Friday, April 19, 2019

Television: Fish or Die Premiers Sunday 4-21-2019 10 PM ET


For some of us this seems like trout bum deja vu.  Brian Jill, Chris Owens, Jay Johnson, and Thad Robinson, fishing together in remote locations and making us hate corporate life.  Let us know what you think.  Link for more info.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Gear: GhostTech Strike Indicators

Except for the purists who either shun or don't need them, anglers dating back to Izaak Walton have been searching for the perfect bobber strike indicator. Ok I seriously doubt Mr. Walton used an indicator, but you get the idea.  The latest entry into the fray comes from GhostTech and features a three leaf clover design.  What do you think?  Check out their website.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Gear: reel pure Edition


Today the mailman brought a package from a brand I have known since the early days of the fly fishing blogger community.  I have always liked the simple logo and, even though it's well over a decade old, my  reel pure hat is still one that I regularly grab when I fish or just want to look like a fly guy. 

Check out their website reelpure.com.   Offerings are limited for the moment (bald guys like me can't do visors) but we have it on good authority that there is more to come in the near future.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Take two minutes to protect the Bristol Bay salmon run

Monday, April 01, 2019

High Levels of THC Reported in Colorado Trout Waters

Smoke on the water? 

Fisheries biologists from Colorado have discovered high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol  (THC) in their state's trout waters.   For non fishing guides, THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. Elevated levels of the compound were first noticed during a recent survey on the state's aptly named "Dream Stream".  Marijuana or "Mary Jane" as it is also called, is legal in several Western states.  It is believed that the contaminant may be the direct result of cannabis using anglers "answering nature's call" during their time on the water.

Anglers who frequent the state's once pristine trout waters have reported an enhanced sense of mellowness and oneness with the river.  Although, some have experienced darker feelings, including the sense that "the game warden is literally behind that tree right over there."   Effects on trout are largely unknown but fish have been reported lackadaisically hanging out near the tail of pools with bloodshot eyes and voracious appetites.

One  local fly shop owner is making the best of this environmental challenge by selling a line of fly patterns (or trout edibles) that take advantage of the situation.  "Mark my words, it wont be long before anglers visiting my shop are telling tales of catching massive trout on size 22 Doritos flies."   Overall, the impact on fisheries tourism seems to have been a net positive with the shop's new #420onthewater hashtag, already having a large following.


To see other articles which we have posted on April 1st follow this link.  

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Roasted: Fishing insults

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gear: The SimpliFLY



I don't know about you, but I tend to want to carry way too much gear with me when I go fishing.   I usually end up carrying  as much tackle on my person as possible anytime I am going to be on the water.  After all, if you don't have just the right fly on hand when you need it, you might be out of luck.

Over the years I have worn fishing vests, lanyards, chest packs, back packs and, I hesitate to admit, maybe even a fanny pack (which now would be an over the shoulder sling pack).  I suppose this is why the modular SimpliFLY chest mount fly fishing pack caught my eye.  MSRP $97.99.  What do you think about this new product?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Huge Fly Fisherman: Flying with fishing rods for fly fishing.



 Advice from the Huge fly fisherman on traveling with your fishing gear.   Give him a like and subscribe to his videos on youtube.  He is doing a great service to mankind.  Really he is.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Fly Fishing on the small screen; Outlander Edition



An interesting exchange between young William and Jamie during a recent episode of Outlander.  One of the writers must be afflicted with our disease. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Undercover Flyshop Visit: Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company Edition

This past weekend, I took as short trip down to the design district of Dallas, Texas to sneak into The Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company Tailwaters, a full line fly shop and travel company, is located a bit off the beaten path in downtown Dallas.  I wasn't sure what to expect based on a location in an industrial area, but was pleasantly surprised by a huge, full featured, and well designed fly shop. 


Located in a nondescript building in the design district of Dallas, Texas.  This is the obligatory logo shot. By the way, the parking lot was full.

The entryway promises lots of gear.  The shop is huge.  Not what you would expect in an industrial area of Dallas.

