middle of Buzzards Bay we spotted this Darwin Award candidate.

September 17, 2007

Patagonia Fly Fishing Retailer Reception


A star studded crowd turned out for the annual Patagonia Fly Fishing Retailer reception at the Denver Patagonia store.
The crowd was treated to great food, adult beverages, a World Trout Update, a 1% for the Planet pitch from Yvon Chouinard and film clips from Conway Bowman, AEG, Felt Sole Media, Rollcast Productions and Mikey Weir. 
Even, Bill Ritter the Governor of Colorado made an appearance.

It was a fantastic evening.


Patagonia fish marketing manager Bill Klyn reports that Patagonia's World Trout Initiative has raised 250K over the last two years to support groups fighting to preserve endangered trout.


Standing room only!


Despite no slaw dogs Chandler and Murdoch made an appearance.

September 16, 2007

The Hardest Working Guys In Fly Fishing

No Pebble Mine!

First Swag of FFR

8.5 crocodile pliers and nippers courtesy of Rising and a glass cleaning cloth from Smith.
He who dies with the most swag wins.

Casterbation Pond 2

The Casterbation Pond

AAFTA Giveaway Bike

Who is that man?

Patagonia FFR Booth

Rob and Jeremy holding down the fort.


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