61 posts categorized "Legends of Fly Fishing"

February 17, 2009

2009 AMFF Annual Dinner at the New York Anglers' Club


As you probably already know, rumor has it Darth Cheney accepted an invitation to appear at the American Museum of Fly Fishing annual dinner. While most are reporting on the outrage that is justifiably being directed at museum officials, we're reporting the following.....

Just $175 bones will get you a seat!  LINK

No mention of Dick being part of the program however.

Executive Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Catherine Comar, said the museum would not comment on whether Cheney would be the guest of honor and speaker at the dinner, nor would she confirm or deny rumors that the invitation or event may be postponed until the fall.  LINK  (Via: The Manchester Journal)

February 13, 2009

Chouinard appears on CNBC, market rallies 4 points

Snapz Pro XScreenSnapz004

Snapz Pro XScreenSnapz005

YC made an appearance on CNBC recently to talk about 1% for the Planet and Patagonia's sales growth despite the challenging economic times.

No embed option so you'll have to hit the link to see the segment. LINK

February 12, 2009

Learning from The Masters

A Passion for Steelhead  

From yesterday's inbox.

The Fly Shop is excited to announce that we will again be hosting Dec Hogan’s Spey Casting and Fishing Clinics on the Sacramento River in Redding in April.

Each daily clinic is held on-the-water on the Sacramento River near Redding, and will be split into a morning and an afternoon session, with lunch provided in between. The morning session will focus on the fundamentals of two-handed casting techniques, while the afternoon session is dedicated to actual fishing applications that anglers encounter when fishing with Spey rods. This is a great opportunity for any student of spey casting, or anglers interested in targeting steelhead, sea-trout, or Atlantic Salmon on the fly, to learn from one of the true masters of fly fishing with the two-handed rod.

The cost for the full-day casting and fishing clinic is $250 per person, which includes lunch. The clinics will be held on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. There will be a maximum of 6 rods per class, so sign up now to guarantee yourself a spot.

If you are interested in signing up for either of the two full-day casting and fishing clinics, contact Michael Caranci at The Fly Shop at 800-669-3474, or michael@theflyshop.com.

February 10, 2009

Mr. Wheatley and son started making compartment fly boxes in 1908


Everything you wanted to know about Richard Wheatley and company but were afraid to ask.

The collection of the Richard Wheatley Museum comprises fly  boxes, fly wallets or books, minnow and tackle boxes, printing blocks, traditional and modern fly boxes plus other angling tackle made by the company since 1860.


February 04, 2009

There is no business to be done on a dead planet

Three Dollar Bridge from felt soul on Vimeo.

(Via: Way Upstream)

Felt Soul Media has produced another gem. Check out this 3 minute profile on 1% For the Planet, an alliance of businesses that donate at least 1% of their annual revenues to environmental organizations worldwide. Founded by Yvon Chouinard and Craig Matthews, 1% has grown to over 1000 members since it's launch in 2002 and has donated nearly $42 million to approved environmental non-profits. This particular film highlights the Three Dollar Bridge (Madison River) project that was made possible by 1% funds. The two founding members tell the story.

Music by Neil Halstead & Jack Johnson | Brushfire Records


February 03, 2009

This Is Fri

Snapz Pro XScreenSnapz002

El Paskador krijgen zij gedaan voordat de zon was het toltarief op zijn jeugdige teint.

February 02, 2009

A Steelheader's Way

Lani's new book

 “Lani Waller has drawn on long experience and a deep love of steelhead to write a book that few steelheaders will want to be without.” --Thomas McGuane

“Lani Waller has a passion for these beautiful creatures that comes across on every page. And Bob Hooton brings a thorough approach to the science.” ---Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia, Inc.

“Waller . . . sees, feels, and writes about [steelhead] more deeply and colorfully than any person I know. Beginner or expert, you will not be able to put this book down until you’ve read every single word.” --Dave Whitlock

Steelhead legend Lani Waller covers the essential elements of fishing for trophy steelhead with prose as beautiful and surprising as the fish themselves. The blend of how-to and why-to not only captures the essence of these elusive fish but also uncovers what it takes to consistently bring them to hand. Waller shares his techniques for swinging wets and waking dry flies, including proper approach, presentation, and his favorite fly patterns, both classic and contemporary. Chapters on hunting trophies, equipment, casting, and conservation provide readers with a life’s worth of wisdom learned from his time on the water.

