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January 31, 2009

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo

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Fueled by cheap Canadian Whiskey, a sixer of Rainier, and cold pizza, Rollcast Productions, and Rathbun had an impromptu creative meeting last night.  Logos were born and narration was fine tuned.  I do believe this bitch is almost in the can.

The Laughing Fish #1

January 30, 2009

The Chum Nation has spoken: 2008 Slab of the Year Results

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The votes are in and here's the scoop:

First Place: Sickles shocks the world with a Columbia trib slab of steel that still has us shaking our heads.  Congrats Sam, you've just won a Patagonia Freewheeler.

Patagonia freewheeler 

Second Place: Beatty is knighted by a insanely large King and takes home some River Armor as a result.


Third Place: Miller goes Tierra Del Fuego on our asses and lands a Waterproof Hat and a Rust Long Sleeve TShirt.

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Thanks to all who participated this year - here's to an even more fishy and slab invested 2009! 

There's a first for everything

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In this case, it's Greg "Boz" Bostater's first SOTM boner.  Boz, there's no where to go but down now.  Sweet baby Jesus!


Friday Pin-up


Daily Dose of Chum

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January 29, 2009

A River Runs Through My Jet Pack

A Trout Bum's Guide to Patagonia

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Although Patagonia is becoming an increasingly popular world destination for fly-fishermen, there is a conspicuous lack of information available to anglers on this remote area. Until now.

Barrett Mattison and Evan Jones have spent several seasons independently fishing and exploring the entirety of Argentine Patagonia (an area roughly the size of Montana and California combined), and in this book they share everything you need to know before embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.

LINK (Via: Far Away Fly Fishing)

Maybe Barrett and Evan should apply for the Trout Bum Seal of Approval from the tweed bag police?

New Olympus Waterproof, Shockproof, Freeze Proof Shooters

Olympus’s line  of waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof cameras has grown with the addition of the 12 Megapixel TOUGH-8000 and the 10 Megapixel TOUGH-6000. Suggested retail is $399 and $299, available for pre-order on Amazon.

LINK (Via:Digital Photography School)

With the PMA show scheduled for the first week in March manufacturers are busy releasing details of their new 2009 models. I'm waiting for Pentax to announce their new W70, I'm still sporting the W30 which has served me really well on the water over the years.

Angler Editions

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Featuring the art of Prosek, Shilstone, Ford, Hall, Beck and Abrames. LINK

The Coffee Lady


Paul Menard, AKA The New Man, uses some coffee beans to create lady bug imitations.

You can find brewing instructions on The New Man's Flickr photostream  LINK

Just be the ball, be the ball, be the ball. You're not being the ball Danny.

The perfect gift for the duffer who likes to hit it in the water.  LINK

January 28, 2009

B.C. Fish Habitat Profoundly Impacted by Shoddy Roads


The Forest Pracrices Board board investigated 1,100 road crossings in 19 watersheds and found that only 42 per cent were designed and built in a way that allow fish to pass through. Even in streams considered "important or critical" fish habitat, more than one in four road crossings blocked fish movement.

In the Campbell-Memekay watershed north of Campbell River, the board found that almost one-third of road crossings of important or critical streams blocked fish migration.

LINK (Via: The Times Colonist)

Baiting Rambo

"There are four kinds of fish in this lake,” Manzur Hussain said. “Golden fish, local trout, A-1 trout, and Rambo trout.”

LINK (Via: The National)

Asking a bartender what beers are on tap when the handles are right in front of you is the equivalent of saying, “I'm an idiot.”


While the boys from Big Sky Brewing were dropping of some suds at the Patagonia booth at last week's Outdoor Retailer show, we were stoked to learn that they are also Chum aficionados. As a result, Trout Slayer Ale now joins the ranks of "Official Beverages" of Moldy Chum. We also learned that Big Sky has plans to offer their tasty beverages in fisherman friendly, easy to pack in and out cans.

New Panasonic Waterproof Shooter


Panasonic jumps into the waterproof/shockproof point and shoot fray.

Nearly every aspect of the TS1 was designed with rugged use in mind: the airtight shell, reinforced with rubber padding, glass and carbon resin is purported to protect the camera during underwater use at depths of up to ten feet and falls onto a hard surface from five.

Now for the spec pile: the TS1 shoots stills at 12.1 megapixels and video at 1080p. effective lens length is an ample 28mm-128mm, the aperture opens to a 3.3-5.9 maximum size, ISO notches all the way up to 6400 and the maximum shutter speed is 1/1300. A 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD adorns the back of the slim(ish) 3.87 x 2.49 x 0.91 body, and the standard facial recognition, image stabilization and creative mode features are all present.

Available in April -  Suggested Retail $400

LINK  (Via: Gizmodo)

A Manifesto for Ignorance


David James Duncan makes the case for going guideless in this piece that appeared in Outside Magazine in July of 2000. A few copies of The River Why probably ended up in the trash bin as a result.

My reservations about the average fly-fishing guide are a lot like my reservations about the average spiritual guru. Both can be highly entertaining. Both can be idiots.

(Via: Outside Online)

January 27, 2009

Blowfish testicles poison 7 diners in Japan


Always be sure the person preparing your blowfish testicles is fully licensed. 


Big, WILD and Beautiful

Justin Crump had a pretty good weekend on this "Secret River" which according to him is located someplace in the Florida Keys.  39.5" x 21", so using the “Keelin Estimator”  that's a whopping 26 pounds of steel.  K8 did pretty well too and you check her fish HERE.

Suddenly, everyone's being drawn to reinforced vegetation

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Here's an interesting ad sent to us by Chum follower known as BrownTroutSniffer.  For those interested in the battle of vegetation reinforced slope and stream restoration vs. rip rap or compacted soil treatments, take a peek into what's happening here.  

