Pig Farm Ink Dirty South in Asheville, NC – December 6th

On December 6th if you’re in the Asheville area you should head out to the Iron Fly night after the WNC Expo. If you wanna see some pics from last year’s event check the link below.


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My Life in Fishing: Favorite Long Stories Told Short by Stu Apte a new book from Stonefly Press

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A new book is coming out from Stonefly Press and it’s going to be a good one. It’s personal stories from Stu Apte. If you don’t know who that is you should head over to google and do some searching or buy the book. There’s a forward from Thomas McGuane, stories that include people like Harry and Bess Truman, Ted Williams, and Earnest Hemingway. Here’s an overview of what the book holds in store for you…

Stu Apte is one of the most recognized and storied figures in saltwater fishing – in all of fishing – and a larger-than-life legend in the sport. He has held, or still holds, over six dozen IGFA world records for various species, gear, line, and tippet. In My Life in Fishing, as only the most accomplished captain and guide can, he shares his tips and insights gleaned from this lifelong pursuit for any and every species, including especially giant tarpon. These are his favorite personal stories, about world records, and winds, and tides, and patterns, and flies, but also about the remarkable people who have fished their way through his life. There are stories and glimpses that you won’t find in other history books – an amusing episode with Harry and Bess Truman on board Stu’s skiff, an impromptu side-of-the-road meeting with baseball hall-of-famer Ted Williams that led to a forty-year friendship, and an afternoon of drinking Cuban mojitos aboard Pilar with Earnest Hemingway that includes Hemingway’s own mojito recipe. My Life in Fishing is more than a collection of engaging stories and fly fishing pointers; it is a glimpse of the development and evolution of the sport, and of saltwater fly fishing at its highest level, through the eyes and anecdotes of the only man who can tell the stories. My Life in Fishing is a seminal work to be treasured by everyone who shares his passion for the sport and the stories that surround it.

The book is 240 pages, comes out on November 30, 2014 and costs $29.95. You can pre-order it here http://stoneflypress.com/my-life-in-fishing

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I love poppers

Anyone who has fished with me knows my obsession with poppers. I love them. My grandfather used to give me balsa poppers to use for bass and bluegill when I was a kid and it’s snowballed from there some 30 years later. There’s just something amazing about seeing the eat.

Recently a Canada Post envelope showed up in my mailbox. Inside it, a blue box, a note, and some of the most badass poppers I’ve ever held. The flies were tied by Brendan Toner. Some of you might know who he is. Brendan and Amber Payliss run The Bug Parade and are both some of the most talented folks I’ve ever seen. They’re also incredibly fishy folks. If you’re ever looking for inspiration from some beautiful photography, head on over to their site.

Amber and Brendan, thank you so much. I owe you guys.





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1972 Honda CB450

Over a decade ago my father in law gave me this bike to restore. It’s a 1972 Honda CB450. I gave it to a friend’s dad because I didn’t have the means to restore it at the time. I bought a 1981 Honda CB650 Nighthawk and rode that until I sold it to a friend. I’ve always thought about this bike and asked my friend about it last year to see if they still had it in storage at their farm. Nothing came of it but recently my friend asked me if I wanted the bike back. They were selling the farm and were cleaning it up and getting rid of everything in storage. I jumped at the chance. I’ve always wanted a cafe racer and I have a blank canvas. It’s rough but the frame is solid. I have friends who know how to do body and paint work, friends who can weld, and friends who know electrical so this will be one really fun project over the next few years. I don’t expect to be done before 2017 and that’s being generous.










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Musky Camp 2014

The yearly October musky trip was a success. Musky were caught. I didn’t fall in, my boat still floats, and no food poisoning this year. All pluses in my book.

I keep trying to make words flow out but nothing is forthcoming from my brain to the page. Photos will have to do.








While I didn’t best my fish from last year, I did catch a musky on a popper in late October. I moved a bunch more on it as well. Nothing in my book can beat a topwater take from a musky. That wake, then the slashing, then the eat is just plain incredible to watch happen. I met some new friends, saw some new waters, and had a ton of laughs. That to me is the adventure. The fishing is secondary. At least that’s what I tell myself..

You can see some photos that Zane Porter took right here http://flyfishingruinslives.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/musky-camp-14/.

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Fritz and Finn take on October

The dogs were tearing around the house and I was feeling an early onset of cabin fever brought on by too much work on the weekend. My wife and I decided to head over to the local creek to run the dogs out of energy. Seems to have worked because it’s been a quiet night in this house.



















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A day on the water with Kory from Boozer’s Guide Service

Kory messaged me last week. Dude, I had a cancellation, wanna come up and fish the St Joe this weekend? Hell yes I do. Lemme clear it with the better half and I’ll get back to you. Of course my awesome wife said get the hell out of the house and go fish you’re bothering me or something like that. Tied up a few streamers and some foam headed dealios, packed the gear, loaded the ride, and Saturday morning found me driving through a color run in South Bend. White people are funny creatures. I’m going to venture a guess that many pumpkin spiced lattes were consumed after that race.

We headed over to Michigan since it’s basically Kory’s backyard and dropped in on a section that looked promising. There were lots of salmon running up and we heard of folks getting on some cohos. The water was coming up and the smallies were shut down. The old college try and all the jazz, we headed back to the launch to try another spot. The other place started in Indiana and goes into Michigan. A word of caution here; there are no signs warning you that you are leaving the state. Make sure you have a license for both states when fishing this area. Kory will remind you of this as well. If you’re looking for a trip on some great looking and super fishy water you need to book a trip with Kory for some smallies. He does steelhead trips as well, so even after the smallies head to their winter holes he’s still putting folks on fish.



Kory put a report up on his site this morning: http://www.boozersguideservice.com/angling-reports
If you’re in the South Bend, Indiana or lower Michigan area, look Kory up and book a trip. Hell you can even take the South Shore Rail from Chicago to South Bend and skip all the traffic.

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Teed up


There’s things in life that I’m pretty terrible at. Golf is sorta one of them. My friend here asked me to play on his team for a work outing. I should have stayed home and stacked wood, got the boat ready, and fished Saturday instead of the shitterrible day that Sunday fishing was. I was screwing around with my fisheye cheater and got this shot.

Speaking of wood. Spiders like wood. Big gnarly ass spiders who don’t even react when you bump them with a lens. That’s thug shit right there. Dolomedes tenebrosus (Dark Fishing Spider)

Here’s some music to make your day better


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A lazy dog and a shadow

I hooked up the boat to the Jeep and pulled it out of the garage. Of course in Fritz’s mind this means car ride. In mine it means go sleep in the Jeep while I sand some wood and throw some varnish on this project so I can be done with it. I glanced up to see where the dogs were and I saw this cool shot.


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Photo Dump #1

Summer is winding down. It’s been a weird one. I thought it was just me, but many people have mentioned how bad the fishing has been for them. Good to see there’s some solidarity in our lack of fish to hand. I figured I’d start doing some photo dumps as I see to build up a good amount of photos that don’t really fit anywhere else.






























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