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122 posts from February 2008

February 29, 2008

His own private Idaho

I suppose there are a few routes to take from Boise to Seattle, but when double-handed geekdom calls, there's only one answer.  55 to 95 to 13 to 12 was my route.  And six hours, a few Nez Perce-induced history lessons (they were and probably still are some badazdsonzabeeches), and several bladder recyclings later, I made it to Peck, Idaho's very own - the Red Shed.


It didn't take long to realize my new buddy Poppy has forgotten more about Spey than I'll ever know.

Leanin' on the counter and talking about two-handed fly rods and steelhead is a pretty cool way to spend your life.

Leap Day

Way Upstream and The Trout Underground both had thoughtful posts today on the meaning of Leap Day. We thought we'd be remiss not to add a Chum point of view.

A Weekend Well Spent


Our friend and colleague RJ Hosking's latest dispatch from the land of natural hot springs, bouldering, snowshoeing and Cal trout.  LINK

Fly Fish Ohio interview with Jerry Darkes


Friend and colleague Jerry Darkes talks about fly fishing Lake Erie with Fly Fish Ohio.

In addition to being a sales rep, guide, fly tier and steelhead expert, Jerry is also a warm water fly fishing aficionado. 


R.I.P. - Ben Chapman


Ben Chapman, the actor and stuntman who played the original creature in Creature From The Black Lagoon, has passed away.


Castro: the Golden Years


Castro's first entry in his retirement journal

Today I triumphantly pursued the bonefish. Strange thing, this "retirement." Yet I am content -- after 49 years of visionary leadership, a man craves a little leisure. Let Raul have the headaches while El Caballo casts. I am set to musing: How like the revolution is the bonefish, drawing oxygen from the sea with its silvery gills, just as we have drawn strength from despair with the ... the gills of our defiance.

Raul isn't returning my calls.

Via: The Wall St Journal LINK

In case you needed another reason not eat convenience store hamburgers


A Japanese man was taken to hospital with a fish hook in his intestines after eating a hamburger from a convenience store, police said Tuesday.  Via: AFP  LINK

February 28, 2008

At least they didn't put Grandad in a sweater!



Last Train to McMinnville


She flowed heavy this winter!


But was low and clear Sunday.  Too much so actually.


Not the Nehalem however.  Plenty of water.  And chrome.

New Oregon Fly Fishing Blog


Our on-line friend Matt Stansberry of Upstream in Oregon fame has announced a new pro fly fishing blog venture.


Win millions of dollars for watching other people fish


Just when you thought competitive bass fishing could not get any more over the top.   

A former Wall St. raider has launched Fantasy Fishing, the world's richest fantasy league with a grand prize of one million dollars.  Via: Salon  LINK

Get the players advantage! Only $39.95 LINK

February 27, 2008

Sauk it to me


Leatherman Tool sales mangler, David Haeberle NOT getting it done on this sweet Northwest flow.


Cast, mend, step.  Repeat.


Henrik Larson Fly Fishng Images


An impressive array of 26 galleries from around the world. LINK

An Exciting Opportunity To Be Larry Craig's Summer Intern!


Our favorite Senator from Idaho is looking for some summer help.

It’s that time of year again, and the Hill is looking for 2008’s crop of ambitious, savvy whippersnappers to make up its corps of summer interns! They’ll get to organize back room deals and schmooze with the fat cats, but mostly, they’ll learn that running America isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And if you’re a summer intern for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who knows what else you’ll be forced to do?

Our good senior senator from Idaho is an important man in Washington and wields power that reverberates nationwide. Just ask the salmon of Idaho River — they know what’s up

Via: Wonkette LINK

The Next Frontier In Fly Casting Competitions


CLICK on photo to enlarge.

California Trout Call to Action - Protect Hurdygurdy Creek

Photo: Thomas B. Dunklin

The Smith River, home to the state’s healthiest wild runs of coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout, is California’s only major undammed river system.  More than 300 miles of the Smith River are designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers.  Now, we have an opportunity to protect one of the river’s major tributaries, Hurdygurdy Creek.  Please urge Senator Dianne Feinstein to approve $4.5 million to buy critical land and stream habitat nested within the Smith River National Recreation Area.

