Sunday, March 31, 2013

World Record Brown Trout!

What a Giant
Orvis News

New Zealand is known for its stunning brown trout, but the beast that angler Otwin Kandolf caught last week won't be winning any beauty contests. (I had to check to make sure this story wasn't a joke. "Otwin Kandolf" sounds like a Lord of the Rings character, doesn't it?)

The Ohau B hydro canal in South Canterbury is near enough to a salmon farm that the trout grow fat on pellets, and it has been known to yield fat trout. Kandolf spotted the fish, and immediately divined its aesthetic shortcomings:

"I just looked at the fish and saw how ugly it was; it’s not a nice-looking fish," he said of his prized catch.

Handsome or not, the thing was obviously huge, so Kandolf threw a lure at it. After a 15-minute fight, he had it to hand. When he finally got it to a certified scale at a butcher shop, it weighed in at 42 pounds, 1 ounce. That's three pounds short of the world record, but tops the previous New Zealand record by more than two pounds.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Antero Reservoir Draining It's Water Again...Fish Future Unknown?

Here We Go Again
Summit Daily Article

FRISCO — Denver Water says it will save some 4,000 acre feet of water by completely draining Antero Reservoir in anticipation of drought conditions. The Park County reservoir was created in 1909 by the first dam ever built on the South Platte River.

“We’re exploring as many ways as possible to be efficient with our water supply,” said Dave Bennett, water resource manager for Denver Water. “Antero is a drought reservoir designed to provide water to our customers during a severe drought. Moving water from Antero to Cheesman will allow us to make the water available for our customers and reduce evaporation losses to our system.”

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Fly Fishing The San Juan River Early Spring

The Colder and Snowier the Juan is, The Better it Fishes!

The San Juan River is a fishery that everyone should experience. It is world renowned as one of the greatest tailwater trout fisheries there is. In the top 4 miles of river below the dam, there are over 20,000 fish per mile, averaging 17 inches in length; you couldn't ask for more.

Most of the fish are rainbows but the population of browns seems to be increasing. It is primarily a small fly fishery with size #20 to #26 midges on light tippet being the standard setup. It is quite a thrill to hook and land a large fish on this type of gear. The river is big by New Mexico standards but very easy to wade and, with the density of fish being so great, long casts are not usually necessary. We do both float trips (fishing from a drift boat) and wade trips on the San Juan. Fishing from the boat enables you to fish many spots you are unable to wade to.

Fishing on the San Juan is excellent at any time of year. There are often many other fishermen on the river but because it is so large, you can always find a good spot of your own. The one drawback to fishing the San Juan is that it is not close to anywhere so it makes for a very long daytrip. If you can do it, we would encourage booking at least an overnight trip. We can arrange all inclusive packages to the San Juan that cover all your food, lodging and guides.

Checkout Land of Enchampment Guides Link

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Top Fly Fishing TV Shows of 2013

Remote Control..Check Coffee..Check...Jealousy...Double Check!!!

Okay here it is, I've been told that I am a die hard fly fishing addict -in case this comes as a shock and I think my blog title gives it away. Since Winter limits my water activity somewhat, I'm open for anything fishing related to keep me occupied. So whether it's local fly fishing shows, Fly Fishing film premieres, or something I think all of you can relate to....2013 Fly Fishing TV Schedules.

What's your choice of fishing shows do you like? I think there's something for everyone and I think there's plenty of junk out there too it just depends on what you are looking for.

Here's a taste...__________________________________________________________________
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:Not many just would like to see more Intl travel if possible.

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! Good to catch up with you at the Carp Slam event this year Dave. 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?

Fishing The Flats -
Pro's: Lot's of great Saltwater action and Top fishing tips
Con's: I don't get Fox sports so I miss a ton of their episodes

Buccaners and Bones - This is the show I think most are watching, fly fishing for Tarpon, bonefish and permit in you're talking! 3rd Season and counting, gets better every year.
Pro's: The cast is pretty hard to beat and the location is another plus, please bring back Lefty
Con's:More of Lefty!!

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. Jose left us last year and this year there is a great tribute for him with many special guest. My pal Carter Andrews did a fantastic job on some recent episodes.
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: It has gotten better each year and now that Rebecca is doing most of the Videography, I look forward to each episode now!
Con's: Need to get Curtis on some Saltwater

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 2013

Wild on The Fly - The most talked about series of 2013!
Pro's: They go everywhere and catch 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 especially now with Conway on there
Con's: More Shark fishing Conway

Florida Sportsman 
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

Saltwater Experience
Pro's: A few of my friend's have been part of their Project Healing Waters program and shows.
Con's: Need to get Tom on the Fly Rod more, but not any Cons with this show

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

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