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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Did you see Mid Current? Read the part about the “Dirty Politician”

“Dirty Politician”

by Kurt Finlayson 
Posted http://midcurrent.com/flies/dirty-politician/
Dirty Politician Fly
watercolor by Jane Finlayson
Anglers around the country are encountering new attacks on their current rights to access water. Utah is no exception and is currently in the middle of a heated political and legal battle. In 2009, the Utah legislature proposed a bill that would effectively take away rights granted in the Utah Constitution for the public to “recreate on the waters of Utah.”  I have never been much of a political activist, however this threat to our fishing rights motivated me to action.
My nine-year-old daughter was beginning to show an affection for fly fishing and an interest in stream access. I decided to talk to our state legislator, and her cute smile wouldn’t harm our cause. We met with our senator and I asked him his position on the bill.  He dodged around the issue. After giving me a noncommittal answer, he turned to my daughter and asked if she had any questions.
She said, “Why do you want to take away our right to fish in the river?”  She cut right to the point and put him on the spot. It was awesome!
He took a deep breath, looked her in the eye, and said, “I would never do that.”
It was a great experience and my daughter and I were thrilled with our political accomplishment.
Around that same time, I was putting the final touches on my new competition fly pattern that had been fishing very well. It’s a tungsten bead nymph, tied on a jig hook with a CDC collar. The body is sow scud and it has hot spots fore and aft. It quickly became a favorite with my Fly Fishing Team USA colleagues, earning high praise at the National Championships. The only problem was that the fly lacked a name.
Dirty Politician Fly
The “Dirty Politician”
A few days after meeting with our senator, the legislature voted to pass the bill that would take away Utah’s constitutional right to access the waters of Utah. I checked the voting record and found that our senator had voted for the bill.
I was stunned. The next morning I told my daughter and she looked to me for answers.  I was speechless. All I could think of was how that dirty SOB looked right at her and lied. That dirty politician, how could he….
But while my daughter and I lost faith in our political system and politicians who promise access to our rivers, I found a name for my new fly: the Dirty Politician.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Films: GEOBASS Botswana

And now for your Friday Feature Film, GEOBASS Botswana. Follow the MOTIV Gents again as the head to Africa to find Emerald Fire Bass and Golden Bass while risking life and limb to get there and do so.
#GEOBASS is a new award-winning epic adventure series following four expedition anglers on an around the world ultimate bass slam journey. In Episode 5, multiple hippo attacks and elephant roadblocks can’t stop the crew on a far-flung trip seeking emerald fire bass, African tigerfish and the giant golden bass of Botswana. Extreme temperature swings affect the bite, but an improvised fly made from hair weave material prevails.

Friday Films: Hopper Madness Fly Fishing

Here is Fly Film short, a preview if you will. After this click on GEOBASS Botswana. Just in case you had not determined which fly to choose this weekend, how about let this video make the choice easy. Have a Great weekend! And make sure if in Utah visit the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival!
Hopper Madness Fly Fishing from Lone Peak Outfitters on Vimeo.



Summertime hopper action with Lone Peak Outfitters. Lone Peak Outfitters offers guided fly-fishing adventures to the legendary waters of southwestern Montana. Come join us for a trip of a lifetime! Check us out on Facebook for more videos and pictures or at our website lonepeakoutfitters.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Films: Thunderstruck by Steve'n'Seagulls.





Okay okay, so this is a bit different than the usual post. Steve'n'Seagulls is Finnish bluegrass band that do covers of  rock anthems. They had one million views in Youtube with "Trooper." That's why they wanted release something new and here we go: Steve'n'Seagulls presents Thunderstruck!  It's not necessarily fish'n related, but none the less, it is way RAD. I bet you'll dig it, so turn it up, and njoy your weekend everybody!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Epic Chernobyl Ant debuted on Green River

