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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Newton's Third Law

If I remember my college physics correctly, Jim Newton (Joey's uncle) developed three laws of motion - the third being "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

I think some of these folks missed that class.

 

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Monday, August 30, 2010
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Report from Oregon's Deschutes River

Ellijay's own Don Roberts (right) just returned from Oregon with a camera full of incredible photos including this one of a very nice steelhead he caught on the Deschutes River.

Deschutes

  Don Roberts

Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Time to Get Into A Patagonia State of Mind

As the North America summer is winding down, remember that Argentina's spring fishing season opens in just 60 days. Please grab a cool beverage and spend a few minutes looking over our website and get a taste of what awaits you in Patagonia.
Patagonia Unlimited differs from other Argentine outfitters as we have developed itineraries for a select segment of the market - folks like guides, fly shop employees, trout bums and other non-millionaires.

We're fishing the same streams, rivers and lakes with the same boats, equipment and professional guides as the other outfitters. But instead of five star, resort lodging with masseuses and turn-down service, we provide exceptionally comfortable cabins and a great local chef who can customize meal times around a seriousfisherman's schedule. Our trips are 30-50% percent more affordable than those offered by the other outfitters, opening up the opportunity to fish Patagonia for a lot of folks who wouldn't be able to consider it otherwise.

This year we are booking 24 weeks of fishing - November 2010 through April 2011. Our standard rates are for one, one and a half and two week trips. Of course, we will customize a trip to fit your schedule and travel plans.
Shoot me an email or give me a call at 706 635-2147, and I'll  answer your questions and get you on the calendar.

  Patagonia Unlimited

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Another Woman Speaking Her Mind

Sixteen seconds are all some folks need to set the world straight, and maybe tell us more than we need to know.  

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Eight Miles

Collin is continuing to knock down the miles. Check out her progress on her blog.   Collin Chambers


Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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And You Think Your Rush Hour Traffic Is Bad

Traffic has been snarled along the outskirts of Beijing, China and is stretching toward the border of Inner Mongolia ever since roadwork on the Beijing-Tibet Highway started August 13. The following week, parts of a major road circling Beijing were closed, further tightening overburdened roadways.
As the jam on the highway, also known as National Highway 110, passed the 10-day mark Tuesday, local authorities dispatched hundreds of police to keep order and to reroute cars and trucks carrying essential supplies, such as food or flammables, around the main bottleneck.

 

Traffic Jam

There, vehicles were inching along little more than a third of a mile a day.
Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city's Traffic Management Bureau general office, said in a telephone interview he didn't expect the situation to return to normal until around Sept. 17 when road construction is scheduled to be finished and traffic lanes will open up.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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German Technology at Its Finest

Incredible German technology will ensure motorcycle safety - maybe.  

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Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Now This Is How It's Done!
This story has gone viral, but in case you missed it, I created this little movie clip of the photos.
As the story goes, Jenny quit her job with a bang by emailing these photos to the entire office of about 20 employees. You go girl!
 

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Friday, August 13, 2010
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Father of the Year?

Deadspin reports this heartwarming tale of the father who made his daughter pose with the barracuda that ripped up her arm before seeking medical attention for her.
Koral Wira, 14, was along for the ride when her parents and a couple of friends went fishing off of Venice, Fla. About 4 miles off shore, a barracuda leaped from the water and clamped onto Wira's arm.
The fish dropped off her arm, and her father stabbed it with a filet knife. But the damage was done: Wira needed 51 stitches. And dad got this photo.

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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The Lord and a Few Gilmer County Voters Have Spoken

Gilmer County Post 2 Commissioner
Randy Bell - 1800 - 48%
Danny Hall - 1964 - 52%

Gilmer County Commission Chairman
JC Sanford - 2150 - 56%
Jack Smith - 1704 - 44%

  Vote
Friday, August 6, 2010
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Summertime Blues
Inspired by a viral email, I spent some time today creating this little video - maybe it'll get your mind off the heat and your case of the summertime blues.  

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Thursday, August 5, 2010
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Day Four - Gilmer County Park Canoe Launch Construction

Aside from some trail work, bank restoration and clean up, the launch is completed. I'll be glad to let you know how to contribute to the Coosawattee Watershed Alliance Building Fund. Just email me.   Canoe Launch
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Absolutely Amazing
Whether you're a dog lover or not (if you're not - what's wrong with you) you've got to appreciate this video.  

