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Monday, June 30, 2008

In Memory of UGA VI!

Uga VI, the bulldog that represented the University of Georgia during two Southeastern Conference football championships, died from congestive heart failure at his home in Savannah, the dog's owner said Saturday.At 65 pounds, Uga VI was the largest of the English bulldogs that have represented the school. University officials said the football team also had the winningest record under his nearly 10-year tenure at 87-27.

Uga was known for stalking the sidelines in a shirt with a 'G' on it. During hot football games, Uga would sometimes take a break on a bag of ice."He was a good one," owner Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler said in a news release issued by the university. "What can I say? He had a marvelous record. He was a very strong and healthy dog. He was the biggest of all the dogs, and he had the biggest heart. It just played out."Seiler said he noticed that the 9-year-old dog was breathing heavily at his home Friday night. He gave the dog a bath to cool him off and then headed to his veterinarian where he said the dog "died peacefully."Uga VI became the school's mascot in 1999.

He was the son of Uga V, the only college mascot to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was only 1-year-old when he replaced his father as the public face of the university's athletics.Uga will be buried in a vault in the Southwest corner of Sanford Stadium, where the Bulldogs play their home games, with his predecessors. Private ceremonies are expected early next week.A successor to Uga VI will be announced at a later date.University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans called it "a sad day for the entire Bulldog nation."

Click Here for UGA VI Memorial Group
Click Here for UGA 2008 Football Schedule

My Name is Troutdawg for a reason.....I'm a Huge DAWG fan through and through!!

Bighorn River Montana June Report!

Attached photo is just before the violent storm we had last night.

Today, we're at roughly 7,660cfs, and tonight at 7pm flows will drop to 7,100cfs.
Friday morning will show flows at 7,100cfs, and that night at 7pm will drop to 6,600cfs.
Saturday and Sunday and most of the day Monday should remain at 6,600cfs.
Monday night flows will drop to 6,150cfs.

*For more Fishing Reports Checkout Westfly Bighorn Fishing Report

Montana Troutfitters Fishing Report

Just wanted to let you know what is going on with the river flows.

Fishing is excellent.
Come see us.


Friday, June 27, 2008

Salmonflies on the Black Canyon of The Gunnison!


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For those that haven't made it to the Gunnison during the big Salmonfly hatch...you need to make plans to hit it at least once in your life!

Click here for the rest of the Trip and some great photos!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Georgia Trophy Trout!

State Record Rainbow caught in Georgia. Talk about a big fish and yes there are big Trout down South. Got to give a little credit to the Trophy management Frog Hollow has done with this fishery. Whether you're looking for Big fish to catch, a unique fishing experience or the perfect lodging location this is it.

Need a guiding operation that can show you how to catch these fish and how to fish other areas of North Georgia, contact Unicoi Outifitters They operate fishing trips in most of North Georgia's fisheries as well as these fine areas:
Select the following links to learn about the trophy trout fly fishing we offer:
Nacoochee Bend - trophy brown and rainbow trout in the upper Chattahoochee River
Dyer's Lake - trophy rainbow trout in a mountain lake
Frog Hollow - trophy rainbow trout in the Chestatee River
Cannon Falls - trophy rainbow trout in a more rugged small-stream environment
Noontootla Creek Farms - trophy trout and quail hunting on Noontootla Creek
River North - trophy trout on the world-famous Soque River
Please note that all trophy trout waters are restricted to fly fishing only, all fishing must be done with a single barbless hook, and all fish must be released unharmed.

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Denver Fly Shop & Website of The Week!

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Hook Fly Shop is new Fly Shop in Highlands Ranch, check em out:
For those that enjoy top fishing links, fly tying and a very large database check out this good site!
Website of the Week:

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Great Steelheading Trip!

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Dr. Fred Miller and Bill Benson went fishing north of the Border near Ontario a few weeks ago. Lot's of great fishing in this "secret" undisclosed location.... They probably caught forty in two and a half days, nymphing from sunrise to 9:a.m. and then again, from 4:30 to about 9:00 p.m.
Destination unknown....hmmm where could this hot spot be??

Now That's a Beasts!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Recent Fly Fishing News!

Fly Fishing News

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Pike: Taking It to the Bank
By Marshall Cutchin on June 20, 2008 6:34 AM Comments (0)
"The swirl in the chop said northern pike. When the fish gulped the guy's bunny streamer, it showed nothing of itself. But you could see the boil, and it was profound. So was the bend in his fly rod. The beast sulked, as if it were thinking things over. Then it poured on the coal and pulled free." Ed Dentry describes what happens in Colorado's reservoirs when the early summer sun finally warms the flats and pike laze in water only inches deep. In the Rocky Mountain News.

