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  • Kayak Culture

    The second-largest kayak fishing tournament in the United States takes place in New York City. Here's what it's like.

  • What's Next

    We asked our experts to peer into the future of hunting, fishing, and conservation. Here’s what they see.

  • Best Reader Photos, March

    Check out the 25 best shots from our readers and submit your photos for the chance to win gear.

  • Bowfishing Gear

    The only required gear for bowfishing is a fish arrow tied to a line that’s tied to a bow. But good gear does make it more fun and productive. These items are definitely worth having.

  • The Real Fly Girls

    Meet seven women with the chops and attitude to infiltrate the industry boys' club and wade into the mainstream.

  • Bowfishing Rigs Test

    Don't trash your whitetail bow shooting carp, suckers, and gar. Get a dedicated bowfishing rig.

  • The Drone Report

    Some sportsmen have started using unmanned aircraft for hunting and fishing applications. But, where do we draw the fair-chase line?

  • Small-Stream Smallies

    If you live in bronzeback country, small streams could be your best chance at big fish. Here's how to target them.

  • Early-Season Streamer Tactics

    There's nothing quite like that angry tug you get when fishing big baitfish and leech streamer patterns for trout.


Top Picks

  • May 9, 2008

    Nanny Saves Toddler In Coyote Attack


    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From California’s Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

    An 18-month-old girl was hospitalized after a coyote bit her as she played in a park Friday morning. The toddler was in the sandbox when her nanny heard her cry.

    The nanny looked up and saw that a coyote had bitten the child on the buttocks and was attempting to carry her off, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's officials. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 9, 2008

    The Fonz Loves Flyfishing


    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    In an interview with Henry Winkler, who with Lin Oliver just published Book No. 14 in the children’s series, The Life of Me: Enter At Your Own Risk, The Florida Times Unions asks: “What is the one thing you would like to make sure people know?” And the Fonz wisely answers: “If I have one message on this Earth . . . it is that fly fishing is fabulous . . . .”

    I couldn’t agree more. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 9, 2008

    A Brief Statement of Policy

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    1) Why I Do Not Pick on Barack Obama

    A blogger noted a few rants ago that I had not said one hard word about Barack Obama, despite my constant picking on Hillary Rodham Clinton, and asked if it was due to political correctness. It is not, and to understand the situation we must return to ancient Rome, where the legal system had an unusual system of disposing of people whom it really did not like. They would sew the offender in a bag along with a rooster, an ape, and an adder, and then throw the bag into the Tiber River to let its inhabitants sort things out among themselves.

    Mr. Obama, a decent and likable individual of no discernable substance, finds himself sewn in a modern-day bag with the Original Werewolf, her increasingly deranged husband, and the very unusual Reverend Jeremiah Wright. PC has nothing to do with it; I simply do not have the heart to say unkind things about someone with that kind of trouble.

    2) Why I Will Not Stop Talking About Expensive Stuff, Even Though It Makes Some People Feel Bad

    In the most recent edition of Guns & Ammo, its editor states that readers will see the magazine's future product evaluations devoted to cheaper and cheaper gear. Considering the future economic state of our country, this is sound and logical thinking. Why should G&A waste pages on stuff its readers can't afford?

    However, it is not the way things work. Reflect a moment on the photo of Ms.Elisha Cuthbert shown here.


    Do you have even a prayer of hooking up with a woman who looks like this? Of course not. But is that any reason why I should not run the occasional photo of Ms. Elisha Cuthbert? Take away our dreams and it is a pretty sorry existence.

    If you would like to buy some good, inexpensive gear, get a Marlin XL-7 rifle, which is a stupefyingly good rifle for $325 list, or a Cabela's Bell & Carlson Gator, which is $90 and about the best working knife I've laid eyes on.

    Now leave me alone. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 8, 2008

    Swiss to Ban Catch-and-Release

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    No I'm not making this up. See for yourself: according to this press release from the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association, the Swiss government is going to ban the practice of catch-and-release fishing. Concurrently, regulations will outlaw the use of barbed hooks and bait. Huh?

    Wait, I'm not done, this gets even nuttier. The law will outlaw fishing "with the intent to release fish." Anglers must undergo mandatory training on the "humane" treatment of caught fish, and learn how to kill fish via a sharp blow to the head with a blunt object. Huh?

