Monday, March 27, 2017

Fish Nerds Podcast 148 Fly Fishing Lead Loons and Conservation

What’s the worst fishing advice you’ve been given? Fish in the News! NH has some of the most restrictive lead bans in the country, but some say it’s too much! Here is what some folks are saying on facebook… Names have been altered! So when are WE fishermen going to push back against this lead law? I mean, maybe not get rid of it totally but have it rewritten... Shouldn’t be all lead... Should only be lead sinkers... Painted jigs, with hooks should be excluded! So many types of lures that aren't made without lead... Not to mention the price... Of the bird people can make the law, no reason why we can't get it rewritten to not COMPLETELY screw us... Mike Its the ones with the hooks that are the worse. Lead is bad for the environment and all health. Period. Yeah, its kind of annoying, but it would be better for the market in general to move away from lead. The last part is the real problem Ray The law should be like Maine's lead law... NH needs to stop trying to be so different from Maine and start looking toward them for guidance... Lol Steve Loons don't eat lead shot larger than #4 shot. Lead split sinkers are mostly bigger than that. Too many anti, loon lovers in NH F&G. Raymond Everything that is made of lead they make in tungsten or bismuth . Bismuth I'd the same price as lead .Lead free bass jigs.Com . And ray to your thoughts on getting it changed never ever going to happen . I don't care if you got every fisherman in the state it still isn't going to change. Now go check out ken's site and replace your equipment like I've had to do and everyone else has had to. I've easily got a $300 worth of lead I just use it when I go to fla. Only one I disagree with is spinnerbaits . Ain't no way in the world a loon is going to swallow a spinnerbaits . Besides a pelican there isn't a bird big enough to swallow one of those . Rich I get pissy too when I look at my lead tackle but think of the time and money spent on lead poisoning and pollution. It's an inconvenience but filling our waters regularly with a known toxin is just plain irresponsible. I fully support a lead ban, as does the research, so I am happy to see our New England states making smart decisions not moving backwards Raynor U say states... Only NH is so strict that it over does it... For example... Maine has a lead law. But it's directed toward lead sinkers... But painted jigs are ok... NH doesn't care that paint creates a border so if a bird were to eat it the fact of it Rich That's a fun argument but lead is dangerous when mixed with water, period. Might I remind you of this. And yes, I know, that was not caused by fishing tackle, but why should we fill our environment with a highly toxic substance if we don't have to? If we all chose to voluntarily reduce lead use, the nanny laws wouldn't exist. |Chris Completely agree sucks cause tungsten jigs or tinget expensive but in the long run its a better decision Tim It's not about lead or loons. It's about the leftists showing they can push their agenda. Watermelons, green on the outside red on the inside. Steve . I have gone to tungsten, but this law was nothing more than an effort pushed thru by the loon preservation society. It's funny to me that 35 years ago if I saw a loon it was a real event something to talk about. My guess is that had something to do with DDT. Now they are in every waterbody in the state, and guess what? They made that comeback over the last 35 years with all of us using lead tackle! It's not like we stopped using lead last year and the loons all showed up. I think there could be some adjustments to the law that might be a good compromise Steve And don't tell me the costs are not a real difference. When I owned Upper Valley Outfitters, I could buy jigs for walleye fishing wholesale at about.35 cents each. Tungsten was .92 cents. That sounds trivial, but the Connecticut River tends to eat tackle so it got too expensive for some fishermen. That's just what I observed Travis The law is so stupid. I completely agree. I'm not paying 4 dollars more for jigs that are not lead. And the jigs I've trusted and used for years are lead. How about drop shot weights? They are so expensive if they aren't lead and you tend to lose them. So there's 14 bucks Every time you go out when they lead ones are a quarter of the cost. In the long run it will cost hundreds if not thousands more for gear. Which I simply cannot afford. Ted Williams I've fished in NH since the lead ban and have not suffered even a little. Good for NH for leading the way. No one's "screwing" anyone. Here's piece I did for TNC explaining what some anglers need to learn: Denise Having managed a marina on Squam, I can tell you in just one summer on Little Squam we had 3 loons in our harbor that ingested lead we were able to capture because they were sick and 2 died. All were x-rayed and they had lead in their stomachs Kyle Loins is funny! David Just use tungsten Ted Williams Non-toxic metals including steel, bismuth, copper and tin are cheap and readily available. Tungsten is relatively expensive but weighs more than lead. Non-toxics hold up better than lead, don’t snag as easily, keep tackle boxes cleaner and are safe for humans. Now there are even ceramic and natural rock sinkers. Speak Up for the FN Blue with Andrew Lewin Promo Mystery Tackle Box code FISHNERDS to save 5 bucks

