Blogs of Interest
Bob Skowronski about Traditional Fly Fishing Only
Sat, 31.07.2010 07:04
Reed What has come of this proposal? I am greatly in fav or of this approach to f [...]
John about Replacing the Fishing Vest
Sat, 03.07.2010 22:39
Very cool robot. Thanks for sh aring.
Peter Godfrey about Inventor's Notes - Pisscalator MarkIV - Illustrated
Wed, 24.03.2010 17:06
Hi, I would like permission to print this article in our Fly Fishing Clubs Newslette [...]
Bob Bishop about Traditional Fly Fishing Only
Tue, 02.02.2010 10:27
I think this is a very good id ea. I live in Newfoundland an d fish mainly for Atlant [...]
Erik Helm about Traditional Fly Fishing Only
Sat, 17.10.2009 10:33
Very well done! I would never have thought that this kind o f regulation was necessa [...]
Wednesday, June 4. 2014
Recently some well-intentioned fishermen have published their strongly-worded opinion that mature trout do not have vision in the ultraviolet wavelengths. They base their assertions upon the on-going debate between some Canadian fishery biologists regarding whether trout lose all the UV-specific cones in the retina upon entering the smolt stage, and then whether the trout regenerate some of these cones. 
The measurements in the graph above were taken from  and represent the eyes from adult rainbow trout from 300 to 400mm in length (approx. 12 to 16 inches). Please note the lines traversing the area from 300nm to 400nm. The wavelengths from 350nm to 400nm comprise the ultraviolet wavelengths utilized by most UV-sensitive species.
Continue reading "Ultraviolet Vision in Trout"
Tuesday, December 9. 2008
The colors we find in fly tying literature are baffling to us today. Where, for example, did they come up with the term "blue dun" or "golden dun"?
Light Blue Dun
Medium Blue Dun
A herd of Blue Dun from Light to Dark
A Pale (Champagne) Blue Dun
A Dark Blue Dun
and here is a link with yet more Dun colors.
© 2007 Reed F. Curry
Monday, November 17. 2008
Recently I submitted a petition for a rule change to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. This change, should it be implemented, will radically alter the fishing - both in terms of technique and impact upon the fisheries - of a number of fine streams currently designated as "Fly Fishing Only" in this State. I hope that the fly fishermen of NH will give it their support; however, I am also curious whether readers in other States and countries find the concept of "Traditional Fly Fishing Only" useful.
Of course, petitions do not necessarily resemble the final presentation to the public; nor the rule as implemented. However, the substance of the petition is as follows:
Petition for Adoption of Rules – New Rule for Fly Fishing Only Streams*********
Readers, let me know what you think, either by submitting a comment to this post or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 12. 2008
The Concept of Trout Sanctuaries
Until 1992, the "Fly Fishing Only" rivers and streams
in Maine and
“… we can break fly-fishing down into several classifications, depending upon technique. The first classification is surface fly-fishing, with floating lines and no weight of any kind, in the fly or on the line. The second classification is intermediate fly-fishing, in which weighted flies or sinking-tip fly lines are used, but no attached weight, such as split-shot or sinkers. The third classification is unlimited fly-fishing, in which lead-core sinking lines, weights and sinkers, and weighted flies (and perhaps spinners) are used.
Continue reading "Trout Sanctuaries"
Tuesday, January 1. 2008
Is it possible that a fly as well-known, much-loved, and universally effective as the "Royal Wulff" could have a questionable past? Yes, not only possible, but probable. Many anglers believe that this paragon of dries was born, not from the imagination of Lee Wulff, as he claimed in later life, but through the work of others...but decide for yourself.
Continue reading "The Truth About the Royal Wulff -- an Expose'"
Saturday, December 8. 2007
I have had the great pleasure to enjoy two creations that are near perfect for the purposes for which they were born - two angling journals that, through a combination of art and information, are a continual delight.
The first is a fly fishing magazine from Italy, unlike any bi-monthly fly fishing journal you may have seen, called "Sedge & Mayfly".
To properly appreciate this publication, I will lead you through it using photos of an issue chosen at random. The photo quality doesn't do justice to the original, but I trust it is sufficient to serve as a temptation for the reader to explore further for himself.
