Friday, December 30, 2011

"Pimp My Boat": Creating a bow loop on a raft.

Ordering mission blue is an easy way to pimp your boat!


This is the start of a new series I am going to do here at EvoAnglers: Pimp My Boat.  As a boat owner you develop tricks and tools that help you get the most performance, comfort and use out of your craft.  Getting to hang out with a bunch of other mendicants fishing guides I have learned a ton of cool tricks that help make driftboats, rafts and trailers better, so I will do my best to share these tricks.

  This first series of "pimp my boat" is for my buddy Keith in Portland who asked about setting a safety line on a raft.  The technique I am showing here puts a safety line around the raft, but also gives you a loop of line to winch your boat on to your trailer with.  This seems like a simple concept, but I can't tell you how many guys I know who either don't even have a safety rope, or don't have it rigged for winching their boat up.  Along with the lack of a rope, I have seen many rafts that are missing the front handle or d-ring because they were being used to winch the raft up and ripped out.  The ability to easily winch a raft onto a trailer by yourself is the benefit of this simple technique, and if you have tried to do this before you understand.

Note the rope hanging off of the bow.  This will be threaded through to create your bow loop.

Boat being pimped: 13' Aire Tributary self-bailing raft with NRS frame.


Step 1:  Get a piece of good quality rope that is long enough to go around your raft, through every d-ring and then wrap through the bow of your raft, doubled over (for my raft it was the circumference of the raft plus 6', see above).  Most pre packaged rope you would get at a hardware store that is high enough quality for this will come long enough.


So simple, so good!
Step 2:  Take your new rope, fold it in half and slide the bend you just created in the middle of the rope through the stitched floor in the front of your raft.  Tie an overhand knot to create a loop for your winch, as pictured above.  This location below your tube allows the raft to go up on the trailer with ease, and stays out of the way when your rowing.  I have an Aire Tributary 13' that has the stitched floor and makes this very easy.  If you have a raft where the floor is welded in (Saturn's, Otter's many others) go to a raft repair place and have them cut a hole in the fabric between your floor and tube (I highly recommend NOT cutting your raft yourself).

As seen in the first picture, the rope loop is sitting below the floor.
Step 3:  Pull the rope up the inside of your raft and thread it into the top d-ring.
Rope is threaded through the d-ring
Step 4:  Now that the loop is tied on the underside of your raft, and the rope is threaded through your front d-ring as pictured above, thread the rope through all of the other d-rings to the back of your boat.  Because you used the middle of the rope to make your front loop, use one side of the rope for one side of the boat.  The two ends will meet in the back at the rear d-ring.  As you are threading the d-rings, remove all slack, even if tied very tight the rope with stretch and loosen overtime (slack is evil, as always).
You want to pull here (green) not here (red).
Rear d-ring
Step 5:  Take the two ends of the rope and thread them through the d-ring.  As you can see above, I wrapped it around the d-ring with each side of the rope.  Once threaded through tie the ends of the rope together, I chose to overhand not it twice.  Ideally you want it putting stress on the rope and the d-ring, not the raft fabric.

I hope this is useful for some of you out there, especially Keith.  If you have any questions like Keith did feel free to ask, of if you have any cool boat tricks that you have done, let me know! joe@evoanglers.com

Thursday, December 29, 2011

GoPro Pics

Got the new LCD screen for the GoPro and have messed around with it a little.  So far the best shot was this one of Ruby chilling in front of the Christmas tree.  The GoPro is interesting as a still camera, but if you get the right amount of light it can take some really cool pictures.  Check out this review from the headhunter crew about taking pics with the new GoPro 2.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Roderick Hawg-Brown


For those of you out there on the Twitter, make sure you check out the angry, nasty brown who lives in the Beaverhead @rodrickhawgbrwn.  The pic above is just one of many good ones, and more to come I'm sure.  Also, give us a follow @evoanglers.  Been on Twitter for a month or so, and still not sure I "get it".

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I know him!
Merry Christmas from Evolution Anglers, hopefully Santa brings you a nice steelhead like the one above he got out of the Hoh last year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fish MT in 2012


Check out our spring deal that Rooster just released for The Stonefly Inn.  This is an awesome time to be fishing out here, with the Beaverhead and Missouri (both tailwaters) nearby we never get blown out, and the odds of seeing other anglers is incredibly low.  Oh yeah, did I mention Skwala's and Caddis and March Browns and streamer fishing?  Here are a couple links to fishing during this time last year.