    Does that include juvenile/undersized fish? Oh wait, there won't be any left in Swiss waters to worry about. I wonder how the PETA folks will spin this.

    Have you ever heard of such an absurd notion? Switzerland should stick to watches, chocolate, and guarding the Pope. I find it sadly ironic that the first war the Swiss government would declare in many years would be on fish.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 8, 2008

    Discussion Topic: “Paris-Hilton Bill” Would Take Rover Off Your Lap

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    So Rover has a great day in the field, and you let him sit in the front seat of the pickup as a reward. He lays he legs across your lap, you scratch him behind the ear . . . and a cop pulls you over and slaps you with a $150 fine.

    It could happen.

    From the Sacramento Bee:

    No more dogs behind the steering wheel.

    Canines don't have to be back-seat drivers, but they'd better stay away from the gas pedal under legislation passed Monday by the Assembly.

    The measure to ban drivers from holding a live animal has been lambasted by radio's Rush Limbaugh and ridiculed as the "Paris Hilton Bill" in honor of the celebrity dog lover.

    But Assemblyman Bill Maze, R-Visalia, said his bill can be a matter of life or death.

    Check out the full story and tell us what you think. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 8, 2008

    Bass Pro Shops Offers $5000 Rack Reward


    By Scott Bestul

    From Missouri’s News-Leader:

    Bass Pro Shops is offering a $5,000 gift card for information leading to the return of a record-setting whitetail taken by a 16-year-old in Iowa in 2003, and the arrest and conviction of the persons who stole the mount in 2004. . . .

    The enormous buck B&C net scored 253 1/8, making it the non-typical state record and the world’s No. 2 bow-taken whitetail that year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 8, 2008

    Whitetail News Roundup


    By Scott Bestul

    The Latest On Michigan’s TB-Zone Cull

    North Dakota Deer Hunters Get Special Early Season

    Nevada May Cut 2008 Deer Tags [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 8, 2008

    Q&A, Laura Browder, Author


    By Kim Hiss


    I'm excited to be kicking off a new Q&A series on the blog! I'll be interviewing women from all corners of the outdoors industry, and posting a new conversation about twice a month.
         First up is author Laura Browder, whose most recent book,
    Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America was reviewed by F&S deputy editor David E. Petzal a few months ago. Released in 2006 and out in paperback in March, it's a history of women and shooting from the interesting perspective of someone who is relatively new to guns.
         Laura was happy to make time for the blog to talk about old ads, President Theodore Roosevelt, and turn of the century trap shooting.-K.H.

    FSHUNTRESS: I understand you weren't raised around guns. How did you first get interested in firearms,Browder
    and what was your first experience of shooting a gun like?
    LAURA BROWDER: Yes, I grew up in Providence, RI, where the guns laws are much stricter and where I was very ignorant of gun culture. Moving to Richmond, VA, was a real eye-opener. I guess my interest in guns began developing my first New Year's Eve in my new home, when everyone on my block -- kids, middle-aged homeowners, and even the senior citizens in the old folks home across the street -- fired their weapons into the air at midnight. I quickly realized that I was no longer in New England -- and that I had a lot to learn about guns and gun owners. When you grow up in a Northern city, it's easy to demonize gun-owners. In Richmond, I began to realize that many of the people who I liked and respected a great deal were very attached to their guns. That's when my research began.
         The first time I shot a gun, I was incredibly nervous -- it was such a taboo for me. I really enjoyed the adrenaline rush it gave me, though.

    FS: What gave you the idea for this book?
    LB: I started thinking about how closely gun ownership and American identity are tied together in our popular culture. Yet guns and masculinity are closely associated as well. So where did that leave women? When I began doing research, I had a couple of people ask me where I thought I was going to get enough material to write a whole book. On the contrary, the problem I had was in paring down the incredible wealth of stories I found about gun-toting women on both sides of the law.

    FS: In your research, what were one or two of the most surprising things you learned about the history of women hunters?
    LB: I was amazed to learn how popular hunting was among women at the turn of the twentieth century. If you look at gun ads from that period, many of them feature a woman out alone in the woods with a rifle and hunting dog. My website has some wonderful ads from this period. And I was surprised to learn that President Theodore Roosevelt publicly urged women to hunt -- he saw it as a great antidote to the city living he thought was making women sickly and was weakening their characters.

