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“Rivers of a Lost Coast”

In Reviews on May 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Yesterday I went to see “Rivers of a Lost Coast”, a documentary about Northern California’s steelhead rivers and their decline. The story is told through the eyes of fly fishermen who fished through the heydays of California Steelhead and Salmon runs. It also tells the remarkable story and rivalry of  legendary fly fishermen and ultimate fly fishing junkies, Bill Schaadt and Ted Lindner. It is an incredibly well done documentary, entertaining as it is enlightening. Kudos to the film makers Justin Coupe and Palmer Taylor. I highly recommend it to anyone, even none fly fisherman will enjoy this film.  I give it 4 thumbs up.

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New Fly Fishing Artwork Released

In Fine Art on May 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm


Part of the Lost Coast Series

I was finally able to work on some new large format canvas prints and add a new fly fishing  photo gallery to my online storefront.  If you have a big empty wall that needs some serious fly fishing art, these large format prints are a must see.  I create them using multiple high-resolution exposures that are “stitched” together. This ensures a high-quality, detail-rich print.  I am inspired by some landscape oil painters, so it is no accident that some of the photos have the look and feel of oil paintings. Once the final image is created, it is then printed onto canvas using a pigment inkjet printer. These prints are very archivable and, in addition, are lacquered with a UV-resistant coating for further protection. The canvas is Gallery Wrapped (stretched on fine art stretcher bars) and is delivered ready to hang.  I am still working on some more pieces and will be adding them to the Large Format Gallery in the near future so keep checking in. To go to the gallery directly click here.

Mel Krieger – The Lost Interview

In Interviews on May 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Mel and Fanny Krieger
About this interview:
Over 10 years ago, when I first conceived the idea for Fly Fishing Junkie, the Internet was still in it’s infancy and blogs really didn’t exist yet. Having always built my own websites I started work on the Fly Fishing Junkie site, which was very crude by today’s standards.  Between my first child being born and being sucked up into a multimedia startup, I was forced to put Fly Fishing Junkie on hold. Recently I found the transcript of an interview which I did in 1998 with Mel Krieger at the Golden Gate Fly Fishing Club. I used to be a member of the club, and still have fond memories of the Gin Fizz brunches and all the help the folks at the club gave me to get rid of my bad casting habits. Mel, who was also a member, frequently taught classes there. On one of those occasions he was gracious enough to sit down with me for a brief interview. Please note that when reading the interview you need to add about ten years to any of the time references. 

FFJ: It was great today seeing you again in action. How many people do you think you’ve taught fly-casting throughout your career, any idea? 

MK: I couldn’t begin to tell you, but it has been thousands. 

FFJ: How long have you been doing this now?


Mel-KriegerMK: About 30 years. I first started teaching in the Fenwick schools. For a while the Fenwick Rod Company was one of the first companies ever to set up fly fishing schools throughout the country and Fenwick actually appointed different people to run the schools. I did the schools on the West Coast, Gary Borger did them in the Midwest, and another man did them on the East Coast. I did all these weekend schools while I worked at other things. And got more and more involved in teaching, started writing a bit and then Fenwick lost their power in the marketplace. At one time Fenwick ruled the fly fishing market. I mean if you didn’t have a Fenwick rod  . . . I mean people laughed at you. If you had a Winston bamboo you were the odd one in a crowd. And then what happened is that Winston started making a good glass rods as well. In those days Fenwick did a really wonderful thing . . . I mean we had schools almost in every state of the union and they were full, but nobody was really promoting fly-fishing schools. So we got into it. 


FFJ: What did you do before fly-fishing? 


MK: Well, I was a sales manager for a refrigeration company, mainly involved in sales. Then I opened up a small business, a travel agency, and we opened up a visa service.


FFJ: What kind of service?


MK: A visa service, we got visa’s for people traveling outside the United States because San Francisco is a center for the consular corps. So that earned me enough income so I had a little more time to start doing more teaching, more fishing. I started traveling and taking groups with me. I discovered that I was pretty a good analyst and I started reading on fly-casting and what not. 


I discovered that the tournament casters were much more sophisticated than all the fishing writers were in terms of fly casting, and much of the fly casting information was the kind of stuff that was passed on from generation to generation. It wasn’t really up to snuff with modem fly casting, so with that in mind I started writing a little bit and exploring. The best information I got on fly-casting at that time was from a tournament caster in England, who wrote a pretty good book on casting. He was heavily involved in tournament casting.

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The Blame Game

In Opinion on May 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Seems that the blame game has become America’s and the world’s favorite past time. Any given hour you can turn on the tube or the radio and hear politicians and talking heads point the finger and blame “them” or “they” for everything from the economic crisis, the out of control national debt, the latest crime spree and so on. For a politician or a partisan pundit the blame game is, of course, part of their playbook, that’s how they make a living and get elected.  But unfortunately the blame game is not just limited to those making a living blaming others; no, the blame game has now become everyone’s favorite past time. Global warming, it’s all the fault of the Chinese and their coal burning plants, OR it’s a liberal conspiracy perpetrated by a bunch of left wing scientists that want to destroy the economy, OR it’s the people that drive those big SUVs  . . . you get the idea. Blame some other group or person and you don’t have to look in the mirror.  Blaming others allows us to absolve ourselves from taking any responsibility for our own actions and actually have an honest debate. In short the blame game is convenient, we all do it, all the time.

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