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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wherein we troll and poll our readers...

It appears that many of you will do almost anything to catch a fish on the fly... Look for more trolling of our readership in the future.  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Gear: Tenkara Rod Co Package $99 on Massdrop

**update** less than 24 hours left on this deal

We recently joined a site called Massdrop which allows users to join forces to make purchases at a savings.   This Teton Tenkara rod package from Tenkara Rod Co. immediately caught our eye.  MSRP is $159 and the Massdrop price is $99.  Best price we could find online for the same deal was $128 and that was for the rod only.  The current drop is set to ship on November 18th so join now if you are interested.


  • Teton rod
  • Swivel tips
  • Line
  • Line spool
  • 5x tippet
  • Line clips
  • 3 hand-tied flies
  • Soft carrying case
  • Hardshell carrying case
  • Tenkara Rod Co. lifetime warranty

Full disclosure:  If enough of you sign up using this link they might send us a gift box.  However, we have no idea what that actually entails.   

Here is the link to the rod.  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kickstarter Watch: ActiCool

The folks at @ActiCool dropped us a message asking for us to check out their Kickstarter campaign for their shirts.   Having survived the heat of our first Texas summer the promise of staying cooler while on the water caught our eye.   According to the data they sent, you can expect a three degree drop in core temperatures when wearing their shirts. As of right now there is one super earlybird backer package left which gets you the shirt for $27 USD. They are from north of the boarder so you need to check with them on the cost of international shipping to the States.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Searching Wikileaks: Fly Fishing Edition

We decided to risk ending up on a list somewhere to search the Wikileaks website for the term "fly fishing".

The results? 122 items with the words.  A bit of spam, a few resumes (interests include fly fishing..) as well as mentions of Dick Chaney and even Henry Kissinger.  Also there is an interesting diplomatic cable that talks about issues facing the Mongolian taimen fishery. 

One item that definitely caught our eye was an email that discussed a Patagonian hydro-electric project.  Specifically the following quote: 

Pinera wants to sell the idea to the poor that HidroAysen will lower
energy costs," Navia said. "The immediate effect of destroying Aysen
is not that evident because theya're not users," he said, referring to
lower earners. "It's not like theya're going to miss fly fishing."

Do some digging of your own and let us know if you find anything good.  Here is the link.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

eBay watch: Drinks like a fish

This decidedly fish shaped flask, which just turned up on eBay, might be the perfect gift for that one angler in every fishing club who drinks like the prey he stalks.   Buy it now priced at $28.50 from seller dilyssun.   Single malt not included.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jailbreak: 80,000 rainbow trout escape fish farm

Fox news is reporting that a cargo ship traversing a Danish fjord clipped some fish farm nets and inadvertently released 80,000 rainbow trout.

A cargo ship on Monday accidentally tore apart a fish farm net off Assens, 124 miles west of Copenhagen in the western Baltic Sea. Now authorities fear the farmed trout will eat the eggs of other trout species.

Soeren Knabe of the environmental group Vandpleje Fyn is urging anglers to "grab their rods and catch as many as possible. I'll join them this weekend."

To which we respond: