June 30, 2009
I caught mostly rock bass, and a couple small smallies. Wasn't planning on taking pictures of anything since everything seemed Smurf-like in stature, but as the session was coming to a close, figured I'd snap a few just to document the "experience." The best fish I caught actually was pretty nice sized, but he was a feisty bugger and kicked my hook as I was trying to grab his jaw to lift him from the water...photo-op gone in a splash. Ask K.C., when I got home I was a little mad at myself for that one.
I went back on Sunday afternoon and encountered much of the same, mosquitoes included. I also tried Green Lane Reservior briefly without much luck.
Over the two days, the mixed bag o' fish I caught totaled 14. How do I know that? I know that using "Skiball's" fish counter, an interesting item I acquired in a trade with a fellow member of the PAanglers.com message board...in the short time I've had it, have found it to be quite useful.
June 23, 2009
Biologists Want to Poison Remote Creek
The Associated Press
The effort to restore the Paiute cutthroat trout in Silver King Creek, in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness just west of here and south of Lake Tahoe, isn't scheduled until mid-2010, but controversy is dogging the plan just as it did when the idea was first proposed in 2002.
"They want to put an agent in the water that kills everything," said Patty Clary of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, a primary opponent of the project.
"It's still a very exciting project, and it's very viable," counters Bob Williams, field supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Reno.
The federal agency and the California Department of Fish and Game say the fish, listed as endangered in 1967 and upgraded to threatened status in 1975, has become hybridized with other trout planted years ago in the creek, which eventually runs into the Carson River.
"Federal agents mad cause I'm flagrant.
Tap my cell, and the phone in the basement."
"It would be a huge success story," Williams said. "This would be a species we can remove from the (endangered) list."
Sixers: Hooray for the Red, White and Blue
By Kate Fagan
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 76ers are bringing retro back.
Today in the lobby of the Comcast Center, the Sixers re-launched the red, white, and blue logo they first used in 1963, putting away the modern black, silver, and gold logo they have been using since the 1997-98 season.
The "re-launching" was a short presentation that included Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider, Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski, new head coach Eddie Jordan, current Sixer Jason Smith, former player World B Free, and executive advisor Sonny Hill.
"By bringing back the old Sixers logo, we are connecting the past with the future," Snider said. "This logo evokes some of this franchise's proudest moments. We also made this change because we understood how much this logo means to our fans, the franchise, and to our city."
Stefanski said the organization reached out to fans and received an "overwhelming" response to return to the old logo and uniforms.Read the entire Philadelphia Inquirer article here:
June 21, 2009
June 20, 2009
Due to the current "tough times" across the country it is understandable that budgets everywhere are being scrutinized, however please take the time to review the email below, and if in agreement take action. The following was sent out by Bill Konstant, Executive Director/CEO of the Elmwood Park Zoo on Friday, June 19th.
Dear Friend of the Zoo,
As you may be aware, the proposed state budget eliminates funding for the six accredited zoos in Pennsylvania, including Elmwood Park Zoo. We rely upon this funding to help care for our animals during the winter months when we have fewer visitors.
Each year Elmwood Park Zoo attracts about 140,000 visitors, including nearly 40,000 students. Our animal ambassadors, education programs and lovely grounds contribute to the quality of life in this region, support the community's economic vitality and help promote tourism, Pennsylvania's second largest industry. If state funding is eliminated, it will create a significant shortfall in our budget that will impact staffing levels, and our ability to serve the community.
This year Elmwood Park Zoo will contribute nearly $2.5M to the local economy. This will help create an estimated 225 jobs and generate more than $240,000 in local and state tax revenues. If state funding is not restored, it will result in fewer jobs and less income tax revenue for our region and for the state. Now, more than ever, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania (House and Senate) must place a priority on programs that fuel economic development.
I urge you to contact the legislative leaders in both chambers listed below and express your support for continued funding for Pennsylvania's zoos in the coming fiscal year. You can:
1. place a call to one, or all of the legislators
2. send an e-mail
3. send a fax
4. send a letter
5. any combination of these options
Phone calls have the greatest impact. You should call the district office, but you can also call Harrisburg if you prefer. It can be a brief conversation in which you give your name, etc., and express support as indicated above.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to get involved if you value Elmwood Park Zoo's role in the community and the work we do. Calls from residents of Pennsylvania are heard by legislators, and they can have an impact on shaping next year's budget.
You can find the contact information for the elected officials for your district by visiting http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm and click on the county in which you reside.
It only takes a few minutes of your time to help. All of us at Elmwood Park Zoo thank you in advance for your continued support, help, and involvement.
June 18, 2009
PETA Protesting Father's Day Fishing
7:55 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009
FORT MYERS BEACH — If you have been thinking about gassing up the boat and heading out for some fishing this Father's Day weekend, officials from PETA wants you to think again.
The animal rights group spent Thursday afternoon on the Fort Myers Beach pier telling dads and fisherman that fishing is cruel.
They were also saying that there are better things to do with your kids this Father's Day than go fishing.
"There's a common misconception that fishing is a good way to bond with your dad. That's no way to teach you child to be compassionate to other animals, much less human beings," said PETA member Colleen Higgins.
Higgins says PETA members chose Thursday for their demonstration because Father's Day is this weekend.
Read the NBC2 News (Fort Myers, FL) article here:
Good grief PETA...so after I go fishing on Sunday, I'll be sure to fire up the grill. Elephant burgers anyone?
