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Monday, August 24, 2009
No Reservations' Anthony Bourdain in Montana Tonight

Tune into The Travel Channel tonight at 10pm EST as fly fishing writer, Jim Harrison, hosts Bourdain:

The Rocky Mountains are an outdoorsman’s paradise, and ranchers are a large part of Montana’s culture. Tony visits the Metcalf family, fourth-generation ranchers, to gain some insight into what it means to call Montana home. Tony goes fly-fishing with his friend Jim Harrison, a writer who is a longtime visitor to Livingston, MT. Later in the evening, Tony joins a manly conversation about meats, old-time tough guys like Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, and right vs. wrong. Good all-American food, all-American men and America’s beautiful land.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mountain Home Makes Forbes' Top Ten

Forbes magazine' s Monte Burke has determined North America's top ten fly fishing towns, and Mountain Home, Arkansas has made the list.

Also included are Roscoe, NY; State College, PA; Grayling, MI; Calgary, Alberta; Glenwood Springs, CO; Redding, CA; Asheville, NC; Missoula, MT and West Yellowstone, MT.
  White River

Friday, August 21, 2009
A Rare Sight!

The His Place Resort live webcam shows a no generation flow on the White River this Friday afternoon.

If you'd like to join me an early fall trip to Arkansas to fish the White and Norfork rivers, email me.

  White River

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Fair Weather Fisherman

It was Barack Obama’s “A River Runs Through It” moment.
Moving beyond his usual sporting pursuits of basketball and golf, the U.S. president took advantage of his trip to Montana’s Big Sky country on Friday to try his hand at the Western pastime of fly fishing.
His original plan for a 30-minute helicopter ride to a fishing spot at the O’Dell Creek Ranch was nixed by rainy weather. Instead, after hosting a healthcare townhall meeting in the rustic town of Belgrade, Obama traveled by motorcade to a nearby private ranch set against a misted mountain range.
The meandering East Gallatin River runs through it and the fishing hole there was apparently deemed acceptable for presidential use.
Although the press pool was kept at a distance with its view mostly obscured by trees and overcast skies, Obama’s entourage was spotted headed to the riverbank with fly-fishing rods in hand. Whiplike lures could be seen looping gracefully over the water.
But that didn’t last for long. Driving rain soon forced the party indoors at a sprawling ranch-style mansion. Obama was said to have planned to try out a new fishing rod he received as a birthday present from friends.
- Reuters

  Obama Fishing

Friday, August 14, 2009

Guilty Pleasure

The Chick-Fil-A peach shake - like I need another guilty pleasure. With the opening of Ellijay's own Chick-Fil-A, access to this incredible delight is all too easy.

For those who care about such things - 14oz small ($2.49) - 720 calories and 19 grams of fat. The 20oz large ($2.89) - 850 calories and 21 grams of fat.

Sounds like health food to me.

  Peach Shake
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
More Words of Wisdom from the Ol'Fart

When using your cap to shoo a wasp out the window of your car, make sure the wasp went out the window and not into the band of your cap. Apparently wasps find this to be very irritating.
Where' s the damn benadryl and epi pen?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Carp and Haiku - from Justin Witt

Every time it rains
my arms end up getting tired
from all the pulling.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Cast a Vote For One of the Good Guys

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Please take a moment and visit Cox Conserves Heroes and cast a vote for colleague, Don Wells of Mountain Stewards. Don's contributions to North Georgia are well-worthy of recognition.
Don is an avid advocate for conserving - and enjoying - the open spaces of the North Georgia Mountains. He designed and managed the creation of new recreation facilities at no cost to the state and involved counties. He also contributed to the creation of the Amicalola Falls handicap access trail, 18 miles of scenic trails and an interactive trail designed for a therapeutic riding program. Don makes it possible for people of all ages to enjoy the North Georgia Mountains.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Long Awaited Grand Opening

Joanne is beside herself with aniticipation of this weekend's opening of Ellijay's own Chick-Fil-A. In commemoriazaion of the event, Wanda Maloney has submitted the attached video.

While not a fast-food fan, I will admit that the Chick-Fil-A peach milkshake is one certain guilty pleasure.

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Girl Gone Fishing

I just spent a great afternoon being schooled by Patagonia-fishing-guide-in-training, Genevieve Peterson. She's invited to fish with the ol'fart anytime. Her mom, dad and baby bro are welcomed as well.

