Friday, December 7, 2007

Hurricane Lantern Bird Feeder


Hurricane Lanterns are the icon of simpler living. Camps and cabins sans electricity are often lit with this time tested kerosene lanterns. Here the clever folks at Fishboy have turned this treasured icon into another practical object - bird feeder!

It looks and feels like the real thing with only a few slight differences that make it more suitable for fine feathered friends.

More Info

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

5 Great Stocking Stuffing Ideas for Fishermen


1. Fishing Journal - Journals make a thoughtful gift for the angler in your life.

2. Fridge Magnet - A funny fridge magnet is a great idea and is handy all year round.

3. Fishing Christmas Decoration - Special fishing decorations for the tree make great stocking stuffers.

4. Angler Watch - Surprise your angler with a great watch designed for fishermen.

5. Fishing Gadget - What angler doesn't like gadgets?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Women's Fishing T-shirts

Reel women will want to check out the latest line of ladies cut, soft, 100% cotton fishing t-shirts from Fishboy called (what else) "Fishgirl".

Link - See all the women's fishing designs at: http://www.fishboy.com/Fishboy_s_Originals_for_Women_s/86.htm

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Zilla Tool from CRKT


From Random Object Review Blog - "This is one of Columbia River Knife and Tools (CRKT) latest creations, launched under the Inspired Design works (I.D. Works) branch. Available in either bead-blast or black, the Zilla-Tool is basically a large plier with a large knife blade and some bits thrown in for good measure. For a multi tool the Zilla-Tool has a rather small number of implements, with competition such as Leatherman, SOG or Gerber all offering a much larger assortment of implements on their tools. However the Zilla-Tool sports a new design approach to multi tools with focus on the arguably the two most used implements; the plier and the knife blade..." Full Review

Available here

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hate the taste of plastic water? Time to upgrade!

We've all experienced it — that uniquely flavored water that flows out of plastic water bottles and hydration packs on hot summer days.

Even the supposedly "tasteless" plastics such as Lexan will yield some plasticky aftertaste if the sun bakes it long enough. And cheap bike bottles? You might as well chew on your tire — it will taste a lot like the water that pours out of that plastic bottle.

Enter Sigg. This Swiss company specializes in aluminum bottles suitable for beverages of all kinds. We field-tested several models of the Sigg sports bottle — ranging from .75-liter sport-style bottles to 1.5-liter big bottles. The .75-liter volume is bigger than the standard bike bottle, but the Sigg still fits securely into a bike bottle cage. Tester Sarah Doherty, who is hard at work training for a half-Iron Man triathlon, dubbed the Sigg her favorite bottle ever.

The key to earning that praise from Sarah, as well as similar accolades from hiker Chris Bloomquist, is in the lid. The Sigg top is a wonderful piece of engineering. Since you can't simply squeeze the rigid metal bottle to force water out, a simple pop-up valve wouldn't work well. So Sigg engineered a leak-proof top that opens with a simple twist. That twist opens the top drink valve as well as a couple one-way air vents around the edge of the bottle top, allowing air to stream in as water flows out. Sarah said the patented top provided a greater flow of water during her training rides than any bottle she's previously used.

Those top-notch tops cap mighty fine bottles, too. All Sigg bottles are treated inside with a nonreactive, unbreakable elastic coating. This prevents the aluminum from leaching into your drink while protecting the aluminum from acidic beverages such as juices and sodas (yes, the leak-proof cap will even seal in carbonated beverages).

To provide strength and durability, the bottles are extruded from a chunk of pure aluminum, resulting in a seamless design. The tough finish on the bottles' exterior is a baked-on powder coating that is environmentally friendly. It is solvent-free, thus reducing potentially toxic air emissions during the manufacturing process.

The down side of the Sigg aluminum bottles is the tendency for the bottles to get dinged and dented over time. Fortunately, their seamless design means even the deepest dents won't result in leaks. Eventually you'll want to replace dinged-up bottles, but that just leads to another green benefit of these bottles — the worn-out bottles can be safely tossed into any aluminum recycling bin.

The Sigg sports bottle sells for $20. For more information click here.

— Dan A. Nelson, special to The Seattle Times

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Extremely useful and very cute!



The new GUPPIE multi-tool from Columbia River Knife and Tool is a nifty little tool. First off it looks really cute. But its more than great looks because GUPPIE is big on survival features in a very small, easy to handle package. This tough-working multi-tool comes with an adjustable wrench, knife, screwdriver with four hex bits, a bottle opener, and non-weight-bearing carabiner. The magnetic bit holder even has a bright LED light! At only $24.95 street price at Fishboy, its quite a bargin. -- Rod Bender

Adventure Journals

Can't remember where the trail head is for that awesome hike you took last fall? Forgot where you took the great picture of the eagle's nest? That's because you didn't write it down dummy!

Looking back at our adventures I bet most of us wish we had written down a few bits of info about the trails, fishing hole, hunting spot or even restaurants in the area. If we had might just be able to remember it all a bit better. Well what can I say? Get one of these adventure journals and write it all down next time you head out on an adventure! -- Rod Bender

Adventure Journals

Monday, October 15, 2007

Collectible Outdoor Themed Fridge Magnets


These hunting, fishing, camping and hiking fridge magnets make a great gift or stocking stuffer. See the entire collection here.

-- Rod Bender

One Handed Multi-Tool - Great For Fishermen

Fisherman could use three hands sometimes but this great one handed knife/pliers tool makes it easy to hold a rod in one hand and select a tool in the other. On sale here - Rod Bender

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Awesome Aluminum Boxes




Maxi aluminum boxes from Swiss innovators Sigg - Lightweight, highly durable and leak proof thanks to locking top and rubber seal; food-safe coating, (but not a cooking container).

“Cool Stuff” -- Mothering Magazine, July – Aug 2006

More Info

Monday, September 24, 2007

Gifts For the Bacon Lovers


For the bacon lover I can think of no better gift than a nice slab of freshly smoked bacon. But the last time I tried wrapping up a couple pounds of gourmet bacon and putting it under the tree, the dog ripped into in, knocking over the tree and making a huge mess. I was not invited back to that household for a good long while.

But hope is not lost finding the perfect gift for the bacon lover. The following gifts are inspired by that great love we all have for bacon:

Bacon Salt - The perfect seasoning ever! It makes everything tastes like bacon. Just sprinkle it on a cheeseburger and you have a bacon cheeseburger. Put it on salads, potatoes and just about anything. It comes in a sample package of three great flavors.

Bacon Air Freshners - Who wants a pine tree, when you can have something meatier!

This unlikely Bacon Air Freshener is the perfect way to brighten any carnivore's day. Put one up in the family room and everyone will have a sudden craving for a BLT. Each has a handy string for hanging and measures about 4" tall.

Bacon Band-Aids - Next time you beef it skateboarding, wrap that bloody mess in style with these bacon bandages.


See all of the great bacon gift ideas including bacon gift wrapping paper at the
The Bacon Inspired Gift Collection.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

SIGG Trend 0.7 Liter Thermo Bottle


Where ever I take my Sigg Thermo, I get hot coffee and hot looks at this cool, bad ass thermal bottle from Sigg, makers of quality, innovative products for hipsters.

Here's what other sites are saying:

From Backcountry.com:
"Take along the SIGG Thermal Trend Bottle along with you for a hot beverage hours after you leave the house. This Swiss-made bottle's lid doubles as a cup for sipping your tasty beverage. Forget the over-priced coffee shop next-door to your office. Take your beverage to work in the SIGG Thermal Trend Bottle without the fear of lukewarm coffee. SIGG's thermal insulation keeps any beverage hot for hours and their signature treatment process kills the lingering remnants of yesterday's coffee, leaving you with nothing but pure, unadulterated taste."

From US Outdoor Store:
"Sigg Switzerland USA .7L Thermo Bottles Trend Line These bottles will keep your beverages hot for up to 8 hours and keep them cold for up to 16 hours.

