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Bass Fishing

The Japanese Way: Using Techniques From Across the Pacific on U.S. Summer Bass Lakes

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  • December 14, 2007

    Japanese Bluegill Burger Bonanza


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Japan has a fishy problem - as if we didn't know...

    The lakes of Japan are being overrun with bluegills. Given to the emperor almost 50 years ago as a present by mayor Daley of Chicago - the fish was expected to be a raised as food for the Japanese. Turns out the people of Japan didn't take to the fish, which is strange as they seem to eat almost every other kind of creature with gills. The Japanese government has prohibited selling or breeding the fish since 2005 and is trying to solve the problem as they are overtaking local populations of indigenous fish. The university in Fukui has come up with a solution--bluegill burgers. They'll start selling them in December at their local co-op. Another firm is trying a combination of salting the fish with rice and letting them ferment for three years. Yum.

    For more info visit,,2217425,00.html

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 13, 2007

    Fish Lit Classic ... Steketee's Ode to "Fly Shop Guy"


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    There are few holiday traditions I hold as dear as I do sitting in the rocker next to a roaring fire with a glass of egg-nog and some classic literature. My seasonal favorite? Nay, not "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore, rather, a modern muse that vaults my mind to a musty midsummer morning ...

    As our holiday gift to you, we present this reprise of Andrew Steketee's haunting lyric on "Fly Shop Guy," first published in The Drake Magazine, now here in its uncut entirety. KD

    Twenty Ways To Consider Fly Shop Guy
    by Andrew Steketee

    One: Fly shop guy is staunchly heterosexual, twenty-something, and uncertain of his politics.

    Two: Fly shop guy spent six or seven years at a southern university.

    Flyshopguy_3Three: Fly shop guy goes by the names Justin, Jeremy, Jonathan, Gifford, Trevor, Tripp, or Tristan, though he does not resemble Brad Pitt from Legends of the Fall.

    Four: Fly shop guy will say things across the river when the fishing is poor like, “Holy shit dude, even the choice runs are total bunkweed schwagg water!” No one knows what the hell he’s saying.

    Five: Fly shop guy swears he’s caught a hundred fish in a day on the Railroad Ranch of the Henry’s Fork.

    Six: Fly shop guy lost last month’s rent on a roulette wheel in Reno.

    Seven: Fly shop guy has guided a “half season” on the Bighorn, though “half seasons” do not exist.

    Eight: If you reveal select and very important details — like locations of surface feeding carp, Hungarian partridge, morels, hidden spring creeks, or steelhead runs — to fly shop guy, understand that information is lost to the public forever. Breaking the personal confidences of others is an important way for fly shop guy to retain critical pole positioning among other fly shop guys.

    Nine: The recipe for fly shop guy’s fly shop sales attitude is: 1/4 marijuana attention deficit, 1/4 morose indifference, 1/4 chronic exaggeration, 1/4 wassup dude?

    Ten: Fly shop guy ties the most horrible looking flies on record: Bitch Creeks that have clawed their way from train accidents, Coffin Flies physically and verbally assaulted at the vise, Platte River Specials requiring hours and hours of grief counseling. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 12, 2007

    Super Secret Fly Fishing Spots


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    Have you ever dreamed of fishing where no one has before? Perhaps where no one has for months or years? Got a some money burning a hole in your pocket? Call the boys at Angling Destinations as they are offering a program for the traveling fisherman called Destination X Angling Destinations claims they do not advertise these spots, will not let any magazine articles be published or TV shows filmed with them at these locations and GPS units are not allowed. You might not be sleeping at a swanky lodge, but I guarantee the fishing will be better than if you were. If you do agree to go on one of these trips you really never know what you're going to get... You might be sleeping in a tent one night a live aboard the next. They ask all participants via gentleman's agreement that there be no trip reports published good or bad, no "Angling Reports" be posted when they return and basically just keeping quiet with other people. Heck you can't even view their destinations without proper user logins and passwords. For more information visit the link to Angling Destinations above.

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 11, 2007

    Eat Elephant Turds, Bear Grylls


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I’ve decided to blame the decay of outdoors television on one man: Bear Grylls, of the Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild.” For those of you who don’t know, Grylls is a Brit adventurer/special forces/survival expert who throws himself into hell holes like the Sahara desert, the Everglades, and the Australian Outback with nothing but the clothes he wears, a knife, a canteen, and his Marriott Rewards club gold card …*

    Bear bills himself as the ultimate survivor, and while you, hopefully, will never find yourself hopelessly abandoned in Kenya, he shows you it is indeed possible to drink from a squeezed elephant turd. He also drinks his own pee. I was so grossed out, I tuned out, then morbid fascination prompted me to tune in three weeks later to find Bear in another bind a continent away, saying to the camera something like “uh-oh, it looks like I have to drink my pee again.”