Apologizes for the shameless photoshoping of Genevieve's birthday pic.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 Rule
Kudos and Congratulations

I was just fed the following notice from fishing partner Justin Witt's literary agent.

Local writer and vagabond fly fisherman Justin C. Witt has had some publishing success of late.  His short fiction story Paring Down, an account of what can happen when fly fishing is allowed to fill too wide a void in human consciousness, was accepted and can be read online in the spring 2009 issue of Long Island literary journal The Angler, the print edition of which is also available for purchase at  Additionally Justin's poem To the Moose! was accepted and printed by Publishing Genius Press as part of the Is Reads program in Baltimore, Nashville, and Pittsburgh, even snagging the coveted cover spot for the Baltimore Is Reads edition online. 

  Baltimore Is Reads

Friday, August 7, 2009

Could Be Your Second Best 5.5 Minutes of the Weekend
Thanks to Cousin John Hackney for reminding me of this performance. Great way to kick off the weekend.    
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Joanne's BMW Needs a New Home

For your consideration, a 2000 BMW 323i. Well maintained, in great condition and never driven to church.

Click here for the details.


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Wednesday Afternoon on the Toccoa

Drove the Dolphin up to the Toccoa tailwater to meet Scott McBride for an afternoon of float tube fly fishing. The hatches were sporadic, but the fish were on them and not paying much attention to our offerings.
Great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

  Toccoa Rainbow

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Another Monster Fish

Ian Rutter found this monster brown back in July while guiding on the Clinch River. I say "found" because he observed the fish drifting with the current and was able to net it. The trout measured 34" in length and 19" in girth. It was released.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Benson Passes

The Guardian
Alas poor Benson. Born around 1984 and at times England's largest freshwater fish, this awe-inspiring carp has been found dead at his home at Bluebell Lakes near Peterborough.
    The facts of Benson's life are well known for he was the UK's most famous fish. Stocked into the Bluebell at around 10 years of age, Benson was already well over 22 lbs, on his way to super-stardom. At his peak, he was caught at over 60 lbs), though more recently he had slimmed down to around 50lbs – still a leviathan. He gained his name because of a small hole in his dorsal fin that looked exactly like a cigarette burn.
    But what made Benson so special, so beloved, was his generosity. It's estimated he graced the landing nets of more than 60 anglers, dusting them all with immortality.



An angler holds 'Benson' Photograph: SWNS.COM/James Stacey

    Under normal circumstances, we would simply lament Benson's passing but there is anger today and a sense of suspicion. Carps can live to 60 or 70; Benson was cut down in his prime. Raw tiger nuts have been found on the banks at Bluebell. Unless these nuts are cooked and expertly prepared they can prove toxic to carp and the fear is that Benson could have been poisoned by one of his pursuers. Carp anglers love their carp and this smacks of a monstrous betrayal.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It's Not Just South Carolina Beauty Contestants

This young lady (not a blond) was speaking before the Santa Cruz City Council.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ready for the Road

DolphinThe Dolphin is back from the shop with a new fuel pump and rippin' and rarin' for the open road.
Who wants to go fishing?

Friday, July 17, 2009
Bamboo and Tweeds

If I hadn't wasted what little was left of my calculating ability earlier in the week cipherin' a trillion, I could probably determine how many days in my 61 years I've spent on trout streams.

But no matter the number, I can guarantee that I've never seen a young lass like the one pictured here with her tweeds and bamboo rod.

Fellows, please take the warning seriously - I have no desire to have your demise on my conscience. Ladies, I know, I'm a pig.

Tweeds and Bamboo
Friday, July 17, 2009
Join the "Jogging for Justin Team"

Justin ElliottDust off your Nikes and sign up for Justin Elliott's "Jogging for Justin Team" for the July 25th Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation's Race for Research. To learn more about the race and a remarkable young man, jump over to Gilmer News.

Race for Reseacrh
Friday, July 17, 2009
"Dreams Do Come True"

Emily FisherCongratulations to Emily Fisher, a second generation OFWLC, on the very nice University of West Georgia feature about her job on the Fox Theatre restoration team. Click here to read the article.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
smart Concept Catching On

It seems that the smart car concept is catching on in the horse world. This mustang hybrid is only the first in what will surely be a new wave of genetically engineered, more efficient animals.

Thanks to Greg Fisher for the video link.


Thursday, July 16, 2009
Whata Catch!

Eighty-four pound Jessica Wanstall, just over 4' tall caught this 193 lb, 9' catfish from Spain's River Ebro.

