the end of Stupidity

or… The winner of  the Stupid Cobra contest !

first of all, i want apologize to our three contestants for being so late in concluding this stupid contest. since i forgot to write down the end of the contest in my agenda, it completely slipped my mind. i know, stupid…

ok, down to business ! and this time with a little reasoning behind the selection.

– i really, really enjoyed Scott’s video but the problem (my problem) is i don’t find this stupid at all ! and would seriously encourage anyone to do the same ! any kind of fun, even if it at first seems silly,  once included to our fly casting practice will only make the whole experience better and more productive. not only that but the dog gets a good workout.

– Rudy’s soggy story reminds us that it’s a good thing to always leave a spare jacket in the car and that wetsuits can be a better option for the gung-ho fly fisher :mrgreen:
i’ll add that the vision of the car doors opening and closing and windows going up and down all by themselves is rather priceless and i’ve had quite a few chuckles since i first read this piece.

– Acey, Acey, Acey.  here’s a guy who’s got stupidity down pat ! not only did he manage to ruin a dream trip to Alaska but also pretty much screwed up his sex life in the process as well !
now, that’s STUPID ! congrats my friend, you’ll be getting this great Breathe dvd from R.C. Cone and Imago !

here again folks for your pleasure, the very Homeresque beer-induced story by Acey Fiveash

“Technically this didn’t happen while fishing but it definitely affected my fishing.

 About two weeks before my one and only trip to Alaska I came home from a beer drinking trip where a little bit of fishing went on,  I stumbled in the door my wife looks at me and says “Well if I knew you were just going to get drunk I would have convinced you to stay home today.”

“How, pray tell, would you have done that?” I failed to enunciate clearly in her general direction.
“How do you think,” she asked seductively.
“I would have gone anyway.”
Suddenly her mood changed. “You’re telling me you would rather go fishing than have sex?”
“Well yeah,” the beer in my system stupidly said for me. “I know how sex is going to end and I can get that done all by myself. Fishing is exciting…” That’s when my brain caught up to what the booze was saying. “I mean…”
“No, no, no. I know what you mean. You MEAN you’re going to be getting ‘That Done’ all by yourself from here on out.”
And that’s how, in the form of one of the greatest sacrifices of my life, I went to Alaska without any fly rods.”
thanks again to all for playing along but more importantly, for revealing what most people usually like to keep for themselves.

by the way: tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic…..

yup ! it’s time to get stupid !
this month’s mega-deluxe prize is an absolutely top du top cool film just out from our friends at Imago, thanks Alex !

ok, the dvd isn’t stupid but your input will be !

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done while fly-fishing ?

contest rules-
– tell us whichever way you’d like: story, song, photo or film and send it in to limpcobra@yahoo.com by the end of April 2012 with ‘stupid contest’ as email header.
– one entry per person
– original content only
– go nuts ! let your stupidity shine !

here’s the trailer, now get stupid !

the Stupid Cobra contest !

just a reminder that you still have the chance of winning this awesome movie !
read below for details and send in your stuff before next tuesday.
it’s time to get stupid !

this month’s mega-deluxe prize is an absolutely top du top cool film just out from our friends at Imago, thanks Alex !

ok, the dvd isn’t stupid but your input will be !

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done while fly-fishing ?

contest rules-
– tell us whichever way you’d like: story, song, photo or film and send it in to limpcobra@yahoo.com by the end of April 2012 with ‘stupid contest’ as email header.
– one entry per person
– original content only
– go nuts ! let your stupidity shine !

here’s the trailer, now get stupid !

the Stupid Cobra contest ! – third entry

by Scott Loudon, Scotland

“I was thinking about various stupid things I’d done whilst fly fishing, things like stalking plastic bags that are stuck to the river bottom – they are very fishy looking in dirty water by the way! The more I thought about it, the more I realised I had to go one better on myself so here is fly fishing for dogfish…
I can assure you, it’s pretty stupid!! “

the Stupid Cobra contest !

yup ! it’s time to get stupid !
this month’s mega-deluxe prize is an absolutely top du top cool film just out from our friends at Imago, thanks Alex !

ok, the dvd isn’t stupid but your input will be !

