Friday, January 29, 2016

Top Winter Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations -For Those in Need!

Starting to feel the Winter doldrums lately with all of this cold weather and snowstorms. With only a few weeks in counting before I can satisfy my Saltwater needs, all I can think about daily in my office is "Bonefish to the left and cold drinks to the right"!

Here are a few choice warm water Saltwater destinations to help ease the pain of Winter and to escape for some fantastic Saltwater fly fishing! 

These lovely islands ride a shallow sea stretching from Florida to just north of Haiti. For the fly and light tackle angler, the Bahamas often seem to have been created just for them. Easy to reach, and yet off the beaten path, these beautiful islands offer some of the best bonefishing available in the world today.

Belize- Where I will be in a few weeks chasing Tarpon/Bonefish/Permit
Remote and beautiful, Belize is a fisherman's paradise. From beautiful Turneffe Atoll to the tarpon rich waters of Ambergris Cay to the mysterious permit flats in the south, Belize provides incredible saltwater angling opportunities for such legendary species as bonefish, tarpon, snook and the elusive permit.

In the thousands of tributaries of the Amazon River grow some of the most exotic and ferocious fish on earth. From the Dracula-toothed payara to the huge "tarpon of the Amazon", the piraucu, the gamefish of the Amazon are nasty bunch. Visiting anglers can count on catching these and lots of other colorful species, but the reason most anglers come to the Amazon Basin is the legendary peacock bass... and the best place to catch a big peacock on a fly is at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.There are three species of peacock bass present in the waters this well-positioned lodge fishes: the butterfly or borboleta, the spotted or paca and the temensis or acu.

Christmas Island
The fact that virtually every fly angler has heard of Christmas Island is far from a coincidence. Amidst the vast inventory of the world's saltwater destinations, Christmas Island is a unique natural masterpiece that combines all the elements critical to fly-fishing success, that is: endless hard-bottomed sand flats, remarkable numbers of cruising bonefish and trevally and consistent year round tropical weather. As such, Christmas Island is on most experienced angler's list of the top five bonefish destinations worldwide.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica, or the "rich coast" in English, lives up to its name in many ways. It is a land of high mountains, dense jungles and incredible natural wonders. Costa Rica is bordered on the north by Nicaragua and on the east by Panama. With coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this small democratic nation is a fisherman's paradise

Los Roques
Los Roques is a great bonefish destination for anglers who like to pursue big bones while wading. This stunning archipelago offers both pancake flats and classic white sand flats that are reminiscent of Christmas Island. Excellent guides and bigger than average bones all in an absolutely beautiful environment make this a not-to-be-missed trip.

The fish rich waters of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula stretch from the tarpon hotspot of Isla Holbox in the north to the rarely fished flats of Chetumal Bay in the south. In between, countless bays, channels and flats provide one of the world's best habitats for the grand slam flats species: the bonefish, the courageous tarpon and the elusive permit.

We were one of the first groups to explore the Seychelles and report back to the angling community on the incredible bonefishing to be found there. We continue to explore the more remote atolls and are the best qualified to help you plan your trip. If you choose to make the commitment of time, energy and money, you will be rewarded with incredible beauty and the best bonefishing on planet earth!

South Pacific
The South Pacific is one of the most beautiful spots on the fly fishing globe. Picture perfect coral atolls hold not only trophy bonefish, but a host of other species from trevally to tuna to marlin. With only a few atolls yet explored, the angling potential of this extensive area is virtually unlimited. Located near the equator and only 7 hours from Los Angeles, the South Pacific is the ideal spot for a mid-winter angling getaway

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

15 Winter Fly Fishing Destinations 2016!

For hardcore anglers, myself among them, just about any fishing is better than none at all. It's not even necessarily a matter of traveling to a warmer climate. It's the fishing, which is why I sometimes toss piles of fleece and Gore-Tex into the truck and head for a winter steelhead river, where I can wade happily for hours and cast along the edges of icy slush. Sometimes I catch something, but mostly it's just a way to scratch the deep itch of winter.