Take action at California Trout.  LINK

The Smith River Alliance Hurdygurdy Creek project. LINK

Thomas B. Dunklin's photo gallery of the Hurdygurdy watershed.  LINK

February 26, 2008

Point No Point


The Most Important Fish in the Sea


Regionally, they're known as bunkers, pogies or fat-backs... but they're officially called menhaden.

Today, one company-Omega Protein-has a monopoly on the menhaden "reduction industry." Every year it sweeps billions of fish from the sea, grinds them up, and turns them into animal feed, fertilizer, and oil used in everything from linoleum to health-food supplements.

The massive harvest wouldn't be such a problem if menhaden were only good for making lipstick and soap. But they are crucial to the diet of bigger fish and they filter the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, playing an essential dual role in marine ecology perhaps unmatched anywhere on the planet. As their numbers have plummeted, fish and birds dependent on them have been decimated and toxic algae have begun to choke our bays and seas. 

Via: AlterNet LINK

The Good, the Bad and the Handsome


Alaska Nushagak River King Salmon Fishing Lodge Property - 15,000,000

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a lodge on the famous Nushagak River and this world renown King Salmon fishery.

Talking Travis Trout - $15

Has on off switch or motion detector, to scare someone, when they walk by.

Handsome Fishing Pole Display Holder - $75

Great to display those special salmon or fly fishing poles! Holds 8 poles!!!

Holy crap! I mean carp!


In the Northwest wild chinook salmon churn through picturesque rivers.

In the Rocky Mountains, world-class trout swim in cool streams.

In Des Moines, live carp slog through sewage pipes before meeting a screen - and their demise - at the treatment plant in the southeast part of the city.  Via: The Des Moines Register  LINK

February 25, 2008

More Chum Fly Fishing Catalog Goodness

You have not lived until you've shopped in Freeport at 2:00 am in the morning on Christmas Eve. Open 24/7, 365 days a year, Eddie Bean delivers the finest in monogrammed tote bags, gummy guide boots and fly fishing catalog goodness. 


And as good as an Echo rod!


Catalog 101 - Use the high end to sell the low end.

House brand on the left $29 - $79. Tibor and Ross on the right $285 - $822.

Low_end High_end_2

You too can pretend you're with Maine Fish and Wildlife.


No fly fish catalog is complete without creel.


The latest fly fishing oxymoron with bonus ridiculous model shot.



African-American Boycott of L.L. Bean Enters 80th Year

AEG Fly Fishing Film Tour - Seattle Edition


A packed house at the Seattle's Neptune Theater was treated to another fine evening of Fly Fishing Film Tour goodness which was followed up with some post show synaptic lubricant with cast and crew. The pace and flow of the show has been tweaked a bit since the premier in Ventura with some editing and rearranging of the roster of films.

Andy Parkinson of Fish Mongolia, that's him on the left, sent us his pics from the evening. According to the Fish Bum crew Andy saved them from potential disaster on a couple of occasions but could not save them from the local milk vodka or me from doing my Kubla Khan imitation.


Some interesting creative results from Andy's screen shots from the Fish Bum clip.




The tour heads next to Montana for a limited engagement in Missoula and Bozeman before the team splits up and the east coast venues start their run.

In case you missed the latest Fish Bum trailer here it is to get you fired up to see the extended clip at a tour stop near you.


Monday Fly Tie Lesson # 6

You thought you had a bad day on the river?


This unfortunate elk fell through the ice on the Silvies River in Oregon.

February 24, 2008

Bering Sea pollock fishery accidentally takes 130,000 prize chinook


DNA analysis shows about 20 per cent of the chinook caught up in the football field-sized nets were bound for the Yukon River, which runs through both Alaska and Yukon Territory.

Another 40 per cent of those salmon were destined for rivers in British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Via: The Canadian Press LINK

Sunday Funnies









February 23, 2008

Death of a Fly Shop


The Creel in Knoxville is closing after 24 years, usual suspects blamed for their demise.

Via: Knox News LINK

Recycled Chum - Musical Edition

 Coho Handcream for Men


The smash hit single from Fishin Witcho.

A short clip -  Download coho.wma

 Anglin' Wayne and the Trollers


Includes the classics Wade in the Water / Fly Fish Swish and Yankin on my Yohnson.

