July 28, 2009

Brett Favre R.I.P.?

I just saw this headline on ESPN.com, I had to do a double take...

I say this somewhat "tongue-in-cheek" but my immediate reaction - elation - then I realized they were only talking about him staying retired. I thought we had another Michael Jacksonesque celebrity death on our hands... I could not even begin to comprehend what the ESPN TV coverage would have been like. Chris Berman would have been rolled out of mothballs for this one.

AEG DVD Bundles on Sale

More deals in my inbox this morning...here's one from Creekside Media, pimping either a 3-Pack of their AEG Fly Fishing DVDs for $49.99, or if so inclined, a DVD of your choice + goodies for $19.99.

July 27, 2009

Fishouflage - Well, at least you won't blend in...

Got an email from the NAFC today touting a new product (or should I call it, pattern) from a company called Fishouflage. I don't know exactly what to make of this stuff yet. It's not really like normal camo - you're not supposed to blend into anything - it's more just for fashion purposes.
Although artistically similar to the 3D hunting camouflage patterns you’re all familiar with, the patent-pending Fishouflage™ patterns weren’t designed to hide you, your boat, or your gear from the fish. These patterns were designed wholly and solely to be the “lifestyle identifier” for the worldwide angling community. These patterns, and all those that will follow, were created for those men and women who take their recreational fishing so seriously they chose to be called “anglers” instead of fisherman or fisherwoman. Fishouflage™ allows those who are dedicated and committed to their angling to wear their passion on their sleeve (or their boat, or their tackle bag, or their rod & reel, etc.). With Fishouflage™, you can tell the world “I am an Angler” without having to say much at all.
Right now they have Bass, Crappie, Muskie, & Walleye patterns...I won't bite until I see a trout.

July 25, 2009

Sucky Saturday Night

Went out tonight after dinner to the Schuylkill...


(not literally, just in the no fish kind of way)
Plus I broke the tip off one of my rods. Not a good night.

July 22, 2009

Rippn' Lipps...YEETADEE!

Amazing - There is simply nothing more I can type to describe this...

Hungry for more?

Curing Cancer, One Trout at a Time

If anybody knows me, they know cancer is on my sh*tlist...big time. Although I'm not a huge fan on testing anything on animals, if it will help someone, I'm in.

OSU Research Finds Trout are Better Models for Cancer Research than Mice by Chris Spitzer, The Oregonian
Monday July 20, 2009, 8:20 PM

A rainbow trout can inspire and inform. It can lead a young fisherman to a life-long career studying human health. It can reveal the risks of carcinogens, and help develop treatments to prevent cancer. It can become the centerpiece of a world-class research facility that may reshape how government agencies regulate environmental toxins.

George Bailey knows all this and has plenty of fish stories. As a professor, he spent three decades studying disease with trout in his aquatic laboratory at Oregon State University.

From outside, the building sits on a dusty lot just outside of Corvallis and doesn't look like much. Walk inside, and you'll find a bustling laboratory. The air is cool and the fishy smell is surprisingly slight. Eggs and fry swirl in large glass cylinders off to one side. Once they're big enough, the fish will graduate to the hundred gallon tanks that pack the huge central room, which covers a third of an acre. There is constant activity as the dozen staff members prepare cheesy fish food and systematically check the tanks.

"What we have here is the only facility of its kind anywhere in the world," says Bailey, 68. "Completely unique."

George Bailey helped build the world-class trout research facility at Oregon State University, and recently retired after his team completed a sensitive study of the carcinogen DBP.
He officially retired six years ago, but continued to work at half pay to complete the capstone of his career, the most accurate study of the chemical DBP, an environmental carcinogen. The results, published in May, were surprising.

"It was known to be a powerful agent," Bailey says, "but there wasn't much information."

By using trout, Bailey measured risk of DBP at low exposures, and found reducing exposure by half meant less than half as much cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency calculates a proportionate risk level from high exposure data. In essence, the EPA guesses conservatively to compensate for lack of data.

But Bailey's fish gave him low exposure data so he could pinpoint the risk. And for DBP, Bailey found that the EPA would overestimate the cancer risk by a factor of 1,000.

Read the entire article from The Oregonian here:

July 21, 2009

Cubbuyu? Uhhh...ummm....WTF!?!

I came across this article (and more importantly these pictures) while doing my daily surfing through the news feeds. Remind me not to go swimming in Alabama anytime soon.

Wait a second: We swim in the Gulf with cre
atures like this? Hmmmm
Posted by Jeff Dute, Outdoors Editor July 20, 2009 5:55 PM

DAUPHIN ISLAND -- It was odd-fellows day at the scales at the 77th Alabama Deep Sea fishing Rodeo on Saturday and people still can't stop talking about the catches.

