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  • December 31, 2008

    Gratuitous Fish Porn

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    It seems as some of you wanted to see a fish in my video from a couple of days ago. Well, here you go. My good friend Roy Tanami has once again sent me a sampling of video we shot a couple of years ago from around the world that he put together over the last couple of days. Enjoy the last day of 2009 with some gratuitous fish porn.

    Oh, and go buy Roy's new book, Angling The World just out on The Lyons Press.  It's an impressive book which I was fortunate enough to accompany Roy on one of the chapters (New Zealand) and for some reason he actually used all my images for that chapter as well. Forget your camera Roy?

    Happy new year!


  • December 30, 2008

    Who Doesn't Shop Green?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I was amused to read the results of a recent Southwick survey that asked anglers and hunters (separately) whether or not they would be likely to buy gear from companies that support conservation of wildlife and fisheries resources.  (In flyfishing, such companies would include Orvis, Patagonia, Simms, Scott, Sage, Redington, Rio, Scientific Anglers, etc.)

    A whopping 67% of hunters and 52% of anglers stated that they are “much more likely” to buy products from conservation-supporting companies, and 22% of hunters and 29% of anglers said they were “slightly more likely” to buy products from such companies.

    But my question is, who the heck are the 14% of moron anglers who said that companies’ support for conservation had no influence whatsoever on their purchasing decisions? (Aside from the dopes who didn't care enough to offer an opinion...) Probably the same people who keep everything they catch, leave litter on the side of the river, and complain about the cost of fishing licenses.


  • December 29, 2008

    Carolina Christmas Brook Trout Stream

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Date: December, 23th 2008
    Time: 9:30am
    Location: Secret Brooktrout stream, North Carolina
    Who: My wife, Ellie Childs

    Anyone else fish in the last week?  Where and what for?
  • December 25, 2008

    Field and Stream Christmas 1952

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Just in case anybody is looking...
  • December 21, 2008

    A Visit from St. Fisholas

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    A Visit from Saint Fisholas

    By  C. Clement Trout

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and we all felt a shiver,

    Not a creature was, stirring… ‘specially not in the river.

    The waders were hung in the garage with great care,

    Though I figured next spring, I’d still need a new pair.


    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

    While visions of casting loops danced through their heads.

    Ma asked me aloud if I’d let the dog out,

    As I sucked on mint candy, and tied dry flies for trout.


    When out on the porch I heard such a loud bump,

    It startled me silly, and made my hands jump.

    I spat out a peppermint, feeling angry and dumb,

    With a size 14 dry fly hook stuck through my thumb.


    I thought, as I screwed the cap back on my glue,

    “This damn well better not be a lit bag of dog-poo!”

    When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

    But three flats boats, four guides, and six cases of beer!


    You found me! Thank goodness! You’re granting my wish!

    I said to the fat one… You must be Saint Fish!

    He smiled at me softly; the guides took off their hats,

    “Pack up the whole family, we’re going down to the flats.”


    He slid his sunglasses down the bridge of his nose,

    And he gave me a wink, which tingled my toes.

    On Bonefish! On Tarpon! On Redfish! On Jacks!

    Get your rods, and your reels, and your flies, and gear packs!


    Then he raised up his arms, and made two magic skiffs fly,

    So they cruised and they waited, way up there in the sky.

    He let out a laugh, which made his gut shimmy,

    I said, “Wait, one more thing… I just gotta call Timmy.”


    “You can bring him along, if he packs his stuff fast,

    He can take pictures, hang out, maybe learn how to cast!”

    Now sometimes, when you’re happy, you say things like a fool,

    And I did, telling St. Fish, “Man, you’re totally cool.”


    He was dressed for the tropics, from the cap on his head,

    To the loose shirt, his baggy shorts, and flip-flops (all red).

    He had a candy-cane push-pole that he used on his boat,

    And his beard was all stringy, like a sun-baked old goat.


    His eyes were quite squinty, and his skin looked like leather,

    And he said, “Let’s get going, gotta stay ahead of the weather.”

    So we climbed on the boat, I held everyone near,

    And he fired up that outboard (he isn’t into reindeer).


    Then we sped through the moonlight, and got Ellie and Tim,

    And for one little moment, the happy mood turned to grim.

    As we crested the clouds, and swooped up through the fog,

    I wondered aloud, “Who will cover the blog?”


    Now you know where I went; I just gave you the reason,

    And St. Fish, said he’d grant you good luck all next season.

    But don’t worry if I spend a few days out of sight…

    From Fly Talk, Happy Christmas, and to all a good night!

  • December 19, 2008

    The Wunder Boner: A perfect X-Mas Present?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Our friend Joe Cermele over at The Honest Angler provided us with an insightful, time-saving, knowledge gleaning post a couple of days ago on proper fish cleaning techniques. Yeah, that's right an entire post - and a long one at that.