  Waller brings along some of his friends to help contribute to the book. Steelhead expert Bob Hooton’s chapter on steelhead biology is a concise overview of the steelhead’s life cycle, biology, and behavior; artist Dave Hall illustrates Waller’s swinging techniques; and photographer Ken Morrish’s stunning images capture the magic of the fish and the rivers they ascend each year. This all-star cast of steelhead fanatics has created a classic book that honors the fish as well as those who chase them, whether in the Pacific Northwest of United States, the wilderness streams of British Columbia, or the hundreds of tributaries that run into the Great Lakes.


January 02, 2009

Flexjet Expert Guide Edition Jet Card


I wonder how many of these they sold?

Starting at just $107,900 gift givers who purchase a Flexjet 25 Expert Guide Edition jet card from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2008 can combine an exceptional travel experience on the Flexjet 25 fleet of Bombardier high-performance jets with an opportunity for new customers to choose one of six Expert Guide packages

The Trout Whisperer Package

Flexjet 25 jet card owners can learn the perfect cast amid the majestic rivers and wildlife of Idaho with renowned fly fisherman Mike Lawson popular author and contributing editor to Fly Fisherman Magazine . As their private guide, Lawson will share a lifetime's worth of knowledge and insider secrets on the Holy Grail of fly-fishing: Henry's Fork River. From reading the water to advanced angling, Lawson will lead the jet card owners and up to three guests on an exclusive, two-day fishing trip including two nights at the acclaimed Henry's Fork Lodge. The first day's adventure will begin with an eight-hour expedition on Henry's Fork River and conclude with a culinary feast prepared from the day's catch. The following day, enjoy whitewater rafting and fishing in the secluded wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.

LINK (Via: Private Jet Daily)

December 31, 2008

Making a Difference

An NBC Nightly News profile of One Percent for the Planet and co-founders Yvon Chouinard and Craig Matthews.

December 26, 2008

A Tribute to George Grant


An excellent tribute to the life and times of conservationist, writer and fly tier George Grant.

LINK (Via: ecoriver)

December 17, 2008

Minus 5 degrees on the 'horn

And Straub still manages to make me jealous.




December 10, 2008

Jack is Back


Jack Gartside
who was diagnosed with lung cancer in early November is out of the hospital and on the mend.

This is Jack here, back to leading as normal and as full a life as I can while undergoing the treatments that I have to go through that will bring me back to full health and a future filled with more adventures and explorations, ideas and creations, friends and follies. So stay tuned.

LINK (Via: Roccus Writing)

Support Jack while he receuperates by picking up one of his fly selections or a signed second edition of Striper Strategies.

November 13, 2008

It's in the way that you use it


The week before we fished with the crew at the Buckley River Lodge they entertained a more famous guest.

November 10, 2008

And the winner is........


November 06, 2008

Fly Fishing Legend Bud Lilly

A small cut of an upcoming documentary describing how the wilds of Montana and flyfishing can help to heal the wounds of war.

October 28, 2008

No Fly-by-night Cabbie Is Jack


A 1982 Sports Illustrated profile of Jack Gartside, whose middle name it turns out is Clarence.

To describe Gartside simply as a hawker of stream-side flies would be like calling Nathan's Famous frankfurters mere hot dogs. Along with John Betts, who ties with synthetic materials (SI, May 4, 1981), Gartside, who ties almost exclusively with natural materials, is in the front rank nationally, which means the world. "I'd put him at the top," says Bud Lilly of West Yellowstone, who views flytiers with an experienced businessman's eye and whose mail-order catalog has featured Gartside's flies ever since the cabbie ambled into Lilly's shop one day in 1976 with a Pheasant Hopper stuck on his vest. "Jack's flies are superb," Lilly says.

Via: SI Vault LINK

If you have not been to Jack's website you owe it to yourself to pay a visit. LINK

October 09, 2008

Straq's Birthday Fish - SOTM Sept Weiner


Further proof that Straq's Coyote Crab pattern is the shit....38" - 18 lbs.

UPDATE: Happy birthday Straq.  You my good sir, take the September winnings.

October 02, 2008

Roboman McSpey


Roboman McSpey was found wandering the banks of Michigan's Muskegon river during the recent Great Lakes Spey Fest.  He was mumbling incoherently about head length, grain weight, and poly leaders. Here he displays a favorite tube fly pattern.  We expect to see more of McSpey and his angling adventures as time goes on.

September 16, 2008

Fishing the Snake River with the Vice President


Matt Labash gives Dick Cheney a mulligan on his environmental record because he's a passionate fly fisherman.

This quote from Jack Dennis is a real gem.

