Blogs of Interest
Bob Skowronski about Traditional Fly Fishing Only
Sat, 31.07.2010 07:04
Reed What has come of this proposal? I am greatly in fav or of this approach to f [...]
John about Replacing the Fishing Vest
Sat, 03.07.2010 22:39
Very cool robot. Thanks for sh aring.
Peter Godfrey about Inventor's Notes - Pisscalator MarkIV - Illustrated
Wed, 24.03.2010 17:06
Hi, I would like permission to print this article in our Fly Fishing Clubs Newslette [...]
Bob Bishop about Traditional Fly Fishing Only
Tue, 02.02.2010 10:27
I think this is a very good id ea. I live in Newfoundland an d fish mainly for Atlant [...]
Erik Helm about Traditional Fly Fishing Only
Sat, 17.10.2009 10:33
Very well done! I would never have thought that this kind o f regulation was necessa [...]
Wednesday, June 4. 2014
Recently some well-intentioned fishermen have published their strongly-worded opinion that mature trout do not have vision in the ultraviolet wavelengths. They base their assertions upon the on-going debate between some Canadian fishery biologists regarding whether trout lose all the UV-specific cones in the retina upon entering the smolt stage, and then whether the trout regenerate some of these cones. 
The measurements in the graph above were taken from  and represent the eyes from adult rainbow trout from 300 to 400mm in length (approx. 12 to 16 inches). Please note the lines traversing the area from 300nm to 400nm. The wavelengths from 350nm to 400nm comprise the ultraviolet wavelengths utilized by most UV-sensitive species.
Continue reading "Ultraviolet Vision in Trout"
Wednesday, December 19. 2012
The December 2012 issue of California Fly Fisher included this review by Ralph Cutter of www.flyline.com of "The New Scientific Angling - Trout and Ultraviolet Vision".
Continue reading "A review by Ralph Cutter in the Dec. Issue of California Flyfisher"
Saturday, February 14. 2009
The race is neither to the swift nor the battle to the
strong; but time and chance cometh to all
I HAVE lived!
The American Continent may now sink under the sea, for I have taken the best that it yields, and the best was neither dollars, love, nor real estate.
Hear now, gentlemen of the Punjab Fishing Club, who whip the reaches of the Tavi, and you who painfully import trout to Octamund, and I will tell you how old man California and I went fishing, and you shall envy.
Continue reading "American Salmon by Rudyard Kipling"
Tuesday, December 9. 2008
The colors we find in fly tying literature are baffling to us today. Where, for example, did they come up with the term "blue dun" or "golden dun"?
Light Blue Dun
Medium Blue Dun
A herd of Blue Dun from Light to Dark
A Pale (Champagne) Blue Dun
A Dark Blue Dun
and here is a link with yet more Dun colors.
© 2007 Reed F. Curry
Monday, November 17. 2008
Recently I submitted a petition for a rule change to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. This change, should it be implemented, will radically alter the fishing - both in terms of technique and impact upon the fisheries - of a number of fine streams currently designated as "Fly Fishing Only" in this State. I hope that the fly fishermen of NH will give it their support; however, I am also curious whether readers in other States and countries find the concept of "Traditional Fly Fishing Only" useful.
Of course, petitions do not necessarily resemble the final presentation to the public; nor the rule as implemented. However, the substance of the petition is as follows:
Petition for Adoption of Rules – New Rule for Fly Fishing Only Streams*********
Readers, let me know what you think, either by submitting a comment to this post or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 12. 2008
The Concept of Trout Sanctuaries
Until 1992, the "Fly Fishing Only" rivers and streams
in Maine and
“… we can break fly-fishing down into several classifications, depending upon technique. The first classification is surface fly-fishing, with floating lines and no weight of any kind, in the fly or on the line. The second classification is intermediate fly-fishing, in which weighted flies or sinking-tip fly lines are used, but no attached weight, such as split-shot or sinkers. The third classification is unlimited fly-fishing, in which lead-core sinking lines, weights and sinkers, and weighted flies (and perhaps spinners) are used.
Continue reading "Trout Sanctuaries"
Friday, August 1. 2008
My fishing vest must weigh thirty pounds. It contains enough aircraft-aluminum fly boxes that, in need, I could flatten them and assemble a Boeing 747, with enough left over for a Cessna or two. Add to that my Oxygen tank and you understand my ads in the Pennysaver for three on-call Gillies or one Sherpa-lite.
Well, thanks to the folks at DARPA (whose last known useful invention was the Internet -- and we know how that turned out) and Boston Dynamics, my Uber-Gillie is now available.
