By Tim Romano
Marc Montocchio and 36 North are back at it again; photographing and shooting video of some of the most elusive fish to catch on a fly. This time, Montochhio takes his insane photo skills to the Casa Blanca Lodge in the Yucatan to shoot both bonefish and permit. He even outfits his housing with a "ghillie suit" of sorts for ultimate camouflage.
Enjoy the behind-the-scenes video of him getting it done with remote cameras, and the accompanying amazing still photos of bonefish and permit. [ Read Full Post ]
By Joe Cermele
Where are all my snowboarders at? I mean, I'm not one of them or anything, but I guess my love of punk music gives me an appreciation of the extreme sports. I've written about fishing inspired skateboards from Santa Cruz before. Graphically the boards were awesome, but they had no fishing function. The same cannot be said of the custom snowboard built in the video below.
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By Chad Love
In the struggle between being critically endangered and hugely profitable, guess which one wins? Uh, I'll take hugely profitable for a thousand, Trebek...
From this story on businessinsider.com:
A Chinese fisherman has netted a fortune after catching a critically endangered, but hugely prized, fish worth £300,000 (That's about $473,000 to us Yanks...). The fisherman, whose identity has not been revealed, caught a Chinese Bahaba, or Giant Yellow Croaker, off the coast of Fujian province last week. After a bidding war, a local fishmonger paid him three million yuan (£300,000) for the 176lb fish, or £1,700 a pound, according to the Strait News, a local newspaper in Fujian.
The fisherman told the newspaper he had found the fish floating on the surface of the sea and had "picked it up." The size of the fish caught the attention of his fellow villagers, and the specimen was quickly identified. After the auction, the fisherman said he would use the windfall to buy a bigger boat. [ Read Full Post ]
By Kirk Deeter
I've been paying a lot of attention lately to colors on flies and using fluorescent "hot spots"; focusing more on how fish see flies underwater than how they look in my hands above the surface. We know, for example that certain colors dissipate in deeper water due to the decrease in light penetration. The deeper you go, the grayer it gets. [ Read Full Post ]
By Bob Marshall
A press release from the Department of Interior last week held some of the best news in recent years for sportsmen—and the quality of life of all Americans: After decades of steady declines, the number of hunters and anglers in the U.S. showed significant increases over the last five years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation showed the number hunters and anglers increased 9 and 11 percent respectively, part of the 38 percent of all Americans who participated in wildlife-related recreation. That was an increase of 2.6 million participants from the previous survey in 2006. A Service spokesperson said the survey, which has been done every five years since 1955, last showed an increase was in the late the 1980s — which means we've halted a 30-year slide. [ Read Full Post ]
by Kirk Deeter
We saw a number of interesting new products for the fly fishing market at the International Fly Tackle Dealer trade expo in Reno last week. On a 1-10 “innovation” scale, given the fact that this was a smaller show compared to years past, I’m going to rate the new collective product offering a 7. We’ll get into a number of specific product reviews in the coming days and weeks, but I wanted to kick things off with the NRS Clearwater Drifter.
It’s a drift boat. No, it’s an inflatable raft. Actually, it’s both—an inflatable watercraft that has a frame and is shaped like a dory. This boat generated a lot of buzz at IFTD, and actually won a “Best of Show” award in the watercraft category. [ Read Full Post ]
By John Merwin
Very often when I write about various fishing tackle items, some readers comment that they wish the item in question were made in the U.S. They’d be much happier buying a domestic-made product. They’d like to support American jobs in the tackle industry. So this morning I’ll give you a chance to put your money where your mouth is.
American-made fishing tackle is far from dead. To be sure, giant, global-tackle brands such as Daiwa, Shimano, Rapala, and more depend, for the most part, on overseas (usually Asian) factories. But look around a bit, and you’ll find plenty of quality gear that’s made here at home--hook, line and sinker. Here are a few examples.
