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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

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!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Big foam tied fake flies are fish favorite food.

Ebon R. with a nice Brown
Cicada time! Ebon, &  RainysFlies

Recently friends and I went and did some floats. On one of these days we took the kids too. The top water fishing is on fire and a ton of fun. I am to the point that I won't know what to do if I find myself needing to tie on a fly smaller than a single digit size hook. Tying flies in large closed cell foam in colors or using big ties from rainey's is like tossing large floating monsters and it seems the longer they get a drift the more apt they are to get swallowed. Some of the takes have easily been some of the most memorable. It also makes it easy to help the kids out to say "ok, the big orange fly is out there now just throw it out there." "Where" they  will inevitably ask. "Anywhere"  I say. " Just put it out there in the wet stuff. It was getting looks most all of the time. Streamers where in use but I was getting a muck bigger kick out of the big strikes off the top. The fish were in good health anf kept looking up so Hey send them a big buffet line of large floatn' bug boats. 

Occasionally I get put down the oars and camera and cast out a bug.

I sure do enjoy all the conveniences of throwing flies from a boat. You have all your choice of flies there, you have cool beer, and it just is plane damn peaceful to kick back and float away. Weather has been outstanding for getting out and taken' advantage of these big bug hatches. Or emergence for you technical entomologist types.   I have to say that a Fat Albert was working the best for us. So what does that imitate? I guess it's a a beetle or hopper or cicada or cricket, but hey who cares when it gets ate.

I was also excited to be using my Loop EVOTech reel which is smooth like butter. I have been using Loop rods for a number of years, and got my son a Loop set up too but this was a first for me to use a reel with the Power Matrix Drag System.  I have not had a 4 lb fish on yet to really give it a test but I can tell by how it locks down with each click it is  gonna only give just what a fish needs but that's not much. It is a reel to show fish who is boss. 

Brandon C. with a beauty bow

Doug E. caught a lot of fish this day.

Bows and browns of plenty. Lots of fun and I am sure we will be doing it again real soon. In the meantime it has been the salmon fly that has kept me thinking about being out on the rivers of late. Salt water too. Only a couple of weeks from now. 

Friday, May 30, 2014


BEARBACK RIDER from Montana Wild on Vimeo.

"On a cloudy afternoon I got a voicemail from our friend Rooster. Apparently the salmon flies were everywhere and he had tied up a bug (AKA The Bearback Rider, originally tied by Ken Burkholder) that was working magic on the big boys. I loaded up the truck and hit the road. For two days we fished under the blazing Montana sun and got into some healthy browns eager to destroy the big bug."

Women in Fly Fishing: Tara Olson

Women in Fly Fishing: Tara Olson

This posted MAY 28, 2014 BY  from www.flyfishingv.comSpey casting

I had the pleasure to fish with Tara last summer during an unforgettable trip on Henry’s Fork and Box Canyon.  I immediately loved this gal!  Great sense of humor, warm vibes, beautiful gal and talented fly fisher.

Name: Tara Olson
Do you have a blog/website? No blog or website, but I regularly update my Instagram page with fun pictures of all my outdoor escapades. Follow me at “T_Haz.”
How long have you been fly fishing? I have been fly fishing for about 4 years now. Utah and Idaho have been the perfect areas to explore and build on my knowledge and skills.
Where are your homewaters? My homewaters are in Idaho. I was born and raised in Boise, but I love to travel all around the state to fly fish. The Boise River, The Salmon River, and the St. Joe River are a few of my favorites.
How did you get your start in Fly Fishing? I love hiking and being near the river so it was really only a matter of time before I fell in love with fly fishing. My husband started fly fishing soon after we moved to Utah and I would join him trying my hand at casting once in a while. Then, I caught my first brown trout and it was all over for me. Fly fishing is now one of my favorite activities in the outdoors!
Lincoln and I
What do you enjoy the most when you are out Fly Fishing? I love the solitude and beautiful scenery I find when I’m out fly fishing. I definitely dig the social aspects of being out there with friends as well, but being out in nature and letting everything else go is unbeatable.
Do you tie flies and if so, what do you enjoy about it? I have tied flies before, but it has been a few years. Basic Nymphs and Terrestrials are all I have experience with, but I’d love to learn more. I enjoy picking new color schemes for tying and then trying it out on the river. I’ve been amazed at what fish will eat. My claim to fame is my bright pink and purple beetle. That thing is surprisingly popular amongst the trout.

