Browsing articles from "April, 2013"

We are now on Twitter!

Apr 18, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed  //  Comments Off on We are now on Twitter!

Hey, for those following people places and things on the big bird network, we are now going to be posting our updates on twitter.


Have You Seen This Man?

Apr 16, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Have You Seen This Man?

Last seen mumbling something about dreams coming true and buying a drift boat…. 

You’ll have your chance at this year’s Spey Nation

Cell Phone Message from Tom…

Apr 8, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Cell Phone Message from Tom…

“Hey Geoff, Tom Larimer Speaking, Looks like I will be able to make it out to Spey Nation  if there are still spots available.”

Hey Tom,  Glad to have you.


Tom Larimer


Tom Larimer owns and operates Larimer Outfitters out of Hood River, Oregon. He calls the Deschutes River home from the beginning of salmon flies in May until the weather gets too cold to Spey cast in November. His steelhead jet boat camps are legendary. Once the snow flies, Tom’s focus shifts to guiding the winter steelhead rivers of northern Oregon. Depending on the conditions, you might find him floating the Sandy, jet boating on the Clackamas or hiking into the Hood.

Tom has lived and guided in the Oregon since 2001. Before moving to the Northwest, he guided the world famous upper Kenai River in Alaska, the fabled steelhead & trout waters of Northwest Michigan, and the rivers he learned to fly fish on in Wisconsin. His seventeen years of guiding experience have given him a patient and enthusiastic teaching style while on the water or when giving clinics. However, Tom’s passion goes beyond just teaching casting or fishing techniques. He loves to share lessons on the history, the flora and the fauna of his home waters.

Outside of guiding, Tom is one of the most revered Spey casting instructors in the country. He teaches private lessons near his home in Hood River as well as numerous group clinics throughout the country. His teaching style revolves around the family of lines he designed for Airflo Fly Lines. His contributions to the Spey world include the Skagit Compact, the Skagit Switch, the Skagit Intermediate and the Rage Compact.

Finally, Tom is a professional fly tier, photographer, author and hosts trips to some truly amazing fly fishing destinations. Additionally he is a pro-staff member for Simms, Hatch Reels and Solitude Flies. As a man who makes his living from a natural resource, Tom is a steward of the water and her fish. He is a member & supporter of the Native Fish Society, Trout Unlimited and Oregon Water Watch.


Apr 3, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Minutes  //  Comments Off on
Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club
March Monthly Meeting
March 28, 2013
· Testing of Atlantic salmon from Ed Weed Fish Cultural Facility (Vermont)
Kennebec River Biosciences (testing lab) received approval from NYSDEC to test these fish using a two week virology test only. The test results were received March 28 and all four viruses tested for were negative.
· Club picnic.
The club decided last month that a picnic, open to the public, would be a good way to showcase our efforts and successes to local residents. Several locations were mentioned, Forest Park among them. Member Paul Wenham, President of the Friends of Forest Park, has reserved the Woods Pavilion in Forest Park for Saturday May 18. More details to follow.
§ Fish from Kevin Kelsey
Arrangements have been made to pick up the fish from Kevin Kelsey at the Ed Weed Fish Cultural Facility in Vermont. Jim Lawler and Larry Chismark will rent a 24 ft. stake rack truck from Ryder Truck Rental and pick up two oxygen cylinders with regulators from Haun Welding. The Rome Hatchery has offered us the use of two of their fish transport tanks and they will load them for us.
The plan is to drive up Friday and stay overnight at the hatchery. Saturday morning the fish will be loaded and brought back for stocking that afternoon. Due to the deep snow still on the Tug Hill, locations near Camden were selected.
· Trestle Road at the fishing access parking lot (W. Branch Fish Creek)
· Mechanic Street (V) Camden behind DPW (W. Branch Fish Creek)
· Quarry Road, left off River Road north of Camden (Mad River)
All these sites are very close to the creek, not much snow, good parking for truck.
§ Stocking will be Saturday afternoon April 6. Approximate arrival of stocking truck from Vermont is 2:00 PM at the Trestle Road site.
§ Herb Phillippson’s & Mohawk Valley TU – Sat. April 13 at the Herb Phillipson’s Store in New Hartford Shopping Center. Volunteers to man the club display and answer questions are Lloyd Northrup, Tom Schneider, Mike Mercoldie, Ted Collins, Paul Miller, and Jim Lawler.
§ Oneida Lake Association meeting is Wednesday May 1. Tony Buffa has requested that someone from the club give a 7 min. talk about the club history, its successes and failures.
§ Next Meeting April 25
Among the membership renewal forms was a note from Mohawk Valley TU member Bill Pfeiffer that his wife passed away recently. Bill has been an active and well liked member of the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club and our thoughts are with him. A sympathy card was sent on behalf of the club.

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