Saturday, October 31, 2009

Russ Blessing

Sadly, Russ Blessing, inventor of the Woolly Bugger, passed away Oct. 28th at his home in Harrisburg, PA with his family by his side.

Born in Harrisburg on October 14, 1935, he coached midget basketball and baseball. An avid fly fisherman, Russell was the creator of the world renowned Woolly Bugger, and was credited for his contribution to fly fishing in many books and magazines.

Online condolences may be shared at

Friday, October 30, 2009

There is no Friday Bacon!

Scared you huh?

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

National Fly Fishing Team Results

Loren Williams, coach of the U.S. youth fly-fishing team, will discuss the team's results in the recent world championships and what's ahead for the team and competitive fly-fishing. Listen in from 7-8 a.m. Saturday at

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Orvis Photo Contest, Win $1K Gift Card

Thoughts on a recent Minion photo, split the winnuns betwixt the 5 of us?

Steel @ the SR, SS & LS

Fat Nancy is calling to us!

We need to pick an upcoming weekend for another foray into the north country.
To select Nov. 14 & 15 click "amusing"
To select Nov. 21 & 22 click "not bad"
To select Dec. 12 & 13 click "disturbing"

I will endeavor to reserve appropriate lodging.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fly Fishing Championship

Bellefonte, PA — Top competitive fly anglers from the U.S. and Canada will be in the area this month for a three-day national championship tournament simultaneously supplementing local tourism.

The U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship is now taking place Oct. 24- 26 on Centre County’s blue ribbon Spring Creek.

The organizing committee is headed by John Ford, a retired State College Area teacher, the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau and David Rothrock, president of the state council of Trout Unlimited.

Ford said 50 people, emerging from playoff-like tournaments in Montana, Michigan and elsewhere in the country, will compete over the three-day weekend, arriving with family members and tournament judges, biologists and controllers. The weekend’s top five scorers will go on, Olympics-like, as Team USA to a world championship tournament in Poland next summer.

It’s the first time that the national championship has been held in central Pennsylvania trout streams, Ford said, though he organized the World Youth Fly Fishing Championship on Spring Creek and three other local venues in August 2007.

Is fly fishing really a competitive sport? Will spawning fish be impacted?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Nobel, I mean Angler of the Year

Obama Named Angler of the Year

Surprise Selection Shocks Fly Fishing Community

West Yellowstone (The Marinaro-Koch Journal) – President Barack Obama stunned the fly fishing world today by picking up its highest honor, Angler of the Year.

Mr. Obama was chosen unanimously, according to the AMFF, beating out clear favorites Ted Leeson and Craig Matthews.

At the New York Angler’s Club, fly fishing insiders were shocked by Mr. Obama’s selection, given that he’s been in office for less than one year and during that time has yet to land a single fish. But he did wear all the right gear during a recent “secret” photo shoot.

Mr. Obama was most gracious in receiving the honor saying that he was, “humbled and honored” by the award before excusing himself to accept this year’s Heisman Trophy.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Penn State Flyfishing Exhibit @ Allenberry Playhouse

In the mid-1900's, Penn State became the first university to offer accredited courses in fly fishing in the United States. A highschool friend, Pat, got his mug in time magazine back in the late 80's as a PSU fly fishing student.

The program is widely acclaimed by those in the fishing community as one of the best in the nation -- indeed, Penn State is sometimes jokingly referred to as "Angler U." So, it came as no surprise to faculty that the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association chose to dedicate its latest exhibit to the program that has fronted the field for more than six decades.

Entitled Not Just Another Fish Story, the exhibit is open to the public at the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pa. The exhibit provides a look back at the lore and legend of the Penn State fly fishing curriculum while honoring four past and present course instructors.

What: Not Just Another Fish Story, an exhibit on the Penn State fly fishing program

When: Noon to 8 p.m. daily

Where: Fairfield Hall at the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse
1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA

Details: No admission fee for Minions!

Late Saturday Morning Bacon!

This morning's delicious photgraphical montage is brought to you by BACON!

bacon Pictures, Images and Photos

Curli says it isn't so, but can all those people who say otherwise really all be wrong?

Another fine example of bacon body art.

This is the style of fence I'm contemplating to keep the riff-raff out of the chateau.

Not sure if this would be considered an offensive or defensive weapon. It might even be considered a weapon of mass debaconation?