Sure, there are plenty of mutant-type fish weighed in the "regular" categories. I mean, you just don't see every day a 64-pound king mackerel or 120-pound amberjack like those brought Friday. Fish like these rightfully create an electric buzz around the scale.

You also don't often see Dr. Bob Shipp, dean of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama, who's been a rodeo judge since 1980, leave the weigh station to photograph a fish. He did that twice to snap shots of Joey Lapeyrouse's huge king mackerel.

But if you really want to see Shipp's eyes light up, lay something in front of him like a long-tail bass or lesser electric eel or something with a name like cubbuyu or guaguanche. Just the names cubbuyu and guaguanche are so out of the norm, the things bearing them just beg to be poked and prodded, "oohed" and "awed" over, and photographed and photographed. The names make the spell-check on my computer do a double-take, too.

While the cubbuyu, a relative of the barracuda, is pretty cool to look at, it can't hold a candle to the king snake eel, at least in terms of enticing an audible gasp from any spectator lucky enough to see it.

That happened late Saturday when Jim Waller's 6-foot king snake eel was hoisted from the dock cart so it could be photographed repeatedly. Throw in the moment later when Bryan Dean's conger eel was pulled from the same cart, and you have the makings of some pretty awesome looks on the faces in the crowd.

I even saw one small boy ease closer to his mom when those two evil-looking creatures were pulled out. It almost made you want to hug the kid.

Read the whole Press-Register article here:
(The comments section is quite lively!)

July 20, 2009

2009 Limerick Carnival

Lilly & I hit the Limerick Carnival last Saturday night. Mommy was having a "Ladies Night DBW SupeR CraZy SALE!" at our house so it was the perfect opportunity to escape for a couple of hours.

When we got there, we got Lilly the unlimited ride wristband, so she was good to go from the start. Lilly, being the "big girl" she is, wanted to go on all the rides by herself, so I let her. I had no worries about her going on the Merry Go Round, Fun House, or even the mini Roller Coaster, but I'll admit I was a little apprehensive about her going up all those steps to the top of the "Super Slide." But you know what? She did it - all by herself. Watching your daughter smile as wide as she can, well a prouder Daddy there could not have been.

Schuylkill Monster

Snuck out for a little bit on Sunday night. Look at this BEAST!

July 19, 2009

Natural Gas Drilling vs. PA Trout

I read an article today in the new Field & Stream magazine about one of the upcoming issues for Pennsylvania trout anglers; the huge demand for Marcellus Shale Natural Gas. The shale runs from West Virginia, right through PA, up into New York state, and traps a gigantic reservior of natural gas beneath it. Drilling has already started in Western PA and is spreading like wildfire. How much is this gas worth? Well, the estimated worth of PA's share would be upwards of 1 trillion dollars. Yes, that's trillion.

So assuming the state gets some cut of this action, this is great news, right? Well, not exactly...as there are some pretty significant environmental side-effects to this drilling. First off, it requires quite a bit of water to make it go. And where does this water come from? Right out of local streams & rivers. Also, the development of the infrastructure to make the drilling possible will create a significant amount of additional run-off, meaning higher temperatures and (potentially) more toxins in the water. Neither would be things good for coldwater fish, such as trout.

Realistically, no matter what concerned anglers do, the corporations will likely win out. When you're talking about a trillion dollars up for grabs, I they'll undoubtedly be fighting pretty hard for this. What that means for the future of (wild) PA trout...to be determined.

More information found here:

Overview (Geology.com)


PA Estimates (Pocono Record)


Impact (Schenectady Daily Gazette)

July 15, 2009

ICAST - Getting Soft

ESPN usually has some pretty good coverage of the annual ICAST trade show in the Outdoors section of their website. The Day 1 video recap outlines this year's manufacturing trend of adapting successful hard bait designs into soft plastic versions.

Here's also a "sneak peek" of new products from all of the top brands (PDF download). Check out the 10" plastic snake on page 10!

July 13, 2009

My New Vice

I've finally found the perfect compliment to "bucket o' party mix": A-Treat Sarsaparilla. And I can get both in one stop, thanks to Limerick Beverage. Good times.

July 12, 2009

Lilly Pics

Enough about fish...what kind of Dad would I be if I didn't show off some pics of my daughter?
Here's some recent ones of Lilly being Lilly:

Lilly shooting the water rockets at the Please Touch Museum

More Please Touch...piano anyone?

Lilly started ACPPA Art Camp last week, took a lot out of her...

...the next day too!!!

Inspecting Mommy & Daddy's fresh paint job of the foyer this morning

July 10, 2009

What can Brown do for me?