    Kirk and I decided to save Joe a little time and after viewing this commercial via our friends over at picked up the phone and ordered Joe a Wunder Boner for Christmas.



  • December 18, 2008

    The Abel-Madoff Dish from the Drake

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Who needs TMZ? For the real gossip skinny on the flyfishing world, just check out this latest juicy tidbit from our good pal Tom Bie at The Drake. I'll leave the commentary to you folks, but not before nominating this video clip for the CF4S Hall of Fame.


  • December 17, 2008

    Photo Contest: Two Weeks Left, Prizes Announced

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    If you haven't submitted any photos for the Fly Talk photo contest, you will now. Slowly, but steadily I've been receiving submissions for the past couple of weeks and I have to say there are some great shots to choose from, but we need more.

    Here's the deal. You send me ( what you consider your best fly fishing images, and we'll do an edit and separate the crap from the good stuff. Just after the new year Fly Talk will present our picks on the main Field and Stream website and let you, the viewers pick your favorites. Whoever gets the three highest number of votes will get the three prizes below. Remember, we want some variety here. I'll be really bummed if we get four hundred "grip and grins". I want some humor, landscapes, lifestyle, etc...

    PRIZE #1. A Scott, nine foot, four piece, five weight A3 (MSRP $335). We like Scott Rods... a lot. They make sweet rods right here in our home state, are unapologetic about their processes and basically just kill it all the way around. You want this rod, trust me.

    Prize #2 Whoa, another Colorado company... Fishpond is also one of our favorites and make righteous stuff. We're giving away the Sawtooth wader mat(MSRP: $49.00) (I keep one in my car always) and a Westwater Boat bag (MSRP: $149.00) together.

    Prize #3 A sweet pair of Smith shades. The Interlock Spoiler in Square Tortoise with a Polar Brown lens (MSRP $149) is the perfect fishing pair of sunglasses. Truly, this is the only pair of interchangeable lenses that in my opinion cannot be rivaled. Just twist the stems and pop out the lenses. Check out how the system works here.

    Good Luck,


  • December 16, 2008

    Flicking Tomatoes (And Other Tips)

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I think a lot of flyfishing books and articles overcomplicate things. Most of the best tips I've learned came from guides who have figured out a way to explain something in in 30 seconds or less. As such, I've been working with Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post on a little "tip book" that shoots straight guide insights without the cumbersome, sometimes frustrating, theories.

    Here's a taste:

    "Flick the Tomato"
    The best casting motion involves a gradual, controlled acceleration to an abrupt stop. Imagine it this way: If you have a tomato stuck on the end of a stick, and you want to fling that tomato into a bucket, say, 20 feet away, how do you do it? If you “whip” the stick, you end up covered in ketchup. But if you gradually fling the tomato off the stick, you might get it there. Same deal and same feel with the fly cast.

    "Watch Your Thumb"
    There have been countless articles and books written to coach people on the best ways to keep that proper casting plane at “10 and 2” on the imaginary clock face, and in my experience, most explanations overcomplicate both symptoms and cures. When you start thinking about too many moving parts during the cast, you get confused and your problems compound.

    The best “homespun” tip I ever learned to straighten out the issue of going too far and/or over-cocking your wrist on the backcast came from Dan Stein, a guide on the Bighorn River in Montana. He simply suggests you keep your casting thumb in your peripheral vision at all times. Lose sight of your thumb, and you’re going back too far.

    What do you think? We're thinking about producing some of these with video, and putting them on the site (as in "The Cosmic Mend" several weeks ago).

    You have any tips I can steal? I'll give you credit...


  • December 15, 2008

    He pulls out a gun and shoots the salmon...

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Rivers of a Lost Coast

    From: Rivers of a Lost Coast Website

    "At the turn of the 20th Century, a handful of pioneers carried their fly rods into California’s remote north coast and gave birth to a culture that would revolutionize their sport. For a select few, steelhead fly fishing became an obsessive pursuit without compromise.

    Leading the pack was the mythical, Bill Schaadt, an off-kilter angler famous for his ruthless pursuit to be ‘in the fish’. The new endeavor was ruled by a demanding, unspoken code, which made 'breaking in' almost as difficult as 'breaking out'.

    By the early 1980s, the Golden State’s coastal fisheries found themselves caught in a spiraling decline. As California searched for its disappearing salmon and steelhead, these men foraged for their souls."

    I don't know about you, but this seems to be what a fishing movie should be about. It's got history, fantastic imagery, character building, and even a little fish porn. Geeze - imagine that, a contemporary video on fishing that has some substance. Heck, they've even got Tom Skerritt narrating it.

    I can't wait to see it.

    click here for more info and to visit Rivers of a Lost Coast's website.


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