May 7, Fishing
May 13, Fishing
May 27, Fishing

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Good stuff from up north



Check out this greatest hits vid from Yos and the crew at Chromer Sport Fishing.  As you can see in the video, CSF offers trips from saltwater king fishing to swinging steelhead and lots in between.  One of these days I will get up north to fish with Yos and the boys.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New from Greenfish

Booyah!
Check out the new trucker hats from Greenfish.  I love the look of this hat, and when you buy from Greenfish, you get to chose from 4 fishing conservation groups that a portion of the proceeds are donated to!  Treat yourself to an early christmas present!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December


It's almost the shortest day of the year.  Sunsets like this one from last night are a reward for the overall lack of light right now.

Monday, December 19, 2011

People of fly-fishing interview

My favorite part of fresh steelhead

A big thanks to the crew at Chi Wulff for including me in their People of Fly Fishing interview series.  Check out the first part of the interview here, and the second part here.   The chi wullf guys bounce between Austin, TX and Bozeman, and will hopefully be finding their way into my blue skiff sometime this spring.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Steelhead Christmas Cards

Unless Kirk is fishing, then you should add an extra 9.

Check out the new Christmas cards that my good friend Kirk Werner is now producing.  He has made a series of three different cards, and gives recommendations on when to send them (with his usual high dose of humor) in this blog post.  If Kirk's cartoons look familiar, it's because he is the author of the Olive the Wooly Bugger children's books.  The Olive series is an awesome collection of books, and a great christmas present for any kid in your life.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Fly Fishing Forum Math

Winter! Time to fish on the internet!


Along with it being blog season it is officially Forum season. WFF is a forum I've been a long time member of, and it is an amazing resource for information, and home to some of the funnest people I have ever fished with, so don't take this as a knock on forums. I just feel that there are certain mathematical formulas that can be applied to fishing forums (and loosely translated to all internet forums). Here's a little forum math to keep you up to grade:


First, a quick warm up equation that everyone knows:
High number of forum posts = little to no time fishing


On to the advanced math:


Your rod for sale + my opinion ≠ sales price

RiverAddicts archives of posts on speypages > 90% of internet fishing forum posts

Pictures with rod in mouth = # of rods in mouth

Starting Nymphing vs. Swinging thread = # of steelhead you should catch/100 (regardless of your side of the argument)


Posts about deals at Cabelas*2.5=volume of alcohol consumed by local flyshop owners and employees when reading said posts (rightfully so!)


Talking about steelhead ≠ catching steelhead


Sharing conservation issues = # of fish you should catch + 5


Links to random internet articles and wikipedia ≠ your point proven


# of times one says they are a guide in posts + their profile/10 = # of days that "guide" was "guiding" last year


fake username credibility = real username credibility/22


Length of your post on a subject ≠ knowledge


how cool you are for posting on a fly fishing forum = 0(n) where n is your number of posts.

Have some forum math of your own? feel free to share, joe@evoanglers.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Winter wrapping: Squidro


Tying's been on hold lately, but will resume shortly because I just got an unbelievably awesome new tying desk(info next week).  The last time I wrapped, I tied the bassmaster steelhead bug the Squidro.  I haven't got to fish them yet, but Scott Howell made them, so I'll assume they crush like everything else he ties.  The durability of the rubber makes sense, and I like the color combo's it give you.  I tied them in a couple different colors, but this white and orange definitely turned out the best.

Hooked up

Picture of a picture
Got an email a few weeks ago from a someone at easy canvas prints, a company that makes sick canvas prints, asking about my blog.  At first read I thought it was the typical spam, but it was clear that the writer actually read the blog and fly fished. I then decided to do some business with them after I saw this link from the work they did with veterans.

I have a bunch of canvas prints from my wedding a little over a year ago, so was very familiar with the product, and pumped to get another one.  This time instead of my beautiful wife and I in the picture I ordered one that will be for the tying room.  It got here quick, and was high quality for a low price.  Definitely would be a cool xmas gift (or a cool xmas gift for yourself, like the one above).

