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October 31, 2007

Andrew Tunikov Fish Carvings

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Andrew Tunikov's work is spectacular in it's detail and beauty.

The brown trout pictured above took 8 months to complete and can be yours for $30,000.  LINK

Fisherman nets shark 200 km from sea

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In southern Iraq!

Locals blamed the U.S. military for the shark's presence. Via: Yahoo News LINK

The Angler's Net

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The Angler's Net was created as a place for anglers to share fly fishing and tying videosLINK

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Ain't it just like G_Smolt to last minute our asses with this 280 lb. turd?  Regardless, it's every bit the slab.

BTW: the Neil Creek Chronicles does not condone the killing of large halibut, but the need to feed the entire Juneau community was too great to release this fish.  Also worthy of note - no flies, fly rods, or fly reels were injured in the pursuit of this S.O.M.

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Write a witty caption for this picture

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Fishing Magic is holding a caption contest for the above photo. The witty winner gets a complete set of Hywel Morgan stillwater fly fishing DVDs.  LINK

Happy Halloween from The Chum

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October 30, 2007

CALL NOW!!!!!!!!!

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Photo By Ben Knight

Your help is needed to help bring needed change to mining regulations. Tomorrow, the entire House of Representatives will vote on the first real mining law reform in more than 10 years.

Please call today! Tell your Representative to vote for HR2262, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007. You can find your Representative's contact information here; background on the issue can be found at earthworksaction.org.

We're a little late to the game here but every call will help! TAKE ACTION!!!! The Mining Law Act of 1872 is arguably the worst case of corporate welfare in our nation's history. If it's after hours you can still call your reps D.C. office and leave a message, TELL THEM TO VOTE YES ON HR2262

Via: Felt Soul Media / The Cleanest Line / Way Upstream

There's a new Unrath in town

RP customer and Chum purveyor, William Unrath, gets his Oct. slab of the month in at the 11th hour (officially landed on Oct 21st).  And, at 7 lbs. 4 oz. this North American Homosapian (Zane) is quite impressive.  Nice hold on the hero shot!

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As a back up plan, he also throws the Chum a bone with some nice early Oct. Eastside steel.

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Not a bad month for Willie U.

Kent Jacobson's Fish and Wildlife Art

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Kent Jacobson's paintings and sculpture reflect his passion for fly fishing. LINK

Know Thine Enemy

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Here are the talking points of those advocating the development of the Pebble Mine.

Truth About Pebble is a non-profit citizens organization based in Alaska that supports the Pebble Project. Our diverse membership is composed of groups and individuals who believe that the proposed copper project can be developed in a manner that protects our important fish, game and water resources.

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If a judge sentenced me to take Paris Hilton fly fishing I would...

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Via: Jack Gartside LINK 

Scroll down on Jack's right sidebar to cast your vote.

Ain't No Nookie Without Chinookie

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Sonoma County Water Agency officials are concerned about the low number of Chinook salmon that are returning to the Russian River this season.  LINK

Salmon fishing on Oregon's famed Rogue River nosedives. LINK

Perfect for that Save Our Wild Salmon Halloween party

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The U.S. Senator Larry Craig paper bag mask.

Great for Halloween, or for everyday use when visiting the toilet. LINK

October 29, 2007

Mako Fly Reels

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Jack Charlton has re-entered the premium fly reel market. Via: SWOFFA LINK

You can check out pricing or pre-order one of Charlton's new reels on the Mako web site.

Bonneville Cutthroat Trout to Be Reconsidered for Endangered Species Status

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In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, and Pacific Rivers Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will again consider the Bonneville cutthroat trout for protection as an endangered species. LINK

Neal Dalrymple Ceramic Stoneware Sculptor

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Neil Dalrymple is most well known for his fine art fish sculptures.

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It's so nice to have you back

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After a two month hiatus, Musings of a Mad Fisherman popped up again on the RSS reader. LINK

We've also added a long overdue sidebar link.

The Great Swallower

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Via: Swim at Your Own Risk LINK

October 28, 2007

Good Chowdah Bobby!

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All is well in Red Sox Nation!

Puget Un-Sound

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The weather started getting rough. The tiny ship was tossed. If not for the spirit of the fearless crew, the opportunity to fish the Olympic Penninsula for Salmon would be lost.

Sunday Funnies

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October 26, 2007

Chum Gets Wired?

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Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Waterpark

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A massive steel structure designed as a fish-friendly water slide to give juvenile salmon and steelhead a faster and safer way to negotiate spillways is en route to Lower Monumental Dam for installation next month. LINK
 
An interactive computer simulation of what fish experience as they travel through the slide. LINK

Are you Braughtinwood's Friend?

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Hi folks, You may know me from your television screen. Yup that's right Al Braughtinwood, purveyor of fine fishing lures and international celebrity. Let's face it folks, I've probably caught more fish than you. Now let's ask ourselves why? LINK

From the makers of Fishizzle.  If you've not purchased your copy whadaphuckryawaitinfor?

