To Seine or Not To Seine

Hands Free Seine
Hands Free Seine

One of the oldest debates within the fly fishing community is "proper drift vs proper fly pattern", and which one holds the most weight. Ask this question around a group of half boozed up fly anglers and you're likely to get a split between the two with various reasoning's behind their argument. Personally I feel like there are times when any properly presented fly will suffice and other times when having the proper pattern will be the only way to put fish in the bag. There are of course numerous factors that play a role in this, such as stream fertility, conditions, and fishing pressure, to name a few. In all reality though if you want to take your trout fishing to the next level, ultimately putting more fish in the bag, becoming efficient at making a proper drift and matching it with the proper fly pattern will be key. All anglers should make a habit of observing the water, turning over rocks and seining the water, and observing fish behavior before jumping right into fishing. While turning over rocks and observing fish behavior requires minimal effort, seining the water for aquatic insects is not as simple. Typically, a majority of anglers will carry a paint strainer that affectively slips over the net basket to search for underwater trout snacks. While these strainers are relatively cheap, they work best on larger guide/boat nets and require a little effort to set up. The other day while cruising the web I came across the Hands Free Seine site. The Hands Free Seine uses a weighted net attached to a retractor which allows the seine to be used at different depths, while also being used hands free via the attached belt clip. The compact size of the Hands Free Seine also allows it to be stored easily inside of your vest or pack. For $30 this seems like a great deal for a quality seine, that can be deployed easily without the use of a net. While I have no experience with this product, I can tell you having a way to seine the water has saved numerous days on the water for me when I couldn't decipher exactly what the fish were eating that day.

I love seeing new and innovative products hit the market because like most I'm always trying to improve my fishing game and get a leg up on my quarry. Drop us a line if you have used the Hands Free Seine or have additional unique ways to seine the water for bugs!

Trout Snacks
Trout Snacks
Trout Snacks
Trout Snacks

30th Century Fisherman

Last month, two days after my own birthday, an invention that changed the way I fish turned 10 years old.  It has surely changed more than just the way we fish; it has changed life for us all.  In a world of technology where anything seems possible, it’s easy to overlook how something so widespread has changed the sport of fishing forever.  A big part of fishing for us all is the mystery of the unknown.  Whether that be what lurks in that dark, deep pool or what’s around the next bend of a new, unexplored body of water. This invention unshrouds a bit of the mystery making the unknown more obvious and the unexplored more accessible.  It gives us a peek at the man behind the curtain.  Any guesses what the invention I’m speaking of is? If you guess Google Earth, than you’re an exploration geek like me.

The invention of Google Earth was supposedly predicted in a 1998 speech by the then-US Vice-President Al Gore, who imagined a "Digital Earth", which would help causes such as environmental protection and international diplomacy. Three years later, the IT firm Keyhole launched a new program called "Earthviewer". It looked like Gore's vision, but its creators had a more simplistic idea.  It was designed for home buyers to survey the area around potential homes

In 2003, the program brought major attention when news casts began using its application to show battlefronts during the war. Shortly thereafter, In-Q-Tel, a "non -profit" company funded by the CIA (37 million tax payer bones a year), invested in Keyhole, presuming Earthviewer could have intelligence applications. But when Google purchased all of Keyhole in 2004 for a cool 2.2 million, the owners had no idea the potential of their product.

Much of the imagery in Google Earth is commercially available data from US military satellites.  So if you ever wondered why Google offered satellite images for free, they weren't free.  You payed for them in your tax dollars via a CIA funded company (that's deep for a fishing blog right?).  Although widely used and imagined for travelers to find directions, it allows not just fishermen but all outdoorsmen to survey terrain and water as they never have before.  If you haven’t used it, and still can’t figure out the benefits, let me name a few;


Planning trips: Not only can you find close parking, view forestry service roads and check on elevations changes, you can also check mileage if you’re planning a canoe or kayak river trip.

Historical Data: Google earth lets you view images in areas as far back as the 1930’s. Yeah, mind blowing.  Without it, I wouldn’t have known GA’s trophy bass lake (Ocmulgee PFA) is now better suited for a quail hunt.  The dam had problems and it’s bone dry.  Good thing I didn’t make a special trip.


I can say I haven’t visited new water since Google Earth inception in 2005 without viewing satellite images first.  It’s truly revolutionized the way I explore and fish.  Surely it’s done the same for others.  And if you aren’t familiar with all of its features, it’s time you do some desktop exploring and see what new water and adventures you can find.