Monday, December 12, 2011

Non-traditional fishing dogs: Tater

Nose to nose, Tater the bass dog.
Got an email this week from Justin at Fire Fly Fisherman with a link to his awesome non-traditional fishing dog, Tater.  I spend a good amount of time fishing with my buddy Tom and his pitbull mix, Monty, and they are great boat dogs and will fetch the biggest log you can throw for them.  Here's what Justin had to say about Tater, and a link to some of their bassin from this past summer:


" My dog Tater is the best fishing dog I've ever had (and at times he is an amazing net though I have told him numerous times that we practice catch and release). I think that he may somehow enjoy fishing more than I do. I felt that I had to send you a link with pictures of some of our summer fly fishing for bass. Hope you enjoy."
"Just a little lower!"
We definitely do enjoy seeing a great fishing dog like Tater, thanks for the submission Justin!  If you would like your non-traditional fishing dog featured on Evoanglers, and some free swag, send me and email at joe@evoanglers.com

Friday, December 9, 2011

Getting ready to fish time lapse



Got to screwing around with the time lapse function of the GoPro and shot this quick clip  getting ready to fish this fall with Mills.  Check out how much running around murphy dog does, and definitely would not recommend pausing and accidentally seeing Mills in his boxers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Silver and Gold from YGF



I've actually been teaching a lot the last couple weeks, thus the continuation of vimeo posts and lack of original content.  That being said, I would have thrown this one up regardless.  Ivan is a buddy of mine, and this is definitely my favorite piece of work he has done yet.  And, if you got to FlyFishlicious you can win a flip camera from watching the video!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter in Craig, MT



Check out the headhunter crew doing a little drift boat sleigh riding around Craig.  Sarah gets some serious style points for her boat surfing skills.  If you don't read their blog, check it out here.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Goldfish



For those of you who are lucky like me today and get to spend Saturday wrapping bugs and watching NC/Kentucky followed by Gonzaga and then  some football, here's a little fishing related break.  This film was shot by Ian over at Detonation Studios and features Rick Matney and Laura Jenkins putting the smack-down on some hopper eating carp.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Non-traditional fishing dogs: steelhead edition

Cold steel
Check out this weeks non-traditional fishing dog, Annie.  That's her over Keven's right shoulder, just behind that big-ass Central Washington steelhead.  Keven swung this fish up a little over a week ago, and clearly Annie brings some serious fish mojo with her, helping Keven find this steelhead that's as fine as any fish you'll find outside of B.C.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Summer steelhead short



Check out this short teaser from T. Mitchell featuring Jim Kerr during this past summer.  Hopefully some more to come, because just this short segment looks sweet, and if can include some of Jim's comedy even better!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winter Wrapping: Intruder


I'm currently in the process of wrapping bugs for this winter season,  and I ran across this post by Mojo over at skagitmaster and figured I'd tie something a little more challenging than flash on a hook.  I rarely fish intruders, but love tying them because of the attention to detail required to make them look good and they are a great way to hone the skills after tying chubbies all summer.  Can't wait to dunk this thing on the coast in a couple of months.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tying the Prom Dress



Cool video courtesy of Fly Fish USA on tying the prom dress.  There are definitely a couple different techniques in there than how I tie them.  Always good to learn new tricks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

EvoAnglers New Steelhead Video: "Home"



This video footage comes from the trip I chronicled last week here. As stated in the writeup, a great trip spent swinging flies and an awesome time hanging with a bunch of my buddies I don't get to see near enough.  Although not in the video, I want to say thanks to Keven S. and "The Theory" who floated my ass around so that I didn't have to tow my raft out.  I've always liked the snowboard type videos that focus on one rider, rather than a location, and thought I would try to incorporate a little bit of that into this video.

As I wrote in the video description, any fish that is completely out of the water is a hatchery fish that was dispatched of either before or after their cameo, per the state law for the water we were fishing.  Any fish that remains in the water (the last one that I am holding and the last one Shawn is holding) were wild fish, and were quickly released unharmed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Steelhead Flies at Skagitmaster

Tying session.

Check out this awesome article by Jeff Mishler at Skagitmaster.  All sorts of good info and pictures, and tons of good thoughts about confidence, fly selection and color.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Non-traditional fishing dog: Dexter

Dexter and his owner looking for risers.
So I threw up an article "Non-traditional fishing dogs" last winter some time, and asked for submissions, and Kate in B.C. was nice enough to submit, and I completely forgot about it until this fall.  Here is here husband and dog Dexter, a pitbull mix who I'm assuming is pretty pumped to see the river in the above picture.  Thanks for the submission Kate, sorry about the delay, your stickers are on the way, and if you have a non-traditional fishing dog (pretty much anything aside from a Lab, Golden or GSP) shoot me an email at joe@evoanglers.com, and I'll get you some stickers and throw your fishing buddy on the blog within one year (likely sooner, sorry again Kate)!
Life is good.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friday Fishing Report: No Guiding Edition

Fishing my namesake run on the Ronde.  Photo by Mills.

