Sunday, April 17, 2011

We've Moved! Check us out at the new Site

http://steelfaceaddiction.com/

Thank you to all who have checked us out here on Blogger! In an attempt to become more unique, we have moved over to a WordPress Theme, which should offer us a few more options.

This will be the last post here on the Blogger Site! So please start checking us out on the new site.

http://steelfaceaddiction.com/

Thanks Again!

SHARP

Friday, April 15, 2011

WDFW and Salmon Fisheries Update

Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2011

SAN MATEO, Calif. - State and tribal co-managers today agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations, while providing a variety of fishing opportunities on abundant stocks.

Washington's 2011 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian co-managers, were finalized today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in San Mateo, Calif. The fishing package defines regulations for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.

"Salmon fisheries developed for this year meet conservation objectives for wild salmon while providing meaningful fishing opportunities throughout Washington's waters," said Phil Anderson, director of WDFW. "Developing these fisheries wouldn't be possible without strong cooperation between the state, the tribes and our constituents."

While state and tribal fishers will have a variety of salmon-fishing opportunities this year, many fisheries will be constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

"Conservative fisheries must go hand-in-hand with habitat restoration and protection so that we can continue toward our goal of salmon recovery," said Lorraine Loomis, fisheries manager for the Swinomish Tribe. "State and tribal cooperation is the key to addressing one of the most pressing needs of salmon - more high quality spawning and rearing habitat."

As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries in 2011 will vary by area:

* Puget Sound: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of an abundant return of pink salmon this year. Nearly 6 million pink salmon are expected to return to Puget Sound, where "bonus" bag limits for pink salmon will be established in marine areas 5 through 11.The majority of pink salmon - the smallest of the Pacific salmon species - return to Washington's waters in odd-numbered years.

Most chinook and coho fisheries will be similar to last year's seasons. However, the sport fishery for chinook in inner Elliott Bay will be closed to protect Green River naturally spawning chinook, which are expected to return in low numbers this year. Also, salmon fisheries on the Skokomish River have not yet been settled and state and tribal co-managers plan to continue negotiations over the next several weeks.

* Washington's ocean waters: Despite an expected increase in chinook abundance, the PFMC today adopted a chinook catch quota of 33,700 for the recreational ocean fishery, 27,300 less than last year's quota. The lower chinook quota is necessary to further protect wild salmon stocks and meet conservation goals, said Anderson, who represents WDFW on the management council.

"The chinook quota is down from last year, but the number of fish available for this summer's ocean fishery should still provide good fishing opportunities for anglers," Anderson said.

The PFMC also adopted a quota of 67,200 coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery, the same number as last year's quota.

This year's ocean fishery will begin June 18 with a mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in all ocean areas. The fishery will run seven days a week, with a daily limit of two salmon, through June 25 or until 4,800 hatchery chinook are retained.

Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will continue June 26 in marine areas 1, 2, 3 and 4. Anglers fishing those marine areas will be allowed to retain one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit. Anglers also are allowed one additional pink salmon each day in marine areas 3 and 4.

* Columbia River: The Buoy 10 fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1-28. Anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. From Aug. 29 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery coho, but must release chinook.

The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult chinook as part of their two-fish daily bag limit through Sept. 9. Beginning Sept. 10, chinook retention will only be allowed upstream of the Lewis River, but up to two adult chinook may be retained.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Corps Spill Program to Help Salmon and Steelface

As the government attempts to help our wild fish stock (which I assume also includes many hatchery fish) one wonders how much, if any these attempts truly help the fish.

Not having to toil with the turbines of the enormous powerhouse dams, has to give the fish a much needed break! A break from the dams at least, they still have to deal with the rest of the hazards of a migrating fish.

Read the full story here........ Story

Here' a little from salmonrecovery.gov



Monday, April 4, 2011

WILD SALMON RISING.... See it in PDX

Check out these trailers, I bet this will be a badass show. April 14th in PDX.

Two EPIC stories about about the greatest Salmon rivers on Earth. Don't miss it... I'll be there!








