Sunday, October 6, 2019

Angler Intent, Lies and Idaho Rules Buffoonery....

























We were mid float when our cell phones blew up with what we knew was coming.

The mighty Clearwater River in Idaho was to close to steelhead fishing as of October 1st.    It was almost like fishing through a funeral or a wake.  I lost my ambition to really give it my all when Idaho actualized what we all really knew what was happening.....

The steelhead fishery on the Clearwater was and is in a world of hurt.

Then a curious bit of news came out of the closure.  The season for Chinook and Coho would remain open through October 13th.

All anglers on the float collectively rolled their eyes at this detail.  Does Idaho really give a care about the steelhead fishery, or was the closure just optics/political theatre and leaving the Coho fishery open to placate angler opportunity.

My friend Billy said what we were all thinking, alas in jest.

"Guess we'll just have to start "Coho" fishing"

Wink, wink....nod...







































And then this happens.

Picture proof real angler intent, lies and Idaho DFG buffoonery.

First, if you have a stock of fish so imperiled that they feel the need to close it's season, then there's no reason that the Coho or Chinook fishery should have stayed open.  Period, end of story.  The short-sighted nature of that decision is without a doubt the craziest part of this whole story, aside of the fact that the closure centered on not having enough hatchery fish returning to make hatchery escapement.  Bi-catch of steelhead was and by the picture above is a certainty.

When another angler alerted me to this picture on Instagram, I really had to calm down before I reacted.  I thought long and hard about what was going on here.

First, what's the anglers intent...

Floating lines, spey rods and hairwings.   If you can bite through my sarcasm, seems like a totally traditional Clearwater Coho set up.

Second if you really believe they're going for Coho....then why post the picture of an accidental bi-catch for everyone to see?

Because it wasn't an accident to catch that fish.   What I really believe is that this angler, along with others I've heard of fishing for "coho" are just using the opening to continue thumbing their collective noses at the majority of the angling public who are following the rules.

And that pisses me off.

The state's wrong here.  Real anglers know it.

These anglers are really in the wrong here.  And deep down, I bet they know it themselves too.

It's a bad look, all around.



Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Free The Snake Flotilla Now Is...

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The Nimiipu River Rendezvous

This September 20th-22nd, join the 5th annual gathering to advocate for a free flowing Snake River.

Join tribal members, anglers, boaters, orca lovers and other river advocates for a gathering on the lower Snake river in support of removing the 4 lower Snake River dams for salmon, for people, for orcas




I've been a part of many of the past floatillas and it's a remarkable gathering of people united in one goal to free the Snake.   Last year almost 800 people on the water in all manner of watercraft in a statement that the old policies of the 4 failing lower Snake River dams need to go. 

It's an inspiring event that you should be a part of. 

Visit Free The Snake's web site to get more info and register to be a part of the Nimiipu River Rendezvous

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Bizzaro World Appointment of William Pendley
















The fox is in the henhouse

That's the only way to describe the appointment of William Pendley by the Trump administration to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

An extreme W. T. F. ?

You see, Pendley is a vocal proponent of the government selling all the public lands in the west.  His interpretation of the constitution gives him the belief that only states should be able to own land and the federal government shouldnt.

This guy is no ally to public land users.  This is no supporter of hunters, backpackers, mt. bikers, river runners and fisherman.  He's not in the corner of the ability of parking your truck on the road and hiking for miles because that's the right of every public land user in the country.

This guy is special interest through and through

Seeing this appointment is another indication that we are living in the bizzaro world of The Trump administration.   Why in the world would you appoint someone to this post who's stated goal or aspiration is dismantlement?

I'll let you decide that one. 

It's time to contact your elected officials and tell them to reject this appointment.  It's still the good ol' USA and we have the power of the collective voice to express opposition. 

Be heard ladies and gents...be heard.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has a simple form set up to help you voice your opinion. 

MAKE IT HAPPEN...

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Allure Of The Muddler...
























There was a time when I had zero confidence in such a fly.

It hadnt happened yet.
























When you're fishing for steelhead, someone's bound to tell you..."try a muddler"
























For all the times I personally heard the suggestion, those muddlers I had stared back at me with zero confidence. 
























Then it happened.   The rod was damn near ripped out of my hand and at that point I got it.  Muddler takes are savage.  Nibbles are not involved....























Now, muddlers moved into heavy rotation.  Amazing what a few fish can do to your confidence in one fly or another. 

Another reminder, it's all in our minds....

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Room With A View....






































There's a ramshackle old trailer on a bench just above the Grande Ronde river in SE Washington that I've passed by countless times as our raft goes by the property.  The structure is almost flattened, a den now for snakes and countless mice.  It's on the opposite side of the river that the road runs and I've always pondered how in the world they got that gigantic old 1950s era trailer to that side of the river.

Barge?  Unknown road?  Who knows?

For the first time, we stopped our boat on the beach below the trailer and I did a bit of exploring.

I imagined what it was like to tend the property.   To live through some blazing hot summers and conversely, brutally cold winters where the river freezes up bank to bank.  Living independently and with purpose.

But what really brought a chuckle and a smile to my face was the old "2 Holer"

This guy and or gal was living one hell of a life.  I challenge you to find a shitter with a better view to and from doing your business.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Swing of Things By Creekside Media


The Swing of Things from Creekside Media on Vimeo.

What a great video by my buddy Travis Bradford of Creekside media.  He's a soulful fella who puts his heart into his projects and it shows.

Tell me a story and I'm in.  This does it.   Have fun and sink into a great six and a half minutes.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Misfit Saviors



Trout Season - The Misfit Saviors from Sage Fly Fish on Vimeo.


Have a watch at this amazing little video on what fly fishing can do for your life.

Bryan Gregson is a friend. He's a leader in the community of artistic expression in the sport and one hell of dude. 

Head down, always working, always on adventure creating content that collectively make people's mouth drop in wonder.

I sit back and watch how our little sport can be so transformative to so many people. We're out there devoting our lives to catching these small brained creatures when it's really process of how we go about it that defines the life we live.

I love it. I love this film short. Without being weird, I'd like to also say I love this dude who provides so much soul to fly fishing.

Cheers BG, cheers....