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  • April 17, 2014

    Slide Show: Fishing the Kayak Classic Outtakes

    By Tim Romano

    Last year I had the privilege of tagging along with F&S editor Nate Matthews on a photo shoot just outside New York City, camping at an abandoned airport in Brooklyn and taking photos of what has to be the craziest (in a good way) bunch of kayak anglers I've ever met. The shoot covered the Kayak Fishing Classic, put on by Jerry Collins, a retired FDNY lieutenant who owns a kayak shop on Long Island and is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Yesterday Field & Stream published the piece which documents the fun and chaos. Today I thought I'd share the rest of the story with outtakes and a larger photo edit from the event. Enjoy.

  • April 16, 2014

    E-Book Review: "The Tug is the Drug" by Chris Santella

    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for a good read on fly fishing that comes in short, palatable bites (a format I fancy most), go ahead and download Chris Santella’s new e-book titled "The Tug is the Drug: 30 Fly Fishing Essays from The New York Times and Beyond." ($6.99; this is the first collaborative e-book by Headwater Books and MidCurrent.)  

    Santella, author of "50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" (which is soon to become a television series on WFN), is one of the best in this business, and every story, every word from this collection demonstrates why I say that.

    Over the years, I've not only become a fan of his writing, I also got to travel with him to some very cool places. We were both part of "The Kodiak Project"; fished together in Ireland; on Bimini in the Bahamas; and we went to fish the Ponoi in Russia last year.

  • April 15, 2014

    Write Best Anagram and Win a Pair of Redington SonicDry Waders

    By Tim Romano

    Here's my challenge to all you Fly Talkers: The person who writes the best anagram, rearranging the words "Redington SonicDry Waders," in the fishiest manner will win a pair.

    According to Wikipedia, “an anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example orchestra can be rearranged into carthorse. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled ‘anagrammatists’ is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller."

  • April 14, 2014

    Wish Granted: Fly-Fishing Fairy Godmother Awards "Do-It-Yourself Bonefishing" Book

    By Kirk Deeter

    Okay, so I now wish that I hadn't posted a picture of myself wearing a dress for the Field & Stream nation to see. 

    But true to my word, I am going to award a copy of Rod Hamilton's "Do-it-Yourself Bonefishing," which I do believe to be one of the best bonefishing books ever written to airbornedoc, who said: "I wish there was a snow cone holder on my wading belt."  

    I just got to thinking about casting on a hot summer day, and having a snow cone attached to my wading belt, and I thought, "Now there is a good wish!" Who wouldn't want to fish with a snow cone? That's pure fantasy, and that earns a book.

    Granted, there were many funny answers. (I really liked Cermele saying he wished that I did birthday parties… if this writing thing ever doesn't work out, I could a backup plan.)  I also liked po2p7so's "I wish they would start testing for HGH in these Miss USA pageants."

  • April 10, 2014

    Gyotaku: The Most Ancient Form of Taxidermy

    By Tim Romano

    The image you see here is a sockeye salmon "fish rubbing" done by my friend Scott Wells. The process is called Gyotaku, pronounced ghe … yo … tah … koo.

    "Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbings. Fish rubbings are a very accurate way of recording the species and size of a catch, much better than hero shots along with their inevitable ‘hidden elbows,’” Wells said.

  • April 9, 2014

    Perspectives from a Great Guide: Tim Linehan

    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Tim Daughton (Linehan left, Deeter right)

    I got to do something I have wanted to do for a very, very long time last week. I floated and fished with Tim Linehan. He rowed 16 miles of the Clark Fork in western Montana, and I casted along with Tim Daughton, product development specialist for the Orvis Company (this coincided with the 2014 Orvis Guide Rendezvous). The trout fishing was fair to good, but the day ended up being one of the most memorable and rewarding times I have ever spent in a drift boat.

  • April 8, 2014

    What Happens if You Crack an Egg 60 Feet Below the Surface?

    By Tim Romano

    Every once in a while I stray from fly fishing on this blog. Today is one of those days...  

    I thought you all would like this neat little trick from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. It shows the effect of water pressure on a cracked egg at 60 feet down. The pressure/ surrounding water acts as the shell, containing the yoke with 2.8 times the atmospheric pressure of the surface. It's a neat trick and relates pretty well to how swim bladders work in many fish. Just don't try this trick with any large fish that have a taste for raw eggs as shown in the video below. Enjoy.

  • April 7, 2014

    Book Review: '25 Best Most Versatile Flies' by Al Ritt

    By Kirk Deeter

    For years, I have been advocating that it's better to fish fewer fly patterns in different ways, than it is to feel like you have to buy 1,000 different flies to match every possible scenario you'll encounter on a river, lake or saltwater flat.  

    There's nothing wrong with a deep roster in your fly boxes, and it's satisfying--even comforting--to have a full arsenal of different patterns for different places and seasons.  But let's face it: some patterns are designed to catch fish and some are designed to catch anglers.  I'd rather dial in on a couple dozen versatile patterns and master their many uses than feel like I have to go digging and switching every time a different bug falls out of the sky.

  • April 2, 2014

    My Favorite Online Fishing April Fool's Day Gags

    By Tim Romano

    As every new April Fool's day comes and goes, the internet hoaxes seem to get more prevalent and elaborate. I was had by my mom (just briefly) and few jokes online today. Here are a few of my favorites from the fishing world.

    1. YETI Coolers sent a press release that was titled "YETI Launches Casket for Die-Hard Outdoor Enthusiasts."

  • April 1, 2014

    App Review: Gogal's GPS Topo USA

    By Kirk Deeter

    Granted, sometimes you want to get out in the wild to intentionally get lost and be out of touch.  But then again, it's always nice to have at least a hint of where you are going.  I get to test a number of GPS and navigation devices, some of which cost hundreds of dollars, but the GPS Topo USA from Gogal Publishing is a simple iPhone (or iPad) app that I've taken a shine to because it costs $6.99, and it can be used either online or offline.

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