August 24, 2011
#FLYFISHING

The Unicorn Wrangler laid out a great post today. 

As you may be able to tell by my blog content, I don’t have a lot of faith in my own ablities with words so I love it when someone does it for me. 

The gist of Lo Fi’s post was that anything we do to get involved and get people interested in our sport is a good thing.

Though I have always had a fondness for stinky hands, I have only recently come to be truly gripped by the love of the fly. One unexpected outcome of that passion is that I have become a real conservationist. I never pictured myself as the political letter writing type but here I am writing to state representatives, govenors, and senators on behalf of fish.

It was the magazines, blogs, videos, message boards and internet searches that helped feed the fire. So that’s part of why I do it. I’m out there on the intwerwebs everyday searching through the junk and blow hards. Since I’m going through it anyway I might as well share the stuff that I find the most interesting and hopefully help to put another guy or gal on the street water.

And the good news is that this stuff really works: Governor Cuomo recently passed a law banning commercial fishing for striped bass in the Hudson. The governor’s press release cites the “vibrant recreational fishery” not to mention; the Hudson is the second largest striper spawning ground. AND ALSO, as one of my other favorite fly fishing blogs, Moldy Chum, points out; “who would want to eat anything out of the Hudson anyway?”

Hats off to the aggregators and the creators.

August 1, 2011
I got mine. Hurry up and get yours. See Mr. Murray in action.
Buy direct from Depature. Part of the proceeds go to one of three great conservation causes of your choosing. Great photos by Tosh Brown and great writing by Fishing Jones, Pete McDonald. 
Thanks for the hook up Pete.

I got mine. Hurry up and get yours. See Mr. Murray in action.

Buy direct from Depature. Part of the proceeds go to one of three great conservation causes of your choosing. Great photos by Tosh Brown and great writing by Fishing Jones, Pete McDonald. 

Thanks for the hook up Pete.

May 14, 2011
COME ON ALREADY

MD and VA have got some serious problems to work out. 

More illegal gill nets have been found in MD last week.

Please do something. Joining Stripers Forever can help.

March 18, 2011
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Dear _______________,

I am writing with serious concerns about the current trends in the data for the coastal striped bass population. Specifically I am very disturbed by the fact that the over all recreational catch of striped bass on the Atlantic coast has decreased by 70% since 2006. Concurrently, the Young of the Year index from the Maryland sections of the Chesapeake Bay have been very poor since 2003, resulting in extremely low recruitment into the coastal striped bass population. It is my strong belief that current fishing mortality rates set by the Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass are too high and are resulting in unsustainable levels of striped bass mortality.

I strongly support the proposal by the Maine Department of Natural Resources that asks the Striped Bass Management Board to create an addendum to reduce coastwide mortality on striped bass. I am aware this is an agenda item for the Striped Bass Management Board at the ASMFC Winter/Spring 2011 Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia on March 23. I want to go on record as supporting this proposal and I urge the Striped Bass Management Board to take positive action to move forward with generating a new addendum to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass that will address reducing coastwide striped bass mortality as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Signed,

Your Name
Your Address

"

Stripers Forever

March 10, 2011
March Madness

I could give two shits about basketball. But who doesn’t like a little gambling?

Here’s a novel concept for a few worthy causes; an up start fly fishing company, Cheeky, is doing a tournament bracket for fly fishing and donations go to three organizations doing great work. 

Stripers Forever (member, obviously)

Working towards getting gamefish status for striped bass

Casting for Recovery

Breast cancer support group using fly fishing to heal sufferers both mentally and physically

and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

With goal to protect and enhance bonefish, tarpon, and permit by gaining a better understanding of their biology and ecology.

I think the *grand prize, if you win all your win all your brackets, is that Cheeky takes you fishing for what ever fish wins, all expenses paid. So vote early and often. Donate too.


*(not actually the grand prize)

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