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.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
From the, "It was bound to happen file", according to the Billings Gazette, a Montana Tech professor has started thinking about a use for Google glass on the river. I must admit I kind of like the idea of grip and grin photos with only the blink of an eye. However, that's not all they are thinking about.
"Hawthorne is creating an app, with the help of Scott Fleener, a computer science major at Tech, he hopes to submit to Google for use on all Google Glass devices. With a seed grant from Tech, the app will, using a Glass wearer’s GPS location, be able to give fishermen details on nearby rivers in southwest Montana."
No word if Google has plans to release a version of their hardware in tweed with bison leather accents.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Enter some friends from Hillsound, who sent us a set of Freesteps6 crampons to try. While Freesteps6 look a lot like a traditional light weight ice crampon, they are also being marketed as an easy on/off option for river wading anglers. The "independent studs" (note possible new name for our fishing club) with twenty-one 1/4 inch spikes are made of stainless steel so they should be fairly durable. I plan on giving them a test this summer, so look for a full report later this season.
At a MSRP of $39.99 a set of these won't break the bank and might keep you from breaking something else.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
|The San Juan River at Navajo Dam, NM|
|The fish were bigger|
|Flies were small|
|Working our tans|
|Zugbug got some airtime for his sponsor|
|Bring your combat waders|
|Shepard escaped our lens most of the time (witness protection?)|
These are just a few initial highlights and are not the largest fish caught. While this trip was more about getting old friends on the river rather than shooting video or getting pictures, a lot of that happened. Zugbug will be putting in some serious time in the editing bay getting the footage ready for public consumption (bleeping out the audio on missed hook sets).
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
It stands to reason that a guy who bends steel to build custom motor cycles might make the leap to bar stock aluminum fly reels. After all they do look sort of look like the wheels on an old school chopper. Enter The Jesse James Fly Reel Company. The company is actually a colaboration between Alaska fishing guide Mark Mahoric and James.
" Our goal from the beginning was to design and build fly fishing reels that have a strong foundation and are tool-like in their form and function. Add to that a ton of inspiration from Jesse James and many custom influences from West Coast Choppers, and you have the first of our fly reels...
We like the fact that the Jesse James reels evoke emotion from anglers that own our Fly Reels. WICKED! COOL! BADASS! SICK! are a few words used by Anglers to describe our products. Hearing it, let’s us know we are on the right track"
Check them out on the web at JessieJamesReels.com
I could see our Gangster buddy Zugbug rocking one of these on the San Juan in a few weeks.