Friday, February 20, 2015

My Following Of April Vokey Has Been Slacking

She's married now? Has her own show on the World Fishing Network? How did I miss all this. If you haven't seen her show yet it is called Shorelines. You can watch the first episode here.
If you're like me you'll watch anything related to fly fishing even if the video is crap. This kicks it up a notch but it's still hard to look past April looking pretty on the river over the other content. The show advertises itself as a documentary/reality show where April tells the history of steelhead runs in British Columbia. The dialog and music are a little over dramatic at times. They really should get a different person to do narration. Aprils a great fisherman but I wouldn't say a great speaker. You still get enough great fishing footage thrown in to make watching worth while. Say what you want about her show but Aprils doing what she loves, getting paid and doing it her way. You have to respect that. So what is it about April that so many of us find attractive? The obvious thing is her looks but I think what more of us like about her is her love of fishing. We can relate in that way and it's neat to see a woman with more passion for fishing then most of the men we know.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hank Patterson "Sensei"

Oh man, this looks like it might be really good.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Down Year For Fly Fishing Show

Usually the cold of winter has made me stir crazy and the fly fishing show gave me that last bit of momentum to really gear up for some spring fishing. The last two years however I've felt the show has gone on a decline. On Friday when I attended the show there seemed to be less vendors, fly tiers and authors than ever. Combine that with a small attendance and you have kind of a dull experience. I still tried to make the most of it by finding deals and talking to the tiers that were there. It seemed like everyone was just going through the motions. There wasn't a electricity that I have felt from shows in the past. The casting demos are always fun to watch and there were a few good seminars worth listening too. In the end though I came away feeling like this year was really lacking. There were no new gadgets or flashy names from people you recognize in the fly fishing community. The Fiberglass Manifesto was nowhere to be found and I was really surprised not to see a Vedavoo booth. Can I blame them though? It must take a significant investment to travel to this fly show and I doubt if many come out ahead or even break even. Ever since the show has moved from Raleigh I have felt it's been going downhill. Sorry for the lack of pics but to be honest you can look at my reviews from the past shows I've gone too and this show was not much different. I guess there's always next year.

Friday, January 2, 2015


I never used to take much pleasure in talking to other people. Fishing used to be a way to get away from others and find a secluded place where I could be alone with my thoughts and nature. As I get older I enjoy the company of fellow fishermen and I find myself talking to random people more often. The benefit of doing this is not only to meet great people possibly make a new friend but also you can pick up fishing tips you might not have found other wise. This just happened today as I was gearing up to fish the surf. A truck pulled up "are they biting?" The drive asked. I explained that I hadn't even hit the water yet. The gentlemen went on to talk about how in another section they caught so many they couldn't keep them all. I don't know why but I always like to think I know something others don't. Especially when it comes to fishing. I said I'll try the surf and head over if it seems dead. The gentleman looked at me a little strange and drove off. On my walk to the beach I couldn't get the gentleman's expression out of my mind. Why did he look at me so strange as he drove off? I started to beat the surf with my casts. I saw no signs of life and even worse no other fisherman. I started to wonder if I should head over to where the guy in the truck suggested. While I walked back to the car I realized why I got the look I did as the man drove away. He probably didn't understand why I was passing up a known location that obviously had fish. When I hit the other section the man from the truck was sitting on a bucket and asked how the surf was. He was reeling in a fish right as I got there. We talked for awhile and I learned we lived in the same city and had other random things in common. Then he told me to try a spot down the beach. "Usually there at least some bluefish down there" he said. This time I was listening and I headed down the beach and began casting. On my second cast I had a fish and brought it to hand. It was a speckled trout. The first I had ever caught. I dropped it back in the water still on the line and walked back to get my camera. Unfortunately once I got the camera the fish came off. I didn't catch another speck but I did hook up with 15-20bluefish. The gentleman was right on. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers and bluefish. They can save you from smelling like skunk at the end of the day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Challenges

Tomorrow I start my journey with a new company. This year has been very strange. My kids have taken priority over fishing. We watched several kids movies over the Thanksgiving break. Many dealt with people following their dreams. My daughter asked me what my dream was. I just sat there and for the longest time I couldn't answer. The fall back and obvious answer would be to be a full time fishing guide. That image in my head was transparent with the true dreams I now desire. The real answer is now my dreams are my children's dreams. It took me a while to realize it but now all I want to do as a father is do what I can so my children's dreams and wishes come true. I have always loved challenges and parenthood has challenged me physically and mentally in more ways than I ever could have imagined. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fun in the Leaves

My family decided to take a hike yesterday. The day was a text book definition of a fall day. I heard someone say they love the shadows in the fall. I never really understood what they meant until this day. 
 The view changed depending on where you stood and if a cloud moved across the sun.
The ground was covered with leaves and the ones on the branches seemed to be giving off their last bit of color before the cold of winter hits.
I can't help but think of fire when I see the leaves like this.
The leaves gave a amber tint to the forest. We all had a great time playing in the leaves.
I will miss fall.

Monday, October 27, 2014

If Disney Would Only Make A Fly Fishing Movie

It's really amazing how influential Disney movies are to kids. If you have never heard of the move Frozen you probably are in total isolation or you don't know anyone with kids. This movie is like heroin for any child, especially a girl under the age of 6. After just watching the movie once my laptop was no longer mine. It was now a machine with the main purpose of finding Frozen songs. I don't even dare to say the phrase "let it go" in my house out of fear my wife or daughter will burst out into song. What's crazy is how kids view the main characters of this movie. The one who has all the powers is cool and the one who's trying to save her from turning bad is kind of meh. If Disney would only make a fly fishing movie. Share the problems of development and how it affects wildlife that would be huge. Make a brook trout the main character and show how sediment is affecting the habitat. Have a hellbender be something all the animals are scared of but some how saves the day at the end. Show how a clean stream allows the insects to thrive and how it ties into the ecosystem. I think a movie like this would be more beneficial to children in the long run. A lot better then teaching them there isn't much more to life than singing songs and being a princess.