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  • December 31, 2007

    Our “Fflogger of the Year”

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Time has its “Person of the Year.”  Fly Rod & Reel has its “Angler of the Year” (a wonderful choice for 2007 in Ted Leeson, by the way).  It’s only right, therefore, that, in homage to our late, great moniker, “Fly Talk” anoints a “Fflogger of the Year.”

    We are proud to announce the 2007 Field & Stream Fly Talk “Fflogger of the Year” recipient is none other than … Tyler Palmerton.

    While admittedly a prestige notch or two down from the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it’s worth explaining why “The Ffloggie” represents kudos of the highest order.  The “Ffloggie” goes to the angler who demonstrates dedication to flyfishing that squarely borders the irrational … who is unafraid to chime in with unfiltered commentary on this blog … and who, above all, catches fish on the fly with unworldly skill, the likes of which we realize we will never replicate in our mortal lives.  So to the man, the machine, “Total Outdoorsman” gaffes not withstanding, here’s to Tyler.

    Palmerton’s prize package includes a box of Federal 20-gauge shotgun shells, a spool of 10-pound Maxima, and a Rainier 12-pack.

    Start compiling your own list of nominations for 2008.


  • December 29, 2007

    Eat It or Wear It

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Our brethren on the deer hunting side of this Field & Stream website offered up a debate over shooting “locked up” deer. That's debatable? You must be kidding me.

    Truth is, we anglers aren’t exactly lily-white when it comes to our “fair chase” ethics. And most specifically, I’m talking about foul-hooking (at best) or snagging (at the gutter-worst) fish.

    Anyone who snags a fish intentionally is a jerk. And that especially includes salmon snaggers. But what about the accidental foul-hooker? Sure, it happens to any serious angler …

    Accidental … okay. But that fish doesn’t count. Belly-hook a 23-inch rainbow and hold it up for a camera shot … shame on you. And more than three fish fouled on a given day means you’re doing something terribly wrong. A fouled fish isn’t a caught fish, no matter how you slice it.


  • December 27, 2007

    Please Don't Overfeed The Fish

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Click on the water to feed the fish.
    Make sure to not give these guys to much as we don't want to flush any.
    Happy Friday!


    Get your own fish here

  • December 26, 2007

    The Ultimate Flyfishing “Coach”

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    If flyfishing were a real competitive sport (which it’s really not) who, from the mainstream world of college or professional coaches, would be the ultimate “flyfishing coach?”

    Bob Knight? He flyfishes like a demon, we understand, but he’d chew your hide after a bad cast.

    How ‘bout the ol’ ball coach … Steve Spurrier? He’d find a way to cover water in a hurry.

    Of course … Phil Jackson … the “Zen Master” meets the river. A natural.

    Bill Belichik? Another natural … because the only thing missing from his sideline attire is a pair of Simms waders.

    Maybe Joe Torre … Sign me to an MLB contract, and I’ll fish for him, any day.

    I must say, however, I’d be most eager to put on a winged helmet, and throw a little spread offense at the trout under the University of Michigan’s new football coach, Rich Rodriguez. It might take some time getting used to the system, but you can be darn sure I’m not planning on fishing in a sweater-vest any time soon …


  • December 23, 2007

    Merry Christmas Alex

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Or Alex(es), as it were. If you were part of the Alex twosome commenting on the "Fly Rod Giveaway," I want you to E-mail me directly at ... because we're going to hook you up! And I still might play Santa with more of those posts ... so stay tuned, and keep commenting if you want.

    As Christmas Eve is a time to reflect, give thanks, and also look ahead, I want to thank everyone for tuning in here. We wish all of you nothing but the best. Good fishing in 2008.


  • December 21, 2007

    Northern California Winter Fishing

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    We've had a phenomenal fall season here in Northern California, and the winter is shaping up to be just as good or better.

    The steelhead fishing has been great on the Trinity River.  Although the river was extremely crowded through October and November, the cold winter weather has started to dissipate the crowds while the steelhead are still present in huge numbers, with fresh wild winter fish just now starting to enter the system.

    The Klamath has been fishing very well for half-pounder steelhead, with a smattering of good adults showing as well, and the fishing should continue to improve for adults through January and February.

    The Lower Sacramento River in Redding has been fishing great for big rainbows, with an average size in December of around 18 inches and hardly another soul fishing the river.  There has been so much emphasis on the steelhead on the Trinity this winter that everyone seems to have forgotten about the big, healthy rainbows on the "Lower Sac". 