Winter is also an opportune time to fish those places you've always wanted to try or for those species that have always fascinated you. Some years back, I fished with a longtime Florida bass guide who confessed in a quiet moment that his lifelong dream was to go tarpon fishing. This seemed odd since there was good tarpon action off the coast, a scant 60 miles away. When I asked why he hadn't tried it, he shrugged and said, "I dunno. Just never got around to it, I guess. But someday."

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IF4 International Fly Fishing Film Festival Comes To Denver!

IF4™ consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

My Annual Holiday Maxfund Pet Food Drive in Denver!

I wanted to let everyone know that I will be participating in my annual Holiday Maxfund Pet Food Drive again this year -7 years counting helping a local no-kill Pet shelter.

I will not bore you with my Pets are needy and every little bit helps speech because hey, it could be worse I could be asking you to donate to the Santa Clause alcohol recovery group. I would appreciate anything you might be able to contribute. I will be collecting items between now and De 30th to deliver to the Maxfund Animal Shelter.

Feel free to email me or click on my profile to find out my contact information and I will be happy to make arrangements for pick up.

Items Needed:

*Dog food and cat food – unopened bags; cans
*Dog crates – all sizes Cat carriers
*Dog beds/pillows (new or gently used)
*Cat litter Stuffed dog toys (washable rubber or plastic ones are best)
*Chew toys for dogs (Kongs are ideal)
*Blankets, towels, comforters (new or gently used)
*Sheets; towels – all sizes Bowls – all sizes (plastic or metal)
*Large jars of peanut butter
*Large chew bones
*Used leashes; dog collars
*Dog shampoo Tennis balls

This was meant for anyone in the Colorado Region, if interested and live out of state feel free to let me know if you would like to contribute...all donations accepted!


If you are not able to drop off anything but feel like giving, here is a link:

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Utah’s Trout Rivers and Streams Must Remain Accessible

Judge invalidates law, says Utah’s trout rivers and streams must remain accessible
Utah’s trout rivers and streams just became a lot more accessible.

A state judge on Wednesday invalidated core provisions of a 2010 law that largely blocked anglers and other members of the recreating public from streams flowing over private ground.
HB141, “unfittingly” titled the Public Waters Access Act, violates Article XX of the Utah Constitution, which requires public lands — including the public’s easement to use rivers and streams — to be “held in trust for the people of the state,” 4th District Judge Derek Pullan ruled.

Al Hartmann photo | Salt Lake Tribune Ken Mahal, left, a fishing guide for Park City Outifitters, catches a Brown Trout in the chilly water of the Middle Provo River Monday just west of Heber City. His fly fishing client Kevin Foley from Minneapolis, MN lowers the net to get the prize. Fishermen were scarce on the river but the fishing was good.

“Every parcel of public land, every reach of public water, is unique. If Wasatch, Kodachrome Basin, and Snow Canyon State Parks were disposed of for reasons unrelated to their acquisition, the public’s right to recreate in other places would be of little consolation,” the judge wrote in a ruling that concludes five years of litigation in his Heber City and Provo courtrooms. “That individual citizens must bear the initial expense of the litigation adds insult to constitutional injury.”
The law closed 2,700 miles of fishable streams, even though many of those miles had benefited from habitat and stream bank restoration, flood abatement and other publicly funded projects, according to the Utah Stream Access Coalition, whose members pushed the legal challenge.

“This is a case where policy triumphed over profits; where law prevailed over lobbying,” said the group’s president, Kris Olson. “The rivers and streams of our state are gifts of providence, and the lifeblood of this arid land. Since before statehood, these rivers have been used by all, and we’re grateful the court prevented that use from becoming exclusive to a privileged few.”
The state is expected to appeal, but in the meantime, Wednesday’s ruling enjoins the state from enforcing the law.

“We are carefully reviewing the over-60-page decision to determine what, if any, next steps will be taken by our office,” said Camille Anderson, spokeswoman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

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