Archive for March 1st, 2009

01
Mar
09

Women & Fly Fishing (Presentation Has Always Been Important)

trixiesflyfishingsign

One can see the transformation of women and fly fishing…short skirts, nylons and heels….forward to bikinis and rubber hip boots (that just has never worked for me)

Hot Babe in Sexy Undies & Frigging Hip Boots

Hot Babe in Sexy Undies & Frigging Hip Boots

A lake, a fighting butt, who cares for details right? Pretty undies and a hot blond….but I got to say it: make her real and a bit mussed and she would be infinitely sexier for me. Over thinking it I am sure.

 Picture ol’ Trixie and Ms. June with a two hander.  

01
Mar
09

N.W. Spey Girls Swing (K8 Pays Homage to the Stick)

http://www.thefemaleangle.com/2009/02/fishing-with-friends.html

There are some great pics in this post…a great one of the group streamside. I imagine someday that will be a very memorable pic of the new generation of fly fishers with the two handers….nice work Adrienne! Adrienne is a very interesting writer, who is revealing to the true happenings within the industry, culture and her life…refreshing. 

01
Mar
09

fly fishing industry cutbacks and consolidations (Frank Amato & David Hughes)

Frank Amato

Frank Amato

I was reading the Editorial Page of the new Flyfishing & Tying Journal (Spring 2009). Frank Amato was discussing the hard times, the birth of a grandson and, oh by the way, David Hughes is not longer the Editor…it was brought in house (meaning the boss/family will do it) to save on costs and help the margin. Wow! Don’t get the above wrong…it was a respectful explanation, but you know times are hard when you have to reduce your stellar lineup. Hughes will still write a wrap up piece “Minor Notes”. 

Many of us are making similar and painful decisions; one wave, then another and we pray not another. I wish Amato the best in shoring up his enterprise, one of the few surviving industry mags that has not swapped ownership.    

Buy a copy of the magazine at your shop or bookstore or buy a book from Frank Amato Publications.  

 

01
Mar
09

Malaysia Fly Fishing for Sebarau (The ‘water wolf’)

“Slipping out of the sleeping bag into the cool morning air, we were greeted by the sight of the setting moon – continuing to illuminate the quiet surroundings. As it was still early we took our time during breakfast to enjoy the serenity that comes before dawn. Getting away from the fast paced city life to the peaceful mountains soothes the spirit and mind. Thank goodness there still are places in Malaysia where “development” and “eco-tourism” have yet to arrive.”     (http://sebarau.org/FlyFishingDeepSebarau.html)

Sebarau Fish~http://flyfishingsg.proboards38.com/index.cgi

Sebarau Fish~http://flyfishingsg.proboards38.com/index.cgi

 http://developer.truveo.com/apps/example2/index.php?q=tag%3A%22sebarau%22&n=10&a=0

http://flyfishingmain.blogspot.com/    It is always informative to explore other areas of the world. The Malaysian sites demonstrate that all fish appear to eat insects or their own (baitfish) and innovative anglers pursue the available species with fly gear until they figure out what triggers the strike. The mental process is the same whether you are pursuing trout, pike, bass, Sebarau or…………..?? There are some beautiful bamboo rods in the forum, from where I borrowed the pic of the Sebarau.

01
Mar
09

Iceland’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers (selling the leases?…a question)

Map of salmon rivers in Iceland  (http://www.fishand lfly.com/categories/20080826)

map-iceland

 
No.
Iceland’s Top Salmon Rivers
Fishing Availability
1
East Rangá
 
2
West Rangá & Hólsá
 
3
Þverá and Kjarrá
 
4
Selá
Fly Fish Iceland | NASF
5
Langá
Fly Fish Iceland
6
Norðurá
 
7
Hofsá í Vopnafirði
 
8
Laxá í Dölum
 
9
Miðfjarðará
Frontiers International
10
Blanda
 
11
Grímsá and Tunguá
Fly Fish Iceland
12
Laxá í Aðaldal (Big Laxa)
NASF
13
Haffjarðará
 
14
Elliðaár
 
15
Breiðdalsá
 
16
Laxá í Kjós
Fly Fish Iceland
17
Laxá í Leirársveit
 
18
Vatnsdalsá
 
19
Víðidalsá
 
20
Sogið
 
21
Hítará I and II
 
22
Laxá á Ásum
 
23
Skógá
 
24
Hrútafjarðará and Síká
 
25
Flókadalsá
 
26
Straumfjarðará
 
27
Iða
 
28
Leirvogsá
 
29
Fnjóská
 
30
Langadalsá
 
31
Svartá í Húnaþingi
 

 

 

“At the end of the 2008 season the Midfjardara river located in northwest Iceland will be changing hands. The new owner, Rafn (Rabbi) Alfredsson has taken over the lease and is full filling a dream of owning and operating one of Iceland top ten rivers.”

“Midfjardara is located some 220 km from Reykjavik and has rightly earned its reputation as one of the top rivers in Iceland with a three-year average of 1690 fish for the season. This vast river system covers 790 sq km and apart from the main stream there are three tributaries, Nupsa, Austura and Vestura that combine to provide over 200 named pools. With only ten rods allowed on the river you may easily think that you have the river to yourself!”

The promise of exclusivity on a river is appealing to those wishing to escape the presence of others. Yet again, I see the seemingly casual(?) development or history of individual ownership of a river. Here we are arguing in Utah, Montana, Oregon about public access to rivers with respect to individual property rights. I can only imagine the rivers flow through public lands and the State has the right to lease the river? I wonder if I could lease the Deschutes R. from the BLM? I admittedly am not up to speed on other country’s management systems and property ownership of ‘beats’ etc. I just read this and was struck by what I would assume is the exclusion of Iceland’s citizens unless they pay. Paying to fish on someone’s property or paying for a guide is my choice. But, vast rivers being held by one company or individual is an odd mental adjustment for me. Probably, I am oblivious to this practice all over the world, and have only assumed people have unbridled access (Does a ranch with 40 miles of the North Platte flowing through limit access to others?). If you live in other parts of the world, perhaps you could comment upon the extent of this practice?       

“Top Icelandic salmon river in new hands…”

http://www.fishandfly.com/articles/20080902




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