Eastern Rises-teaser

Eastern Rises | teaser from felt soul media on Vimeo.


The Greatest Migration-Teaser

The Greatest Migration Teaser from EP Films on Vimeo.


See it all HERE

Saving Columbia Salmon

Got this story from our friends CRITFC, on Twitter....

Check it and form your own opinion.

Salmon Recovery

Sunday, March 27, 2011

OH Yeaahh!!





Thought this was pretty cool for you tiers out there.

http://www.utahonthefly.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24878

Friday, March 25, 2011

River Closure-Above Priest Dam Rapids

Upper Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam
and tributaries close to steelhead fishing April 1 
Action:     Close the Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to Chief Joseph Dam and the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow, Okanogan, and Similkameen Rivers to steelhead fishing.    
Species affected:   Steelhead.
Locations: 
  • Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.
  • Wenatchee River from mouth to Icicle River Road Bridge.
  • Icicle River from mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery barrier dam.
  • Entiat River upstream from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge near the mouth to 800 feet downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery outfall.
  • Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.
  • Okanogan River from the mouth upstream to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.
  • Similkameen River from the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.
Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2011.
Reason for action:   The steelhead sport fishery that opened by emergency rule on September 8, 2010, will close effective April 1, 2011. This action is necessary to protect spawning steelhead listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

Steelface Addiction Logo and Schwag Coming Soon!

Alright we've been at this for almost two full months! Obviously a really long time! But we've been getting some really awesome feedback and more importantly, we appreciate your continued support and views!

We've been working on a logo design and we are also very close to moving this blog to a formal website. When it's ready well start directing everyone there...

In a short time we will also have some schwag available. The plan is to have stickers and decals (to start) ready in about a month, with hats, shirts and other rad-dad gear to follow appropriately.... It is our intention to donate a substantial part of the profits from the sale of these items (stickers and decals).  When I say substantial, I mean whatever isn't used to purchase more stickers (and shit), will be donated to local, regional, state and national organizations (and we'll try and do the most with local groups). I am sure we will post a list of who we will donate to as we move forward.... We are still developing a plan, so it may take us some extra time to make sure we do it right.

If you have any ideas you think would be useful to our cause please feel free to shoot us a comment, with contact info.

Keep in mind we are just some regular dudes who the love sport and would like to do our part! But, we do not do this everyday, so if you think you can offer or bring something to the table we may be missing, feel free.

Thanks

SHARP

PS: A wise man once told me.... Advertise free beer and they will come..... SO

FREE BEER HERE



(tomorrow only)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sail Fish On The Fly!!!! Guatemalan Style


The sail fish are starting to heat up in Guatemala's pacific. While we usually wait for the full moon to fade away before hitting the waters once again (due to the better bite statistically), we are still raising sail fish into the spread FLY worthy in big numbers! Some days we see 12 sails fish in the spread and maybe 6 will take the fly, and probably 2 to 4 will be landed.

What does FLY worthy mean exactly??? Well, in order for a sail fish to aggressively slam a big, bright, pink cam sigler fly, they need to hit the hook-less teasers we troll with that attracts this fish into the ''spread''. That teaser looks like pink squid just 20 yards off the back of the boat trolling (splashes and draw attention to the baits being pulled by). Once they enter the spread and start attacking a teaser, we cut the motors, reel the ''teasers'' in like hell with a hot Sail Fish, Marlin or Dorado behind the teaser and yell ''pitch!!" to the angler. Hopefully if the bait and switch goes as planned you will have a 100 lb sail fish looking at you just 5 yards off the back of the boat. Soon after the sail grabs the fly and runs, that is when you set the hook, aiming for the corner of the sail fishes mouth. It will realize its hooked up and that when the fun starts. Tail walking away from the boat with a bright pink fly in the mouth, while doing out of water jumps, and flips . We usually recommend 12 wts, and even 13 to 14 wts for you first timers. I use Orvis 30 lb Gel spun for backing, Rio big game line and shooting head and I cut back the shooting head at least 10 feet so it doesn't drag on the back cast. I like Abel super 12 reels as well.
Just last week this guy (featured in picture) came down to Guatemala after going to Costa Rica for the last 5 years. Simply put he will never go back to CR again after experiencing our bite!