Calling all Steelhead bug tiers!


Sent to us from John Ruberto at Whiskey Creek Fly Fishing Blog.  April Vokey is looking for your flies, your steelhead flies. This is a fundraiser for the Steelhead Society, for habitat restoration and other projects.  Send your flies to April and she will distribute to several fly shops across BC. Your flies will be purchased by anglers and all of the proceeds going to the Steelhead Society.  If you tie, tie some extras up and send them in. If you are a steeheader, look into your boxes and see what you can donate.  Put those flies in an envelope and send to:

April Vokey
8505 Norman Cres.
Chilliwack, B.C.
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The Chum has a few Lewd Contuct (pictured above) strapped to a northbound pigeon. 

Arizona Bow

Arizona rainbow trout 

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Brian Gregson just submitted this SOTM AZ rainbow that he taped at 27"x 16".  Whodathunk Arizona would cook up such a nice slice of trout?  Kick ass photos courtesy of Corey Kruitbosch.   

January 26, 2009

Oregon Proposing New Guide Permit and Regional Endorsement System

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A proposed bill being drafted for the Oregon Legislature would cap and eventually reduce the number of professional salmon and steelhead guides in Oregon, and regulate them as an industry.

Born from within the guiding industry, the effort seeks to ban new guides from joining the guiding world for five years and allow the guide pool to drop from roughly 800 to 550 through attrition.

The bill would also seek to reduce pressure on certain salmon runs at by requiring additional fees and permits for guides who stray from their home waters and guide in other regions of the state.

LINK (Via: The Mail Tribune)

2009 Patagonia Fly Fishing Catalog

After a 3 year hiatus the Patagonia Fly Fishing catalog is back!

In addition to the great photography and details on the new product line, you'll also find a field report from Jeff Currier and an environmental essay by Rick Bass. You can preview the catalog in the mini viewer above, a link in the lower left corner will enlarge the catalog in a new window. I recommend going to the options menu in the viewer and clicking on single page mode for easier reading.

Winston and World Trout Team Up


For it's 80th season, R.L. Winston has created a new BIIx 9' 5wt. series with a Prosek print on the rod. They also come with a signed Prosek rainbow trout print. With each purchase Winston will donate $360 to the conservation project of the buyers choice or one designated by Winston and World Trout. Last, and certainly not least, the rods retail for $1800. If you're just a mortal like us, read on. If not, and you're in the market to make a meaningful difference, send an email here and learn more.

Spey we can believe in


Matt Zudweg took a cue from our fish themed Obamicons and did us one better. Buy it HERE.

While you're at it check out Matt's custom signs.


Greetings from Mongolia




Courtesy of our pal Andy Parkinson at Fish Mongolia.


New Olympus Waterproof Shooter


Olympus is set to roll out a new $199 waterproof shooter next month that can be used at up to 3 meters under water, has a 10 megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD screen.

LINK (Via: Digital Photography School)

January 25, 2009

Sunday Funnies







January 24, 2009

Our Four Finalists: Voting closes at Midnight PST on Monday the 26th

Cast your vote on the left sidebar.  Get your votes in now...

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Ken Beatty 62lbweb

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Winter in Georgia


Chum purveyor, Louis Cahill, just fired over some great pics from a recent sack shrinker.  More work from Louis found here.

Finding Nimoy

January 23, 2009

Steve Perih Photography

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I love this shot of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.

(Via: The Whistler Fly Fishing Blog)

Record Muskie Threatens to Disrupt the Space Time Continuum


The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum notified Brad Bohen of Hayward last week that the 51.25-inch musky he caught Oct. 16, 2008, was indeed a world fly rod record for a released fish on a 36-pound tippet, according to Emmett Brown, the Hall’s executive director.

LINK  (Via: The River Falls Journal)

Friday Pin Up


World's Largest Bobber


Clean Coal: This is Reality


Remember that coal ash pond that ruptured in Tennessee sending billions of gallons of toxic sludge into the local watershed?  Well there are more than 1300 similar dumps across the United States and most are unmonitored and unregulated. LINK (Via: The NY Times)

January 22, 2009

Dude the birds are chirpin. It's awesome. Whata day.

Did she free up?

Hero shot of the month!

Male atlantic salmon

Sent to us by our man KS, this pic is as sweet as they come.  There's more where this came from here.

Dan Bacher's Leaping Steelhead Conservation Awards For 2008


Dan Bacher's Leaping Steelhead Awards go to individuals for their advocacy efforts on behalf of fish and their habitat.

LINK (Via: The Fish Sniffer)

January 21, 2009

"I've giv'n her all she's got captain, an' I canna give her no more."


We're back on-line!

Our Chief Engineer swears that he has finally figured out the cause of all our recent site issues.

Bush Farewell

Fly Fishing is High Church


Saint Izaak and Sister Walton


Saint Lefty of Kreh


Saint Macrame

January 20, 2009

The Nikonians On Location #48 - Fly Pictures

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In this podcast Martin Joergensen takes you through his home studio set up and techniques for photographing fishing flies.


This Is Fly


Street Lure

Crank Bait Graffiti

Via: Matty J and Streetsy

Other histories of the Bush years will doubtless be more factual, but none will ever be truer


Now, in this moment before a changing world overwrites our memories of the era, let us pause to salute our constant companion of those years: The Onion.

Links to every article from the Onion about Bush, the headlines alone are priceless.

LINK  (Via: The J-Walk Blog)

January 19, 2009

The Fish Whisperer

Chum slurper, David Porterfield, slapped his STLHD Euro Decal on the mother of all travel cases.  Anyone out there know who makes these cases?  Since winning this case in a guide auction, Porterfield can't find another one like it. 

Fish whisperer 

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