Yesterday I posted a pic of a rainbow with a Chernobyl Ant in its lip. Here is the same fish. Being that it is  #ThrowBackThursday it got me thinking… How many know the story of the Chernobyl Ant? Well here it is as told by By Paul Bruun, Jackson Hole News.
Mark Forsland was carefully explaining to a customer how to tie an effective nymph rig for the nearby Provo River. Hanging above him in Four Seasons Fly Fishers is a jumbo wooden trout. In its mouth is a big black fly that would be overlooked by the casual observer.
This isn’t just any fly. This particular fly launched the popularity of giant flies and foam materials among Western fly fishermen.
Forsland originated the jumbo Chernobyl Ant, a fly pattern that was introduced on the Utah portion of the Green River in 1991 and now, in some iteration or another, thrives in every Western fly box.
From now through July, stoneflies will be emerging and hovering along major Western rivers and will demand lots of Chernobyl imitations.
Mark’s friendly little fly shop is located in downtown Heber City, Utah, a few miles beyond Park City and near the exceptionally popular Provo River. Jean and I were chasing smallmouth bass on the angler-less Jordanelle, a new reservoir on the Provo, in May and visited Mark. Our plan was to reminisce about the origin of the Chernobyl, which came during his 10-year guiding stint on the Green between 1986 and 1996.
“At age 13 my aspirations to be a fly-fishing guide began,” the 55-year-old Salt Lake City native said.
While working in both construction and grocery businesses, he spent every spare moment chasing trout in the streams between Randolph and Woodruff, Utah, and the Salt River Range.
A guide is born
“I finally rounded up enough money to score a 14-foot Smoker Craft drift boat and asked Gene Snow at Anglers Inn to consider me as a new river guide,” Mark recalled.
Snow sent him on a test trip with his head guide, Larry Tullis.
“I didn’t know anything,” Mark  said. “My unplanned 360-degree spinout at Steamboat Rock and missing the Little Hole boat ramp on the Green were embarrassing.
“There went that job interview!” he snorted, his seriousness evolving into a grin.
Magically, Snow allowed him to get started, but only with beginners, not expert fishermen.
In 1986 Jonathan Olch, a Park City Realtor, wrote a story for Fly Fisherman magazine about the fantastic new Western fishery below Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green in Utah. That opened the floodgates to a Utah fishing gold rush and in turn, launched Forsland into exactly what he had dreamed of doing. That is if you call sleeping on a cot in a drafty airport hangar and working long hours every day a dream come true.
Mark’s life and times improved when he and some other guides migrated into a new trailer park. One of his fondest memories is traveling to Oregon and returning with some new ClackaCraft drift boats from Bruce Belles.
“When it came to flies for the Green tailwater, most of the patterns were very small,” Mark remembers. “The seasonal and cyclic cicada emergences were the biggest insects going, since tailwaters are often too cold to have giant stoneflies. We had to spin a lot of hair and eventually were cutting up pieces of black rope for the first generation of flies.”
By now Mark had joined Western Rivers’ guide group with Emmett Heath and Steve Schmidt. The group included such other Central Casting characters as Stu Handy and Allan Woolley. Spying some thin foam material Woolley was experimenting with, Mark had a brainstorm. He loaded size-4 hooks into his vise and snipped out a tapered black foam body more than 2 inches long and fastened it down in thread segments. Then he added a pair of outrageous black hackles in the front and middle. A short yellow-dyed calf tail wing added visibility.
Mark was with one of his favorite clients, the late Dick Peterson, on the “B Section” of the Green. It was a hot summer day, and fishing was slow. After lunch Mark cut Peterson’s leader to perhaps 4 1/2 feet, tied on the giant new fly and rowed into a run called Downtown Browntown.
“As soon as that fly hit the water, an 18-inch brown raced over and smashed it,” Mark recalls. “At first we acknowledged it was a fluke. But on the remainder of the trip Dick landed over 20 nice fish and constant action continued. They were thumping, crashing and attacking the big pattern with amazing savagery.”
Forsland asked his client to name the fly. He came up with Black Mamba.
The next two weeks included a lot of four-boat trips, and Mark kept his fishermen throwing the big black flies.
“The results were real tip getters,” he chuckles.
Allan Woolley came over and asked, “What the hell are you fishing?” When the giant black creature was revealed, all he could shriek was, “No way!”
Mark emphasizes that Woolley (now a banker in Idaho Falls) is a wonderfully creative fly tier.
“The next day he showed up with a similar pattern that had sprouted rubber legs,” he said.
Later, a pair of guide pals, Stu Handy, and Mark Bennion, were fishing together and Handy was really tormenting the trout. When Bennion asked about the Mamba, Stu explained, “It’s a big black ant.” Bennion examined it and said, “That’s nuclear. It’s an ant directly from Chernobyl,” the nuclear power plant in Ukraine in the Soviet Union that melted down in 1986.
Thus the Chernobyl Ant was born began sowing its legendary career as a go-to piece of floating equipment on great Western rivers and anywhere else trout enjoy a big meal.
Four Seasons Fly Fishers opened in Heber City on April 1, 2002. Survival is challenging, even though the shop is surrounded by excellent stream, reservoir and high-country fishing opportunities. Mark devotes many guiding days on the Provo and also has a strong client base for trips to the Wyoming portion of the Green River. He plans to simplify his fishing life by returning to the basics, which includes a growing interest in bamboo rods and downsized tackle.
But regardless of the challenges he faced along the way, Mark still lights up when talking about fishing big ant patterns for his favorite cutthroat trout found in the Salt River region.
“Now that’s where it really excels!” he exclaims.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Films: Dead Flies Don't Swim