Tight Lines,
Capt Starrs
www.thesailfishcapital.com

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Trailer Adventure Film Festival - Santiago - 2011 from Patagonia Chile on Vimeo.

And a good morning to you..

Woke up to two issues this morning.
1. No chrome to chase which in turn has forced me to watch some lucky bastard on tv over coffee.
2. A blanket of snow..Just when you think its over and spring is around the corner WOOSH. At least it will be short lived.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wet and Cold, but NOT Skunked

This mornings decision to hit one of the local Columbia Tribs (Washington), was certainly against my better judgment.

For those of you not familiar with what the Pacific Northwest winters have to offer, I'll give you the quick version.... Rain, Mildly Cold (35-50 average), Cloudy and Yes..... More Rain.

With the amount of moisture we receive, our rivers are almost always high, which in-turn equals, cloudy (milky, murky, muddy water, the opposite of clear). High and cloudy waters are two conditions known to turn Steelface into a somber non-active river Ghost. Anyone who's attempted fishing in conditions like this, understands exactly, what I'm talking about. Most don't even bother to leave the couch, but not me..... I am a diligent Steelheader and determined to prove others wrong, about catching Steelface in poor river conditions.... Or.... Maybe I was just really bored and anxious after sitting on my ass all day yesterday and I had to get out!

Not even kidding, it was raining sideways and the particular watershed I chose to explore happens to be in a canyon, which equals extra wind! And a bunch more water!

Anyway, I am not going to say it was my best day ever, because it wasn't,  but at least I didn't get skunked.

The catch of the day! Juvi Steelies (cute little babies). Reminds me of catching Brookies in the Au Sable.


Intruder is almost the size of the fish.

I know I Know, I can feel your envy! Imagine fighting this hog on a 13'6" 7 wt spey rod. Simply amazing! I would compare it to fighting a baby Tarpon on a 8 wt. Yeah!

I also caught this guy.... Forgive my video, I was trying to take a quick pic, but the dang phone wouldn't work with rain on the screen. So, please dont consider this my debut Steelface Film..... This guy was a little bigger.... More like the size of a nice Rainbow.


Again the key here is...... I did not get skunked!

OUT

Saturday, March 12, 2011

From Michigan to Guatemala


Hola Pescadores!
I can tell you first hand that pitching a fly on the pere marquette river for salmon and steel head in Bladwin Michigan, to pitching a large pink fly to a pissed off sail fish in Guatemala requires a large learning curve, but for the last 5 years I have taught anglers in less than 4 days how to do such a task. I am a now a Captain/guide, and lodge manager/owner in the sail fish capital of the world, which is in Iztapa, Guatemala. I started this business just 5 years ago and already I am a master in my field. Even better I started a company that relates and targets common anglers that don't want to spend a shit load of money, to get professional results. Just remember that when the tip jar comes your way!
We have converted many river fly fishermen to big game fishing in a hurry. We are your true affordable option for all of those adrenaline junkies who have a long list for the fly species.
Starting now I will be blogging like a son of bitch each week on my boy SHARP's blog. Stay thirsty my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Capt Starrs
www.thesailfishcapital.com
By the way that is a 300 lb Marlin we hooked up with on 20 lb test last week. More to come...

Fight the Good Fight!!


In view of the recent lawsuit filed on behalf of the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) (see: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/50...h-act.html.csp), several folks have asked how they can help.

First and foremost, if you haven't joined yet, please do so. Come to a meeting, or contact us via our website (www.utahstreamaccess.org) or FaceBook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Utah-S...9761077?ref=ts).

Second, financial donations of any amount would be most welcome and will definitely help us in our fight.

Donations to support the work of the USAC can be made by PayPal directly through our website: www.utahstreamaccess.org.