After trout season, I typically head back to Eastern Washington and guide a couple more weeks for fall steelhead before calling it a year.  This year I mixed it up, and decided that going back and catching them myself would be more fun than guiding, so loaded up the toyota and headed east a week after guide season was over.  This trip was going to be great not just in the fact that I was going to be able to spend a week throwing the spey pole and relaxing, but it worked out that my bff Shawn was going to be home from Maui and staying at his cabin.  A cabin in the true sense of things (not a 5,000 square foot log cabin) this would be the perfect location for a week of fishing and chaos.
Keven swinging.  Pounce on it.
The first day we launched the boat with our good friend Keven and outside temps hovering just below 20 degrees.  After a couple quick hookups that weren't expected (while smashing ice out of the guides, really?) we spent the day practice casting and wondering when it was going to get above freezing.  Still a success because the three of us hadn't seen each other for well over a year.

The next three days led to a more consistent fishing.  Shawn struck first on day 2, landing a nice hatchery fish, watching me lose one, then walking right back in to the run and sticking a 2nd.  Finding 4 fish in one run on the swing was pretty exceptional, and we found one more towards the very end of our float to cap off the day.  Day 3 we had a more relaxed approach than the two prior, swung one fish in a run I have caught a fish out of every year for as long as I can remember, and made it to the Twisp River Pub before sunset to sample brew and enjoy their exceptional grub (try the oglio y olio).
Shawn whapping

Day 4 found me and Brazda in a raft swinging flies together on our annual day of fishing.  Braz and I work together the entire year, and only get to fish together about 2-3 times a year if that.  Having already caught a ton of steelhead this fall, Jeff let lead through the first run, which resulted in a nearly instant fish on the beach.  As Jeff swung through, we noticed a couple of steelhead sitting about a rod length in front of us, apparently sunning them selves.  A few casts later and one of the spotted fish was hooked up then spitting my fly right back at me.  We swung about 4 more runs, half of which produced a couple more fish, and ended up going 4-5 on the day, including swinging up some fish in new spots for both of us.
"I think it's a snag"

After a stop by my parents house for dinner I made my way to Spokane and casa Mills.  After changing his mind about 10 times as to where we should fish on the Ronde the next day, we headed for the bottom, and spent the day swinging both big and small water, with success on both.  Josh was even nice enough to let me pick his pocket for my last fish of the trip, in the last run we were fishing.  He is very generous like that!
Thanks Josh!
A week of steelhead fishing and seeing old friends was absolutely as great as it sounds, and I can't wait to do it again next year.  When you are guiding all of the time it is easy to forget how much fun it is to just fish, and sit on the bank and bullshit and not care if you catch anything.  Being able to do all of this as well as share time with great friends is about as good as it gets.

Winter Steelhead Video



Check out the short video that Joey Macomber shot this past winter steelhead season.  Joey hosts a trip with us every winter, and if you are interested shoot me an email, or follow this link

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Casting pictures

Keven casting.  Some spey days are better for casting photos than fish catching.
Got back from Whapfest '11 which was an absolute blast.  Great to see old friends, throw spey rods and relax after a long guide season.  More to come this week.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Movember

Movember 2011 Craft and Pride Series Episode 01 from Urchin Associates on Vimeo.


why aren't their videos like this done with people that know what they are doing, rather then "blake who likes to fly fish."

Seriously though it is Movember. If you start your 'stache now you'll only be three days behind everyone else. Benefits of growing a mustache include: A. supporting prostate cancer research. B. catching more fish.

Monday, October 31, 2011

New Video: Big Hole Hopper Fishing



With a little more time on my hands these days it's been easier to sit down at the computer and edit some video.  I also just upgraded the computer to a new-to-me macbook pro courtesy of Seng.  Although a couple years old it is still a substantial upgrade from the old cracked macbook that survived grad school.

The angler in the new vid, David, was a great guy to fish with, and was cool with me screwing around with the camera while landing his fish.  All of the footage was from one day on the Big Hole, throwing the home brewed Chubby Chernobyl, and less than half of the fish landed were thrown on camera.  It was great working on it now that it's cold out and to remember how insane out summer was.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Fishing Report: 2 for 1 edition

Greg with an awesome streamer eating rainbow
This past week was transition week for me, the official end of trout season as of Sunday, and the start of fall steelhead fishing as of Wednesday.  Trout fishing on the Hole and Beav this past week was good for this time of year, and more than anything we really lucked out on the weather.  Most days t-shirts made an appearance, which for Montana in October is a good thing.  Streamer fishing on the Beaverhead continues to be solid, and the spaghetti and meatball is still the go-to rig on the Hole.  We also got to finish out the season with some great guests who have been coming to The Stonefly for a while (see Greg above), as well as some new guests who I'm sure will be back.  Overall this was an incredible trout season, and a big thanks goes out to all of the great guests who made it out to Twin Bridges.

