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  • February 26, 2010

    The Answer to Deeter's Spooky Sipper Quiz

    By Kirk Deeter

    Because so many people have aced my last couple Fly Talk quiz questions, I thought I should reach deep into my bag of tricks and try to stump you. Well, I did. That's not to say that some of your answers weren't perfectly reasonable strategies that probably would have worked. But nobody got exactly what I was thinking.

    So let's quickly review spooky-sipper)" target="_blank">the "Spooky Sipper" challenge. You're fishing clear, slow water.  You have three target fish in a line, spaced apart. You see them. They aren't  sucking down dries, they're sipping emergers. This isn't a mayfly hatch. You punt the first fish because you spook it with an indicator splashing.  You punt the second fish, because you threw a Chernobyl Ant in March, and even a trout's brain is large enough to comprehend that there are no grasshoppers in March.

    To catch the third fish, you should do this...

  • February 25, 2010

    Would You Download a Fishing App?

    By Tim Romano

    Imagine you're driving to your favorite river for a day of float fishing. It's an hour and a half drive from your home. It's spring and the weather and water flows (CFS) are temperamental. The problem is you forgot to check the conditions before you left. In the past you would have kept driving and crossed your fingers.

    Now, there's an App for that. All you have to do is pull out your Iphone, and viola realtime data at your fingertips. At last count there were close to 360 fishing applications over at the Apple "App" store. Granted, most of these are simply games, but many others compile real time data helping you decide where to fish, what to fish for and the best way to do it. There's information from tidal buoy's, gaging stations, and weather stations. Forgot how to tie a surgeons loop? There's an app for that. Curious about matching a hatch on a specific river? There's an app for that.

  • February 23, 2010

    Who Would Win Fly Fishing Olympic Gold?

    By Kirk Deeter

    As much as I'm enjoying watching the Winter Olympics, I must admit that I think "bonus curling coverage" is an oxymoron. That's not a sport. That's a game. Anything you can do while you drink beer should not qualify as an Olympic sport. But if the Olympics want curling in the mix, why not fly fishing?

    I wonder who would win medals in the various fly fishing disciplines. Not just that dopey Euro-nymph stuff they do at the fly fishing world championships. Also some exciting, made-for-television events:

    Long distance casting into a wind machine... Gotta think the team from the Bahamas would dominate. Maybe Argentina would win silver. Belize takes bronze.

  • February 22, 2010

    Growing Veggies with Fish Waste

    By Tim Romano

    Following up last fridays post on farmed salmon I couldn't resist this story from New York Times reporter, Michael Tortorello about a growing trend in the do-it-yourself gardening realm called "Aquaponics".

    Here's how it works in a nutshell.  You build a fish tank and fill it with anything from tilapia to trout. You feed the fish. The fish naturally have to make waste.  Fish waste and and water is pumped from the fish tank to what's called a "flood tank" - much like the holding tank on the back of a toilet. The nutrient rich water from the flood tank is fed to a small garden or grow bed of pea gravel and whatever type of edibles you'd like to eat. The plants use the water and nutrient-rich fish waste to grow.  The oxygenated and cleaned water is then drained back to the fish tank as clean water, starting the process all over again. Check out this slide show on the process. Or you can watch a video here.

  • February 19, 2010

    Diseased Salmon on Your Dinner Plate

    By Tim Romano

    Apparently Chile has a little problem with their farmed Salmon. Many of the fish have a virus that causes anemia, is infectious and leads to death. For the salmon that is...

    Ashley Fantz with CNN is reporting that it only is found in Chilean farmed salmon and is not "harmful to humans". This is according to the FDA.

  • February 18, 2010

    Should Felt Soles Be Banned?

    By Kirk Deeter

    The fly fishing industry has been moving away from felt soles on wading boots for several years, because felt is known to facilitate the transport of aquatic invasive species like didymo (rock snot), mud snails, and other nasty things that negatively impact trout fisheries. Simms, for example, has said it will stop manufacturing felt-soled boots after this year, and Trout Unlimited has also asked for tighter anti-felt regulations. Many manufacturers are suggesting that anglers steer clear of felt. 

    But a bill introduced in the Vermont State legislature would actually prohibit the manufacture and sale of felt-soled wading boots. 

  • February 17, 2010

    Pop Quiz: How to Catch the Spooky Sipper

    By Kirk Deeter

  • February 16, 2010

    More "TieTalk" in "FlyTalk"

    By Tim Romano

    I came to the realization last week that FlyTalk doesn't do enough "TieTalk." My excuse is that honestly, I really don't enjoy tying flies. I can tie the few patterns that I need now and then, but I've never been one to sit down and learn to tie something just for the sake of tying or crank out dozens by the fire the evening. It's just not me.

    But I know a whole lot of people that love tying almost as much as fishing.  They're freakishly good at it and have compiled tips and tricks, written books, and shot videos that can help everyone.

  • February 15, 2010

    Johnny Spillane: Olympic Hero... Fly Fishing Guide

    By Kirk Deeter

    What I love most about the Olympic Games are the feel-good human interest stories.  Here's one that should make any Stars-n-Stripes-waving fly fisher feel really, really good.

  • February 12, 2010

    Colorado Could Soon See Changes in River Access Law

    By Tim Romano

    Colorado's House Judiciary committee voted seven to three this past monday night in favor of (HB 1188). The "Clarify River Outfitter Navigation Right Bill" helps uphold commercial rafters rights if floating through private property. It now goes to the House floor.

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