Alternatively, you can send a check made out to the "Utah Stream Access Coalition" to our treasurer, Dave McCoy at the following address:

Utah Stream Access Coalition
c/o David McCoy
858 Fox Borough Drive
Lehi, UT 84043-2321

Please note, while the USAC is a non-profit organization that lives through donations from it members and other concerned parties, your donations to the Coalition are NOT tax deductible.

OP Monster!!!!!

Check out the hog of a Steelface at Moldy Chum, March Slab of the Month Entry....

Holy Crap.....

If this doesn't make you salivate, you should quit swinging!

Twitterfied....

Yeah thats right, were on Twitter...... Check us out and follow.

We'll be posting some blow your mind type shit!

SHARPSFA (Twitterliscious)

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One Fishy Kid....

Well not yet exactly.... But were on our way.

My little guy just turned two (2) this past Thursday. He is my youngest and only son.

Pondering Life's Unanswered Questions.... Or Thinking of taking one of dads cold ones!


I often find myself wishing him to grow up sooner, for selfish reasons of course. That way I can ensure a guaranteed fishing, hunting, exploring; partner and buddy. But what fun would that be? I already feel he is growing up to fast... Not to mention how old the kids (2) can make me feel, almost 31..... Shit! Where have the last 6 years gone.

Anyway, I can't wait to get a fly rod in this kids hand..... and yes I am a firm believer in allowing your kids to choose their hobbies and likes. But, I am his dad and I am sure he will love chase as much as I... This may be my only chance to influence his life long hobbies (as did my father). And I thank him for that.... I only hope I can be as fun (and cool) as Buzz Lightyear and Blues Clues.... Maybe someone should start a kids fishing show/ cartoon on the tube. (Think about it, could be a real money maker! Isn't everything for kids!)

All in all kids are a blast! I am so excited for what the future brings and to see how my little guy (and gal) learn,  develop and grow.

Cheers to all of you with kids and staying involved!

SHARP

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Got Wood???

So what do you do after two successful weekends of skiing big powder at one of the top ski resorts in the United States?   

You load up the car, travel on down the highway to the closest state with great skiing and fishing…Worked called and I had to go to Sun Valley, Idaho. I know your thinking poor guy.... But alas, I had to make the trip. I thought long and hard about this one, ski’s or rod….ski’s or rod….ski’s or rod? Well rod won out.   

I mean after four days of great powder I didn’t want to push the chance of possibly getting on some groomer.  So I packed the rod, the waders and the cooler for the Curz (or Coors) as so many have told me and made my way to that sunny place. 

The Big Wood River is a beautiful river with tons of opportunities for average size trout.  Yes, I said it, trout! Not Steelhead! Not big powerful get into your backing in a hurry bullies, but trout, rainbows to be exact.  I gotta tell you the sun was shinning, the river was low and heads and tails were poppin.  I couldn’t help but think about Jimmy Buffet at a time like this “tails to the left tails to the right” because that is what was going on.  It was one of those afternoons were the sun is shinny and it’s just you making presentations, picking away at that slow riser. 

The only person I ran into during the day was Brian from Silver Creek Outfitters. He was working the river with his two dogs enjoying what the waters had to offer.  I worked my way up and down the river over a 5 hour period, finding pools that held 5 -10 trout at a time.  It was an afternoon filled with good hookups, missed opportunities and a couple of lost fish, but none the less action. 

Recently, I have come across this new found ADDICTION of hooking into a wild native steely, what is the take like? How far will it run? Is it going to happen on this swing? Why the hell is nothing taking? What am I friggin doing wrong? How the hell didn’t he take that?  So what am I trying to say here, the action was nice.  So please excuse my ever-so occasional trout story. 

If I lived closer to those NW waters I would no doubt have a real addiction problem. So until my next trip, I’m left to ponder the thought of hooking into that native wild bow while honing my skillz on those ever peculiar 6x size, 22 eating bows and brownies. 