"My dad thought it was going to be a small one and I told him it didn't feel small when I picked up the rod. It was really hard work pulling it in and my arms turned to jelly."

It took Jessica about twenty minutes to land this guy which was released after this photograph.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
More on a Trillion

NeanderthalI had several comments on the trillion dollars chart I posted yesterday. Here's another way to look at the magnitude of a trillion.

If you can count to 60 in 60 seconds, you could count to a million in 11.5 days.

To count to a billion would take 11,500 days or 31.5 years.

Now, are you ready - to count to a trillion would take 11,500,000 days or 31,507 years.

If you'd given a Neanderthal this task - he'd still be counting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Oh Sure, This Will Work!

Healthcare Plan

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Folks, It's Not Just Zeros!

Our government has now officially spent one trillion dollars more than it has. Here's what a trillion dollars actually looks like.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
From the "It Takes One to Know One" File

DUIWisconsonite Gavin McCalla sent along this photo with the caption, "How to spot a guy from Wisconsin with a DUI conviction."

Monday, July 13, 2009

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Cut your finger? Hurt your leg? Start swearing. It might lessen the pain.
Researchers from the school of psychology at Britain's Keele University have found swearing can make you feel better as it can have a "pain-lessening effect," according to a study published in the journal NeuroReport. Colleagues Richard Stephens, John Atkins and Andrew Kingston, set out to establish if there was any link between swearing and physical pain. "Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," says Stephens. "It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain.
Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists." Their study involved 64 volunteers who were each asked to put their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice. They then repeated the experiment using a more commonplace word that they would use to describe a table. The researchers found the volunteers were able to keep their hands in the ice water for a longer when swearing, establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.
Stephens said it was not clear how or why this link existed but it could be because swearing may increase aggression. "What is clear is that swearing triggers not only an emotional response, but a physical one too, which may explain why the centuries-old practice of cursing developed and still persists today," he said.

Monday, July 13, 2009
Killer Pike

Police divers have ended the reign of terror of a huge fish that was attacking swimmers in a Swiss lake.

The zander, which was two feet three inches long and weighed 17.5 pounds, was harpooned on Sunday after it bit six swimmers over the weekend, fish warden Fabio Croci told local media.
Two swimmers were treated in hospital for bite wounds up to four inches long after being attacked on Lac Majeur, which borders he added.

Police divers at first tried to capture the carnivorous fish with a net, but when this failed they pursued the zander with a harpoon and managed to kill it.
The meat from the captured fish was served up to tourists at the lake.

"It is quite unusual for zanders to bite humans", Croci said, adding he suspected the fish was suffering from a hormonal imbalance which could be responsible for its aggression.


Sunday, July 5, 2009
OFWLC Minus Two

Once we got Greg Fisher out of the hospital, three of the five OFWLC directors and their lovely brides celebrating the Fourth of July on Blackberry Mountain.
Pictured left to right is yours truly - Dave Teffeteller with Greg Fisher and Todd Lewis. Directors Jerry Stephenson and John Simank had some sort of bogus excuses for not attending and are in jeopardy of suspension for failing to attend mandatory functions.

  Olfarts - 2

Friday, July 3, 2009
Report from George Laux

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, Nan kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first -  my 4-Runner, email, fishing, golf, always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home yesterday, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.

I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. When I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. "When you finish cutting the grass," I said, "you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

Thursday, July 2, 2009
"Once In A Blue Moon"

On the Fly Productions' "Once In A Blue Moon" reveals the mystery of an event that happens only rarely in the New Zealand highlands: a "mouse year," when big brown trout and rainbows key in on an exploding rodent population. Stunning scenery, beautiful casting sequences, crystalline water, and some very large fish hint at why pursuing a life-cycle phenomenon in remote places is worth any amount of effort.
Love those mieces to pieces!

Saturday, June 27, 2009
New Waterfall Kayak Record

On April 21, Tyler Bradt kayaked over the 186-foot-high Palouse Falls in Washington.  

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Remembering My Office Mate

Twenty-seven years ago I moved my design studio to offices in Knoxville, Tennessee's Sequoyah Hills. We'd been in the building for several weeks before I happened to close the door to my office and found Farrah posing before me. We compatibly shared that office for several years - I wonder whatever happened to that poster. Farrah

Monday, June 22, 2009 Rule
Awkward Family Photos

Thanks to buddy Ron Lutz for forwarding this great diversion.

