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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Goodby to Graphite?

"A Scottish company has joined a Las Vegas firm to make fishing rods from carrots.

E21, the American company, is applying the same technology in an attempt to develop golf club shafts that would reduce tendonitis and drive a golf ball farther and straighter than conventional materials would.

Carrot Stix, the veggie-based fishing rods, won the best-in-show award at the American Sportfishing Association’s international trade show..."

The company behind this innovation is CelluComp

Read the whole story at: http://www.projo.com/sports/to....html

The Top Five Smallmouth Bass Rivers

In their July, 2007 issue, Field & Stream Magazine named the Adroscoggin River, Upper Mississippi River, New River, John Day River and the Upper Delaware River as their picks for the best smallmouth bass rivers in the US.

I'm not sure about four of the five, but the Upper Delaware is something I've known about all along. There's about 60 miles of outstanding smallmouth water on this stretch of river holding more than enough fish to provide great fun on fly or light tackle.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Best Fish of Summer - Smallmouth Bass!

Too many fly fishermen, and spin fishermen for that matter, hang up their rods at the end of each Spring and lament the passing of another fishing season. What many don't realize is the end of trout season is the beginning of another exciting, challenging and rewarding fishing season. It's smallmouth time.

For the trout fisherman this should be a natural progression as these fish live in streams and rivers too warm to hold trout, yet they share many of the same habitat preferences except for water temperature.

There's been a lot written about smallmouth bass, so I'm not going to get into it too deep here. A quick search on the web will yield much information or better yet, reading through one of the many books on the subject

Keep your skills honed, your tackle from getting dusty and most of all, enjoy the great fun these hard fighters will provide through the summer and fall.

Some suggested reading: Fly-Fishing for Smallmouth
Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod
How to Catch Smallmouth Bass