So I'm watching the basketball playoffs the other day, and notice that the parquet floor isn't at Boston Garden anymore. Oh, the floor is there, it's just not Boston Garden. It's "TD Banknorth Garden." Wah? Might as well be "Mrs. Butterworth's Garden." I mean, enough with this corporate arena/stadium sponsorship stuff already.
As a small stream junkie I was just a bit excited when I received a press release this morning on an form of traditional Japanese fly fishing I have never heard of called, Tenkara. When translated literally means - from heaven.
I'm on my way out the door for a guide trip. The water is low, but stained a little. Basically, it's one of those days where the trout will be condensed in the deeper runs. As it's that spring wakeup time and lots of bugs are hatching, they'll be eating, big time, throughout most of the day. And they won't be too choosy, likely biting any nymph with a little flash that attracts their attention. Maybe some dries in the afternoon.
In other words. I expect the fishing to be smokin'.
Another casting tip from Deeter. Lucky me, I got to hang on for dear life with one arm while filming up above in a tree... This tip is a great one for complex nymph rigs and general casting in general. Less is more. Just let the water load your rod for you.
A fly fishing memoir is a tough thing to pull off. In my mind, "been there, done that," isn't good enough. "Me and Bob went fishing"... yawn. "How I learned to solve the mysteries of the universe while I caught trout"... give me a break.
In other words, I often pick up these books, and within 10 pages, I'm usually thinking to myself, "Get real!"
Whoa, wait a minute... there's a thought. Get real...
Yes, it was earth day yesterday. I have to admit I had no idea... Luckily my friends over at moldlychum reminded me to watch Frontline on tuesday on what has been done in regards to cleaning up our nations water.
Last week, President Obama eased restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting Cuba, and indicated a possible willingness to talk with Cuban leader Raul Castro. Many people think this is a harbinger of a thaw in the more-than-chilly relations between the two countries, which have lasted 50 years.
By now you should know how the flytalk caption contest works. We put up a funny or amazing photo and you write a caption for it. A week or two later Deeter and I pick a winner and award the lucky person a fabulous prize.
If ever there were a flyfishing tournament that really measures the grit and skill of a champion... wait... scratch that... those don't exist. But here is a "tournament" that happens for all the right reasons, namely fun, friendship, and a benefit cause.
Our friends over at Midcurrent.com posted an interesting story via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette written by John Hayes. It's regarding the $800+ million in sales that's spent total in the fly fishing industry. The question is, are these people spending their money online or in the specialty fly shop?