Click on the image to view it - you'll need PowerPoint. Use your Enter key to forward through the pages.

Sunday, June 21, 2009
Remembering Dad - and Mom

Not a day goes by that I don't feel the pressence of my parents - the humor of Mom and the perserverance of Dad.
Great parents - considering what they had to work with
Mom and Dad

Friday, June 19, 2009
Gotta Watch That Payload

For those of us who fly into remote fishing areas, the Beaver DeHavilland holds a special place in our hearts.
Have you thought it was overkill when the pilot asked your weight and weighed your luggage? This video will show why it was not. By the way, 2 adults, 2 children and 2 dogs walked away from the crash


Monday, June 15, 2009
Afternoon on the Hooch

I spent the afternoon with Erin Witt and her brother floating and fishing the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Settles Bridge. This was the first trial run of the new 3-person pontoon boat in moving water and it and the oarsman did well.
It's been at least 20 years since I floated this stretch. Sunday afternoon there was rather like being at Walmart as we enjoyed comments from the floatilla of urbanites in their rented tubes, rafts and kayaks like, "I hope I get home in time to watch the race."
However, the best term of the day was from Justin Witt who accused me of "premature dejaculation" for removing my life jacket before passing under the Hwy 20 bridge.

  Little Brown

Friday, June 12, 2009

Good Friday Afternoon for Carpin'

If you're going to screw off on a Friday afternoon , this is the way to do it. Justin Witt caught this nice carp on a bonefish crab in a bream and bass lake. A bit unconventional, but obviously effective.   Witt Carp

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Visit Greg Fisher's Cancer Journal

Greg FisherLong-time buddy Greg Fisher has asked me to help chronicle his latest bout with cancer. I have placed a link to the left or you can click here.

Greg and wife Sandi are currently at MD Anderson where Greg is under-going extensive testing and treatment planning. Please send Greg lots of your positive energy, thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Rule
Paddle Georgia Volunteers Needed

Paddle GeorgiaPaddle Georgia is coming to Ellijay next week on June 19 when over 300 paddlers will be registering for the 7 day, 92 mile paddle down the Coosawattee and Oostanaula to Rome.
The Coosawattee Watershed Alliance needs your help:

Registration at Gilmer County High School on June 19 between 1-8 p.m.
We'll need help with paperwork, directing traffic and information.

Portage boats Jun 20 from Coosawattee River Resort to Ridgeway Boat Ramp between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
We'll need help with loading and unloading boats and driving a vehicle pulling a trailer between CRR and Ridgeway Boat Ramp.

Portage around Carters Dam on June 21 between the hours of 1-5 p.m.
We'll need help with loading and unloading boats and driving a vehicle pulling a trailer around Carters Dam.

To volunteer call:
Joe Cook

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The Elusive Six Pound Smallmouth

While that 6 pound Canadian smallmouth continues to elude my fly rod, one did find it's way onto a plastic lizard at the end of John Simank's spinning rod.

This girl measured 23 inches in length and weighed well over 6 pounds. At least I was paddling for him and got to witness the event.

Plastic Lizard

John Simank  

Monday, June 8, 2009
Back From Quetico Provincial Park

It was another great canoe trip into Canada's Quetico Provincial Park Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Despite high water, below average temperatures and unrelenting winds, fish were caught and consumed. Thanks to fishing colleagues, Don and Kay Dunn, Ed Richmond, George Laux, Ron Higgins and John Simank for a great time.


This nice smallmouth was tricked by a popping bug - a much appreciated Christmas gift from fellow OFWLC member Jerry Stephenson.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Political Correctness You Can Use

Ol' buddy Walker Johnson posted this on Facebook -

Due to the climate of political correctness now pervading America, Kentuckians, Tennesseans, Okies, Texans, and West Virginians will no longer be referred to as HILLBILLIES. You must now refer to us as APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS.

And furthermore:

1. She is not a BABE or a CHICK. She is a BREASTED AMERICAN.
5. She does not NAG you. She becomes VERBALLY REPETITIVE.
6. She is not a TWO BIT HOOKER. She is a LOW COST PROVIDER.

1. He does not have a BEER GUT. He has developed a LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.
5. He does not act like a TOTAL ASS. He develops a case of RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION.
6. It' s not his CRACK you see hanging out of his pants. It's REAR CLEAVAGE.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
What Did He Say?

SotomayorWas it just me that heard President Obama describe his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as an aspiring woman?

In the words of Emily Litella, "never mind."

