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Letter to the Editor

This sure beats hate mail.

Message: Hey guys-

I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank you for the Moldy Chum decal. I'm now the envy of all my friends that fish.

The funny part is seeing people's reactions when they pull up behind me at a light. For those in the know I gotten the thumbs up and a wave. However people that aren't familiar with the site are certainly perplexed and it has made the daily commute much more interesting. There are quite a few strange looks. One older couple was participially amusing.

Now I'm guessing at the conversation, but I have to be close based on their facial features and the vigorous discussion that appeared to be going on.

Older gentleman, "What does the sticker on that Subaru say?" (While squinting very hard to see it) Older lady, "Coldy Drum?"
OG, "That makes no sense."
OL, "Moldy Chum?"
OG, "That makes even less sense."

Both are now leaning forward and squinting really hard to read the decal.

OG, "It does say Moldy Chum."
OL, "Why would you put a decal on the car about dead fish?"
OG, "Maybe he owns in a fish market?"
OL, "Are you going to advertise bad fish if you own a fish market?"
OG, "I don't get it."

As the light turns green I quickly changed lanes and slowed a bit just so I could see them drive by. Both looked at me like my hair was on fire. It made for a great start to the day.

Thanks again-

Chum decals available here


Mimi Matsuda Wildlife & Landscape Art  

Mimi Matsuda is a Bozeman artist and former Yellowstone National Park ranger naturalist.



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We have all been here before


Trout Unlimited To Hold News Conference Wednesday Calling for Permanent Protection of Federal Lands Near Bristol Bay


Hundreds of Hunters and Anglers Ask Interior Department to Reopen Bristol Bay Regional Management Plan and Keep Mining Prohibitions in Place

A broad coalition of hunters, anglers, guides and outfitters, representing millions of Americans and many of them members of Trout Unlimited, want Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect some 1.1 million acres of federal land in the Bristol Bay watershed by reversing a Bush Administration plan that recommended opening the area to mineral development. Nearly 300 signatories to a letter addressed to Salazar ask the secretary to direct his new Bureau of Land Management chief, Bob Abbey, to protect Bristol Bay’s rich fisheries and wildlife habitat by redoing the 2008 regional management plan for federal lands in the watershed and closing the area to mining. The BLM lands covered by the plan lie adjacent to state land where developers hope to build one of the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mines, a project known as Pebble.

WHAT: A news conference to discuss what’s at stake with the BLM lands and what groups want Salazar to do.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Alaska /1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Call 800-944-8766 to join the teleconference.

WHO: The speakers will be Chris Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Trout Unlimited; Gary Berlin, President, American Fly Fishing Trade Association; and Brian Kraft, Owner, Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge.

For more information, contact Paula Dobbyn, Trout Unlimited, Director of Communications, Alaska Program, at or 907-230-1513.


Zoo Zealand

ZOO ZEALAND! from bryan huskey on Vimeo.

More video goodness from Chum bud Bryan Huskey.  BH's niche vids are growing on us like a fungus.