Friday, May 26, 2017

Everything is bigger in Texas

It looks like the "hold it closer to the camera" trick works for frogs as well as it does for fish.

Check out the story of this giant bullfrog at 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fly Fishing Reads: Fly Fishing the Southeast Coast

Our pal, Captain Gordon Churchill, has condensed his ample fly fishing knowledge into a recently published book.  If you are interested fishing this area of the world you need to get a copy of "Fly Fishing the Southeast Coast."  We see a lot of fly fishing books but we know from experience that this is one you don't want to miss.  You can pick up a copy at  

For each chapter, Churchill gives advice on where to find specific species of fish, from the striped bass in the southeast region of the Roanoke River to mahimahi in the Gulf Stream, forty miles off of Morehead City, North Carolina, as well as specifics on the approach of catching each species, as they’re all quite different. While full of tips and advice, Churchill makes it clear that, if ever fishing on the coast, you must be involved in a conservation effort. The environment and fish are constantly in danger, so make sure to always be aware and put your planet first!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Outdoor Retailer Show Parent Company IPO

Business must be good.   SGB Media is reporting that the company that owns the Outdoor Retailer Show, Emerald Exposition Events, Inc., is filing to go public.   The article gives you some idea of the scope of the business.

Emerald said all of its trade-show franchises are profitable and offered at least annually, and said its line of business offers diversification in a highly fragmented industry with “significant opportunities” for mergers and acquisitions.  Companywide, revenues reached $323.7 million for the year ended December 31, up 5.7 percent from $306.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.
Are you buying or selling? 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fly Fishing Quote of the week: Pretentious Edition

Great read from Always a Good Day about why fly fishing is considered so pretentious.

"This snobbery accentuates the image of the cigar chewing old man with his $3000 bamboo Powell rod who spent three days without casting once on the Missouri. It just so happened the only fly that he wanted to fish did not hatch.  After returning home, his buddies bought him a Scotch at the club and commended him for not succumbing to the temptation of nymph fishing."

Read the whole article here

Monday, March 06, 2017

TX Fly Fishing and Brew Fest

The Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival is a unique celebration of Lone Star State fly angling – and beyond. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages, the only thing we require of our attendees is good humor.
The festival will afford attendees the opportunity to learn from various fly fishing authors and experts and meet representatives from some of the best manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. Local and regional fly fishing guides, destination lodge owners, kayakers, fly tyers, world-class outdoor photographers, and fly shops will be on hand – not to mention some of Texas’ best microbreweries.
Don’t know much about fly fishing? Then you’ve come to the right place! Experience what makes fly fishing so addictive – and learn about the quiet sport from the very best, in a low-key and supportive atmosphere, on your own terms.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rare Bourbon, Great Cause

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is auctioning off a very rare bottle of Buffalo Trace O.F.C Bourbon (1982) with all proceeds going to help their excellent cause.  This auction is not for the faint of heart or lite of wallet as similar bottles have gone for as much as $10,000.  However, you would be hard pressed to find a better cause to support while drinking Whiskey.  Here is the link to the auction.


The most state-of-the-art distillery of its era featured copper fermentation vats, column stills, and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system, still used in our aging warehouses today. This very rare and collectible bourbon honors the O.F.C. Distillery, a National Historic Landmark known today as Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each hand-cut crystal bottle is vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled. Enjoy this whiskey of a bygone era, sourced from barrels of yesteryear.
The packaging for O.F.C. matches the splendor of the whiskey itself, in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Glass artisans cut the shoulder facets using equipment created exclusively for Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each bottle then is manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before in-laying cut copper lettering to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front. A paper label is then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.
Shipping costs are the responsibility of the winning bidder and dependent upon their location within the United States.  Please contact Mindi Roberts at for more info

Quote of the week: Inside the Beltway edition

This time around, business owners like John Tattersall are readying for their own renaissance.“As soon as there’s a Republican president, I know business is going to pick up,” said Tattersall, owner of Grand Ole Potomac Fly Fishing Guides. “There’s lots of good activity on the books for the spring.” But, he noted, his clients — most of whom are Republican — seem to be more pressed for time than usual this year. Instead of booking eight-hour fishing trips on the Potomac River, they’re opting for four-hour half-days.

No idea what to read into this.  Just know comments of a political nature (either side) will be heavily moderated depending on how funny they are.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Avoid the lure of the "Square Grouper"

What should you do if you come across one of those bales of white powder (white lobster) when fishing?  Well you probably shouldn't try to sell it. reports that a Florida fisherman ran across a floating bale of cocaine and decided to sell it. He was recently convicted and could be sentenced to life in prison.

Writing to the News Herald of Panama City, Breeding warned against the life-changing choice he made in attempting to sell the cocaine that he discovered whilst fishing about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Panama City last January....

"I was working as a long line boat captain out of Panama City when I found a package containing 20 kilos of cocaine," he added. "I do not know where the drugs came from and haven't ever been involved in the drug trade before. I was just a hard-working, young commercial fisherman."  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

I've been a fan of the Fly Fishing Film Tour since attending the very first one with my then new pal, Tom Chandler, and long time fishing buddy Zugbug.   Let's just say the films have come a long way since those days.   Here's a link to this year's schedule.    Check it out.  You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Convergence: Fly Fishing Families

CONVERGENCE - Official Trailer from Conservation Hawks on Vimeo.

"The CH team filmed Hilary Hutcheson and her daughters Ella and Delaney; Travis Swartz (a.k.a. "Hank Patterson”); Simon Perkins, Els Van Woert and their daughter Pippa, and Pippa's grandfather (and Orvis CEO) Perk Perkins"

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Aconcagua Summit!

Congratulations to our buddy Bryan Mannlein on hitting the summit of Aconcagua today!

Friday, January 06, 2017

Yvon Chouinard: How I built this..

Loan offers from the Mafia, slowing your growth, learning to blacksmith in a shed, and fishing with only one fly are just a few of the insights provided by Yvon Chouinard founder of @patagonia, on this NPR podcast.  Friday inspiration!