Features:
Improved grip thanks to a new type of coating
Attractive matt finish.
7L insulated bottle"

From EMS:
"This mid-sized Sigg Thermos bottle will keep liquids hot or cold for hours, thanks to double-walled vacuum insulation made of high-grade steel. After all day adventure, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa! Note .75 liter is about 25 ounces or just over 3 cups liquid. Vacuum insulation keeps contents hot or cold for at least 8 hours (cool up to 16 hours). High-grade stainless steel construction. 100% leakproof. Easy-to-clean screw top for simple pouring. Cap doubles as an integrated drinking mug. Neutral to taste and smell. Insulation can be increased by prewarming or precooling with hot/cold water. Made in Switzerland."

Micro Tackle Tool by Dakota


A great pocket multi-tool at a great price!

Ultra bright led flashlight, integrated pliers, saw, bottle opener, flat head & philips screwdrivers & knife.

All stainless steel construction micro tackle tool (micro TT) complete with seven survival tools, the Micro TT is a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.

Get one!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

BaconSalt - Everything Should Taste Like Bacon


Psst! Want a unique gift for the bacon lover in your life? Check out the new Bacon Salt Sampler package including three great flavors of bacon salt seasoning salt that makes everything taste like bacon!

This is an incredible seasoning salt that if perfect for the outdoors. Add it to eggs and get bacon and eggs flavor without all the bacon grease, fat and calories. Sprinkle some on to a burger and get instant bacon flavor!

The uses are endless!

Available here: Bacon Salt Seasoning Salt Sample Package

Friday, July 27, 2007

Everyone is crazy for Bacon Salt!

Bacon Salt is now available at: http://www.fishboy.com/Everything_should_taste_like_bacon_p/fun_bacon_salt_sampler.htm

# dan Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 7:52 am

This is the dawning of a new age. KOSHER Bacon. Yes!!!
# Potatocrisps Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 7:57 am

I still think this is my favorite bacon related t-shirt..
Push Button; Receive Bacon.
# josh Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 7:59 am

Everything tastes better with bacon. Yum!
# Sungoddess Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 8:47 am

Extra crispy bacon is on my top 10 food list. Mmmmmmm, bacon.
# Jeri Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:05 am

Surprisingly, it even works for diaper rash! Don’t ask how I found out.
Seriously though, bacon salt has quickly made it on to about 7 out of 10 dishes in our household.
I recommend BS and Eggs.
# Chris Esch Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:09 am

Bacon Salt is the greatest thing ever invented. I know this because I was fortunate enough to obtain some samples from
Dave & Justin this week. Trust me YOU want some!!!!
# Chris Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:11 am

Anything with bacon is good in my book!!!
# Mike Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:15 am

Save the pigs, eat the salt!!
# The Jacobian Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:31 am

Bacon Salt is the real deal. Seriously. I had the opportunity to attend the prototype BBQ, and not only did it eliminate any skepticism…it flat out KICKED ASS. Get ready to tighten your belts, ’cause when this hits the market, you will never need to buy bacon again…EVERYTHING TASTES BETTER WITH BACON SALT!!!
# Alan Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:49 am

Bacon Salt is going to take the world by storm … you heard it here first.
# Jason Rasmussen Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:54 am

Bacon Salt is the single greatest invention of the millenium. Dissolving salty bacony goodness on Eggs, Meat, popcorn, rice, and my personal favorite Potatoes (baked, mashed, fried, hash browns, potato salad etc.). I have three bottles in my kitchen (original, hickory and peppered) and even carry a stach in my car. You need to try this stuff!
# Bill Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Bacon Salt is FANTASTIC!

Maybe we could have a shirt just for Vegetarians “Save a Pig - Use Bacon Salt!”
# Linds Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:45 pm

the next best thing…fabulous idea. can’t wait to try it!
# Megan Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Bacon salt changed my life. Not only does it give everything I eat a yummy kick, but it’s good for me too! I love Bacon Salt!
# Martha Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I think the only thing that could possibly make this T-shirt any better was if it was scratch-and-sniff. Everything should taste like bacon right!?! Well men like bacon and we all know they like boobs…. I think it would be marketing GENIUS to combine the two. I would however avoiding making thongs.
# Joe Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I’ll just quote Frank the Tank here…”When it Hits your lips”. Seriously, it’s almost like a crack addiction. I can’t even cook without it. Get some and get it on everything.
# Matt Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Great addition to the summer time BBQ no matter whats on the grill!
# Andrew Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I pretty much put it on everything I eat…. I grill A LOT !!!
# Anthony Slyter Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

No BS here… this stuff is incredible. I really think I’m addicted to the flavor. I went as far as to Bacon Salt a Coors Light and it was great, not for everyone but, I loved it. Vegatables, eggs and any potatoe product is a no brainer. The funnest part is being in your kitchen and thinking of all the things you want to try it on or in. When this stuff hits the shelf on 7/15/07, I’d go stock up. No summer meal is complete without it!
# Tony Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

I can’t wait til Bacon Salt hits Costco so I can buy it in 10lb containers! The best idea since sliced bread and you don’t have to make your house smell for 3 days to enjoy that oh so wonderful taste of BACON!!!
# Sarah Kettler Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Bacon salt… just as delicious as the real thing but much more user friendly! I like it best on my corn on the cob and eggs. All around the perfect condiment!
# Buck Ritchey Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Bacon Salt saved my marriage!

thank you, Justin and Dave!!
# Chazz Hollandsworth Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:29 pm

I put bacon salt on everything, literally.
# Jeez Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

if bacon salt was a woman, i’d make sweet love to it.
# katie Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

Is anyone as excited as I am about the thought of baconsalt flavored icecream?! or adding baconsalt to my chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmmm good stuff. the possibilities are limitless.
# Cherie Says:
June 30th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

They oughta just stick a packaged sample right on the shirt!



# dan Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 7:52 am

This is the dawning of a new age. KOSHER Bacon. Yes!!!
# Potatocrisps Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 7:57 am

I still think this is my favorite bacon related t-shirt..
Push Button; Receive Bacon.
# josh Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 7:59 am

Everything tastes better with bacon. Yum!
# Sungoddess Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 8:47 am

Extra crispy bacon is on my top 10 food list. Mmmmmmm, bacon.
# Jeri Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:05 am

Surprisingly, it even works for diaper rash! Don’t ask how I found out.
Seriously though, bacon salt has quickly made it on to about 7 out of 10 dishes in our household.
I recommend BS and Eggs.
# Chris Esch Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:09 am

Bacon Salt is the greatest thing ever invented. I know this because I was fortunate enough to obtain some samples from
Dave & Justin this week. Trust me YOU want some!!!!
# Chris Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:11 am

Anything with bacon is good in my book!!!
# Mike Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:15 am

Save the pigs, eat the salt!!
# The Jacobian Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:31 am

Bacon Salt is the real deal. Seriously. I had the opportunity to attend the prototype BBQ, and not only did it eliminate any skepticism…it flat out KICKED ASS. Get ready to tighten your belts, ’cause when this hits the market, you will never need to buy bacon again…EVERYTHING TASTES BETTER WITH BACON SALT!!!
# Alan Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:49 am

Bacon Salt is going to take the world by storm … you heard it here first.
# Jason Rasmussen Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 9:54 am

Bacon Salt is the single greatest invention of the millenium. Dissolving salty bacony goodness on Eggs, Meat, popcorn, rice, and my personal favorite Potatoes (baked, mashed, fried, hash browns, potato salad etc.). I have three bottles in my kitchen (original, hickory and peppered) and even carry a stach in my car. You need to try this stuff!
# Bill Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Bacon Salt is FANTASTIC!

