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111 posts from November 2007

November 30, 2007

Answer to an age old question


Via: Clusterflock

Shall We Play a Game?


If you're not wading the flats or hunting steel this winter you can get your fix with these Top 10 Freshwater Fishing Games

Michael Keaton Has a Huge Boner


See this thing for yourself

Top 10 Places You DO NOT Want to Fly Fish Before You're Buried in the Ground

Via: This Is Fly Daily LINK

Invasive Species Zen


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

Award Winning Carver Teom Lim


Teom Lim is an artist, avid fisherman and fisheries biologist rolled up in one. LINK

November 29, 2007

The Recuscitation of Bikini Wars


Sure beats the inflatable bikini and definitely not Chumugly.

Bob's Fresh Fish


Bob Lawrence uses drinks can scales to help color up his fresh fish carvings. LINK

November 28, 2007

Cabela’s Desecrating its Own Brand


Bill Schneider at New West has written a blistering commentary on the impact of Cabela's Trophy Properties on their loyal customer base and public access for hunters and fisherman in Montana.

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.


Trophy properties is now selling off some formerly accessible high lakes near Mt St Helens.
Via:Washington Fly Fishing   LINK

Buster here wants to fish


The entire dialog transcript from A River Runs Through It. LINK

Ah Yes - Captain Gena Bradley


"I really enjoy releasing these big fish so we can catch them again and again." explains Gina. LINK

Chucking Feathers in a River Not Included


John Waldman mixes  fact, lore, and humorous anecdotes to describe the great lengths fishermen are willing to go to catch fish.  LINK

Fish Paintings by Chris Harman


This one is called Cultured Trout. LINK

November 27, 2007



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

Freshwater Bully


Mikey Weir flashes a ginormous Peacock bass in this outtake from Soulfish.

The rest of Mike's North Amazon Basin gallery. LINK

Jabba Like Mysis Shrimp


Sully, ma bukee. Bargon yanah coto da eetha.

Update on Delta Fish Stranding - It's Not Good


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

Zen and the Art of Fly Fishing


A watercolor by Mike Dater. LINK

November 26, 2007

Make a gift of fly tying materials or tools to an American soldier in Iraq


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

Winners of the 2007 State-Fish Art Contest


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

You can catch 28 percent more fish 58 percent of the time

From our intoxicated creators of Fishizzle

Whistlin Dixie


J.C. ups the November S.O.M. ante with this beautiful fall brownie.

November 25, 2007

Sunday Funnies





November 23, 2007

One Percent For The Planet On Line Auction


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

The Bride of Frankenstein


Junkie - Thad Robison (AEG)
Location - Mongolia
Fish - Taimen
River - River X
Fly - 10" double tube yak hair streamer, (aka, the bride of Frankenstein)

Attack of the Killer Jellyfish


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

Until the last decade, Pelagia Nocticula, also known as the Mauve Stinger, had rarely been spotted so far north in British or Irish waters, and scientists cite this as evidence of global warming. 

Bureau of Reclamation Strands Thousands of Fish on Delta Island


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   

Bush administration drops effort to ease salmon protections


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

November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Cocktail



  • Wild Turkey Bourbon (80 or 100 proof)
  • Cranberry Juice (any kind)
  • Crowther's Garlic Flavor   Drinking Gravy (accept no substitutes)

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

Gobble Gobble


The Al Braughtinwood Signature Wool Cap?


Perfect for winter steelheading!

Via Boing Boing  LINK

Enjoy the bird



November 21, 2007

Spey Girl - Snake Roll

In Japanese cuisine, salmon is considered to give good head


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

Do This for the Striped Bass


Stripers Forever is currently conducting their annual membership survey. LINK

Diane Rome Peebles - Fine Artist & Biological Illustrator


Diane Rome Peebles specializes in oil paintings of salt water sport fish and tropical landscapes.


November 20, 2007

What are you waiting for?


Don't be a statistic!

It's a long way to the top

After the shoots done, I'll sell you 15

From our intoxicated creators of Fishizzle

Great Scot! New campaign launched to save wild fish


A major campaign aimed at conserving wild salmon stocks in Scotland's rivers by trying to close coastal netting stations has been launched.  LINK

Huckabee Gets Nod from Hunters and Fisherman


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.

November 19, 2007

Steelhead on the fly - A novel idea?


Whodathunkit? VIA SFGATE.com LINK

A River Runs Through It Meets Fishizzle

The Grantham Sedge


"…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

New variation on the rod transport theme



I believe Tight Line Enterprises were the first to this genre of rod transport. LINK

November 18, 2007

Sunday Funnies





November 16, 2007


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.

Beyond and Back


Our bro D. Yi. breaks on to the scene with a bushwacking masterpiece, Beyond and Back: Chronicles of an Alaskan. Atta boy D!


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