Sunday, June 15. 2008
I wish to state now - well in advance - that I am not to blame for the "Great Blackouts of 2012!" I am simply offering insights which could transform a possible future of sitting quietly in your basement, enjoying a can of cold beans in the dark -- into some of the superb fishing opportunities that only global chaos and destruction provide!
As you are probably aware, the Solar Storms of 2012 will be the most impressive since 1958 - when the Aurora Borealis was seen in Mexico ! However, unlike 1958, we now have low-Earth-orbit communication satellites, an expanded electrical grid, and semi-conductors -- but not for long...
Continue reading "Better Fishing Through Global Chaos"
Friday, May 30. 2008
A friend, and superb fly-tier, was lamenting to me today that whenever he used duck quills he could always find plenty of usable quills on the left wing, but fewer on the right. Immediately I understood the complete global implications of this information -- ducks don't actually migrate, but their stronger left wing causes them to fly in very large circles, of which we only detect the resting points...
Continue reading "Of Ducks and Men - Illustrated"
Tuesday, May 13. 2008
Not a rise...
Two minutes later, I saw a "nice" fourteen inch brown roll to the surface in humble chagrin... but I casually ignored him. A moment later a sixteen inch rainbow with a visible blush on its cheek wallowed in the tail of the pool. I glared at it with a Force Five Contempt - it gave a few feeble wiggles of its pectoral fin in mute apology and then died of shame. Rushing downriver, I netted my first "decent trout" as it drifted slowly by. My second fish, a very decent fifteen inch brookie, was taken on a single glance of reproach cast to the eddy behind a boulder.
Continue reading "Catching a Decent Fish -- Illustrated"
Wednesday, May 7. 2008
I don't have close friends - not, at least, when I am fly fishing. There was one fellow I was attached to for quite some time, but we were finally able to extract the hook. He has since kept his distance...
Continue reading "Why I Fish Barbless Flies -- Illustrated"
Tuesday, April 29. 2008
For those who are unfamiliar with the Pisscalator concept, the purpose of the invention is to allow a gentleman angler to continue fishing when the water in which he was standing is deep, and the fluid in his bladder is registering "FULL". No longer will it be necessary for the devoted fisherman to wade back to shore, find a convenient (and discrete) tree, and partially disrobe in order to respond to Nature's urgent call -- the Pisscalator allows the fisherman to blithely catch and enjoy “release” simultaneously.
My first three prototypes of the Pisscalator presented design issues that would have made them less than marketable, though not always lethal. However, the Pisscalator “Mark IV” incorporates a radically new design. While the previous prototypes used external force to pump or suction the fluid away...
Continue reading "Inventor's Notes - Pisscalator MarkIV - Illustrated"
Monday, April 21. 2008
Some people are at their best when they're not breathing. Now, I don't wish any harm to them - just a cessation of the respiratory process. Especially when they sleep. Most especially when they sleep in a cabin ... in the woods ... with me ... during a bitter northern winter...
Continue reading "Cabin Fever Illustrated"
Tuesday, April 15. 2008
While wandering the aisles of my local fly shop in search of a half-price sale on Blue Chatterer - or Condor Quills three-for-a-dollar - I encountered a rack of chest-high fishing waders ornamented with a waterproof zipper in the front. Imagine, I thought, being able to stand up to your waist in fast water, thirty feet (but twenty minutes of wading) from shore, and you can relieve yourself without problems! But how did they design it so that you can unzip without water pouring in?
As I pondered that question, a thought surfaced in my mind, wallowed for a moment (disoriented in the unfamiliar environment) and then fled. But this momentary flash of insight was sufficient to provide a simple solution to that ageless angling dilemma – male incontinence midstream.
Continue reading "The Pisscalator Illustrated"
Tuesday, April 15. 2008
Eric Reaves is an avid fly fisherman - that should be recommendation enough - yet he also has twenty years of cartooning experience, having spent the last thirteen years drawing the comic strip, “GARFIELD”, for Jim Davis. In the industry Eric is termed a “ghost” – an essential part of a creative team of inkers and writers that produce the most widely syndicated comic strip in history. As well, Eric recently received the 2007 Hoosier State Press Association's- “Editorial Cartoonist of the Year” for his superb editorial cartoons.
A few months ago, Eric and I decided to try an amalgam, written and graphic, of our humor work. Eric took some of my humor pieces and enhanced them, - nay, completed them - with his delightful interpretations of my words.
I hope you fully enjoy the works that follow. For more of Eric's illustrations see Eric Reave's Art
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