Friday, June 29, 2012

340 undecillion

So What?
we're all involved

.. Just so you know that your cell phone will still ring on the Firehole River; the implementation of IPv6 is underway. Soon your new $1,900.00 composite fly rod will have it's own address. So too will your favorite fishing location. Nothing is sacred.
 -- NEW YORK (CNN Money) -- One of the crucial mechanisms powering the Internet got a giant, years-in-the-making overhaul on Wednesday. When we say "giant," we're not kidding. Silly-sounding huge number alert: The Internet's address book grew from "just" 4.3 billion unique addresses to 340 undecillion (that's 340 trillion trillion trillion). That's a growth factor of 79 octillion (billion billion billion).
-- If it all goes right, you won't notice a thing. And that's the point. The Internet is running out of addresses, and if nothing were done, you certainly would notice. New devices simply wouldn't be able to connect. To prevent that from happening, the Internet Society, a global standards-setting organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; and Reston, Va., has been working for years to launch a new Internet Protocol (IP) standard called IPv6. IP is a global communications standard used for linking connected devices together. Every networked device -- your PC, smartphone, laptop, tablet and other gizmos -- needs a unique IP address.
-- With IPv6, there are now enough IP combinations for everyone in the world to have a billion billion IP addresses for every second of their life. That sounds unimaginably vast, but it's necessary, because the number of connected devices is exploding.
-- By 2016, Cisco (CSCO, Fortune 500) predicts there will be three networked devices per person on earth. We're not just talking about your smartphone and tablet; your washing machine, wristwatch and car will be connected too. Each of those connected things needs an IP address. Then there's all the items that won't necessarily connect to the Internet themselves, but will be communicating with other wired gadgets.
-- Developers are putting chips into eyeglasses, clothes and pill bottles. Each one of those items needs an IP address as well. The current IP standard, IPv4, was structured like this:, with each "xxx" able to go from 0 to 255. IPv6 expands that so each "x" can be a 0 through 9 or "a" through "f," and it's structured like this: xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx. (Yes, there was an IPv5, but it was a streaming multimedia standard developed in the late 1970s that never really caught on). The changeover is akin to when the U.S. telephone system handled soaring growth by increasing the digits in each telephone number -- except for one crucial difference.
-- While the entire telephone system was upgraded in the 1990s, the Internet will be upgraded gradually. IPv4 will continue to exist alongside IPv6 for quite some time, just as digital and analog TV were broadcast side-by-side for years. Though most of the major Internet players will be IPv6 compliant going forward, many routers, devices and operating systems won't be. For instance, Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) Windows XP, the world's most-used PC operating system, is not IPv6-compliant. Just 1% of end users are expected to now be reaching websites using the IPv6 standard. The Internet Society expects that to gradually grow as users update their software and hardware. Most of the major websites and networks are already participating.
-- More than 2,000 websites, including Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), Facebook (FB), Bing, Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500), AOL (AOL) and Netflix (NFLX), as well as a number of network operators such as AT&T (T, Fortune 500), Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC, Fortune 500), have begun enabling IPv6. But they'll all need to continue to support IPv4 until the entire world upgrades. That will take years.
-- There have been some grumblings about cyberattackers getting ready to pounce on Wednesday, taking advantage of potential holes in a new technology. But a year ago, on June 8, 2011, all those participating networks and sites turned on IPv6 for a day-long test run without a hitch. They reverted to IPv4 the next day. This time, the change is permanent. It'll be a slow transition, but it's a crucial one that will support the Internet's current rate of expansion far into the future.

-- First Published: June 6, 2012: 5:13 AM ET



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Z Fish Report (6/28/12)

Heading out in the morning
The heavy rains from last week are gone and we are now back into a decent weather pattern, with a bit of rain at night, warm and clear days. However, last week’s rain did push the blue water out to about the 15 mile mark, and cooled down the inshore areas a bit with the heavy flow of water from the rivers. But, the blue water current is strong again this year, as it was last year, and quickly corrected itself to being just a couple of hundred yards off the beach.
Rick Gandy and Adolfo with one of 20 roosters last week
Weed lines are developing well, and the dorado are starting to move in. But, many of the dorado are being taken by the inshore fishermen, working less than a half mile off the beach. The sailfish, tuna, and marlin bite still remains slow. When the smaller yellowfin tuna do show, they breeze in, and are soon gone. It is more or less of being in the right place at the right time thing.
Even Adrea got in on the action with Rick and Adolfo
with her first rooster
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, with his French clients, has fished every day this week for roosters. They are doing well on roosters, jack crevalle and even a few dorado.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Time To Fish? Time To Catch!

