Now the spring has arrived, at least in spirit, here are two ideas that your can incorporate into your landscape to help reduce runoff.
Rain Gardens: We do quite a bit of work inside the beltway and were surprised to see new Government buildings with rain gardens incorporated into the base of the parking lots. A rain garden is a shallow depression planted with deep-rooted plants that is located near the base of runoff source. Normally, parking lots are thrown into the nearest area that can be graded, packed, and covered with asphalt. It was encouraging.
A rain garden is as simple as it gets. They are easy to install, if one can define digging a depression as easy, and can be planted with hardy, native plants...
Did you travel to see family over the Easter holiday weekend? I did, and I was lucky - I got to spend some time outside, too. You?
On the highway and on a couple of short fishing trips over the weekend, in ditches and the spots we went to fish, I saw a lot of one thing: styrofoam. What a shame.
The simplest solution: clean it up when we see it, and of course make sure we're never the ones littering.
A little more work: don't cause it to come into use in the first place. That means carrying a reusable mug instead of using disposable cups. It means taking a tupperware with you when you eat out, so that you can bring leftovers home in reusable, instead of disposable packaging. It means...
We’ve highlighted the benefits of power of numbers in previous posts. The actions of several people can have a greater, and more positive, impact on our fisheries than the actions of an individual. While this is not always true, a lone angler picking up trash at the local lake can have a profound impact on the health of a fishery, for the most part the actions of the many will outweigh the actions of the few or the one.
During a drought, for example, if only ten percent of the population take measures to conserve water, the municipal water supplies will be taxed. If the municipal source of water is shared with a watershed that...
The bubble line runs through most streams. There is no mystery behind it. It is, literally, a line of bubbles running down the stream.
Those bubbles indicate that highly oxygenated water runs underneath. Where you find oxygen, you will find mayflies and, especially, stone flies. And where you will find mayflies and stone flies, you will find fish.
Fishing the bubble line can be problematic, though. The current in which the bubble line is running may be on the other side of slower or faster currents, or a combination of currents. There are certainly options for fishing the bubble line in situations such as this. You can wade your way into position and drift your fly directly down the bubble line from upstream. It is important to make sure that your fly...
What's wrong with just taking a kid fishing?
And Shane Wilson from Fishing's Future encourages everyone to do it, every chance they get.
But unless it's a kid who's going to go back into a home where there's another adult who fishes, the chance that it'll happen again are slim.
Enter Family Fishing Camps. These on-the-water schools get a whole family fishing together, and it's a model that works.
It's not just that there's a new generation of kids who aren't connected to...
Invigorating for a few, exhausting for most.
Election season – a season that seems to have no beginning or end these days.
And the political vitriol has become the currency of the conversation.
Polarizing, black-and-white screaming that makes guys like me just wanna go fishing.
And when I do, I'm wielding more than a rod – I hold a scepter of power that is America's sleeping giant.
It's no secret about what the election's turning points are – jobs and the economy, with a strong "moral compass" undercurrent.
To say nothing...
- "The market rewards innovation."
- "Most of this stuff ' designed to catch fishermen, not fish."
- "Fishermen are hungry for the latest thing but slow to change to it."
These are a few catch-phrases you hear over and over when talking about new products at ICAST – the fishing industry's annual gathering and tradeshow, held 2 weeks ago in Orlando, Fla.
The show always opens with the New Product Showcase Preview – a reception where fishing-tackle buyers and media get a sneak peek at everything the manufacturers are going to roll out in the coming year. Media and buyers get to vote for their favorites, and here's what drives most folks' votes:
What do I think will sell well?
What's truly unique, interesting or different?
Who do I...
Last week I pointed at the line that's been drawn in the sand for us.
It's the line that says now's the time – it's time to care about our waters. To really care.
When I wrote it, I was talking about us. All of us in the graphite army, who sling flies and nightcrawlers and jigs and things with those poles that come to life in our hands when we trick fish.
But let me relate that there's another bunch whom I surmise doesn't need to be on the bandwagon for our waters, they need to be in the driver's seat. That's the companies who make all that stuff, and the professional (promotional) anglers who sell it to us.
Sure, the American Sportfishing Association and its Keep America...
It's time to care.
For many of us, fishing is our escape. When we're "out there" our worries fall away. Out there, our concerns amount to having enough bait and presenting it to the biggest fish in the lake, and perhaps avoiding mosquitoes and thunderstorms.
Ten years ago I started the nonprofit organization Recycled Fish that, I hoped, would mobilize America's 60 million anglers to be stewards of our waters.
It seemed like a no-brainer. Anglers are passionate about their waters. There are a lot of us, and we're widely distributed – socially, economically and geographically. Those of us who fish are passionate about our waters and we have a stake in them that nobody else does: We're connected to them through...
Best hospitality I've experienced in a long time.
That's Lodi, Wisconsin.
Remember the Creedence Clearwater Revival Tune? Sure, it was about Lodi, Calif., but who cares?
"Just about a year ago
Headed out on the road
Seekin' my fame and fortune
Lookin' for a pot of gold
Things got bad
Oh, Lord – stuck in Lodi again."
Well, Lord, you could stick me in Lodi again – anytime.
I loved it there.
The person who brought me in to speak invited me to the family barbecue the night before. Lodi's that kind of place.
Strangers took me fishing. It's that kind of place.
The fishing options were plentiful and beautiful: Rolling trees, heavily forested, falling into the water. That kind of place.
I saw not...
about the author
Recycled Fish is the national non-profit organization of "anglers living a Lifestyle of Stewardship both on and off the water, because Our Lifestyle Runs Downstream."