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  • July 29, 2011

    Photo Slide Show: Wyoming Fishing Road/Float Trip

    By Tim Romano

    by Tim Romano

  • July 28, 2011

    Sea Trout: Reason 1001 to Visit Ireland

    By Kirk Deeter

    I just came back from my first trip to Ireland, an amazing country with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and the most earnest and welcoming people I have ever encountered. Great golf, great Guinness, and great fishing! As part of the trip, Chris Santella author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish before You Die  and I got to experience the incredible sea trout fishery of Lough Currane, a large freshwater lake that meets the ocean by Waterville, in the southwest of Ireland.

    Sea trout are brown trout that venture to the sea, bulk up, and return to their home waters to spawn, just as they do in the Baltic Sea region and in the famous fisheries of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, where European brown trout were actually introduced, just as they were in America.

    We fished with Neil O'Shea, a fourth-generation ghillie from County Kerry  who is legendary throughout Ireland for his mastery of Atlantic salmon and sea trout on these waters. His latest benchmark: the largest fly-caught sea trout ever recorded in Ireland. Here it is, 13 pounds, 5 oz., caught by Sean Smith of Yorkshire, UK, (right), and O'Shea on the 27th of May this year. They took the fish on a "Bibio" traditional style wet fly, in 10 foot-deep water. It took 40 minutes to land.

  • July 26, 2011

    Fish Mounts Made From Sunglasses

    By Tim Romano

    If you've seen any of the Costa Del Mar sunglass print advertisements recently, you've probably noticed some very simple ads with highly stylized looking bass, tarpon, or marlin (like the one below).  I have to admit that when I first took note of these ads I thought they were cool looking, but honestly had no idea they were made entirely out of sunglass parts. This video proves otherwise.

  • July 25, 2011

    Fly Talk Readers Put Giveaway Gear to Good Use

    By Kirk Deeter

    I thought you would like to see that some of the gear we have given away to Fly Talk readers is being put to very good use... here are a couple reports:

    Kirk,
    Just thought I'd say thank you once again for the fiberglass fly rod that you awarded me in the F&S contest. I just returned from Colorado and caught some nice fish with the new rod. Attached are pics of my largest trout of the trip and my first Kokanee Salmon to date.

    Thanks,
    Mike Nobles

    (Both fish were caught on an elk hair caddis. The Brown was caught in a high lake (9800 ft) designated as wild trout water. The Kokanee was caught in the mouth of a river feeding into a reservoir.)

  • July 22, 2011

    Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Tim Romano

    Last Friday we posted this image for our latest caption contest.

    Over 200 people responded with some fairly witty captions. As usual it was a tough choice and there were a number of captions that could have won it, but after intense deliberation by myself and the editors we decided Rhythm Rider should with the Kawasaki String Trimmer below with this jabbing caption:
    "Drinks...Check
    Bait...Check
    Snack for my mother-in-law...Check."

  • July 21, 2011

    Should Private Water Get Public Support?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Check out this prime stretch of Colorado trout stream. Once depleted by cattle grazing, recent conservation efforts have brought this water back into form, and it's now home to naturally reproducing cutthroat trout, some of which are surprisingly large. This is a shining example of what can and should be done to promote and protect quality trout habitat throughout the country. 

    The one hitch: you and I cannot fish here. You see, this is private water, and under Colorado's stream access law, unless you are invited to be here, you can't plant your feet on the bottom of this river.

    The real question is, should groups like Trout Unlimited, and the Division of Wildlife, and others expend any time and effort supporting private river habitat?

  • July 19, 2011

    Video Tip: How to Keep your Fly Moving

    By Tim Romano

    A few months ago I had the pleasure of spending the day fishing for rooster fish on the East Cape of Baja with Jeff Debrown of The Reel Baja and Stacy Corbin of Mystic Waters Fishing.

  • July 18, 2011

    Stuff That Works: The Simms "Thirsty Trout" Bottle Opener

    By Kirk Deeter

    There's a special category in the fly fishing retail world labeled "accessories," which, in my mind, includes just about anything a fly angler buys that doesn't actually help them catch fish in any way, shape, or form whatsoever. This might be the most important product category for friends and relatives of fly fishers who want to buy gifts with sentimental value, but alas, have no idea (whatsoever) how to actually catch fish on the fly.

    That's why a lot of us have drawers full of Green-Butt Skunk printed socks, sterling flasks with dry fly etchings, toilet seats with a Royal Coachman motif, and wall clocks with classic fly patterns that mark every hour of the day. I will admit that I might be the most "poorly-accessorized" angler on the planet, having little use for neckties (if you see me choked by a silky fly print around my neck, that usually means someone either died or got married, which in certain angling circles is almost one in the same), fly-themed wallets, and the rest of the niff-naff that says, "I'm a fly fisher."

  • July 15, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Kawasaki String Trimmer

    By Tim Romano

    You all know how this works by now. Write the best caption to the image below and win a Kawasaki String Trimmer (MSRP: $199.99).

    I took this photo while on an F&S assignment following and fishing the Rio Grande river last fall. This particular image was made on the shores of Lake Amistad in the great state of Texas. I had to laugh, but did not inquire to the taste of said critters.

  • July 14, 2011

    Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration

    By Tim Romano

    by Tim Romano

    Friend and fellow fishing photographer Tosh Brown sent me a note concerning the release of his new book, The Blitz, Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration and the video below about the year long escapade that he and author Pete McDonald took to complete their 216 page book. The book chronicles the "immeasurable biomass of predators and prey on their annual oceanic migration from Maine to North Carolina", says Brown.

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