Learn To Saunter
explore some tributaries
Stiff Hackle
.. It's about time for the Firehole River to enter it's "TOOHOTTOFISH" phase.
.. We take this opportunity to remind you that the fish are still in the water. They don't plunk down under a tree and wait out the mid-day heat in the shade.
.. They find the shade under the banks. They move around with the sun and shade and the temperature. They find the spring holes in the river. They know where the cooler tributaries are, (or they soon learn.)
Little Mite
.. Morning is a perfect time to tickle a fish or two.
.. Grandma would always say: "Fish where the fish are." Wise woman, eh? For the time being most action will be subsurface and with the ever-present soft hackle, (or stiff hackle.)
.. The neighbors are now using a bit of nothing called "The Little Mite," or another silly creation called "The Little Wing." (LINK)

.. Of course they are fishing Nez Perce Creek, Iron Spring Creek, and the Little Firehole River.
Little Wing
.. Some have even headed up to the Gallatin River despite sage advice to the contrary from seasonal clerks at the feather merchants' counters.
.. Just so you know: some of the second molt hoppers are turning colors and there are reports of a few with wings near Black Butte, (some near Indian Creek too.)
..So, spend some time with your terrestrial fly box. Quickly now, get the hottest new imitations from your favorite retailer.
.. Gather up the Stupifindeously Majesticas imitations and you can give your colleagues fits. After all, the clerk said that they were the latest thing.
.. OR: big ratty caddis imitations, a few foam beetles, and some ants should do the trick.
.. We're still using the fly we got from a visitor from Hawaii. He called it "The Crinkled Leg Ant." It's a bit on the small side for our eyes - but it works.
.. Surprisingly, against all sane and rational fishing behavior we still enjoy the sights and sounds of Yellowstone National Park.
.. We pause frequently and take side trips to view the geyser basins, lush meadows, secluded tributaries, and other places in the park. Sometimes we do it without a rod or camera. But never without bear spray!
.. Enjoy the sights!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nice Fish...

Check out this beauty that was caught along the Copper Coast this morning. Conditions are finally starting to come right, after the freak weather we have been getting. 

Here is hoping conditions stay favourable and you never know a fish of this quality may well just hit your lure. 

Tight lines...

pans on glass

Slow down, speedracer. That is not one of those hot-shot rocket-launchers you kids throw these days. Understand? Take your time. There is no reason to rush things. The power comes through grace, my boy.

-Alex who occasionally likes it wiggly.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

You Only Need Four Flies
be here now
.. Sometimes everything is just perfect. For the Firehole River that time is now. The rapid discharge has subsided and some sun punctuates the beautifully monotonous gray days. The bugs and the fish are in sync, and all is well with the world.
.. At this very instant, and for the next few days, the Firehole River is adding more chapters to it's fishing legend. The BWO & PMD hatches are overlapping. The caddis, (at least three sorts,) are regular and persistent and growing more numerous by the day.
.. The water temperature is perfect, (but a mite hot during mid-day.) The fish are just where they are supposed to be - AND - yet, are not too terribly selective - they're getting that way though.
.. Fry are now beginning to move into the river from their shallow water hides. They just think that mom and dad are their friends.
.. Clarity of the water is suitable for postcards in tourist shops. Fish of all sizes are fair game for the birds, fishers, otters, and other fish. The feeding frenzy is well underway.
.. There are spinner falls for the morning, early hatches during mid day, late hatches in the afternoon, and twilight hatches for those that like the calm gentle evenings after the thundershowers. What more could you ask? Caddis all day? You got it!
.. Flies for the Firehole River are simple, the rest is up to you. PMD dry flies in size 16 - 18 will be necessary. BWO, (still hanging around,) drys in 18 - 20. Dark caddis in sizes 14 - 16, (and 18 - 20,) & light caddis in 12 - 14. Right now these four flies will give you all the surface action that you can handle.
.. Very soon the fish will wise up. Very soon the fishing will consume more time than the catching. Very soon a different chapter will be written. But for now, and this coming week, the glories of catching Firehole River trout will be easily accessible.
.. Even now, on the other hand, no sloppy drifts will be tolerated. Even now splashy casts will put the fish down. Even now, (as the water clears,) a heavy leader will spook a few.
.. There is opportunity for the technical fisher to test new flies. Emergers, spinners, cripples, hooligans, and such, from the winter's bench can be tried. Hatch and stage matching can be employed. All things good that the Firehole River has to offer are available now.
.. We lied. You may need three additional flies should you choose to seek the giant submarines of the Firehole River.
.. Of course the ubiquitous soft hackle, (a flymph - if you choose,) will poke 'em in the nose. We need say no more.
.. Whisper it loudly, it's common knowledge right now: there are BIG BUGS in the canyon - but not too many any more.
.. Also, the high water of last week sent some of them as far down as 9-mile hole on the Madison River. Pick your favorite, (about 1 1/4" long; black or yellow,) and go for it.
.. Then too, for the contrarians amongst you all; a fry sized streamer or giant soft hackle will bring subsurface action of fable.
.. But for now the gentle glides, dancing riffles, dainty slicks, and beautiful pockets are the surface fishers paradise. Get here now, it won't last long.
.. And, finally, it's important to note that the caddis activity on the Madison River is just nuts! Can you say "WHITE MILLER?" Mornings and evenings these things have been fluttering everywhere. But then, again, you wouldn't want to avoid the party on the Firehole River.
Wallpaper if you choose.