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Day Three - Gilmer County Park Canoe Launch Construction
Day Three of the canoe launch construcion is completed. We should complete it on Thursday. Drop by, have a look and bring your checkbook - donations are still needed.   Canoe Launch
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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Day Two - Gilmer County Park Canoe Launch Construction
Day Two of the canoe launch construction is a wrap. Thanks to the hard work (in less than favorable conditions) to the Mountain Stewards crew. Out of the water and up the slope.   Day Two
Monday, August 2, 2010
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Day One - Gilmer County Park Canoe Launch Construction
Mountain Stewards' Don Wells and Ellijay Bobcat's Monte Tatom got the first Coosawattee River canoe launch site opened today. Construction with the full Mountain Stewards crew begins at 7:30 am Tuesday. Come by and lend a hand or just get in the way.   Canoe Launch

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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What's the Deal With Oliver Stone?

Today Oliver Stone sort of apologized for his earlier comments stating that Adolph Hitler was an "easy scapegoat" and that the suffering of Jews during WWII paled compared to that of the Russians.

And what's with that moustache?

  Oliver Stone
Saturday, July 24, 2010
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Poison Ivy?
Having had a bout with poison ivy this summer, a case of poison oak that's just too embarrassing to share several years ago, not to mention Joanne's bout that had her at an emergency room and dermatologist last summer, I was excited to learn about Tecnu.
It works by removing urishiol, the oil from oak and ivy that creates that nasty itchy rash, before it starts. You must use the Tecnu 2-8 hours after contact and be very thorough in your application. You can use on tools, pets, clothing, fishing gear, etc. It's available at Walmart and most drug stores.
I'll be giving it a try this week.
  Tecnu
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Black Parents - White Baby

The big news in London these days is about the Nigerian couple who had a white baby. Oxford University's leading human genetics researchers are at a loss to explain the extradiordinary event.
Maybe they didn't see the un-PhotoShopped photo at right.

Sun

  Baby
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Vote?

I did. Did you?

And here are the local results:

Gilmer County Post 2 Commissioner
Greg Altman - 663 - 20%
Randy Bell - 864 - 26%
Danny Hall - 1114 - 34%
Don Murray - 385 - 11%
Joe Waldrop - 308 - 9%
Run-off - Bell and Hall

Gilmer County Commission Chairman
Tim Parker - 461 - 14%
JC Sanford - 1308 - 40%
Jack Smith - 940 - 29%
Tony Whitaker - 551 - 17%
Run-off - Sanford and Smith

and who says the cream rises to the top!

 

  Vote
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Fours Months, Ten States and Still Rabid

The Appalachian Trail's Rabid Hiker (aka as Ellijay's own Collin Chambers) is moving right along on her summer walk in the woods.
Collin's daily blog has become my favorite must-read of every morning.
If you're not already a fan, check out her exploits along the AT here.

Rabid

  Rabid Hiker

Monday, July 19, 2010
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Another World Record
At 41.15 pounds, Roger Hellen's brown trout easily surpasses the record set last September on the Manistee River in Michigan.
Hellen caught this big boy at the Racine, WI Salmon-A-Rama winning him the $10,000 grand prize and the $700 largest species category prize.
The brown was weighed on a certified scale at Brossman's Meat Market while being witnessed by three butchers with at least 23 years of experience each, Hellen and a Salmon-A-Rama official.
  Record Brown
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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Motobécane - Reborn

MotobecaneIn 1972 it was the most expensive single item I had ever purchased, and it served as my main form of transportation and recreation for years. More than just my daily commuter, the Motobécane Grand Touring bike carried me from my home in Knoxville, TN on regular weekend rides and on more extended trips to destinations like St. Simons, GA, Acadia National Park, ME, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the 1976 Bikecentennial.
Many bikes have come and gone since those days, but I've always held onto the Motobecane, and today it's been called back into service.
Justin suggested and Joanne, having overheard our conversation, insisted that before hitting the roads of Gilmer County for the first time in four years, I spend some time on a trainer.
With thousands of miles on its old frame and my days of 172 lbs and a resting heart rate of 46 a quarter of a century behind me, my ol' Motobécane will hopefully serve to get me accustomed to pedaling for the first time since my double hip replacements of two years ago.
Let's do some spinnining!

Saturday, July 17, 2010
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Poor Abe - I Feel His Pain
If I've learned anything from a combined 35+ years of marriage, honesty is seldom the best policy.  