Ray

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Self Portrait! Action Shot!
Got My Powder!
Wait for it.....
Yes. I have big hands.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gear, Waterfowlers, Wild Fish.... Bunches of Stuff

Gear

Whether you find yourself in a layout blind scanning the sky for snow geese, or heading to the lake for a day of fishing; sunglasses are a necessity for outdoorsmen and women. Costa sunglasses introduces its newest pair of polarized performance shades, Fantail. Unique to Costa, Fantail features what's known as "360 degree co-molded technology" – a no-slip Hydrolite™ lining along the entire interior of the frame to help keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day.

Woooo Weeee Big Sexy!


Waterfowl

For those of you who also are addicted to Ducks, DU just released their 2011 list of best cities for waterfowlers. PNW getting Kudos with the number 1 spot.

1. Seattle, WA
2. Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Washington D.C.
5. Salt Lake City, UT (whooray for Ray)
6. Detroit, MI (the Ol' Digs getting praise)
7. New York, NY
8. St. Louis, MS
9. Charleston, SC
10. Anchorage, AK

Portland was ranked number 4, on the secondary list.



FISH

Wild Fish Conservancy Joins Facebook. Ya heard it here first! 

I dont have a Facebook page, but give WFC your support.

Winter Fishing Blues

I find myself thinking of Steelheading nearly everyday, at some point time. I assume this is the same for many of you... The PNW can make winter fishing very difficult and inconsistent. Constant rain, snow and temperature swings, make it practically impossible to hit the rivers, with any success.

So, what is one to do, if he cannot pursue the GrayGhost?

For me, I dont tie flies, build rods, etc.  I find myself surfing the net and looking over the same sites, gear, stories and all of the other BS you run into while staring at the cube. Kind of like this blog.... Hey if you can't beat um, join um!

So, what are you doing to cure winter boredom?Are you venturing out to other rivers outside your norm? Do you have a indoor craft or hobby? Shoot us a comment and lets us know what is keeping you sane.

Keep checking out the blog, swag is on it's way. It may be free, it may be a donation. Not really sure yet, but it will be badass!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

POW POW.... Bitches

Well it does say in the blog title the pursuit and whatever else......

This is some of that whatever..... I mentioned a buddy, soon to be contributor Ray. Ray is lucky enough to live in Heber City Utah, about 20 minutes outside Park City. Now anyone whos anyone, knows Park City is known for many things, most of which, dry fluffy powder.

So, this is our third year of heading to the hills for this fluffy white addiction. Flew in Thursday morning, and used the ski free with a boarding pass deal. This is a great deal and allows fat 30 years olds to get a practice day to work out the kinks. Skied Canyons, formally known as The Canyons (who knows why they changed the name).... Decent day, decent snow, no complaints.

Day two: We decided to head for Alta, a mountain I have never skied. Shame on me..... Alta is freaking sweet as hell! Known to be a locals spot, Alta is also one of the smaller resorts in the Wasatch Range. Anyway we had a greast day, with some pretty decent snow...

Day Three: Skied Park City Mountain Resort (AKA. PCMR, says Ray, only locals can call it this). Lets just say this is why one heads to Utah... To ski some of the worlds best powder. It snowed all f'n day. Sun Up to Sun Down..... We were knee deep in the shit and found some badass runs no fucking boarders were on or punk ass new age skiers. You know what I'm talking about if you ski. The kids whos pants are falling off, not to mentioned the pants are pink, coat is florecent green.... A damn shame.... Anyway perfect day....

Day Four: We should have skied, 2 ft of powder over night, but our old and lame asses drank till 1:30 am and would not have been worth an F.... So we sat on our asses and ate food until it was time to head home....

All in all great trip...... Can't wait till next year. If you ski (or board, I guess) get to Park City, Little Cottonwood or Big Cottonwood this year or next.... You will not be disappointed.

Representing Home Shit and yes those a double black bitch!



Ray on fall number???????? Who knows, wifey lending some much needed assistance. She could out ski us all.... Local

Fresh ass POW!


No Name Saloon. Great Place for frosty beverages and shuffle board.




