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  • August 29, 2008

    Carp Fishing With SWAT Teams

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Do you ever fish for carp on a fly rod? Tough buggers aren't they? Russ Miller landed this beauty a couple of days ago under heavy police presence. It seems SWAT teams make it even tougher...

    Check out this story on carp fishing around the Democratic National Convention the past week and see all the trouble we got into.

    Have a great weekend.


  • August 29, 2008

    At What Age Did You Start Flyfishing?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I’m often asked about starting kids in flyfishing. What is the best age to start them, understanding that casting can be a tricky test of coordination, as is wading in rivers? Certainly, you want to avoid the frustration factor and keep things safe at all times. I guess the only answer I can give is that it depends on the kid. Some 6-year-olds, for example, can throw and catch a baseball like a champ… for others, it takes a few more years. I started flyfishing at age 11. We have a family tradition now of making the 10th birthday present the first fly rod, though the kids certainly dabble with flyfishing well before that.

    What do you think?

    By the way, on the flip side, I will say that it’s never too late to start. Case in point, my friend, a 58-year-old teacher who just started flyfishing because she needed another summer hobby… and she’s pretty good!


  • August 28, 2008

    Fly Durability With A Shotgun!

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I found this nugget over on the other day and decided it had to be the "funny or stupid" question of the week.

    By the way if you haven't checked out Midcurrent, you must. It is THE fly fishing resource for the web. Everything from videos like this, to relevant fishing news or articles that will change how you fish. You won't be disappointed. Trust me...

    At first I thought this video was pretty funny. Then I watched it again, and again...and again. Now I'm thinking this doofus just wasted a perfectly good shotgun shell.


  • August 26, 2008

    Trash Fish: A Life

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    One of my favorite writers is Greg Keeler, professor of English at Montana State, who has just written a book called Trash Fish: A Life (Counterpoint Press, coming in October). It’s wonderful. You need to check it out. Put it on your Christmas list. But a word of warning: This memoir is a little saucier than the Norman Maclean/A River Runs Through It type. Oh, Keeler has his own A River Runs Through It-related chapter, it’s called “A Gerbil Runs Through It.” In it, Keeler describes how he once drove to Gallatin Canyon and set up a video camera on the same run where “old Norman” is seen tying on a fly at the end of the famous movie. Keeler did his own voiceover (venting anger at Robert Redford for idealizing the whitewashed values of Maclean’s novella in a way that lured thousands to Montana for a land grab). It goes:

    “Hello, I’m Norman McQueeler, and this is ‘A Gerbil Runs Through It.’ We were going to film this scene on the Little Blackfoot, just like the novel, but mining has poisoned that river with cyanide. We’re lucky to be filming it here on the Gallatin River because all of the land around me has been bought up for summer homes, for example Ted Turner bought up most of the land right over the hill there. But anyway, when I was a boy growing up in Montana, my father would take us out behind the shed with a metronome, a gerbil, an enema bulb, a gut bucket and a fly rod…”

    Keeler concluded: “The voiceover stopped here because I slipped on a rock and fell in, which was just as well because as soon as I fell, the woman who, with her husband, owned the adjacent property came down and ran me off. I knew her husband. At the time he was the head of the Bozeman chapter of Trout Unlimited.”

    Read this book.


  • August 25, 2008

    Jose Wejebe, ESPN and Redbone Join Forces

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Our friend over at BASS and ESPN Outdoors sent us this release the other day. Instead of mangling a well written release like I normally do I'm pasting it below. Fly fisherman extraordinaire Jose Wejebe will be hosting the Redbone tourney this year. If you've never heard of Spanish Fly or Redbone, read below and check them out for yourself.

    ESPN Outdoors announced today that Jose Wejebe, who has hosted Spanish Fly on ESPN2 for 13 years, will host the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series television coverage on ESPN2. The Sunday morning shows, which will chronicle the six stand-alone, world-class events, will begin in April 2009. The ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series will kick off Sept. 5-7 with the Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters (S.L.A.M.) tournament in Key West, Fla.

    Wejebe, a longtime resident of the Florida Keys, will also remain as host of Spanish Fly, which will air on Sundays on ESPN2 in 2009. Wejebe is one of the most respected fishing guides worldwide and has traveled the world fishing exotic locations and serving as a guide, tournament angler and TV personality in his diverse career.

    Gary Ellis, founder of the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, has enjoyed a long relationship with Wejebe, introducing him in 1988 to Jerry McKinnis, who hosted The Fishin’ Hole on ESPN networks for more than 25 years.

    “It’s ironic that I started my career with ESPN at Redbone over 20 years ago,” Wejebe said. “This is funny how life comes full circle. I met Jerry at the Redbone and from that meeting we started Spanish Fly some 13 years ago. Now, ESPN is highlighting and giving back to Redbone, which continues to give so much to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

    As previously announced, will be the online home for the series, with live daily event coverage including video, photo galleries, articles and features. Competitors in the Series will include celebrities, renowned guides and other luminaries from the fishing industry competing in catch-and-release events.

    The popular S.L.A.M. is the first in an annual Florida Keys autumn trilogy of Redbone fishing tournaments. The series was developed by the Ellis family to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    “We are very excited to have Jose on board to lend his expertise to our television coverage,” said Jamie Wilkinson, senior director of event operations and business development. “Jose’s ability to deliver compelling storylines will further add to this tremendous product.”

