Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This Week In #glassisnotdead

Another week and another mix up of images hashtagged with #glassisnotdead on Instagram.  It's really neat to see everyone's different experiences with glass.











Be sure to hashtag your photos with #glassisnotdead and a favorite photo may turn up in a future T.F.M. post.

Southern Trout - Issue #12

The latest issue of Southern Trout is live and ready for a flip through over your extended coffee break at work.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Scumliner's Walleye Tacos

While hanging out with the Headhunters Fly Shop crew the other week, John Arnold (a.k.a. scumliner) and I went up to the dam on one of the evenings to swing and strip sculpin patterns for walleye that live (and devour the resident trout) in the Missouri River.  I had never caught a walleye on the fly so it sounded like great fun to end a day on the river.  Over an hour or so we had a few tugs and caught a couple decent sized walleye that John took home for family fish taco night.

John passed along his walleye tacos recipe, which living in South Carolina I may try soon but use bluegill filets instead.


2 Pounds Walleye Fillets
1 Tomato Chopped
Shredded Cabbage
Chopped Onion
Sliced Black Olives
Feta Cheese
Marie Sharp's Habanero Pepper Sauce
Corn Tortillas - Lightly Grilled

Cold Pacifico in the bottle or Tecate cans.

To make the batter take two cups flour and mix in liberal amounts of chile powder, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, etc.  Season to taste.  Whisk two eggs in a bowl.  Take chunks of fillets and dip them in flour mixture, them egg, then flour again.  Fry quickly in hot oil.
Once the walleye is fried place filet pieces on the tortillas and garnish with tomato, cabbage, black olive, onion, feta cheese, and sauce.  Enjoy.

Don't feel to bad for the open season (and no limit) on walleye on the Missouri River.  A fish like the walleye can be devastating to a river system as their diet is largely other fish, including small trout.  John said that recently someone caught a tagged walleye over 30 inches which had traveled from several reservoirs over and was over seventeen years old.  Imagine how many trout that fish had eaten in his lifetime?


Check out the Headhunters Fly Shop website and blog for the latest information on the Missouri River, along with the occasional post on fly fishing for walleye as well.

Fly Fishing Collaborative

Please take four minutes and watch this video.  They have some good ideas and I am going to keep an eye on what the Fly Fishing Collaborative is working towards.

From the Fly Fishing Collaborative website...

"We exist to use our passion for fly fishing for a good and just cause. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), human trafficking is the world’s largest enterprise after drugs and weapons. Over 2 million children are affected annually. Studies show that children caught in sex trafficking are victimized by 100–1500 perpetrators each year. We formed the FFC so that we can use our tools in fly fishing to give children the protection and healing they need. By partnering with professional fly fishing outfitters and guides around the world, we have the incredible opportunity to join the fight for freedom and recovery for these precious children.

Every $10,000 we raise will provide a totally sustainable tilapia farm that will be built for an orphanage in order to provide them with food, income, water, and fresh produce. Additionally, this will empower their leaders to care for more children that would otherwise be sold into slavery."

Check out the Fly Fishing Collaborative website for more information, to buy a leather fly wallet, or book a trip.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Graywolf Rods - Build #264 - Ijuin-Rod

This past week Shane Gray of Graywolf Rods finished fiberglass build #264 and it is a tricked out Ijuin-Rod 6'6" three weight.  This build features dark chestnut silk wraps, rattan with a bit of cork on the ends grip, and very fitting blued metal hardware.  Shane sold this one within minutes of it being posted on his website, but we can still admire the work.

These little green Ijuin-Rod blanks are becoming quite the desired canvas for custom builders and it is very interesting how the shade of green of the blank can look warmer or cooler depending on the color of wraps done.  If you are looking for a special full-flexing three weight then this one should be highly considered.

Check out the Graywolf Rods website, Blog, and Facebook page for more information.  Shane also joined Instagram recently and can be followed there as well.

Tributaries - Behind The Scenes

Have you seen Tributaries?  Either way, the making of video that was released on Orvis News is fun to watch.

Check out the Tributaries website for more information on the film. RC Cone does some very impressive video work and this film is some of his best to date.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Giveaway - Favorite Gierach?

There are just a handful of fly fishing related writers that I've read just about everything they have ever put in print and John Gierach is one of them.  His books are always an enjoyable read and a tattered copy of Trout Bum has gone along on many a fly fishing trip stuffed in my backpack, read on a lazy afternoon in the hammock, or paged through on a cold evening in my chair.  His books will stand the test of time and he's a long standing character within fly fishing.  He continues to live the writer and trout bum lifestyle and has somehow figured out how to make it work for the past forty or so years.  Lucky fellow.

Gierach's latest book, All Fisherman Are Liars, was released this week and is a collection of essays on his travels across North America from coast to coast and covering subjects of all sorts.  I've read a few chapters and this is certainly another Gierach book to add to your library.

Simon & Schuster has graciously offered to give away three copies of John Gierach's new book to the T.F.M. readership, so please check out the the rules of the giveaway outlined below.

1.  Send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com and tell me which is your favorite Gierach book of all time?  If you've never read a book written by John Gierach then still send in an email and this may be your first.

2.  Please send only ONE EMAIL submission per email address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

3.  Submissions will be accepted until 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 21st, 2014. 

4.  On Monday morning THREE WINNERS will be chosen by random number generator and then listed at the bottom of this post.  Winners will also be contacted by email as well.

5.  Each winner will receive a copy of All Fisherman Are Liars.

There were several hundred submissions sent in over the weekend and the random number generator choose the following winners.


Thanks to all that participated and thanks also to Simon & Schuster for sponsoring this weekend giveaway.

Visit John Gierach's new website for more information on All Fisherman Are Liars along with his other books published by Simon & Schuster.