Trout, DMZ and North Korea
When viewing a discussion of the thawing of tensions in the Korean peninsula I was drawn to search for info on Fishing in North Korea. I remember a BBC report on a bicycle tour of the north. Are fly fishing tours far off? I found a cool article MidCurrent by a guide in korea and a nice website about cherry trout. The address is the extremely un ironic http://cherrytrout.com/ . The site turned out to be much more than just a site on cherry trout. It was more like a fly fishing guide to fishing in Korea. I imagine them to to be 1/4 size Frying Pan footballs. They seem to be similar so Rainbows so I looked them up. They are in fact in the Oncorhynchus genus. There doesn't seem to be too much info out there. I fond some links to some articles about how Kim Jong Il liked to fly fish and some brief postings on message boards in English and in french. My fav mb posting was a nice guy posting two pix he took while fishing in Korea. Some Internet hero commented that it looked like Pennsylvania. Thanks genius. Check out the links and let me know what you think. Does anyone have more info on fishing in Korea?
Below you will find a link to an article in MidCurrent writen by James Card on fly fishing around the DMZ. His description of land mines getting washed down strewam durring high rain times beings the concept of a difficult wade to a new level. I have also linked James Card's website. I guess this goes to show that ytou can find fly fisherman anywhere.
Here is a link to an interview James Card did for Chicargo public Radio on his excursions into the DMZ
From the Delaware News Urinal
"The Delaware River's near-mythical Atlantic sturgeon won endangered species protection Tuesday, a move reflecting the big and long-lived bottom feeder's century-long slide from fishing industry mainstay to rarely seen victim of pollution, overfishing and habitat loss."
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Lox Zilla article from NY Times
As if the Loch Ness Monster wasn’t scary enough. Now, the Lox Ness monsters could be wreaking havoc in Scottish waters.
Meridian Salmon GroupA salmon cage. The details are obscure, but sometime during a ferocious storm around Christmas, 300,000 farmed salmon owned by the Meridian Salmon Group disappeared from their cages in the sea near Uyea, a tiny island in the Shetlands. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
Follow the link to read the complete article. Remember, farmed fish are bad. They taste like crap and the they hurt natural fish. Shame on those who damage are already damage native runs!
Everyone should listen to Itinerant Angler Podcast Season Seven, Episode Two: April Vokey Will Survive
I love my sport but I am a little annoyed at some of the old boy culture. I am particularly disturbed after listening to April Vokey’s second appearance on Zach Mathews, Itinerant Angler Podcast. I love Zach’s articles and always listen to the podcast. So please do not misconstrue any of my comments as critical of what he is up to. I highly recommend that anyone interested in fly fishing listen to this and all of Zach’s podcasts. You can access them through the link I have included below.
I have mad respect for April. She makes a living fishing every day. Isn’t that that dream? I know that it is a hard life. It seems that she has had a more difficult go of it based simply on her appearance. She is very upfront on her culpability in cultivating these issues. By her own words she started a company call “Fly Gal” and could have called it “BC Steelhead Adventures”.
The thing I was most disturbed by was how she felt about the tabloid nature and misogynistic way in which the fly fishing press and folks discuss her online. She freely admits that she took part in promoting her image. She went out of her way to look nice in the pictures. I certainly have heard the discussion in the shop and even participated at times. It was quite a shift to see her with those incredible fish. Remember when everyone though that it couldn’t be real. How many times did you hear, ”I bet her BF caught that”.
I think it is pretty cool that a young attractive woman can be the real deal. She cannot change the way she looks and simply put good for her for using her image to promote her business and conservation. What I am not OK with is the degrading way that some reduce her to a sexual object. This is not only disrespectful to her and women in general but disrespects our art and the fish we all love. Having witnessed powerful women in my life treated the same way it struck very close to home when I heard the pain in her voice.
I like Zach and know he is producing a product that we all want to hear, but would he ask Lefty Kreh about his dating history. April seemed ok with that line of questioning. Maybe they discussed it ahead of time. Maybe she wanted to set the record straight. I have learned a few things though. I respect April way more than I did before over one simple action; she left a relationship over stocked and pellet fed fish. When she opened that door and saw the feed it was if she saw another woman hiding or was confronted with a drug problem that she had been lied to about. I also have been reminded that men will lie about anything to laid. All I have to say is, that guy who ever he is a total and complete DB.
Listen below. I welcome your comments. You can find other links to what Zack and April are up to in my links section.
Big up fluvial geomorphology nerd alert
I want to give a big shot out to Delaware native, Ivan Orsic. He was featured on one of my fav fishing podcasts from the guys at Moldy Chum. The Chum and Yukon Goes ishing are my two top fly fishing blogs. I highly recommend listening the podcast and checking out both blogs. Also anything that involves fly fishing and the term fluvial geomorphology nerd alert is something is not to be missed. Oh and check out this vid below. Lucky bastard.
Big Boat in the Delaware
I saw this huge boat that on the drive to work. Every morning as a drive along the Delaware River I wonder what the river must have been like before it was industrialized. I would be cool to have easy access to it now. Too bad that the tracks and chemical plants bar access.
When will the dams really come out?
2011 growth aided by smart government regulations
By Jennifer V. Orgolini, Monday, December 5, 4:57 PM
At a time when many businesses are downsizing or worse, New Belgium Brewing, which opened in 1991 and has become the third largest craft brewery in the United States, is profitable and growing. While our customers have traditionally enjoyed our beer west of the Mississippi, we grew 7 percent this year by expanding our sales to the District, Maryland and Virginia. People may be tightening their belts, but they still want affordable luxuries, including a six-pack of their favorite beer.
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Striped Bass should be gamefish
Thanks to Terry from A Marblehed Fly Fisher for turning me onto this vid
Stripers Forever members - I'm very proud to introduce you to a new video commissioned by Stripers Forever to help promote our game fish message as the best possible conservation path for striped bass. The video features people with very prominent backgounds in both striped bass fishing and conservation and includes with some excellent action footage to help make the message entertaining. You can view the video right now on our website at this LINK. Please forward this message to your fishing friends, and while you're at it, please remind to them that membership in Stripers Forever is free. While they are on our website they can go to Become a Memberand sign up in seconds. Spread the word.
Brad Burns, President of Stripers Forever
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