June 18, 2018

Artful Profiles of Trout, Char, and Salmon, and the Classic Flies That Catch Them

This past Friday was kind of a pretty awesome mail day. I've been patiently waiting for my copy of Dave & Emily Whitlock's "Artful Profiles of Trout, Char, and Salmon" to arrive at my doorstep, and guess what greeted me once I got home from work...

I'm sure many of you are familiar with Dave Whitlock's overall body of work... it sure would be hard not to if you're even a casual fly angler. Well, with an initial paging through this latest book, the contents far exceed my expectations. Such wonderful illustrations within, I can't wait to get some downtime this upcoming week and really soak in the pictures and complete text.

And the best part... and I know I'm not special or anything because this is pretty standard for Mr. Whitlock... I've been on a kick recently where if I have the opportunity to have the fishing books that I purchase signed by the authors, I try my best to take advantage. Well, this one is no exception. And just like when he signs his prints, Dave always adds a little something extra to each signature. Love it!

June 15, 2018

Finding Joe Brooks

Hey, just a heads up... looks like there's going to be a pretty rad documentary on this weekend on several of the "outdoorsy" cable channels.

For those of you unfamiliar, Joe Brooks played an instrumental role in developing fly fishing across the globe through his travels, writing, and television work. His footprint on the sport of fly fishing is huge, and the depth to his character is even greater.

If you happen to receive these channels, the broadcast times are as follows:

Friday, June 15   –   8pm EST

Friday, June 15 – 10pm EST
Saturday, June 16  –  4pm EST
Sunday, June 17 – 10am EST

Saturday, June 16  – 7:30pm EST

Joe Brooks (right) & Jimmy Albright - photo: joebrooksdocumentary.com

I happen to love history documentaries... so to mix in a little fly fishing, well, let's just say I'll be watching (and setting my DVR). You may like to as well. It'll also be nice to see some additional footage from Lefty Kreh, who served as an Ambassador to this film.

If you'd like to learn a little extra on Joe Brooks and the story behind making this film, you can check out www.joebrooksdocumentary.com or take in the latest April Vokey "Anchored" podcast featuring Joe Brooks, grand-nephew of the subject of the project.

Or even better, consider a donation to the Joe Brooks Foundation for Conservation and Outdoor Education.

June 7, 2018


No, not these...

Image Courtesy: The Columbian

Although those chums or "dog" salmon are pretty interesting to look at. Total sidenote, if you dig salmon, the Meateater podcast on the various Alaskan species back in April was a great listen...

Anyway, when I'm talking Chums, I really mean the accessories company. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can find their website HERE.

See, almost a decade ago, I bought a nylon wallet they used to make during one of my long meanders through a Bass Pro Shops. I still use that wallet today... as it pretty much looks the same as when I bought it, with nary a fray or loose thread.

This is in stark contrast to all the brandless billfolds I used to pretty much destroy every year or two toting too much randomness in my back pocket just like George Constanza.

Okay, so let's bring this full circle. Looking at my wallet the other night, I randomly thought I'd pay the Chums website a visit... and I was rather surprised to find so much cool, fishy stuff, I thought I'd share.

First off, should I ever decide to replace my wallet, they've got an artist Andy Earl inspired "surfshort wallet" that would certainly the talk of any fly shop checkout line.

I mean how cool is that thing? And it's actually part of a whole collection of products...

But even more interesting is all of the waterproof stuff an angler might use, called their "Storm Series". Two rolltop pouches for cell phone/valuables, and two rolltop packs that can be worn as shoulder or waist packs. The stuff looks serious...

Oh, and they'll keep your snacks dry too!

I should probably make it clear, Chums didn't contact me to write this post. I've received no free gear or other compensation. I'm just geeking out that I didn't realize that the company that made my bombproof wallet years ago, also makes all these other cool accessories I could use on the stream.

Anyway, may be worth checking out if you're in the market for any of this stuff... And as a bag junkie, they've definitely piqued my interest in the Storm Series...


Fishing Fitness Footnotes:
  • Date: 6/6/2018
  • Current weight: 205 lbs ( -11 since start)
  • Current waist size: Bought a pair of size 36 jeans and they don't suck. (Orig 38)
  • Today: Walked around the neighborhood after dinner with K.C.
  • Misc: Did a 14-mile light bike ride last Saturday, and a 6-mile walk last Sunday