Fishing lures are the toughest, but there are still notable examples. One is Dardevle spoons (pictured here). Michigan’s Eppinger Manufacturing is in its third generation of family ownership and still stamping out spoons by the millions every year. Want to support American-made? Buy more Dardevles. [ Read Full Post ]
By Chad Love
Not long after we posted the story of a New York scoutmaster who was attacked by a rabid beaver, we got an e-mail from reader Trent Drobnick who wanted to relay the story of his own bad beaver encounter. Trent writes:
After hearing a 3rd story of individuals getting attacked by beavers, I decided to listen to my friends advice and write in to Field and Stream about my encounter on 6/22/12.
I was fly fishing the Potomac River near Seneca Rocks with my friend Dave. We were catching a nice number of fish and then I hooked into a 18+ incher and fought it for a few minutes before it spit my hook out and left me with a tangled mess of a top fly and 2 droppers. While I was untangling my line I felt this gush of water come upon my lower legs and then felt something between my feet. I looked down and seen a brown streak of fur over 3 ft. long and immediately jumped. When I jumped it latched on to the outside of my left leg and would not let go. [ Read Full Post ]
By Tim Romano
I've always had a fascination with creating a faux fish that's bigger than most in the river, and anchoring it to the bottom somehow. It would be created to swim naturally, be neutrally buoyant, and move gently in the current; slowly swimming back in forth in a run.
The purpose? To screw with other anglers' heads of course. It'd be like a big rainbow trout decoy… I've even taken this thought farther and sketched out a "school" of said fish as an art piece on a private piece of water. A "sculpture" of sorts.
Turns out I've been sitting on this idea a wee bit too long as Brian Haimes and Sal Denaro have beat me to the punch. Apparently, the two created a couple of animatronic fish for movies. [ Read Full Post ]
By Kirk Deeter
I'm en route to Reno, for the International Fly Tackle Dealer trade show which kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday. This is the place where the fly fishing industry--manufacturers and dealers--get together to discuss the latest trends, pressing issues, and, of course, show off the new products that will be launched in 2013.
The interesting thing is that many companies have already spilled the beans on their new products. Orvis is launching a "Helios 2" fly rod that is really, really good. (I know, because I've been fishing a prototype for the past month; an in-depth review is coming soon). Far Bank (Sage) is launching some new rods (actually the company already launched them at the European trade show in June) named Circa (a slow action), Response and Approach. But the real news concerning Sage might be that they're introducing the ONE Elite, which is tricked out with fine titanium guides and a reel seat for a record-breaking retail price of $1,295. (That's not a typo). [ Read Full Post ]
By Tim Romano
Last week I had the privilege and honor of being the "artist in residence" at the Bristol Bay Lodge on Lake Aleknagik in Alaska. Lodge manager Steve Laurent and guide/painter Bob White invited me up for the week to shoot photos, fish, and answer photography questions if asked. All I was required to do was present a slide show at the end of my time at the lodge. [ Read Full Post ]
By John Merwin
So here we are in August, which means much freshwater fishing is in the summer doldrums. But not in trout country. This month brings the peak of Tricorythodes mayfly hatches to many trout rivers. The flyfishing can be exceptional.
Tricos are pretty small bugs. I typically use flies ranging from 20s down to size 26 to imitate them. And they’re active early. The spinner fall, which is most important, happens in most places not long after dawn--well before the heat of the day sets in. But if you’re out and about, you’ll see the spinner swarms looking like clouds of mist or smoke in the distance--as in the photo. [ Read Full Post ]
By Kirk Deeter
If you flyfish long enough, it isn't a matter of "if" you're going to fall in the river, but rather "when." So why not use one of these dog days of summer to practice the inevitable by purposely falling in the water, and swimming downstream as you fish? No boat required. Keeps you cool. Literally "streamlines" your fishing approach. And you might just gain a few insights and a comfort level that will help you when you take that wrong step when the water isn't so inviting.
A few quick reminders though:
First, if you are going swimming in any real current, especially in a rocky river, you want to wear a personal floatation device always. Don't try to swim any rapids. I've done it, and it isn't as fun as it sounds. [ Read Full Post ]
By Kirk Deeter
How much does tippet size really factor into whether or not a trout eats your fly?
I'm going to say somewhere between 5 and 15 percent, in terms of the total "presentation" equation. And I think that's being generous. But I'll also add that all of that depends on three things: the size of the bugs (naturals) the trout are actually eating, the speed of the current, and the clarity of the water. [ Read Full Post ]