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

10 Things Estate Owners Love

Clearly I'm not in the know on this particular topic:

10 things estate owners love

1. Having a lot of equity in their portfolio. ‘It makes it relatively easy and cheap to borrow money at the moment,' explains Philip Eddell of Savills' country-house consultancy.
I want equity and lots of it!

2. The eco-friendly future's bright for landowners. ‘Nearly all of the answers to global warming and global population growth are either local, land or natural resource based all things that estates are well placed to meet,' adds Mr Eddell.
I want my own renewable resources!

3. The pleasure to be derived from the continuity of ownership and open landlord and tenant relationships. ‘When you buy an estate, you often take on the "Lord of the manor" responsibilities, such as hosting the village fĂȘte or having the village cricket pitch on your grounds, and people like taking on that role,' says Mark McAndrew of Strutt & Parker's estates department.
I want the local rugby club to play on my pitch!

4. Grants that enable habitat management and repair funds for traditional farm buildings.
Grant money? Gimee, gimee!

5. The opportunity presented by future housing shortages.
Hovels for rent! Hovels for rent!

6. Farming. Knight Frank's latest research forecasts that farmland values are going to double in value in the next few years, possibly breaking the £10,000/acre barrier in 2015. ‘Plus, they're making 15% more this year on sub-sidies alone because the Euro was so strong on the day the European Central Bank fixed the exchange rate,' adds Andrew Shirley, head of research at Knight Frank.
At the current exchange rate 10,000 pounds = $16,624, you can call me Mr Greenjeans for that kind of "harvest."

7. Income possibilities from alternative markets such as leisure, minerals, phone masts, restrictive covenants ‘and don't forget the film industry, which may want the house or the land for a location shoot,' points out Douglas Mackellar from Savills' office in Cheltenham.
I want a cell phone tower combination windfarm up on the hill!

8. Country sports. ‘Landowners regard the pursuit of hunting, shooting and fishing and many other field sports as one of the most virtuous and supreme privileges of rural landownership,' believes Angus Harley of Knight Frank's rural consultancy. ‘Country sports are also linked closely to conservation and underpin the rural economy in many areas.'
Oh to be a country gentleman... Sorry old chap, but you just can't fish, hunt, stand, park, look, think about or even imagine here.

9. The cordon sanitaire of owning land around your property and the peace and quiet that comes from having a buffer against the outside world.
Oh look honey some of the little people are looking our way. I wonder what it must be like to be just regular folk?

10. Tax breaks such as Agricultural Property Relief, which means you can pass the farmland within the estate on to your children without them paying Inheritance Tax.
If I have lots of money and used some of it to buy lots of land, lots of my money goes to taxes, therefore I need a tax break. Yes?
We're obviously on the path to the European model of government at this point in the game. This must be what the regular folk have to look forward to. Inspiring is it not?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Alaskan Fly Fishing Slot Machine

Alaskan Fly Fishing:

How's this for a new slot machine theme? This 5 reel machine doesn’t have paylines but an amazing 243 set ways of winning, making this exactly like picking the right fly out of your fly box. The graphics are sharp, the atmosphere realistic, but, moreover, the bonuses - other than fitting the theme perfectly - are incredibly generous. Go fly fishing for coins by picking the right spots to cast, then just simply reel in those coins, or free spin yourself to the game’s jackpot of over 110,000 coins.

I take this as another sign of the coming apocalypse!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Homebrew Saturday!

Getting ready for the wort boil tomorrow.
Carboy cleaned and sanitized.
These are not easy to use, must invent better carboy brush.

Got the Brita going full steam filtering the required 4 gallons of pristine water.
Going to attempt a Belgian style Harvest Ale this go round.
Wish me luck!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Bacon!

Bacon with a Halloweener theme.

Creepy crawly bacon,

Bacon! Pictures, Images and Photos

Bacon = Meat Candy,

Real Candy,

Costume to wear to get candy,

What to eat after long night of bacon candy panhandling.

My favorite time of year has finally arrived, bacon candy panhandlingween!

In NY this weekend...

Roman Moser
Bob Clouser
Tomorrow the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame induction at the Catskills Fly Fishing Museum at 3 p.m. in Livingston Manor, N.Y. The inductees include Fredrick Halford, George Skues, Bob Clouser, Dan Blanton, Roman Moser and Gardner Grant.

