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Fly Fishing

  • April 8, 2008

    Prescription Polarized Lenses Too Expensive?

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Cocoons

    Here's the solution.

    Live Eyewear has redisgned their Cocoons OveRX sunglass collection for 2008 with a new lens system including four choices of tints, soft touch finish, and adjustable temples.

    Simply pop these bad boys over your existing pair of prescription glasses and voila, polarized prescription at a fraction of the cost. While the design seems reminiscent of the "blue blockers" from the eighties they're really not that bad once you get them on. Heck, if BASS pros Mike Iaconelli and Ish Monroe are wearing them they have to be cool. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 6, 2008

    Barack in Waders?

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Scanning my weekend Web-mail, I noticed the good folks at Midcurrent commented on Barack Obama's campaign stop in Missoula, Montana, where the Illinois Senator said: "I think I need to learn flyfishing, get myself some waders." (From the Great Falls Tribune.)

    Granted, Fly Talk is a self-professed apolitical blog. But I must say, any scant attention whatsoever to flyfishing (campaign crowd-work or otherwise) by a presidential candidate is welcome.

    As for the waders, I suggest a good pair of Simms G4s, Mr. Senator, to help you wade through the campaign muck in the weeks ahead. And if you're serious about flyfishing, we'll be here near Denver in August to show you the ropes. Shouldn't be too much going on then to prevent a little side trip to the river, should there?

    I wonder what the Fly Talk nation thinks. Do any of the candidates, Sen. McCain, Sen. Clinton, or Sen. Obama, flip your switch with regard to the thinking they hope to apply to the nation's highest office? Which candidate will make the angling quality of life better over the next four years? How?

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2008

    The Hooky Man

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Take a long lunch, go in late, heck call in sick. It's friday and you should be fishing not working...

    Have a great weekend and catch some fish.

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2008

    The Best Fish You've Ever Eaten

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Char

    This is mine. Fresh char less than an hour out of an Alaskan river. Easily one of the tastiest pieces of fish I have ever consumed. While I'm all for catch and release - occasionally you need one for the belly. One of my favorites on float trips is onion, apple, bacon, salt & pepper stuffed in a trout and cooked over the coals.

    What and where was the best fish you've ever sacrificed and how was it prepared?

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2008

    Don't Die For Your Tackle

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Tips_wading_550

    illustration by Dave Hall

    Runoff is right around the corner though for those of us that live in mountain or snow prone states.  Midcurrent.com, one of the web's best resource for all things fly fishing has a great excerpt today from a book by Dave Galland (Excerpted from 1001 Fly-fishing Tips: Expert Advice, Hints, and Shortcuts from the World's Leading Fly-fishers, Headwater Books (January 2008), 219 pages, soft cover) on wading safely. 

    Here are some pointers to consider when trying to get to that slab on the other side of the river.

    Don't wade unnecessarily. Wading is not appropriate
    in all waters. The fish are much less likely to be alerted to your
    presence if you stay out of the water. The pressure wave you create as
    you wade spooks fish, especially in slower pools.            

    Wade with respect for  the fish and other anglers.
    Every step you take disturbs the aquatic ecosystem. Avoid weedbeds;
    they are the condos for the bugs. Avoid wading through spawning redds.
    Be mindful of how your wading affects nearby anglers. Your wading can
    stir up the bottom and impact the fishing downstream.

    Take appropriate safety precautions. A wader belt
    is as important as a seatbelt. Buckle up every time you go out and
    cinch it high on your chest in deeper water to trap as much air as
    possible and prevent water from coming in. Wear footwear that increases
    traction.            

    Use a wading staff. In
    rocky freestone water, with varying depths and current velocity, the
    angler with a staff will outfish the wader without a staff every time
    and will swim less.
                 
    Lean into the current.
    Always plant your staff upstream of your body, leaning into the
    current. Should you begin to lose your balance, the current will push
    you upright rather than downstream.            

    Click here to read the rest of, and most important tips from midcurrent.com

    Let us know if there's anything they missed or if you have a trick or two up your sleeve when wading.

    TR

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  • April 1, 2008

    Guide Mayhem Winner ...

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    And the winner is ...

    Hard to pick, considering all the great, funny stories that came in on the "Strange Tales from the Guide Side" post. But, even though we loved the stories of being peed on, doing gainers off the back of the boat, literally "catching flies," wader punctures, and (I really loved) "take the beer back" ... well, we gotta go with the Japanese tourists who admired the "ugly underwater-eating horse," which was, in fact, a moose.