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Fish Nerds 147 Live at Kittery Trading Post

Live At Kittery Trading Post! We spent the day hanging out at Kittery Trading Post, we met a ton of great people and caught up with some old friends.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Fish Nerds 146 Homeless Fish Marketing the Guide Service and My Friend Nick

WE HAVE A SPONSOR - Promo Code FISHNERDS to save $5 off your first box Ice Fishing Business update How I marketed the fish nerds guide service -Podcast -Newspaper Ads -Chamber of Commerce -Social Media -Marketing - Christian Mower and Tony Zore of Magic 104 came ice fishing and produced this story -Conway Sun did a six page story including a cover story! Some things I’ve learned... -Don’t take cash at the boat launch -Clients Do not understand what waterproof boots are -Always feed clients -Guides are territorial -Guiding is expensive FN Book Club - Founding Fish, after reading it call 607-378-FISH to start a conversation - We are recording the episode on April 10! Fish in the News!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

FN 145 Carrie Z Hunt Fish Travel Purple Octopus and More Reasons to Fly Fish

Intro Guest read by Wachusett Reservoir Addicts I’m Carrie Z of the HuntFishTravel Podcast, and of the Adventure & Travel Podcast launching this summer! Clay: Anything is fair game and it's a good bet that after today’s show you’re going to want to fish more and talk less. This episode is brought to you by you! Our Patreon Supporters, our top tier supporter is Josh Lopes, Josh Lopes is an accountant and tax season is coming up. Josh also owns a vacation rental property next door to my house. If you want a great tax guy and are in Massachussetts give Josh a call you can find links and phone numbers at Fish If you want to support the Fish Nerds head over to we are asking fans to donate t dollar per episode Segment 1 Spearing Fish with Carrie Z (11 minutes) Promo Outdoor Podcast Channel Segment 2 (10 Minutes) Rich Collins - Fly Fishing Minute Segment 3 (7 minutes) Purple Octopus Killing fish and time with Hugo Purple Octopus 1 octopus, beak and eyes removed 1 red cabbage, sliced so it’ll fit in a juicer Juice or puree one head of red cabbage. Place the octopus in a tupperware and cover with the cabbage juice. Place in fridge for 24 hours then remove and rinse. *At this point I vacuum sealed and cooked the octopus using the Sous Vide device but you could otherwise bring it to a boil and cook on medium heat in water for 20 minutes per pound. Sous Vide Method Preheat Sous Vide bath to 180 F Vacuum seal the octopus and cook in Sous Vide for four hours. At this point the octopus will be perfectly tender and ready to use in any recipe. I used my Searzall food torch to give it some color and a little charring Segment 4 Convincing Clay to Fly Fish Michael Frank Ken Edmonds of Georgia talks fly-fishing & Dave Whitlock Big thanks to Mystery Tackle box for supporting this episode, to get 5 dollars off your first order Unboxing Fish in the News Clay: So that is it. you have listen to a couple of Fish Nerds when you could have been fishing, Carrie : We’d like to thank our families for supporting us while we podcast, go on fishing Quests and do all sorts of silly things that NERDS do. If you would like to support Fish Nerds you can go to and search for Fish Nerds and help us crowd fund this podcast! CLAY: Special Thanks to Carrie Z of the Hunt FIsh travel podcast Carrie: And until next time, follow the code of the Fish Nerd: Spawn early and often; Clay: Avoid free lunches with strings attached; Carrie: swim against the current every chance you get.

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