Dennis, who is a committed environmentalist, says Cheney has gotten a bad rap as a despoiler of the land, since he has often quietly worked behind the scenes, doing things like torpedoing prospective mines in Wyoming that would pollute treasured cutthroat fisheries.

Tell that to the people whose livelihoods depended on the 77,000 salmon that died in the Klamath as a direct result of Cheney's intervention. His buddies in the oil industry have done a fantastic job as stewards of Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

Via:The Weekly Standard LINK

The Bush administration has arguably been the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history. From weakening protections for clean air and water, national forests, and wildlife, to advancing destructive energy policies this administration has shown an utter disregard for the environment and public health.

August 10, 2008

R.I.P. Ed Story


I recently spent some time at Feathercraft and Bob shared with us some of the anecdotes of Ed's early years in the fly fishing biz.

Ed Story, my dad, passed away on Monday, August 4th. Ed was a U.S. Army veteran, owner and founder of Feather-Craft Fly Fishing, teacher and friend to many. Ed created the F-C Crackleback Dry Woolly and dozens of other world famous fresh and saltwater fly patterns. Everyone who met Ed would quickly consider him a friend. If you happened to run into him walking through our St. Louis storefront, he'd smile, shake your hand and ask, "How can I help?" Chances are ten minutes later he had you on the casting yard or at the tying bench giving you a personal lesson. He had a dynamic personality and a boundless energy for spreading the joy of fly fishing. His energy was also felt by thousands of his customers/friends that he advised and mentored over the F-C phone lines for over three decades. He loved teaching and talking about fly fishing almost as much as he loved doing it.

My dad and I have been best friends and business partners since I was twelve years old; working side by side the past 28 years we never had one argument. He was loaded with wisdom that applied to both business and life. "Be nice to everybody" was his favorite advice to give, and exactly the way he lived his life. When he began handing me the reigns to the family business almost a decade ago, he knew that he had instilled in me his commitment, compassion, spirit and enthusiasm for fly fishing, and for Feather-Craft. All of us here at Feather-Craft will miss Ed terribly, but we will continue on with the highest level of service and commitment to our customers and to our sport, just as he wanted.

The Story family has initiated the "Ed Story Memorial Fund" that will benefit a restoration project on one of Ed's favorite Missouri trout streams. Our hope is to spearhead a significant project that can be dedicated in his memory. Any donations can be sent to: Ed Story Memorial Fund c/o Feather-Craft, PO Box 19904, St. Louis, MO 63144.

Bob Story

August 04, 2008

LaFontaine lives on in new book about fly patterns


Boise’s Al and Gretchen Beatty’s latest book is one that their friend, Gary LaFontaine, couldn’t complete.

Via: The Idaho Statesman LINK

"One Nine-Inch Rainbow"— A Last Conversation with Gary LaFontaine  LINK

July 30, 2008

Meet Mr. 60,000


Bill Kraus Jr has been logging his catches for 55 years.

Each of the more than 60,000 entries, which Krauss keeps in a set of sturdy three-ring binders, includes the date, time and location of the catch, along with the species and size of the trout and the type and size of fly used to catch it.

All 60K were released.

Via: The Morning Call LINK

July 09, 2008

El Pescador Sighting


June 23, 2008

New research fellowship honors fly-fishing legend


A research award funded by the Chico Area Flyfishers to study angling, fisheries or aquatic sciences on Big Chico Creek has been awarded to a Chico State student.

The award is named in honor of Press Powell, a third-generation owner-operator of the world-renowned Powell Rod Company of Chico, who passed away in 2004.  Via ChicoER LINK

June 19, 2008

Filet of the Month


OP Guide Jim Kerr flashes some mystery meat.

June 17, 2008

It's about the fish catching you

YC talks fly fishing and rock climbing from an undisclosed location in Argentina.

This video is part of a collaboration between The Conservation Alliance and Timex, a Conservation Alliance member company. Together, they launched Return to the Outdoors, a program to inspire people to get out and enjoy wild places. The web site features videos about people who identify with special places, and how those places inspire them to be involved in conservation.  Via The Cleanest Line  LINK

June 16, 2008

Liam Wood Flyfishing and River Guardian School


David James Duncan was inspired by the life of Liam Wood to start a fly fishing school in Bellingham.

Liam Wood’s passion and love for flyfishing were firmly established by the time he celebrated his ninth birthday. His mother, Marlene Robinson, took him to a flyfishing shop in Oregon, where Liam was outfitted and learned some basic casting methods. For the next several years, Liam practiced his craft.