Maybe we could have a shirt just for Vegetarians “Save a Pig - Use Bacon Salt!”
# Linds Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:45 pm

the next best thing…fabulous idea. can’t wait to try it!
# Megan Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Bacon salt changed my life. Not only does it give everything I eat a yummy kick, but it’s good for me too! I love Bacon Salt!
# Martha Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I think the only thing that could possibly make this T-shirt any better was if it was scratch-and-sniff. Everything should taste like bacon right!?! Well men like bacon and we all know they like boobs…. I think it would be marketing GENIUS to combine the two. I would however avoiding making thongs.
# Joe Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I’ll just quote Frank the Tank here…”When it Hits your lips”. Seriously, it’s almost like a crack addiction. I can’t even cook without it. Get some and get it on everything.
# Matt Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Great addition to the summer time BBQ no matter whats on the grill!
# Andrew Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I pretty much put it on everything I eat…. I grill A LOT !!!
# Anthony Slyter Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

No BS here… this stuff is incredible. I really think I’m addicted to the flavor. I went as far as to Bacon Salt a Coors Light and it was great, not for everyone but, I loved it. Vegatables, eggs and any potatoe product is a no brainer. The funnest part is being in your kitchen and thinking of all the things you want to try it on or in. When this stuff hits the shelf on 7/15/07, I’d go stock up. No summer meal is complete without it!
# Tony Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

I can’t wait til Bacon Salt hits Costco so I can buy it in 10lb containers! The best idea since sliced bread and you don’t have to make your house smell for 3 days to enjoy that oh so wonderful taste of BACON!!!
# Sarah Kettler Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Bacon salt… just as delicious as the real thing but much more user friendly! I like it best on my corn on the cob and eggs. All around the perfect condiment!
# Buck Ritchey Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Bacon Salt saved my marriage!

thank you, Justin and Dave!!
# Chazz Hollandsworth Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 1:29 pm

I put bacon salt on everything, literally.
# Jeez Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

if bacon salt was a woman, i’d make sweet love to it.
# katie Says:
June 27th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

Is anyone as excited as I am about the thought of baconsalt flavored icecream?! or adding baconsalt to my chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmmm good stuff. the possibilities are limitless.

Bacon Salt Available From Fishboy.com

No BS here… this stuff is incredible. I really think I’m addicted to the flavor. I went as far as to Bacon Salt a Coors Light and it was great, not for everyone but, I loved it. Vegatables, eggs and any potatoe product is a no brainer. The funnest part is being in your kitchen and thinking of all the things you want to try it on or in. No summer meal is complete without it! - Anthony Slyter

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Stunning Hand Painted Bird Feeders


New from Fishboy.com are these beautiful, outdoor themed bird feeders!
These quality-crafted bird feeders come in several designs and are fully functional with a door for adding up to 16 oz of bird seed. They make a unique gift idea for the outdoor enthusiast on your list.

More info


General Bird Feeder Info

Bird feeders come in just about any shape and size you can possibly imagine, and make a great gift for just about any bird lover. Avoid small, plastic versions in dollar stores and discount stores that may only cost you a few dollars.

Bird feeders come in all colors and designs, and some are made just for a particular kind of bird. Many bird lovers would love a hummingbird feeder, which holds a sugary liquid instead of seeds.

If you are the handy type, go ahead and build one. You may want to see what is on store shelves or look online for inspiration. Be sure that you don’t use any toxic materials when building.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Awesome high-tech folding table!


Tired of balancing your stove on a rock? The lightweight and sturdy GSI Micro Table has four collapsible legs for a sturdy base on all terrain. Compacts into its own stuff bag. 1 lb., 2.4 oz. 11-1/4" x 15-1/2" top. Intended for one person.

High Tech Food Storage Container


With their futuristic good looks and practical functionality, these food storage containers from Sigg are way cool!

Maxi aluminum boxes from Swiss innovators Sigg - Lightweight, highly durable and leak proof thanks to locking top and rubber seal; food-safe coating, (but not a cooking container).

Unbreakable wine glasses are perfect for camping!


Do you love drinking wine under the stars but hate drinking it out of a tin cup? Look no further than the GSI Outdoors Wine Glass Gift Set--a great solution to your camping-wine connoisseur woes. These glasses are made of Lexan resin and can be unscrewed at the midpoint so you can snap the base into the bowl for easy storing and packing.

They are lightweight and nearly indestructible, making them perfect for camping or boating. The contemporary styling enhances the bouquet of your favorite vino and makes them a classy addition to any campsite. The gift set includes two wine glasses and a mesh tote bag.

More info

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Exclusive Fishing Sticker Set Via Amazon


Get this great sticker set from Amazon.com - Fishboy Fishsticks Sticker Set 1 - Large Die Cut Fishing Decals

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Outrageously Clever - Fly Rod


The Fly Rod is a fly swatter build using real fishing rod parts. Its makes a very unique gift for any angler. - Rod Bender


"Step up to a totally unique and different type of fly fishing!

The Big One won't get away when you're packing this fly stick. From the moment you pick it up, you can feel the difference. Talk about strength, the Fly Rod's new single chambered rod barrel can take on the best of 'em.

Go ahead...simulate a real swat. You can feel the quick, sure precision of its movement as it responds to your every commmand. You will never "fly off the handle" with the ultra comfort grip. And featuring a new Buzz-Proof material, the Fly Rod is so fast, you'll catch 'em before they bite every time!"

Monday, April 30, 2007

Give Blood - It's The American Way


This new line of long sleeve t-shirts are perfect for any outdoor's enthusiast including anglers, climbers, hikers, backpackers, campers and others.

Custom pigment dyed, 100% cotton long sleeves with silkscreened design. The long sleeves are perfect for cooler days, days on the water or for layering.

More info

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Review: Dakota Watch Company Angler II


When you are fishing there are a few items on your person that you don't want to get wet - like your cell phone, GPS unit and certainly your watch.

How many of us have reached in to grab a fish only to cringle as we realize we've just stuck our non-waterproof watch into the water? Right? So the first thing you need a waterproof watch on a waterproof watch band. But maybe your wrist isn't the best place for a watch anyway. How about clipping your watch somewhere higher up then the top of your waders?

That's just one of the many features of the Dakota Angler II watch. It doesn't go on your wrist it clips on where you want it. This watch really is the swiss army knife of watches. Just look at some of the other fisherman inspired features. It includes an integrated hook sharpener to keep your fly hooks sharp, it has an attached set of handy stainless steel nippers.

Its water resistant to 100 feet which is required in any fishing watch. It has an alarm, stopwatch and date with lighted digital display. A cool integrated Celcius / Fahrenheit Thermometer - handy for taking water temperatures and get this -- a built in compass. Hey you never know. The batteries on your GPS might die and it can be awfully expensive to call for help.

So is that it? Actually there is one more killer feature for helping you find your way back to the car after dusk - a built in ultra bright L.E.D microlight.

They thought of everything except a pair of pliers with this baby!

AVAILABLE HERE

Fishing Watches Make Great Fishing Gifts

Shopping for your fishing fanatic brother? Fishing Dad for Father's Day or maybe your fishing nut son-in-law? Nothing makes a better gifts than a new watch designed with fishing in mind.

There are quite a few great fishing watches on the market as manufacturer's wake up to the fact that angler's want and need quality timepieces with their sport in mind. Some things to consider when shopping for the perfect watch:

1. Waterproofing or water resistance - This is the most important feature a fishing watch can provide since "duh" the angler will be around, on and in water while pursuing their sport.

2. Features - after water resistance features such as hook sharpeners, alarms, depth gauges and even electronic fish finders are important considerations. The alarms I'm going to describe in this article have an amazing array of features aimed at anglers. Of course the more features usually the larger the watch and the price. Pick only the features you need if you are on a budget.

3. Style - Function or style? The following fishing watches range from purely functional for when the fisherman is right in the action, to more stylish watches to wear perhaps to the fishing club meetings or out to dinner. The Dakota Silver Angler fits the bill here. A stylish watch with water resistant features but not a lot else except for great looks.

4. Price - For only the lucky few, price is not object. For the rest of us we want to get the most for our money. Fortunely most of these feature rich fishing watches can be had for less then $100. Some for even less than $50.

Dakota Watch Company

The Dakota Watch Company has been in the watch business since 1945. They sell an impressive line of watches packed with features for anglers. Their line includes the classic Angler with black rubber band, the fancier Silver Angler and the mindblowing multifunctional Angler II, and the Angler III reviewed below.