    Many of the area's lakes have begun to fish well, too, especially Baum Lake and Iron Canyon Reservoir, both beautiful mountain lakes full of both wild and stocked trout that love to eat midges and streamers all winter long. 

  • December 21, 2007

    Fish Catching Fly

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    One more crazy video for you. This is an archer fish taking a pot shot at a house fly. It's tough to see, so watch it more than once - but the fish actually hits the fly with "spit" then inhales it as it falls towards the water. This got me thinking about all the strange things I've seen fish do to eat.

    Bass - knocking on cattails to eat beetles, trout picking salmon flies of of sheer rock faces, etc... The best example of this little phenomena was told to me by Capt. Conway Bowman in San Diego. He swears that white sharks ram buoys and knock seals off for a little mid afternoon treat. Scary.

    Anyone out there have a story like this? What's the most unique way you've seen a fish eat?


  • December 19, 2007

    Feeding Trout Gorge on Bug Buffet

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    This video speaks for itself. Simply amazing.

    Video by Joey Lin + Music by the Meat Puppets = cool video

    For more of Joey's work see Faroutfishingtrips.

  • December 18, 2007

    Fly Rod Giveaway!

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Who's Been Naughty, and Who's Been Nice?

    I feel like playing Santa. I have two new G. Loomis Xperience fly rods (very sweet all-around casting sticks that retail at $285 each, both 9-ft. 5-weights), and I'm going to give them away. To two of you.

    All you have to do is tell me who's been naughty, and who's been nice.

    By way of your comments below, I'd like to hear about the he, she, it, organization, city, country, whatever, that has been particularly naughty in the context of flyfishing this year (not that type of naughty, guide friends ... I'm talking about a greedy land-grubber, a polluter, an idiot politico, etc.). Likewise, tell me who has been "nice" ... a conservation hero, a video maker, a teacher, etc. You might just earn yourself an extra holiday present. The rods go to the best naughty and nice comments.

    Tim, Nate, and I are the judges, and we'll announce our winners before we ring in the New Year.

    Happy Holidays!


  • December 17, 2007

    Five Flyfishing gifts under $100

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    The holidays are upon us and if you're like me you still haven't done any of your shopping. Whether it be Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa that you celebrate there's sure to be presents involved. Our friend Tom Bie of The Drake and has compiled these five gifts that are sure to please the fly fisher in your life.

    Simms Freestone Wading Boot

    Unless you only fish in Florida or only during the warmest days of July and August, a good set of waders and wading boots are a necessity in flyfishing. I've worn my Freestones hard for almost two years now and they feel like they are just getting better every time out on the water. No hooks or D rings have broken off and my ankles feel very protected while wading around in the rocks. 99.95

    Cortland Flyfishing Combo

    Cortland has long been known as the leader in offering affordable, beginner combo outfits--kits that come complete with rod, reel, line, leader, and often a small selection of flies and some sort of beginning instruction manual. The company makes several types of combos to choose from, but three that are all less than one hundred dollars are the Youth Flyfishing Combo, the Cortland Fairplay Combo, and the Cortland Salmon and bass combo. Some specialty flyshops carry these, but they are often found at many of the Big Box retailers such as Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's. 79.99--99.99

    Orvis under Wader fleece system

    Late winter or early spring wading often requires an extra layer under your waders to keep warm. This full body fleece from Orvis works as extra protection for cold fishing. Special stretch material adjusts to individual body type, plus gives crucial mobility and increased durability. Stirrups hold suit in place for easy on and off of waders. Updated fit with smaller arm holes and higher neck to block wind. And a breast flap pocket secures wallet, keys, and other essentials. 98.00

    Scientific Anglers new Sharkskin Fly Line

    Almost a hundred bucks may seem expensive for a fly line, but if there's a trout fisherman on your Xmas list, this is the hottest line to come along in years. A new, proprietary coating adds distance to your cast, floatability to your presentation, and is said to outlast anything on the market by 2 years. 99.95.

    William Joseph Equinox

    William Joseph has developed dozens of innovative flyfishing vests and packs in recent years, and the Equinox is one of the most popular. The key to the Equinox is its ability to distribute weight across your entire upper body, so if you like to pack a lot of water, or beer, or lots of the unused gear that flyfishers are known for, this pack allows you to haul it without feeling fatigued. The Equinox is also designed in a way that makes it easier to access all your gear.


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