    Todd, hit us at tim@anglingtrade.com ... you won the rod.

    For those of you who missed the stories, go back and check them out ... they comprise some of the funniest flyfishing anecdotes I've seen in years. I'm so impressed, in fact, that we're going to find a way soon to collect your photos and stories "from the guide front" and publish them here on this blog. And we'll find more giveaways to award. This was a great exercise. Classic. Thanks to all of you, and keep us posted, for sure.

    Deeter

    (No April Foolin') [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2008

    Dorado in Colorado!

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Joeydorado_2

    Apparently the recent "false flood" experiment in the Grand Canyon did
    have a notable impact on the aqualogy of the Colorado River system.
    In fact, prolific runs of dorado (mahi mahi, dolphin) have reportedly
    pulsed out of the Sea of Cortez, and into the freshwater rivers in the
    American Southwest. In this case (see photo) a reasonably fresh
    "peanut" do-do seems to have made its way into the upper Colorado
    River, near Kremmling, Colorado.

    Apparently, it ate a black woolly
    bugger, and was soon after sold to a local sushi bar. "Normally, fresh
    dorado is a pipe dream at altitude, but this is amazing," said angler
    Joey Lin. "I don't know if the false flood did jack s#*& for the
    humpback chub below Glen Canyon, but I think the scientists really hit
    a home run with this new fishing bonanza in the West."

    The only issue at this time is what to call the fish, as they go by
    different names in different parts of the world. Right now, "dorado"
    seems to be leading in angler preference, as it more accurately
    reflects the region's Spanish influence. However, "desert dolphin"
    and "mountain mahi" are garnering considerable momentum. Cast your
    vote by comment below. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 31, 2008

    Hockey: The Sport for Flyfishers

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    My hoops bracket fell apart yesterday when Memphis dusted Texas ... which ticked me off because I had all the fundamental elements for success in place: Assume the Big 10 is overrated and will choke, find a hot 3-shooting team, dismiss the team that cannot shoot free throws (which is what killed me with Memphis), and factor in pseudo-home court advantages when possible (good job UNC, not quite, Longhorns).

    Truthfully, I didn't even tune in, because I was too busy watching far more interesting NCAA tournament action ... on the ice. Now you tell me what's not to love about hockey. Fast action ... big hits ... in the last two minutes of the game, you aren't subjected to 14 timeouts with a barrage of Viagra commercials ... and the skill those athletes possess, combining fancy skating on a slippery surface, with graceful stickwork and pinpoint shots ...

    Hey wait ... slippery feet, fancy stickwork, innate skills developed over years ... that's FLYFISHING!!!

    Granted, we're a bit light on the athleticism, mullets, and bloody knuckles, but if anyone wants to argue the beauty of hockey as a distant third cousin twice-removed from flyfishing, I'm ready to drop my fingerless gloves and have a go, right now. Well, maybe not.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2008

    The Fish You Never See

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Splash_4

    It's the splash. That noise you hear behind you, up stream, or on the other side of the boat. You know, when it's just getting dark.

    Possibly catching a glimpse of the water splashing down, or a tail slipping back into the water. Just when you'd given up hope that there were even fish to be had where you decided to wet a line. That stupid little sound that makes you stay an extra hour.

    This particular splash was a bit bigger than normal. What do you think made it?

    tim [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 27, 2008

    Mine Fight Builds in Alaska

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    For those of you who missed it, I wrote a conservation column in the March '08 issue of Field & Stream on the Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The Pebble project could reap billions in gold and copper ... but at a potentially greater price, namely the largest wild salmon fishery in the world. For more context, click to see the Red Gold Trailer by our friends at Felt Soul Media ... or the efforts of Trout Unlimited to save Bristol Bay.

    Yesterday, I got a note from Scott Hed of the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska explaining how the issue is quickly expanding beyond the Pebble site, as other mining interests ramp up development efforts in the area.

    In a nutshell, this year will be critical in determining the future of mining v. fishing in Alaska, and possibly beyond. Hed explained: "If the Clean Water Initiative passes in Alaska (assuming it survives an Alaska Supreme Court review) this fall, these (mines) will all be very difficult to move forward. However, it’s now become much more than stopping Pebble Mine. We really need to rally the world of hunting and angling – individuals, conservation groups, businesses, etc."