    I’m sorry, Bear, you may be a world-beater, and I’m sure you could kick my ass in a jungle fight, but I think I’m more an ultimate survivor than you. I make my coin in the outdoors, guiding and writing about fishing and hunting, and I none of what I do involves drinking from the trouser-tap.

    Wanna show me survival? Endure a night of two-fers at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, Wyoming, and still make it to the boat launch by daybreak. Push a dory through Cemetary Rapids on the Roaring Fork during runoff. Work your way through a day of yelling “strike” to a client 3,000 times without suffering an aneurysm. Stake out on a tarpon spot off Islamorada without passing your plan by the local guides beforehand, and see where that gets you.

    I get the radical approach. But don’t snow me, man. It ain’t working … at least not here.

    *If you got the joke, good. If not, comment, and I’ll explain.

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  • December 10, 2007

    Never Fly Cast Again


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Okay, enough of the serious conversation. Let's all have a good laugh at the expense of Roland Martin, 19-time Bass Master Champ. Earlier this morning I was perusing and came across this video. Claimed to be the most, "advanced, cutting-edge, fishing rod ever developed..." - I dare someone to pull this thing out next time you're rigging up. Can you imagine he laughs you'd get? About the only thing I can guarantee without seeing the Rocket Fishing Rod is that is was most definitely NOT made in the USA.

    Happy Monday!

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 6, 2007

    Does "Made in America" Matter to You?

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I almost couldn't believe my ears. Standing in a flyshop in the heart of U.A.W. country in Michigan, I heard the guy behind the counter say: "If it weren't for Temple Fork and other foreign-made rods, we wouldn't be selling any rods at all, and we might not even be in business. We stock Winston, Scott, and Sage, because that's what we like ... we stock TFO because they sell."

    A few days earlier, a Colorado flyshop owner had said to me, "Cheap Chinese and Korean rods will kill the industry. They basically make price the only factor, and forsake the specialty fly shop for the big box stores. It's Wal-Mart thinking at its worst."

    Proponents argue a rod is a rod. Same graphite. Same process. Make it in China, with lower labor costs, and the consumer wins by saving some bucks ... just as they do with golf clubs, bicycles, and running shoes.

    Opponents contend a fly rod is more artifact than commodity -- think Martin Guitars or Harley-Davidson motorcycles -- and artisanship starts at home. I've heard people say that cheaper-priced foreign rods will bring more people into the sport. I've also heard the counter-argument that selling out to imports will kill product innovation. I see both sides. I'm not sure I totally agree with either.

    So what do you think? When you buy a rod, is it all about the money? All about the substance? Or somewhere in the middle? Is "Made in America" and endangered species in flyfishing? Do you even care?

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 6, 2007

    Bush Protects Stripers and Redfish


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Why does it always take a lame-duck president (like Bush) to get simple laws that should have been passed years ago finally on the books? Maybe it's because they're too weak to push "real" measures through the Legislature. Well, fine by me.

    In case you missed it, the red drum and striped bass have officially become protected gamefish. Hard to believe they weren't before.

    Washington may find these kinds of laws laughable, but I bet the public doesn't. What do you think?

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 4, 2007

    Fly Fishing Film Tour 2008


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Lets face it, it's December and unless you live in the southern hemisphere whatever fishing you're into is probably not so hot. I guess there's plenty of ice fishing out there...
    When you get sick of your tip-ups and foul smelling ice shanty check out The guys at AEG Media in conjunction with a ton of great sponsors are bringing the tour to a city near you this winter. The tour will hit 70 cities and if it's anything like last year should prove to be unlike any fishing entertainment that you've ever seen. The clip below should give you a good idea of what is in store should you attend. Click here for times and dates. The tour kicks off January 31st, in Ventura, California.


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  • December 3, 2007

    Costco is for Baitwhackers ... Buy Fly Shop


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Checking out at Costco the other day, I realized the whopping 30% my family saved on the five books we intended to buy was offset by the clusters of batteries (enough to light a minor metropolis on a winter night), as well as 17 pounds of pistachios, three packs of underpants, a waffle iron, and the slickest electric toothbrush known to humankind … all of which I never planned to acquire, and to this moment, have no idea where they will ultimately land.

    It got me thinking about six reasons why every dedicated flyfisher should do most of his/her holiday shopping at the local fly shop:

    1) You get to hang out in a place with kindred spirits and fantasize about big trout slurping damselflies, which inevitably makes you thirsty for beer.
    2) It’s never too soon to be darn sure (by way of an extra dozen fly patterns) that you’re ready for that salmonfly hatch that won’t happen until June ... so it's okay to shop for yourself there.
    3) If your kid throws a tantrum because he/she really wants that nipper on a zinger, you won’t care (at least not as much as you do during the meltdown over a super-transformer projectile-shooting plastic airplane).
    4) If people don’t flyfish, they shouldn’t be on your Christmas list … or, at least, you can cover their lame interests on or at a florist.
    5) You’ll completely sidestep that moment of parking lot anxiety when you’re loading your car, and some nut stops, puts on their blinker, and gives you the “hurry-up” eye, because he or she is too darn lazy to park three spaces further from the front door of the store.
    6) And, most importantly, because if you enjoy the sights, smells, and experiences to be had at a fly shop, you should support it with your business. Especially during the holiday season.