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done while fly-fishing ?

contest rules-
– tell us whichever way you’d like: story, song, photo or film and send it in to limpcobra@yahoo.com by the end of April 2012 with ‘stupid contest’ as email header.
– one entry per person
– original content only
– go nuts ! let your stupidity shine !

here’s the trailer, now get stupid !

the Stupid Cobra contest ! second entry

by Acey Fiveash, USA

“Technically this didn’t happen while fishing but it definitely affected my fishing.

About two weeks before my one and only trip to Alaska I came home from a beer drinking trip where a little bit of fishing went on,  I stumbled in the door my wife looks at me and says “Well if I knew you were just going to get drunk I would have convinced you to stay home today.”
“How, pray tell, would you have done that?” I failed to enunciate clearly in her general direction.
“How do you think,” she asked seductively.
“I would have gone anyway.”
Suddenly her mood changed. “You’re telling me you would rather go fishing than have sex?”
“Well yeah,” the beer in my system stupidly said for me. “I know how sex is going to end and I can get that done all by myself. Fishing is exciting…” That’s when my brain caught up to what the booze was saying. “I mean…”
“No, no, no. I know what you mean. You MEAN you’re going to be getting ‘That Done’ all by yourself from here on out.”
And that’s how, in the form of one of the greatest sacrifices of my life, I went to Alaska without any fly rods.”
 

the Stupid Cobra contest !- first entry

by Rudy van der Meer, Holland

…Last fall I went to a lake on the other side off the country (Oostvoornse Meer, about a 300km ride for me). Just about when I was halfway there I realised I had left my wading jacket at home. A few minutes later I heard the weatherforecast on the radio; start of the day would be nice but into the afternoon the rain would come.
I called my friends, who I would meet later that day at the lake, to ask if they could bring a spare jacket for me. I got the voicemail and left a message, not sure if my friend would hear it in time. Oh well, to late to turn back now. And I didn’t think it was gonna rain all day anyway.

When I arrived at my destination, the weather was fine, just like I thought. I slipped into my waders and got ready to fish. I then found out that the waterproof pouch I usually put my cellphone and my carkeys in were probably in one the pockets of my wading jacket which….
I had left home.
Oh well.. I wasn’ t planning on wading deep anyway. So what the heck; time to do some fishing!

And fish I did.

After a few hours the sky turned grey and i felt the first drops of rain.
These first few drops soon turned into an impressive downpour and I decided this might be a good moment to retreat to my car, sit out the rain and wait for my friends. Who might or might not have gotten my message about the forgotten wading jacket.
I started making my way back on the dam I was on.
At the end of the dam I had to cross over to land to get back to my car.
I stepped of the dam on to what I thought was the bottom, which as it turned out to be, was actually a patch of weeds which desecended into the depths quite a lot  more than I had expected.

I don’t think I need to explain the result of this lack of judgement…
A few moments after my nosedive where I nearly lost an almost brandnew flyrod, I realised I had just drowned my iPhone and my carkeys. I also discovered that a Nanopuff jacket can soak up an impressive amount of water in a surprisingly little amount of time.
But frankly, the jacket was the least of my worries.
I had a phone in my hand which was constantly buzzing (probably shivering because the water was cold, according to one off my friends, thank you very much), and I had this funny feeling about my car keys.

My thoughts about the car keys turned out to be the first thing I got right that day. When I got near the car, it started opening and closing the locks all by itself accompanied by the spontaneous opening and closing of all the windows. This whole car-coming-to-live thing was a real good way to get attention from a lot of people in the parking lot. And the fun had only just begun, because I was still wearing my wet clothes and was starting to shiver just about is much as my drowned phone which had taken its last breath during my walk over to the car. No choice but to strip naked in the parking lot and get on some dry clothes. Nothing was gonna stop me from doing that. You can picture the scene: Car behaving strange with a dude in the nude behind it, but I somehow managed to get into my car and drive over to the cabin my friends and I booked for the night.