The cover of a typical issue [Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger image.] Note the curious absence of phallic images - large salmonids protruding from the crotches of impeccably coiffed, meticulously dressed fly fishermen.
Continue reading "Fly Fishing Magazines with Panache"
Sunday, November 4. 2007
We hear of the joys of casting cane fly rods, and some even wax poetic about the sound of a silk line slipping through the guides, but many fly fishermen believe that cane rods and silk lines can't cast a long distance. Olaf Borge of Viroqua, Wisconsin (a.k.a., "The Silk Line Pimp") felt it was time to enlighten the new breed of fly fishermen to the tremendous casting abilities of the silk line/cane rod pairing.
Taking advantage of the Cane Rodmakers Gathering at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, Livingston Manor, NY on September 8th and 9th of this year, Olaf threw out a challenge to the assembled makers and cane enthusiasts to counter the challenge presented by the Cortland Line Co. (see 1st International Rodmakers and Casting Challenge Rules.)
Here were the rules:
And now (drumroll) the results of the competition...
Continue reading "Breaking News: Silk Fly Line Casts Farther than Modern Plastic Fly Line"
Sunday, August 5. 2007
I am indebted to Peter D. of www.neoutdoorvoice.com for leading me to this film footage. I remember watching Ted Williams batting in Fenway Park when I was young - a Red Sox/Yankees game. Ted was no longer a "splinter" but, even at 41 he was a great ballplayer. I seem to recall Whitey Ford was pitching and Yogi Berra was catching for the Yankees - I didn't worry about the Red Sox lineup because I was a Yankees fan.
Here is the film. Get your popcorn and enjoy, it's about 28 minutes.
Monday, July 30. 2007
BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
"The last fish I caught was with a worm."—IZAAK WALTON.
A defective logic is the born fisherman's portion. He is a pattern of inconsistency. He does the things which he ought not to do, and he leaves undone the things which other people think he ought to do. He observes the wind when he should be sowing, and he regards the clouds, with temptation tugging familiarly at his heartstrings, when he might be grasping the useful sickle. It is a wonder that there is so much health in him. A sorrowing political economist remarked to me in early boyhood, as a jolly red-bearded neighbor, followed by an abnormally fat dog, sauntered past us for his nooning: "That man is the best carpenter in town, but he will leave the most important job whenever he wants to go fishing." I stared at the sinful carpenter, who swung along leisurely in the May sunshine, keeping just ahead of his dog. To leave one's job in order to go fishing! How illogical!
Continue reading "Fishing with a Worm by Bliss Perry (1916)"
Thursday, July 12. 2007
Fishing if I, a fisher, may protest,
Thomas Bastard (1598)
Saturday, June 23. 2007
You walk from the yellow glow of one lamp to the next, careful not to stray too far into the smoke. You can feel the room is crowded but the figures hunched at each table are barely discernible. Cries of anguish drift to you through the eddying smoke, the intensity of the sufferer's agony measured by the volume and length of their imprecations. Voices of the damned...for a moment all is quiet, then with the snap of a thread, a low grunt of profanity ripples forth.
It's another Wednesday evening fly tying session of the Andover Fly Fishers, circa 1962...
Continue reading ""Shave the Whales" - Fly tying, Then and Now"
Sunday, May 6. 2007
A wonderful admonition if Mr. Thoreau had been speaking of fly tying -- simplifying, eliminating the profound complexity of some of our established patterns. Take, for example, the fly once universally employed when fishing for Atlantic salmon. Until some enterprising soul had the audacity to replace the feather wing of a full-dress salmon fly, which might sport twenty different types of feathers from exotic fowl, with a simple hairwing of bear or squirrel, it was a given that salmon would only strike the gaudy betrayer.
Below are some salmon flies, hairwing flies from Maritime Canada surrounding a full-dress "Blue Doctor". All of them catch fish,and not just in North America, but in all the streams where Atlantic salmon swim. So, what did it take for the first Maritimer to "dress-down" a salmon fly? Did he sleep that night or toss about, torn by guilt for believing that the noble Salmo salar would roll to such a simple device?
[Click on image to magnify]
Continue reading "Simplify, simplify, simplify!"
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