June 17, 2009
June 16, 2009
Date---September 12th 2009
Or, you can go on-line to:
June 10, 2009
Fishing Factors to Calculate Trout Mortality
Charlie Meyers, The Denver Post
Posted: 06/10/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT
To illustrate the likelihood of postrelease trout mortality, the Colorado Division of Wildlife produced a program illustrating what happens when certain factors come into play. These elements include severity of hooking injury, length of fight, size of fish, time out of water and water temperature. No distinction was made between flies or lures. All calculations were made for an 18-inch trout. Here are a variety of scenarios and the projected percentage of mortality:
Flies and lures
1. 60-degree water temperature, superficial hooking, playing time 4 minutes, 1 1/2 minutes out of water. 10 percent probability of dying.
2. All the same elements, but with 70-degree water. 17 percent probability of dying.
3. 60-degree water, superficially hooked, playing time 2 minutes, 1 minute out of water. 5 percent probability of dying.
4. 70-degree water, superficially hooked, playing time 2 minutes, 1 minute out of water. 8 percent probability of dying.
5. 60-degree water, playing time 2 minutes, no time out of water. 3 percent probability of dying.
6. All elements the same except 70-degree water. 5 percent probability of dying.
7. 60-degree water, playing time 4 minutes, other elements the same. 5 percent probability of dying.
1. 60-degree water, playing time 4 minutes, 1 1/2 minutes out of water, superficially hooked. 22 percent probability of dying.
2. All the same elements, except a deep hook set, leader was cut. 42 percent of dying.
3. All the same elements, except the leader was not cut. 66 percent probability of dying.
4. 70-degree water, superficially hooked, playing time 2 minutes, 1 minute out of water. 17 percent probability of dying.
"This illustrates that if you reduce the playing time in half at 70 degrees, you reduce the probability of dying by more than half when fishing with artificials," DOW biologist Jeff Spohn said. "Playing time and the time kept out of the water clearly are the most important elements in keeping fish alive."
Read the Denver Post article here:
Also, a secondary (& longer) article about mishandling of fish on Antero Reservoir:
June 9, 2009
Then watched it again and noticed there was a digital credit noting Harvard University. Huh?
So I looked into it a little more and found this link for Lauder Laboratories at Harvard University that evidently studies fish locomotion in great detail. Part of this process is taking and analyzing HD video of fish movement, hence the odd YouTube snippets. Actually according to the website, they study "Kinematics & Hydrodynamics of Fish Locomotion" and "Fish Robotics, Biomimetics & Mechanical Design," but I'm sure you figured that out already.
So...fish robotics? I'm down, bring it on Harvard. Especially if it means the advancement of sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads technology.
By the way, looks like they're getting closer!!!
June 7, 2009
Fly Fishing Event Helps Wounded Warriors to 'Forget Everything'
by Marcus Schneck, of the Patriot-News
Sunday, June 7th, 2009
Gilbert Cruz, of Lebanon, lifted the rod, flicked it to and fro a couple times, and allowed the line to settle on the water of Clarks Creek in northern Dauphin County, depositing the tiny fly onto the surface of a prime trout hole.
He leaned forward, following the drift of his fly studiously with his line of sight. At the end of the pass, which drew no strikes from trout, he stripped the line back into his lap and began another cast.
The wheels of his wheelchair dug into the gravel on the bottom of the stream, providing a sturdy base for his casting motions. The waters of the stream circled his bare legs, their cold temperatures ignored until it was absolutely time for his guides, Dennis Coffman and Dave Hrobuchak, both of Harrisburg, to help him back onto shore for a period of warming up in the sun of a late May afternoon.
"I love it. This is awesome," said Cruz, who is being treated for degenerative disc disease that was diagnosed in 2004 while he was he was serving with the Army in 2004 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He fished previously for many other species, but this was his first chance to try fly fishing for trout. "It's more therapeutic than regular fishing," he said. "You're watching the water, the bugs, what the fish are biting on. You absorb all that and you forget about everything else. You forget everything you brought back from Iraq."
To continue reading this article, please visit PennLive.com:
Here's a pic of the new one:
FROM THE SITE: This design is titled "Action in the Riffles" It is my view of the explosive action which is constantly occuring in the riffles of the river or stream...oxygen churning into the water as fish get an oxygen rush while eating the emerging aquatic insects. I carved the drawing into a piece of white pine from which the image was printed.
Link to the Byrdcall shop on Etsy:
June 4, 2009
Mountain Heritage Trout Cities to hold Troutacular Trout Fesitval
From staff reports • June 4, 2009 12:15 AM
Two Mitchell County towns, Spruce Pine and Bakersville, will jointly host Troutacular!, a trout festival, simultaneously in both towns on Saturday .
Spruce Pine's fishing tournament, at Riverside Park, will focus on kids, to take advantage of opening day of delayed harvest trout waters June 6, when only kids can fish until noon. Kids can also paint (chalk) the Riverside Walking Path. There will be a free hotdog lunch and T-shirts, face painting and more.
Bakersville will begin its Troutacular festivities at 6 a.m. Saturday with the fishing tournament on Cane Creek, open to ages younger than 16 with prizes including a Lifetime Fishing License. Competitions include casting, orienteering and paint ball fishing in a barrel. There will be a free hamburger lunch for kids and the first 50 kids will receive a Troutacular hat.
For more information, call the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce at 765-9033.
Read the Asheville, NC Citizen-Times article here: http://tinyurl.com/troutacular