Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Gear: Big & "Green" Friendly

Hog Island's 100% recycled plastic kayak!

Hog Island knows a thing or two about plastic as the first drift boat maker to craft a roto-molded fully plastic craft of fishiness.

Here's the specs:
Length: 10’10”
Beam: 31”
Height at Bow: 16”
Weight: 50 lbs.
Maximum Capacity: 300 lbs.
Eco-conscious roto-molded hull using recycled plastic
Tough, quiet, and durable
Wide tri-hull shape design
Molded in seat well and molded in multiple foot rests
Accommodates a wide range of paddler sizes
Deck behind the paddler for beer cooler
Round hatch in front of the paddler with drop bag for storage
Eyelets along the gunwales for securing gear
Molded in drains in the cockpit
Grab handles on the bow and stern for carrying

All this can be yours for the low-low price of: $499.00

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Search for Lodging Continues...

Any port in a storm and all.

Redwood MotelState Route 13Pulaski, New York 315-298-4717

Double Eagle Lodge Inc3268 State Route 13Pulaski, New York 315-298-3326

Steelhead Lodge3178 State Route 13Pulaski, New York 315-298-4371

River Street Lodge6 River StreetPulaski, New York 315-298-2787

Super 8 Motel3800 State Route 13Pulaski, New York 800-359-5672

Altmar Hotel and RestaurantMill StreetAltmar, NY 13302 315.298.5460

Brenda's Motel and Campground644 County Route 48Altmar, NY 13302 315.298.2268

Cannon's Place Motel614 County Route 48P.O. Box 209Altmar, NY 13302 315.298.5054

Da & La LodgeCounty Route 52P.O. Box 221Altmar, NY 13302 315.298.2511

Fox Hollow Salmon River Lodge2740 State Route 13Altmar, NY 13302 315.298.2876

Jayhawkers Bunkhouse581 CC RoadAltmar, NY 13302 315.964.2557

Salmon Heaven Lodge & Guide Service2035 County Route 22Altmar, NY 13302 315.298.5695

Stone House Inn154 Sloperville RoadAltmar, NY 13302 315.298.6028

The Cottages at Autumn Lake23 Dean DriveAltmar, NY 13302 315.298.6961

The Schoolhouse Inn29 Pulaski StAltmar, NY 13302 315.298.3446

Victorian at AltmarP.O. Box 432Altmar, NY 13302 315.298.1111

1880 House1 South Jefferson StreetPulaski, NY 13142 315.298.3511

Deer Creek Motel8032 State Route 3Pulaski, NY 13142 315.298.3730

Driftwood Motel5240 State Route 11Pulaski, NY 13142 315.298.5000

Hidden Acres Lodge187 Palmiteer RoadPulaski, NY 13142 315.298.FISH

Maple Grove Resort2870 State Route 13Pulaski, NY 13142 315.298.7256

Port Lodge MotelState Route 3Pulaski, NY 13142 315.298.6876

Salmon Acres Lodge3694 State Route 13Pulaski, NY 13142 315.298.6173

All Seasons Lodge6035 South Main StreetP.O. Box 549Sandy Creek, NY 13145315.387.5850

Carnsie's Irish Wigwam Hotel 45 Wigwam DriveSandy Creek, NY 13145 315.387.3001

Harris Lodging141 Salisbury Street ; (3) (31Sandy Creek, NY 13145 315.387.5907

Burnin' up the interwebs questing for a home...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Bacon!

Bacon motivational poster...
Bacon thong, no comment.
More on the motivational poster theme...
Happy Friday!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Upcoming Festival of Fishness...

October 9th, 10th & 11th for starters.
Special Regulations:
Salmon River (Oswego County) Fly Fishing Catch-And-Release Areas
Two stream sections between County Route 52 Bridge in Altmar and the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir.
Fishing Hours:
1/2 hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Trespassing prohibited at night.
Lower Fly Section: September 15 through May 15.
Upper Fly Section: April 1 through November 30.
Lower Fly Section: From County Route 52 bridge in Altmar upstream .25 miles to the marked boundary at Beaverdam Brook.
Upper Fly Section: From a marked boundary upstream of the New York State Salmon River Fish Hatchery property to marked boundary approximately 0.6 miles upstream at the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir tailrace.
Catch & Release: All fish must be released without unnecessary injury.
Tackle Restrictions: Tackle is restricted to a traditional flyrod, flyreel and flyline. For these areas, a traditional flyline may be a floating or sinking flyline or shooting head. Use of less than 20 feet of floating, sinking or combination floating/sinking flyline or shooting head immediately behind the leader and in front of any running line or other backing is prohibited.
Flies: A single unweighted or weighted artificial fly having one hook point with a one-half inch maximum gap. A weighted fly may have no more than a one-eighth ounce added weight.
Leaders: The total length of the leader including the tippet shall not exceed 15 feet.
Additional Weight: Between August 15 and April 30 of the following year, the maximum distance between the artificial fly and any added weight to the line, leader or tippet shall not exceed four feet. Between May 1 and August 15, no supplemental weight shall be placed on the leader, tippet or fly line.
At any time during the year, weight shall not be added to the line, leader, swivels or artificial fly in any manner such that the weight hangs lower than the attached fly when the line or leader is suspended vertically from the rod.
Use of supplemental weight such that the weight is the primary means of propelling the cast rather than the fly line or shooting line is prohibited.

All these rules, I just want to fish!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The latest from the stimulus package...

The latest photo of my local stimulus project..
Things are moving along, albeit SLOWLY.
Yeah, we'll be in by Christmas...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NEW "Fish Can't Read"

New to the world of online page turners, Fish Can't Read introduces us to a more middle of the road online magazine. Somewhere between the glitz of Catch and the youthful aggressiveness of ThisIsFly we now find Fish Can't Read.

