Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ohio Fishing Stream/River Guide Program

Why do some great lakes states feel that they do not have to charge fees to be a fishing guide on the tributaries of the great lakes? The states that do not charge guides in or out of state fees for a guiding license are missing the boat. The Great Lakes fishery brings millions of dollars of commerce to the states and providences that they boarder. Starting a license program promotes several things in the fishery. First off the program would need to promote water safety. Guides need to have some type of accreditation that they have cold water survival skills. They need to be qualified in CPR and first aid. The guides would need to be bonded, and fully insured. The guide program would need to be different from the open water boat guides we see. Every guide who is on the outfitters payroll would need to be insured. This would minimize gill raking small time guides services due to the upfront fees! We need to double the prices for out of state guides. I watch my home state Ohio just miss the boat on making money from this fishery. Ohioans need to be more proactive. We have many great resources to help us see if we can get this made into reality. We are also faced with several other problems. How hard would it be to have a minimum slot limit on steelhead? I think we could get the law passed I don’t think that would be a problem. I think the problem would be getting it enforced. You’re not going to catch everyone and we know that, but you can make an effort.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Knowing when it's time to say "nope it’s not worth it"!

A friend and I went to fish Clearfork Creek in Central Ohio on Saturday. We were going after Brown Trout. Armed to the teeth with more flys than most fly shops we headed out. The weather was windy about 15-22 mph winds and partially sunny. I picked up Steve at 0530 to begin our journey. We drove at the river side to see she was swollen! She was about 2 feet higher than I like her. She was moving fast and had about 12” of visibility and had lot of sand and silt in her water column. We swung streamers and then more streamers with no luck! I had my 5 weight switch with a 5’ section of T-11 on her. We picked up camp and moved farther downstream until we found a ok place to get into the water. We combed the upper stretches but found not safe place to enter the river! I fish this river a lot in years past and never had a problem until now! It was ok Mother Nature was getting her ready and filling her springs with much needed water for this year’s drought! We went into the park in the lower section. We looked at the river and it was prime a little high and nowhere near as high as the upper stretches. We walked up stream to the dam and she was barely wadable! I pointed out some seams for Steve to fish and with the howling wind he walked out to the rocks! All of a sudden I hear along with the wind that blowing up towards the dam a faint hey hey you! I thought who this ass clown is! I then realized he was waving us off from the dam! I noticed from about 500 yards away he was wearing all green “like a park ranger”! so he looked the part of being an official of the park. So this ass clown left. We watched the river go from a beautiful aqua blue green to brown and they opened the gates more on the dam! This is was a lesson always pays close attention to your surroundings! I fish around many dams many times and you have to pay attention or you could die! Well I also wanted to let everyone know I’m having Carpal Tunnel surgery on 2-25-11. I will be out of commission for 2-5 weeks! Yes it will suck, and I may miss the white bass, Whipers, and Striper run! Take care all and keep the faith I will return as soon as I can. I probably will get more tying done as I heal!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A fly by Whistler Fly Fishing - and tweaked by me!

These folks where nice enough to post this style leech on there website, and I thought I would share it with my warm water friends! The following flies were tyed by me with a few alterations! The front hook on these flies are cut off so there is only the trailer for swinging!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Genuine Teacher

I attended the annual Buckeye United Fly Fishers show today. I like attending this show helping others find out more about the sport! I saw some old friends, and met some new ones! I often just watch people at these venues. I would find myself tying flies next to Michael Schmidt of Anglers Choice Flies ( ). I watched him interact with people and today I saw what this sport is missing. I have not been around him in a setting like a fly fishing show before so this was a reel treat. I watched and listened to him teach people how to tye his masterful flies and actually help people become better fly tyers. He gave away a few flies today that would cost about 50 dollars. He gave them away so people could try to tye the fly themselves! People flocked to watch him tye his flies. Great speaker when he talked to the small group of people around his tying table. It was nice to watch this type of genuine humanism of tying flies. Keep up the great work Mike.


My play area!

Just me winding down from the day!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Spoonfed Post of the Day

With the invention of this devil box alot of new anglers have become dependent of internet! I will once a week post on my blog the spoonfed question of the day. This is an actual post by a person who has an account with one of the fishing sites I go to see just how people are doing. I know it sounds hypocritical, but I do it for entertainment and not for fishing access or if the fish are biting!

"Does anyone know of a service that provides updated satallite map pics(at least updated daily)fee or free, just thought it would be a nice tool to check on river ice conditions.I have my home river dialed in just trying to save a trip/gas to the rivers out east."