Dakota Silver Angler Watch

The best selling line of fishing watches, "Angler" features a classic look for fishermen. The Silver Angler is the newest member of the Angler Family boast an oversized sleek new 39mm Solid Stainless Steel Case. As with the other members of the Angler Family of wristwatches, the series feature a Moonglow Dial and a Water Resistant Band.

Dakota Watch Company ANGLER III

Not too often you see a product review on something other then items directly used to put a fly in front of the fish but this one has got to be seen. I recently had the pleasure of receiving what has to be the coolest tool for flyfishermen I have seen in a long time. From the Dakota Watch Company, who are renowned back east for making amazing time pieces, comes the ANGLER III.

When I received the watch, or should I say flyfishing tool with a nice watch neatly tucked into it, I was very impressed. Lightweight and handsome to boot. I was surprised at the amount of helpful tools that could be included in this compact package. Below is a list taken direct from the company;

• Integrated Hook Sharpener
• Attached Stainless Steel Nippers
• Integrated Retrac Mechanism
• 100 Feet Water Resistant
• Powerful LED Microlight
• "Cuff Clip" with "Audible Security Click"
• Black Moonlglow Electro Luminescent Dial
• Plastic and Aluminum Construction
• Silver Accents on Black Case
• Calendar Display
• Integrated Superior Compass
• Oversized EZ Touch Buttons
• Luminescent Hands and Hour Markers

Like I said, it has it all. The clip is like those ones you use for rock climbing and is very secure. I would not worry one bit about this one coming off as it is very well made. There is a great zinger that has what feels like the perfect tension and retracts faithfully even after a thousand pulls. Add to this zinger the great pair of nippers that come with the package and you have a winner. There is also a compass tucked in there that is exact in it's directions. I for one need this as I tend to get myself lost in the Uintas, ALL THE TIME!!! The Watch is small enough to not be obtrusive but large enough to view with a quick glance. Has a very nice moonglow function for use at night. Also in there is a very handy LED light for those night fishing escapades. On the side is the hook sharpener which I did not get to utilize as of yet but can say it is very strategic and out of the way. You would not even know it exists until you go looking for it.

I just have to say, this is one that I can say will help each one of us to stay organized and safe. It will assist in the area it is designed for perfectly and hey, it is another piece of gear!! You know we like gear. The watch of course is waterproof and I don't think anyone is capable of getting this one to leak, especially not at the depths we utilize it in, and that is good because I tend to "swim" frequently on my outings. This watch alone is a great deal at the MSRP of $65.00 but it even comes with a great fly box. The box is completely waterproof and floats so it could also be used to keep those valuables safe and dry on the trips. Deep enough to fit a camera or your wallet and keys. On Sale Here

Friday, April 20, 2007

For the Nude Hiker on your list


Or maybe just a hiking friend who has a good sense of humor. Give 'em this great t-shirt from Fishboy and encourage them to cover up. The long sleeves provide protection from the sun while leaving the below the belt area to be optional.

See it here


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Nude Hiking Etiquette & Tips by Murray Lundberg

Given the fact that most people hike with clothes on even when there's no physical need for them, a few precautions willallow those of us who prefer to walk in comfort to do so without causing any problems. From the excellent Australian starting point posted at geocities.com/barebushwalking/Hints.html, I've modified it to:

1. Avoid trails where there are likely to be clothed hikers. It's best to avoid confrontation if at all possible.

2. Use 'out and back' trails. That way if there are no vehicles at the trailhead you can be pretty sure that at least on the outward journey you will have the trail to yourself.

3. Look for signs that others have been on the trail before you, and if you do meet someone coming the other way, ask them if they have seen anyone else on the trail.

4. Avoid trails where there are likely to be children and family groups. People who would normally react with a smile when meeting a nude hiker can easily take offence if they feel their children are threatened.

5. If possible, hike with others. A lone hiker is more likely to be seen in a bad light than a group. A group with both men and women will also generally be seen in a better light than an all-male one.

6. If possible do your walks on a weekday rather than on weekends.
Relaxing by the lake in the buff on a nude hike.

7. Be aware of where the trail will take you - you don't want to find yourself in a residential area.

8. Keep an eye out ahead for approaching hikers, and be prepared to cover up quickly. If you are alert you will see or hear them long before they are aware of you.

9. If you are caught by surprise, act naturally, normally and openly. Don't dive into the bushes or act in some other guilty or suspicious manner.

10. Take off sunglasses to greet or talk to others.

11. Be aware of weather conditions. Take clothing that would be required if it started raining or there was a sudden drop in temperature.

12. Put your clothes back on if you have to traverse areas where it is likely you may slip and find yourself sliding down rough or rocky ground. Nude gravel rash is best avoided.

13. Carry sufficient food and fluids for the duration of your walk, and be aware that hiking in the nude makes dehydration occur more quickly.

14. Carry plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellant.

15. Last but definitely not least, tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

6 Wacky Gift Ideas For Father's Day

Father's Day shopping can be a drag if you're on a tight budget, even more so when you're lacking gift ideas. You can't give him yet another singing fish so here are some great ideas for a fishing father for those on a tight budget.

1. Fishing T-shirts - Your father looks best with his clothes on, am I right? Cover him up with a witty fishing t-shirt or two. Fishboy.com has some great shirts all well under $20.

2. Fishing Hat - Tired of seeing Dad's chrome dome get sunburned? Cover that receding hairline with a great fishing hat. Fishboy.com has a bunch of funny ones. $15

3. Antenna Toppers - Is Dad starting to forget where he parked that car at Walmart? Help him find his car with a bobber or salmon head antenna topper. These fit on the end of a car's antenna and make finding your car easy. $6

4. Micro-Tech 6-in-1 Tool - Father's love gadgets and here is a neat one that fits on Dad's keychain. This durable and precision crafted 6-in-1 tool includes pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, sheet shear, and both Phillips and flat screwdrivers and weighs in at only 1.6 oz.

The tool makes minor repairs, assemblies, installations, and hundreds of jobs an easy undertaking. The patented quick-release self-locking jaws keep this tool tightly secured to any key ring, eliminating the need for a belt holster. With a quick down turn of the legs, it�s released for use. This tool comes in handy on the road and at home! Fishboy.com sells one in a cool gift tin so you don't even half to wrap it. $12 http://www.fishboy.com/Micro_Tech_6_in_1_pocket_tool_p/tool_swisstech_s56002.htm

5. Survival Tool. Nothing says "I Love You Dad" like a handy pocket survival tool and nothing says "Can I borrow some gas money" like the $5 survival tool. You can see the $5 survival tool at
http://www.fishboy.com/Pocket_Survival_Tool_p/tool_survival.htm

6. The Kitchen Fish - Does Dad like to cook? Protect his fingers from burns with The Kitchen Fish. This heat-resistant halibut is just what you need when fishing around your stovetop for hot items. Made of silicone "miracle rubber". http://www.fishboy.com/Kitchen_Fish_p/fred_kitchenfish.htm

Outdoor Themed Birdhouses Make a Great Gift


Looking for a unique gift for your hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, climbing or all around outdoors lover? How about one of these cool outdoor themed birdhouses from Fishboy?

Each outdoor themed birdhouse is ready to hang indoors or out and features ventilation holes and a door for easy cleaning at the end of the season. Bird houses shaped like shotgun shells, fish, fly reels, coffee pots, tents, kayaks and even hiking books are available.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Fish Headed Fans


"I don't think these bass fish hats will be big sellers..." - Rod Bender

Photo: Fans line up outside of Fishboy HQ for the release of the latest fishing t-shirt from the creative team at Fishboy.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Red Neck Fish Finder - Gift Item


Here is an interesting and funny gift item for the fisherman in your life - The Red Neck Fish Finder wall plaque!

Nifty little fly tying helper

Durable multi-purpose tool for handling flies made of ABS plastic. Has hook eye cleaning needle and threader.
Around $14 online.

Now here is a nifty little stocking stuffer for your favorite flyfisherman! Think kindly of the times he is around and push over a piece of that coal and squeeze in one of these handly gadgets!

