Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Swing The Fly - Spring 2015

The latest issue of Swing The Fly is live and full of two handed fly rod goodness.


YETI Ridicooler

Enjoy some very well done April Fools shenanighans from YETI Coolers with the introduction of the Ridicooler.

The sad thing is that someone, somewhere, would totally go out and buy this.  HA...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Ladder Diaries - Day 1

I'll be breaking this week's trip down to Pyramid Lake in more detail but here's a few photographs from our first day hucking full sinking lines, leaches, and weird foam beetles from a ladder.

Our rag tag group spent the day with Matt "Gilligan" Koles of Gilligan's Guide Service and everyone gained a lot of confidence in the techniques and methods of fishing this unique fishery.   More on all that in a few days.  In the meantime, enjoy a few images from our first day on the water. 

We're all up at the hotel in Reno and getting ready for another day of fly fishing at the lake.  Thanks again to Gilligan for getting us all squared away yesterday.

We Are Western Rise

After months of putting all the correct pieces together, the Western Rise website is live with their Spring 2015 collection.

The Bitter Creek Anorak is my favorite offering from their launch and this pullover jacket a mix of classic styling and the latest tech fabrics to stay dry and warm.

Please visit the Western Rise website to see what all they have in the mix. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Seele Fly Rods - Glass Zeitlos Pro4

Fly rod magicians Mike McFarland and Michael Mauri of Seele Fly Rods continue to push the envelope of what glass can do great with the introduction of the Glass Zeitlos Pro4 series fly rods.

These 8'8" four piece fly rods are available in six, eight, and 10+ weights and the perfect choice if you're looking for highly capable heavy weight glass.

I've cast quite a few of the Seele Fly Rods and it seems the higher up the line weight, the more impressed I am with these fly rods.  I thought I would completely hate the black EVA foam grips but instead found them comfortable and fit these builds as total workhorses.

From the Seele Fly Rods press release...

The six weight makes a perfect all around rod for trout, bass, carp, redfish, bonefish...  From super light trout tippet to 15 pound saltwater tippet with this rod?  Not a problem!  Fine presentation and pulling big fish?  This 6wt is the perfect tool! 

 The eight weight is taper wise similar to the little brother but just more powerful.  Perfect for chucking streamers and fishing sinking lines for big predators.  Very easy to cast, smooth in your hand.  If you put some power in this rod it shows its teeth. 

The 10wt+ is just unreal and is the ultimate beast in a travel version.  This rod casts equally a 10, 11, and 12 weight line.  Yes you got it right!  Easy to cast and load, with a lot of feeling but brutal strength and lifting power!  If you are looking for one travel rod that you can really trust - this is your rod!  Jacks, Tarpon, Shark, Tuna, Cuda, Monster Musky and the biggest Chinook Salmon.  You name it, this rod can handle it. 

All of our Zeitlos Pro 4 rods come standard with our exclusive synthetic full wells grip.  These grips are perfect for both salt and freshwater use.  For the traditionalist we also offer the 886 and 888 with a flor grade cork handle and with or without a fighting butt for a small up charge.

The Glass Zeitlos Pro4 fly rods are priced from $685 to $735 and are rolled and built in Bellwood, Pennsylvania.

Please visit the Seele Fly Rods website for more information.  Follow along the latest shop news on their Facebook page.

Just Add "Vise" - Streamer Edition

The good peeps at Headhunters Fly Shop worked through the winter blues (with more than a few Fireball shots and a beer or three) by adding to their series of Just Add "Vise" patterns to the shop wall.

Each Just Add "Vise" kit provides the materials to tie two dozen flies and are priced at $24.95 each.  This is a cool idea and the videos created for each pattern adds instruction. 

Enjoy a three'fer of new streamer patterns. 




Check out the Headhunters Fly Shop website for more information.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Meet The Very Lucky Epic 888

The newest member of the Swift Fly Fishing FastGlass line up went live this week with the introduction of the "very lucky" Epic 888.  Carl McNeil can't stop, won't stop and this fiberglass eight weight is exactly what I've been waiting for ever since he mentioned that he was going to do some heavier line weight glass in the Epic line up.

I guess fiberglass fly rod dreams do come true...

From the Swift Fly Fishing website...

"Our mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Bonefish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species too. Given there’s not a flat where the wind doesn’t blow we’ve given the 888 an extra powerful butt section, strong tip and fast recovery rate to help punch a line out into those skinny water breezes.

Built using fully unidirectional S2 Glass Fibre the 888 is not only extremely light, it's built to take a pounding. Glass fibre is many times tougher and more resilient than the equivalent blank in Carbon Fibre.

In Chinese tradition, certain numbers are believed to be auspicious and possess special powers. The number 8 signifies prosperity and wealth and is viewed as such an auspicious number that a number with several eights is considered very lucky indeed. We think the 888 is extra lucky because, like us, it was made in New Zealand."

The Epic 888 is offered in Gun Metal Grey and is available as a "Ready To Wrap Rod Kit" or as a fly rod blank alone.

Grain window at 30ft: 202 - 218 GRAINS/13 - 14 GRAMS
Recommended AFFTA line weight: #8
Length: 8' 8"
Pieces: 4

Action: Progressive / Fast
Taper: Fast
Butt Diameter: 12.26mm
Tip Diameter: 2.12mm
Blank Weight: 89 gm - 3.1oz

The first ten customers that use the code "VERY LUCKY" will receive 15% off their Epic 888 blank or rod kit purchase.

Check out the Swift Fly Fishing website for more information.