Monday, August 24, 2015

Gear: Tidal Vision Salmon Leather Wallets

Tidal Vision makes use a byproduct of the salmon fishing industry to make unique sustainable  wallets.  They were pretty popular on Kickstarter:

Tidal Vision  launched their introductory line of aquatic leather products, Alaska salmon leather wallets, on Kickstarter on May 27th 2015. The successful Kickstarter campaign exceeded its goal in the first 24 hours and closed with over $55K! 

Thankfully, for those of us who fish in Grizzly country they don't smell like fish. .

Monday, August 10, 2015

Animas River Update: Not too good

The EPA has tripled their estimates of how much mine waste spilled into the Animas River.   In case you don't know what mine waste is made up of take a look at this link.  

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Animas River Tributary hit with mine waste spill

Over 1 million gallons of  waste water from the Gold King mine has spilled into a tributary of the Animas River.  The spill is reported to be the result of a "mine plug blowout" and the water laden with "metals" is flowing towards Durango.   Fox 31 News in Denver has a full report.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Streamers Inc

Streamers Inc from scumliner media on Vimeo.
From the team at Headhunters Fly Shop for the Orvis Down The Hatch Film Festival in Missoula Montana.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Say it isn't so: Whirling Disease Found In North Carolina Trout

Photo: Wikipeida
Break out the Formula 409 boys and girls, the Citizen-Times reports that the first case of Whirling Disease has been found in our editorial home waters of the Watauga River between Linville and Boone, NC.

"We were alerted by anglers who were fishing on the Watauga Riveer who noticed fish that had obvious deformities," Besler said. Crew members were sent out, fish captured, and some of the fish were sent to a disease lab at Auburn University in Alabama. Two of the fish came back testing positive for whirling disease. The Watauga River where the infected fish were discovered is mostly on private land in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, but it is a popular fishing area, he said.
 If my memory serves me correctly, the area in question was once classified as delayed harvest water but later was closed to public access. 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Crowdfunding Watch: The Kingii - micro inflatable PFD

A new campaign on IndieGOGO for the Kingii promises a potentially life saving inflatable flotation device that is worn on the wrist like a watch.  It went viral and has beat its funding goal in no less than 10 days so seems like someone thinks it's a great idea. I doubt this could ever get coast guard approval but my initial thought is that I would wear one on the water.

 The Kingii fits on your wrist, stays out of the way, is rechargeable and is there when you need it most. The smallest inflatable in the world is perfect for every activity, every age and every environment around the water. The risk of drowning and the need for bulky safety devices is over!


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Don't eat the street fish...

Residents of Newark, NJ are being advised against eating the fish that are showing up in their flooded streets. reports:

Officials urged people to not trap, catch or eat any fish caught on the streets because it's unclear how "exposure to elements outside of their natural domains will affect them." There are several ponds and lakes in the region where fishing is permitting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Flyfishing Myths

I've been working on another project and have neglected my duties around here lately. To make me feel better about my slackness here is a link to an interesting article about the myths surrounding fly fishing.   My favorite from the article:

Another BS myth that annoys me is that you have to be really smart or well-educated to be a fly fisher. Some uppity fly fishers perpetuate that myth and try to impress people by using Latin names for the bugs that trout eat. You can indeed catch some nice trout using an imitation of the Pteronarcys californica, but all you really need to know is that you want to tie on a black woolly worm when the trout are eating black bugs.

I'm pretty sure I've met "Latin bug guy" before.   Feel free to name your favorite myths in the comments.  I like to perpetuate the one about the fish not biting so everyone should just stay home..

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Breaking News - Glass is dead

Sources with close ties to the fly fishing industry are reporting that glass passed away in its sleep late last night and is now dead.  Despite a recent resurgence in popularity among younger anglers and hipsters,  the once vibrant glass succumbed to surging prices for rods that were once considered the lower end of fly fishing performance.  

 An anonymous rod manufacturer was quick to respond to our request for comment this morning with the following statement:  "Obviously glass will be missed.  However, it was only matter of time before anglers casting abilities got better and the need for the slower rods gave way to the need to punch tight loops into the wind."

Bamboo also weighed in about his less pretentious brother, "He was a good rod but always wanted to be as prestigious as me.  We had a contentious relationship, with him often boasting about only having to have one tip and being able to fish in the rain without warping." He then, strangely, followed his statement by yelling out #GrassIsNotDead. Graphite was not available for comment due to the threat of a severe thunderstorm in the area.

Thus far, all attempts to locate Cameron Mortenson have been unsuccessful.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

An Interview with Bob Clouser

Let's step back a few years and re-visit Capt. Paul Rose's interview with Bob Clouser. Yes, we asked how much of a royalty he gets on every Clouser Minnow that is tied.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gadgets Anonymous: Sportsman Bumper

From the broken tips file comes a product that I came across at the Denver version of The Fly Fishing Show. The Sportsman Bumper is the brainchild of Bo Pitto who came up with the magnetic gun / rod holder as a way to secure your gear to the side of your vehicle while suiting up for a day on the water.

Made of heavy duty rubber, the bumper has embedded magnets that affix it to metal surfaces without marring your paint job. The clips hold your gear firmly enough that some anglers are buying two and using them to transport up to three rods on a moving vehicle.

The Sportsman Bumper is available from and retails for $18.99 and is currently on sale for $16.99. Think of it as functional insurance. I picked up one for myself at the show. Skiers might want to consider Bo's other product The Ski Bumper.