    FS: How have the ways in which advertisers market firearms to women changed over the decades?
    LB: Advertising in the 1880s through the early part of the twentieth century assumed that women were competent with guns. Ads from the 1950s included women only as adoring bystanders, if at all. Then we got the bimbo ads of the 1960's and 70's. Since then, many gun ads have promoted the idea that good mothers and responsible single women needed guns to protect their families and themselves. My favorite ads really are those early ones, though. They even feature little girls out hunting -- something I can't say I have seen in any recent ad.

    FS: What accounted for women's enthusiasm for hunting and the shooting sports at the turn of the twentieth century?
    LB: Actually, trap shooting was the first sport that was open to women and men on equal terms. In its early years, the National Rifle Association worked hard to change the image of shooting from a macho, drunken activity to something that anyone could enjoy. There were even all-female trapshooting clubs at that time. And hunting was seen as a great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature. Annie Oakley did a great deal to popularize shooting for women at the end of the nineteenth century.

    FS: Do people tend to be surprised when they hear about that historic involvement?
    LB: Always.

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  • May 7, 2008

    Dumb Bass

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    "There is no dumber fish on earth than a yearling bass."

    I didn't say it. My dear friend, Charlie Meyers, outdoors editor for the Denver Post did. Got me scratching my head and wondering about which fish are indeed the dumbest in the world. Hatchery-raised trout must be up there ... blitzing stripers would probably eat a Coke bottle if you threw it in the right spot ... bluegills are pretty easy ... and you can talk about your wild cutthroats all you want; those that haven't seen a fly are suckers for just about anything. Having seen a mako shark get stuck three times with the same fly, and then come back to eat it again, had me consider putting makos on the list. But then I decided they were just bad-ass.

    What do you think? What fish is the "anti-permit?" The more I kick it around, the more I agree with Charlie. Sorry bass nation. But those young bucketmouths are just plain stupid. Not 'ol mama bass. The young ones. Say "dumb bass" fast enough, and it all makes sense...

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 7, 2008

    Fly Fishing Industry Gig


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Sick of your day job, and want to connect more with flyfishing and outdoor sports? (Maybe, if you're at work and on this blog right now, you should take that as a sign.) Here's a good sales job from a quality company in Eugene, Oregon. If you get hired, though, you must promise to sell mass quantities of books by Field & Stream writers ...

    Angler's Book Supply Co. is a 12 year old, owner-operated company that sells fishing, gun and hunting books, DVDs, Calendars and gifts to retailers nationwide and globally. We offer a competitive compensation package which includes: vacation, IRA, and health insurance. To learn more about your opportunities with our company, please submit your resume to Eugene Personal and Temps, attn Kathy Ross

    Job: Inside Sales Title: Sales Associate (or Manager, depending on experience)

    Job Purpose:
    Generate revenue by maintaining and enhancing customer relationships. Service customers by selling products and evaluating each customer's needs. Expand our market by following up on leads and through lead generation, qualification, opening new accounts, closing sales and recommending new products.

    * Service existing accounts, obtains & enters orders, and establishes new accounts by planning and organizing daily work schedule to call on existing and potential customers.
    * Adjust content of sales presentations by identifying and studying the market potential for each type of industry. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 7, 2008

    BuckTracker: Good Eats, and the Proof of Spring!


    By Scott Bestul

    I have hinted—if not outright whined—about the severity of the past winter here in the upper Midwest (an event so windy, frigid and interminable it reminded me of a certain English professor I had back in my college days).

    But it is without doubt spring now, and the most certain proof has not been the influx of songbirds or the gobbling of turkeys, but the appearance of morel mushrooms. Robins can be fooled into early migration, and toms will breed hens in a snowstorm, but when mushrooms start popping, it is by-God-spring. It takes moisture, daylight and heat to make these babies grow, and once they start coming, summer is only a few weeks away.

