Had a chance to get out today and spend a couple of hours in the kayak on a local lake. Temperature was around 80 degrees with low humidity. The wind gusted occasionally, but this didn’t keep them from biting. I kept the same popper on the whole time. Here are just a few pics. Enjoy!
I happened to be passing by Colllinsville Kayak and Canoe today. It was having its First Annual SUP Cup Stand Up Paddle Festival.
I noticed that there was a class on fly fishing from a SUP board, so I walked over and listened to the instructor Tom explain how to use and fly fish from an SUP.
While it may seem at first like fishing from a longboard, it is quite stable, and equipped with padding and tie downs to keep your equipment safe. It didn’t take him long to get moving and start fishing.
There are a few differences that you need to keep in mind. First, all gear should be tethered (rod, paddle, and hold pole). Because there is no storage compartment you must wear a vest that is both a personal flotation device and also has dry pockets for cell phone, keys, flies, etc.
Tom mentioned that he has used one of these for both river fishing and for the salt as well.
Across the street, the Collinsville Art and Music Festival was also in full swing. Here are a few random pics. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago The New York Times ran this article which allows contributors and readers to debate the virtues and pitfalls of practicing catch and release.
While I am a strict practitioner of C&R, I realize that others do not necessarily share my convictions.
I enjoyed reading the viewpoints expressed by the contributors, and would encourage you to spend a few minutes reviewing the replies posted by the readers as well. Enjoy!
I enjoyed the articles and wrote to the editor, Lee,with 4 short questions. His answers appear below.
1) What inspired you to develop FlyFishMagazine and how long has it been in existence?
FlyfishMagazine started in 2003 as a geocities site that was basically the monthly newsletter for our local chapter of the FFF. Later sometime around 2004 I purchased the domain name FlyfishMagazine.com and started using it as a repository for the stories about some of the adventures me and my pals had on fishing trips together. Most of the funnier stories you read on the site are true. Names do get changed to protect the innocent. Shortly thereafter we added on of those new fangled blogs and the rest is history. Primarily it has been a great way for us to make friends in the angling community and the fly fishing industry.
2) How do you describe it in relation to other fly fishing magazines?
Good question. I think we are we are certainly old school. No page turning flash websites here. We don’t have a high snark factor but aren’t above making a point. I guess what makes us different is that we have been able to build up a network of contributing anglers from all around the globe. Some of them post often and some of them post less often but they all post when they have something meaningful to say. They range from shop owners, professional fishing guides and TV personalities to guys we used to fish with after work. These are guys and ladies who can easily outfish us editorial types with one arm tied behind their backs so we like to listen up when they have something to say.
3) Who is the typical subscriber?
I like to think that we reach a pretty general sampling of the angling community. One of the site ranking websites once indicated that our average reader was 50 years old and had a pretty high disposable income. We posted that old rich guys love FlyfishMagazine.com.
4) What is one of your favorite fishing stories/memories?
There are really too many to pick just one. Every trip (even the ones to the pond behind the house) make some great memories. I’ve been lucky enough to be circled by sharks in the tropics and almost eaten by a grizzly in Alaska. I guess my favorite trip was to the Bristol Bay area of Alaska. Just seeing all those giant salmon and rainbow trout in their home and then at the same time seeing the helicopters ferrying people and equipment to the site of the Pebble Mine that could pretty easily make it all go away really made an impression on me.
I’ve been reading some of the online fly fishing mags and came across Kype Magazine. I enjoyed the articles and online community, but wondered why someone would start such an effort.
I wrote to George Douglas, the founder of Kype, with 4 short questions. His answers, and a link to the Kype site, appear below.
Leigh, thanks for the opportunity to share this information with you and your readership. First let me explain what Kype means as many anglers are unaware. A kype is a hook that forms on the lower jaw of a male trout, salmon or steelhead, during spawning periods. It’s similar to the rack of a male deer, a sign of strength—thus the title of our magazine, KYPE.
1) What inspired you to develop Kype Magazine and how long has it been in existence?
We started this magazine in the Fall of 2008, so you can image that money was not the inspiration. It was more about my passion for the sport and to articulate that passion through the combination of video and print media.
2) How do you describe Kype in relation to other fly fishing magazines?
I wanted to create a magazine that was different than the other publications out there–I wasn’t looking for your typical articles written by writers who happen to fish, but by fishermen who happen to write. More specifically, guides, writers and other professionals in the industry who are in the trenches and actually fishing for a living.
The style is raw and real–one that trout, salmon and steelheaders can relate to. However, what separates us from the rest of the pack more than anything, is our DVD’s that come with each issue. They are unique, full length fishing movies that capture our journeys around the country in pursuit of the best rivers for these species.
3) Who is the typical Kype subscriber?
The typical subscriber is a hard-core angler who can recognize our new, refreshing approach to the sport. They are not your traditional ten o’clock, two o’clock fly casters, but anglers who are looking to break free into their own styles, if they have yet to do so already.
4) What is one of your favorite fishing stories/memories?
I actually have hundreds of stories that formed over the last twenty years of my career. I suppose the one that stands out the most was my first introduction to salmon and steelhead. I grew up fishing local bass ponds and the trout streams of the Catskill Mountains. I never saw a fish that was over five pounds.
At age 17, my father brought me up to the Great Lakes region for salmon and steelhead, and I completely lost my mind. The memory of that first trip is something I’ll never forget. I felt I had evolved as an angler and experienced something special. It was so special that by age 21 I moved to the region and began to guide, which became the foundation to my fishing career and led me to where I am today–which actually still includes guiding in Steelhead Alley in Ohio.
Thanks again Leigh,