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  • November 25, 2008

    Montana a bass paradise?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Montana: Trout and Drought HD from Climate Central on Vimeo.

    This segment of The News Hour shows what rising temperatures mean for Montana.  It's a great 10 minutes on what it all means for anglers, farmers, and other Montanans, and how they are responding.

    No matter where you live, I have a sneaky suspicion that climate change is affecting the way you live and play.  If not now, it probably will soon. The evidence is undeniable -- climate change is real and it will have very serious consequences for fisherman especially. Do you have any anecdotal evidence on how warming temps are changing the way you fish or how you fish or when you fish?  I know it's changed here in Colorado over the last ten years.  What about where you live?


  • November 25, 2008

    We Give Thanks For...

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Okay everyone, it's time to gather around the table, and give thanks for all things flyfishing (or not). This year, I'm giving thanks for:

    Rivers (of course). Filled with trout. Or bass. Especially steelhead and golden dorado. And thanks for another year of safe floating and wading. Thanks for oceans. Flats fish, especially tarpon. Striped bass. Even bluefish. And sharks.

    Bugs. Well, maybe not some bugs, like mosquitoes. But I'm definitely thankful for drakes and grasshoppers.

    Thunderstorms. Because there are few things as beautiful as a front moving over the mountains, or across the lake. I'm especially thankful for the lightning bolts that do not, in fact, set my hair on fire while Timmy and Nate insist on fishing like fools on the Colorado River.

    On the topic of beauty... I am thankful for women who wear waders. Especially the Mrs., and I hope this proves, once and for all, that the answer to "do these make my butt look big?" really doesn't matter.

    Thanks for Wal-Mart, because without those endless aisles of cheap imported crap, I wouldn't fully appreciate drinking a mug of coffee and shooting the bull in a good-ol' American fly shop like I do.

    I'm thankful for Gore-Tex, Aquaseal, wool socks, SPF 30 sunblock, polarized glasses, DEET, peacock herl, and Budweiser.

    And I'm thankful for good family and friends... those I fish with, and those I talk about fishing with right here. Happy Turkey Day everyone!

    Am I leaving anything or anyone out?


  • November 23, 2008

    Spey Casting Sweetness From Seoul

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Jeong Park of Seoul, Korea.

    Totally Speechless...

    Happy Monday.


  • November 20, 2008

    Stand Up for Flyfishing... Win a Trip.

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    A simple proposition... Please explain to the F&S nation by way of comment below why flyfishing is the highest angling art-form, and what flyfishing means to you. You get one, concise, paragraph.

    The reward to the winner of this contest is this: An overnight, two-day float down the Black Canyon (Chukar to Pleasure Park) on the Gunnison River in Colorado, with myself (maybe Tim also, if you're really convincing)... and if you smile and have fun, I'll even post a positive report (with photos) on this blog. You'll catch a lot of fish... all you have to do is get to Montrose, Colorado, and coordinate a 2009 date with me. Beer, stories, tricks and glory are all included. The sponsors of this contest are Fly Talk, Tim Romano, Kirk Deeter, and the Gunnison River.

    Good luck.


  • November 19, 2008

    Why Do Fish Eat Indicators?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    As usual my good fishing buddy Jeff sent me some smart ass photograph (pictured above) after a weekend of fishing when I wasn't invited. Typically these emails are just a photo, no caption and I'm left to decipher what the hell was going on.

    What, was that sorry excuse of a fly? I inquired in my return email. Turns out he and his friends were fishing for trout in Wyoming on the North Platte river last weekend and the fish were absolutely slamming their indicators on the surface, a lot. Jeff claims they tried throwing everything they had for surface bugs. The fish just kept giving them the middle finger. They would not eat ANY dry flies. Eventually in total frustration they devised this heinous creation. An indicator-fly. Problem was the fish wouldn't eat it...

    I've seen this phenomenon a handful of times in my life and it's always very perplexing. Why are those fish keying in on a giant orange floating ball, most likely attached to 30lb test and not even entertaining the thought of eating a delicious looking insect?

    Seriously, I've never heard a realistic answer. Help a brother out here... What are these fish doing?


  • November 19, 2008

    I Resolve To Catch A...

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    I always like to make one of my New Year's resolutions catching a species of fish (on the fly) that I'd never caught before. It usually turns out to be the only resolution I actually keep. This was a particularly good year, because I added sea-run brown trout, sabalos (South American ocean fish) and freshwater dorado to the list. Next year, I'm thinking it will have to be something less exotic.

    I've never caught a muskie on a fly. Maybe muskies should be my 2009 fish. But where's the best place for muskies on a fly?