Central New York sportsmen take to the fields this Saturday for the opener of the fall pheasant hunting season.

Some — including those who participated last weekend in the special state-sponsored youth hunt (ages 10-11), along with a ladies hunt hosted by the Central New York Pheasants Forever Chapter on private property in Mexico — got an early start on the action.

The future of one of the state’s most popular game bird seasons looked dark late last year after plans were announced by Gov. Patterson’s office to close the Reynold’s Game Farm in Ithaca, the state’s sole pheasant rearing facility. Outrage and strong lobbying by sportsmen and women across the state resulted in Patterson reversing his decision.

However, concern over the farm’s finances resulted in the state Department of Environmental Conservation increasing sportsmen’s fees nearly across the board for the 2009-2010 hunting/fishing trapping seasons — money that will help keep the pheasant-rearing facility open, along with reducing the deficit of the state’s Conservation Fund, which pays for hunting and fishing programs, among other things.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Smethurst hit the Big D

TU TV will show Fall fishing on the Big D in 2010

Above, Frank Smethurst host of the popular fly fishing show demonstrates a reverse cast.

Smethurst is host of Trout Unlimited’s television program “On the Rise,” which takes him across the country fishing rivers and streams that have conservation success stories or environmental threats.

According to Smethurst, the Delaware River has both. But what struck him first was the beauty of the water and surrounding countryside.

“It compared really favorably to a lot of rivers I fished in the world,” Smethurst said.

Smethurst was guided by Lee Hartman, the Delaware River chairman for Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited and vice president of the Friends of the Upper Delaware. They fished 15 miles of the river from Stockport to Long Eddy in two days under a variety of conditions.

Smethurst landed one brown and six rainbow trout on the first day of filming under sunny skies. A cold front moved in on the second day and limited him to one trout, but it didn’t dampen his spirits.

“I was impressed with how fickle the Delaware can be,” Smethurst said. “When you hit a good day it’s really good, but on a rough day it can be as tough as anywhere. That’s part of the legend of the river.”

Hartman has been fishing the Delaware since 1973 and has worked tirelessly to protect the river and its fishery against a variety of threats.

When he learned that Smethurst would be filming an episode on the river, Hartman jumped at the opportunity to help out.

“The exposure of the show will help. We need to make everyone aware of what we have and what we need to protect,” Hartman said. “The purpose of the show is to raise awareness of the Delaware’s fishery, beauty and integrity, along with the threats.”

Read more at the Times Leader:

Can't wait to see it, but I hope no one else does...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Erie Steelhead Easements

Look at 'em dere! They'uns is stacked up like cordwood.
They're comin' in strong at the Double X hole, umhumm!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted at its quarterly meeting today to acquire two easements along Crooked Creek in Erie County as part of the agency's strategy to improve public fishing and boating access and also adopted a five-year strategic plan for trout management.
"Crooked Creek provides significant steelhead fishing opportunities in the areas and regularly receives trout stockings," said PFBC Executive Director Doug Austen. "The acquisition of the easements will ensure that the public has access to these opportunities in perpetuity."
The two easement areas provide approximately a half-mile each of stream frontage and are located along Happy Valley Road and Lucas Road in Springfield Township. The properties are adjacent and the Lucas Road property will provide parking and a footpath to the creek.

Enjoy your "manufactured" East Coast Steelhead opportunities. It's on!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fishing = Deadly

Recently released Department of Labor data show that fisherpeople were the most likely to die on the job in 2008. Of 39,000 fishing workers in the nation, 50 were killed, a rate of 128.9 per 100,000 full-time workers. Rough seas, unpredictable deadly weather and isolation during emergencies all make the job more unsafe than any other. It's no wonder that the industry's perils have given rise to a popular documentary TV series, Deadliest Catch, and a best-selling book and hit Hollywood film, The Perfect Storm.

Joe Humphreys Honored

This dude just looks fishy...
Joe Humphreys, 80, caught his first fish at the age of 6 in Spring Creek.

Humphreys was honored Sunday with the Spring Creek Heritage Award at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center as part of Clear- Water Conservancy’s Spring Creek Day Family Festival.

Read more from the Centre Daily Times at:

Stimulus Project Update...

The deck for viewing the feeshes. The width of the flat space on the railing is precisely calculated to accomodate the bottom of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Coming soon, or not so soon depending on who you talk to.