If it's good enough for Swearengen...

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...it's good enough for me. 

During our four hour roadtrip last weekend, B2 aroused me with his speak about the HBO series Deadwood.  Said it's a must watch.  7 days, 4 trips to Hollywood Video and 16 episodes later, it's safe to say he was right.  So much so that I'm contemplating a trip to this historic site.  And, from the looks of it, my 5 wt will come along for the ride.

For the fisherman who’s got everything

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Except common sense. Via: Oh Gizmo  LINK

October 25, 2007

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Blackwater Trading Co.

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When only the best will do, Blackwater Fish Replicas is known for creating incredibly realistic fiberglass fish mounts and fish reproductions. LINK

Ross Creek Anglers Aluminum and Polymer Fly Box

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Feed your fly box fetish. LINK

Tach-IT Fly Fishing Accessories

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October 24, 2007

Siamese Pike

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I would way rather see a shark swimming next to me than one of these conjoined fish.  VIA Backcountry.com (and Chum Chugger - Josh Tarr) LINK

Schwarzenegger strengthens trout protection for Golden, Lahontan species

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Several California native trout that are classified as species of concern have earned additional protection after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation on Wednesday. Via: The Tahoe Daily Tribune LINK

Remarks by President Bush on the striped bass and red drum protection order

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The Vice President tells me there's a lot of fine fishing here, and I'm looking forward to going out and trying to catch some. I love to fish. And the good news there's a lot of good fishing here is because the Secret Service won't let me go hunting with him. (Laughter.)  LINK

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Give a dam for salmon - Youth Art Contest

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The contest is open to all public, private and home school students in the United States in grades K-12. Grade categories: K—4, 5—8 and 9—12.  Via ilovesalmon.org LINK

Hooknose SOM's

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RP customer, and friend of Pacific Fly Fishers, hoists some meat somewhere in The Last Frontier.

October 23, 2007

Metrosexual Fly Tying

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Jack Spade is introducing a limited line of 24 boutonnières, all made by hand from fly-fishing lures.

Via Men Style LINK

Chum Being Sued!

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"Nobody's going to be happy," he said. "We recognize that there's this niche marketing, but we want to have the best economic outcome for the industry as a whole." via Seattle PI LINK

Yale Press Podcast

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In this episode James Prosek talks about the 10th Anniversary of the Yale Anglers Journal. LINK

Fishartist.com

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Fishartist is a website dedicated to fishermen containing a collection of fish art,photography,oil paintings,and watercolors of fish from around the world. LINK

The River Ness monster

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Witnesses to the weekend catch said the huge salmon, caught in the River Ness near Inverness, was 56 inches long and 50 inches around the girth.

The exact weight will never be known because the scale on the river bank only went up to thirty pounds and they released the beast to fight another day.  VIA: The Daily Mail LINK

FFF Code of Angling Ethics

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The FFF has a code of ethics that many have never read.

The following is a shortened version suitable to be carried by the angler:

1.Fly anglers understand and obey laws and regulations associated with the fishery.
2.Fly anglers believe fly fishing is a privilege and a responsibility.
3.Fly anglers conserve fisheries by limiting their catch.
4.Fly anglers do not judge fellow anglers and treat them as they would expect to be treated.
5.Fly anglers respect the waters occupied by other anglers so that fish are not disturbed
6.When fishing from a watercraft, fly anglers do not crowd other anglers or craft or unnecessarily disturb the water.
7.Fly anglers respect other angling methods and promote this Code of Angling Ethics to all anglers.

Via: Aroostook flyers and tyers  LINK

October 22, 2007

Trophy Fish Carvings

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Stephen Smith's work is incredible. LINK

Who Owns the Fish?

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

There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a man with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage.

The question is: "Who owns the fish?"

Hints:

The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the left of the white house.
The green house's owner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the center house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water

If you get the correct answer, congratulations, you are one of the exclusive group of 121,348,731 people in the world who can.  Via Coudal LINK

The Art of David A. Footer

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Best known for his skills as a taxidermist, David A. Footer of Lewiston Maine is also an accomplished painter and sculpture.

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Remember the Two Mouth Trout?

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Not to be outdone this sea bass lets his freak flag fly.

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Fly Fishing Retailer of the Year

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At last month's FFR show Steve Schmidt's shop, Western Rivers Flyfisher, was honored by the industry as the fly fishing retailer of the year.

If you're headed through Salt Lake be sure to stop in to Western Rivers. In the meantime read Steve's latest "Two Fingered Salute" post at Schmidt's Walkabouts. LINK

October 21, 2007

Yak Love

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"More people want to get out of Seattle and get away from the stressful life over there," Worley said, "and fishing over here provides that relaxation they're looking for." VIA my college town rag - the Ellensburg Daily Journal LINK

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