Tuesday, June 02, 2015
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.Hmmm....
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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..
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
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.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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 www.SportBumper.com 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.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
If I don't watch myself carefully, my fishing vests will jingle more than a group of hikers walking through thick brush in Katmai National Park. I carry far too many things in my pack already so I was hesitant when the nice lady offered to demo the EZ Tie for me. The EZ Tie is a device, like about three others that I own, that is supposed to make tying blood and barrel knots quick and easy. I suppose I've always felt guilty about my chronic overuse of the surgeons knot, so I agreed to watch the demo.
The difference in this tool and the three others is that this one works (I made the lady let me try it myself). I ended up buying one and have found it works pretty well once you get the hang of it. It's a little pricey at $27.95 plus $5 shipping but it is all made in the USA out of very sturdy material. I met the inventor who sales these for himself and he's a nice guy. They way I see it, if it gets me rigged up and on the water quicker, it's worth the price.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
My fellow Colorado anglers might want to think about sharpening that roll cast this winter. It looks like plans to "suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River" by artist Christo may be good to go. The artist's website (which has pictures of the project) reports :
On January 2, 2015, the Federal District Court upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of Over The River. The dismissal of this challenge marks a major victory toward making this two-week temporary work of art a reality. The only legal challenge still outstanding is now being heard in the Colorado Court of Appeals.
No word if it's going to be a nice shady fishing spot or a big tangled mess. Dibs on all the flies caught in the "silvery, luminous fabric"
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
"At the risk of sounding crazy, let me tell you what happened last Tue. 09/23. I climbed Mt Shavano & was hanging on the summit thinking about going to Tabeguache. It was very windy, with clouds swirling all around. Now I see things in my peripheral vision that look like fish falling out of the sky, this goes on for about a minute, 4 or 5 instances. I chalk it up to lack of oxygen, and decide to head down since I'm obviously hallucinating. When I get home & check out my pics I found this shot, taken from about 14,100 looking back at the summit." -14ers.com forum user richwill
He even managed to catch a photo:
Probably related to the legalization of marijuana somehow. Seriously, that is strange. They stock fish by plane but not big and they're supposed to go to a lake not a summit. Volatile weather is another explanation but there shouldn't have been any of that either. Don't mention this in job interviews.
As they say at the auction house, "be your own judge".... I am sure there's a punchline in here somewhere. Discuss amongst yourselves.