Sunday, July 31, 2011

Montana Salmonfly Fishing at It's Finest!

Montana Salmon Fly part 1 from Detonation Studios on Vimeo.

Missing that itch to head to Montana to chase some Trout during the perfect Salmonfly time! Wish I was heading back there again this year to chase a few. Colorado has it pretty good down here on the Gunnison River or even the Colorado River, but Montana is hard to beat though and worth a trip....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christo Art Cover on The Arkansas River

What Happens Next?
Salida, Colorado
NYT Article Link

The debate is finally here and the Christo project that has been proposed to show up again in Colorado down on the Arkansas River may have more issues to deal with. To get an up and close look at this amazing project and his work, head to Denver's Contemporary Art Museam to see what all the talk is about. I was there earlier this year and still amazed at the size of scale this is trying to encompass throughout the Arkansas River Valley.

When two decades ago the artist Christo proposed a gigantic art installation spanning 42 miles of the Arkansas River with sections of suspended luminescent fabric, he knew it would incite public debate. He said those discussions — over nature, its place and its purpose — would be part of the art.

Paulette Brodeur, an artist and gallery owner in Salida, Colo., has grown tired of the fight. “Whatever is meant to be will be,” she says. And on that point, if on nothing else in this deeply controversial project, both sides agree. “Over the River,” as the proposed installation is called, has already created something new here in this central Colorado community — a shared experience, a kind of civic performance art — however people feel about the specifics. The recent public comment period, which drew 3,500 responses, reflected civic engagement in full boil.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Shark Week Is Almost Upon Us..Are You Ready?

Most of you know that I'm a huge Shark fan! Whether it's chasing a few on the fly in the Keys, watching countless hours of footage during Shark week or trying to swim with em...I love it!

It all started when I was a kid and we would go out at night fishing for them in Florida, than came the Summers in Destin or Cape San Blas where we would see them sometimes swimming close to shore. The biggest draw came when I was in College at the University of Georgia, I came home late one Sunday night and found myself watching one of the 1st shark week specials all night long and never looked back.

FFA has showcased shark week every year since and still can't get enough. Whether it's writing about National Geographics Shark Men, an incredible show these last few years or updating recent news on shark incidents (recent great white jumping aboard a boat).

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Henry Winkler on Fly Fishing....Checkout a New Best Seller

The Fonz is Back!

We all know and love the characters Henry Winkler plays in his acting life, so it’s not hard to believe that he’s an equally enjoyable fellow off screen. To truly get to know him, though, one must understand that he is dedicated to two things in life: his family and fly-fishing. For the first time, Winkler offers readers a glimpse at his life off camera and explores these twin passions in his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River. A blend of memoir, life lessons, and fisherman philosophy, this charming read is an endearing collection of wisdom which Henry has gleaned while on the river and a candid look at the life of one of America’s most celebrated comic actors.

As an accomplished fly-fisherman, Winkler records the stats of every catch and snaps a picture with each fish before putting them back in the water. But he’s learned that his yearly trips are not just about hooking trout; they’re about adopting the proper perspective on life. Or, as Winkler puts it, the river acts as a “washing machine for my brain,” recharging him and reminding him that anything is possible.

About Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler is an actor, producer, director, and author. He is probably best known for his role as the Fonz in the 1970s U.S. television sitcom Happy Days. His fishing exploits have been featured on Fly Fishing the World and he regularly recounts them during his speaking engagements around the country.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Concerts at Red Rocks With Kenny Chesney

Another Red Rocks Rainbow

What's Summer like in Denver without a night out at Red Rocks for a concert. Now that I moved on the west side of town recently, the Red Rocks and Morrison area is just right down the road. What better way to celebrate my new neighborhood than to spend more time out at Red Rocks.

My concert of choice? Well there's been plenty lately but this night -or if lucky enough, 3 nights in a row with Kenny Chesney's Going Coastal Tour. If you've never experience a Kenny concert you're missing out. Between Kenny traveling with the Zach Brown Band, Uncle Cracker, Billy Currington and more.

Despite a heavy downpour during our tailgating pre-show prep, the night cleared up and so did everyones spirits when the show began.


Another great Summer night in Morrison and there's plenty more music on the way for us at Red Rocks this Summer! To all my friend's headed to the Cheyenne Frontier days this next week, I'm jealous and enjoy the shows.


Since this is a Fly Fishing site, a little tid bit of fishing information is to checkout Bear Creek near Morrison, it's been fishing great lately!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Fly Fishing Injury's Up and Close!

Big Hooks...Big Problem!

We've all been there, it's bound to happen eventually if you fish long enough whether you fly fish or spin fish. The big question we all ask ourselves is: how will it happen?

