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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Annoying Fishing Spam | Phishing

I'm not talking about using Spam for bait. That stuff works great. Its these once a week e-mails asking me to take out a whole group of people, provide them with room and board, and take them fishing. Its the same e-mail message with a bit of the text mixed up every other week. The person then asks me how much it would be to take my boat offshore for the day.

The other things that change are the dates, the amount of people, and the person sending. Its all a real pain in my caudal fin. 

Here it the most recent:

Greetings,

My name is Mr.Tony Howard and i will like to know if there are availability for 4 persons whom will be coming to spend their vacation trip with your company. They will be spending 7 days and fishing for 3 days.
 
Actually we need fishing trip with two boats for our vacation holiday.if there is availability,kindly let me know about the quotes and if there are accommodation availabilities as well.

ARRIVE DATE: 10th FEBRUARY,
Departure DATE: 17th FEBRUARY. 2013.

We want you to arrange this packages for them.

(1)Lodging(if available)
(2)Fishing guides for 5hrs each day from lakeside but if you have boat we can do the fishing guide with 2 boats running for 5hrs each day(we did go for one boat if you have one big enough for the 4persons).
(3)Total packages.

NB: Mode of payment; CREDIT CARD. (NOTE: That all the charges will be charged from my credit card details e.g bank charge,tax and other expences,)

 Hope this is clear enough.as such i await a response from you via a reply email to this email address

Best Regards,
Mr.Tony Howard

Anyone else in the fishing industry getting these? 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fishing The Changing Season On Four Mile Run aka 4MR

Its our easily accessible cold water fishery in NOVA (Northern Virginia to the lay person). Water enters the area carved out by the Army Corps of Engineers which some call the 'canal' from springs and runoff up in Arlington. The rest comes from the 'shit plant' as one employee called it last week upon conversing with him through the fence. 'Those fish love that shit' he said.

And that is why we fish there during these times. The water coming out of the plant is crystal clear and warm. Its all the big potty from Arlington that gets cleaned and dumped out into the 'canal' and  the pun of having 'anal' in there is no mistake. You can drive out to the limestones in the mountain valley's to fish all winter or you can fish locally.

In the summer fish find refuge there because the water is cooler than the creek or the main stem of the Potomac which is just under a mile downstream. They swim up to enjoy the cool, oxygenated water coming out of the plant.

Downstream they hang out along the Army Corps terracing of the stream bank as seen in the above picture. Careful not to loose your flies on that and be sure if you wear boots, they have studs. That slimy fencing is slick. 

As the nights have dipped near freezing and the days are not much warmer, so too does the water cool off. The Potomac ins in the 50's right now. The water coming out of the plant is much warmer. The fish in the river know this and thus the changing of the season is upon us.

Larger carp are starting to enter the system. Bigger largemouth (they look like small tuna they are so friggin big) swim with the carp just below the Rte 1 bridge near the 'Toyota Dealership'. The wild goldfish numbers are increasing. Everywhere you look on the outgoing tide from the bridge are bright orange fish lazily swimming around. Large catfish that would otherwise be hiding in the depths of the river have shown up and are now enjoying that warm bath of cleaned doody coming down stream. Of course the bluegill and sunfishes are all over the place. An easy catch on any bead head nymph.




As the main stem drops in temps, expect more and more of these heat seeking fish to enter the river on the outgoing tide. It appears the tilapia have been hanging out there more often and are taking flies and lures.

Layer up kids, the wind there in the winter is brutal. And now that the plants along the shore are dying back, please try to take some of the exposed litter out with you.

One of these days I will drop my stream thermometer in and find out the temp of that poopy water. 

In the next few weeks expect the crappie to show up with the yellow perch. The white perch will be mixed in with them. The crowds will be under the bridges fishing for them to eat. .

I'll see you out there.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Some Super Creepy Stuff Found While Fly Fishing | Santeria?