    Maybe crappie would be better. Because for as crappy as the 2008 economy has been, I think it would be appropriate to just plain set out to make 2009 a "crappie" year. "I'm going to have a crappie year in 2009, dammit, and nobody's going to get in my way." Hmmm. Maybe not. Any ideas for what my fish for next year should be?

    Have you though about your 2009 "resolution" fish?


  • November 17, 2008

    Wanna be a Published Outdoor Writer?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    We have a friend named Tosh Brown that's an outdoor photographer. He's starting a publishing company for writers. Go figure...

    Tosh wants to challenge the traditional avenue people are published and give a chance to, "facilitate a select list of accomplished writers who are challenging the traditional boundaries of sporting and expedition publishing. Instead of continually churning out volumes of comfortable and habitual writing, we're looking to occasionally publish something really unique."

    Check out a list of subjects he's looking for consideration.

    Know anybody who wants to get published in the outdoor arena? Have that special story that no one else will even look at?

    Visit Departure publishing to have a shot at winning the first signed book they're going to publish here. It's going to be called The Alaska Chronicles and basically is a memoir kept by Miles Nolte who transmitted via satellite Internet a semi-daily account of what it's really like to be a fly fishing guide on a remote Alaskan river. Departure is turning that dialog into a book.


  • November 16, 2008

    Who's Bummed... and Who's Already Giving Thanks?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    And so we reach that penultimate time of the North American flyfishing season... when most business has been wrapped up, our raccoon-eyed tans are starting to fade, and all that's left are those all-too-precious days when we locals (and the beyond-sick die-hards) get our last licks in, and wonder, "If they'd only been here to see this..."

    So my question is simple and straightforward: Who, among you, guides or otherwise, has packed it in, and who's still pluggin'... and are you grateful or sad, having done so?

    I think back to my lifeguard days... many years ago... when the best waves always happened at the end of the season. I always fancied "the Hook," for what's that's worth... and for the first person who can tell me exactly where "The Hook" is, and why they call it such... well, I'll send you a $200 fly rod for your effort.

    Man... I'm going to miss this fly season. But this has been a very, very good one. Who's still crankin', and who's now thankin'?


  • November 14, 2008

    Funny or Stupid: Feeding 300lb Fish By Hand

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    It's snowing here, long sigh...

    Man, I was thinking I was going to sneak out this afternoon and get in a hour or two of dry fly fishing with the one weight. It's all of a sudden winter, and I'm relegated to searching the web for things that can only just barely substitute for fishing.

    This one had me laughing though, hard. There's sun, water, boats, and grown men giddy as children on christmas morning. Personally I'd have a hard time sacking up to participate, but would love to watch the possibility of my best friend leaving a finger or two in the grouper's mouth. What about you, would you feed the beast or watch and laugh?


  • November 13, 2008

    It's Goin' Off at Lees Ferry

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Just when I thought the winter doldrums were setting in... I hear it's going off at Lees Ferry, Arizona. If you have never fished there, you should. Read the report from Terry Gunn below.

    Anyone else have any reports of places that are red hot now? No fibs... we'll find out.


    Lees Ferry Fishing Synopsis and Forecast by Terry Gunn 11/12/08

    "Recent Fishing Conditions: At a time when just about everything you read is bearing bad news, it gives me great pleasure to bring you some good news: The fishing at Lees Ferry is not just good it’s great! The fish are in the best shape and size that I have seen in several years and everything points to this being a trend that I expect to continue. Fishing is just going to get better and better as 2009 arrives…. Isn’t it great to hear some good news for a change! Not only is the fishing upriver great but rumor has it that the Walk-in area is fishing extremely well. One other thing; there has been no one here…come up (you can probably book a guide for tomorrow) and see the best fishing in years and you will likely have the river to yourself.

    The experimental steady flows that occurred in September and October (12,000 constant) were as I predicted, beneficial to the river. In years past, the flows in September and October have been the lowest flows of the year and have reset the “green line” to the 5,000-cfs level from the 12,000-cfs level of the summer flows. This has effectively reduced the food supply in the river by a significant amount. Then the higher flows of November and December arrive; but because of the declining sun angle and the shade of the cliffs, photosynthesis and aquatic production in the river declines and the areas of the river that were desiccated by the low flows do not regenerate until the following spring. This did not happen this year because of the steady flows in September and October the green line stayed high. The current fluctuating flows (7,500-cfs to 13,000-cfs) are continuing to keep the green line higher than in years past. There have been prolific midge and black-fly hatches every day and it appears as though the scud population has a higher density than any time since 2004."

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