Another fall with Ray under an entire tree, waist deep.
Long story short.... Ray was in charge of the keys and yes they WERE in the pocket with a hand size hole... Yup! This resulted in a call to a family member, who may or may not had to drive 1 hour to bring us a spare key. Isn't family great! At least this slight delay resulted in drinking ! Thanks again Silver Bullet, you saved the day yet again!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And they say the Sandy, was fishing good?

Well another great report here from.....

The worst Steelface fisherman around, APPEARANTLY!

I am serious, the last few weeks (lets be honest, months) have been tough on me... I have really lost confidence in my ability to catch these damn fish.

I will mention, it was my first official time on the Sandy (near OB) and it certainly won't be my last, but I needed to hook up, to save face and personal pride!

The river seemed high and was certainly a little cloudy, but HELL. My buddy, Logan (AKA. Ray) was in for work from Park City, so we hit the river while he was in town. Now Ray, is a fishy trout dude from UT... And no, he is not a f*#king Morman, he's normal! (Sorry to all you weirdos out there I had to say it!)

Ray has never caught a Steelhead, so I thought, with my keen abilities, fish like senses and prowess, I would for sure pop his Steelface cherry............................... Bad thought! We both sucked and I sucked even more because I'm the blogger who thinks he a freaking fishing pro. I even attempted learning him on Spey Casting.... Yeah, I sucked at that too... Some people just can't be taught... But then again, maybe some people just can't teach?

Either way no fish were harmed in our attempts.... So, we have done our part to Save Wild Steelhead! After all, we only fish so we can look good on the river. We never intended to catch them anyway, it's all about the image.

And for that we are still bad MFers.....

In the future we may here more from Ray. I have asked him to contribute stories, news and other stuff from the fine waters throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

Here is a pic of Ray, so you can put a face to the name, when he contributes....



Oh Shit!!!!!!










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Monday, February 14, 2011

My thoughts on this years film tour.....

I must say, I look forward to this like Christmas, my birthday, Valentines Day and other very important dates.

Anyway, I went with a few buddies this year and we did have a good time, however......

I think I speak for all of our crew, when I say we were a bit disappointed with this years films. Yes, they showed some good hook ups, fishing, talking and other decent shit, but overall not as hardcore as past films.

Now keep in mind this is my own opinion and that of those whom have shared theirs with me. And I still think the tour is sweet and cool, but I expect great things based on past experiences. So, I would like to think we all, hold the tour to a higher level..... Because they're good at this stuff and well, the rest of you suck at it!

Kidding Kidding, you can't be so sensitive.... I suck at it too....

There were two very specific things, that I really didn't care for, per say, 1) If I recall correctly ( and yes beers were involved) the Mako shark flick "Speed Muscle Teeth".... showcased some dude (name not relevant) who I watched on Spanish Fly like two weeks ago. Now there is nothing wrong, with showing someone who has been on TV before, but shit, I thought and excuse me if I am wrong, remember my opinion, that this tour was about showcasing the skills of some badass fly fishers, movie makers, new blood and talent, etc, etc, etc..... This cat (respectfully) already had his time to shine on f'n ESPN, with Jose. I mean we can all watch him on cable if we like. So nothing personal, but really! Now I know they get tons of movies to review and select for the tour, but if this is the shit people sent in, then I am in the wrong business or better yet, they are (except for the dudes that made Greenstone, by Gambit Stone Productions. This was good fish porn and laughs). 2) There was no movie about Steelface..... I know, I know, there are many good sport fisheries in the US and around the world, but Steelhead are in the top three, with Permit and Tarpon, right! Especially with all of the stuff going on with SAVING WILD STEELHEAD and stuff. This year would have been a great opportunity to showcase why this species is special and deserves our support. And what better way to raise awareness that a tribute by film. I mean last years Metalhead, was freaking sweet as hell and I think most everyone agrees with this statement. I watch this at least once a month, it's that cool!

So...... in closing, I still enjoy watching the videos and meeting cool people, I just think this year fell short of last years awesomeness! And I think quite a few others concur, based on my discussions... But, with all my girlie bitching aside, I look forward to what is showcased next year..... I mean you can't keep everyone happy!