Have you ever encountered issues, bias, or uncomfortable situations Fly Fishing? Unfortunately, I’ve had some very uncomfortable experiences while fly fishing in Utah. In 2010, the Utah State Legislature passed a bill (HB141) that took away over 2,000 miles of river and stream access across the state due to private property interests. I’ll be wet wading through areas of river in Utah and be stopped short due to state law. I have had a property owner pull a gun on me and my friends while we were wading in the water and acting within our legal rights. These types of situations further motivate me to support the Utah Stream Access Coalition on reaching our goal of restoring public access to Utah’s rivers and streams. It is my hope that the State of Utah will work with the public to come to a compromise on this issue.  
Which trip should we sign you up for….10 days Fly Fishing from tropical beaches or 10 days in the Alaska wilderness? That’s a hard question because both trips are desirable and are experiences I haven’t had yet. I would probably choose fly fishing from tropical beaches at this point because of my obsession with sand bars and saltwater fishing. I love to scuba dive as well so my ideal trip would be in Turneffe Flats, Belize trading off between scuba diving and fly fishing on sand flats. 
What’s your favorite fish to pursue and fly to use? My favorite fish to pursue is a tie between Steelhead and Bull Trout. Both of these fish are fighters and so fun to have that one-on-one connection with! I have so much respect for wild Steelhead and the intense trip they make to spawn. Bull Trout are threatened in the United States so I pride myself on treating those beauties with the utmost respect and educating others to do the same. My favorite fly to use is definitely any type of Sex Dungeon streamer. You feel every inch of that baby move through the water and when a fish bites into that, the fun really begins!
Your birthday is coming, and you can have anything your heart desires. What should we wrap up for you? Oooh! Good question! I have been wanting a new pair of waders for a while. I’m looking for a pair that will hold up through my clumsiness and bush wacking while making my butt look good! :)
Name one thing you’d never go Fly Fishing without… I would never go fly fishing without my Smith Optics polarized sun glasses. Ever since I invested in these, I’m able to easily spot fish. Whether it is sunny or cloudy weather, these babies make all the difference. It is so much fun to be able to see the fish, sneak up on them, and cast your fly right over their heads. It is so rewarding!
Whether you’ve been fly fishing for 2 months or 20 years, what advice would you give to someone who just started out in Fly Fishing? My best advice would be to have patience and let go of any expectations you may have of catching fish. I find that all aspects of being outdoors and expanding my knowledge on technique and river habitat is fulfilling enough. Catching fish is a huge bonus. 
Idaho Bull TroutThank you, Tara! I’m looking forward to fishing with you, again.  And  I’ m bringing the Buffalo Trace!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Films: Mongolia

This is cool and I like the NRS Drift Boat.
Mongolia River Outfitters from Julian Braatvedt on Vimeo.

Mongolia River Outfitters and Fish Mongolia take international anglers into some of the most unspoilt fisheries in Mongolia.
"The guides for Ghengis Khan's home waters"

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Films: Wander

Wander from Joe Cummings on Vimeo.

This fly fishing film was shot over the last four days of April 2014 in Missoula, Montana at classicjourneyoutfitters.com The spot, stalk, and catch of the brown trout at the end of the film was real, difficult, and rewarding. We were chasing the waning days of good Montana Fly Fishing water on the Bitterroot River just before she blew out.
Filming Notes
We tried out the new Magic Bullets upgrade 2.5 from Red Giant. When it worked it was a massive improvement in workflow, speed, and rendering. It was buggy, but the last update seemed to right the the ship. Magic Bullets is a great drop and go editing program in Premiere Pro.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams


Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams

VENTURA, Calif. — OF the more than 80,000 dams listed by the federal government, more than 26,000 pose high or significant safety hazards. Many no longer serve any real purpose. All have limited life spans. Only about 1,750 produce hydropower, according to the National Hydropower Association.

In many cases, the benefits that dams have historically provided — for water use, flood control and electricity — can now be met more effectively without continuing to choke entire watersheds.
Dams degrade water quality, block the movement of nutrients and sediment, destroy fish and wildlife habitats, damage coastal estuaries and in some cases rob surrounding forests of nitrogen. Reservoirs can also be significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Put simply, many dams have high environmental costs that outweigh their value. Removing them is the only sensible answer. And taking them down can often make economic sense as well. The River Alliance of Wisconsin estimates that removing dams in that state is three to five times less expensive than repairing them.
The message has been slowly spreading around the country. More and more communities and states have reclaimed rivers lost to jackhammers and concrete. Last year, 51 dams in 18 states were taken down, restoring more than 500 miles of streams, according to the group American Rivers. Nearly 850 have been removed in the last 20 years, and nearly 1,150 since 1912.
But the work is far from done. I was disappointed to see the Energy Department release a report last week on the potential to develop new “sustainable” hydroelectric dams on rivers and streams across the country. The report follows President Obama’s signing of two laws last year to encourage small hydro projects and revive nonproducing dams.
New dams are a bad idea. We’ve glorified them for decades, but our pride in building these engineering marvels has often blinded us to the environmental damage they cause. The consequences run the length of the river and beyond. Our many complex attempts to work around these obstacles would make Rube Goldberg proud. Interventions like fish elevators and trap-and-haul programs that truck fish around impoundments don’t lead to true recovery for wild fish populations or reverse the other environmental problems caused by blocking a river’s flow.
But we do know that removing dams brings streams and rivers back to life and replenishes our degraded aquifers.

President Obama should learn from that example. Most urgently, he should turn his attention to the Snake River in eastern Washington, where four dams along its lower reaches provide marginal (and replaceable) electricity generation that is outweighed by the opportunities for the revival of endangered salmon populations, plus the jobs and communities a healthy salmon fishery would support. Those deadbeat dams should be taken down and added to the list of dams in the process of being removed along the White Salmon River in Washington, the Penobscot in Maine and the Klamath in southern Oregon.
I’ve been working to take down dams for most of my life. The idea, once considered crazy, is gaining momentum. We should seize it and push for the removal of the many dams with high costs and low or zero value. The environmental impacts are too enormous.
Time and again, I’ve witnessed the celebration that comes with the removal of an unnecessary dam. After a river is restored and the fish have returned you never hear a single person say, “Gee, I wish we had our dam back.”

Friday Films: The Girl & the Marble

The Girl & the Marble from Lotte Aulom(reelgirl-flyfishing) on Vimeo.

Easter Saturday we packed rods, reels and camera. We traveled from cold and snowy Norway to Slovenia. We have been there before, but not had any contact with the slovenian marble trout. This time it was only one goal for the trip.. To get a marble on dry fly. See what happened:-) Enjoy. www.reelgirl-flyfishing.com #flyfishing #fluefiske #loopgirls #looptackle #looplife #dryflyfishing #tørt #dryfly #ørret #trout #rainbowtrout #slovenia #reelgirl