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
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The Down and Dirty On Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa Tailwater

According to GON - the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is set to start its long-term, deep-water drawdown of Lake Blue Ridge on July 15. Once the drawdown begins, it will take approximately four months to get the lake to the lowest level needed for work to repair the penstock, a gate that controls water flow from the lake, and the dam itself. The water will be held at about 1,625 feet, about 60 feet lower than summer pool, for approximately six months beginning in late October.

LBRThere will be no boat ramps available once the lake reaches its lowest level, according to TVA spokesman Travis Brickey. However, during the drawdown, TVA and the owners of the Lake Blue Ridge Marina have negotiated a deal to allow free launching at the marina — which has the best low-water-access ramp on the lake — until the ramp becomes unusable. Also, slips at the marina are being moved to deeper water where boats will be in the water and customers can access them throughout the low-water period.

“We’re going to try to keep it open as long as we can, but there will come a point where we have to shut it down,” said Herb Windham, the owner of Lake Blue Ridge Marina. “It’s also worth mentioning that launching a boat from the low-water ramp will probably require a 4X4 truck.”

While drawing down the lake, fish populations will obviously be condensed into a smaller area, potentially making them easier to catch. “We’re encouraging everyone to keep their limit of spotted bass,” said DNR Fisheries Biologist Jim Hakala. “They’re an invasive species that compete with the native smallmouth and walleye.” At the same time, anglers are encouraged to practice catch-and-release with smallmouth bass. Small boats (boats you can carry) may still be launched on the lake during the period when the low-water ramp is closed. “We’re not shutting the lake down completely during any of this project,” Brickey said.

DNR and TVA officials are optimistic the drawdown will not negatively effect the tailwater. There is a danger that water temperatures higher than normal and low dissolved oxygen content could degrade water conditions in the productive trout fishery below the lake in the Toccoa River tailrace. However, both DNR and TVA have said they’ll be working in partnership to regularly monitor temperatures and dissolved oxygen levels on both the lake and the tailwater. Should something go awry, the agencies have a plan to correct the situation as soon as possible, said TVA project engineer Wayne Oliver.

Overall though, all involved in the project point to weather as a big variable. How much rain the system receives will affect the period of time it’ll take to draw down the reservoir and to refill the lake. On the bright side, periodic deep drawdowns will not be required once this work is done, Oliver said.

The hours of wadable time for fishermen on the tailwater will not be significantly different during the drawdown than it has been in the past, according to Brickey.

The main reason the project must be completed is safety and stability of the dam. Originally built in 1931, the dam and penstock are decades behind in the need for renovation. Once the penstock is repaired, the dam itself will be strengthened with more materials like rock, gravel and earth.

According to the TVA project timeline, the entire project is estimated to be completed, and the lake should be back close to full summer pool by the end of August 2011.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Explain It To Me

There are a lot of things I don't understand; and I realize, according to some, that I was raised by wolves - but what's the deal with decorative pillows on beds? Why have items on the bed that have to be removed in order to use the bed and where do you put them when removed?

And another thing, when did environmental disasters become an opportunity for an oil-stain design fashion statement?

Huh

  Pillows

Saturday, July 10, 2010
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First Red

While no state record, this is John Stephenson's (son of OFWLC's Jerry Stephenson) first redfish.
Mighty Fine!

  John Stephenson

Saturday, July 10, 2010
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In In the Mouth!

That's where JJ West says he caught his Missouri state record striped bass. The Bull Shoals Lake monster weighed in at 58 pounds 10.4 ounces. See Springfield's News-Ledger for details.   MO Record Striper
Thursday, June 17, 2010
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Quetico Slide Show

I finally had a few minutes to upload some of the photos from my recent canoe/fishing trip into Canada's Quetico Provincial Park. A greatweek!

You know the drill - click on the image to go to the slideshow. You may need to click on the first image to start the show - those off-site galleries are peculiar sometimes.

  Quetico 2010


Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Jon Stewart On Oil Dependency - He Nails It

Jon Stewart

Thursday, June 3, 2010
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Canada Bound

With the Smart car packed and twenty hours of driving ahead, I'm off to Ely, Minnesota and Canada's Quetico Provincial Park for canoeing, camping and fishing.   Off to Quetico

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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Next Week - Quetico

Weather
A few days out, the weather for a week of paddling and fishing in Canada's Quetico Provincial Park looks very good - knock on wood.

