WEEKLY PRESS – Costa Sunglasses/Kick Plastic on Vimeo

This time around on the Mermaid Weekly Press: Don’t suck; pick it up. More on Plastic

Perseveration…I’ve been stuck on this one for a while. I’m sure you can tell if you look back at previous posts.

Saw this video on S.C.O.F. and thought it worth sharing. Enjoy, and get a goddamned reusable water bottle!

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Remote. No Pressure. Fly Fishing Podcast Interview with Kayla Lockhart

Instagram is cool. You can learn a lot from it – and, no doubt, you can waste a lot of time on it. There is little arguing that it has made some people far more famous than they possible would have been otherwise. This holds true in the fly fishing corners of that app as well. Is that a good thing, or is it bad? Not sure. Maybe, it’s just what it is.

Here is an interview that I stumbled upon while scrolling through the gram recently:

If you want to hear it in entirety, do so here or on any podcast listening platform. Kayla Lockhart is a name in the fly fishing social media realms and I thought it worth sharing. Although, I will admit, not a ton on fly fishing throughout the interview. Still, you should check it out. It’s always interesting when you hear someone speak in depth for the first time. Makes you wonder how you would hold up in a similar circumstance.

If you want to hear more interviews from Remote. No Pressure. check ’em out here. Jeff’s voice reminds me a lot of Elliott Adler from the DrakeCast, which, I like.

Fly Fishing podcast about the philosophy of fly fishing

Source: News – Remote. No Pressure.

WEEKLY PRESS – Plastic-Free Camping in Everglades National Park: Part 2…Groceries – Emerger Strategies

This time around on the Mermaid Weekly Press: Plastic-Free Camping in the Everglades from Emerger Strategies

Do I litter? No. Do I care about the sea turtles? Yes. Am I a radical environmentalist? “Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe fuck yourself”

Enjoyed reading this one, which was posted on TFM. I took the time to read all three blog posts for Plastic-Free Camping in the Everglades. My favorite? Part 2. Why? Unlike camping and fishing, we grocery shop all the time –  I know, it’s a sick sad world we live in… It’s something you can put into rotation immediately and I hope you do.

Check it out and see if you can implement a good change related to your weekly grocery habits.

Source: Plastic-Free Camping in Everglades National Park: Part 2…Groceries – Emerger Strategies

THE WEEKLY PRESS: What is Social Impact?

This time around on the Mermaid Weekly Press: Social Impact

“Social impact is jargon – broad, vague, and somewhat inaccessible by definition. So what does it really mean? Technically, social impact is how organizations’ actions affect the surrounding community. In the Stanford context, I’d posit that organizations are students and our actions are how we are applying the skills we’re building to affect our surroundings.” – Stanford Lady

I read the above quote the other day while choosing not to perform certain academic assignments. Don’t ask me how I got so far down this rabbit hole to look at an article dating back to 2013, because I don’t know how it happened. I thought it interesting though. What companies and/or organizations make a positive social impact for their surrounding communities? Orvis seems like they do a lot of good with their 5% for Nature. If you’re not 1% for the planet, then I probably should’t support you, even though I don’t track this as closely as I should. Is The James River Mermaid creating a positive social impact? Probably not. I don’t think a large enough audience exists here, but education, environmental sustainability, and encouragement to do what’s right on and off the water surely have found there way in to one or two posts… Continue reading

One Trick Pony

Definition of the phrase, One trick pony: “a person or thing with only one special feature, talent, or area of expertise.” My reaction? Shit, is that me? Of course it isn’t me. I don’t have a special feature, nor do I possess anything close to an area of expertise. I’m more like a “person or thing with only a few sometimes successful features, talents, or areas of novice”

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WEEKLY PRESS – Proof Fly Fishing Rod Building

This time around on The Weekly Press: Building That Rod

Still sitting on a Blue Halo 7 wt. blank. I foresee a day within the next 25 years of my life where I actually take the time to build it. I do not foresee the specific date of initiation. I certainly don’t foresee the date of completion. Why haven’t I started? Excuses don’t need to take place; chalk it up to laziness.

When I do start the build, this video series from Proof Fly Fishing could come in handy. Who knows, it might even spur someone to start their own build. Hopefully they make it a little further than sitting on a blank.

WEEKLY PRESS — Legends of the Fly Tournament 2018

This time around on the weekly press: Legends of the Fly 2018 Tournament. I’m all signed up

I followed along as this tournament played out last year and really enjoyed the coverage. Figured I’d give it a try this year. Follow along on the gram  @legendsofthefly

Team name? The Flying Mermaids

Objective? Keep the Coleman River Cricket – the name of my canoe – floating

Likely outcome? Last place

Preparations? Make sure the camera works, tie some flies, and pack the cooler…with lots of hydration essentials.