Dead Flies Don't Swim from scumliner media on Vimeo.

Mark Raisler talking about dry fly fishing and the late-summer Trico hatch on the Missouri River in Craig, MT. Also featuring Braden Lewis and John Ewald.
Opening song by Cloudkicker cloudkickermusic.com.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Films: A Deeper Line


A Deeper Line Trailer from Catch Air Films on Vimeo.

A Deeper Line

La Junta Background
This time the CAF team went back to the mountains to film their latest project “A Deeper Line.” Set on the Rio Grande River in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, this new project is allowing Jason and Stuart the freedom to express their own style  as an in-house creation from start to finish.
A Deeper Line is a new television series based on the soul of fly fishing.  The shows approach is beyond fishing.  It takes a deeper look into the people, land, wildlife, and spirit of the river.  The focus of storylines below the surface and into the truth of people.  Combining strong storytelling with beautiful cinematography creates A Deeper Line’s, unique feel. Northern New Mexico and the Red River in southern Colorado.  Although the season of this shoot was technically winter, the temps were uncommonly warm and a light jacket was all that was necessary to stay comfortable as they made the 1000 vertical foot hike down into the river gorge.  The challenges of this shoot were nothing compared to the rewards and although it was necessary to backpack all of their gear, the beauty of the Rio Grande Gorge far outweighed their 60lb rigs.   The hike out was another story as a long day of shooting eventually required a long hike out, but the amazing footage and scenery even made the vertical climb seem like a small price to pay for such a good day behind the lens.
Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 7.57.43 PMThis first shoot was dry run of concept and direction.  We are very pleased with the results.  The pilot episode is due to film this spring and will expand the story points to include wild life, a guided guest, and fish species history in the river.  All wrapped in the visually engaging story telling style that Stuart and Jason have envisioned.
The show has moved from development to the production phase and is currently partnering with sponsors.  Any companies interested in being a part of A Deeper Line, should contact Catch Air Films.  Otherwise enjoy the video cut from this shoot and check back with us soon for the shows promo to be released after the production of the pilot is completed.
Cheers,
Stuart and Jason - A Deeper Line from Catch Air Films on Vimeo.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Films: GREAT DAYS: Fishing below the border


GREAT DAYS 9: Fishing below the border from smith optics on Vimeo.
Idaho boys travel south of the border to the sea of Cortez in pursuit of the prized rooster fish. While the roosters remained elusive the boys manage to find the dorado and have an epic fly fishing adventure. Great days, good friends, good taco's and muchas cervezas!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Films: GEOBASS Nicaragua


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GEOBASS is a new epic adventure series following four expedition anglers on an around the world ultimate bass slam journey.
Deep in the jungle the boys hunt for the elusive Rainbow Bass in Episode 4 Nicaragua. They'll have to hack their way through thick jungle, be on the lookout for crocs, and dine on iguana, all in search of a hidden lagoon.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Friday Films: Skeena Steelhead Trailer from Fly Nation TV


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Its a short one, but who has time to watch videos? Go Fishing! . Have a great weekend.
A short preview of the season finale episode of Fly Nation TV, shot at Nicholas Dean Lodge / Yellow Cedar Lodge on the beautiful Skeena watershed. Don't miss it, and don't ever pass up an opportunity to visit Nicholas Dean Lodge & Yellow Cedar Lodge yourself!