Monday, September 10, 2018

Gear: A Lifetime Supply of Dubbing Wax

This plumber friendly wax bowl ring available via Amazon, can help with your next toilet install and  actually makes for passable dubbing wax.  Your mileage may vary.   MSRP $4.75 https://amzn.to/2N1tP4E (affiliate link)

Friday, August 31, 2018

White River Rainbow

Our buddy and founder of @Kayakmonsterusa, Jeff Paisley is taunting us today with pictures of trout he is catching from a kayak on the White River in Arkansas.  All the while, I remain stuck behind a desk.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Gear: Meet Kayak Monster and the Powered Kayak Dolly


Next week we will be meeting up with some of the original Blue Ridge Fly Fishing Association crew at the Paddlesports Retailer Show.  The purpose of our reunion is to help our buddy Jeff launch his company's new product aimed at making life easier for kayak enthusiasts. 

"The Powered Kayak Dolly is designed to allow a single person to easily move a kayak.  It also significantly reduces the amount of time it takes for them to launch or land their boat.  With fully rigged kayaks weighing upwards of 100+   pounds, the Powered Kayak Dolly gives paddlers a competitive advantage on and off the water." 

The product itself launches at the show so  this is just a teaser.  Be sure to keep an eye out here and on twitter (@flyfishmagazine) for our coverage.  In the mean time check out their Facebook page and pay particular attention to the  videos that show you how much quicker you can get on and off the water using this new product!  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Glory Boats: For that final trip across the river

Photo: GloryBoats.com
Our Aunt Connie tipped us off to a final item of outdoor gear for the angler about to make that final journey across the river. Glory Boat's Boat casket.

"Used in funeral services the same way as traditional caskets Glory Boats are compatible with standard burial vaults. The internal dimensions of a Glory Boat allow even the largest individuals to easily fit. The inside of a Glory Boat is softer and more comfortable than traditional caskets. The outside of a Glory Boat is rugged and tough like many of the outdoors enthusiasts who loved spending time on the water in their lives."

No word if they are planning on making a whitewater raft coffin for those who are headed down the rapids, instead of across the river.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Vintage Gear: The Imperial Fish Knife


They don't make them like they used to.  Well when it comes to knives I suppose modern metallurgy really makes them better than back in the day. However, from a style stand point it remains hard to beat this vintage Imperial fish knife.   Do you have a favorite piece of vintage cutlery? 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Historical Fly Fishing: Adam's Dry Fly Edition


A recent business trip found me in Traverse City, Michigan with several inches of snow on the ground and a few minutes to kill before my flight back to the Lone Star State.  A co-worker suggested I drive a few miles down the road to check out a bit of fly tying history.   Mayfield, Michigan has a post office, convenience store, and is the birthplace of the Adam's fly.  The very same Adam's fly that has been in my fly box (and I am guessing yours as well) since the first time I attempted fly fishing.

The story goes that in the summer of 1922 local fly tyer, Leonard Halladay tied the Adam's for his friend attorney Charles F. Adams (more on him via Midcurrent) and the rest is history.   The weather and my schedule kept me off the water this trip but I definitely am thinking of visiting for the urban steelhead run on the Boardman River.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fishing Superstitions: Friday the 13th Edition

Doing a bit of research around fishing superstitions and came across this gem which contains a chapter on folk-lore and superstitions of fishermen.  The full text is  located at http://www.electricscotland.com.

"In Scotland it seems always to have been the custom to begin to make new nets or lines when the tide was rising. The work had to be carried on without interruption, and when it was done whisky would be drunk to assure good luck. If anyone should come in while nets or lines were being made it was his duty to give money for the purpose of buying whisky. At Portessie a libation was made, pouring whisky over the new nets or lines. Strange to say, a similar rite is found among the savages of New Caledonia, where a magic potion prepared by one of the priests is poured over a new fishing net."


In another example:

"To walk over nets or to count them was always regarded as a risky thing to do by the fisherfolk on the Moray Firth, especially if done by people having certain physical peculiarities. A Broadsea fisherman one day noticed a man from the neighbouring village of Pittulie counting his nets. He knew that the only way to neutralize the evil that had been done was to draw blood from near the eyes or from the chest of the offender. So he gave him a sharp blow on the forehead, and blood flowed !" 

Definitely worth a full read via this link: http://www.electricscotland.com/lossiemouth/fishermen.htm

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Gear: The Ty-Rite (Help for our old guy eyes)

I must confess that I now have old guy eyes.  Meaning that I have a hard time seeing small things close up and end up moving them back and forth like a trombone to get them into focus.

I picked up my first Ty-Rite at Abe's fly shop on the San Juan River in New Mexico.  If you have ever fished the San Juan you probably know that, in addition to the famous worm fly, many fish are caught on teeny tiny midges.  By teeny tiny I mean around a size 28.  I quickly discovered that I had a couple of serious problems dealing with these small flies, holding them and tying them on to my leader.

The Ty-Rite resembles a ball point pen.  However when you press the button  that would normally push the roller ball tip out of the pen, you get a tiny hook.  Place the hook around the bend of a fly and release the button and you have a firm grip on the tiniest of small flies.   You can then proceed to thread the fly on the leader and even use it to help tie a cinch knot with relative ease.

To cut to the chase, If you have old guy eyes like me you need one of these on your fishing vest.  Get one of your own via our Amazon Influencer  page .  (ps. we may earn a teeny tiny commission on affiliate purchases but don't let that stop you from getting one.).


Friday, March 23, 2018

Undercover Fly Shop Visit: Beaver's Bend Fly Shop

Beaver's Bend Fly Shop - Small but stocked

As a Colorado ex-patriot now residing in Texas, I've been anxious to try out some new fishing locations. Our church's men's group and I recently made the trek to check out the Lower Mountain Fork tail water fishery located near Broken Bow, Oklahoma and inside Beaver's Bend State Park. Unfortunately, recent rains had turned the river into a raging torrent that severely limited fishing access. Especially for a large men's group. 

Having some time on my hands, I took the opportunity to sneak into  Beaver's Bend Fly Shop to do an undercover fly shop visit.  Here are a few photo's I managed to snap without getting kicked out.

Despite the weather the shop was hopping.  It seems anglers like to hang out in fly shops.  Go figure.

Plenty of terminal tackle and a full selection of Rio lines and leaders.

Great Sign

Judging from the bobbers on the power line, A lot of bait gets fished here.. 

The lady behind the counter (and everyone we met in the shop)  was very friendly and helpful.  She got me and our group fixed up with a fishing license and gave me some pointers on where to try while the water was high.  This is the place to stop when visiting Beaver's Bend.  As far as the fishing goes, I managed to chuck and duck a large, heavy, fly up under a bridge piling and hook up with a nice rainbow.   However, my 6x tippet couldn't handle the strain (meaning I tried to horse him in) and he got off right at the bank. 

 I bought a full year non-resident license, some flies, and a hat, and will most certainly make the three hour trek back to Oklahoma to fish here again.  Hopefully when the water levels are lower.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rest in Peace Mr. Kreh

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Trout TV Available on Amazon Prime

If you don't have an Amazon Prime membership, this might be a great reason to get one.  I recently discovered that Trout TV seasons 4-6 starring Hilary Hutcheson (@Outsidehilary), is now available free for prime members.

You can even try before you buy with a 30 day free trial via this affiliate link