In 1994, when Liam was 14 years old, he, Marlene and Liam’s stepfather, Bruce Brabec, moved north from Corvallis to Bellingham. Liam’s fervor for flyfishing came with him. He mastered the science of learning how to read water, how to predict where the fish were and how to tie his own flies. He read books on flyfishing, wrote short stories, and sought out not only the mystery and wonder of flyfishing, but also experienced the infinite, often subtle lessons revealed along the way. Through these experiences, Liam cultivated a respect for fish, flyfishing, and the natural world and wild places that sustain fish.

In June 1999, Liam graduated from Sehome High School. A few days later, on June 10, Liam went to H and H Outdoors Sports where he was working. He was not needed for work that day, so he decided to—what else—go flyfishing. Liam was standing in Whatcom Creek, flyfishing for trout when Olympic Pipeline Company’s gas pipeline burst upstream, sending 229,950 gallons of gasoline in the creek, before exploding.  Liam was overtaken by the fumes, passed out and drowned. He was 18 years old.

The idea of starting a flyfishing education program in Bellingham, Washington came from renowned Northwest author, David James Duncan, who has written, among other things, The River Why and My Story as Told by Water.

Shortly after the pipeline tragedy, Duncan learned that his writings were a source of inspiration to Liam. Duncan came to Bellingham for a book signing in 2001 and took some time to investigate Whatcom Creek and learn more about Liam’s short life and passion for flyfishing. Duncan shared his thoughts about the creek and Liam and subsequently came up with the idea of starting a flyfishing school in Bellingham in honor of Liam.

The name chosen by Liam’s family and others is the Liam Wood Flyfishing and River Guardian School. The name reflects the intent of the program: to introduce youth students and other community members to flyfishing with the hope that their experiences with flyfishing will engender a respect of the natural world and river ecosystems, and compel action toward conservation and stewardship of these places.


June 11, 2008

Buster the Fly Fishing Guru


Buster wants to puke.  LINK

June 04, 2008

Inspiring Solutions to the Environmental Crisis


The Wall St Journal posted an interview yesterday in their Forward Thinking section with Patagonia owner and founder Yvon Chouinard.

As companies from Apple to Wal-Mart strive to make their operations greener, they’re studying Patagonia’s success and turning to Mr. Chouinard for advice. When they do, they learn why he says, “Every time we’ve made a decision that’s right for the planet, it’s turned out to make us more profit.”


April 22, 2008

Take Me to Your Leader


Marvin Cutchin of MidCurrent raises a very valid question (or two) about the tagging of Tarpon off the coast of Florida in the wake of former President Bush's 100+ lb. catch over the weekend.  LINK

April 17, 2008

Outtake from Fish Bum 1


After Owens is caught in the honeymoon yurt with Miss Mongolia, the locals run the boys out of town.

April 11, 2008

RSS Cheney Headline Goodness


Dick Cheney deflects attention from ordering torture by going fly-fishing with nude bimbo

Booby In The Lense?

So, what kind of fish you catchin' with THAT bait?

Naked Fly Fishing with Dick

Pole Dancing

Dick Cheney, the Naked Woman, and the Hand on the Rod

Your fly, sir. It's in the open position.

Dick Sees Chicks

Cheney lands trouser trout!

Second Cheney Photo Surfaces!


Could that be Dick Cheney fly fishing reflected in this naked woman's sunglasses?

April 10, 2008

Dick Cheney "Fly Fishing"


Vice President Dick Cheney spends an afternoon fly-fishing on the Snake River in Idaho.

Look at the reflection.

Via:Space Plans

UPDATE: The Vice President's office responds. LINK

A Cheney spokesman also denied that the Vice President was the inspiration for the Penguin.


March 26, 2008

Part 2 of Y.C. Interview


Here's part two of Treehugger's interview with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.


In case you missed part one.  LINK

March 11, 2008

TH Interview with Yvon Chouinard


Part one of an interview with Y.C.

In his fifty-something years of experimentation, Yvon Chouinard has racked up a list of industry firsts that defies enumeration, yet he describes himself as a reluctant entrepreneur who really just loves to climb, surf, and fly fish the wilds of the world, and hopefully save them along the way.

Via: Treehugger LINK

March 07, 2008

El Pescador Sighting


February 29, 2008

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

February 22, 2008

El Pescador Sighting


February 14, 2008

Luxury Versus Sustainability

This Ameya Preserve ad from the latest issue of The Big Sky Journal touts 1% for the Planet co-founder and Craig Matthews as Fly Fishing Academy Director for the property.


