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  • November 30, 2009

    Merwin: Flippancy in Fly Fishing

    By John Merwin

    Is flyfishing getting too dumbed down? Some of my friends who are longtime anglers think so, and I’m starting to agree.

    A great deal of what passes for flyfishing media these days seems more related to a happy-go-lucky angling lifestyle than to genuine technical progress. It’s become a lot easier to gaze at one’s navel while pondering the philosophical implications of sport than to pick the right fly pattern.

    Back in the 1970s, we had men such as ...

  • November 25, 2009

    Merwin: Iaconelli Sells Beard for Charity

    By John Merwin

    Here' a Thanksgiving story with a fishing twist.

    Noted bass pro Mike Iaconelli has for the last year or so been sporting an especially obnoxious-looking (to me, anyway) goatee growing from underneath his chin. Now he’s cut away the beard, which he’s auctioning on eBay to benefit a school for autistic children.

  • November 24, 2009

    New Game-Warden Reality Show

    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Sacramento Bee:

    If you think it's interesting to creep through a forest – pistol at the ready – in pursuit of illegal marijuana growers, or to be in an armed, early morning raid of a suspected wildlife shooter's home, you're in for some thrills.

  • November 23, 2009

    Chad Love: Don't Be a Fishing Butthead

    By Chad Love

    I'm not a smoker, so I've never pondered the question of what to do with my cigarette butts while out fishing. However, if the number of butts I see bobbing along the surface of the water is any indication, many smokers don't ponder either, they just take one last drag and flick it. After all, it's a just a little cigarette butt, right?

    Well, no. In fact, according to this story cigarette butts are highly toxic to fish.

    From the story:

    Cigarette butts, one of the most ubiquitous forms of garbage in the world, have been found to be toxic to saltwater and freshwater fish. Even with a small amount of unburnt tobacco clinging to it, a single cigarette butt soaked for a day is enough to turn a liter of water a sickly yellow brown and kill 50 percent of fish swimming in it. Without tobacco, it takes about 4 smoked filters to do the same job.

  • November 23, 2009

    Merwin: The Woes of the Boat-Manufacturing World

    By John Merwin

    In what is at least partly a sign of the times, it’s apparently easier to pay the lawyers than it is to pay your bills.

    Irwin Jacobs was until a few days ago the CEO of Genmar, a boat-manufacturing conglomerate whose major brands include Ranger, Wellcraft, and Four Winns. That holding company has been in bankruptcy proceedings since last June.

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jacobs has resigned his position so he can bid on Genmar as a private individual at a forthcoming bankruptcy auction.

  • November 19, 2009

    Discussion Topic: ASA Calls for Action Against Proposed Washington Lead Ban

    By Dave Hurteau

    From an American Sportfishing Association press release:
    Without evidence that lead fishing tackle is posing a threat to loon populations, a proposed ban in Washington State is completely unwarranted!

  • November 18, 2009

    Why Southern Flour Makes the Best Biscuits

    By John Merwin

    Fresh, hot biscuits, anyone? It’s hard for me to imagine a meal in any fishing or hunting camp without some of these tender, flaky morsels soaking up melted butter or swabbing a plate clean of that last bit of gravy. There have been days--and this might be one--when I’d kill for a good biscuit.

  • November 18, 2009

    ICCAT Cuts Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quota

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Environmental News Service:
    The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, ICCAT, reduced the total allowable catch for 2010 to 13,500 metric tonnes down from 22,000 tonnes in 2009. . . .

    Forty-eight countries from around the world are contracting parties to ICCAT. . . .

  • November 17, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Do You Trust Your State Fish And Game Agency?

    By Dave Hurteau

    From a Southwick Associates Press Release:
    In an October 2009 survey, Southwick Associates asked anglers and hunters which type of organization they trust the most for accurate information regarding fish and wildlife conservation. The results of the monthly and poll show that state fish and wildlife agencies are considered the most trustworthy source of conservation information among hunters and anglers.

  • November 17, 2009

    Fishing Boat Sinks Off New Jersey, 3 Men Missing

    By Dave Hurteau

    From an AP story via
    Coast Guard boats, planes and helicopters searched the roiling ocean off Cape May on Thursday for three commercial fishermen whose boat sank, and colleagues of the missing men prayed for a miracle. . . .

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