Friday, April 29, 2011

Backyard Flow

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.  - Jacques  Cousteau

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I call it mini-me

So unless you live under a rock don't fish for steelhead, you have probably heard about Scott Howell's prom dress series of flies.  I wrote about them last year in this post, and after they showed up in Skagit Master II, they have been so hot!
Hansel, he's so hot right now! (Like the prom dress)
We fished them some this past winter (variations as well) and the Head Honcho asked me to tie up some mini ones for his month long trip to SEAK.  I can't wait to hear how they work, and I will definitely be swinging some midget prom dresses this fall.

That's a Sz. 6 baby!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prestige Worldwide

I was cruising around the photo gallery over at Nautilus Reels the other day, and ran across this awesome picture. If you haven't seen Step Brothers, you owe it to yourself to go check it out; Will Ferrell and John C. Reily at their finest.  The captain of the Prestige Worldwide Fishing Team pictured above is FLA guide Drew Kleine.  I laughed my ass off when I saw the pic, and then the name sounded familiar, and I remembered that Drew guided my good friend John "Modobi" Dobson to the backcountry tournament championship this winter in Islamorada.  Check out his site here: Fly Inspired.

Monday, April 25, 2011

C squad photo hall of fame

For your viewing pleasure. Five of my favorite and most viewed photos from Flickr. As usual, leave a comment if you're interested in the deets.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Going up, going over to Montana- A trip report.

As you have probably figured from Jergens' previous post, this last weekend was the Simms Iceout event in Bozeman.

My good friend Troy and I decided this would be a good excuse to head out to big sky country to do some fishing and visit Jergens.

Thursday- We got a not so early start on the long drive. 8 hours, several Monsters and a Brotha Lynch Hung Pandora station later we arrived in Bozeman. We took immediately to the street. Hitting The Cannery right off the bat, where we ran into everyone from the Iceout. We had some drinks and called it a night several hours later.

Friday- A painful start and a slow move to the Guide Olympics. Troy laid down a strong performance in the trailer backing and casting, but ultimately fell short of the mark and we left empty handed.

Saturday- For our first day of fishing we decided to checkout the Yellowstone River. We fished near Livingston with little luck. One nice 'bow to hand. A real nice brown lost and lots of white fish. We called it a day as the light faded and our stomachs began to growl.

Jergens, gave us some local beta about hitting Las Parillas in Bozeman for dinner. He suggested the wrap of kahn. This may or may-not have been the best part of the trip.

We grubbed on our wraps, then took to the Suby, blasted some gangsta shit and cruised to Twin.

Sunday- Jergens was nice enough to convince Mrs. Jergens to go fishing and the four of us, Seth and his SO hit the Big Hole. We had slow fishing with each boat (3 total) landing 3-4 fish on dries.

Monday- Jergens then took Tron and I on a float down the Beaverhead. We arrived to a snow storm in Dillon which cleared out as we started the float. Fishing started out hot and remained that way for the majority or the drift. We got several nice fish running heavy duty nymph rigs. Did I get any pictures? No! Why? I'll say it. The Beaverhead is hands-down the worst river for taking pictures on.

So after a good day of fishing, Tron and I tossed around some ideas for the rest of the trip. We decided on heading up to Missoula and do some fishing up there. We got set up with Andy "Zen" Simmon, who was nice enough to take us out on the town and let us stay at his place.

Tuesday- We got up early and made the extra long drive to Rock Creek. We fished down from Phillipsburg. The first hole we got to was unbelievable. I started up river from Tron, throwing a streamer. Watched a nice brown refuse no more then ten feet away from me. As I was messing with this, Tron was down river throwing a nymph rig with GREAT SUCCESS. He managed to pull double digits of decent sized 'bows, browns and cutties.

We worked several more runs along the creek with much luck. We called it a day around five, drove back to Missoula. There we grabbed some sandwhiches, loaded the car with Monster and candy, and blasted straight back home. No stops.

Trip over.

WTF! Fishing from this side of the tree was such a bad idea!

Its not fist pumping, its power fisting and you have to be serious when you do it.

Tron- Its an alias

Wrong side of the glass.