David learning that two hands are better than one.
After a two day break, one of which included my first day back to substitute teaching, Garey, David and rolled through the upper Big Hole, past every boat launch, and dropped down into the Salmon River in Idaho.  A short drive away, it is still fascinating to me that steelhead make it to within 3 hours of Twin Bridges, MT.
Garey with the best fish of the day, and his first steeelhead on the two-hander.
David is new to the steelhead game, and was great to watch get better with the two hander as the day progressed.  Garey used to spend his winters in TDF chasing sea run browns, and so two handers were not new to him at all, but chasing steelhead with them was.  After a quick demo on presenting the fly Garey and David talked me into going through the second run first.  About five casts in to working out my line, with about 1' of running line outside the tip, I had that great feeling of a fish plucking my leech.  A snappy hookset and soon a 4lb native Salmon River steelhead was on the beach.  Not a bad start.  After letting the boys go through the run I came through batting cleanup and found a small hatchery fish that is about to enter into the smoker this afternoon.  I found one more in the next run, and then we stopped on a short little bucket, and Garey came tight to the beautiful native hen pictured above.  After guiding trout for the last 6 months together, seeing the smile on Garey's face was worth a million bucks, and clearly said "this ain't no trout!"
Good start to my fall steelhead season
The afternoon was nice and warm,  and we ran into good friend and Salmon River master Modobi and some of his friends in the Lunch hole.  Tactics were discussed along with the celebration of the change of pace from trout fishing.  The rest of the afternoon I spent watching David and Garey fish, batting cleanup to no avail, and shooting pictures in what is a truly beautiful canyon.  As a crew we went 4-4, a great start to the fall season.  Tuesday is when it really begins though, as I am heading back home to chase some steelhead around Eastern Washington, and see some great friends that I haven't seen in way too long.



Monday, October 24, 2011

New Hats

Real foam dome trucker hats, as modeled by professional guide/model/dancer Brett Seng.


Had a request from Mike Schultz for a foam dome like Seng is wearing up above, so I figured before I ordered some more I would offer up some on here.  Hats are going to be $20 to your door ($15/hat, $5 shipping, I'm not making any $ doing this).  The two color choices are below, email me at joe@evoanglers.com if you're interested.
This will be just like the one on Seng's dome.
These will be bright red, not dumb ass longhorn orange as pictured.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fishing Report

Wyman doing the grip and the grin.

It is certainly a bad time of year to be a 2-4" long fish.  Streamer fishing on the Beav and Hole has been exceptional over the last couple weeks, particularly on cloudy days (big surprise, right?).  The Trad Olive has been the Beav fly of choice, and the christmas tree ornament has been the go too on the Hole.  Guide season is almost over for the year, in fact ends this Sunday.  I'll be doing some sort of summer wrap-up in the near future, and have a pile of video to start sorting through.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Non Traditional Fishing Dogs: Renny


Here is a submission for non-traditional fishing dogs from Bob and Molly out of Oregon.  Renny, a Portuguese Water Dog(named after a boat launch on the Mckenzie), got to join us for a day of hopper fishing on the Big Hole.  A great size and well behaved, Renny was an easy addition to the boat.

If you have a non-traditional fishing dog, shoot me an email at joe@evoanglers.com


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday Fishing Report- Classmate edition


My good friend and classmate has this to say about his nice CW fish.



Last Sunday, my fiancĂ© Lisa and I decided to take a “stretch break” during our drive back to Pullman. It happened to near one of our favorite runs on the Clearwater. An angler was fishing finishing up toward the bottom of the run, so we jumped in behind him. Lisa had hooked two fish here last weekend and wanted to repeat the performance. She was swinging the top half while I plied the waters below. We typically fish this run with 85-90 foot casts and hook fish from mid-river to the hang down. About 30 minutes in I hooked up near the hang down, it jumped twice then spit the hook. Knowing we had to get back on the road soon, I figured I blew my only chance at a fish. Four casts later in mid-swing I felt a pluck, followed by 3 seconds of agony, waiting for the fish to comeback. The loop slipped through my finger, line snapped tight, and my reel started spinning. I leaned heavily into the fish and the “sulk-fest” began. This fish subscribed to the tractor-trailer versus sports car mentality. He made two short runs, slashed at the surface a couple of times, then sounded and anchored himself out in the current. After enough side-pressure this beast relented and allowed Lisa tail him. What a brute, measuring out to 36 inches. Amazingly, the size 6 “Near nuff,” a pattern my friend Dave Clark invented this year for the Clearwater, remained firmly pinned in the buck’s nose. I unhooked him and held him in the current, shortly after he kicked free and returned to the shadowy depths. Unquestionably, the best pit stop of my life.