    Happy holidays and good shopping …

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 1, 2007

    A "TYPICAL" Day of Dorado Fishing


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Our friend and frequent voice here on FlyTalk, Joey Lin alerted us to this video one of his clients shot the other day on the rio Corrientes in northern Argentina. They were out fishing for freshwater Dorado and helped this guacho (cowboy) cross the river after his pals left him stranded. He loaded up his saddle and other personal items on the Hell's Bay skiff, made his horses fjord the river, and they ferried him across. You don't see this every day. Thanks for the video Joey! Check out more of Joey's adventures here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 29, 2007

    Rivers be Dammed?


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Truth is, trout fishing in America, as we know it, just wouldn't be the same without tailwaters. Minus those hydro dams, you could kiss goodbye those wallhanger trophy photos from the Green ... or the Missouri ... or the Frying Pan ... or the Colorado at Lees Ferry ... or the Delaware ... or the White River in Arkansas, among many others.

    But there's also no doubt that certain dams are killing native fisheries, and in some cases, they should go. Period. Especially in the Northwest where we're in the final hours, it seems, of finding some logical solutions for recovering the Columbia-Snake River basin to help steelhead and salmon migrations. Take five minutes, right now (or at least before December 15), and visit to find a link to contact NOAA fisheries, and let them know you demand all options be considered in the federal recovery plan for Columbia-Snake River salmon and steelhead, including lower Snake River dam removal.

    It's time to end the gridlock and lethargy.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 27, 2007

    Catch The Big Ones


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter


    The title to this post is the same used by the woman who is selling these flies on craigslist. Tis the season...  $9.99 for a fly!? Just read what this witch has to say below.  Unbelievable.

    Fly fishing requires skill and practice, but mostly a lot of luck! Snag
    some of these very special flies, put together and blessed by a real
    honest-to-goodness licensed Wiccan (white witch). These special flies
    will give you the edge you need over your fishing companions. You won't
    find these flies at the local sporting goods store. These flies will
    make great stocking stuffers for those dedicated fly fishermen (or
    women) who live for catching the big ones. Don't believe me? Well, just
    try them and let me know when you come home with a full stringer of the
    big ones and your buddies come home with the pan-fries.

    Flies sell for $9.99 each and come tied to a special card with a charm attached.

    Back of the card tells what kind of fly it is and what hook size it is.

    The witch is a dedicated Colorado fly fisherwoman herself and fishing advice is free.

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  • November 26, 2007

    Water Greed Will Undo Flyfishing

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Last month I learned that the Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union in Bailey, Colorado, will close its mile-plus of the North Fork of the South Platte River to the 75 dues-paying members who have been fishing it for years, as well as outfitters and their clients. A wealthy individual agreed to pay $80,000 per year for five years to lease the property exclusively. So, he gets the big "F.U." from the rest of us.

    The Rocky Mountain Angling Club also described in its last letter how an outfitter and his sugar daddy financier wheedled a lease from the group by promising untold riches to a landowner. Then of course, there is the infamous Donny Beaver squeeze on Pennsylvania's Little Juniata ... and Montana, it seems, is always beating back efforts by wannabe land barons to undo what may be the most enlightened stream access law in America.

    Don't get me wrong, I support private landowner rights, and fish private water often myself. But the trend of privatizing, excluding, and raising the price of admission will kill this sport ... at least as far as trout fishing is concerned. And it's time for all the shops and manufacturers who collectively fret and whine about the shrinking fortunes of the flyfishing market to wake up and admit the obvious ... flyfishing is killing itself. Unless we all get aggressive about expanding stream access nationally, there will be a few winners, and everyone else will lose.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2007

    Winter fishing in Wyidaho


    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    It's been a fairly calm fall.  Everyone is hunting elk, deer and ducks.  But can't ignore the fall fishing around here.  Since a couple of years ago, fishing was closed Nov 1 to trout, so people were out fishing for whitefish.  Releasing trout if one got on.  But now fishing is open year round, some of the access landings are close.  After the big flood in September on the Snake, October was great.  Big fish on streamers, October Caddis and on the right day, Blue Wings.  The South Fork is good as well, people fishing streamers, white/black and JJs, of course the un-mentionables are red hot, chartreuse being the color.  The flows are as low as its going to get.  Try the shorter floats or walk/wading in your favorite holes.  I did a memorable day early Oct on the Green, floating through the Seven Mile.  On a cast and blast day, numerable 20 inch browns were caught.  Of course, the biggest fish I have seen on the Green (upper 20's) hooked and broken.

    Curt Hamby [ Read Full Post ]