The C.F. Design 3-in-1 Tweezer handles a few common problems when dealing with flys, fly tying and of course fishing. The business end of the tweezers is a ABS plastic tweezer that can grasp hold of a fly without one catching ones skin in the sharp hook. Inside the tweezer is a convienent threader used to pull fishing line through the tiny eye of the fly hook.

Also included is a hook eye "cleaner" for clearing your fly's hook eye of any debris or matter which might prevent you from getting the fishing line through.

That's it. It doesn't do a whole lot but what it does it does well and all in a nice small, lightweight package. Once get one of these fly fishing gadgets you'd be surprised by how many times you actually use it in the field and even at home at the fly tying bench. I got my partner Paul at www.fishboy.com one last year and he lost it and trys to steal mine every time we go fishing.

Make sure you attach yours to your fishing vest with the included key chain "chain".

Crocs - Ugly As Hell But Heaven For Da Feet

When I first laid eyes on a pair of Crocs they were at the airport on the feet of my fresh from Florida parents. I couldn't help laughing at them because they were so ugly. My Mom was wearing a pair of bright pink Crocs and my Dad a pair of "oh so manly tan" ones. I can just see the salesman saying "wait sir we can fit you into a pair also, do you like black or tan".

I thought it was a joke or maybe some street hustler took them for their money like the peddler in who sold Jack a few beans for a cow. Now keep in mind this was a few years ago and up here in Maine fashion comes slow. We tend to embrace the practical over the flashy, fashion of the moment. If it is from LL Bean usually that's good enough for us and besides if it fails after 10 years of wear we can get a free replacement because we expect clothes to last and last and not go in and out of style every season.

Back to the Crocs, I've since seen quite a bunch of Crocs around on just about every age from toddler to senior citizen, in every color imaginable and in every season. Some kids don't ever seem to take them off.

The reason is that beyond the outlandish colors these sandals come in (and the clunky clown show look to them), deep down they are extremely practical and comfortable. They are feather-light, soft and squishy and they breath. Also, very importantly here on the coast, they are waterproof. You can easily take them kayaking or sloshing around in the garden or woods.

So yes, they look absolutely ridiculous on a non-circus individual but its function over form. For people who are on their feet all day, people with foot problems, people with sweaty feet or someone looking for waterproof sandal these Crocs are perfect.

Now on the downside I've seen a lot of "Croc Abuse" going on. Because these shoes are so comfortable some people don't take them off even when a different kind of shoe would make more sense. For example I've seen people climbing the trails in Acadia National Park in their Crocs. I've seen kids running around the playground in Crocs. Kids playing sports in Crocs. (And kids falling on their faces in Crocs).

Crocs are good for general walking but they don't have the ankle support needed for hiking and they don't have the traction for tearing around the playground or climbing slippery rocks. Wearing the wrong footwear can lead to serious injury and falls. Also Crocs are a casual shoe and have no place at fancy restaurants or night clubs!

So be warned! Once you try Crocs you might never want to wear another shoe even to the point of endangerment! (Both physical and social!)

The reviewer comes clean:

I admit it. I've wore ugly shoes for the sake of comfort. Back at the university I wore Doc Martin's. (A lot of people did and still do - in fact they are the standard issue shoe of the punk "alternative" uniform). Anyway they looked like Frankenstein shoes. But they were roomy and comfortable.

Is the Original Lazy Fish Corkscrew worth the price?

About six years ago I was visiting Newport R.I. -- after a lovely day of touring the grand old mansions of the Vanderbilt’s and friend with their pre-income tax lavish lifestyle I happened upon the coolest corkscrew I ever laid eyes upon. Especially since my business (www.fishboy.com) deals with all things fish.

It was the Original Lazy Fish corkscrew. It’s awesome. Closed it looks like a shiny chrome fish. Open it resembles one of those robot grabber claws you had when you were a kid.

Plus it works even better than it looks! You simply screw the corkscrew end (the fish’s mouth) into the cork. Grab hold of the fish’s tail and pull. The compound lever action in the design of the fish corkscrew multiplies your effort and the cork pulls out with ease. Plus it makes a really cool "plop" sound as the cork pops out of the bottle. The fish corkscrew makes opening up wine bottles fun and it surely impresses any guests you may have in attendance.

The only downside of the Original Lazy Fish version of this corkscrew is its cost. It’s an imported item and can cost $40 to $50. But since the fish corkscrew design is based on a product from 100 years ago, there are other versions on the market.

Franmara Pisces Multi-lever Corkscrew

For a while the Original Lazy Fish Corkscrew was hard to find. I don't know if the company went through some restructuring, stopped importing them for a while or what but I had a hard time finding them for my store. I was also hoping to find a less expensive version of the Original Lazy Fish to offer my customers on Fishboy.com and along comes The Pisces from Franmara.

The Pisces is pretty much indistinguishable from The Original Lazy Fish Corkscrew. It looks the same and opens bottles the same. It even seems to be made of the same materials. The only difference is the packaging and most importantly the price. By choosing the Pisces over the Original Lazy Fish you can save yourself at least 20 bucks.

The only downside that I can see is that the Original Lazy Fish is available in colors and the Franmara Pisces Multi-lever Corkscrew only comes in classic chrome.

The Perfect Fly Fishing Gift


Above: This Fly Reel Birdhouse makes a unique gift for the fly fisher in your life. Available from Fishboy.com


There is a fly fishing gift out there perfect for your budget and perfect for your loved one, too! The greatest news is that you can purchase a fly fishing gift for anyone at great prices just by browsing around online.

When you know someone closely and you happen to know that this person has everything he or she needs for fly fishing, there is a wonderful selection of fly fishing accessories available. Or perhaps he or she has everything they need—but they really want a new fly fishing vest. A fly fishing vest is a great fly fishing gift. Especially for the fly fishing enthusiast, and those who are just starting our and beginning to collect fly fishing gear.

There are virtually hundreds of different kinds of flyfishing gifts—so how do you know which fly fishing gift to purchase? Especially if you do not go fly fishing yourself, it can be a confusing choice to make.

Basic lures are always a great idea, as well as fly fishing knots, fly fishing flies, reels, rods and even those super classy flyfishing gifts like new rod cases. The good news is that there are so many flyfishing accessories available that we know you will find something.

If you really cannot think of anything else, no other fly fishing gift, that your loved one will like, you can always purchase things like key chains, t-shirts, hats, bumper stickers and such.

Lastly, if you know exactly what you want but it seems to elude you at every turn—browse around online, there are so many in stock items perfect for a fly fishing gift. And your ideal fly fishing gift will absolutely be among the wide selection of fly fishing merchandise.

You will be able to find a fly fishing gift for anyone at all when you search online. No matter what skill level and no matter how often or how little he or she goes out fly fishing. You will certainly find a fly fishing gift your loved one will be pleased with when you look in the right places.

Monday, March 26, 2007

A Buddy Invites You On A Fishing Trip - Do you have to bring a gift?

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Bottom line: A friend invites you out on his new boat for a fishing trip if you wanted to be invited again you better offer to help pay for gas, bring the food and beer and you should follow it up with a fun gift to remind your friend to pick you instead of one of the other guys panting to get a free boat trip. No one likes a freeloader.

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Do you have to bring a gift?

At its best, a birthday, graduation, or wedding gift is a token by which the recipient — usually someone you love, or at least know and like a lot — will remember you fondly. But what about when invitations arrive from very casual acquaintances? At these times, even the most generous among us have asked ourselves, "Do I really, really need to buy a gift?"

Happily, there's a simple rule that seems to be universally accepted by etiquette pros: "If you go to the event, you're obligated to bring a gift. If you don't go, you can nicely send regrets and there's an end to it," says Peter Post, a director of the Emily Post Institute and the author of Essential Manners for Couples.

As with all good rules, there are exceptions. With a wedding invitation, even if you decline, you should still send a gift. "Typically, you're not invited to a wedding unless you know the people well," says Post, so you should want to give something; not doing so would make too obvious a statement. This does not include those occasions, he adds, when "you get an invitation and you think, What on earth is this about? I hardly know this person." You can't help thinking someone's just fishing for gifts, and you don't want to bite. Post's proclamation: There's no reason to feel a bit of guilt about not sending a present to a virtual stranger.