Fished the local creek yesterday with a client. We were working on her casting. The ladies will always pick up casting and cast better than the dudes. The client's husband and daughter were along and they fished above and below us. As it was cold, I gave the 6  year old daughter my down vest to wear. She told me I needed to keep the pockets cleaner. There were sticks and leaves in them ??

So we are walking upstream and I notice a bloody white sheet wrapped up and tied on top. There are purple flowers sticking out the side. Rather strange but I always find strange stuff when fishing (we found a super soaker and a dirt devil vacuum the day before).

I had some fear it was a dead baby or something like that (while on our honeymoon in Kauai a woman went into the forest to give birth, killed the baby, and then buried it. There were helicopters and volunteers searching an entire mountainside for them. Thus I had my suspicions).

I get closer and undo the top. What I find inside is pretty creepy. Here is a list (as I like bulleted lists)
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  • 3-4 dead chickens with heads cut off
  • 1 guinnea fowl with head cut off
  • a dollar bill
  • several coins
  • yams
  • chocolate cake
  • candles
  • oranges
  • grapefruits
  • flowers

I post the pic on Instagram and Twitter and am told (by the kids that live down here now but are from New York) that it is Santeria. Google it if you don't know.

I finished up with the clients and got the cops down there to check it out. They were a little grossed out too. We dragged it all out and put it in one of my 50gallon trash bags I keep in my car for picking up litter. It was super heavy, probably 50lbs or more.

Its also a small world as the cop's dad is a salmon guide up on Oswego. She told me some lady put a voodoo curse on her last year saying she would burn alive in a fiery car crash (redundant on the voodoo lady's end).

So if you are curious (and no I'm not using the feathers for tying flies as one asked. And I did not keep that money) here are the pics.The cop didn't have her camera so I used my phone to take pics for the police file:


















Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 Salmon River New York Photos & Podcast | $18 Beer and a Carrot

Here are the images from 3 cameras: the iphone, Nikon DSLR that took a swim in the river, and my Olympus point and shoot. We threw every pattern at them we could think of, we swung flies, we bounced flies off the bottom, we dead drifted. The steelhead had little to no interest. The browns wouldn't play either.

We did not land a single steelhead in our group from Thursday morning to Sunday night. 

Here is the photo journal from the trip. As always, due to Picasa uploading to Blogger, the images are not in order. 

The Fisn n Clips from Grasshoppper Products is AWESOME. They kept my Helios Rod together and safely together while I walked to and from the stream through the woods. 

LINK TO PODCAST STREAM
Fog on the drive up


 The lunch at Jreks. 

 Here is the storm forecast. We knew it was time to start preparing to leave on Sunday.  
 Joe and Rebecca

 Still can't figure out how this works, Jason's rod holder. 
 Sucker meth
 Jason swinging a fly
 Dead salmon from under water
 Same fish from above
 Mm, thats some moldy salmon
 Me and Jason walking down to the lower UFZ
 This is a fly box of the guy who fell in the river up to his, well above his head. 
 Joe monitoring from above
 Rebecca swinging flies
 Lunch at Arbys


 Trent taking a break
 My flies, whats left of them
 Dalton? 
 Khalil taking a break
 Putting my rod in the rock while I took a leak
 Trent on the ground
 Pondering something
 3 out of the 4 pairs of Costa's in my car
 That is one ugly self portrait. Note the Sitka Gear blends into the trees
 Walking to the river with Joe before the camera went swimming
 The kids getting to know Joe at the Nice n Easy
 Joe's car
 View from my car. Note the Fish n' Clips on my rod
 Trent walking in
 Pointing the GoPro at me
 Rebecca at the fridge hole
 Khalil in some deep water
 Rebecca climbing out
 Sunset 
 Dalton and a weiner
 Khalil's tent
 The blasphemous steelhead
 Free boots?
 Egg flies at the shop

 More flies at All Seasons



 Tying material at the shop






 Slow exposures at camp




The fog on the drive out

 
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