Angler Safety- Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

its nasty, scary stuff that’s just around any angler’s corner: the possibility of drowning.

geared towards children but equally valid for water goers of all ages, Mario Vittone’s most excellent article gleaned from many years of experience gives us the hows, whys and clues to look for.
this is something every single one of us should study and always keep in the back of the mind when near the water.

“How did this captain know—from 50 feet away—what the father couldn’t recognize from just 10? Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound… “

here’s what it looks like in real…

click HERE for the complete article and take care out there.

Outdoor Skills- Starting a fire with a lemon

be warned, the following is a wonderful combination of human ingenuity born through scientific knowledge and a rather hopeless manner to treat whats usually a dire situation.

we’d already seen a similar fire-starting method involving the creative usage of pee-pee… but this one’s bound to smell, well, better.

fire lemon

– the ones among us that marvel at how the most seemingly insignificant things that surround us all interrelate and interact will find this how-to video pretty cool and even way cool.

– the ones among us that are actually interested in outdoor survival techniques will immediately understand that the likelihood of having all the right components to make this work in whatever particular survival situation is so close to nill that it would probably take some math geek a long-long time to figure out the odds, making this method one of the most unrealistically feasible fire-starting methods ever conceived. in other words and in practical terms, its about as dumb as it gets.

– i’m sure there’s a word out there that describes the feeling one feels on a subject that’s both brilliant and dumb but i don’t know it but whatever this is called, i love it. enjoy !

a big thanks to Grunde Lovoll for the pyrocitrus headsup 😉

Catch & Release the funny way.

sent in by Lucian Vasies at from a recent fishing trip in Italy, this has to be my all-time favourite c&r selfie ever !

“I tried to make a photo and the camera was set at 3 sec. So in that time interval I was able only to fall down and not to make that classic photo with a big smile and my trout in my arms… “

Lucian Vasies c&r

here’s hoping we get to see many more images like this my friend !

Wader Safety Training for Anglers

some nice and very important safety information for any angler. please take special note of these key points:
– contrary to the common widespread idea from people who haven’t tried this out for themselves, waders filled with water do not pull you under.
– modern PFD (Personal Flotation Devices) are easy to wear and hardly get in the way during activities on the water. they not only keep the angler’s torso and head above water but flip the body face-up since the air bladders are in front. this means that an unconscious or ‘stunned’ angler that might have received a shock while falling into the water has a much greater chance of getting back home because (s)he’ll be able to breath.
– take note of the special swimming stroke.
– practice all this some day when you’re at a friend’s pool or beach to be familiar with each point and mostly to build confidence. you might need this some day and it’s better not to be caught off guard. you might need to help out a friend as well.

on a personal note, i would (and do) automatically have a knife easily accessible at all times. climbing out of the water might be a pain in the butt if you’re using a ladder like in the video, but it might be next to or completely impossible if there’s a natural rock ledge or similar in the wild. in this case, take the knife and make slits in the waders near your feet to allow the water to drain out as you climb out.

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”



although that might sound philosophically correct, it’s not entirely true and goes to show this guy wasn’t a fly fisher.
apart from one or two, most ff’ers don’t just sit there staring at walls trying to think of the next clever thing to say. among other goodies we literally immerse ourselves in a deceivingly peaceful yet hostile element while pretending it might as well be bath water with non-slip rubber thingies at the bottom of the tub. “unity of opposites” doesn’t apply to us because we have to deal with slimy stones and “the path up and down are one and the same”  for sure didn’t come out of the mouth of someone who has bad joints and had to go from a floundering situation to an upright one on those same slimy stones all the while trying to avoid breaking his Evil Black stick..

anyhow, yesterday afternoon while concentrating hard on not blanking again i managed to not only step in the same water but also fall in it in the exact same place and manner* as i did a few months back. not having a camera crew or a gopro to be able to show the World every single thing i do in life…, i’m sure you’ll take my word for it.

for the  philosophers out there, it looked a little like this.

* this particular method was named “the slow collapse” by it’s creator and ‘He who turned it into an art form’, my very dear friend Mark Surtees.

How to start a fire with pee-pee.

we’d recently seen Cell phone Emergency Calls- How to get through and to continue with this new series of vital Outdoor Skills for the Fly Angler today’s featured video shows us how to make fire without the usual gadgets

far more important than base uses such as keeping warm, preparing pasta, chasing away zombies or using it to signal your presence when lost, fire,

the second most important element to the fly angler (after water) is there for us to stare at and conjure up images of enormous leaping trout (or insert your favorite fish here) and keep the dream alive when we’re not actually fishing. one of the most important aspects in survival situations is to keep the hope and as such, these joyful images we all long for and dream about wil keep us going and going and going when the going gets rough !the title may at first seem a little contradictory and we’ll notice that lady fire-starters will have to show a bit of ingenuity for this to work but it works, it’s fun, messy and will for sure bring up an enormous “Ah-Ha ! I did it !!!” afterglow when achieved, all the elements that make for a great day on the water. enjoy !

Cell phone Emergency Calls- How to get through


one hell of a lot more important than any casting, tying or fishing tip, here’s one that might save you, a friend, a stranger. to report an accident, a fire and whatever else you might want to announce to any emergency service: police, medics, firefighters, rescue teams, etc.
as fishers we spend a lot of time in areas where phone coverage is either poor or inexistent. buy paying careful attention to the video below we’ll find out how the international 112 number works and how to increase your chances of getting through when we can’t make a ‘normal’ call. as seen on the videos comment box, the list of countries that offer this service has since grown from 70 to 200, including 32 of the World’s biggest GSM providers.


this one’s a keeper, be sure to pass this on to all your friends and family. click on the image for more info and an updated list of countries where this service is in operation.
a big thanks to Mike Barrio for bringing this video to our attention.