    Though I have yet to find my first fungi of 08, friends are starting to send pictures and brag of gorging themselves (see photo, below). I look forward to the first meal of the year and, more importantly, teaching my kids the joy of hunting morels. Do these tasty, easy-to-identify mushrooms grow in your hunting area? If not, are there other varieties you gather, now or in the fall? Let me know!


    [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 7, 2008

    Heroes Goes on the Road


    This year, Heroes of Conservation is teaming up with another one of our programs, the Total Outdoorsman Challenge. At each one of the TOC regionals, local conservation groups will get the chance to have displays along side the skills competitions. The first event, held last weekend at the Rancho Cucamonga Bass Pro Shops, featured four conservation organizations. Here's who was there, and what the groups are up to:

    San Bernardino National Forest Association [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 7, 2008

    Video Clip: About Ceramic Sharpeners

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    Here are a few things you should know about ceramic sharpening-rods sets. First, there are some truly lousy ones on the market. The two good ones that I know of are the Lansky Kitchen Combo and the A.G. Russell Ceramic Sharpener. The Lansky comes with three sets of rods ranging from coarse through fine and A.G.'s is fine only. Fine is all I ever use, and I don't believe you can get a shaving edge without it.

    Ceramic rods will never wear out, but if you drop them they are guaranteed to shatter. So don't drop them. Also, I was not kidding about cutting your arm in the video. A knifemaker friend of mine cut himself so badly pulling that stunt that he had to go to the hospital. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2008

    What Matters Most: The Eat, the Hook-up, or the Landing?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I spent a great day on the river with my friend Dave Maynard ... water was high and dirty, but we still caught our share. We were in that zone where we knew conditions were tough ... so what happened, happened, and how it happened was most important. The how days are my favorites now.

    What defines a good day on the river for you? How many fish you catch, how you hook 'em, or how they eat? In other words, would you trade 25 landed fish on nymphs for 5 classic "eats" on dries? Would you rather rip streamers and get bit a few times (with dramatic effect), or is success ultimately measured by the number of fish you put in the net?

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2008

    Discussion Topic: On Political Posers, Cowboys, and Chickenhawks

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    That Vermont Gov. James Douglas showed up at a stream bank on the state’s opening day of trout season and had an assistant bait his hook seems to have touched a nerve with Rutland Herald writer Dennis Jensen:

    I think this speaks volumes about what is wrong with the people we elect to lead us. We get had, again and again, by people in elected office who pretend to be something they are not. . . .

    And it's not just Douglas. . .  We elected a president who struts around like a cowboy who just jumped off the meanest bull in the rodeo. . . .

    Washington is full of phony sunshine patriots, Chickenhawks like Dick Cheney who seem to love making war plans, but who did everything in their power to avoid serving in Vietnam. . . .

    Our elected officials go on the record opposing homosexual rights, then get caught in gay encounters. We have governors and senators who talk tough on prostitution, then get their faces plastered on Page One for shacking up with hookers. Phonies, hypocrites, liars. . . .

    What the hell has happened to us?

    Be sure to check out the full article, then tell us what you think. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2008

    Bloomberg’s Lawsuit Against Firearms Industry Shot Down

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From an NRA press release:

    The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act proved the basis for today’s dismissal of a lawsuit by the City of New York against the American firearms industry. This lawsuit by the City of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg sought to hold manufacturers responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms.

    “Today’s dismissal of this bogus lawsuit against America’s firearm industry is an important victory,” declared Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA). “New York City’s lawsuit was a politically motivated attack by an anti-gun mayor to bankrupt a lawful industry.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2008

    Six Columbia River Sea Lions Shot Dead


    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    In April, the federal government gave the states of Washington and Oregon permission to kill up to 85 sea lions a year for five years to mitigate the predators’ toll on endangered Chinook salmon that congregate below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam. But when the Humane Society of the United States stepped in, a federal appeals court agreed to disallow the killing until it hears arguments this Thursday.
    Over the weekend, however, someone took matters into their own hands.

    From an AP story in The Mercury News:

    Investigators think the killers navigated tricky waters in a restricted area, dropped the doors of two metal cages and then began firing a high-powered rifle at six trapped sea lions.

    The sea lions' carcasses were found Sunday in floating cages moored at the base of Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. . . .

    Only one of the six was among the California sea lions that frequent the dam, said Bob Lohn, regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Two were Steller sea lions, which prefer sturgeon over salmon.

