These smart phones aren’t cheap and now that we’re all addicted to instantaneous contact, they are a crutch. What to do if we can’t talk to whomever we want to, via text, e-mail or an actual phone call (remember those?) the moment we want to? How to find a liquor store in a pinch, just before closing? How on earth to find a fly shop? Yes, we are all weaker than we used to be but I have to admit, these little tools are pretty cool.
So, with our lives revolving around water we have it a bit more difficult than most. All it takes is one slip on a rock and we’re in the drink with those little computers in our pockets. Or maybe we don’t notice that, in an all day coastal drizzle, our pockets Continue reading
Saw this interesting story in the Alaska Dispatch and thought I would share it with you. We all know that trout eat rodents, but this is amazing. I’ve fished the Kanektok for rainbows, using mice patterns, and scored big. The nearby Arolik is even better known for its rainbows eating mice, shrews and voles. Of course, this provides some of the best surface fishing in the world, with visible takes sometimes overwhelming an angler. If you want to throw mice for rainbows on the Arolik and the Kanektok, give Deneki Outdoors a shout and let them know that Tonic sent you. You can fish both rivers out of their lower river camp called Alaska West. Here’s the read on this shrew-crazy trout. And please tell other Tonic readers what is the strangest thing you’ve ever found in a fish’s belly.
FROM THE ALASKA DISPATCH: Control over one’s appetite, while long believed to be an exclusive human concern, apparently also affects trout living in the Kanektok River, which runs through the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Bristol Bay, a multibillion-dollar commercial fishery in Southwest Alaska.
Last month, a team of state biologists were hip-deep in a tracking project geared at placing radio transmitters on at least 200 of the bigger rainbow trout in the Kanetok. Fisheries are managed in Alaska by state scientists and the tracking research will further understanding of the trout’s migration and movements through the Bristol Bay watershed.
Several trout populations exist in the Kanektok, according to the study, meaning that the various groups may need to be managed separately instead of in one large, homogenous group. During the course of catching and releasing them, Department of Fish and Game biologists caught a 19-inch trout that was bleeding and unlikely to survive. The 480-millimeter-long rainbow was cut open and the scientists found a surprise: inside the swollen fish were READ MORE
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Tagged Alaska West, Arolik River, Deneki Outdoors, fly fishing with mice, Kanektok River rainbows, mouse patterns, western Alaska fly fishing
My favorite sunglasses lens for low light or overcast conditions is, unequivocally, Smith’s Low Light Igniter. This thing seems to draw light to the eye, even on those days when it seems like getting Noah to build another ark is advisable. And as all of us know, there are days in the PNW each winter when that thought arrises.
That’s the way it was in Oregon a few days ago, when I was throwing with Continue reading
I’ve sang some praise for Redington’s Dually, especially after my trip to the Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula last September, fishing for Atlantic salmon. On that trip I threw Sage’s Method and Redington’s Dually and both performed great. The Dually, for some reason, seemed buttery to me, meaning it was pretty effortless to throw. It has a smooth stroke and plenty of power at the end. I loaded it with T-14 and largish Atlantic salmon flies and felt great being on the water with. I also loaded it with a Scandi line and threw that with an integrated head. Again, smooth. I threw the Dually again on Washington’s Skagit River in January and again was impressed. And I just got back from the OC (the Oregon Coast) where I was able to test the rod again. I still think the same thing: It’s sweet to throw. This is a rod, I believe, that almost any spey caster would Continue reading
This proposed pipeline is a disaster. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when. This company, Northern Embridge, has a history of mishaps and they are not even thinking that a disaster wouldn’t happen. They are just judging that the clean up and repercussions from a disaster won’t cost nearly enough to offset their earnings from the project. With everything Canada has going for it from a tourism perspective this project makes me Continue reading
This video from Sharptail Media is worth seeing. I just visited the Denver-based Trout’s Fly Shop Web site and spent five minutes of bliss. You have to see this. This happens to us all the time, with one insect or another, we just don’t see it because we are dealing with trout in real time. This makes me want to take out the Nikon, shoot some vid, and then hit the editing software with it. Of course, it’s warmed up from minus twenty-two yesterday to minus one today, but it’s still too cold to think of fishing. Or at least fishing well—the Clark Fork River is a sheet of ice right now. It’s Friday, take it easy, and take a few minutes to watch this. You deserve it. And now you can dream about spring and summer when we get to see this with our own eyes and maybe our own cameras. Thanks to Will Rice at Trout’s for bringing this to our attention.
Damsels in Distress from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.
Anyone want to throw on Rock Creek Today! We’d have to get the fish back in the water, through a hole in the ice, of course, but it could be fun. Actually, with a lack of wind today it feels decent outside. My daughter said this morning as she walked outside, “Oh, it’s not so bad today.” The last few days, as you might expect, have been BRUTAL. Winter in Montana.
Spent last week in Oregon, enjoying the first big rains since anyone could remember. “If you had been here last week,” the regulars said, “it would have been sunny and 65 degrees.”
I thought I’d timed it just right, expecting rivers to rise in the rain and then quickly fall, a bump that could bring in lots of chrome metalheads and give the “stale” fish, which had been in the river for a few weeks, a blast of energy and thoughts of Continue reading
There are no lack of beer reviews on the Web, with many based on a trout fishing theme, but rarely do I find one that matches many of my picks. I run toward IPA’s and Pilsners when I’m not staying hydrated with Rainier, High Life and PBR. I used to only pack these lightweights to the water, and typically stuck with those when I got of the stream, but Continue reading