Then again, what do you do if you're invited to your best friend's daughter's three bridal showers this summer? Even if you go to them all, says Post, "there's absolutely no need to bring a gift to more than one. In fact, we suggest that brides don't put people in this position." If you do multi-fete, don't feel awkward; your friend and her daughter will know you've given your gift. But if the courage of your convictions fails you, you could bring a small token — or send regrets.

The Ultimate Angler Knife Makes The Perfect Gift


The Trident's "Groove" features allows the angler to cut line without openning the knife!

Impressions: The team at SOG did right with the Trident TF-1 TiNi. Though it looks like an ordinary knife, this folding knife is quite impressive. SOG includes features that outdoorsmen, especially anglers, will surely find handy such as the TiNi coated blade, SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.), and the noticeable and unique Groove. The Trident weighs in very nicely and has a good size handle for both small and large hands. In addition the knife has a locking feature that keeps the blade from accidentally coming open, and another mechanism to keep the sharp blade from closing when flipped open for use.

Groove: This innovative feature is what sets the Trident apart from others. The patent pending Groove system is built into the handle and makes use of the closed blade and a slot in the handle, cutting just about any type of line such parachute cord, rope, and fishing line including braided and super lines.

The Groove was first developed after Navy SEALs thought open blades were too dangerous around fragile equipment and other fellow members. After puncturing a military inflatable boat and damaging other equipment when cutting ropes with an open blade, SOG then designed this effective safe system. Now the Grooveâ„¢ sheath is not only used on the Trident but many other SOG knives as well.

S.A.T: SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.) was designed to help one open the knife easily and quickly, no matter if the person uses his/her right or left hand. The patented mechanism works with a constant force that opens the blade and a variable force that wants to close it. That means when someone opens the Trident the force to open is greater than closing which will spring open the knife virtually on its own.

Field Tests: I once read a survey somewhere about what one thing you would like to have with you if you're stranded in the wilderness, and someone answered a durable pocket knife because it's a tool they can rely on to cut, scrap, dig, and many more things that pertains to one's survival. Though I hope I would never end up in a situation like that, I have to agree with that statement. A knife is important, and even more important is a knife that's high performing and extremely reliable. We tested the SOG Trident while fishing and camping at Lassen National Park, on local lakes, and on the Pacific Ocean while targeting salmon, albacore tuna, and rockfish.

The Blade: Aside from useful features the blade is what makes or breaks a knife. Without a quality blade any knife would be a useless tool. The Trident folding knife has an outstanding blade that’s ground out of high-grade AUS8 stainless steel flat stock. We used the Trident on the water, fresh and salt, and while camping carving marshmallow sticks, gutting fish, and cutting other miscellaneous items, the blade never gave in and is sharp cutting without difficulty. The Trident blade remained solid and sound throughout our tests and never failed on us once. The stainless steel blade on the Trident model is all the same but the TF-1 test unit has a black Titanium Nickel coating on it. There is a slight downside to a coating because over time it’s sure to become scratched even though TiNi is a very tough material. Even if the coating can be damaged after prolong use and abuse, this is the model that anglers should use because the TiNi coating not only adds surface hardness but also increases the blade’s resistance to corrosion.

Ergonomics: The Trident folding knife holds nicely in your hands. The glass-reinforced Zytel handle is long enough for both large and small hands, and patterned with non-slip for a sure grip. In addition SOG molded the handle with proper curves and positioned the ridges on the handle and on top of the blade for a better hold, even when your hands are slimed by the fish. Application: To an angler a pocket knife is very important and can serve many purposes. One very obvious application is cutting fishing line. The blade is sharp and will cut fishing line in an instant. We tried cutting both slick lines such as mono and fluorocarbon and also braided line. With the blade flipped in the open position it easily sliced the braided line with either the serrated or fine edge section of the SOG Trident blade. With monofilament fishing line the blade doesn’t grab onto the line like it did with braided, so in order to quickly cut slippery line you must fold the line over the blade or carefully apply a quick slash - this goes for all knives. The Groove™ system does the same thing but allows you to cut with the knife in the closed and locked position. We found the Groove™ very handy and we were able to apply this feature on cutting line in a hurry, and without the fear of stabbing fellow anglers or damaging other nearby equipment. Aside from cutting fishing line with the Groove™, anglers can use the SOG Trident to cut rope. In an emergency you will want a blade with a sharp edge that can quickly get you away from danger such as rope wrapped around the prop and you’re about to be washed ashore or even rope wrapped around a fellow angler. Opened, the SOG Trident cuts rope very well above and underwater as we tried both of these scenarios. The Groove™ system can be applied to cutting only those items that can fit in the slot, so most rope is out of the question and best cut with the Trident in an open position.

Conclusion: Having the right blade can mean life or death for some, especially to an outdoorsman whom relies on a knife that’s used for survival purposes. A quality blade, solid construction, and useful features are key specifications one should consider when buying a pocket knife. The SOG Trident TF-1 has these characteristics and more. It is truly a high performing folding knife that one can trust to have at hand. The Trident has effective features like the Groove™ system allowing anglers to cut fishing line without opening the blade and the SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.) that swiftly opens the blade no matter which hand you use. The blade is ground out of a tough stainless steel and the TF-1 model is even more durable with its Titanium Nickel coating. The SOG Trident is a blade that inspires confidence to help you get the job done right.

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Need a fishing gift for Steve Jobs?


Mac Daddy Fishing Lures offers a million dollar fishing lure! Crafted in just over 3 pounds of glimmering gold and platinum, then encrusted with 100 carats of diamonds and rubies (4,753 stones to be exact). This extraordinary Big Game Lure is over 12 inches in length. It’s truly the most stellar of all MacDaddy’s jeweled flies and lures!

STATISTICS
Approximately 100 cts. Diamonds and Rubies (4,753 stones)
Over 3 pounds of platinum, 14-k and 18-k gold
Over 12 inches in length

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About Mac Daddy Fishing Lures - More Than Just Another Fish Story

There is nothing greater than the adrenaline rush one feels when casting a lure into the water, except perhaps, that moment when the fish bites and you get to experience the unparalleled exhilaration of reeling it in! We created this outrageous line of men's gifts for those who dare share our passion for living life to the fullest. There is an indescribable feeling you get, when you take your solid gold - diamond encrusted fishing lure, methodically tie it to your line, and cast it forth. There is only one way to find this feeling...order up an original MacDaddy lure today to catch it!

If the experience itself isn't enough, you come away with a commemorative photo, a wonderful memory, and a great fish story that can be told for years to come. That is what we are all about...helping to create those wonderful rocking chair stories, and perhaps more importantly, being a part or bringing out the "child" in those of us who have forgotten that life is supposed to be fun!

So what IS MacDaddy's anyway?


MacDaddy's Fishing Lures, Inc. is dedicated to manufacturing and distributing the finest line of gold and diamond fishing lures in the world. With over 40 years of combined experience in the areas of jewelry design, manufacturing, distribution, sales, public relations and marketing, MacDaddy's is excited to offer a line of fly fishing gifts that are sure to ignite the imagination of sports men, women and children worldwide.

An Avid fisherman himself, MacDaddy has been fishing for as long as he can remember. He caught his first fish while sitting on is daddy's knee, and made his first fishing lure out of copper at the age of nine. As a result of the simple "family values" instilled in him while fishing...values like passing time with family and friends, and sharing stories with loved ones...he also introduced his favorite pastime to his sons, and his love for fishing has been a guiding light in this new venture.

MacDaddy's Products

Using precious metals and stunning jewels, MacDaddy's sterling silver lures are carefully crafted following the strictest manufacturing standards. Currently, there are five product lines available, ranging in price from $40.00 to $1,000,000.00. There is something for everyone, whether you are looking for that perfect "one of a kind" gift, or you are a sportsman or woman who would like to spoil yourself. There is nothing like a MacDaddy's lure or fly.

