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A first of its kind, Quite Frankly is a negative review page, where I voice my humble internet opinions covering a range of topics.

I started DTF before a blog was called a blog.  Once all the online yahoos out there started selling themselves out to get free product in exchange for one-sided gear reviews, I quickly deleted my review page as I didn’t not want to be associated with this type of “blogger”.  This is not why I started DTF.  I like to write and share fishing photos, not waste my time finding good things to say about a free pair of Redington Waders.  As more customers attempted to demonstrate value to a company simply by featuring their product on a website, a fatal flaw started to develop.  The reviews became meaningless because everyone only communicated the things they liked about the product.

Quite frankly, I find that to be about as useful as a flightless carrier pigeon.  Sorry mom but “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all” is not the case here.  This section is for the straight shooters who feel like venting.  Do you have anything that annoys you in this evolving yet caddy industry?  If you do please share, remembering that every once in a while, the squeaky wheel will get the grease.


Industry Overhaul

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Conservation, Fish Porn, Homepage Slider, Quite Frankly, Trout | 3 comments

Industry Overhaul

Metro Denver has a population of 2.7 million people with a growth rate that is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent reaching 3.9 million in year 2030.  With more people calling the Mile High City their hometown, certain issues need to be addressed so that the rapid growth does not have a negative effect on the city or its residents.  Besides an increase in traffic while driving west on I-70, the issue I am (selfishly) most concerned about is making it so the fly fishing community in the Colorado Front Range can support the population growth and increase in a sustainable manner.  If things do not change, I am scared we will not all be able to successfully enjoy this remarkable sport in the way it deserves.   The three areas that I have identified as needing a makeover are the following, updating the water laws, improving conservation practices, and controlling social media.  Colorado unfortunately has archaic water laws that, in almost all cases, favor the landowner.  The river bottom is considered the landowner’s property. This labels any wading angler as “trespassing”.  The only thing working in the blue collar folk’s favor is that the landowner does not own the water nor the fish in it.  The result of this is that floating through private property is completely legal as long as the river bottom isn’t touched.  As anyone who has recently fished within 3 hours of Denver on a weekend will tell you, parking lots are frustratingly crowded and some well know, accessible spots are approaching their carrying capacity. The number of rivers we have is not increasing but the amount of publicly accessible rivers could… Montana for example is a fisher friendly state.  As long as you access the water at a public point, there is no such thing as a private stream. The fisherman must stay below the high water mark but can explore anywhere adhering to that rule.  If that is asking too much, a compromise could be made to make any “navigable” river open to public fishing below the high water mark.  That would allow larger, navigable, rivers to be public while smaller rivers flowing through a landowner’s property would remain private.  This is the case for states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Either choice would open up water and distribute angling pressure, options desperately needed in a state where fishermen are increasing exponentially.  Conservation and fish handling practices are other areas where improvement is needed to allow our waterbodies to accommodate more fisherman.  My feelings towards this subject recently have gone from a grumpy Shrek to a pissed off Hulk as I watch some people turn my passion into a dick swinging contest.  My example is the area below Spinney Mountain Reservoir (AKA the Dream Stream). Individuals shove spawning fishing into a friends iPhone simply to receive social media approval?  Rivers may be designated “Catch and Release” but that is not be enough. We need to respect the fish.  I think a petition should be passed to close the Dream Stream (among other rivers) during spawning runs.  Sure, you can go there and catch very large fish while doing it in a way that will not affect upcoming reproduction rates but so few people follow those moral guidelines that I do not think...

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Groupon Guides

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Quite Frankly | 1 comment

Groupon Guides

I once stopped being friends with a kid in high school because I overheard him telling someone to “chillax”.  Parents look out and consider home schooling because unnecessary abbreviations and the combining of words is becoming all to common and it is something I refuse to take part in.  TTYL, FroYo, Brunch, Obvi!, are all sounds you will never hear escape my mouth.  As the value of a word continues to be ignored and degraded, I detest anything associated with this process. That was my initial reasoning in disliking “Grou-pons”.  Everything started off fine as we were able to keep our distance from each other and coexist.  That was until the Groupon Train came and sucker punched me in the face.  Disguised as 1 guide and 12 clients, they stomped around the South Platte in an “on stream lesson” not to be confused with a guided trip.  The river will always be a classroom but it does not need to be an over crowded lecture where no learning can take place. I show up to the popular Decker’s section of the South Platte with 3 clients that have never before touched a fly rod.  They are excited to learn a new hobby and have appropriately paid to discover this mountain experience.  As we approach the river bank, I look up to see the entire section that we are permitted to guide on filled with newbies trashing the river.  Behind this semi-organized chaos is one guide explaining to a client that you don’t reel the wolley bugger in after every cast.   $99 dollars will get you this experience that I relate to a class field trip of kindergartners at an amusement park filled with Bee’s. My clients, who paid 4 times the going groupon rate for an actual learning experience, are now ostracized to the only open water left in the section guides have permits for.  Not only did my day turn to shit, my clients are not getting the experience they deserved and paid for.  As some individuals try to ruin the guide industry, I contemplate a switch to bait fishing or noodling as quite frankly, I am starting to believe it is fly fisherman who belong on the short bus. Note: Because of this, I’m predicting a cap in the near future on the amount of guide permits or weekend trips allowed on sections like Deckers and the Dream Stream.  Way to go Grouponers, we are soon going to have “Beat Sections” on our...