Into the backing


Found this awesome sign in the crapper of Tim Tollett's Frontier Anglers.  Any of you who have been to the Beaverhead know that Tollett's is an institution in Dillon, and is the place to go for Beaverhead bugs, shuttles and any other local Dillon knowledge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mustaches = More Fish

The fish didn't know what was coming for them

On the eve of Movember, I had one of the best mustaches to ever grace the blue skiff.  One would think that it would be adorned by a 60 year old man, but not so much, it was Tom K, a 20 something Ad man from NYC.  If you remember this post (one of the most popular posts in the short evoanglers history) Bubba and I rock the 'stache for a month every summer, and had Tom showed up and the mustache trifecta aligned, who knows what would have happened to local trout populations.  As things were, Tom (a semi-annual fly fisherman) spent two days in my boat chucking meat to the bank of the Beav, and going into vacuum mode on any brown trout that got in his way.  More proof of the direct relationship between mustaches and big fish.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Fishing Report

Chris with a great hopper eater

Only a couple more of these left for the year, and then back to the backyard flow, and random river photos instead of fishing reports.

SUmmer officially ended three days ago.  From last friday till today I spent 4 days throwing hoppers and droppers, wearing shorts, and cracking cold ones at the end of the day and followed it up with streamers, bobbers, fleece and coffee.  We were certainly lucky to have a hell of an indian summer this year, and any day I can wear shorts in October is a bonus.
John with one out of the THICK foam.


The end of last week I got to spend three days with John VanLeeuwen and his wife Chris.  John is the creator of the Depth Skru bobber, which I was fortunate enough to test for him over the last 6 months.  After holding his own on the first day, John watched Chris put on an absolute clinic on the lower Big Hole, catching enough that she decided to boat ride shortly after lunch.  Chris followed that performance up by teaching the upper beav fish a thing or two about her husbands outstanding products.  John's products (which I will do a better review of shortly) are going to be available from Idylwilde this spring, and guarantee will revolutionize the type of bobber you see being fished on your local river.
BIG bug time!
I also got to see some ridiculous streamer fishing the last couple days, more to come on that this week.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No New Hatchery on the Klickitat

Brett with an awesome Klickitat fish, certainly worth protecting this beauties.

Yakama Klickitat Fisheries Project and the Bonneville Power Administration are currently seeking comments on a new hatchery project on the Klick, and now is your chance to tell them that it is bull shit!  Click this link to got to the Native Fish Society for a letter to comment against the new hatchery, and do your part to help wild fish.  If you haven't fished the Klickitat it is an incredible river in south central Washington.  I have a special connection to the Klick because it is where I caught my first steelhead, guided my first steelhead guide trip (along with many more) and just fell in love with everything about steelhead fishing.  The the 5 minutes to send in your letter, and help protect a fine river.  And if you are looking to experience the klick first hand, call the boys at Troutwater or The Evening Hatch, and they'll take good care of you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Video: June on the Big Hole



It's been a few months, but I finally got the time finish this project.  The footage is from two days on the Big Hole in June, when it was supposedly blownout but was in fact fishing outstanding.  We bobber fished the whole time, and the fish in the film are ones we connected with and had slow enough water in to run the camera.  A great couple of days for sure. I threw it up on Vimeo last week with the intention of launching it here this week, and the Orvis Blog picked it up in the meantime for their Friday Filmfest, which is awesome!

I've been running the GoPro more as well, and as my season winds to an end there will be more video coming out (assuming my computer doesn't die from the abuse).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Off The Grid


Famous camera man, fly fisherman, comedian and Stonefly Inn Pig Roast Alumni R.A. Beattie's film Off the Grid is dropping this week.  R.A. runs one of the leading fly fishing film crews, and has been ahead of  the pack of fly fishing films for quite some time now.  Check out the films website here where you'll be able to order the film on the 7th.  Here's the trailer for the new film below.