I can remember growing up bass fishing with my Grand dad and my Youth was definitely spent on Farm ponds in the South casting mega topwater lure to eager Largemouths. It was than that I soon realized this hobby of mine could be a dangerous one. My favorite lure of choice was a devils horse topwater that brought a few thousand Bass to me, the tricky part was trying to throw this beast while in a canoe and being ever so careful of the person in the back of our canoe! Yes you get "Hooked" while in the front or in the back of the boat but on one occassion a bass gave a little payback.

Mind you that some of these plugs have 3 hooks and 9 sharp points just waiting to grab ahold of ya!


I had hooked a large bass and after minutes of fighting this tank, he did as what most Bass do, she jumps! After multiple attempts to land her she made one last effort and the devils horse went flying in my direction....that didn't feel so good.

There was one time that a friend of my father was in the back of the boat and got to know a topwater plug fairly well, so much so that one treble was stuck in his chin for the better part of the day, he dodn't want to leave because the fishing was so good!

Instructional Video just in case you're not sure what to do

Not sure what flies, lures or location hurts the most all I know is that it all hurts and you just need to be careful when out on the water. Saltwater especially, throwing a size 2 fly with one nasty hook can inflict some serious damage so watch the wind, your backcast and your fellow fisherman on the boat your next trip out. Also go Barbless if possible, when I night fish that is always a must!

Thanks to my Pal Carter Andrews for the nasty Hook picture, you are one brave man!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fishing The Driftless Area..It's Worth Checking Out!

Feeling Driftless?

I have yet to step foot in the Driftless region but everytime my pal Clark brings it up -it helps if you live in Minneapolis like he does, about heading there to fish. I would love to and if my plans to fish monster browns in November out near there changes, I just may get lucky come Fall in Wisconsin.

Article- By Ben Pierce
I feel like a kid again, pedaling a single speed bike down a county road just outside Viroqua, Wisconsin. There’s a spring creek along the road, one I fished with friends a couple of days ago. Every so often I catch a glimpse of its flows through the roadside thicket.

I’ve got my fly rod in my backpack along with a couple boxes of flies. The sweat is trickling down the back of my neck as I push up a hill in the sweltering heat. I keep guessing the next rise will crest and reveal the open pasture we fished. But I’m wrong and wrong again.

Finally, I round a corner and the woods break and I’m there. I ditch my bike in the tall grass beside the road and walk to the bridge to rig up my rod. The brown trout are still rising in the pool a few hundred feet upstream. It seems as though the day past was just a dream. Something feels timeless here.

And Wisconsin’s Driftless area may be a land time forgot. Or better, a place to forget about time.

I came here from Bozeman, Montana, not exactly the most high-stress place I’ve ever been. Still, the country drive to Viroqua through rural farmland along the languid banks of the Mississippi River felt like a long embrace. And this bike ride, a remembrance of youth and innocence and things not too distant.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fly Fishing For Bass..Yes It's That Time Again!

Hot weather has reached the Rockies and with all that runoff taking place what's better than chasing Bass! Most are still heading up to the hills to chase trout, -yes guilty as charged, but when time permits itself why not do what most in metropolitan areas can do within 10 minutes of your home, chase some Bass on a fly!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Exxon Oil Spill Hits The Yellowstone River in Montana

Laurel, Mont. --

Exxon Mobil Corp. acknowledged under political pressure Monday that the scope of its oil pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River could extend far beyond a 10-mile stretch of the famed waterway.

As the company intensified its cleanup of tens of thousands of gallons of spilled crude, Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. President Gary Pruessing pledged to do "whatever is necessary" to find and mop up oil from the 12-inch pipeline that broke at the bottom of the river over the weekend.

I don't think you want to get me stated on this subject, I could truly go off about how screwed up this is and how things are looking much worse in the years to follow. If you think a few instances are just what happens, or "this is just a freak accident", better think again, the realty of what will potentially happen to our watersheds and oceans are mind boggling! More to follow..I just have to take a deep breathe and not go on a tangit.

I already boycott Exxon from the spill years ago, Coors products due to their massive spill into Colorado's Clear Creek, BP from their disaster...who next on my list?

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th Of July..Now It's Time To Eat!

Fourth of July Mega Seafood Boil

What could better than fishing on the Fourth of July? For me it all about grilling and eating with friends. After two nights of grilling out watching fireworks, it was time to finish strong and put together a tasty Seafood boil. Here were just a few of the items served: Lobster, sausage, shrimp, corn, mussels, artichoke, potatoes, crab legs and a few glasses of our favorite white wine. Boy will I have to hit the treadmill after this weekend. For a few of my top fishing dishes click here

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