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!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Let's give some #HarveyProps


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The one that got away: Drunken 22 Year Old Edition

St. Johns County Sheriff's Dept. Photo

They say that a man biting a dog is news, so this must be something...

Fox news reports that a Florida anger missed out on quite a catch while pier fishing. It seems an allegedly highly intoxicated woman, allegedly swam up to him, allegedly bit his line and allegedly swam away with his lure.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Fly Fishing The Eclipse

Photo courtesy American Astronomical Society
The upcoming eclipse promises a few rare opportunities.  One might take advantage of the situation to escape the clutches of a remote tribe of headhunters by threatening not to return the sun to its rightful place in the sky, or maybe impressing young children with you magical powers.   However, I wonder how it will impact fly fishing?

I think most anglers would say that they have noticed an uptick in the bite around dusk.  Would it be possible for the change in the level of ambient light during the eclipse to trigger a hatch?  I would be interested in hearing from any of you that get a chance to fish the eclipse.

Here is a link to an article via The Sportsman Channel.  What do you think?

Oh yeah,  you really shouldn't stare at the sun and your @costasunglasses won't really work for that.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Flies: Tie or Buy Twitter #Trollpoll results

Proof that our readers are hardcore anglers: 75% of voters in our recent Twitter #trollpoll said they tie flies and 36% tie them exclusively.   5% fish worms and corn but you are still welcome here...I think...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fly Tying: "Tying" The Paracord Survival Fly

Via the YouTube channel of Tex Grebner Outdoors, here is a quick tutorial on tying a fly using paracord, a hook, and some heat.

It looks like it should work, although I might try to scale it down using cord with a smaller diameter and smaller hooks.

It certainly reminds me of a cased caddis with a trailing shuck. Well sort of.  You could pretty much make unlimited colors. Would you fish this?  Do you think it would work on trout?

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Force is Strong; Hassan Alpine Trout

FlyfishMagazine.com contributor and Colorado pal, Ali Hassan, taunted us with this photo of a nice trout he caught in one of his state's alpine lakes. We made him swear on his journalistic integrity to let us tag along next time.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Gear: SOG Baton MultiTool...Or are you just happy to see me?

Hmmm. Not sure about this one. Would you carry it stream side?  Seems on the long side if you plan on sitting down with it in your front pocket.  $49.95 on Amazon (Amazon affiliate link)

Trollpoll Results are in: You own lots of flyrods!

You guys and ladies own quite a few fly rods. I knew it! While we strive for confidentiality, no guarantees your significant other won't get hold of this.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Virtual Fly Fishing at Denver International Airport

Ever have a hankering to work on your cast while waiting for your flight?  August 1st - 20th you can do just that at Denver International Airport.  In addition to simulating the quiet sport, you can do other Colorado things zip line or rock climbing.  For more info follow this link.

PS.  If you are going to be in Colorado anyway, we suggest trying the real thing on some area streams.