Comes with Warren Nelson's famous money-back guarantee: Buy it now and if you don't like it just try to get your money back.  LINK

Bluegrass on the Fly


CHASIN’ STEEL is a slang term for Steelhead fishing, and as the band members are avid steelhead fishermen, they decided to have their name reference this. Thus, blending two of their favorite pastimes; fishing and bluegrass music.


February 22, 2008

Unfortunate Ad Placement


Via: Say No to Crack

Create your own plush river bottom



Add a a few rainbow pillows for that final touch.

Brooke's Trout


Fish artist Brooke Gavin Biggar will memorialize your catch in pencil or watercolor. All you need to do is send a photograph of your fish along with a few specifics.  LINK

El Pescador Sighting


February 21, 2008

Previously unreleased striper camp photo


Most people mistake her photographs as paintings


Fourteen years ago Laurie Lane turned the lens to her love of fly fishing.  LINK

Holy Sid Fishous!


Snakeheads invading the UK?  Via: Swim at Your Own Risk LINK

Bottom Trawling Devastation Visible from Space


We know that bottom trawling is a destructive fishing technique that is the marine equivalent of strip mining.
What we didn't know was that the sediment plumes stirred up by the practice are visible from space.

Via: Live Science LINK

February 20, 2008

Last Chance for Romance

Still some good deals to be had online at the Patagonia Winterfest Sale that ends tomorrow.

Old style Double Haul - Was $98.00 - NOW $68.00  LINK

Weathershed Duffel - Was $175 - NOW $85.00 LINK

Men's Rainshadow Jacket - Was $149 - NOW - $59. - XL ONLY  LINK
M's Dimension Jacket - A smoking deal on this hooded soft shell

Was $260 - NOW $95.00  XL ONLY  LINK

But, Mr. Minister, it isn't like this is the first troublesome thing to come out of Canada


In response to "persistent steelhead angler" issues, the Canadian Ministry of the Environment is in the process of implementing a Quality Waters Strategy for the Skeena River watershed. The community engagement part of of the process  started in January, will take a year to complete , and will result in new angling management plans for the watershed. Keep in mind that the number of angling days on the Skeena watershed have actually declined dramatically over the last 5 years.

One of the initiatives being put forward by a very vocal group is to limit non resident access to the watershed.This proposal would devastate the local tourism economies and alienate some of the strongest advocates for protecting the Skeena.

Piscatorial Pursuits has a detailed forum thread on the subject and eloquently points out that the stakeholder working group contains no local business interests, is comprised of local guides and anglers and that the "angler crowding issues" are being overblown to limit access. The entire thread is worth the read.  LINK 

You have the opportunity to express your opinions about the plan by reviewing the information, filling out a response survey form and staying informed of ongoing developments. LINK

The quality of the steelhead fishing has also gone to shit over the last few years due to provincial aquaculture, commercial netting and poor fisheries management. The whole issue will be moot if something is not done to preserve the fish. LINK

The Great Lake Steelhead Chronicles

Patagonia fish rep extraordinaire Jerry Darkes provides an overview of this great fishery. Via: Patagoniavideo

"I initially forgot to type in the "B" and ended up at a very different site."


Every minute of the excitement of the 38th Bassmaster Classic, from multiple Classic venues, will be presented by ESPN2, ESPN Radio and www.Bassmaster.com.   LINK

Rivertime Designs


Elisa Davis artwork is painted or printed directly on the surface of tiles.


February 19, 2008

Smoke On the Water


Made on the Yellowstone


In addition to making these handmade bodkins, Made on the Yellowstone has some nice photos of Montana's Paradise Valley. LINK


Fishing elbow is a pain in the angler


There's always Tommy John surgery.

Statistics show that fishing continues to grow in popularity but the quiet sport has also jumped to the top of the nation’s injury list like a whopper rainbow trout gathering in the final fly of the hatch.

Via: The Minot Daily News  LINK

Big Bow with Mikey Wier

February 18, 2008

YC Interview in February UK Tackle and Trade

Click on the open publication tab to view full size, you can then zoom in to read. Straq, Bennett and Klyn get some ink in the story as well. This mag is distributed globally to 8,000  fly and general tackle industry companies, outfitters, media, reps, etc.

Monday Fly Tie Lesson # 5

Fishin Cowboys


Bustin a Brookie is just one of a series of four limited edition prints by western wildlife artist Tim Joyner.



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