Tag Archives: Fishing

Wednesday Night Ties: white flies.


Ephoron spinners and emergers for silty slow water around here, where the nymphs will emerge from their burrows under cover of darkness over the next few wees.  Spruce moths, the big caddis-y looking things, for there- the mountain west, where they erupt and fall and feed native cutthroats like popcorn cast upon the water. 

Cleaning out the inbox- IV?

Four sounds good.  Meet the new fishing dog:


Mitch.  One year, three weeks, five days.  Named after Jon Benjamin’s seminal performance in Wet Hot American Summer.  I thought of the name before I found the dog.  Mitch is a she.


Turns out regardless of party affiliation, America’s anglers and hunters overwhelmingly support clean water initiatives.  Remember this, dear reader- and register, AND VOTE, in your upcoming elections.


Charismatic megafauna. 

It’s the term biologists studying less cuddly and enigmatic things give to pandas, dolphins, whales, wolves, cheetahs, tigers, lions, rhinos, and other critters that steal the spotlight.  In the arguably best case, these species are used to draw awareness and conservation initiatives which benefit entire ecosystems, as opposed to the individual species.

Wisconsin’s taking a different tack, deploying mermaids to keep the St. Croix River clean.  Whatever works!


Art and Advocacy. 

Many communities stencil storm sewers so residents know where they lead.  Blacksburg, Virginia is taking it a step further- allowing local artists to paint the drains, using art to connect residents with the local environment.


Monday video: Manana.

MANANA from shelby menzel on Vimeo.


…what I did with my Earth Day weekend…

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Review: Hunting musky with a fly (book).

I’m averse to how-to books, but there’s a lot to targeting muskellunge and they’re not known for being gullible. So, I gave it a shot.

First off, and this is an entirely subjective hangup: musky is a verb.  Muskie is a fish.  I can’t abide the y- no one calls them brookys.

All that aside, the 182 page book is loaded with excellent photos iOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAncluding high-quality series illustrating the technical aspects of casting and retrieval.  The writing isn’t going to win awards but does provide a thorough, nuts-and-bolts rundown of muskie distribution, biology, and the mechanics of targeting, fishing for, and landing the critters.  There’s a chapter of interviews with the continent’s muskie luminaries that appearing out of nowhere in the back half of the book, and about thirty fly recipes at the end- well written, well photographed; each one gets your mind going.

In all, Hunting Musky with a Fly provides a quality foundation for targeting these fussy fish.  As someone just beginning to suss out the intricacies of muskie fishing, I appreciate the knowledge Rick Kustich was able to compile in the book- and if muskie on the fly are something you’re curious about, it’s worth the investment.