The MacDaddy's product line includes:
Number 1 Engraved Lures The #1 Engraved Series of Lures. Crafted from sterling silver and plated with 14-karat gold and personalized with an engraved inscription, these lures are the perfect gift item for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. They come packaged in a specially designed gift card.

Solid Gold and Diamond Fishing Lures Solid Gold and Diamond Fishing Lures. Crafted from solid 14-karat gold and diamonds, these lures are perfect luxury gifts for the affluent sport fisherman... or may be used as an elegant piece of jewelry, a unique key chain, or as a cherished keepsake displayed in an extraordinary shadow box (also available as part of MacDaddy's product line).

Sterling Silver / Gold-Plated Fishing Lures with CZ's Sterling Silver Lures / Gold-Plated Fishing Lures with CZ's. These lures look just like the original MacDaddy's Solid Gold and Diamond Lures, only they are manufactured from sterling silver, then 14-karat gold-plated and set with cubic zirconia (CZ's) instead of diamonds.

Custom orders are available upon request. A variety of different gemstones may be specified, along with specific initials (i.e. TLC), short names (i.e. Mac), corporate logos, or a personalized message.

Jeweled Flies Jeweled Flies. Offered in a variety of gemstones, including diamonds, rubies and sapphires, these jeweled flies are truly worthy of being called "works of art". The original fly patterns are tied by Master Fly Tiers.


MacDaddy's Specialty Items
The Million-Dollar Tackle Box. The ultimate luxury item for the "man who has everything", this elegant tackle box includes a variety of Solid Gold and Gemstone Lures, Solid Gold and Diamond Lures, Jeweled Flies, and an assortment of precious metal and gemstone salt water lures, all housed in a stunning box crafted from fine exotic wood. Please call us for a private showing (805) 234-4789

Extraordinary Shadow Boxes. Designed to display MacDaddy's lures, fly fishing tacle and other sports gifts, these elegantly crafted boxes also have room for an accompanying photo. The perfect item for commemorating a special fishing trip, or for simply displaying a series of lures


MacDaddy's Vision

MacDaddy's mission is three-fold: 1) Promote fishing, 2) Promote joy in life, and of course, 3) Manufacture, distribute and sell the finest fishing lures in the world.

In keeping with these goals, we have plans to sponsor fishing awareness campaigns, as well as fishing tournaments intended to benefit children. A portion of the proceeds from these events will help fund additional adventures.

Quite simply, we believe MacDaddy's Fishing Lures is an idea whose time has come and we are passionately dedicated to bringing this dream to fruition!

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Gift Idea's for Thirsty Outdoor Activities


It all started with a simple hiker's bottle. Today, the SIGG bottle has acquired cult status.

The world's best aluminium drink bottle comes with a taste-neutral internal coating, is the only bottle resistant to fruit acids and isotonic drinks and is absolutely leak-proof, even with carbonated drinks.

Suitable for hot or cold liquids, the Sigg collection of drink bottles are of the best Swiss quality and have been sought after for nearly 100 years.

While the SIGG bottle may look much like any other, it in fact packs a lot of high-tech. SIGG bottles are extrusion-pressed from a one-piece aluminium block, which results in uniform, seamless walls.

Gifts For the Outdoor Lovers in Your Life

The holiday seasons are near, and family members are already asking, "What do you want for Christmas?" Oh, to be a kid again with my Christmas wish list! Is there someone on your holiday gift list who loves the outdoors and could use some new piece of camping gear? If so, here are some ideas that may help you finish your holiday shopping.

For those new to camping

Sleeping bags - the first consideration for all beginning campers is having a warm and cozy place to sleep. Don't skimp on quality, and if you're buying for a kid, buy them an adult bag, because it will probably last them for many years to come.

Sleeping pads - if they've already got a sleeping bag, or if you can afford to spend a little more on presents, get them the next camping item they'll want that will improve the quality of their sleeping outdoors.

Quality Water Bottles - Everyone can use one of these cool stylish water bottles from Sigg. One even includes a cup.

Tents - next on a basic camper's checklist will likely be a tent. Give consideration to the number of people they'll be camping with to determine the size. And if they're backpackers, look specifically for lightweight 1 or 2 person tents. Otherwise look in the category of family tents.

Cook stoves - food always tastes good when it is cooked outdoors. Consider a 2 burner propane stove. They're easier to use, produce a hotter flame, and are more compact than typical fuel stoves. If they've already got the stove, maybe they could use a carrying bag, one that also holds two propane bottles.

Lanterns - again, campers are migrating to the propane models versus the fuel lanterns. Flashlights are nice for emergencies, but can get rather expensive with the cost of batteries when used for prolonged lighting.

For those with new families

Family tents - your kids have grown and now don't have enough room in their 2-person tent for themselves plus the new family member. Get your kids a bigger family tent so that they can share with their kids the same wonders that you introduced them to.

Cooking utensils - as the family grows, so too do the needs to prepare larger meals. You can never go wrong by giving utensils that will gladly be used by those who delight in the art of outdoor cooking.

Outdoor clothes - we all know how fast kids can go through clothes. You grandparents will be doing your own kids a favor should you consider giving the grandkids some special clothes for future summer adventures: jeans/shorts, hiking shoes/boots, rain gear, day packs, or SPF clothing.

For those with everything

Screen rooms - a nice luxury that can be a life-saver in buggy locations is a screen room that allows you to relax outdoors away from pests and out of the sun.

Portable grills - great for camping, tailgate parties, and picnics. One of these would be appreciated by any outdoor chef.

Swiss Army knives - what else needs to be said? These knives are synonymous with camping.

Shower bags - these inexpensive black plastic bags are a blessing when camping somewhere without hot showers.

Dutch ovens - for the gourmet in your family, these make great presents for anyone who loves to bake and wants to try it at the campground.

Need more ideas?

Time to go shopping! How many times have you gone shopping not knowing exactly what to get someone and while walking down the street you looked in a shop window and said, "Wow, that would make a great gift for ...." I've given you some ideas above, which may or may not satisfy a person on your gift list. Either way, if you know they love the outdoors, you probably won't go wrong by getting them something they will use for outdoor recreation. With that in mind, it's time to go window shopping online. Maybe you'll find that perfect gift for an outdoor lover. To check out a great variety of online camping gear stores, like REI, Campmor, Cabela's, L.L.Bean and many more less known and obscure stores.

Gift ideas for those on the go

By Sal Ruibal, USA TODAY
Holiday shopping for action/adventuresports enthusiasts may seem to be an easy task. There are now thousands of gift possibilities for the adrenaline-driven jock on your list, but sifting through that mountain of gear is tougher than climbing El Capitan.

Fear not: Throughout the year we've kept our eyes peeled for the best and coolest products and tested as many of them as we could get our hands on. And, you can check out other USA TODAY gift ideas in our "In the Bag" blog.

Electronics:

Before you head out the door for you next adventure, take a peek at the Oregon Scientific WeatherNow Station ($169.95, Oregonscientific.com.). Just plug in the desktop unit and you're receiving regional data from the MSN Direct Weather Data Service. It displays the current regional four-day forecast as well as weather warnings, watches and advisories.

Music-on-the-go is a booming business, even in the great outdoors. Manufacturers have become quite creative in devising new ways for you to take your tunes on the trail, the slopes and the road.

Oakley has been a leader in this market with its popular Thump series of MP3 player-sunglasses. The latest version, the no-wires Thump Pro ($349-$249, Oakley.com), is more compact, made of sweat-resistant materials, has interchangeable lenses and can hold 240 songs in its 1-gigabyte configuration. Content-wise, the Thump Pro is iPod m4a-file (CD transfer) compatible and has AudibleReady software for e-books and podcasts.

We like the Thump Pro because its ear speakers swivel out, giving the user more control over ambient sound. That's important for runners, road cyclists and other athletes whose safety depends on being aware of their surroundings. Ear-bud speakers may have concert-hall sound, but that's not always the smartest way to travel.

