Pulp Fly – Check It Out

Pulp Fly
Beautiful writing. Photo: Cameron Miller

We like telling you about quality fly fishing writing.  We like it even better when our friends are involved.  Just think how happy we are to tell you about quality fly fishing writing, written by our friends, delivered in a revolutionary new format!

Pulp Fly

Pulp Fly is a collection of short stories and essays about fly fishing.  It was released yesterday, and it’s an e-book – available only through the Amazon Kindle store.  HOT TIP: Don’t own a Kindle?  That’s OK!  You can read Kindle books on your PC or Mac, as well as on your iPad or Android device – not to mention your Kindle.

Who wrote pieces for Pulp Fly?  Bruce Smithhammer, Pete McDonald, Bjorn Stromsness, Michael Gracie, Davin Ebanks, Mat Dunn, Alex Landeen, Alex Cerveniak, Raplh Bartholdt and Matt Smythe – an amazing lineup.  Kirk Deeter wrote the forward.  Cover art is by Bob White.  Kirk, Bruce and Pete did the editing.  Wow.

If you don’t recognize all the names, how about this?  These guys’ work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Field and Stream, the Drake, the Fly Fish Journal, and a bunch of other quality publications.

We’re excited and we think you should check it out.  It’ll cost you a whopping $4.95.  Click right here to get yourself a copy.

You’ve Read All These, Right?

Fishing for Science

Fishing for Science
Dr. Stromsness, hard at work in the lab.

Bjorn Stromsness is the angler behind Bonefish on the Brain, and he also got in on the fun at Andros FIBFest 2011 last month.

Bjorn’s been a big supporter of Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and at Andros South he ‘took one for the team’ and helped out with bonefish research.  He’s here today to tell us all about it.

Fishing for Science

While out stalking the phantom of the flats, it turns out you can do more than just catch and release. You can fish for science!

Sure, conservation of bonefish may start with good Catch & Release practices, but if you are interested, you may be able to contribute even more. At Andros South there are two avenues available to you to go beyond C&R. One such path is largely guide-dependent and the other is in your court.

Some of the guides at Andros South are very keen on tagging bonefish. The tags are inserted just below the skin and the details (when, where and fish length) are recorded. When that fish is caught again the same information is written down. Tagging tells the scientists at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust all sorts of important information like growth rates and distances traveled. It was from a tag planted in Biscayne Bay and recovered in the Middle Bight of Andros that we now know bonefish sometimes cross the Gulf Stream. All of the sudden we’re not talking about isolated populations, and that has some big implications in terms of conservation.

The day I fished with Andros South guide Norman he wanted to tag every fish we caught. One fish managed to wiggle off the hook before that happened, but every other fish was tagged and may some day be recaptured.

Fishing for Science
Fin clips headed for BTT. Photo: Bjorn Stromsness

Another bit of science work you can do involves contacting Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and asking for a fin clip kit. Clipping fins is exactly what it sounds like. You get a kit with very easy to follow instructions, a pair of scissors, a tape measure, a piece of paper to record data and vials for the small bits of clipped fins. The fins grow back and the fin matter is analyzed by the scientists at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to give more information about the genetic diversity of bonefish populations.

You may not need another reason to go bonefishing, but now you can add “I need to fish for science” to the list of possible justifications.

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FIBFest is Going Strong

FIBFest Report
Bloggers hard at work. Photo: Cameron Miller

We’re nearing the end of Andros FIBFest 2011 – a gathering of fly fishing bloggers at Andros South in the Bahamas.

Good times are being had!  A couple of folks caught their first bonefish ever (on day 1, of course).  A couple of folks produced a truly hilarious photo (don’t forget to weigh in on our caption contest).  Fishing has been great, socializing has been fantastic, and the time in the sun been much needed by all.

Our attendees have written a whole bunch online about the trip already, and we’ve got lots more to come.  Click here to check out the running list of posts on FIBFest.

Thanks for tuning in this week, and thanks to Rebecca Garlock, Michael Gracie, Tom Larimer, Cameron Miller, Kyle PerkinsEric Rathbun, and Bjorn Stromsness for making the event such a success.

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Andros FIBFest 2011

Andros FIBFest 2011
Typical blogger's office - this week, at least.

It’s time for FIBFest!

This week at Andros South we’re hosting a great lineup of folks who write about fishing online.  Here’s the plan: we’re all going to go fishing, and write about it online.  FIB stands for Fishing Industry Bloggers, and is in no way a reflection of the tendency of anglers to get creative with the truth.

Following Along

We’ll keep this page updated during the week with updates on the action on South Andros.  We’ll maintain a section down below with links to all the FIBFest content that our attendees post.

We’ll have lots of updates on our Facebook page.

If you really want the blow-by-blog you can see Twitter updates from all of at the FIBFest Twitter List.

The Lineup

Please help us welcome this star-studded lineup to Andros South.

Andros FIBFest 2011 Posts, So Far

Pre-Trip

Posts During the Week

Post-Trip

FIBFest is Back

FIBFest 2011
We'll be doing some of this, probably. Photo: Louis Cahill

We had such a good time with it last year that we had to do it again.

It’s Deneki FIBFest!  It’s an in-person gathering of folks who write online about fly fishing.  FIB stands for Fishing Industry Bloggers, and FIBFest is the most cleverest name we could come up with.

Starting on March 26th, a small group of us will spend a week at Andros South.  We’ll catch bonefish.  We’ll write about it online.  That’s the program!

Here’s the current lineup for Andros South FIBFest 2011 – in alphabetical order of course.

  • Rebecca Garlock writes The Outdooress, and created an incredibly successful platform for outdoor bloggers called the Outdoor Blogger Network.
  • Michael Gracie is an alumnus of FIBFest, and cranks out some of the most intelligent writing about fly fishing online at michaelgracie.com.
  • Kyle Perkins writes Compleat Thought, a blog on conversation, education and new media in fly fishing.  He’s also done a bunch of marketing consulting work for a variety of fly fishing causes.
  • Eric Rathbun is one of the masterminds behind Moldy Chum, a fly fishing blog that’s busier than Times Square.
  • Bjorn Stromsness – if there’s one guy who’s the right guy for FIBFest at Andros South, it’s Bjorn.  He writes Bonefish on the Brain, a blog about nothing but bonefish.

We’re going to do our darndest to give you a bunch of different viewpoints on what a week on South Andros is all about.  If you want to follow along with us during the week, you’ll have plenty of chances.  Don’t worry, we’ll give you a reminder or two when the event is about to start…

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