  • August 23, 2008

    Guess Kirk's Destination ...

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    I'm going on a trip soon.  But can you guess where? 

    The photo above is a sampler of the fly selection I'm bringing, thanks to Brian Schmidt, our "Fly of the Month" guru from Umpqua Feather Merchants.  So that alone should tell you I'll be chasing fish that are pretty aggressive.  In fact, I'd say this is the "golden age" for this particular species.

    Need more hints?  Well, okay.  I'm not bringing any long johns on this trip.  I will bring plenty of bug spray.

    I'll be out of the country.  Not in Argentina... but I will be speaking Spanish.  I'm doing a story for the magazine.  It's the "dry season" where I'm going (a relative term)... it shouldn't be salty, but I'm still bringing "stingray guards."   Hmmmm....

    Tell you what, I'll send an "Angling Trade" baseball cap to the first person who can tell me exactly where I'm going and what I'll be chasing.  Last hint, you likely haven't read much about this one before.  (No help from those few of you who know what I'm up to... Tim... Joey... Bri...)

    Good luck to you... and please wish me some positive mojo also, if you'd be so kind!


  • August 21, 2008

    Should Fly Casting Be an Olympic Sport?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Like millions of Americans, I've been watching the Olympics with great pride and admiration. And before we get too carried away with this discussion, let me say this again to anyone who watched Usain Bolt do his thing on the track, or Michael Phelps do his thing in the pool: If you think it's even slightly, remotely, plausible to use the phrase "world record" in association with anything to do with any fish caught in any context... well, I think you're nuttier than an Amish sticky bun.

    But I do find myself thinking that fly casting (casting, not fishing) should maybe be an Olympic sport. Heck, if dingy sailing, table tennis, and trampoline qualify, fly casting should. In fact, if rifle and shotgun shooting, and archery qualify, why don't we have fly casting? Seems like everything else we cover in Field & Stream has an Olympic cousin. Casting belongs, dammit. In fact, I think it should go beyond fly casting; why don't we include flippin' and surfcasting also? NBC wouldn't care. You tell me... what is the Lake Charles, Louisiana, television market more apt to tune into, rhythmic gymnastics, or the baitcaster finals? I rest my case.

    I think we should really lobby the IOC to include more good ol' American-bred fishing disciplines to the lineup, just so we can pad the medal count against the Chinese.

    But then again I wonder... would Americans actually win casting events? Okay, the flippin' gold is going to some dude from Alabama, automatically. Maybe the Japanese have an outside shot there. Baitcasters with soft plastics on targets... we have that covered. But on the fly casting side, I don't know. I mean, the double-handed Spey competition naturally has to favor teams from the U.K., Scandanavia, and Canada, and the Russians and Argentines would be damn tough. The single-handed 8-weight competition... gotta think the Bahamas might be the equivalent of the Jamaican track team. I wouldn't count the Kiwis out of the "accuracy in clear water" trout casting competition either.

    Hmmm. What do you think?


  • August 19, 2008

    Why I Love "Trash" Fish.

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Could it be the over-powering stench of the wastewater treatment plant when I open the car door? Doubt it. What about the possible human remains found on the river bottom? Uh, not so sure about that either... The barbed wire fences, or giant dead bloated rats floating in the water? Nope. Could it be the thousands of pounds of trash lodged in the trees or effluent streaming by my bare legs? I really don't think so.

    Perhaps it's the fact that I can go anywhere in America and have a legitimate shot at a 30 lb fish all for the cost of a gallon of gas and a bottle of water. That's why I love trash fish on the fly.





  • August 18, 2008

    The "No Fly" Tournament of Champions

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    You've likely heard of the Jackson "One Fly." That special flyfishing extravaganza where competitors get to choose a single fly... well, we've decided to kick it up a notch.

    I'm proud to announce plans for the Fly Talk "No Fly." Every competitor will be issued one single #10 hook. Then it will be up to him/her to scrape together miscellaneous garbage (natural or synthetic) from the riverbank and fasten that to said hook using only dental floss, super glue, or duct tape. Your imagination is your only limit: cigarette filter flies sometimes work... discarded bubble gum egg flies... the spent tippet water-walker... (others?)

    Real insects, parasites, worms or other critters will be disallowed.

    Now, all we have to do is figure out where to hold it, and what species we should fish for. I'm thinking downtown Denver, and any fish caught should be fairly counted. But I'm open to suggestions. Who wants in? I think the prize should be a gallon of antibacterial soap.


  • August 15, 2008

    Fishing for Info...From Prison

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    You may recognize this photo. Luckily for me it ended up in the "First Shot" section of Field and Stream a couple of issues ago. I was thrilled, honored, and very excited to have one of my photos chosen as a two page spread in the magazine.

    Then, a couple of days ago I received some state generated prison mail from California. I thought it was a mistake when I found it in my mailbox. Apparently a gentleman who we'll call "Mike" had written F&S asking for me and any information I might have on the fishing and location of the place I had taken a picture of. He claims he will be out of prison and living in Colorado in about six months and wants to go there. Yikes!

    Now, I'm hard pressed to give out fishing beta on favorite places to good friends let alone a prisoner in the California state system. On the other hand perhaps he's served his time and will be an outstanding member of society... What do you say, should I write him?


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