Burton's Audex line of snowboard gear is the leader in on-snow tunes, with MP3 compatible parkas, helmets and packs. The Audex Apres MP3 Jacket ($359.95, Store.burton.com) not only comes with its own player, it has snazzy faux-fur trim on its hood.

If you're more interested in hearing your performance numbers, the Motion Lingo ADEO Fitness Trainer ($149, Motionlingo.com) combines GPS technology with audio software that audibly "tells" you how fast you're biking, running, walking, blading or skiing. You can combine it with an MP3 or iPod to get your stats while you groove.

All that music will stop if you can't recharge your gear in the wilderness. That's why Brunton made the new Brunton Solaris 6 and Solaris i6 lightweight foldable solar panels ($129, Brunton.com.) They are ideal for charging satellite phones, video and digital cameras and cellphones. The i6 model, out Dec. 15, can also charge iPods and MP3 players.

Wheels:

Finding a shiny new bicycle under the tree is a holiday tradition, even for grown-up boys and girls. Bike makers have been busy coming up with some dandy models for 2007 that feature the creative use of carbon fiber technology. The bottom line is a bike that's stiff enough to win a sprint to the next stop sign while also being comfortably compliant. In English, that means fast and comfy.

We rode the new Specialized Roubaix ($7,100-$1,900, Specialized.com) and Cannondale System Six ($8,000-$3,400, Cannondale.com) road bikes and they delivered as promised. Yes, that is a lot of money, but a bike that is comfortable is a bike that will be used more often. The garages of America are filled with unused, uncomfortable bikes. Specialized has taken the comfort concept a step further and is training bike shops to properly fit customers to their highly adjustable bikes.

The Ibis Carbon Mojo (complete bike $3,299-$5,399; frame only is $1,899; ibiscycles.com) is a sculpture that goes really fast on mountain bike trails. The colorful dual-suspension Mojo marks the return of the venerable, yet funky, Ibis brand to the marketplace. Carbon fiber was a gutsy choice for a company whose place in bike history was made with beautiful steel and titanium bike frames, but a 60-day waiting list for the Carbon Mojo is proof that founder Scot Nicol still knows what works on two wheels.

If you're looking for an inexpensive, cool, fun and easy to ride bike, go for the old-school Electra Amsterdam ($550, Electrabike.com), a 3-speed commuter/coffee/errands bike that's comfortable and stylish — just not fast.

Apparel:

Few items of sports clothing must perform as many tasks as mountain bike shorts. They must provide a comfortable platform for the rider's most sensitive parts, protect the hips and thighs from crashes, keep the lower body warm or cool and serve as a storage area for glasses, tools and food.

Hoss Ponderosa shorts do all that and look cool, too. If the Cartwright boys rode mountain bikes instead of horses, they'd wear Ponderosa shorts.

Hoss gear is also less expensive than most MTB shorts. The single-color version sells for $49.95, while the stylish camo print shorts go for $54.95 (hossmtb.com). If you're a Clydesdale-class rider, you'll have to pony up an extra $5 for XXXL.

The Ponderosa's seven pockets can carry a lot of cargo and strategically placed stretch panels provide comfort on long rides.

Over the years, we've also been impressed with the New Zealand Merino wool clothing made by Ibex. This year, we like their machine-washable Ibex Neck Gaitor ($30, Ibexwear.com). The neck gaitor is a great item to stash in a backpack for blustery days or some triple-lutzes on a frozen pond.

One of our favorite new items is the Patagonia Manuka fleece-lined flip-flop sandal ($85, Patagonia.com). The feel of fleece between your toes is sublime and the perfect thing for quick trips to the back porch for kindling or commuting to the hot tub. The Manuka is available in both men's and women's sizes.

Dryzone shoe and booth dryers ($14.99 for shoes, $20 for boots, Dryzoneusa.com) are handy items for wet weather conditions. The unique, heat-free dryer is the shape of a shoe insole and consists of "beanbags" filled with moisture-absorbing crystals. The bags are inserted into each shoe and, overnight, absorb moisture. The bags are easily regenerated after three or four uses by heating them in a microwave or on a heat register.


Skate:

Longboarding is the biggest trend in skateboarding and you don't have to be a dude-spewing grommet to have fun with it. We suggest the Loaded Vanguard Bamboo longboard ($298, loadedboards.com), a great all-around board for multiple surfaces.

If you want to introduce a friend to the longboard scene, pick up MAKE YOU sMILE($24, loadedboards.com), a DVD from skate film auteurs Adam Colton and Adam Stokowski, a.k.a. Adam Squared. It includes full-length versions of the pair's web films and eight new films.

Stocking stuffers:

Adventure Medical Kits (amkdealer.com) offers a wide line of emergency kits that range from an $18 back-pocket model to the $100 Outfitter, which organizes hospital-quality tools and supplies by type of injury and includes instructional cards and a first aid guide that enable a novice or pro to be an effective first responder to an emergency ... Knog has extended its line of excellent LED lights that work for both bikers with the Toad and Bull Frog ($28-$32, knogusa.com), five-LEDs units that light up the trail behind and ahead of you. ... ProBar ($2.99, theprobar.com) blends 15 natural whole foods into a yummy bar that makes on-the-run nutrition a real meal. Check out the Koka Moka. ... SportLegs ($26.95, Sportlegs.com) is a supplement that actually works and won't get you kicked out of the Tour de France. Made from calcium, magnesium and vitamin D in vegetarian capsules, SportLegs helps regulate lactic acid production, so your muscles produce only as much as they need to perform their very best. ... Anke Wilken was worried that her cycling-crazed husband was losing interest in romance, so she created the Cyclepassion photo calendar ($34.95, worldcycling.com). The poster-sized photos of female glamor models, sinewy male cyclists and amazing race scenery is sexy without being sleazy. ... Cats and dogs hate cancer, too. Get them Livestrong pet collars and leashes ($12-$14, laf.org) in yellow and black.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Catch. Release. Repeat.


"A trout is too valuable to be caught only once" Lee Wulff.

Def: Catch and release is a practice within recreational fishing intended as a technique of conservation. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water before they are totally exhausted or further injured. Using barbless hooks, it is often possible to release the fish without removing it from the water (a slack line is frequently sufficient).

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In the old days if you caught a fish it was yours God Dam It! Whether you ate fish or not that fish wasn't going back into the water. You either chopped it up for chum, gave it to the cat or buried it in your garden. You caught it, you kept it.

But times have changed. People today have a greater respect for the natural world and the dwindling natural resources of water access and healthy fish stocks. Overfishing creates terrible fishing conditions for all fishermen. Its simple, if there are less fish in the water everyone is going to catch less. And isn't the surprise of catching fish where the fun is in fishing?

Of course not everyone has been enlightened to the concept of catch and release. But its gaining converts. The first official use of catch and release in the U.S. occured in Michigan in the early 1950s as a way to reduce the cost of restocking hatchery-raised trout. Typically what happens in non-catch and released managed waters is the states take your fishing license fees and pay to restock fisheries with little fish. These fish are then typically wiped out in a single fishing season and then the state has to restock.

Fishermen acustom to fishing in catch and release waters are usually catching much older and larger fish. Which certainly increases the pleasure value.

Try catch and release and you will be rewarded in better fishing waters and you will be protecting fish populations for your grandkids.

Effective catch and release fishing techniques avoid excessive fish fighting and handling times, avoid damage to fish skin, scale and slime layers (that leave fish vulnerable to fungal skin infections) by nets, dry hands and dry surfaces, and avoid damage to throat ligaments and gills by poor handling techniques.

Some tips: Use barbless hooks to reduce injury and handling time. Using strong tackle, to minimise fighting times, use needle-nosed pliers to aid unhooking, leaving fish in the water during the unhooking and release process, to avoid any handling, use specially designed catch and release landing nets, avoid touching fish with dry hands and don't have the fish out of water for more than 30 seconds.

The next best thing to practicing catch and release yourself is to promote catch and release to other fishermen. One way to do this is by wearing "Catch. Release. Repeat." t-shirts and hats. Fishboy.com sells a nice selection of short and long sleeve "Catch. Release. Repeat" shirts as well as hats.