Friday, December 30, 2011
Happy New Year's y'all. I hope that you all have a prosperous and healthy year. Be safe tomorrow, because as my Grandfather used to say, "New Year's Eve is when the amateurs come out to play".
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Quit staring at me, Mrs. Winter...
I am not ready for you. Last week, I stayed up late tying big streamers. You have already taken away my opportunities to fish big, bushy dry flies. So why do you have to take away my streamer fishing with your winds and ice? Give me this one thing. Give me just one more weekend to fish like a gentleman before resorting to nymphs, shot and bobbers....
You can be a cruel woman, Mrs. Winter...
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Adventures of Uncle Hammer - 2011 from _9er on Vimeo.
This is a slideshow my buddy Jake put together of his year. Some of the pics may look familiar, because his photography has been on the Sip a couple times before and I make a couple appearances in the slide show. I'm happy that I got to participate in what turned out to be a great year of fishing for Jake. Until 2012, buddy.
Photograpy by Jake Carey & Friends
Friday, December 16, 2011
Growing up in Michigan, I learned to love fishing at night with mice patterns. It wasn’t until I moved out west that I realized how versatile these flies can be. Now, I always carry a few just in case- or if I have too much to drink and need something to keep my attention during the wee hours.
After fishing a ton of different mouse patterns, I decided to combine different elements of some of my favorites to come up with something more productive. The butt sinking versatility of the Dirty Rat, the wake producing merit of the Morrish Mouse and most importantly the hooking ability of Mr. Hankey’s. The Miracle Mouse was the result of my experiments, and should serve you just as well as it has served me.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Did he bite me several times as a puppy? Sure... but he got over it. I think it was all of the fishing trips that made him trust me. Or maybe the cold water made him mellow out. No, I got it... it was the dead pike that he rolled in last summer. Ever since then, he realized that when I tell him not to do something, it is in his best interest.
Dogs don't feel hate, jealousy or care if you fart with the windows up on a long car ride. They are just happy to be going fishing with you. Getting wet and sniffing the fish you catch is nothing less than the bee's knees. My dog knows that I wont leave him or let him get swept away in the current. He knows that he is part of the fishing trip, not just along for the ride. Most of all, he knows he can trust me.
Yup... it had to have been the dead pike.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I have tried not to do any "gear review" posts on here, but with Christmas around the corner, I figured I would help you kiddos out. I know that every Christmas I go insane trying to figure out what to get people and my family always has trouble buying stuff for me. Every year I tell them, "just go to the fly shop and pick me up a bunch of junk", this always leaves me with hot pink threads and hemos. Every year I struggle on what to tell them, so they always end up getting me stuff that I already have or isn't very useful.
This year is different. After my friends at Clear Cure Goo sent me a starter kit of their products, I now know what to have my family get me. I have been tying bugs with this stuff all month and cant get enough of it, so I put my holiday order in for some of their additional products (i'm getting the brushable and hydro). It's way easier than epoxy and looks awesome.
A kit comes with:
1 LED Light.
1 Clear Cure Goo Thick Syringe 10ml
1 Clear Cure Goo Thin Syringe 10ml
Check out all of their products at www.clearcuregoo.com
Friday, December 9, 2011
As the old adage goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". This is not only how I feel about this situation, but also how my friend Alex Cerveniak (alexkain.com) put it in the following article. So instead of re-inventing the wheel, I am simply reposting Alex's piece on this very serious public land grab situation in Michigan. Whether you plan to ever fish the waters of Michigan or not, please take a moment to read Alex's piece and consider emailing the representatives below. Because today it may be a public land grab in Michigan, but tomorrow it could be a land grab in your neck of the woods.
Hip To The Sip
We all fish and/or hunt on publicly owned land. And chances are good, if you’re like me, your favorite place in the whole world is on Michigan owned land. Now imagine if the State had never bought it? You would never even know it was there, or worse yet, you’d know about it and be unable to enjoy it.
TU opposes this bill for the following reasons:
Ask Your Representative to Vote “No” on SB248 (Land Cap Bill)
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|Rep. Matt Huukiemail@example.com|
|Rep. Holly Hughes||091||517-373-3436||HollyHughes@house.mi.gov|
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|Rep. Peter Pettaliaemail@example.com|
|Rep. Wayne Schmidt||104||517-373-1766||WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov|
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|Rep. Tim Bledsoeemail@example.com|
|Rep. Maureen Stapletonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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