Sorry Steve, no matter how many stamps you stick on it, you can't mail a trout out of California...even for deer meat...

Excerpt from July 9th LA Times' Outposts Section:

Fish and Game Q&A: Can I mail trout to someone out of state? Can he send me venison?
Question: I was wondering about the laws on mailing fish. A friend of mine took me to Eagle Lake a few years ago, and to return the favor I always bring him some fish on the way home. He is going to be moving to Kansas and I want to send him some of the prized fish. Is it legal to ship them through the mail? I know I can get live lobsters from Maine, but they are a commercial product. My friend also wants to try to send me some venison but we're not sure of the laws there either. Thank you for your help. (Steve)

Answer: Unfortunately, it is not legal to ship trout outside of California (FGC Section 2356.) You also cannot personally transport them to another state, unless you have a nonresident angling license or are on active military duty (in which case you may personally transport no more than one limit of trout across state lines).

As far as venison mailed across state lines, as long as the animal was taken legally in the state of origin, it can be shipped to a recipient in California for their personal use, provided the shipper complies with the following procedures:

According to Captain (ret.) Phil Nelms, both California (FGC Section 2348) and United States (Lacey Act) laws require that packages containing wildlife and being shipped by common carrier "... shall bear the name and address of the shipper and of the consignee and an accurate description of the numbers and kinds of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibians contained therein clearly and conspicuously marked on the outside thereof." In addition, a declaration form must be filed when importing fish, game, etc. (FGC 2353.) This form is available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/docs/declaration_form.pdf.

Though it's not a requirement, it would be a good idea for your friend to include with his venison shipment a copy of his valid hunting license and tags for the deer, along with all information regarding where and when the animal was taken.

Read the entire LA Times article here:

July 9, 2009

Feds Agree To New Bull Trout Protections

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to take a new look at how much habitat needs to be protected for the bull trout - in the latest Obama administration rollback of Bush administration reductions in the Endangered Species Act protections for fish and wildlife.

By JEFF BARNARD - AP Environmental Writer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to take a new look at how much habitat needs to be protected for the bull trout - in the latest Obama administration rollback of Bush administration reductions in the Endangered Species Act protections for fish and wildlife.

Based on the decision, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups challenging cuts to critical habitat designation for the threatened fish. Bull trout numbers have dwindled due to logging, mining, grazing and dams.

Judge Robert Jones in Portland, Ore., cited an inspector general's report that the bull trout was one of 13 species whose protection was jeopardized by influence exerted by Bush administration appointee Julie MacDonald in the Department of Interior.

The ruling noted that the inspector general's report had found "illogical" policy choices under MacDonald, and that many Fish and Wildlife staff believed that as a result the bull trout critical habitat rule was not based on science.

"I hope this brings the end of corruption of the critical habitat process under Julie MacDonald, and I hope the Obama administration will do it based on science instead of politics," said Michael Garrity of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, a plaintiff in the case.

Read the entire Seattle Times article here:

July 8, 2009

Orvis: Get Free Wading Shoes with Wader Purchase / Free Spool with Reel Purchase

More BOGO goodness from Orvis for July.

Get a FREE pair of Ultralight Wading Shoes with the purchase of Tailwaters XT Stockingfoot Waders
Wader Link: http://tinyurl.com/orviswaderboot

Get a FREE extra spool with the purchase of any
Battenkill Bar Stock reel.

Reel Link: http://tinyurl.com/orvisreel

July 4, 2009

Dog-eating Trout?

The title of this clip from National Geographic says "Giant Trout," but it's actually a Mongolian Taimen, which I guess is a bit of a distant cousin of a salmon...but with a bigger appetite. About 1:35 into this clip one of the anglers mentions that they've been known to eat small dogs. Nice. Let's get some of these stocked in Stony Creek, right?

O-oh Here She Comes...She's A Dog-Eater!

July 3, 2009

Limerick Bank Fishing Again...

Did some more bank fishing today on the Schuylkill River near the Limerick boat launch. Got into some nice bass tossing 3" senkos. Fairly sure I caught the same fish twice (about 3 hours apart). You tell me...

Approximately 12 PM

Approximately 3PM

July 2, 2009

Free Mepps Spoons

The folks over at Mepps keep the deals coming. If you're planning on putting down large on some Agilas, two Little Wolf lures make for a nice freebie.
Get 2 FREE Mepps Little Wolf spoons with a $60 order
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* (After all discounts are applied. Little Wolf offer good through July 31, 2009)

July 1, 2009

Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 1 / Issue 3

Issue Three Highlights:

Steelhead Strategies
Spey Casting Series
River Mouth Atlantic Salmon
The Mighty Skeena River
A Missing Link in Fly Tying