Fly Fisherman Saltwater Blog by Bruce Chard

Bruce Casting by Louis Cahill Photography
You've got a little bit of load there, Bruce. Photo: Louis Cahill

If you’re spent any time at all on our web site, you know that Bruce Chard is a good buddy of ours.  Bruce spends most of his time guiding anglers around the Florida keys, and he also teaches Bonefishing Schools at Andros South.  Oh yeah – we’ve featured him a bunch on our blog, too.

For those of you who have enjoyed Bruce’s content here, we’ve got great news for you – Bruce is now writing the Saltwater Blog for Fly Fisherman Magazine.  That’s right – every other day, new content from Bruce about saltwater fly fishing, there for your reading pleasure.

Here are a few recent posts to give you a sample of the kinds of stuff he’s covering.

If you like fly fishing in saltwater, you should swing on by and check it out.

Favorite Posts by Bruce on Our Blog

Gink and Gasoline

Gink and Gasoline
They have better pictures than we do. Photo: Gink and Gasoline

Some friends of ours have a new web site, and we think you should check it out.  It’s called Gink and Gasoline.

If you’ve been on our blog at all, you’ve seen Louis Cahill’s name a whole bunch of times.  He’s a ridiculously great photographer who also happens to be a great angler (and he’s been to Alaska West and Andros South a bunch).

Louis teamed up with Kent Klewein – premier Georgia fishing guide, 9.6 on a 10 point nicest-guys-you’ll-ever-meet scale – to produce Gink and Gasoline, which combines Louis’s phenomenal photos with a bunch of meaty fly fishing content.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, hit their blog link, and enjoy.

More Sites We Like

3 Good Articles

Fly Fishing Articles #2
This photo is unrelated, other than the fact that you can fish here.

Today we bring you three more interesting recent articles from the online world of fly fishing.

We’re thinking about making this a part of our weekly routine.  Would you like to see one post a week from us with links to other online fishing content?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

  1. The IGFA Remembers Billy Pate.  You probably know that he recently passed on, but did you know about his 21 consecutive days fishing in Costa Rica, his mako shark record, and his founding of World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada?  This is a piece worth reading.
  2. Point Your Casts When Accuracy is Critical.  Kirk Deeter suggests trying a different grip on the Field and Stream Flytalk blog.
  3. A Few Words on Southern Fly Fishing Culture.  JEB Hall, long-time Alaska West guide, has a very entertaining piece in the preview issue of a new online magazine about fly fishing in the South.

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3 Good Articles

Fly Fishing Articles
A guy fishing in Alaska. Photo: Louis Cahill

In the past week we came across three fishing articles on other web sites that we thought you might be interested in.  Have a look.

  1. Hatchery Programs Come Front and Center in Debate Over Wild Salmon. The Native Fish Society and the Pacific Rivers Council are suing over hatcheries on the Sandy River in Orgeon, and the Osprey’s blog ran a nice summary of the issues.
  2. Florida Keys Chronicles: Relentless.  Flatswalker wrote up a great story that you really need to read if you care at all about tarpon fishing.  Via Bonefish on the Brain.
  3. Birds of a Feather.  Kirk Werner does some field work related to the totally preposterous hackle-in-the-hair phenomenon.

More Web Sites About Fly Fishing

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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The Osprey Blog

Osprey Blog
Go there, right now. Image: Osprey Blog

The Osprey, as many of you know, is the newsletter published by the Steelhead Committee of the Federation of Fly Fishers.  It’s long been the definitive source of quality conservation information related to steelhead.

The Osprey also has a blog that they update daily, and if you care about steelhead you need to make sure it’s near the top of your ‘cup of coffee in the morning’ reading list.

It’s loaded with quality content.  Just in the past couple of weeks, for example, they’ve run these articles, plus many more.

Check out The Osprey’s blog if you haven’t already, and make sure you hit that bookmark button in your browser before you leave.

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Skagit Master 2 – It’s Here

Skagit Master 2
Another guy you should listen to. Image: Skagitmaster.com

If you like spey casting, you probably know about (heck, you probably own) Skagit Master Volume 1, the cutting edge video all about Skagit pioneer and Alaska West Jedi-in-Residence Ed Ward.

The good folks at New Water Media, the makers of the series, are now shipping the second video in the series, named quite originally Skagit Master Volume 2, featuring Scott Howell.  Scott is one of the top guides in Oregon, and yes, you guessed it, another one of the pioneers of Skagit-style spey casting.

Here’s a little trailer for your viewing pleasure.

NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to see the Scott Howell trailer on YouTube.

You can get your copy of Skagit Master Volume 2 right here, direct from its producers.

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