Monday, May 25, 2009
New Look - Sorta

Sporting a new hair style, make-up and smaller eyebrows, Susan Boyle won last night's Britains Got Talent competition with what seems to be a pretty shaky performance to me.    

Monday, May 25, 2009
The Hits Just Keep Coming

These are the latest photos (the PG-rated ones anyway) from Justin Witt, Charles Mize and Sal Bruno spending a week fishing for stripers in Cape Cod.

Justin Witt Justin Witt

Saturday, May 23, 2009
It's Official, The Country Has Gone to Hell!

VegetablfsSome time back, I made a similar proclamation when Starbucks opened in Ellijay. But this is clearly the final canoe paddle across the Styx.
I just snapped this photo at the  local hamburger grill - a place I considered to be the last refuge against healthy eating and all-things-Atlanta.
Hopefully, they are at least deep-fried.

Saturday, May 23, 2009
Cape Cod Striper Report

Justin Witt and Sal Bruno are having having good fishing for Cape Cod stripers.
If you're interested in fly fishing for Cape Cod stripers , Canada smallmouth or Argentina trout, please visit Destination Fishing or email me.

Justin Witt

  Sal Bruno

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Argentines Pay Tribute to an Honest Taxi Driver

Santiago GoriSantiago Gori, a taxi driver from the city of La Plata, 60 kilometers south of Buenos Aires found $35,000 after driving an elderly couple. They only went a short distance but when he dropped them off, they left the bag containing the money in the back of his taxi.
A few days later he managed to locate his passengers again and he returned the bag. For Argentines used to corruption at all levels of society, this was an extraordinary story.
Two public relations guys set up a website in his honor calling for gestures of gratitude for what is seen as an extraordinary act of honesty. It is estimated 55,000 people visited the site and left hundreds of rewards and messages for Gori.
Argentina - a great place to visit and cast a line.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Motorist Busted for Driving with One Hand

Now, for the rest of the story ...

Andrew JonesTSG - MAY 19--Driving to see his girlfriend Sunday evening, Andrew Jones recalled being "excited" about their approaching rendezvous. Which might explain why Jones, 34, was allegedly masturbating while supposedly "talking dirty" to the woman on the phone (while simultaneously piloting his 2002 Chrysler Sebring).
Of course, that doesn't really explain why the West Virginia man was wearing women's underwear and stockings at the time. Jones was busted by a state trooper after two separate truckers called 911 to report seeing a motorist "masturbating while driving."
Jones, seen in the mug shot at right, was charged with indecent exposure and drug possession (a bag of methamphetamine and a pipe were found in his car).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Rule
Darwin Vindicated - Missing Link Discovered

Sky News Online
IdaScientists have unveiled a 47-million-year-old fossilised skeleton of a monkey hailed as the missing link in human evolution.
The search for a direct connection between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom has taken 200 years - but it was presented to the world today at a special news conference in New York.
The discovery of the 95%-complete 'lemur monkey' - dubbed Ida - is described by experts as the "eighth wonder of the world". They say its impact on the world of palaeontology will be "somewhat like an asteroid falling down to Earth".
Researchers say proof of this transitional species finally confirms Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and the then radical, outlandish ideas he came up with during his time aboard the Beagle

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
San Francisco to Impose Butt Tax

I thought that finally San Francisco officials might have come up with a good idea - a user tax that could put the city into the black. Well, it wasn't exactly what I thought:

NYT - In what he casts as an attack on litterbugs and nicotine addiction alike, Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to impose a fee on an age-old inhabitant of city streets: the cigarette butt. The proposal, to be introduced next month to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, would add 33 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes, to offset the estimated $10.7 million the city spends annually removing discarded butts from gutters, drainpipes and sidewalks.


Monday, May 18, 2009
Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

BidenWith a VP like this, who needs enemies?

According to a report, while recently attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an annual event where powerful politicians and media elite get a chance to cozy up to one another, Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under the old U.S. Naval Observatory, which is now the home of the vice president.
The bunker is believed to be the secure, undisclosed location former Vice President Dick Cheney remained under protection in secret after the 9/11 attacks.
According to Eleanor Clift's report on the Newsweek blog, Biden "said a young naval officer giving him a tour of the residence showed him the hideaway, which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment." 
Clift continued: "The officer explained that when Cheney was in lock down, this was where his most trusted aides were stationed, an image that Biden conveyed in a way that suggested we shouldn't be surprised that the policies that emerged were off the wall.."

