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

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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 to. Keep a cold beer in the car, or a candy bar, or hell, a ring pop if it makes you happy, and savor the experience.

WEEKLY PRESS – Fly Tying Video

This time around on the Weekly Press: A Fly Tying Video

School is kicking my ass. Hence, the lack of recent posts.

I made this video a couple weeks ago and threw it into a Mermaids at the Vise post. Here it is as the centerfold. Enjoy.

If all goes as planned, the future will hold many more Mermaids at the Vise fly tying videos. After receiving feedback from friends with minimal-to-no video editing experience, here are some of the main comments:

  • Get closer so you can actually see the damn fly
  • For god’s sake, have a solid background
  • Lose the music and add talking points
  • Add scantly clad women, heavy cleavage, nudity, or a combination of the three…

Admittedly, some of these may find their way into future videos.

WEEKLY PRESS – How to Catch and Release a Fish | PartSelect.com

TFM posted one of these Part Select infographs  on Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Outfit.

Catch and release is important too.

From PartSelect:

Catch and release fishing is all about fighting the fish quickly, and releasing it carefully. Follow these guidelines to make sure your catch swims away at the end of the day.

Head over to Part Select to get the full post, and others.

Source: How to Catch and Release a Fish | PartSelect.com

Sewer Bass Podcasts

Carp on the brain? Me too.

Unlike most Americans, this mermaid spends very little time in a vehicle. Usually, when I do, it’s for the long haul. Podcasts make these hour-plus ventures fly by like clockwork. On a recent trip I lined up a few carp podcasts. I like carp…I think. I’ve yet to catch one, as I wrote about here. True be told, I don’t put a lot of effort into them. I should. They seem fun.

After listening to several hours’ worth of carp-related material, I picked up a thing or two. Here is what stuck; some random thoughts included:

S01E106 | Carp Cast | Everything You Need To Know About Common Carp

Rob did a lot of research. There is some random information here. By some, I mean a lot. If you have time to waste and don’t mind day dreaming on tangents before snapping back into a podcast, then this one’s for you. Red midges!

The DrakeCast Episode #25 – Horseshoes & Carp Grenades

Carp are cool, somehow related to bluegrass, and you can find more than one carp-on-the-fly tournament. Check out the Midwest Golden Bones Fly Tournament. The stickers on that flybox are priceless. They mention some great synonyms for carp, the title of this post included.

Kirk Deeter’s Top Ten Tips for Carp

Tom’s smart. Listen to Tom. Kirk’s smart too. He wrote a book on carp. Check it out, here. I haven’t read it. Hopefully, one day soon.  Casting to carp? Think baseball caps. Carp hear well. So, be quiet! Orvis has quite a few podcasts on carp. I delved into this one. You should check out the rest of ’em.

Images and links from Fly Fishing Consultant, The Drake, and Orvis