Inside you'll find something to interest you no matter which fly fishing game you pursue.
Give it a read, well worth the investment.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday Night Classic

West Branch International Music Festival
These phenomenal musicians put on one kickass show last night.

Started with a trio: piano, cello & violin

Moved on to quintet: cello, 2 violas, 2 violins

Finished with octet: 2 cellos, 2 violas, 4 violins

Sat 8 feet away, could feel it, awesome!

Musicians with this level of talent, doesn't matter what they play.
But they did play Felix Mendelssohn

Ring leader for this display of talent was Odin Rathnam, who also happens to enjoy tempting the WB's fishy residents with a fly.

Had to keep reminding myself that I was really in Hale Eddy New York.

Further displays of angler musicianship to commence next Sunday 09/20/09 at 4:00 pm.

All this good tune-age PLUS "culinary creations" and a wine tasting sponsored by Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars for $40 bucks.

Enjoy it if you can!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fine day in the Catskills

Something to listen to whilst reviewing yesterday's festivities.

The Tweedlers are a local band we've seen at Buffalo Zach's in Roscoe, and last night, at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre. The theatre is a recently restored 100 year old venue that looks forward to more live music and theatre acts in the coming years.

It was a busy day down on the farm.

We escaped up to Cooperstown to partake in the beverage goodness offered up by Brewery Ommegang. They were having a festival of sorts complete with local vendors and live music.
Of special interest to all the kiddies in attendance were the wool wares for sale at this stand.

Mostly because of this small family penned up out back.

The selection on tap in the tent was limited but tasty nonetheless.
I couldn't help myself, I sampled the Obamagang brew.
It had a lot to say but finished with no lasting effect.

These are the silos from whence the magic flows.

Below is the archway through the replica Belgian farmhouse. Traffic was directed around the building this day to better access the large parking area in the adjacent field.

Not sure if they call these "beer gardens" in Belgium, but that is what it was.

A peek inside the tasting room. Well attended today!

Two shots below are of the awesome fire ring onsite. Stew's stone setting skills will no doubt be put to good use replicating this gracefully curved structure at the new WB compound.

I had no idea this brewed incredibleness was also available in handy personal sized cans.

Prior to heading back home for the evening concert, we loaded up the Defender with what started out as a mere 3 cases of Ommegang products. At check out I was informed that my purchase qualified for their stimulus package, an additional free case and three free glasses. I sent my lovely bride back into the shop to procure 3 of the Duvel tulip glasses of which the proprietor manning the register highly approved. I quote, "Of course you have to go with the Duvels."

All in all a fine day was had!
Moon shot not from last night but recent, and it sums up the satisfaction of a day well spent.

Hoping your day was fun filled and "laser awesome!"

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Bacon!

This Friday we have an amalgamation of bacon interests, mostly because I'm too lazy and starved for new bacon.

First, a new slogan.
Second, we have a cute youngster with the insatiable bacon hunger.

Third is a lovely and alluring bacon dress modeled by something...
And finally another even better slogan modeled by SOMETHING!
Happy Friday!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Trolling Cannonsville Reservoir

Been doing a little research on how to troll flies for the obscenely large brown trout lurking in the Cannonsville Reservoir. Apprently a craft similar to that shown below is "required" in order to do this correctly. The locals row your standard aluminum rowboat pulling swimbaits on "dipsy-divers." There must be a way to do this with a proper fly...

Today's foray onto the WB, with Doc in the bowseat, yielded absolutely nothing. I had one hit, it didn't feel like a rock, on a Shenk's Minnow. Put in at Stilesville and took out at the new ramp in Deposit. Nice float but not a rising fish, not one!

To take a little of the sting out, I offer the following for your viewing pleasure.
Heard she was last seen on Clarks creek. Get on it Curli!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Bacon!

Somehow this just seems wrong. The combination of something deliciously good with something else that is by definition, distasteful.

Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.
Big smile!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Switch Rod Research Completed

Consensus is that the Beulah switch rods are the best under $700 and second best overall.

SWITCH ROD SERIES 10'6" 7/8wt. 4 PIECE Comes with sock, cordura tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty conditions)

Good crossover Winter/Summer Steelhead rod for Spey or Nymphing. Excellent indicator and nymph fishing from boat or bank. Great for spey work. The 7/8 Switch Rod makes a terrific dedicated everyday Deschutes river dry line Steelhead rod. The 7/8 Switch rod can also cross over well for light salt water use casting smaller tips and Clouser size flies.
The Beulah 7/8 Switch rod is our number one selling Switch rod and the most versatile choice for big fish.

USE OF ROD: Spey casting Scandinavian shooting heads and compact skagits and swinging flies for steelhead. Excellent for nymphing from a boat or wading. Great for two or one hand overhead casting distance.
ACTION: Medium /fast, fast recovery

Recommended Lines:
~Rio Outbound 8wt ~Cortland Precision Platinum Salmon 9 wt~SA steelhead taper 10wt Spey casting-370-390 grains over 29-31 ft.
~Beulah Elixir 380gr 7/8 $72.00 designed specifically for this rod.
~Beulah Tonic 410 gr 7/8 $72.00 designed specifically for this rod.
~Vision Ace floating shooting head cut 380-420 grains
Best price $394.00 direct from manufacturer.
Most recomended reel for this rod, (on a budget), the Lamson Radius R4.

Available for $139.95 at MRFC.

This Is Fly #19

A very interesting article about fishing the Mormon Cricket "hatch", a nice photo of Matt Dunn and a very unusual mix tape.

As usual, above average.

Enjoy at: www.thisisfly.com