or, perhaps Olive the Woolly Blogger...

Month: May 2011

Olive has a theme song

The folks at Blood Knot posted this little ditty which, for obvious reasons, caught my attention:

Ode to a Woolly Bugger

By Ethan Smith of Fiddle and Creel

Oh Woolly Bugger! Oh meatiest of the meat hooks, oh travesty of trout world, oh devilish slithering snag. Your wavering pulsating drift hath fooled many a trout and your pulsating hackle shall bring many more. The snarl of your whipped herl, and flash of tinsel clad body rides the currents and drifts the tides like a marabou stallion. Galloping through the eddies and riffles, breathing with the flow, animated and swirling in defiance of carnivorous predators. Your deviant, erratic, wounded air of flee shall cry out to the depths of instinctive reactions and beckon for a slurp. Your perverted flittering tail billows and undulates like the bosom of a Moroccan belly dancer, and trout, like so many a sailor mesmerized, are drawn in to strike. You, oh Woolly Bugger, oh, charlatan, oh counterfeit confection, oh fraudulent food source, you facsimile of larva, hellgrammite and leach, your hook shall pierce the lip and haul it in. The hen, the buck, the steel. Oh Woolly Bugger! Oh tug!

Ethan Smith lives at the intersection of bluegrass and fly fishing with his wife, two sons and a skinny English Setter named Nick.


Ethan is picker and writer over at the Fiddle and Creel blog.

Great stuff, Ethan!

Help Olive, help kids, and help fish via Greenfish Gear!

If you look to the right sidebar you’ll see a graphic that proudly states that I am a Greenfish Ambassador. What that signifies is that I like what Greenfish stands for, and because of my involvement as an author in the fly fishing community, I’ve been granted status as an Ambassador. In that capacity I am not obligated to do anything, but I do stand by the Greenfish mission to support sustainable fisheries. It’s a good deal. They’re a company promoting not only their brand, but conservation.

Greenfish donates 5% of every sale to a conservation group of your designation. From the Greenfish website:

GreenFish partners with various companies and organizations that we support financially as well as philosophically. Through the “GreenFish Gives” program, each time you buy a product from us you can select one of our partner organizations where you would like 5% of your purchase to be donated. GreenFish then makes a quarterly donation to each of these groups who support our mission based on your purchases. All GreenFish partners share common values: to encourage sustainable fishing as a means of protecting fisheries and the environment while also promoting the sport of recreational fishing.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Because of my status as a Greenfish Ambassador, I can offer you an opportunity to purchase Greenfish gear at a 20% discount by simply using this discount code when you place your order: 00145CW.

Yes, there is a benefit to me.

I get 10% of sales that are made using my discount code. However, and this is the key–I am not pocketing that 10%.

Through sales of my Olive books I support Casting 4 A Cure and am participating in their fundraiser in Victor, Idaho in August. Casting 4 A Cure, if you are not aware, is an organization that uses two annual fly fishing events to raise funding for research to find a cure for Rett Syndrome, which is a cruel neurological disorder affecting mostly young girls. A buddy of mine is joining me on this trip and I am trying to raise $4000 for our entry fees.

So when you place a Greenfish order, you’re contributing to conservation, getting a 20% discount on some sweet swag, kicking 10% my way, which in turn goes directly to Casting 4 a Cure. Pretty cool, eh?

This promotion expires September 1, 2011- but please don’t wait because I need to raise the money for Casting 4 A Cure by the end of June.

Please repost this – pass the discount code around to others who you think might be interested, and thanks for your help and support. Here is the code once again: 00145CW. Click on over to Greenfish and check out their cool stuff, please.



Exciting news that I can’t talk about

Have you ever been really excited about something? You know, something really exciting? But you’re sworn to secrecy and you can’t say anything to anyone about it yet?

Kinda like when you’re out fishing by yourself and you land that epic fish, and you even have a photo of it, but you can’t tell anyone about the fish or even show them the photo?

Most people wouldn’t even believe you without proof. Anglers are notorious liars, so the doubt is understandable.

Well, you’re just going to have to take my word for it: something pretty cool is brewing for Olive the woolly bugger.

Believe me, when the time is right you’ll be the first to hear about it.