Friday, April 30, 2010

Dream Weaver

More from my fly box.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Case Of The Escaping Caddis

Just what I like on the end of my line at this time of the year.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Fish Camp

Going retro this year in my stream-side accommodations.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coconut Crab

My friend, Jim, just sent me these images. They are not my photos or his, but rather from a chap named K. Singer. Don't know him, but after looking at these crabs, I would be very afraid if I were him. It's a Coconut Crab. It gets it's name because it can crack open a coconut with it's claws. Think of what it can do to your head. This crab is also an expert climber. That is one scary beast. Watch out when fishing the salt Down Under.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Nine Weeks To Summer Vacation

The countdown has begun. This summer's goal is to fish every day from June to September.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Waterproof Camera For Fishing

Any recommendations from the reading public about a good waterproof camera? I am thinking about the Pentax Optio W90. I am reading reviews and talking with folks about this camera. It is durable, waterproof (to 20m), takes decent snaps in a variety of situations and has excellent macro capabilities with a built in set of LED lights on the lens to light macro subjects. It sounds good, but it is just out and not many people have gotten their hands on it. Chime in if you are in the know.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Squirrel On A Plinth

Many of you know of my fondness for using squirrel hair in my fly tying. I have figured out why squirrels seem to reproduce endlessly. Check out the undercarriage on this fella. The girls must be fond of him.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

August In Montana

Yep, it's true. I'll be heading out west for part of the summer. Sweet.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Big Moe

This is "Big Moe" at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. I'd love to catch a trout this big. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, but I took them with my phone and you know how that works out.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Connecticut Legislature Votes To Lower License Fees

Wow. The Connecticut Legislature has voted to lower fishing license fees. The fees were doubled for 2010 from $20 to $40 for residents and $40 to $80 for non-residents. Long story short...the public didn't like it with many folks (myself included) refusing to purchase licenses. This surprised politicos in CT and fees were rolled back to $27 for resident and $55 for non-residents. Many other fees were adjusted, including hunting and camping. The lesson here is to vote with the almighty dollar. That's what makes America great.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More On Fracking

I just heard that the New York DEC is going to grant licenses for the drilling for gas in the Catskill area. The method used is called hydrofracking. Basically they drill deep holes into the ground and inject millions of gallons of water taken from beautiful, fish-filled waters. The water pushes the natural gas up and it's collected. The highly polluted water, filled with all kinds of pollutants is dumped back and will destroy wildlife and the environment. I hope these plans fail and corporate America doesn't have a chance to ruin another part of our planet. I sure do like to fish and be able to amble in the woods.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Felt Soles Take Another Hit

Word has it that Vermont may join Alaska and ban felt soled wading boots next year. A bill has been proposed in the legislature. Let's also ban bird migration and travel/flight. Those pesky fellas never wash up when they move from one watershed to the next. Slobs.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Catskill Fly Tyers Guild Annual Fly Tyers Rendezvous

It's that time of year again. The CFTG Annual Fly Tyers Rendezvous will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10am-3pm, at the Rockland House in Roscoe, NY. There will be a reception for the tyers at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum afterwards.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association

The CFFA will hold its annual fly tying round table next week. Featured will be a dozen tyers of fresh and saltwater flies. The event will be held at Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse, 100 Sunset Ridge, East Hartford, CT at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Go to for details and directions. The public is welcome.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fly By Joshua Fine

This is an amazing fly designed by Joshua Fine (CT). Orvis has picked it up. Looks to me like Joshua likes Montauk stripers. This is a must have for the fly box. Truly an amazing fly, appropriately named the "Monster."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Local Lakes Heating Up

I have been fishing a lot at some local lakes. Loads of bass and perch happy to take a squimp. Good early season fun...well at least for me.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Flotsam & Jetsam

I was grossed out by this poor fellow that I found at a local lake. Then I thought about fly tying materials.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Start Fishing Young

Wow! Not even a year old and already my friends' daughter is reaching for the rod.