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September 30, 2008

The Passing of Stabby the Sailfish

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A LOL post about ending a relationship with a sailfish mount that was found in an alley.

I like to imagine Ernest Hemingway and baseball great Ted Williams sitting on a boat together, taking turns on the rod, struggling for hours to land the creature. When the fight is finished, the men bring their prize ashore, and retire to the fishing club to do some shots of Pisco with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. They would eat Dorado and share stories of love, life, and women. And one day, the symbol of their greatness would find its way into my life, and perhaps onto my wall.

Whatever. Anyway, time to throw this dirty fuckin’ thing into the dumpster.

Via: Middle Coast: LINK

Fish Bailout

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Landmark Fish Habitat Bill Introduced In U.S. Senate

On September 24th Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christopher Bond (R-MO), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and George Voinovich (R-OH), introduced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act of 2008, a comprehensive strategy to allocate conservation dollars for effective restoration of our national waterways

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is a national investment strategy to maximize the impact of conservation dollars on the ground. Under the Action Plan, Federal, state and privately-raised funds will be the foundation for building regional partnerships that address the Nation’s biggest fish habitat problems. This is the most comprehensive effort ever attempted to the causes of fish habitat decline, not just the symptoms.

LINK (Via: The National Fish Habitat Action Plan)

The River Why - Eddy

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You never know when you might need a fly fishing themed term paper.

Duncan introduces a character, Eddy, who significantly changes Gus's views on what he needs in his life and she gives Gus a sense of motivation or inspiration. Eddy changes Gus by their first encounter with each other, when Eddy instills in Gus a need to fulfill his life and when they meet up......

No mention of the fact she was naked.

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Even the most finicky fish can't turn their heads when this beer is presented

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Next time you're in Sisters stop by the Three Creeks Brewery.

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September 29, 2008

Flow

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Photo: By Scotty Craighead

While writing about his families annual fishing trip trip to Quebec, Scotty Craighead came across a poem Grand Cascapedia written by his grandfather John. In this piece he wrote for The Snaz, he braids his words with those of his grandfather.

With a burr of Scotch, a blare of French,
The Cascapedia scours its ice-made trench.

It grows in depth with rocks and rills,
Then Penetrates green-quilted hills.
Clothed in maple, birch, and fir,
Alive with daisy fields that stir.

I balance on the wobbly, green, 27-foot canoe, ready to cast. As I pull line from the Bogden reel, there is a distinctive, pleasing screech.

Read the rest here. LINK  (Via: The Snaz)


Fishing and Thinking

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Welcome to Streamthought  LINK

Complete Stringer to Lite Feed Frenzy

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The 1992 Fish Tales pinball machine , the perfect antidote for the shack nasties.

The original promotional video from Williams.

The machine has a starring role in the pinball game adventure film from the PinPin pinball film crew. The full length feature is here, the trailer is below.

Buy your very own for only $1799. LINK

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Casting for a Cure

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Via: A Whiff of Smiff  LINK

September 28, 2008

Talkin Bout the Car Wash - No driveway carwashes, Wash. state says

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"I understand this is something people have done for a long time," says Bill Moore, water quality specialist with the Washington state Department of Ecology, which is requiring the ban. "It's not something we should be doing any longer."

He says the soapy runoff is toxic to salmon and other fish and that small metal particles that wash off cars, such as brake dust, is harmful, too.

Via: USA Today LINK

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo survives by bending with the wind

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Craig Calfee is now growing bamboo into preformed shapes for his custom bamboo bikes.

By forcing the bamboo to grow through carefully placed barriers, the naturally straight plant grows with the bends and curves he needs for frames and other components.

Calfee said he's experimenting with a limited number of plants, but can envision fields full of bamboo. "It's like mass production," he said. "A factory in a field. You can have row after row of bamboo growing into the right structures for bike frames."

Via Wired LINK

Previously on MC:

The Big Bamboo Bicycle Post - It's Not Just for Fly Rods and Pants Anymore

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Sunday Funnies - Fish Ride Edition

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September 27, 2008

NBC News Reports on Rivers of Recovery

More interviews from the report:

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We ran into this hook surgeon on the river last week - sporting his RP River Armor

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September 26, 2008

Southbound 97

In 24 hrs we're busting out the deuce and starting our 3 day Deschutes swing fest.  Until then, this vid is playing a permanent loop on our monitor.

Beyond and Back: The Chronicles of a Neil and Bob

Yi and Smolt said it best. Internet dating has never been so productive and fun. The four of us rallied together in no time to make this a last minute trip to remember. A trip that not even the cakiest of riverside BM's could spoil. 