    Your reaction? [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2008

    In Argentina, It's Dams: 2 - Steelhead: 0


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Today will feature an Op-ed by guest blogger Roy Tanami. Roy is a good friend and someone I've had the pleasure of traveling to some pretty far corners of the globe to fish and work with. We took a trip to Argentina a couple of years back to shoot some TV footage on the Rio Santa Cruz for steelhead. I, of course caught nothing but the back of my shoe. Roy being the avid steel-header he is, got pretty fired up the other day talking about the plans for the Santa Cruz. See below


    Photo Roy Tanami

    They're behind already and the game just started. Plans were just announced in Argentina to put not one, but two dams on the Rio Santa Cruz: the second largest river in Patagonia and home to the world's only known and documented population of Atlantic run steelhead.

    Hardy descendants of McLeod strain rainbows from CA planted in the early 1900's, Argentina's Santa Cruz steelhead are arguably the most distinctive run of steelhead in the entire world. Apparently though, the government down there doesn't give a damn so to speak, as their planned megaproject to plug this river in two spots will in all likelihood spell the end of line for these magnificent fish.

    All this just as the Santa Cruz and its unique steelhead were becoming known among fly fishers worldwide as a cool and exotic "new" destination fishery (and pumping tourist dollars into the economy). Go figure. It seems shortsightedness isn't reserved only for our politicians, and maybe history isn't such a good teacher after all...

    The game's not over quite yet though... Send letters, go fish the Santa Cruz, make some noise, and with any luck, maybe we can help turn the tide... You can email:

    Mr. Rodolfo Beroiz, Undersecretary of Continental Fisihing Dep. of Santa Cruz

    Mr. Fernando Marcos, Director Continental Fishing Dep. of Santa Cruz

    Let them, and us, know what you think. Who do you think's gonna win? Do fly fishers and Atlantic steelhead have a hope? Should we even care?

    Check out: for more details [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Name In Print


    By Kim Hiss

         A big congratulations to blog reader Judy Black, whose story about a memorable bear hunt with her husband is currently in Bear Hunting Magazine's May/June issue. Here's an excerpt and photo on the magazine's website. Judy actually told us her hunt story on the blog a few months ago, and she's beyond excited to see it in print as well. She's also excited about an upcoming September elk hunt in Wyoming, and I know we look forward to hearing about that too! - K.H. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Amateur Hour

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    A week ago, I watched a timed shooting event at the club that tolerates my presence. It involved five-man teams who were required to run down a 50-yard hill, then up another 50-yard hill, grab five rounds of ammunition, run back to the firing line and shoot, offhand, at a 1/3-size target of a bighorn sheep. I watched with delight as a couple of them frantically hauled on the triggers after shooting the first time, not realizing that they had failed to work their actions to get a second shot into the chambers.

    Stress is the great finisher of the unpracticed shooter. After the battle of Gettysburg, 27, 574 muskets were collected from the field. Of these, 24,000 were loaded; 12,000 were at least double-loaded, and of these, 6,000 had anywhere between 3 to 10 charges down the barrel. The soldiers who had left them behind were so terrified that they loaded without realizing they were not firing.

    Last week, a New York City judge returned a not guilty verdict in the trial of three detectives who had fired 50 rounds at a car with three unarmed men inside it. One of the three detectives fired a total of 30 rounds--a whole magazine, reload, then another one--with no return fire coming at him. I'm not entitled to pass judgment on people who wear badges, but this does not sound like New York City has a training program that amounts to anything. Overall, in actual combat, the NYPD has a hit ratio of 20 percent--two hits for every ten shots they fire.

    If you knew that the surgeon who was about to operate on you got 20 percent of all his test questions right in medical school, how happy would you be about it? I think Mayor Bloomberg, who is concerned about the misuse of handguns, should chip in a few billion and buy his police force enough practice ammo for them to become competent. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Discussion Topic Update: Colorado Shoots Down Prairie Dog Petition

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    In March, we asked, “Is Prairie Dog Hunting ‘Hunting’?” (see our previous blog coverage)  Well, whatever you call it, the Colorado Wildlife Commission has unanimously denied a petition to ban the practice.