  Naval Observatory

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Max Holstein Launches Gilmer County Blog

Friend Max Holstein announces:

I have decided to start a new blog about Gilmer County.  To let our friends that live out of the County (part-timers) as well as those of us who are permanent residents know about news and activities that are happening.  We live in such an active area that it is almost impossible to keep up with everything going on.  I am also hoping that the blog will spread to those that are thinking about relocating here, either full or part time.  I want to keep a positive note but won’t be afraid to report and comment on those things that we all need to be aware of on the political side.

Visit Max's blog

  Gilmer News

Friday, May 15, 2009
Fishing With Justin Stateside

It's good to have Justin Witt back from Argentina for a few months. We got together to share some sundown, sunfishing with some monster largemouth bass on Justin's home water. Good fishing - good companionship.

Justin Witt

  Blue Gill

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Pop Names

Each year the Social Security Administration publishes the most popular baby names for the previous year. At right are those names for last year, and those for my son's, yours truly and my dad.
I wonder how it will read in twenty years?
To check it out for yourself visit the SSA website.

  Birth Names

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I had no idea that I was a drug user - well, not of this drug anyway.

The Food and Drug Administration scolded the makers of Cheerios about the way they promote the cereal's health benefits. The FDA sent a letter of warning to General Mills accusing them of making unauthorized health claims.

Current boxes of Cheerios are touting what the company calls exciting news -- the cereal's ability to help lower cholesterol 10 percent in one month.

According to a letter from the FDA General Mills' advertising violates the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The agency said claims that Cheerios ingredients can lower cholesterol within a certain amount of time, all while providing cancer-fighting and heart-healthy benefits, essentially makes Cheerios "a drug" by their definition. And no drug in this country can be legally marketed without an approved new drug application.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Husband Store

A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY ONCE !
There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch: you may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!
So, a woman goes to The Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
Floor 1 - These men have jobs and love the Lord.
The second floor sign reads:
Floor 2 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids.
The third floor sign reads:
Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are extremely good looking.
"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework.
"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!" Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the  housework, and have a strong romantic streak.
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 6 - You are visitor 4, 363,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day!

Greg Fisher

The Husband Store

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Missing Angler Alert - Let's Help Find This Guy

Ron Scheepstra, age 49, from Lufkin, TX was vacationing in Xcalak, Mexico when he disappeared without a trace. Ron was fly-fishing with 3 friends. He had visited Xcalak before and had fly-fished throughout the world. On Saturday, April 11, 2009, Ron vanished and has not been seen since. The local law enforcement, villagers and Mexican military has searched for Ron and found nothing. Not a trace. His wife, daughter and sister traveled to Xcalak a few days after he disappeared and joined in the search. Unfortunately, they returned home a week later, discouraged and with no answers. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Ron Scheepstra or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, please contact Ron's loving family and friends at . Even the smallest detail in cases like these could make the difference in finding someone that is missing or not.

Ron Scheepstra


Monday, May 11, 2009
Best Bream Fishing Ever

Thanks to host, Ed Richmond, Thursday and Friday were the best two days of bream fishing that I've ever experienced.
The weather, fellow anglers and hospitality were exceptional and the fishing could not have been any better.

Ed Richmond

Ed Richmond with a nice largemouth. Yep, the bass were having a great time with the bream too!





Monday, May 4, 2009
Rainy Day Entertainment

My Facebook pals and I were exchanging some videos this rainy weekend - thought I'd share two of them here.





Saturday, May 2, 2009
Gray's Fly Fishing Edition

For David Darracott, Justin Witt and any other writers who made submissions to Gray's Sporting Journal Fly-Fishing Edition take a look at what stuck in James Babb's editorial seine.

It features a nice piece on fishing bamboo by John Gierach.

Click on the image to read the online version or help keep journalism alive by getting of your ass and wallet and buying a hard copy.