Off course there was no heater in there,

off course my friends didn’t get my message about the jacket, and

off course my clothes were still wet the next day,

but fish I did.

Oh yeah, I fished all right.

Like a man on a mission.

And after covering a whole lot of water out of nothing my line went tight and my rod bend.

A big fish had taken my shrimp and took off, heading for, well… somewhere far away from me.

After all this bad luck, I struck gold. All the hardship from the day before vanished in an instant.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Redeem the damned.

And then the line went slack……
.

the Stupid Cobra contest !

yup ! it’s time to get stupid !
this month’s mega-deluxe prize is an absolutely top du top cool film just out from our friends at Imago, thanks Alex !

ok, the dvd isn’t stupid but your input will be !

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done while fly-fishing ?

contest rules-
– tell us whichever way you’d like: story, song, photo or film and send it in to ———@———- by the end of April 2012 with ‘stupid contest’ as email header.
– one entry per person
– original content only
– go nuts ! let your stupidity shine !

here’s the trailer, now get stupid !

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra-Contest ! Finale

eleven great entries, eleven hard choices but between the big and humorous, the glutinous  and the ‘out of focus… this one goes straight to the heart and the Nervous Water dvd prize goes to Simon Graham.
after all, a first trout on the fly is a BIG moment even from the NERVOUS pike fly fishing expert that he is !
good on ya Simon we all wish you many more !

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra-Contest !

time for a reminder ! this contest’s up till the end of the month and that’s coming up soon !

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alright folks ! here’s your chance to show us your BIG one, yup your BIG-BIG fish !
up for grabs is the Nervous Water dvd by Beattie Outdoor Productions. five years of filming and 3 1/2 hours of non-stop fly fishing for all sorts of fishes in all sorts of waters, très cool !

rules:
– photos or video but who knows, someone might want to submit some art.
– any species, it’s not just the biggest overall weight, length or girth that counts. we want some kind of BEEF but use your imagination as to what that beef is.
it can be a HUGE minnow, some fish with huge eyes, a big ‘ole butt or a huge appetite !
-no dead, bleeding or otherwise fishing-induced hurt fish.
only happy smiling ones that put up a good fight and know they’re going back home after the quick photo shoot.
-one entry per person

send your entry to limpcobra@yahoo.com by the end of March 2012 with ‘the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest’ as reference.

check out the trailer below, there’s a few bigguns’ there that might inspire you !

and just to kick things off, here’s my non-counting entry: ‘Big-Smile Grayling’ 😀

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra-Contest ! – eighth entry

by Raymond Fairweather, Canada

“Here is my big one, my son with his big Bully , Bull trout caught on 4 wt, not big…

and my big one, I lost six feet of fish in three casts and then next day dialed it in and caught six feet of fish in three casts.”

it’s baby day !

my friends over at Sexyloops.Se (Sweden/Scandinavian based forum of the Sexyloops network) have finally… gotten around to choosing the winners of 2011’s photo contest and mine came in first ! :mrgreen:
from the previously posted ‘brainwashem’ young’ series here on the Cobra-

“my friend and colleague Lasse Karlsson taking baby Robyn for a walk at the FFF’s first European Gathering earlier this year in Kolding, Denmark.
both mom and pop are FFF certified casting instructors and hold several titles in national and international fly casting competitions. Lasse is not only a FFF-Master but the first European to be on the FFF’s Board of Governors.
i often wonder if  Robyn will catch the ‘bug’ later on, but then i don’t really wonder, i know so !”

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest- sixth entry

by Andy Baird, Norther Ireland

“Still the best at an estimated 45cm… and taken on 7X & a #26 dun imitation.
Witness? Yeah man, Marc Fauvet took the picture ! “


yes, it’s true and it’ll hang over my head like a dark-stormy cloud forever. i took those pics and several more of this very special moment and managed to screw up every single one of them
there’s even a little film of the beast, i’ll share that and other blurry images of this extremely beautiful Irish brown trout soon.