    From The Daily Sentinel:

    A citizen’s petition to ban the recreational shooting of prairie dogs came to a quick death Thursday at the hands of the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

    Testimony on the controversial issue raised concerns on one side about cruelty to animals and hunting ethics and equally fervent concerns on the other side about protecting private property rights, game-damage control and introducing youths to hunting. It took more than an hour and was dominated by opponents to the petition. . . .

    Commissioner Robert Bray, a rancher near Redvale, said the issue “goes beyond (recreational shooting), it’s a gun rights and hunting rights issue.”

    His motion to deny the petition passed 9-0.

    Did they make the right decision? [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Idaho Proposes Wolf Hunting Regs


    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From an AP story in The Star Tribune:

    Hunters searching Idaho's backcountry for wolves would be barred from using bait, snares, traps or electronic calls to help track the predators, but not required to discern between male and female targets.

    A set of hunting recommendations proposed Thursday by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game would also bring an immediate end to the season once a mortality quota was reached . . .

    The total mortality quota suggested for a 2008 season is 328 . . . 

 [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Woman Fined $100K For Felling Public Trees

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From an AP story in The Los Angeles Times:

    An Incline Village woman who hired a company to chop down trees on national forest land to enhance her view of Lake Tahoe agreed Thursday to pay $100,000 restitution and do 80 hours of community service in a plea deal with federal prosecutors that likely will keep her out of prison.

    That may seem like a lot, but in the end she’s got her view and the felony charges [with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines) were dropped. Her lawyer told the Times he was pleased with the deal. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Fly of the Month


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Greg Garcia's Mother's Day Caddis, courtesy of Brian Schmidt and Umpqua

    We all celebrate Mother’s Day, but in some areas of the West, some celebrate it better than others. This essential little gem that Greg Garcia came up with incorporates everything that a Caddis dry fly should have to match the Mothers Day hatch; it's been tested for years, and proven on rivers such as the Arkansas River in Colorado.

    As with many standard dry Caddis patterns, this also has the elk wing that has become a staple for imitating Caddis. Greg added a few strands of flash as an under-wing below the bleached Elk to give his version a touch of pearlescence that also helps with visibility in low light conditions. The Superfine dubbed body is black, which gives great contrast to the lighter colored wing and the bright green glass bead at the bend of the hook. Why the bead? Well, two reasons…1) When the female caddis returns to the water late in the day to lay their eggs, they have a green egg sac that naturally appears toward the 10th section, or the end of their abdomen. 2) This fly will be seen by feeding trout; they'd have to be blind to miss it. The placement of the silver-lined bead mimics this stage of the caddis fly perfectly, though Greg’s fly works extremely well throughout the hatch. The fly is finished off with a grizzly-dyed brown rooster hackle that gives the fly the essential footprint to keep it afloat as well as giving the illusion of the spayed legs of a natural. I have had great success fishing this fly alone, as well as dropping a soft hackle; such as a partridge and orange, off the bend of the hook. It’s a great fly to fish in the pocket water of small mountain streams and along the grassy banks of slower meadow runs.

    When Greg showed Umpqua Feather Merchants his creation, we “smelled money” and it was a “no brainer” to accept his fly as one that we would offer to the public. Check out your local fly shop and get yourself a handful or follow the recipe below to tie them for yourself… you can’t go wrong with this fly. -- Brian Schmidt

    Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #14-18
    Bead: Green Glass Seed Bead 15/0 size
    Thread: 10/0 olive to secure the bead, then 8/0 Black for the rest of the fly
    Abdomen: Black Superfine Dubbing
    Underwing: Pearl Krystal Flash, Red Krystal Flash and Pearl Mirage Strands
    Overwing: Bleached Elk Hair
    Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Brown Rooster Saddle or Neck Hackle [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2008

    Video Clip: Fun With Gnat Target Drones


    By Phil Bourjaily

    I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a radio-controlled airplane, I think about chokes, loads, and leads. So imagine my delight at stumbling across this clip of “Gnat Shooting” on YouTube. Gnats, it turns out, have been around in England since 1990, and they have been sighted once or twice in the United States. They’re radio controlled target drones for shotgunners, capable of speeds up to 80 mph. [ Read Full Post ]