Montana Guide Dies in Bitterroot Rafting Accident
By Marshall Cutchin on June 18, 2008 7:59 AM Comments (0)
David Dedmon, owner of Montana Flywater Company in Hamilton, Montana, died Sunday after the raft he and his wife were using flipped over in the Bitterroot River. They were scouting the river to be sure it was safe for clients. "'He wasn't a rookie," [Ravalli County Sheriff Chris] Hoffman said. 'He'd spent a lot of time on the river. This accident was simply a very painful reminder of how dangerous this river can be. Every year, we beg and plead with people to be patient and wait until the river comes down.'" The Bitterroot River is considered by many to be one of the most perilous in the state, primarily because of the number of log jams and sweepers on the river." Anthony Quirini on Missoulian.com.
If you must float a river that has dangerous sweepers and debris in it, wear a personal flotation device at all times, and learn the defensive swim position: on your back, with feet facing downstream, and toes up so that your feet do not get trapped in debris.

Tippet Trickery: "Those Last Two Feet"
By Marshall Cutchin on June 18, 2008 7:51 AM Comments (0)
V. Paul Reynolds nails it with his discussion of the importance of tippets in fly presentation. In the process he's quite eloquent on new-versus-old, pricey-versus-cheap, and Lefty worship. "I have begun to look beyond fly angling orthodoxy, which teaches that matching the hatch (the right fly) and proper presentation (smooth, ethereal delivery of the fly upon the water) is the thing. If you have matched the hatch, and made a good cast, and still the trout ignores your offerings, is there something else? Oh yes. Try tippet trickery." (Thanks to reader Howard Fenderson for this link.)

Bonefish Report: Grand Bahama Island
By Marshall Cutchin on June 17, 2008 6:38 AM Comments (2)
Last week I fished with the folks from H2O Bonefishing, who operate out of Pelican Bay Hotel in Lucaya, Grand Bahama. I was there on the invitation of Orvis, who wanted to gather "pros" and amateur anglers together to assist in the tagging and fin-clipping of bonefish for Tarpon & Bonefish Unlimited. BTU, if you didn't know, has made great strides in the past ten years in determining the spawning habits, range and species differentiation among bonefish (not to mention gathering extensive data on tarpon as well). This was Orvis's first foray into saltwater research, and during the week dozens of fish were tagged or fin-clipped so that BTU could add the fish of that area to their ever-expanding database.
I fished only two days -- just enough to stretch the line on some very nice fish and remind myself that not all bonefish want a fly stripped cautiously. In fact the fish on the northern flats of Grand Bahama chased the flies we were throwing -- mostly weighted size-4 "McKnife" patterns with toad-like yarn bodies, red eyes, orange crystal hair tails and chartreuse thread -- like barracudas.
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Maybe there is hope after all. And maybe we should lobby for John McCain to also be sure a fly fisher -- even a token one -- gets the nod for a top campaign role. Good fly fishers cover the water.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Carp on the South Platte!

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Carp Season has been in full swing for a bit now, though many of the Goldens have been in spawn mood for awhile, they are still up for a bite! Got 3 tonight even though I lost 5 on my last 2 trips. Most near Commerce City since they have been hitting up there lately.

I have been getting out a bunch lately for some Big Carp....I'm talking 15-25lbs if possible. Yes easier said than done but that's what I'm up for. Don't get me wrong I love to catch any Carp (if so lucky) those 3-8lbs are fun but it's time for some Big Boys and some fights!! These are from tonight on the Platte...enjoy~

Can you say Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaacking!! One I Caught took me thru 110 feet of line on my 8 weight and most of my 150 in Backing....Crazy!!

Fly of choice...never use anything smaller than an 8 or even a 10 unless you want a bent hook~

And those experts say the River is way too high or muddy to fish, not me, if you know where to look you can get lucky.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tarpon Season is Still On!!

Tarpon season is in full swing and it doesn’t get anymore exciting. It’s no wonder I wait every year for it to happen, large schools of roaming tarpon patrolling the beaches and open waters of Tampa Bay. I love it when I ease up to the first pod of tarpon rolling on the surface early in the morning, clear blue water, I can see them as they make their way toward my fishermen’s bait from atop my tower.
As they make their final approach I yell down “get ready”, “get ready”, any minute and ka-boom the cork goes flying under and as I do every morning I yell “set the hook”. If the hook buries all hell breaks loose as flying tarpon breaks the morning silence landing back into the water like a cannon ball. Even if they are late on the hook set, and nothing happens, it doesn’t rattle me too much. I know it’s just a few more casts before that scenario repeats itself and we stick the hook in one. Tarpon fishing has been great this year, since the day the wind stop blowing steadily out of the west, around the middle of May.

