Are You a Couch Fisherman?
The new fly fishing season is upon us, not that of fighting ski traffic up in the hills to fish for a few modest hours, but instead enjoying some fly fishing on a lazy day via your recliner! Yes I am guilty of being a Couch fisherman! What can I say after long work weeks and busy weekend schedules, I find myself living vicariously through people like Flip Pallot and Kelly Galloup with their new season of fishing shows.
Many remember my write ups in 2010 and 2009 on the top Fly Fishing shows out there, most are back and it seems many more have shown up to showcase some incredible adventures. Do you have a favorite?
Information about this year's Fly Fishing shows has a slight curve ball. Apparently after talking to John at this year's Retailer show, ESPN has now decided to dump all of their fly fishing/outdoor shows due to the popularity of Bass fishing shows...What the heck?
"John Dietsch - Adventure Guides/Hook TV"
To those Comcast subscribers out there all I have to say is sorry! Nothing like having all of the fishing shows zapped from not only ESPN but also due to the fact you can't get the Outdoor Network. Thank goodness I have Direct TV and more fishing shows on my TIVO than I have time to watch.
Here are some shows that may interest you
Familiar Waters -
Pro's: Nice travel episodes of some sweet fly fishing destinations and big Tarpon
Con's: Get your camera guys to sit down & not to be in every single shot
Kelly Galloup Fish TV -
Pro's: It's Kelly Galloup what more could you want, learn how to shake that Bugger
Con's: No more Jack Dennis, hey that may not be a bad thing, nah we miss ol' Jack
Fish The Baja- Colorado's own Dave Maynard takes you on a few wild episodes in Baja! This new show actually does pretty well for a landlocked guy fishing down South.
Pro's: Chasing Roosterfish, Dorado and Baja's finest fishing areas
Con's: Need more inshore fly fishing if possible and you can never have enough Roosters
Flip Pallot Fishing Frontier - Flip decent show but I miss Walkers Cay Chronicles!
Pro's: It's Flip, can you get much better for Saltwater tips
Con's: Less Ford trucks and how their engines help us with fishing?
Buccaners and Bones - This is the show I think most are watching, fly fishing for Tarpon, bonefish and permit in Belize...now you're talking!
Pro's: The cast is pretty hard to beat and the location is another plus, please bring back Lefty
Con's: Painful to watch the Fri Night Lights kid on there trying to cast a fly rod
Spanish Fly- One of my favorite fly fishing shows in the last few decades. Jose seems to always come up with creative ways to catch fish and I still can't decide which episode is my favorite.
Pro's: Next to Flip his shows have been the go to fly fishing show since college
Con's: Can't seem to think of any
Fly Rod Chronicles
Pro's: Well I have to think about this one?? I guess he helps Wounded Warrior programs
Con's: Stop hooting and hollering when you catch a fish
Hooked on The Fly - Not to be confused as Seasons on the Fly, similar but also another goody
Pro's: Incredible locations and can't wait to see Keys Tarpon and Chile monster bows again
Con's: More Saltwater but otherwise not much to improve upon
Seasons on The Fly - Great all around travel destinations and big fish! Greg found me online last year, happy to help anytime I can Greg!
Pro's: Big fish, great destinations and lot's of action
Con's: Can't wait to see what's in store for 2011
Wild on The Fly - The most talked about series of 2011!
Pro's: They go everywhere and catch everything...love those Golden Dorado's
Con's: Need more International, wait maybe not Montana episodes are pretty sweet
Fly Fishing World
Pro's: Watched this for years and it still stays at the top of my list
Con's: No new episodes this year it seems
Pro's: Tips on fishing Florida...yeah we all need it, great magazine too!
Con's: Not enough fly fishing and fishing the Keys
Sport Fishing TV
Pro's: Yes more Saltwater, can you tell I love it!
Con's: Dull narative but decent fly fishing from time to time
Pro's: A few of my friend's have been part of their Project Healing Waters program and shows.
Con's: Way too much spin fishing and not enough fly, that and less chatter around the pool at Hawk Cay resort
Outdoor Saltwater Series
Pro's: It's fishing mostly in Florida
Con's: Need more cowbells!
Token other Outdoor shows:
Wild Justice-California Fish and Game Dept crack down on nucklehead California poachers
Operation Wild-get your fix of Florida Wildlife incidents
Expedition Wild- Yellowstone Adventures with bears and what not to do in the wild
Alaska Wildlife Troopers- Wild adventures in Alaska cops/robbers, sorry no Sarah Palin here
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