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Egg mongering dolly

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The Upper Kenai - soaking up its last rays of the year

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The deuce comes into play

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"Unique headwear of the trip" winner

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These guys showed us the true meaning of "where there's a will, there's a way"

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Captain Ahab ties up a new pattern with some bits and pieces of his 3G iPhone that went for a swim in the Farmington River.

Last week I dropped my new iphone 3G in the Farmington River. It's become a very expensive paperweight so tonight I figured I'd get some use out of it. Seeing it was the river that took it from me, it's gonna at least catch me some fish.

LINK  (Via:Make)

It's New - Exciting - Sporting

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And boy does it catch fish

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September 25, 2008

We're not going to get salmon recovery unless we get lamprey recovery

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A dramatic decline in lamprey numbers in the Columbia and Snake Rivers has biologists alarmed and the Corps of Engineers scrambling for solutions. High in fat content, the lowly Lamprey is an important food source for salmon and sea lions and their disappearance has profound impacts on the entire food chain.

Via: The Seattle Times LINK

NY Times - The Battle for Bristol Bay

"Somebody could argue that this area, somebody should have protected it but they didn't." Pebble Partnership CEO

Connett has made over 300 trips in his queer craft

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Seafood Buffet

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During the fall months, wolves in coastal British Columbia will ignore their usual prey and feed almost exclusively on migrating salmon. Via: National Geographic  LINK

September 24, 2008

Fresh Art

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Friend and artist extraordinaire Mike Savlen is getting ready to relocate to Costa Rica and has been inspired to paint some of the future locals.  LINK

Cutthroat trout help measure Willamette temperatures

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The project involves implanting cutthroat trout with temperature monitors the size of a watch battery and fitting others with radio beacons.

Via: The World LINK

More FRR Outtakes

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O'Keefe and Moen in front of Brian's cover shot from the premier issue of Catch magazine.

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Klyn, Lefty and Flip admiring the Patagonia Remat.

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Moore, Murdoch and Chandler enjoying a little New Belgium at the Patagonia reception.

Klamath Salmon Plague

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Pathologist Scott Foott with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's California-Nevada Fish Health Center briefed county supervisors on Tuesday about the abnormal rate of infection in fish by two parasites that are rife in a particular stretch of the river. The infected fish die at extraordinarily high rates when exposed to the parasites in a 60-mile stretch of river downstream of Iron Gate Dam, Foott said.  Via: The Times - Standard LINK

September 23, 2008

In the Can

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G_Smolt scoops Ratbone on the latest piscine biathalon.

Via: The Neil Creek Chronicles LINK

Raising the Ghost - The 5 Minute Cut

This is the 5 min dead drift dry fly steelhead cut seen at The Drake film awards.

The Flyboys have also launched a new website  LINK

Beauty and the Beast

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It's Garzilla!!!!!!

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The record did not come easy. Leonard fought the fish for an hour, shot it twice, then drove around with the creature for hours before weighing it.  Via: The Atlanta Journal Constitution LINK

September 22, 2008

Fire it up, fire it up, when we find the perfect water

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Hustle & Fish is Rollcast Productions highly anticipated follow up to the indie Fly Fishing hit "Fishizzle!" Shot on HD with 35 mm lenses, Hustle & Fish  is an epic fly fishing adventure chalked full wacky characters, near death experiences, sharks, bears, wolves, and most of all breathtaking fly fishing footage.

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Metalhead

Set for release in spring of 09, Metalhead is the latest offering from AEG media.

Conservation Alliance Testifies For Rogue River Protections

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Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling testified on September 11 before a Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives in support of legislation that would protect the tributary streams of the Lower Rogue River in Oregon under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The Oregon Treasures Act of 2008
, introduced by Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, would designate 143 miles of rivers in the Rogue watershed as Wild and Scenic. The protections would safeguard the streams from any dams or diversions, and would prohibit logging within one-half mile in either direction of the streams.

Via: SNEWS LINK

Fly Fishing Retailer Booth Imagery

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If fly fish modeling doesn't work out I can always go back to the Mark Wahlberg celebrity look a like gig.

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I'm telling you Lance, technical denim is where it's at.

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Could someone please direct me to the Filson catalog?

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I could have sworn we left the drift boat right here.

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Memo: To Frogg Toggs Marketing Department
From:  VP of the Obvious 
RE: FLY Fishing Retailer

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Was it really necessary to put the sticker over the Patagonia logo?

September 21, 2008

Sunday Funnies - Fish Noir Edition

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September 20, 2008

Fish Wish

Created by Vancouver Film School student Josephine Gutianjo

September 19, 2008

Release Terrence and Philip, or we WILL give you something to cry a-boot!!