Friday, May 1, 2009
Ten Ways To Lose a Fishing Partner

Boy, some of these sound awfully familiar.
  1. Don’t tell your friend that you bought a new boat until he sees you pass him on the river. Be sure to wave.
  2. Don’t share your flies with him because you know he will just lose them anyway.
  3. Tell him to meet you at 8:00 am but start fishing at 7:30.
  4. Don’t let him know what fly they are taking until you have a least a five fish lead.
  5. When his boat capsizes, don’t help him out of the water until you get plenty of pictures.
  6. Don’t console your friend when he breaks off the “fish of a lifetime” until you catch it and can give him back his fly.
  7. Make fun of him on his answering machine when his wife won’t let him go fishing.
  8. Buy a new truck just so he won’t recognize you on the river.
  9. Give your buddy the best spot on the river then cast to the trout rising just behind him (catching one at his feet will really make this more effective).
  10. On the way to the river, buy your buddy breakfast at a nasty fast food restaurant with a porta-jon out front, just so you can get some alone time on the water later while he runs for the bushes. (Mexican restaurants work even better if available.
  Fishing Buddy

Friday, May 1, 2009
For Your Reading Pleasure

Bellingham, WA – Funny Feelings LLC is pleased to announce the launch of our long-awaited The Flyfish Journal and In development for nearly two years, TFFJ is a coffee-table and collectible chronicle of fly fishing's icons, environments, and culture of adventure. With the industry's highest quality printing, paper and photo resolution, limited advertising, and clean, classic design, The Flyfish Journal stands apart from the herd. With an emphasis on the landscapes, people, conservation, and less on “Five Dynamite Caddis Patterns”, The Flyfish Journal lives on well after the others have been tossed. Our website is a creative café for contributors, readers, and the fly world at large to share tales, experience bits of fly culture, check out independent projects and connect to same level of quality as our print product.

“I ran into a friend the other day who began asking me questions about the TFFJ launch”, says publisher Jeff Galbraith:
“So, you're not really going to be doing how-to cast articles?”
“You're not going to be doing river maps?”
“Tying tips?”
“Go online.”
“So, it's basically going to be useless?”

The Flyfish Journal, proudly hatching in late-August 2009, features the totally useless works of Dylan Tomine, Greg Keeler, Ben Marcus, Adam Barker, Chris Santella, Claire Chounaird, Tom Bie, Kirk Deeter, Tim Romano, Brian O'Keefe, Steve Duda, Bruce Hill and other fine folk. Subscribe today, this first issue will sell out.


Thursday, April 30, 2009
At Last

Finally, a solution for every fly fishing guide's biggest problem with novice clients, or those that are just too damn dense.


Thursday, April 30, 2009
I Love These Stories

Living in the South where the images of Jesus and Mary have been seen in everything from billboard plates of spaghetti to rusty refrigerators, I just love these kind of stories. I'll post a photo when I find it.

AP, Thu Apr 30, 4:29 pm ET

Griddle MaryCALEXICO, Calif. – The hottest thing on the griddle at the Las Palmas restaurant these days isn't the food. It's the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that a cook says she saw in the griddle. Restaurant manager Brenda Martinez said more than a hundred people have flocked to the small town of Calexico on the California-Mexico border to gaze at the image since it was discovered as the griddle was being cleaned.
Among the awe-struck was a group of masked Mexican wrestlers who arrived Thursday for an exhibition at a nearby swap meet.
"This is amazing. It's a true miracle," said one, known as Mr. Tempest.
Since the discovery, the griddle has been taken out of service and placed in a shrine in a storage room.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Springtime in Ely?

With only a little sludge left on the streets, could the snow really be over for the spring in Ely, Minnesota? And can ice-out be too far behind?
  Ely, Minnesota

Monday, April 27, 2009
Still Catching Them In Argentina

Just received this photo from Justin Witt of a recent catch. Looks like Mr. Witt might be pushing the fishing day a bit beyond sunset. Nice brown!

  Patagonia Brown

Monday, April 27, 2009
Only Three Days Left

My lovely bride, Miss Joanne Waddey, is in her last week of employment and will be entering the wonderous (or so I've been told) world of retirement.

Does this mean the end of the Summer of Dave?

Stayed tuned!

  Joanne Waddey

Sunday, April 26, 2009
A Beautiful Day for A Beautiful Man

On Friday family and friends gathered in Orlando's Leu Gardens to say farewell to Carroll Thrift .The gardens and day were beautiful and the service, while of course sad, was at the same time quite joyful as we celebrated the life of a truly remarkable man. We will always remember his compassion, talent, wit and unrelenting friendship.
  Carroll Thrift Memorial

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Feel Good All Day

Neal Boortz lauded this clip from last week's Britain's Got Talent as being powerful enough to make you feel good all day even if you ran over your cat backing out of your driveway this morning.

Click on Susan Boyle to view the YouTube clip.

  Susan Boyle

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Billy Mays' "Pitchmen" Airs On Wednesday

Fellow hip replacement survivor and hustler Billy Mays' new TV series airs tomorrow night a 10pm EST on the Discovery Channel.