P.S.
I read a post on a forum I frequent yesterday and this poster was complaining about the hat and how it was sooooo, ugly and how he would remove the patch and still where it on the river, regardless of how he looked. That pissed me off more than anything, because I think the hat is bad ass and I will wear it proudly as I do the FISHPOND hat (or yellow nightmare) from last year. And to you sir, YOU SUCK!!!! You could have respectfully declined the FREE swag, if it was not to your catwalk standards....

All in all a good time had by me and my crew! As if anyone cares what I think anyway. Thanks again guys, keep up the hard work!

If you have a comment, agree, disagree, post it up for all to read. OUT

Friday, February 11, 2011

Where art thou.... MR. STEELFACE?

Skunked yet again! This is becoming a far to freequent occurrence and I am beginning to think I suck....

But alas, I am fishing for the gray ghost.... And it is never easy.

I decided to take the day off. I am fortunate enough to have a job/ career that allows me to do so every now and again. So,  I checked with a few buddies and a few trusted shops as well, to see what might be happening.

It can be difficult to keep track of river levels, runs, pressure, etc. if you are not in the know, on a regular basis and I am not. I was thinking of heading to one of the NW Oregon Streams. I drove HWY 6 twice in the last week and a half, and the Wilson was looking in pretty good shape. I have only fished it once before and it was a raining like a son of a bitch (but we still had fun thanks to COORS HEAVY). Anyway, word on the street is I am a few weeks late. Which always seems to be the case when relying on others for info. Bastards!

So, I opted for a local SW WA stream the "Shoug". This river is only 5 minutes from the crib and I don't know it well. So why not.....This river use to have some of the best runs in the State of Washington or so I've read (and heard).Unfortunately (like many other rivers in the state and in OR) it has been reduced to mainly hatchery brats...

Needless to say, I didn't catch or see a fish, but I saw almost 15 miles (stopping at various runs) of the river, most of which I had never seen before. Due to the lack of rain, the river is quite low and I did not expect to see many moving fish, (this river is best late Dec through early Jan for winter runs).  Wow! This river is one beautiful piece of water (for those who have never ventured this way). I am glad I decided to take the day off, even though Mr. Steelface eluted me yet again.

I, like many of you, enjoy hooking, catching, landing and chasing tails, but I truly love standing in the middle of a stream. No phone, TV, people (sometimes I have the tunes on). But, for those lucky few who have chosen this as their profession, I am envious! There is something therapeutic about hearing the water flow, the megansers flying bye, a stick breaking, even the occasional Bambi, etc, etc, etc..... Of course, it would be nice, to hook up at least every five trips (whose counting), but what fun would that be.... Would I take it all for granted, if I was able to hook up every trip? It's not, at least for me, about catching fish! It's about being in the great outdoors and not having a care in the world while your on the water (except the occasional slip and fall, which happened to me a week and a half ago..... Water just over the waders.... Shit! Pretty freaking cold).

Anyway, just thought I'd throw some quick thoughts on the ol bloginator......

I hope to see everyone at the F3T tomorrow. I'll be there to see some, blow your mind type shit and meet some cool folks.Thanks for reading.

Over and.....

OUT

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wild Steelhead Reach Profish Docks in time for Valintines Day!!!! COOLER NEWS

Time to draft your letter and send it to Profish.....

I am no expert on the rules and regs for Tribal fisheries, but selling and advertising WILD STEELHEAD, needs to stop.

This is your chance to help make a difference. Check out the link below.

COOLER NEWS!






How sweet, wild (PROTECTED) steelies for your sweetie pie, on Valentines Day!

Send an email or letter TODAY! PROFISH SITE

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

5 Days Left Until F3T 2011..... PDX Style

I am sure most of you (at least the truly addicted) have seen, heard of or attended the Fly Fishing Film Tour in the past. Last year (2010 for the stoner's) broke my cherry! I enjoyed it so much, I saw the show a second time, while in Utah for the annual pow pow trip.