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest- fourth entry

by Simon Graham

“from my recent trip up the Bushmans river at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains (South Africa). This is by far the most significant fish I have caught in the last 8 yrs as it was the first trout I’d ever caught on the fly,with a dry fly called the RAB (Red arsed bastard) not big by any stretch of the immagination but the biggest trout I’d ever caught.”

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest- third entry

by Chadd VanZanten

“This 19-inch Backcountry Elder (aka Yellowstone cutthroat) was
interrogated briefly in the Wind River range before being released on
his own recognizance, summer 2011.”

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest- second Entry

by Jan Korrubel, South Africa

“23-inch, 5.5lb wild spawn rainbow taken in The Kingdom of The Sky (Lesotho) on a 4-weight and a #16 nymph – NERVOUS times before it came to the net!”

“whale shark! With freediver attached! Don’t get much bigger than that…. :-)))”

for those who missed it,
check out this month’s  the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra-Contest ! for a chance to win the awesome Nervous Water dvd !

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest- first Entry

by Scott Loudon, New Zealand

” 7lb of pristine NZ rainbow… don’t have any length measurements I’m afraid but what a fish, best conditioned fish I have ever caught regardless of size.”
 

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra-Contest !

alright folks ! here’s your chance to show us your BIG one, yup your BIG-BIG fish !
up for grabs is the Nervous Water dvd by Beattie Outdoor Productions. five years of filming and 3 1/2 hours of non-stop fly fishing for all sorts of fishes in all sorts of waters, très cool !

rules:
– photos or video but who knows, someone might want to submit some art.
– any species, it’s not just the biggest overall weight, length or girth that counts. we want some kind of BEEF but use your imagination as to what that beef is.
it can be a HUGE minnow, some fish with huge eyes, a big ‘ole butt or a huge appetite !
-no dead, bleeding or otherwise fishing-induced hurt fish.
only happy smiling ones that put up a good fight and know they’re going back home after the quick photo shoot.
-one entry per person

send your entry to limpcobra@yahoo.com by the end of March 2012 with ‘the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest’ as reference.

check out the trailer below, there’s a few bigguns’ there that might inspire you !

and just to kick things off, here’s my non-counting entry: ‘Big-Smile Grayling’ 😀

The Crafty-Cobra Photo/Video Contest ! – Judgement Day

February is over and so is the contest !
i’ll have to say that i’m a little bit surprised and saddened by the lack of entries.
by no means am i doing any personal horn-tooting but i really thought the ‘McGiverish’ subject was quite an interesting one as i’ve seen countless examples of clever ‘fixes’ with my fly fishing friends throughout my travels and thought more anglers would be happy to share their clever and/or funny solutions.
like they say, ‘you can’t win if you don’t play’ so on to the winners !

yup, winners ! both Rich and Ronan get the great MayFly Madness dvd.
one will get the signed copy and the other gets my own copy. since the choice between the two photos is a real toss up i’ll do the same to select which dvd goes to whom.
(nothing fancy but nevertheless scientific, i’ll have my Cobra Girl shuffle the two behind her back and i’ll put on a blind-fold and grab one… :mrgreen: )

here are the two entries again, both are great and i’ll have to admit that the ‘minimalist’ approach of Ronan’s pic gives it a special little plus. there’s something about diversifying an object’s intended use into something else without transforming it in any way that’s particularly attractive to me but then, Rich’s involves duct-tape and we all know how much fun duct-tape can be !

thanks to the both of you for playing along and a super-special thanks to Ulf Börjesson, Johan Klingberg and Mountain Media for the awesome give-away dvd !

Ronan Creane

Rich Knoles

The Crafty-Cobra Photo/Video Contest ! – second entry

by the man who inspired the contest, Ronan ‘Tazmanian Devil’ Creane

“Rod holders come as standard ! I’ve tested these to 120kph without a problem..”

just a reminder friends, this contest ends at the end of the month !  hurry !