Archive for January 8th, 2011

08
Jan
11

Fly Fishing: Reading Winter Waters

Sandy River at Oxbow (SwittersB) PP

STEELHEAD ON THE SPEY RE READING HOLDING WATER

“Let me remind you that good “fly” water for steelhead, summer or winter, is 3-6’ deep and the current has the speed of a nice walking pace. I like to add that structure can play a key role as well…..in the Winter…we are looking for water that… the current has a nice walking pace speed if not slower. Structure is still very important to help stop and hold fish as they are moving upriver.” Jason Hartwick


08
Jan
11

Global Fisheries Need Help…Now

Ok, I had to do something to offset the abysmal statistics and suppositions re the health of our world wide ocean fisheries. Plus, it is about time for my quarterly attempt at matching Moldy Chum’s or The Shooting Head’s Provocateur Factor.

Andrew Purvis provides a lengthy and I must say balanced presentation of assessments re the state of the varied ocean fisheries and what other nations or alliances are doing to rebuild certain fisheries or forestall total decimation.

“Worse still, after stripping our own seas bare, we have “exported fishing capacity to the waters of developing countries”, Professor Roberts warns. Off Mauritania, Senegal and other West African countries, fleets from the rich industrial north are “fishing in a totally unsustainable way with minimal oversight by European countries”. In return for plundering the oceans, which deprives local people of food, and artisanal fishermen of their livelihood, these vessels pay minimal fees that impoverished countries are happy to accept. “It is a mining operation,” Professor Roberts says, “a rerun of the exploitation of terrestrial wealth that happened in colonial days. This is colonialism in a new guise, albeit with a respectable cloak in the form of access agreements.”  (Andrew Purvis @ The Observer)

08
Jan
11

Studs Placement on Wading Boots

No girl’s and boi’s a different stud placement. With new boots in the life, I wanted to follow the advice of the shop…’Studs? You can never have enough.’ So, realizing those Vibram soles are a bit slippery, I researched for general advice for me and, of course, you.

Here are a couple pieces on stud placement. Regardless of type of stud used, you to want to avoid walking on only metal as much as only rubber. A mix, a ying and yang of studs & sole are best.

The Oregon Fly Fishing Blog and Grip Studs offer up similar advice on where to spread out those studs.




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