Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Most tagging programs require the partner to purchase the tags to beome involved in the program. Gray's asks for a donation of $129 for 25 tags. For me, I'm am not looking to tag every bass I catch, but the larger females who come up the Delaware to spawn. Do our Delaware fish
make their way up north past say Montauk after May and June? Or do they only go as far as the New York Bight? When I was talking about striped bass to Ben Whalley at the show the other day we were back and forth about where our, his and mine, striped bass come from and where they return to. He is in Maine, which puts him south of the Canadian fish and north of the Hudson, and maybe Delaware and Chesepeake fish. He stated the Kennebec River is a natal river for New England's striped bass. I found this interesting read regarding Maine's striped bass, HERE.
While tagging and catching and recording the striped bass data seems cool, there is a real science to it. Above is a graph taken from a 2007 paper in the Northern American Journal of Fisheries Management. Somehow that table above has to do with strip[ed bass tag return data. That, of course, is way above my intellect.
So if you have a favorite fishery and would like to contribute to the data pool look up one of the tagging programs out there. Make sure they're part of the Northeast Striped Bass Study. Catch and tag them up.
Monday, January 30, 2023
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Friday, January 27, 2023
Well, I don't know how you judge how a show is. Maybe they do it by the numbers at the gate and the ticket sales to get into the show and for The Fly Fishing Film Tour (which was held at the Sheraton up the street?). Or maybe its by the feedback and revenue generated by sales made by the vendors and fly tyers and possibly trips booked by the lodges and outfitters. For me, it was an excellent show, and I tell you why. It hadn't been in recent years so it was a litle refreshing.
Now, it was no Somerset. Oh, Somerset. How good were those days. Tight aisles, carpet! on the floor, tons of everything, a hotel with a restaurant and bar that adjoined, and attended by ALL of the who's who in the industry. No, those days are over. There will be no storms or Covid to blame on this show this year. Let me preface, I don't like the Edison venue, and it has nothing to do that I worked there when it was a Covid hospital in 2019, it's just isn't the right venue for this show.
Here's my first bitch. Yesterday I went online to get a pre-ticket for the show. Now since you're making the show's job easier maybe it would at least be the same price or a buck or two cheaper? Nope. If you get your ticket online it's $22.27, nearly 25% higher. No thanks, here's my cash.
I was at the gate at 830 with a 9 o'clock start. I was the first one to the Keogh booth and the first one with their hands in the bins. I needed saddles, different colors than I have, so it came down to 3/$80 or 5/$125, I went cheap and picked and picked for three, I think I picked some winners.
And then it was off to see Brad and get an early shot at his tails, which are known nationally and internationally, just listen to some of the best tyers who use bucktail, they all pimp him up. The problem is, and I am talking the entire show, including Joe Calaccvechia, no one is dying black bucktails. If you order it online you get 2-3" bucktail, not much you can do with that. And, not like I had anything good, but my dogs taste for black bucktail has recently set me back.
There were vices everywhere. Renzetti and Nor-Vise had nice booths. Dealers had Peak, Dyna King, and others for sale just about everywhere you turned. I checked out Regal's Revolution, and I must say that is a nice vice. I currently tie on a Regal, and have for years, but that may change soon. Regal usually has booth at this show, with Steve Silverio tying, somethings up with that?