My brother in law, turned me on to this and he's in Michigan. So the crew has done a great job of getting the word out and more importantly, backed it up with some sweet ass videos (sponsors, swag and other shit).

So , get your no good ass of the couch on Saturday the12th around 6:00 pm and go check this stuff out..... You wont be disappointed. To make sure you gets ticket, go to the website and buy your ticket there.... It sells out!

P.S.

The IPA's from McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub (AKA. The Venue) are pretty strong when mixed with other...Wwweeeeellllllll.. I'll say foods.... To keep it clean for the kids... So, dont drink to much! It may result in a 10:00 pm call to wifey for a safe ride home or the women of your choice or for some..... the boy of your choice (to be politically polite). Hey its Portland! I need to be sensitive to all, we dont like hurt feelings.... You've seen Portland, known to be a little on the touchy side. By the way " Is the chicken local?"




CHEERS

Monday, February 7, 2011

MOLDYCHUM GIVE UP FOR........ SLAB of the MONTH

And the Winner is?........................ K2FlyFisher, from the WashingtonFlyFishing and his big ass STEELFACE! At least we're hoping so.....

I dont know this cat personally, but he has some badass pics on many sites and blogs. Cudos dude!

Hey I voted.... Maybe if I actually caught fish, I could enter some time... Envy!

Check out all the entries at MoldyChum.

OUT

What Has Yakima Nation Been Up To? A little Rehab?

Yakima Nation has been up to some rehabilitating kelts (Steelhead). Don't know how many of you feel about this, but I (being newer to hatchery programs for Steelface) thought this was kind of interesting. They say their wild adult Steelies, so I guess I dont know, better than nothing, Right? Seems to me that if they are truly NATIVES they are doing some good. This has been going on since 1999 at Yakima.

A step in the right direction.... Should we be thanking BPA for this one????? I leave that up to you...

Check it out here....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Packers Win Packers Win.. Super Bowl 45!!!!!!

Thanks for f in up the national anthem Christina! What a Dumb Ass!

Skagit Master 2 is HERE!!!

For those not familiar with Skagit Master, Volume 2 is here. Volume 1 revolutionized the Skagit World.

This volume features Scott Howell, a well respected Oregon Guide, Fishing Guru and Spey/ Skagit pioneer.


Thanks to the crew at New Water Media. Check out the trailer.

United States Youth Fly Fishing Team

Coming to a town near you... Pretty Neat. I wish there were more things for me as a kid (younger adult).

http://usyouthflyfishingteam.com

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Steelhead Endangered Species Status

http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/

Well Here I Sit...

A beautiful PNW day, 50 degrees, slightly overcast, just perfect! For those who are out fishing at least....

Me, I'm sitting home with the kids, while MOM has a much needed girls weekend (or so she claimed). Anyway, I love my kids and my wife... But sometimes, all right a lot of the time, I would rather be chasing tails and shit! This is my first post ever, I just got into blogging about a month ago (I've been known to be a little slow), but I am addicted to reading others, so why not try it out.

We originate from the good ol' Midwest. Raised fishing, hunting and drinking good beer. Started chasing Steelface a couple years ago and it's like freaking crack. I can't sssstttoooopppppp... It makes me crazy and the wife as well. All I think about is catching or more accurately put pursuing the gray ghost.

This stuff is addicting as shit, hence the title (for those new to this obsession). So beware! If I were you I would stay far away and head for the hills. Good thing I've got some support (Steelhead AA) or more like fucking dealers! My buddies do me no good at all... All they wanna do is keep giving me a little taste...

So, I guess were all fucked!

In closing, I will be posting as much as I can or as often as makes sense. I will focus on the trials and tribulations of a new Steelheader and fly fisherman (by way of  fly only), as well as shit that is on my mind and going on elsewhere. I will not proclaim to be any kind of expert, but simply a guy who loves this sport and enjoys his time with family, friends and meeting others.  

So, until next time! Gets ta swinging!

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