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.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Monday Motivation - Thanksgiving Edition

This Monday morning of the holiday week, we turn our thoughts to history for our motivation as we remember one of the great moments in radio.  The WKRP Turkey Drop. 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Hardy fishing purchased by owners of Hot Topic

In other news...storied fly fishing brand Hardy has been purchased by the same people who own teen angst inciting retailer, Hot Topic.   Could a run of fly fishing themed concert tees be very far behind.   

Friday, October 26, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Short Film - Tippet

Via Gofundme.  This doesn't sound like your typical fly fishing film.

"Tippet" is a dark comedy/thriller about a young couple's fishing trip that turns into a fight for survival. John, an avid fly fisherman, and his girlfriend, Sarah, are intercepted by two bumbling bank robbers ,who had just escaped a failed heist. An otherwise relaxing vacation turns into a nightmare when the bank robbers aren't in the mood for witnesses. 

They are only looking for $700 and if you donate $250 you get a guided fly fishing lesson.  Let's hope it  doesn't turn into research for the film. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis on Fly Fishing

 A Halloween Scream Queen walks into a fly shop. Jamie Lee Curtis, gives her opinion on fly fishing fashion and tells us what's really behind the name of some of those flies in your fly box.   Fast forward to the 2:44 mark for the fly fishing part.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Lang's to Auction Lefty Kreh items

Here's a chance to own a piece of fly fishing history.  On October 27th and 28th, Lang's will be auctioning off several lots previously owned by fly fishing legend Bernard "Lefty" Kreh.  Items on the block run the gamut from flies, fly rods, reels, and even a letter from President George H. W. Bush addressed to the famous angler.  Link to the auction catalog.   Let us know what  catches your eye.

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 (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