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Pro Fly Angling Tour

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Quite Frankly | 2 comments

Pro Fly Angling Tour

Believe it or not, I just got an email at fishpond from a guy asking for us to “sponsor him in the Pro Fly Angling Tour” and in return he will “put our logo on his jersey”.  Admittedly, I have worn my vintage LeBron jersey while fishing before but I somehow don’t think that is what he is talking about.  Maybe his offer is similar to one of those fancy NASCAR suites and fishpond could get some prime advertisement placement with a 10”x4” inch logo printed horizontally on his chest.  What do you think the television reach is going to be for the first event?  Will it be on channel 64,782? When I first read about the Pro Fly Angling Tour my heart sank to my toes and I contemplating flushing my eyes out with bleach.  Do we really want our esteemed pastime of fly fishing to turn into the Bassmasters Classic?  I am as competitive as the next guy but lets keep this rift-raft off the river.  If there was a way to commercialize fly fishing it would have already happened and I for one am happy that it hasn’t because I fail to see how this helps further the sport.  The most recent development is that because of limited stream access, all “competitions” are going to be held on private water.  What are the “competitors” trying to prove, who’s the best at catching stocked fish? It is borderline painful to watch someone degrade and devalue fly fishing in exchange for some little sheets of paper that we call money and quite frankly, I want nothing to do with...

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Feeding Fish and Private Property

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Quite Frankly | 2 comments

Feeding Fish and Private Property

Growing up I remember envisioning my dream house looking out over my own private section of a trout stream.  Water laws, barbed wire fences and real estate prices were not thoughts to pass through my immature mind.  I simply and selfishly enjoyed thinking I would someday have my own section of water.  Similar to my childhood belief in Santa Claus, I could not of been more wrong. One thing that kills me is when people think they can own a river.  Water laws vary by state with some being more favorable to the common folk like myself.  This can allow the non-trustafarian access to certain private stretches of water during particular flows.  Score 1 for the middle class!  There is however still a big issue that annoys me and it is the feeding of fish on those sections.  Throwing dog food pellets to trout can significantly alter the homeostasis of the ecosystem.   You turn the fish off their natural food of bugs and make it so the couple aggressive pellet-heads quickly out compete the smaller wild fish.  This can also cause the fish that live in the surrounding public stretches of water to move to the private pools for an easy meal.  As these pets continue to grow, they require more food.  If they do not get more food, they will simply start eating all the smaller fish.  Before you know it, there is a section of water with only infertile pellet pigs, if the river is not stocked again, there will be no fish after the brutes die off.  Fishery destroyed and it cannot rebound without human involvement and a stack of Benjamins. The part of all this that makes me laugh the hardest is when the people who catch these pellet-pigs think they’ve accomplished something.  For the confused non-angler reading this, it is kind of like how a Barry Bonds autograph didn’t quite hold its value.  All of his homerun records need to be followed by an asterisk just as any claim of a trophy pellet fed fish should be because quite frankly, that fish doesn’t...

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Quite Frankly

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Quite Frankly | 0 comments

A first of its kind, Quite Frankly is a negative review page, where I voice my humble internet opinions covering a range of topics. I started DTF before a blog was called a blog.  Once all the online yahoos out there started selling themselves out to get free product in exchange for one-sided gear reviews, I quickly deleted my review page as I didn’t not want to be associated with this type of “blogger”.  This is not why I started DTF.  I like to write and share fishing photos, not waste my time finding good things to say about a free pair of Redington Waders.  As more customers attempted to demonstrate value to a company simply by featuring their product on a website, a fatal flaw started to develop.  The reviews became meaningless because everyone only communicated the things they liked about the product. Quite frankly, I find that to be about as useful as a flightless carrier pigeon.  Sorry mom but “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all” is not the case here.  This section is for the straight shooters who feel like venting.  Do you have anything that annoys you in this evolving yet caddy industry?  If you do please share, remembering that every once in a while, the squeaky wheel will get the grease....

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