“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

John Muir

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Do Rocket Scientists Catch Bigger Fish ? Yes they do... Read On !

Rocket Scientist Breaks 39-Year-Old Nevada Rainbow Trout Record.

From the Elko (Nevada) Daily Free Press: 
While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to catch a fish, it obviously helps to break a 39-year-old state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught in Nevada. Elko angler Mike Mott— who really has worked as a rocket scientist  — caught the 16-pound, 8-ounce behemoth on Feb.10 at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It measures 301⁄2 inches long. Its girth, according to Mott, is about 20 inches. The previous record, caught by Mike Soskin at Lake Mohave on Dec. 16, 1971, weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 311⁄2 inches long. The record goes by weight, and Mott’s fish beats the old record by 4 ounces. “I was fishing a stonefly nymph under a floating line in the oxbow behind the Gallagher Fish Hatchery, when I felt a tug,” said Mott in a recent interview. “At first I thought I had a snag, but once I started stripping in the line I knew it was going to be fun."

Click here to read more and see the pics

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Guilty Dogs and The case of the missing Sour Trout

Rene Tanner  wrote a funny article about her dog Opie Here's an excerpt.
For the past few days, I have been fishing in my backyard. No, I do not have a pond. I have a dog -- a happy, tail-wagging, tongue-flicking Lab -- who just so happened to eat a half-pound bag of Sour Trout, plastic bag and all.
When we first realized the bag of candy was missing, Opie quickly became suspect number one.

Read the rest here

Great column Renee.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Did you know ?

Did you know after World War II, steel whip antennas from surplus army tanks enjoyed a brief burst of popularity as fishing poles. In fact, work was done to make fiberglass antennas for tanks as they didn't conduct electricity when passing under power lines like steel antennas did. Many fishing rods built immediately after WWII were constructed from salvaged Army tank and truck antennas.

In 1954 – Shakespeare manufactured the first fiberglass radio antennas, golf club shafts, pool cues, archery equipment, and numerous industrial materials.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Federal Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to again kill thousands of trout

An artificial flood in the Grand Canyon aimed at building sandbars to protect the endangered humpback chub has led instead to an eight-fold increase in the nonnative fish that is eating the chub -- the rainbow trout.
So now, the federal Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to again kill thousands of trout using electroshock, perhaps annually for a span of a decade, and at a cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers.


This is a Humpback Chub.