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!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Argentina: Non fishing news Climbing Edition.

Join us in thinking happy, fair weather, and oxygen rich thoughts for friend of FlyfishMagazine, Bryan Mannlein. Bryan and a team of fellow climbers are in Argentina making ready to climb all 22,841 feet of Mount Aconcagua.

Bryan has already conquered the Colorado 14'ers so he is more than capable.  Our attempts to sponsor Bryan's trip were somewhat hampered by the lack of fly fishing atop Aconcagua. However, we did manage to purchase the naming rights to his left boot by treating him to a hearty meal of Texas BBQ brisket.

The team currently plans a summit attempt in early January.  Follow Bryan on Instagram @bryanmannlein 

“For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.” 
― George Mallory

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We poll our readers on what they want from Santa Chum

It seems a lot of our twitter followers think they have been pretty good boys and girls this year.   Of course we would never disagree. We hope that Santa puts exactly what you are looking for under the tree!   In case you wonder, the #1 response for the "Other" category was fly fishing trips.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gear: The Mayfly Kayak - Optimized for Fly Fishing.

Jackson Kayak Designs recently announced production of the Mayfly.  The Mayfly is a kayak optimized for the fly fisher.

From their press release:

This kayak will feature some great new fly fishing specific accessories and features like fly patches, fly rod and hidden fly box sized storage.
Kayak anglers will appreciate these MayFly features:
  • Thoughtful design to aid in fly line management
  • Longer length – 12’6” for increased speed and tracking
  • Versatile hull design for flat and calm moving water fishing environments
  • Increased width – 34” for enhanced stability while seated and standing, beginner-friendly
  • New Elite Seat System with Hi-Low and Fore-Aft trimming for better comfort
  • Rod tip tubes to protect gear
  • New hinging hatches and footrest designed to be fly line friendly
  • YakAttack track systems to add accessories and customize placement within reach
  • Standing pad for comfort when sight fishing
  • Standard accessories like RAM Mounts® fishing rod
  • Designed to easily add on Power-Pole® accessories for customization

“Kayak fishing had matured to a point where there’s a kayak made specifically for nearly every fishing style and body of water – except fly fishing,” explained Jackson Kayak Brand Manager Damon Bungard. “There’s always something that got in the way. That time is over. As the specialty leader, we felt it was time to make a no-compromise fly fishing kayak with the features and performance demanded by both beginner and dedicated fly anglers. We’ve come up with a hull optimized to perform in still-water and in-shore conditions, prioritized stability for standing and casting and developed features focused on fly line management – like a snag-free footrest and hidden fly box compartments. The MayFly represents years of real-world experience kayak fly fishing all over the world, and says that yes, you too, may fly fish from a kayak.”

Jackson Kayak is located in Sparta, TN (near newly returned home, FlyfishMagazine contributor, Jay Moore) and the Caney Fork River where we all enjoy wetting a line.  

The Mayfly will be available in 2017 with a MSRP of $1,799

Monday, December 05, 2016

It's good to know people: Capt. Gordon Edition

Our fishing buddy and sometimes contributor, Captain Gordon Churchill was featured on as a local celeb.  It's good to know people.

**Update - Sources indicate that the Captain might be working on a new book.**

Monday, November 28, 2016

To tweed or not to tweed..

Recently we polled our readers to see how many of you had ever worn tweed while fly fishing.   Astonishingly, we found that only 9% of you had ever worn tweed while casting a fly (dry, upstream for feeding trout no doubt).   We can only guess that the other 91% wear plaid.