They have a few flies.  I was very impressed with their destination specific fly assortments. 


Not to mention the fly shop bar....I'll be back

These guys may have been on to me....note my substantial purchase of a bottle of Zap a Gap to throw them off the scent.  The Editorial Trophy Wife was waiting in the truck so I had to be quick and on my best behavior.  I'll be back
Did I mention they also do travel?  Yeah I'll be back. 

 If you find yourself in Dallas be sure to check out The Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company.  Keep and eye out for us, you never know where we might turn up.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jobs that probably do not suck: Director of Fly Fishing


For the record, I am sure that most every job can suck from time to time.  However, we do recognize the fact that some suck less that others.   Today's example via an article from ABC news, is Captain Mark Benson and his job is Director of Fly Fishing at Grande Lakes, Orlando (a Ritz Carlton property.

"My typical day is taking guests fishing on the many lakes throughout the extensive Grande Lakes Orlando property. I consider myself fortunate to be one of the very few people to carry the Director of Fly Fishing title and to be able to share my angling experience and love of the outdoors with guests in such a beautiful place in Florida."

Check out the article via this link   Do you know someone who's job doesn't suck (and we really mean jobs that are really cool and maybe outdoors related)?   Drop us a note in the comments and let us know.

Monday, November 26, 2018

eBay seller busted for fake Rio fly lines


A case was brought against an eBay seller in the UK who was peddling counterfeit  fly lines under the Rio brand. 

"The investigation began after a complaint was received from Chris Hartley, a director of Guide Flyfishing Ltd of Sherburn in Elmet, which holds the sole UK rights to sell Rio line. Test purchases of fly line by a trading standards officer and a number of fly fishing line companies around the UK established that Bailey was selling fake lines under the brand names Rio, Snowbee, Greys, Hardy and Loop.
Inquiries showed he had a turnover in excess of £156,000 through his eBay accounts ‘Telewatcher’, ‘the line man’ and ‘Hardyclassics’. When trading standards officers executed a warrant at Bailey’s home address they seized more than 5,000 lines."

If it looks to good to be true it probably is.    The offenders were sentenced to between seven and eighteen months in jail with a fine.  Read the entire story here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Fly Fisherman's Black Friday / Cyber Monday



Here is the list of the deals we've dug up for this year's #BlackFriday #CyberMonday.  We will update this list as more are located.  Local fly shops get top billing. Please feel free to add your own in the comments.


Fins and Feather Bozeman, MT  - Select items 20%-50% off

Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company,  DePere, WI - 30% - 50% Off and a free Whisky glass for the first 10 customers. 

Unicoi Outfitters Helen, GA - $107 half day fishing trip and 20% off on Cyber Monday.

Headhunters Fly Shop Craig, MT - deals on waders, rods, and etc.

Trout's Fly Fishing of Denver, CO - Invites you to skip the madness and meet them outside to clean up the South Platt River.  

Duranglers of Durango, CO - is giving you a free Umpqua fly box with online purchases of $100 or more.


Amazon also has a few interesting  Black Friday week items for fly fishers. (these are affiliate links so don't hate us.)

A Martin fly fishing outfit for only $20.98.  Thinking that if you need a set up for a kid, clumsy in law,  or to get someone started, this could do the trick.   Obviously, you aren't getting a new H3 here but you are getting everything you need to take someone fishing.

How about a Wooden landing net with soft rubber mesh bag for $28.48 .  I don't think this was hand crafted by a local artisan but you get the idea.

Allen is selling an interesting Cottonwood gear bag for $58.45 that holds up to four rods and multiple reels.  I've owned their waders and they were surprisingly good. 

And a Performance Tee Shirt with a Tarpon on it for $16.07 (XL in Charcoal) because everyone needs a shirt with a tarpon on it

And if you don't have an Amazon prime membership you can get one here.    As always, if you want to look at things we own and have used on our trips, visit our page.


Keep an eye on this spot for updates all through out the holiday weekend.