The only way to describe it is, we have been killing them! There are fish everywhere, maybe more than I have ever seen. We have been consistently landing; I mean actually putting our hands on 2 to 4 tarpon a day. Ten plus bites everyday and half a dozen plus hook ups everyday. On some of the best days we have landed 5 tarpon and leave them biting.

The giant silver king did swim away strong and healthy despite the long battle. Well that’s how it’s been so far. It should last like this till around the end of July, as far as sight fishing for the migrating tarpon is concerned. We do have some bay fishing for resident tarpon after that, but my favorite time of the year is the three magical months, May, June, & July. I still have a few dates available and if you come we’ all catch them. Until next time, I hope you have enjoyed my report.

Capt. Matt (800)521-2872www.captainmatt.com And check out the tarpon videos on my new site- www.TarponReport.com

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fishing High Water....Checkout Blue Quill's Sat Event!

__Who's Afraid of the Big Bad High Water?
It has been a few years since we had a true high water year and 2008 is shaping up to be a great one. While many news reporters and anglers are moaning and groaning over high water, there are a few of us that are exited about seeing the rivers full again. It can only mean health to our rivers and alot of happy trout. The main thing to be concerned about in fishing high water streams is Safety. Several people have already lost their lives in rafting accidents this year. There is a point where the water is just too high to fish safely. Be careful and don't take any risk in wading. A wading staff is a great addition to any anglers arsenal to add additional stability in the rough water. Three legs are always better than two!!
Can fish be caught in high water? We asked a several of our guides some of their secrets to fishing high water.

Jim Cannon: " I fished Cheesman Canyon at over 2300 cfs and caught fish on streamers right out from underneath the big boulders on the edges of the trail. My best day in the Canyon nymph fishing was at 900 cfs using double worms and a bunch of weight. When it reached 915 cfs several weeks ago I took my float tube across the Ice Box and had the opposite side to myself. The fishing was really great using worms, crane fly larvae, golden stones and caddis larvae."

Bob Dye:" Fish still have to feed and I look forward to the challenges presented in high water. I fish the seams and edges where fish stack up to get out of the heavy current. When visibility is around two feet I like to fish a big dry fly with a bead head dropper along the edges. "

Pat Dorsey: "High water doesn't bother me, in fact it is an opportunity to become a better angler. I go with bigger flies with flash in them, use more weight to get the nymphs down deep, and look for the soft spots where the trout congregate. Late last week several of us fished the Gunnison at over 3,000 cfs. We took over 15 fish out of one small eddie where the trout had congregated to get out of the fast water."

Jonathan Keisling: "I like to fish streamers on a sink tip line and also tungsten weighted czech nymphs in large sizes. With the streamer I work the edges down stream, behind boulders in the eddies and soft water where fish are holding. With czech nymphs I get down deep in the riffles and longer runs. High water fishing is exciting because I often hook into some of the largest fish in the river. Landing them can be a real battle!!!"

Steve Parrott: "The main thing is to not be scared off by high water. Focus on the soft water next to the bank, behind boulders, below islands where the water converges and back eddies. I like using a 0 or 1X fluorcarbon leader with a yarn indicator, dead drifting heavily weighted rubber leg buggers in brown and yellow, and black and orange. At the end of the drift a couple of quick twitches will usually produce an additional fish or two as the fly quickly moves up in the water column."
Are You Ready for Another Event ?

Invite everyone you know who wants to learn how to fly fish.
A joint venture between the Orvis Company and the Blue Quill Angler

Saturday June 14

Learn to Fly Fish for FREE

Spend the day, June 14, at the Blue Quill Angler
9:00 am until 3:00 pm
We will teach casting, knots you need to know, fly selection, aquatic entomology and where to fish in Colorado this Summer.

Free Hot Dogs at 12:00

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Delaney Buttes Fishing in June!

Another great weekend in North Park at Delaney Buttes! Checkout the trip and more about fishing the Delaney Buttes in June, click here

Monday, June 9, 2008

Latest Fishing News!

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Belize's Glover's Reef Bonefish
By Marshall Cutchin on June 8, 2008 8:36 AM Comments (0)
"On about the fifth or sixth cast, my flyline jumped and I reared back on a silver torpedo. The bone ran off 30 yards of flyline effortlessly, zooming right through the school on its mad dash for freedom, which sent all the other fish scurrying for safety. 'Keep your rod tip up,' Westby hollered, but I knew that." The Washington Post's Angus Phillips has an experience in Belize's Glover's Reef that reminds him of maxim number one: never leave fish to find fish.