In this episode of "Pitchmen", Billy and Anthony Sullivan (Sully) try to turn two inventors' million dollar dreams into realities. A man from a Texas trailer park has solved a pesky GPS problem while another man's gel insoles could be big news for sore feet.

Mays' info-commercials have generated over $1 billion in sales and created quite the comfortable lifestyle for him and business partner Anthony Sullivan.

  Billy Mays

Monday, April 13, 2009
Marilyn Chambers Found Dead

1972 star of "Behind the Green Door" Marilyn Chambers was found dead in her Los Angeles Canyon Country home. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the 56-year-old Chambers, "probably died of natural causes."

Pictured at right is Chambers as Proctor & Gamble's Ivory Snow detergent mom - a job she lost when "Behind the Green Door" was released.

  Marilyn Chambers

Friday, April 10, 2009
The Wedding Bells Will Be Ringing

Saturday afternoon, the wedding bells will be ringing in Jonesborough, Tennessee for my son, Aaron, and his beautiful bride, Christy Elliott.

The ceremony will be in the Mill Spring Park Gazebo and the reception will follow at the Wedding Loft.

  Wedding Loft

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Slap, Chop

TV marketing whiz Vince Shlomi (the Sham Wow guy) has been arrested in Miami's lavish Setai Hotel for assaulting Sasha Harris.
Vince told cops he paid Harris about $1000 in cash after she "propositioned him for straight sex." Shlomi said that when he kissed Harris, she suddenly "bit his tongue and would not let go." Shlomi then punched Harris several times until she released his tongue.

Slap Chop

At right is Ms Harris photographed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Both Harris and Shlomi were charged with aggravated battery.

  Sasha Harris

Friday, April 3, 2009
Remembering Carroll

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Thrift will be held on Friday, April 24th, 10am at Orlando, Florida's Harry P. Leu Gardens in the Native Wetland Garden. A reception will follow at 11:15am in the Camellia Room and then guests are invited to visit the gardens - a place Carroll spent many hours of enjoyment.

Carroll's family asks that donations be made to the Carroll S. Thrift Memorial Fund, c/o SunTrust Bank, 4751 New Broad St., Orlando, FL 32813 to benefit Michelee Puppets, Orlando Science Center, A New Beginning Pet Rescue, and The Humane Society.

  Carroll Thrift
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It's a Sad Day
It's indeed a sad day. After a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer, my dear friend and colleague, Carroll Thrift, passed away this morning.
Please hold his wife Patty and children Gwynna and Spencer in your thoughts and prayers. We loved Carroll and will miss him beyond words.
  Thrift Family

Friday, March 27, 2009
Condolonces to John Simank

John Simank is not having a good run of it. Some airplane crud he acquired in transit to Argentina kept him off the trout streams for a few days; he couldn't find US-style ice cream in Buenos Aires; and, last night, his beloved Memphis Tigers were trounced and dropped from the Sweet Sixteen.

Maybe the memories of this incredible rainbow from a Patagonia spring creek will help dampened his sorrows.


John Simank

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Happy Thirty-First to Justin Witt

Happy Birthday to Justin Witt and best wishes for many, many more! Thanks for helping an ol'fart stay a bit younger than his years.

At right, Justin's favorite photo - and fish - from our last couple of weeks in Patagonia.

Justin Witt

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My Body's in Ellijay, But My Mind's in Patagonia

It's a rainy day in Ellijay and the chores are mounting, but my mind keeps wandering back to the recent days in Argentina and those big fish.

Pictured is Justin Witt and one of his large browns taken in a small spring creek near our home base.

  Justin Witt

Monday, March 23, 2009
Back From Patagonia

Back from an exciting trip on Argentina's Patagonia trout waters. Great weather, big fish,a nd incomparable companions and guests.

Click here for a larger view.


Thursday, February 17, 2009
Swedish Model

If the headlines are accurate, President Obama is considering adopting a Swedish model to resolve the current banking failures. If this is indeed the case, I'd like to recommend Elin Grindemyr - an outstanding Swedish model in my humble opinion.   Swedish Model

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Ellijay Wear On Sale!

A variety of clothing items, stickers, mugs, totes, caps, and much more - all sporting designs unique to Ellijay and Gilmer County are on sale at LIJ-GA.
Visit the store today for some great gift ideas. Just click on the a design and browse the associated products.
  LIJ Wear