Preserve developer, Wade Dokken who says,"It’s really a private national park that you can live in luxury in" once dismissed local opposition as,"class envy." The development has a fair number of critics who claim that Ameya Preserve is not all that its marketing would have you believe.     

I cannot see how a gated development of second-homeowners who will fly in and out on their private jets can be called sustainable or viewed as contributing to the health of our community. Via: The Ethicurean LINK

And what’s with the name, dude? You’re building roads, a massive lodge, and 300 homes in once-pristine landscape—just what, exactly, are you preserving?  Via: Outside Bozeman LINK

The Ameya Preserve subdivision will cause problems for wildlife and those problems will worsen if the state of Montana sells two square-mile sections of public land to Ameya developers, a state wildlife biologist maintains. Via: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle LINK

In this five-part series, writer David Nolt of New West explores the issues and controversy surrounding the Ameya Preserve.

There are some stories in the New West that seem to encompass many, if not all, the issues we are facing as an evolving region. One of those stories is the case of the Ameya Preserve, a large-scale luxury home community planned in Montana's Paradise Valley. Via: New West: LINK



A strong comment from one of our readers on a previous Preserve post.  LINK

January 16, 2008

This week's El Pescador Sighting


January 10, 2008

This Week's El Pescador Sighting


January 03, 2008

El Pescador Sighting


December 20, 2007

The Neil Creek Chronicles - West Seattle Edition


Possible G_Smolt sighting somewhere south of 58°19'59"N 134°29'49"W

December 06, 2007

Going Fishing with The Kid


In this Sports Illustrated Flashback from 1967, John Underwood goes tarpon fishing with Ted Williams.

To fish with Williams and emerge with your sensitivities intact is to undertake the voyage between Scylla and Charybdis. It is delicate work, but it can be done, and it can be enjoyable. It most certainly will be educational. An open boat with The Kid just does not happen to be the place for one with the heart of a fawn or the ear of a rabbit. There are four things to remember: 1) He is a perfectionist; 2) he is better at it than you are; 3) he is a consummate needler; and 4) he is in charge. He brings to fishing the same hard-eyed intensity, the same unbounded capacity for scientific inquiry he brought to hitting a baseball.


July 10, 2007

Murdock - Post Ortiz Fight


Post UFC scrap with Tito Ortiz, Fly Fish Magazine's Murdock enjoys a plate of grease at a premier Vegas eatery.

June 25, 2007

Come Fly With Me


Master fly angler by day, legendary lounge act by night.

April 06, 2007

Duncan Answers Grist Reader Questions


Duncan answers Grist reader questions.

The man is a poet.

Q: It seems to me extraordinarily cruel to get pleasure from tricking a fish into biting into a hook and then "playing" with the poor creature until it's brought out of the water to die. I suppose it's less reprehensible if fishers actually eat these fish, but so many simply throw them back in the water after playing with them. How can one who feels so much love for nature get pleasure from this sport which seems to me to be so cruel?    -- Bruce Rosove, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

A: I always thank those who hate fishing for leaving more water for me.

My best answer to your question is in my new book, God Laughs & Plays, in an essay called "Agony & Hilarity."

Fishing is cruel indeed. Eating is cruel, often as not, for those of us who don't digest sand and gravel live off of other life-forms. It is also "extraordinarily cruel" that this interview is being powered by electricity that is wiping out migrating salmon and dumping mercury and sulfur on North America's waters and children and pregnant women. And it is extraordinarily naïve to think that anyone is going to want to protect ecosystems and natural processes about which they have no firsthand experience or knowledge. Read Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv or Gary Paul Nabhan and Steven Trimble's The Geography of Childhood on the separation of children from nature, and you might find it more reprehensible to sit here staring at a screen, or to drive a car, or to watch network TV, than to take a child fishing on a wild river. The fact is, those who have actually saved rivers and fish species have tended to be the fishermen and women who love them. Those who saved wetlands have most often been duck hunters. And so on. There is a mystery here that has to do with the words "love" and "sacrifice." This mystery has served the world well. Jesus caught, killed, cooked, and served fish to his disciples after the resurrection. I can't tell you how at peace this leaves me about my fishing.

Lord Byron felt as you do and condemned fisherfolk in his poetry. He also infected a large swath of Italy with gonorrhea. Fingerpointing is dangerous for all of us -- me most of all!

Via:Grist  LINK


My Other Accounts

Blog powered by TypePad
Member since 02/2005