Runoff Tactics: Mocha-Colored Opportunity
By Marshall Cutchin on June 8, 2008 8:29 AM Comments (0)
"Put simply, every fish has to be somewhere, and that place invariably will just be a few feet from shore. These trout are easy to locate, hungry and, on a typical day, as dumb as fish ever get. Anglers who can make the mental break into a new mocha-colored realm can turn what ordinarily might be the bleakest time of the year into a bonanza." Charlies Waters points out the several advantages to fishing runoff-muddied trout streams, including the fact that even a poor presentation can produce big fish. In the Denver Post.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Weekend Fishing around Colorado...it looks better and better!

Report from Trout's Fly Shop

Check em out for some Deals!!

South Platte, Deckers:

154 cfs Great caddis hatches are coming off daily, making fishing quite productive

South Platte, Dream Stream: 226 cfs Flows are up and the fish are on the feed. Don't be afraid to throw the dry!

Frying Pan, below Reudi Res: 495 cfs Although a longer haul and tough on the wallet, fishing remains good on the 'Pan

Blue River, below Dillon Res: 508 cfs The big fish in the upper river are getting pushed into more accessible areas. Great close to Denver spot!

Denver area Ponds and Lakes: Off the radar of most anglers, the still water around the metro area has been fishing great. Come by tonight and learn more about close-to-home fishing opportunities. See below for details!

The Chironomid fishing game!

For those that enjoy stillwater fishing....this is for you. Feel free to comment on how you fish them~

*More on Chiro Fishing Here

Popular Nicknames

Candy Striper

Candy Cane

Cane Fly (CCF) - an obvious fit with the X-Mas Chronie.

Mountie Midge

Snow MidgeCanadian Chronie Fly

Coffee Fly ( a.k.a. Hortons Special / a.k.a. Double Double Midge )


Captain Canuk Fly


While still learning the Chironomid fishing game, I have been successful with the following setup and technique. Determine the water depth and adjust your strike indicator so your bottom fly is 1 foot off the bottom. Use two beadhead chironomids separated by 18 inches of tippet tied to the bend of the top fly with an improved clinch knot. Most hits will be on the bottom bug, but using two helps get the rig down. Use the very very slow finger twist retieve or the newer technique demonstrated at the sport show in Denver this year. The new technique is to cast your setup with an open loop to avoid tangles, let it set until the flies straighten out below the strike indicator, then make 6-8 very rapid short (1/2 inch) strips, let it set for 20 or 30 seconds, and repeat until your strike indicator is back at the boat.

Two words, Tungsten Bead. They're like a normal bead in appearance, but weigh about three times as much. I now tie most of my chironomids with these beads, which gives them a great sink rate, and allows you to still maintain a slender body. If this still isn't enough weight, add a weighted dropper fly preferebly again with a tungsten bead. Also, if your placing the indicator on or near the butt end of your tapered leader, the leader will not sink straight down because it's too large in dia. and doesn't bend well. Try using a longer leader and attach the indicator further down where the leader diameter is smaller.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Girl, The Trout, and the Bikini!

The Girl, The Trout, and the Bikini

fly fishing bikini

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We have chalked this article by Larry Myhre up as one of our favorite fly fishing tales of 2007:That was the only answer. A pro fly fisherman has to do a lot of that. I'd simply cast while lying on my back. From now on the term backcasting would hold a whole new significance for me. I waved the rod back and forth, feeding out line and then let it go lifting my casting arm high and arching my back with the effort.“I’ve never seen anyone cast like that,” she laughed.“Well, I’m a professional fly fisherman. There’s probably a lot of new things I could show you,” I said. “Could you tell if my fly landed anywhere near that fish?” She smiled and said the cast was pretty good. Close, in fact. “I think you should, perhaps, shorten your leader,” she said. “Maybe even change flies. A stonefly nymph might work.”That’s all I needed. Fly fishing advice from a three-quarters, no, make that seven-eighths, naked blond bombshell soaking up sun in a plastic boat. Yet, somewhere deep in my subconsciousness I admired her. She obviously knew something about fly fishing.
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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Saltwater Addict Here and Accounted For!

Saltwater fly fishing is a Passion for me and anytime I can head to warmer climates with my 8 weights, I'm game! Bonesfish, Tarpon, Roosters, Sharks or Reds...it's all good. Whether traveling to my sister's in Tampa, the Keys for a long Weekend, Costa Rica for a week, Belize for 2 or the Seychelles -okay I've never been to the Seychelles, maybe one day, I love to go for a tan, cold beer and fresh seafood!. Checkout out our new Saltwater folders on FFA.

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