Friday, May 28, 2010
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ESPN Dumps Outdoor Programming

ESPNThere'd been rumblings for a few weeks that things weren't quite right with the ESPN2 outdoor blocks, but today's news that the ESPN network would dump all its outdoor programming at the end of this year was nonetheless a shock to the entire outdoors industry.
ESPN's "Outdoor Block" was a long and storied cornerstone of outdoor programming. It grew from the first broadcast of The Fishin' Hole in 1980 to encompass a wide array of fresh- and saltwater fishing, as well as hunting varietals.The Fishin' Hole, although now off the air, is still the second-longest running show ever aired on ESPN networks, bested only by SportsCenter.
ESPN offered outdoor programming for 30 years as it grew from genre pioneer to powerhouse. It brought an integrity and worldwide reach to the genre that had never been there before.
The only show in the current outdoor block that will continue to air on ESPN2 is The Bassmasters, which focuses on Elite Series events, as well as Bassmaster Classic programming. -BassFan

Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Bad Hair Day?

Thanks to Joanne and the groomer, Greta's flowing, golden mane is gone for the summer.
Simba, our other golden retriever is on his best behavior - me too.

  Greta

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Loaded and Ready

With more bass flies, poppers and jigs tied in the last couple of weeks than you'll find in any fly shop, I hope that I'm ready for the unsuspecting smallmouth bass of Canada's Quetico Provincial Park.

Looking forward, as always, to spending a week paddling with Harry and Mary Lambirth along with Ed Richmond, John Simank and Joe Wilson - thanks to Don and Kay Dunn.

  Quetico Flies

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Top Kill Live Feed

With only a 60% chance of success, BP has begun the top kill procedure.

Click on the image to watch the live feed from the rover's monitor.

  BP feed

Monday, May 24, 2010
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Homecoming with Debbie

It was great to have old friend and fishing buddy, Debbie Harrelson in Ellijay this weekend. Unfortunately, we waited until her last day to go fishing, and the afternoon lightning made short work of that. A good time nevertheless.   Debbie Harrelson

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Dancing a Jig in the Backyard Pond

The marabou jig was a big hit on the backyard pond this evening.
Bass, bream and catfish - all doing the dance.
  Blackberry Jigging

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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A Million, a Billion, a Trillon - What's the Difference

Whether you're big-number-challenged like me or not, you have to take the next 98 seconds to watch this video.  

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Friday, May 7, 2010
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Proud to Be a Volunteer!

The Middle Tennessee flood has been far more devastating and destructive than New Orleans' Katrina. But you wouldn't know it from the national media coverage.

This video shows a bit of the real story. And I guarantee you, 6 months from now there'll be little to no signs that it ever happened.

 

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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An Afternoon on Familiar Water

For over 20 years this little body of water has been one of my favorite places. Truth be known, it probably played a major part in how I ended up living in Gilmer County. It certainly holds a special place in my heart for all of the times I've shared it with friends. My buddy Greg Fisher spent many an afternoon on this pond with me and many of my thoughts today went back to those times.

Bream_1

Bream_2

 

Walnut Mtn

There was a surprising amount of activity on the water - ovipositing caddis, spent mayflies and flying ants - and the fish were on them.
I wasn't able to find any bream or bass beds, but I'm sure the next full moon will rectify that.
This pond is certainly going to be part of fishing rotation this summer.

Bass

Monday, April 12, 2010
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Meet the WePad

For those of you, like my lovely bride, who are jonsen' for the ipad, take a look at the WePad from Germany's Neofonie.

The WePad, with its 11.6-inch screen, is powered by an Intel chip and relies on a Linux software basis which is compatible with Google's Android and all Flash applications.

Hitting stores starting late July, it will also boast a webcam, USB ports, SDHC slot and complete open source music and office packages.

The 16 gigabyte version will retail for around $600 and the larger 32 gigabyte with a 3G modem will be around $775.

  wepad

Monday, April 5, 2010
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Earliest Ice Out Ever

Ice out has come earlier this year for the northern Minnesota and Canadian boundary waters' lakes than anyone in those parts can remember.
For example, Shagawa Lake, pictured here and near Ely, Minnesota, is officially free of ice. Historically, Shagawa's average ice-out is on April 27th, with latest ever recorded on May 16th and the earliest being April 14th - two weeks later than this year.
  Ice Out