Savage Gear....

Ever want to put your lure somewhere you know you may be at risk of losing it? These new Savage Gear 4 play soft plastics will allow you to drop your lure into the roughest of ground and you wont have to worry about getting snagged up.

These soft plastics are gaining a lot of popularity and it easy to see why, check out the video...

The video above shows the amazing action of these lures when they are fitted to the specially designed lip skull see here. However you can fish these weedless with the specially designed weedless 4play hooks see here

Working these lures through rough shallow ground in and out of gullies will help find the fish.

Savage Gear Soft 4Play Loose Body 

With Bass Festival news we are in the final stages of getting everything organised and have been blown away by the amount of interest and entries to date. Please note that all entries must be in to us 2 weeks in advance by Friday 6th of July. 

Tight lines,


Friday, June 22, 2012


Shit happens when you rock a frog shirtless at the 'Vaca.

-Alex who got a buncha tan on one side of his hairy back and not the other and thinks the sun should pay more attention to what it's doing next time, geez.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Z Fish Report (6/21/12)

Dave Henry's fly caght rooster from last week
Even though there is some outstanding roosterfish action along the beaches, this week’s report is not so much about fishing, but rather the rain we have been getting all week.

By the time Hurricane Carlotta got to us, she had moved inland and broken down to a tropical depression. But, she must have left a huge hole of a low pressure area, because it sucked in all the moisture from the Pacific right down on us. It started raining intensely on Saturday afternoon, with the intense rains lasting through Sunday. We got 12 inches in those two days, but at least there was no wind, or it could have been bad. From Monday, until even as I am typing this on Thursday morning, it has been an on and off again sprinkling, with some measurable rain. It does look like it will be clearing tomorrow (Friday) however, leaving a storm total of about 20 inches.
Sarah Henry with a nice fly caught jack crevalle fishing with
Arturo on the panga Janeth
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, did get out for 1 day of fishing yesterday with Rick Gandy of San Clemente, CA. They got wet, but also got 20 nice roosters using the surface popper. They were fishing the beaches down below Valentine (pronounced bal-en-teen). Adolfo told me there were lots of roosters and the water conditions were ideal.

Sarah with a nice fly caught sierra
The Thursday before, and the day I posted the fish report, we were having trouble with the water being gin clear, which makes it tough to catch the wary rooster. Adolfo called me and I told him of the area we got our fish in that day. The next day he made the long run to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with client Cameron Hicks from California. They got 12 nice roosters.
Cameron Hicks with one of his 12 spin caught roosters.
Wild shorts! He wanted blue water fishing and came
dressed for it but I talked him into going for roosters
 as his best bet.
I have heard nothing of the offshore fishing. This week it was rain keeping the boats at home, but even last week we were only getting 1 or 2 boats a day going out with clients, and that is usually for inshore fishing. With no people, the municipal pier is almost spooky in the mornings.
Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

To get a better understanding of what fishing is best and at what time of the year click on the link:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


You say I might be cocky for getting the FGFF logo tattooed on me, I would agree. for years I had the outline done and never did shit with it but add stuff around it.

My dog is licking the floor right now, she is not too smart.

Jamie decided that I have to get it finished, so she sat me down for 3 hours and drilled color into my skin. It was well worth it.

