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)
"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)
Closed since the eruption of Mt St Helens due to concerns about safety and possible damage to the fragile landscape, Spirit Lake has rebounded to become a world class trout fishery.
A coalition of angling groups agreed Wednesday to redouble efforts to persuade the U.S. Forest Service to allow a limited trout fishery in Spirit Lake.
How good is the fishing?
Kemper Hall of the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers said his group of six released more than 200 rainbow trout averaging over 22 inches.
LINK Via: (The Olympian)
Dry Fly Media's Rivers In Motion series captures the hallmark sights and sounds of some of the most famous rivers in the world. LINK
They are also One Percent for the Planet members.
UPDATE: Dry Fly Media has extended a great offer to the Moldy Chum family. During Q109, Rivers in Motion will be on sale offering Moldy Chum readers 50% off. Use "moldychum" in lowercase when prompted for the order code. Order Here
Brian Niska and the boys at Whistler Flyfishing have got a new blog to keep you updated on steelhead, salmon and trout fishing around Whistler, BC. There will also be information on their guided trips, latest gear, fishing reports and what's happening at their fully stocked fly shop. LINK (Via Chromer Sport Fishi
Probably nothing to be alarmed about.....
Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.
Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.
LINK (Via MSNBC)
Chum contributor and photographer Tim Pask, dug up some photos that have 2 things in common. All the photos were taken on Christmas Island over the Christmas Holidays, and each of them ended up being Photo Chum....
Sonya Pask being released by a Giant Trevally. She barely made it out alive.
Angler Eddie Sadvar, with a Golden Trevally. He later went on to star in all the GIECO "Even a caveman can do it" commercials.
This GT eventually ended up stealing the rod. Hey Mr. Giant, if your seeing this I forgive you and you can keep the rod, but please return my Tibor. I miss it. Angler Eddie "Caveman" Sadvar.
Before Eddie got his GIECO roll, he spent time portraying Popeye the Sailor. He never mastered the squinty eye thing, but the GT's were amused.
Photographer Tim Pask displaying a small GT. Photo by Eddie Sadvar. Note: Tim Pask now uses Allstate insurance.
So to all of us LOSERS who are not spending Christmas on Christmas, this L's for us! Sonya Pask, and the world famous Simmon Corrie.
"The Adventure Continues"
Rob Johnson posts up some serious dogs in his dispatch from the Fraser. LINK (Via: This is Fly)
Patagonia Flies has got you covered with some great photos, video and restaurant recommendations
The beauty of the B.C. landscape was more than matched by the beauty of the fish.
I love this shot.
A picture perfect hen!
Let's here it for the boys.
Just had to have the dry.
The yellow leading edge of the pectoral fin on this fish was striking.
The week's largest fish landed.
Tomorrow man and fish.
No pictures of our friend Leopold anywhere to be found.
Last week's trip to the Bulkley in B.C. generated over a couple of hundred photos so we're going to do a three day series of posts starting with some of the landscape shots. Clicking on the photo will enlarge them to full size.
The first day Case walks the tracks to the boat stashed up river.
Bennett throws one of the week's couple thousand casts.
One of the highlights of the trip was a float down the Bulkley Canyon where we did not see another soul.
The mornings were cold and foggy but things would quickly clear as the sun burned through.
The Bulkley has miles and miles of beautiful steelhead holding water.
I caught a 34 inch hen in this run just after this picture was taken.
Tomorrow we'll post some shots of the fish.
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.
G_Smolt scoops Ratbone on the latest piscine biathalon.
Via: The Neil Creek Chronicles LINK
The latest dispatch from SWOFFA. LINK
Offering professionally guided fly fishing trips to Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. LINK
The 43rd International Show and Conclave of the Federation of Fly Fishers will be held in Whitefish, MT July 22-26. This annual event offers the best of casting, fly tying, demos, clinics, etc. presented by renowned fly anglers from around the country. LINK
Mexico. Little place right on the Pacific. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I'd like to finish out my life, Red. A warm place with no memory. Open a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up like new. Take my guests out charter fishing.
A fishing fan gets hooked on Mexico's Zihuatanejo Via: The LA Times LINK
A sweet photo essay on fishing the salmon fly hatch on the Lower Deschutes.
Via: T.G.R. LINK
Leopold, I think you need to take Straq out for some pike action!
Pal Krogvoldl gives you a taste of some of the fly fishing opportunities in Norway.
Fished the Big Stone last Sunday with Rod King owner of The Bozeman Angler.
The Yellowstone River is a principal tributary of the Missouri and is approximately 671 miles long. The river and its tributaries drain a wide area stretching from the Rocky Mountains in the vicinity of the Yellowstone National Park across the mountains and high plains of southern Montana and northern Wyoming.
It is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states.
Son your going to drive me to drinkin if you don't stop rowing that hot rod Lincoln.
Putting in was pretty straight forward.
I spy two Sandhill Cranes.
The take out was a little more problematic.
It was a beautiful Montana day.
Our friend Dave Skok sent a report from Costa Rica out over the Patagonia broadcast network. As you can see by some of these shots, he and Patagonia celebrity spokesmodel Tom Rapone, caught some beautiful wild rainbows and some larger fare of the salt water variety. We'll post a link to the full gallery when Dave gets it up on his site. In the meantime enjoy these highlights.
The new Patagonia waterproof Stormfront pack got put to the test.
All photos courtesy of Dave Skok.
While on the east coast last week I had a chance to stop by one of the quintessential fly fishing creeks.
The Little Lehigh is also famous for one of the anglers who plied it's pastoral waters.
From Chum reader - Kevin Stull.
Here is a toad of a bone I caught recently fishing with guide Terry Duffield (a steelhead junkie transfer from Washington) in Honolulu, HI. Not a known bonefishing destination by any means, but the few fish that cruise the Hawaiian flats are monsters. This fish ran 26" and weight 7 pounds... medium sized by Hawaiin standards. Fish over 30" and 10 pounds are common. Terry is developing his guide service and fishery. He recently was an assistant coach for the UH football team that went 12-0 regular season only to lose to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. His web site should be up shortly. Terry is also working on offering trips on Molokai where the bones and trevally are much more prolific.
More than two years in the making, “Fly Fishing
Colorado” takes viewers on a year-round tour of fly-fishing adventures
spanning the entire state. Via: The Vail Daily LINK
Spirit Lake at the base of Mount St. Helens has been closed to the public since the blew almost 28 years ago. Fish were discovered in the lake in 1993 and sampling has found some rainbow trout the size of steelhead.
Washington State wildlife director Jeff Koenings says he
will talk with U.S. Forest Service leaders in Washington, D.C., two
weeks from now about allowing a very limited trout fishery in Spirit
Lake. Via: The Columbian LINK
Because of all the debris that was washed into the lake Spirit Lake now sits 200 feet higher than it did pre-eruption.
Five of us, including the Chum management team, hit the Sauk yesterday in search of wild steelhead.
We arrived fully armed with a full arsenal of single and two handed rods.
I spy a spey rod.
When we stowed the two handers for some single handed Thingamabobber action we hooked three fish, two of which came unbuttoned.
The third E. Bun brought to hand , 200 proof wild metalhead.
I want to fish for lake trout in Quebec.
Via: Quebec North Shore a Destination to Discover LINK
Worth a stroll through the archives.