If you're not wading the flats or hunting steel this winter you can get your fix with these Top 10 Freshwater Fishing Games
Via: This Is Fly Daily LINK
In 1960 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito was given some bluegill as a gift by Chicago Mayor Richard Daly. The fish were given to research centers to develop as a food source but they soon escaped and now have infiltrated waterways across Japan.
Including the moat of the imperial palace which is the residence of now Emperor Akihito.
Via: The Guardian Unlimited LINK
Teom Lim is an artist, avid fisherman and fisheries biologist rolled up in one. LINK
The controversy erupted when Cabela’s Trophy Properties opened an office in Montana and started listing what the Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF), the state’s largest group of hunters and anglers, calls “traditional public hunting properties.” Those listings shot up a warning flare to the MWF’s 7,000 members, and the result was a strongly worded letter from executive director Craig Sharpe going to Dennis Highby, president & CEO of Cabela’s. In the letter, Sharpe warned of a “strong response” to the real estate marketing, such as mailing back or burning catalogs, unless Cabela’s addressed the group’s concerns and agreed to a meeting to discuss the issues.
"I really enjoy releasing these big fish so we can catch them again and again." explains Gina. LINK
John Waldman mixes fact, lore, and humorous anecdotes to describe the great lengths fishermen are willing to go to catch fish. LINK
As an adjective:
Alcohol couldn't take it away, she/he was four-beer chumugly
Penelope Cruz is not Chumugly
As a synonym: Chihuly and his glass art might be described as....
Via: Wadin' Boot @ Washington Fly Fishing LINK
State and federal officials
on Monday said they were investigating the death of thousands of game
fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta after a federal agency drained
the water around a protected island during a levee repair. Masses of fish could be seen floating in shallow water on
Prospect Island, a 1,253-acre plot next to Sacramento's Deep Water Ship
Channel that is administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. LINK The video - VIA: CBS 13 LINK
State and federal officials on Monday said they were investigating the death of thousands of game fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta after a federal agency drained the water around a protected island during a levee repair.
Masses of fish could be seen floating in shallow water on Prospect Island, a 1,253-acre plot next to Sacramento's Deep Water Ship Channel that is administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. LINK
The video - VIA: CBS 13 LINK
Your contribution will be matched dollar–for–dollar by J. Stockard Fly Fishing to buy and ship fly tying materials kits, vises and tools to soldiers in time for Christmas.
Must be purchased by December 3rd! LINK
Some great fish art work all done by kids between grades 4- 12.
Sponsored by Wildlife Forever, the State Fish Art contest was inspired by a bright fifth-grader from Minnesota named Kate Di Leo and her father Sal in March of 1996. They decided an event should be created that educated kids, teachers, and parents on aquatics resources, conservation, and each state's State Fish.
Check out your state winners here. LINK
One Percent for the Planet has fired up an on line auction site that features a number of rare and special items including a guided trip by One Percent co-founder, and 2005 Fly Rod & Reel Angler of the Year, Craig Matthews. One Percent for the Planet is a coalition of businesses who donate 1% of their annual sales to non-profit groups that work on environmental causes. Launched in 2002 by Matthews and Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard, One Percent for the Planet now has 767 members.
You can access the main auction site here LINK
Junkie - Thad Robison (AEG)
Location - Mongolia
Fish - Taimen
River - River X
Fly - 10" double tube yak hair streamer, (aka, the bride of Frankenstein)
The only salmon farm in Northern Ireland has lost its entire population of more than 100,000 fish, worth some $2 million, to a spectacular jellyfish attack, its owners said Wednesday. Via: MSNBC LINK
Striped bass make up the vast majority of the fish stranded on the island but endangered and threatened species including Delta smelt, salmon and steelhead will also perish unless a fish rescue is conducted. LINK
Call the following numbers and urge the federal and state governments to do something about saving the fish:
Bureau of Reclamation, Public Affairs Office, 916-978-5100
Richard B. Rogers, California Fish and Game Commission, 916-653-4899
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 916-445-2841
Some good news from our backyard.
The Bush administration has abandoned efforts pushed by the timber industry to allow more logging around salmon streams on Northwest national forests. Via: The Seattle PI LINK
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add 2 ounces of Wild Turkey and 1 ounce of Cranberry Juice. Then fill the glass with the Drinking Gravy. Stir gently to mix the ingredients. Add a dollop of mashed potatoes, and garnish with a turkey bone.
Via The J-Walk Blog LINK
Due to over fishing in the seas of Southeast Asia the fish head, that Asian culinary delight, may soon be an endangered species.
And with fish heads, what you see is what you get. If the eyes are pink, it means the head is fresh. If it's glassy and grey, give it to the cat.
Previously on Moldy Chum
Stripers Forever is currently conducting their annual membership survey. LINK
Diane Rome Peebles specializes in oil paintings of salt water sport fish and tropical landscapes.
A major campaign aimed at conserving wild salmon
stocks in Scotland's rivers by trying to close coastal netting stations
has been launched. LINK
Outdoor Life Magazine just named Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee as one of the 25 "most positively influential people in hunting and fishing." LINK
Update: He's also Chuck Norris approved.
"…the best steelhead surface fly to bounce down the riffle in ages." -- Rob Brown
"…the best dry fly for summer run steelhead." -- Rick Jones
"It's brilliant!" -- Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia
Via: Split Cane Fly Rods handcrafted by Ron Grantham LINK
John and Amy couldn't have said it better. The water seduces you. "Drift" is a new film by Klug and company set for release next year.