Iron Fly - Lander, WY

Iron Fly - Lander, WY Dec 3 6:30 @ Lander Bar's Coalter Loft

Tis the season to get back to work. And a quick rant.

After what seemed to be an overdoes of blogging, the world of work has interrupted my incessant posting of all things worthless to the land of fly fishing.

Living in a seasonal kind of town, it was a slow few months.  Now that the warm weather is arriving, it's time to go back to work on a regular basis.  My posts may be fewer, but I'll work to keep bringing you worthless crap that is at least semi-entertaining.

In other news, I ventured out for a rafting trip down the lovely Nantahala River yesterday.  While it wasn't a fishing trip, I took the time to see the signs of spring.  Fish were rising, mayflies were coming off the water and a few people were out wetting the lines.

One father and son angling team caught my attention.  The kid was not happy.  He was geared up in his Cabela's everything - waders, vest, etc.  Dad was busy giving the death grip to a small rainbow.  He had it in one hand and in the other was a stomach pump.  He was pumping out whatever that bow had consumed recently.  As we floated past at a snail's pace, I couldn't help but notice his disregard for the fish.  We asked if he was going to have dinner and he said, "No, it's going back in".  I watched him for a minute or so, so if that fish was going back into the drink, it was going as fertilizer for the environment.

If you're a catch and release angler, I don't need to tell you that thirty seconds is too much.  If you must yank a fish from the water, be quick and be as gentle as possible.  Got it?

Rant over.  See you on the water.

Work on your knots

A short film showing how to tie the perfect Improved Clinch knot from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Wild Fish Works: Oregon Coast

Keeping with the PNW theme.  Thanks to Greg Morgan for sharing this on the FB.