    That's where you can help. You should look into the matter, encourage your friends to do so, and weigh in, now, on what I believe to be the most pressing issue concerning fishery conservation in the world. One way to do so, is to E-mail Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin, expressing your desire that some of the last great wild fisheries on the planet be protected, at all costs. E-mail Governor Palin

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2008

    Water Dogs

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Jackmama

    Well folks, I'm lazy and can barely put together a coherent sentence on a regular basis so I give you yet another simple photograph. It's what I do best. We'll leave that fancy writing stuff up to Kirk.

    This photo just ran as a full page in The Drake magazine. It was included in a photo essay on water dogs. Nice piece if I do say so myself. I highly recommend picking the latest issue up at your local fly shop. It's their tenth anniversary issue.

    This is our good friend Jack West of Alabama and his dog Mama. She pretty much demands front seat.

    tim [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2008

    Strange Tales from the Guide Side

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Sometimes, seeing is believing, and the river guide has just about seen it all.

    My top 10 favorite "strange but true" guide experiences:

    10. The guy who pays for his $350 guide trip with a wad of $1 bills, peeling each off and counting, one-by-one.
    9. "Wow, that's a beautiful fish Mrs. Smith caught, Mr. Smith; want me to take a photo with your camera?" "No photos ... that's not Mrs. Smith."
    8. "How do you get these things on again?" the guy asks as he sits on a bench in the shop (in his underwear), wading boots laced up, trying to stuff his feet down the Gore-Tex wader pant legs.
    7. "I'd like to return this rod, it doesn't work," the man says, explaining his $650 refund is due because it must be a defective product (and not the fact that he has the motor skills of a three-year old) that keeps him from casting more than 14 feet.
    6. The guy who complains because he cannot fit the tip of his WF5F fly line through the eye of a size #20 blue-winged olive.
    5. The woman who insists on wearing stiletto heels in the drift boat, because they help her see better with a "taller" point of view (then sinks ankle-deep in muck at the pull-out).
    4. The guy who proudly shows off the "killer fly" he bought at the shop yesterday (a Royal Wulff), ties it on, greases it, and then proceeds to pinch on three Water Gremlin split shots, three inches above the fly.
    3. The guy who burns a permanent scar on his $2000 bamboo rod by holding it too close to his stogie as he fights a 12-inch brown.
    2. The lady who excitedly unspools her entire fly line and 30 yards of backing by reeling, backwards, after a trout inhales her grasshopper fly.
    1. The guide who pins his raft on a boulder in heavy current, and brushes the episode off by saying, "Let's fish here ... try that seam over there."

    I know some of you folks have other winners ... share with us, please!

    ***UPDATE We'll give a Loomis Xperience 9-foot 5-weight rod (retail $285) to the best, believable, strange but true tale from the guide side described in the comments below. We'll pick April Fool's day.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2008

    Wind Knots and the Big Bang Theory

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Windknot

    I know, there's no such thing as a wind knot, they're bad cast knots (even when it's blowing 30 m.p.h.). But if you want to blame the elements, that's fine with me.

    I will say, however, that I have never, in all my life, seen a tangled line mess get fixed by whirling and twirling the rod tip in the reverse direction after the disaster happens. It might be human nature to try and “undo” the problem with a spastic wobble, but I've never understood why folks do that. "Oh dang, I have a loop in my leader, let me ... oomph ... just ... shake ... fix that ... wiggle, twitch ... by shaking the rod." Voila! The perfect cluster(knot)!

    When I see the intricate, complex knots that result from an angler brain-fart and a sharp shake of a graphite stick, it reinforces my belief that this whole delicately balanced planet--indeed universe--may have resulted from a massive explosion.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2008

    Freshwater Mermaids And Beer

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Lakemaidsposter_2

    Click on the poster for a larger image.

    Apparently there's a myth in the north country of Minnesota about freshwater mermaids who found their way down the St. Lawrence, up the Mississippi, and into the cool waters of northern part of the state. Each year on the summer solstice they reward anglers who've kept the lakes clean with cold refreshing beer. Sounds a little fishy to me, but hey who am I to judge great marketing? Schell's brewery and Rapala have joined forces to bring thirsty anglers LakeMaid Beer.

    I highly doubt I can score a case of this stuff in Colorado, but if anybody out there can I'd be indebted forever... Personally, I would love a case of Miss Muskie, but any Lake Maid will do.

    Ladies, as soon as someone out there makes a merman beer I'll be sure to post it...

    Tim [ Read Full Post ]

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