Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Media Quote Of The Day: Zinke Blunder Edition

A fly fishing faux pas for Secretary of the Interior Zinke.  Rumor has it he showed up late, with a Hills Bros coffee can full of worms.

Via the Montana Post (Link):

As Zinke and I casted over the ice-cold water, I noticed something funny about his setup. He kept struggling to strip line out of the bottom of the reel. For a while, I thought he was simply having trouble concentrating on our conversation while casting. No, there was something wrong, and when I asked him to stand for a portrait, I finally saw what the problem was. He had rigged his reel backward, so that the line was coming out of the top of the reel. Every so often when he went to strip line out, he would grasp air where the line should’ve been.
Seems like an inconsequential thing, but in Montana, it’s everything.

Monday, December 04, 2017

This is the guide...

This is the guide who put me on bonefish.
This is the guide who has lived on Turneffe Atoll all his life and has guided fishermen for 28 years.
This is the guide who can see the fish without those fancy Polaroid glasses.
This is the guide who can shoot all the line off a reel in one cast.
This is the guide who is responsible for any fish I caught. 
Listen to your guide or he will tell you he thinks "your ears are caked up".
This is Fabian Johnson.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This is the Bonefish....

This is the bonefish.
This is the bonefish that is assertive.
This is the bonefish that, although rather small, is special.
This is the bonefish that was sitting in the middle of a school of Permit and intercepted my fly.
This is the bonefish that I was both happy and disappointed to catch.

Go figure...

Keep an eye out for our future posts about fly fishing in Belize.  I'll be covering the gear I took, the importance of a good guide, and even an undercover look at where we stayed.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Force is Strong: Turneffe Island Edition

While we were out chasing"trash fish" like Permit, Tarpon, and Bones in Belize (more on that later), @FlyfishMagazine's newest correspondent, Kevin Ladd, decided to reel in a Wahoo which fed the entire resort.  When he isn't busy catching bigger fish than us in Belize, Kevin's other hobby is sight fishing for massive Cobia in the Chesapeake Bay.  

Don't worry though, both Kevin and I caught our share of the grey ghosts on the fly as well. Look for more details about fly fishing Belize and our take on Turneffe Island Resort in the near future.   

Monday, October 30, 2017

Undercover Shop Visit: Filson Edition

Upon learning that Seattle, Washington based Filson opened up a store just down the street from the FlyfishMagazine HQ, I really couldn't help dropping by and snapping a few pictures inside the newly opened temple to tincloth and flannel.  The new shop is located in the upscale Legacy West area of Plano, TX.  In the same vein as our "Undercover Fly Shop visits", we kept our presence under wraps and luckily didn't get shown the door by security.

The Rustic Exterior

Lots of wood, antlers, and even a pair of original Filson Pants add to the decor.

The clothes are nice but the luggage / packs are awesome.

The location seemed to carry a fairly complete representation of the Filson line of products including clothing, luggage, hats and packs.  Service was excellent with a staff member making sure I got a look at all the fishing related offerings.

The thing to know about Filson is, that while you will pay a premium for their gear, (their simplest fly fishing vest is $225), the products are so well made that you will probably never have to purchase it again in this, or possibly even your grandchildren's, lifetimes.  About eight years ago Filson sent me a fly fishing bag.  I have carried it all over the country and it remains so new looking that it makes me worry that folks will think I am some sort of yuppie who never gets his line in the water.  I didn't make a purchase today, but I do have my eye on a $45 ball cap should I ever find myself in the store without The Editorial Trophy Wife in tow.

Friday, October 20, 2017

#FoundattheAuction: To Grant, From Lee

Photo: Lang's Auction House
Lang's Auction House has an interesting and fishing related item coming up in their upcoming sale.  This William H. Bradley new and improved fishing reel that was reportedly a post war gift from Confederate General Robert E. Lee to then President Grant.  The inscription tells the tale.

"To Grant From Lee for Bravery - In Vicksburg Rabbit was your Dish - This Reel for you to Feed on Fish."

 Here is the link to the full description of the item.  In these divisive times, It's interesting to me to see a a picture of the two former foes sitting in the White House telling stories of war and fishing.  The auction estimate is between $3,000 and $5,000.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#Trollpoll Guided or Solo?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Video: EPA Reverses Bristol Bay Salmon Protections

That Pebble Mine thing we all got so involved with a few years ago? It's back and it's bad...  I have no idea how even a casual sportsman could support this in any way.  If you have forgotten, feel free to review our previous coverage.  If you haven't visited the Bristol Bay area of Alaska you might want to do it quickly.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Irma Relief: Guide's Trust Foundation

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust are joining with the Guides Trust Foundation to provide relief for Florida Keys fishing guides who where impacted by hurricane Irma.

Bonefish &Tarpon Trust is pleased to join with the Guides Trust Foundation in supporting a special guides relief fund. Dollars raised will be provided to guides and their families during this difficult time by the Guides Trust Foundation based on recommendations made by the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association and the Lower Keys Guides Association.
Your support is needed, too. Please send your most generous contribution to: Guides Trust Foundation c/o Rand Holstead, 1800 Augusta Drive, Fourth Floor, Houston, TX 77057. Or click here to donate online. Please reference “Hurricane Irma” in the notes section for online gifts.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Books: Ramblings of a Low Country Game Warden

This is one of the better outdoor books we have read.  It was given to us by our friend and retired lawman, Ron Barnes.  Think of it like sitting around the campfire with a long time South Carolina low country game warden, and listening to his adventures.  If you hunt or fish you will more than likely enjoy this book.   Available at (affiliate link)

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Midweek Troll Poll - Local Fly Shop Edition

Yes we are going there.... after all it is a #Trollpoll. **We will assume those who "get in trouble with the significant other" got great service.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Orvis stepping up: Seeks donations of used gear for #harvey rescuers #Harveyprops

In yet another example of the outdoor community stepping up, The Orvis Company's San Antonio store has been quietly outfitting hurricane Harvey flood rescuers with waders and rain gear.  However, due to the shear volume of people involved, they have tapped out their supply.  Phillip Monahan writes:

The magnitude of the flooding in southern Texas and Lousiana has shocked the nation, but we are also heartened by the bravery and dedication of both first-responders and private citizens who are working diligently to help those in need. With so much water on the ground, the need for raingear, waders, and wading boots is far outstripping availability. Our San Antonio store has been outfitting as many people as possible, but the need is greater than we can supply.
So we are asking anyone who has extra rain jacket or pair of waders and boots to ship them to:

Orvis San Antonio
ATTN: Landon Rowlett
Park North Shopping Center
7427 San Pedro Ave., Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78216
All items will be distributed to rescue personnel in affected areas.

Orvis is also inviting customers to join them in making donations to several charities.  More information is available via this link.

If you know of outdoor industry companies, large or small, doing something nice for people impacted by hurricane Harvey and it's aftermath, let us know in the comments!