One of my favorite methods of fishing saltwater is dropping jigs straight down off a boat. I don't know what it is about taking a 4 oz jig, dropping it down between 500 and 1000 feet, jigging it as we drift, and hoping for one of those big blue lipped bastards know as the ling cod that I love so much, but I just cant get enough of it.

 After  looking over other ling cod, rock cod, and sea bass jigs, I came up with my own, I painted the head, used some EP fibers, rubber legs,  and deer hair, to make this ugly fella. The colors will work, I hope.

It's The Little Things

They Do Hold Fish
just ask mom
.. Yes this is Yellowstone. Yes this is right next to the road. Yes you've probably stepped over it.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


But Not Too High
fishers sleeping in
.. The annual run off in Yellowstone National Park has been a smidgen gentle this Spring. On the other hand, for a change, the Firehole River, (after an early scare,) has enjoyed cooling melt water and has maintained a bank-full puddle so far.
.. There have been the standard batch of hatches; some fairly dense. So, what's the point? There has been a consistently dense spinner fall. And, it seems that, for the fly folks,  the early morning is better suited to a second third cup of coffee rather than the catching of fish. So be it. Get on the water by 11:00 AM and enjoy the congenial gatherings of tour buses, other fishers, elk lovers, bison lovers, tree gawkers, and various sundry other visiting mobs in Yellowstone.
.. Or, hit the water at first light, catch a couple of dozen fish by 8:00 AM, have a monster brunch, a brief nap, and return to the water by 1:30 PM to enjoy the salubrious weather and gentle road traffic. Your choice.
.. The Madison River is enjoying consistent salmonfly action. This, coupled with a bit of streamer fishing, and the highly successful soft hackle swinging is drawing the neighbors to the holes of old. Not too much visitation, yet, from the pink and yellow shirt crowd.
.. We sauntered north over the weekend. Obsidian Creek and Indian Creek are high and clear. Fish right by the bridge at the Indian Creek Campground. Catch as many Brook Trout as you care to.
.. The Gibbon River in the big meadows is at bank, and has picked up just a hint of color,) - and the bank is just plain pudding.
.. If you choose to fish here be careful on two counts: 1) soggy soil transmits vibrations very well, 2) be sure you know where the edge is. Small streamers will do the trick. A double drowned caddis will also work.
.. Down canyon on the Gibbon River you will have to look for protected water, and gentle feeding lanes. There is a bit more color, the discharge is up, and the fish are being very picky about where they are hanging out. On the other hand they are not picky at all about what they are eating.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Z Fish Report (6/14/12)

Z Fish Report (6/14/12)

The 82° blue water is right on the beach, but the large game fishing still sucks. Santiago, on the super panga Gitana, went out looking for marlin for his Danish client, and had only one strike from a sailfish all day. Cameron Hicks from California fished with Leonardo on the panga Fish On for a half day and had a strike on a sailfish, and then gave up on the blue water. They ended up with a fairly decent day inshore. No dorado were caught this week that I know of.
Keri with her rooster

The best action is still the roosterfish. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, told me he was getting slower action to the north on roosters with his French clients, but was doing well on sierras and jack crevalle. Well, that won’t cut it. We need roosters.
Sean Jackson

So, I went south to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with fly clients Jean Jackson and Keri from Colorado. We got there and fished the surf lines under almost ideal conditions. And the roosters were there. Some of them were very large (40 pounds or more) and aggressive. But again, for first timers the first day is usually a learning curve. However they each managed a rooster, even though they were smaller than the larger fish earlier in the morning. The bite lasted until about 1:00. With Adolfo Jr. on the teaser rod, we brought 25 roosters to the boat.
Dave Henry with his switch rod and a nice black skipjack tuna

Today (Thursday), Adolfo Jr. and I went back down to Vicente with David Henry of British Columbia, Canada. We have fished several times before and his wife Sarah even got a line class world record for roosters fishing with us down at Vicente a few years back (it has since been broken by another angler).

Because of the gin clear water on the beach, at first we were having a tough time of it to even find a rooster. We made a move to find a bit more stained water, and were soon into fish. Even though the size of the roosters was smaller than a few days earlier, the numbers of different species kept things exciting. On the fly, Dave hooked roosters, jack crevalle, black skipjack tuna, and sierras. Again, we brought at least 25 roosters to the boat and the bite lasted until 1:00.

Another of Dave's roosters just before the leader snapped.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)
To get a better understanding of what fishing is best and at what time of the year click on the link: