Friday, September 19, 2014


The other day I received an email from the fellows at Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, asking if I'd be interested in doing a short interview for their website and blog on fiberglass fly rods.  They sent a few questions, which I answered early this week, and the interview went live on their website yesterday morning.

If you take a look around the Trouts Fly Fishing website, you'll see that they have given a page of their website to the fiberglass fly rods that they offer from Redington, Orvis, Scott, and Swift Fly Fishing.  Isn't it cool to find glass rods in fly shops again?

It is always a lot of fun participating in interviews such as this and I hope that you enjoy it.

Visit the Trouts Fly Fishing website to check it out.  Thanks. 


Today is the last day that the EPA is taking public comments and emails regarding Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine project in Alaska.  It is a no-brainer that this is the wrong place for an open pit mine.

Filling out the email form on the Save Bristol Bay website literally takes 30 seconds of your day and could be so worth in the end.

More information on the Save Bristol Bay website and Facebook page.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

An Epic Day In Northern Colorado

If you've been reading this website for while then you're already familiar with Russell Schnitzer and his various photography and film projects.  I had the opportunity to spend a day with him earlier this year in Cheeseman Canyon and he cast the Swift Fly Fishing Epic 480 that I had brought along.  He  was so impressed with the Epic that he's put together his own growing glass collection and recently spent the day with his wife, Kelly Conroy, on a northern Colorado river and the Epic 580.

Russell's imagery is stunning from their day and here's a baker's dozen of my favorites from the set that he sent along.   Click on an image to view in a larger format for the full experience.

Check out the SchnitzerPHOTO website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well.

Howlin' On The Mo'

This Saturday afternoon, and very likely late into the night, the peeps from Howler Brothers will be setting up at Headhunter's Fly Shop for a night of free food, beer, swag giveaways, and an acoustic jam session from Wrinkle Neck Mules.   This is a party not to miss if you live nearby or if you're up for a road trip to the Missouri River for the weekend.  I bet the fishing ain't half bad either right now.

I am kind of bummed that my upcoming trip to Montana couldn't coincide with the Howlin' On The Mo' event but there is always next time.  Clearly, I need my own jet...

Check out the details on the Facebook page and the Headhunters Fly Shop Blog.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ed Ward, A Glass Rod, And Micro Skagit

The fellows at Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics always seem to be working on refining and redesigning line systems for both the typical and atypical in two hander rods.  Their most recent project has been in final testing of their Pure Skagit Lines which will be offered for line weights as light as a three weight. 

Recently Ed Ward made a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a 6'4" four weight fiberglass fly rod which was matched with their soon to be released 175 grain Pure Skagit Head and a five foot floating tip.

From the OPST Facebook page...  "These are some shots from the trip efforts on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where we didn't really know where we were going but we did just fine anyway thanks to an abundance of opportunity.  Our conclusion is that micro-Skagit has immense potential out there.

A quick summary is that these heads are shorter and lighter than any other heads out there, to our knowledge.  Light, because it is important to factor in the head of the tips you use when making a pure Skagit, water loaded cast.  At 10 feet of T-8 for example, that is 80 grains right there.  The result of this approach is rods that are optimized for Skagit casting.  This is why our grain recommendations are often 80-100 grains below what people think they should be casting.  They go down to 150 grains, meaning they are truly tailored to micro Skagit."

A short trout weight glass rod with a skagit head is interesting and really shows the crazy spectrum of useability that fiberglass can have as a rod material.  Micro Skagit, anyone?

Look for the Pure Skagit Heads to be released later this fall.

Check out the Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics website and Facebook page for more information.

Revive - Fall 2014

The boys at Revive have released their latest issue and it's a perfect flip through on your hump day morning with a cup of coffee.


Monday, September 15, 2014

This Is 40

Well, not to make to much of a big deal about it, but today I turn 40.  I can't say that I am entirely stoked about it but I won't drone on though I am left wondering where my 30's went.  Time does seem to be moving along at a faster pace than I'd like.  Maybe things will ease down a bit for the next ten years, though I know that is very unlikely. 

I do have to say that I've got it pretty good.  Happily married for almost fifteen years, two bright and beautiful children, a job in public safety that I enjoy (even if it can be a bit dangerous at times), a supportive family, and a long list of friends.  I'm damn lucky.   

September also marks the sixth year that I have been writing T.F.M. and I continue to be astounded at the response that anglers and the fly fishing industry have given to fiberglass fly rods.  T.F.M. is my creative release and I have a really good time putting content together for it each and every day.

To date there are over 2,800 published posts up on T.F.M. and there have been over 1,200,000 visitors with page views are well over 2,000,000.  These are kind of crazy numbers to get my head around and I want to thank everyone that checks in daily.  A huge thank you also to the industry friends who make contests, giveaways, and a lot more possible around here.  It is greatly appreciated.

Here's to another 40 and hopefully a few more years of T.F.M. too.  Cheers...