Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer on Silver Creek

SALAD DAYS - Silver Creek from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo.

This is a great little video fishing on Silver Creek--it gets it just right.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Silver Creek Photos

Last week we went out with Christine Olsen, our photographer for the big day.  It was a beautiful day on Silver Creek and she did a great job Photoshopping out my HUGE mosquito welts.  Worth it.  Here are some of our photos.

A dumb pic, but when we travel we always take an explorer shot in honor of our mutual favorite explorer, John C. Fremont.  No, we're not nerds.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yellowstone Angler Wader Shoot-Out

The last few weeks have been IN-SANE!  I am the new fly-fishing buyer for Sturtos Hailey, which Jeff Davis bought from Sturtevants.  We are so excited for Jeff and expanding our fly-fishing and especially fly-tying materials. 

I'm shopping around getting ready for IFTD and found Yellowstone Angler's Wader Shootout.  Yellowstone Angler, definitely one of the best fly shops I've ever been to, provides some of the only honest gear reviews since Fish and Fly went out of print.  These guys are extensive, and I'm glad to say that my wader was the top-ranked wader, Simm's G3 Guide Wader.  Check out the full report here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Casting for Recovery is Less than Two Weeks Away

You all know about Casting for Recovery, but it really is an amazing organization.  I never expected it to make such a big difference for the attendees, or for me.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cake as Art

This is a great video I poached from Etsy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Anglers Spend $22 Million in Blaine County in 2011

Fishing brings millions to county
Report: Anglers spent $22 million in 2011

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Express Staff Writer

Idaho Mountain Express

A fly fisherman tests his skills on the Big Wood River south of Hailey. Express file photo
    A study released by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game last week shows that fishing brought the state more than $548 million in 2011—the most recent data available.

    The agency’s summary states that the agency conducted a mail survey, sending out 59,200 surveys to Idaho fishing license holders in 2011. Nearly 26,000 anglers returned responses, which the agency compiled into a study. 

    The study separated out counties as well as fishing spots, but State Fishery Manager Jeff Dillon said in an email that more specific numbers—i.e., those for certain fishing spots—might be “influenced” by small sample sizes. 

    “For example, the mean trip cost on Silver Creek was $426 in 2011, compared to $246 in 2003,” he said. “This increase is probably related to one or two anglers who told us they spent thousands of dollars to fish there, skewing the average up more than expected.” 

    Dillon also noted that 2011 was a “wet year,” with nearly-full reservoirs and high rivers. 

    In Blaine County, anglers spent an average of $233 per trip, and the average trip lasted 1.9 days. However, anglers took about 98,527 trips in Blaine County in 2011, bringing total spending to just under $23 million—not including the cost of fishing licenses and permits, which brought an additional $430,438 to the county.

    The report states that anglers spent the most money fishing the Big Wood River, at $9.9 million in 2011. Though anglers made fewer trips to the Big Wood River than they did to Magic Reservoir—25,539 trips as opposed to 41,820—anglers visiting the Big Wood spent far more on restaurants, groceries, fishing supplies, transportation, guides and motels than those visiting Magic. Magic Reservoir anglers spent about $4.5 million in 2011.

    Silver Creek brought an estimated $5.2 million to the Blaine County economy in 2011, while Little Wood Reservoir and Gaver Lagoon, the fishing pond at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery outside of Picabo, brought in $952,000 and $398,000 respectively.

    Spending by anglers in Blaine County ranked ninth in the state. Statewide, anglers spent $548.4 million on fishing trips and an additional $15 million on fishing licenses and permits. Anglers made 2,772,547 trips in 2011 and spent an average of $197.78 per trip.  

    Spending related to the Big Wood River averaged $391 per trip in 2011; angler spending in Blaine County was an average of $233 per trip, well above the state average.