Monday, February 28, 2011

The Brown Trout Blues.

Johnny Flynn handles it on Green Man session # 11


Green Man Sessions 011 // Johnny Flynn - Brown Trout Blues from Green Man on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


HR 1 Action Alert

Stop the Harmful Provisions of HR 1

Take Action On This Issue

In a five-day span last week, the House drafted a bill that would wipe out years of progress that TU - its volunteers, staff and partners - have made on some of our toughest habitat challenges, and cut severely into federal resource agency funding programs just as the field season is about to start.  A funding bill should not contain them, but the bill's ill-conceived legislative provisions contain the following harmful items:

  • Removing funding for the Klamath River Dam Removal and Sedimentation Study, a necessary step to evaluate removing four dams and reopening 350 miles of salmon habitat and resolve the long-running conflict in the Klamath Basin.
  • Stopping the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from conducting a rulemaking to restore Clean Water Act protection for some wetlands and streams which were curtailed by two harmful and confusing Supreme Court decisions, Rapanos (2006) and SWANCC (2001).
  • Discontinuing rulemaking processes designed to protect streams from mountaintop removal mining.
  • Removing the EPA's authority under the Clean Water Act to veto Army Corps authorized permits for the disposal of dredge and fill material and to designate as off limits certain areas for disposal of dredge and fill material.
  • Preventing the use of federal funds to implement certain Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction programs, which help to restore coldwater habitat in the headwater areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Blocking the U.S. Forest Service's Travel Management Plans, which were developed to prevent uncontrolled off-road vehicle use from damaging fish and wildlife habitat.
  • De-funding the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, a law enacted last year with strong bipartisan support, which represents a broad coalition of restoration partners.

The bill also cuts funding for vital conservation programs:

  • Eliminates funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, a highly successful, landscape scale, partnership-driven effort;
  • Cuts the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which enables conservation of habitats through purchase of fee title or easements from willing sellers around the nation, by $393 million from FY 2010 levels.  Potentially hundreds of acres of land could fail to be conserved if this funding cut became law;
  • Cuts the National Fish Habitat program, one of the best landscape scale fisheries habitat conservation programs in the federal government, by 28%;
  • Drastically cuts funding for Great Lakes restoration;
  • Eliminates funding for the State Fish and Wildlife Grants program, a bedrock partnership between state fish and wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • Cuts important Farm Bill conservation programs.  Permanently cuts the Wetland Reserve Program by almost 50,000 acres and cuts the Environmental Quality Assurance Program by more than $350 million from authorized levels.

Sportsmen conservationists are willing to shoulder our share of the burden for reducing federal discretionary spending, but a disproportionate burden should not be saddled on programs of critical value to sportsmen.  The Senate must act now to draft a new version of this bill that is worthy of support of the sportsmen


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Much more Than just a guide service.


Emerald Water Anglers is much more than just a great guide service. They truly are Fly fishing specialist. Dave McCoy and his group of professionals offer classes on everything from beginning fly fishing to introduction to rowing have a look at their clinics here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The weather is Here wish you were beautiful.

With a late snow storm dropping in on us here in Washington. I thought it might be appropriate to fly down to Mexico in our minds and throw some bugs at some bone fish with Spooled TV.

SPOOLED TV Episode 08 - Bonefish from BCXHD Productions Ltd. on Vimeo.

Monday, February 21, 2011

catch and release at pass Lake

Great video from pass lake today. Here is a picture of the Brown trout that followed the Rainbow.

It was a great day on the Lake.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Health and Mental Stress Benefits from Fly Fishing

With every thing going on at work and at home, the rivers being closed and the crap weather its been about 3 weeks since I have got a full day of fishing in. Yesterday I made it out to a local lake and spent the day casting large streamers searching for Brown Trout. My attitude and my stress level did a 180 degree turn. I slept better last night than I have in weeks and my wife says I am much nicer to be around. I wanted to see what I could find out about fly fishing and its affects on the brain and I found this article.
Health and Mental Stress Benefits from Fly Fishing

Here are a couple pictures of the fish i caught yesterday.

Get out and fish.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Hank and I rolled from Anacortes to Seattle last night and meet up with my brother Jason and our friend Jeff for the film tour. I am continually amazed by the Talent and evolution of the film content. Not just the fish porn which was dazzling but also the story lines are full of intrigue and suspense.  I will buy the new move by the MOTIV FISHING boys and I left the theater want to cast some flies to some monster Mako shark thanks to LDR MEDIA. It always a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. I had a great time with Yard from Shooting Head. I met Dave McCoy from Emerald Water Anglers. Dave and I have had a mutual friend in Greg Thomas of Anglers Tonic for years and it was nice to meet the guy behind all the stories I have heard. Here is a shout for Dylan Rose from Skate The Fly for the pre-funk tip at Murphy's Irish Pub. I enjoyed meeting the Moldy Chum crew. My brother Jason and our friends Jeff and Hank are always great company and the night was a great time. Check out the Film Tours site Here

Time to Head for the Missouri!


ABOVE: In the Missouri River above Craig, 49 percent of the rainbow trout are 18 inches and longer. The largest fish handled during the October survey was this 23 1/2-inch rainbow. LOWER LEFT: Brown trout comprise about 17 percent of the trout in the Missouri River. LOWER RIGHT: The annual trout count is good news for the throngs of anglers who fish the Missouri each year. / COURTESY PHOTOS/GRANT GRISAK, FISH, WILDLIFE & PAR

Big fish and plenty of them on The Missouri river may make this year like fishing the river 20 years ago. Get the full story HERE. Good conservation and stewardship goes a long way.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Drink O' Week Whickey & Coke - Greg Thomas Anglers Tonic Fly Fishing For...

Fly Life would like to introduce you to ANGLERSTONIC Drink of the week segment. Check out Greg Thomas and AnglersTonic for more great flyfishing and other related content.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Best Tourism Ad Ever

We just got back from Leavenworth and a friend sent us this video add its great
have a look.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Not a fishing trip but managed a few hours on the River.

I just got back from a trip with my wife Kelli to Leavenworth. We stayed in a Worldmark condo on enchanted park about a mile south of town. We had a great time with amazing weather and it was just the two of us and that was long overdue. We had two awesome breakfasts at  CafĂ© Verona. It was a trip to relax and have some great one on one time. Leavenworth has great shops and a great Bavarian theme and we thoroughly enjoy the experience. I did manage to get a few hours of fishing in on the Wenatchee River. I only had one tug and no fish to hand but I did get low holed and got to watch a guy land a 30’ Native Steelhead. I wanted to buy a pair of lederhosen but Kelli said she wouldn’t be seen with me if I got them.
Wenatchee River
View from our Condo
It was a great time and it was great to spend it with my wife and best friend Kelli.

Friday, February 4, 2011