For the past 5 years, Legends of the Fly has sought to grow Saltwater and Freshwater fly fishing in Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area by hosting the fly fishing film tour, our fly fishing exclusive tournament and other various events. All money raised from events is donated to both local and national charities.

Source: Tournament 2018 — Legends of the Fly

New Page with Poetry – The Caddisfly

A little something that we all can appreciate, maybe.

Also, I put in a new page of the blog. Hope you like it, cause I’m not sure I do.

Caddisfly, by The James River Mermaid

I am a caddisfly

Fish eat me

Sometimes I float; sometimes I don’t

I am not a mayfly; I am not a stonefly

Some people think I’m simplistic and lack sophistication

To that I say, I’m a fucking caddisfly; simple and proud

I try not to let fish eat me; I am often unsuccessful 

I am a caddisfly

Some try to impersonate me

To that I say, why?

Fish eat me

It’s flattering to have an impostor

Flattering in a psycho-sadistic way

Word on the street is these pseudo-caddises are commonly dressed in green, olive, and tan

To that I say, I’m all-natural, baby; nothing fake here!

Last time I dyed by hair was junior high!

I am a caddisfly

Fish eat me

Inspired by David Grossman’s Trout South. Check it out on page 136 in S.C.O.F.’s Issue No. 26, Winter 2018

WEEKLY PRESS – Pick Plastic to Kick Plastic | Rep Your Water

This time around on The Weekly Press: Pick Plastic and Win Some Sweet Swag

Blatantly stealing this from TFM, but I don’t think he minds. I’ve addressed cleaning up Mother Earth recently on Instagram. Clean up this place, dammit! #pickplastic18


Pick up trash while you are out adventuring this summer for a chance to win awesome gear from RepYourWater, Nautilus Reels, Costa Del Mar, YETI and fishpond. Details: – One winner at the end of each month: June, July and August – To be entered you need to pick up trash, post a picture of the trash on your Instagram o

Source: Pick Plastic to Kick Plastic | Rep Your Water

WEEKLY PRESS – 6 Comments on Carp in the Houston Bayous

This time around on the Weekly Press: Carp on the Bayou

I’ve discussed carp before. On more than one occasion, my proud fly-fishing self has set out in search of these monsters with high hopes of temping a golden bone to slurp up a fly. On more than one occasion, I’ve failed.

My current work schedule allows me to get out on mid-week afternoons and explore Houston’s finest fishing holes…bayous. If you think Houston has Louisiana’s gator-filled swamp highways, then you’re wrong. These are concrete canals that run throughout the city. Don’t worry, before I saw them, I was wrong too.

What they lack in beauty, they make up for in…damn, hot-as-hell, heat. Houston has been unseasonably, and almost unbearably hot for the month of May. However, the carp are there. I’ve seen them. They’re big. They spook easy. So, here are some tips if you’re ever in the Bayou City and accept the challenge of simultaneously battling it out with a sewer bass and the heat.

  1. Cover up and wear sunscreen: As you might have gathered already, summertime in Houston equals sun-filled, hell-like heat. Some prefer the shorts with a tee-shirt and hat. That’s fine, if you don’t mind skin cancer.  Personally, I’d rather be fully covered and still load up on sunscreen.  Just make sure you don’t get it on your line or flies. It isn’t great for the line, and the scent isn’t exactly natural.
  2. Shadows mean shade: Shade is good for you, but your shadow sure as shit will spook the fish. Just like fishing any other time in any other place, be aware of your shadow. Keep it off the water.
  3. Shadows mean shade: Yes, this is redundant, but hear me out. Take a break and get in the shade. I fished for about three hours and if I hadn’t found shade under a bridge or three, I wouldn’t have lasted that long.
  4. Water is good for you and the fish: No shit, right? So, drink plenty of it. The last thing you want to do is waste away dehydrated and delirious on the banks of a Houston Bayou, just because you couldn’t plan ahead. If you’re going to be out there, you’re going to sweat. Hydrate the night before, the morning of, and the hours prior to your outing. I follow the old, start hydrating 24 hours in advance trick. If you’re worried about waking five times in the middle of the night just to empty the tank, then maybe modify. It’s not a hard and fast rule. Also, re-hydrate. Yes, with beer, but also with water.  Beer is good, I mean great, but it alone won’t keep you alive.
  5. Be sneaky sneaky: Without much shade, tree cover, or downed structures in the bayous, the carp spook easier than most fishies. Approach slow, try to stay out of their visual field. Cast to fish on the far bank…if you can cast that far. If you can’t, practice till you can.
  6. Have fun: Fishing in the heat and not catching a damn thing sucks. It sucks a whole lot more if you’re in a bad mood. Any time on the water should be enjoyed. So, put a smile on and learn from your mistakes, or at least try. Keep a cold beer in the car, or a candy bar – or, a ring pop if it makes you happy – and savor the experience.