I love worms and I don't care who knows.

It's no Bentley, but we were still chauffeured.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Championship Belt Winner!

Big Jon thinking wtf looking good!
So if you happened to see this post a couple weeks ago, you will remember that during one of several blowouts this year, after tying a bajillion flies, we constructed the steelhead championship belt, which was going to the lucky angler to swing up the first fish after the most recent blowout.  It took about 15 minutes and 35 casts once the rivers dropped in for Large Albacore to claim the beautifully adorned orvis back brace belt, and be the steelhead champion.
The championship fish, and Jon's first winter steelhead, a gorgeous chromer hen with an electric grab.  
This fish was doubly sweet for Jon because it was his first winter steelhead, and after paying their dues the last couple years, the boys from Wenatchee reaped the rewards of hard work and patience.  Thanks again for coming out fishing with us boys!

Oh yeah, the brothers were nice enough to leave one in a run for me to swing up, thanks again!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Iceout Vid's: Ian Majszack and Greg Bricker

SIMMS shoot-out submission. from Detonation Studios on Vimeo.

Check out this other video from Ice Out.  The filming is done by Ian Majszack of Detonation Studios, who is a relative newcomer to the fishing vid scene, but is kicking ass, and coming out with some really good stuff.  I would keep an eye on him and his work, definitely rising star in the fishing film world who is very passionate about it.  The guide that Ian got to work with, and who is featured in the video, is Greg Bricker.  Greg is far from a newcomer to the Brozeman guide world, and in fact might be descried as angry, jaded, obsessive compulsive, experienced and intense.  All jokes aside, Greg is a close friend of mine, and an awesome fishing guide.  If you are interested in fishing the Yellowstone or Lower Madison, I don't think that there is a better guide out there.  Check out Greg's new website here, and if you want to have a great day searching for the unlandables on the Stone, call him up.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New short from the Beetle

Fly Fishing Mystery Theater from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Check out R.A. Beattie's short film from  this weekend's Simms Iceout event, link here (apparently the embeded vimeo doesn't want to work).  R.A. took the 1st place prize home, no big surprise as his videos are always top notch.  Check him out at Beattie Outdoor Productions.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Taggin' Salmon

Check out this sweet tag from 509 artist Dustin Bise.  You can check out his other work here: link.  Somebody needs to commission him to have at the 101 bridge on the Bogi.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Back home

After an amazing winter steelhead season, full of big fish, big fun and big rain drops, I am back in the 406. It was a great break in my home state, but even nicer to be back home with the wife and dogs.  I'll do a better write up soon, but for now here is a good pic from the season.

Sharp Cheddar

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Money well spent?

Well it's the beginning of April which means it's time to buy a new fishing license.  After being a resident of Washington for 24 of my 26 years, this is only the 2nd out of state license that I have bought, and for a whopping $50 plus $8 for an Upper Columbia endorsement, I can catch some of the most amazing fish left in the world.  This is an absolute bargain considering the quality of fishery that we get to enjoy, for such a miniscule amount of money.
$50 to catch these beaut's is crazy!

As Washington and the WDFW are currently broke, an increase in license prices seems like an easy way to make some more $, especially charging more for out of state anglers.  While trout fishing in Washington has little to offer, there are many of the best steelhead rivers in the PNW that are at your disposal.  It is absolutely amazing to me that for $50 you can catch (and kill in certain areas) endangered and threatened runs of amazing anadromous fish.  In Montana an out of state license costs $90 and Idaho it's over $100, and in both of those states I see enforcement and management on a much more regular basis than Washington.

I ran into the local game warden on the lower Duc the other day, who had recently busted poachers for killing 7 native fish on the Hoh (Strong work!).  Talking with the warden was great, and he definitely works his ass off. His territory covers the entire quillaute system all the way down to the Queets.  Another game warden certainly could be used in this area.

Another concept that Geico and I talked about today after buying our license would be a regional tag for Washington.  Break the state into 4-6 regions, and then if you fish in that region you pay a one time payment for a yearly tag, and that money stays in the region.  Wouldn't you pay an extra $50 to enjoy your favorite rivers, and help protect them?