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We've thrown a couple of posts your way about the Angling Management plan being drafted for the Skeena watershed but now is the time for all of us to take action. Tim Pask sent us the following e-mail outliing what the impact this proposed plan will have on local businneses and the future of wild steelhead. Please take a moment and add your voice to the fight against the draft plan by filling out the survey, a link to which can be found below.

All,

For any of you who are "Do it yourself" anglers, or perhaps someday want to visit the Skeena system on your own, you should be aware that by 2010 you might be out of luck.  Lottery based 8 day licenses will be in place if a hand full of local guides get their way.  When the dust settles they will have a short term win, the local businesses that are supported by traveling anglers loose and long term the fish loose, which is the real crime here.  Right now we face enemies from all sides, with issues like Shell Oil wanting to develop the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine.  The resource is rich with opportunities and short term greed is at the door and the fight will continue for decades to come.  If we are removed from the equation they have lost a large % of the people who care about and support these fights.  Mining, Oil exploration, gas lines easements, coal bed methane and fish farms are all current issues.  I know many of you are actively involved in these issues today, but I doubt many of you will continue to be involved if you can no longer fish the great rivers of the Skeena.

I received this email (below) from Kathy Larson.  Many of you know Kathy and also know how involved she has been to save Wild Fish.  I have the utmost respect for her and Dave, and hope that they will survive to continue to stand on the front line and fight for Wild Fish and against the short term greed that is coming at every angle.  We need them!!!

Please read the email below and then follow the link and fill out the survey.  And forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

Thanks

Tim Pask

Hello Everyone,
The Draft recommendations of the Quality Waters Committee will, if implemented, put our B&B out of business, hugely devalue our property, and has the potential to devastate the economies of Houston, Smithers, Hazelton & Terrace by killing the steelhead industry for all but the guides.
If passed, they will also prevent non resident property owners, who contribute greatly to the local economy, from fishing from their own property unless they win a lottery spot, and then only for 8 days.

Please take a few moments to look at the following website and fill out the survey. It is made for the Bulkley River but applies to the Kispiox and Skeena as well.

All your friends and neighbours who welcome the influx of steelheaders and the tourism dollars brought in each fall by the steelhead fishermen will thank you as well as anyone who owns property along the rivers.
Please pass this on to all non guided steelheaders and anyone who is concerned about the economies of the Skeena Watershed
Thanks for your help!
Kathy Larson
Poplar Park Farm and B&B
www.kispiox.com/poplarpark

Fill out the survey at the Buckley River Steelhead Anglers Community LINK


Fraser River Sockeye Lice Infection

This is the big one! You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!

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The warning label inside the new Mag Series Willie and J packs.

Somebody forgot to wear their sticky rubber wading boots

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Late last week, Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Bengston reported that a biologist conducting a weed survey in the Russian River discovered the tiny New Zealand mud snail. Via: Lake County News LINK

September 18, 2008

Watauga Brown

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Another nice SOTM entry from John Monroe.

String Thing, You Make My Heart Sing

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Some primo Umpqua FFR swag in preparation for B.C. steelhead.

Kenai or Bust

Whilst sitting in my office yesterday feeling sorry for myself, I received a well timed phone call from G-Smolt.  After having to bail on the FFR show and post show Wyoming boondoggle, Smolt's invite to join himself and Yi on a three day upper Kenai egg drifting crusade left me with little option.  Hell yes I'll join the boys to party with some of the planets biggest Bows.  So, in 27 hours I'll board the Alaska shuttle North with eggs and flesh in tow.  Thorough details upon my return.

Until then, this pic from Mystic Waters will serve as my motivation.

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What do you do when gun wielding federales arrive?

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You make the best of it and harvest like you've never harvested before.  This is a see it to believe it story!  Via Bloodydecks.com.  LINK

September 17, 2008

More Obama is an elitist ammo for the old white haired dude

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LICATA: What do you like to do outside?

SENATOR OBAMA: I am a big hiker. I love going off and just getting lost. Not literally, but I tell you, one of the pleasures of being a presidential candidate has been traveling all across the country, and we spent quite a bit of time in Montana recently. And I've got to say that I am absolutely certain that one way or another, after this presidential process is over, whether--because I lose or because I win--and I've got a little vacation time coming, I'm going to learn how to flyfish, because that land is spectacular.

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LICATA: Do you fish?

SENATOR MCCAIN: Oh, I fish all the time. I fish for catfish. I fish for bass. I fish for bluegill that all are on our property and in Oak Creek, which is our property up in northern Arizona. It's on Oak Creek. Also, there is a fish hatchery that's down from us--not on the property--obviously the state fish hatchery, trout, but I have to admit to you I've never caught one of their trout. Maybe they've never put them into the creek near our home.

Via: Politico LINK

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