Thursday, August 17, 2017

FIRST LOOK - The Redington i.D Fly Reel

The other day a box arrived in the mail from Redington which contained one of the soon to be released i.D fly reels.  This large arbor die-cast fly reel will turn some heads not only for what it offers for the price but the backside of the frame has been designed to personalize with dozens of choices of high quality i.D decals.  Redington lifted the Comrade artwork from somewhere and sent along a custom decal that I quickly affixed to the backside. 

The Redington i.D fly reel will be available in three sizes (3/4, 5/6, and 7/8/9) and priced at $89.99.  i.D decals will be priced at $4.99 each.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see some limited edition decals elsewhere as well as the dimensions wouldn't be that tough to figure out.

The i.D fly reel is listed as "Available Soon" on the website and I'll update the post when there is a solid release date.  In the meantime, I need to spin some backing and line on this genius fly reel and take it out on the water.

Visit the Redington website for more information.  They have quite a few new products in the works for the coming year that are worth a look.

Southern Culture On The Fly - No. 24

The latest issue of Southern Culture On The Fly is alive and chock full of goodness.  Grossman's sporting a bikini in one article which might label this issue NSFW but what he's saying is spot on. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

JP ROSS FLY RODS - Introducing Trail Marker Outdoors

JP Ross Fly Rods and the Rolling Star Manufacturing have been in the lab cooking up something new with Trail Marker Outdoors and it's certainly worth a look.  My wife and I have been researching a lot of different trailers and the Trail Marker hits a lot of the high points in what we've been looking for.

Jordan's focus for this project covered everything from being lightweight to tow, the ability to stand up in, LED lighting, solar capable, toy haul and sleep comfortable in, and have models to match the many different needs and price points of their customers.  

The Trail Marker Outdoors website is still coming together and be sure to follow along for the latest updates on the Facebook and Instagram pages.


The 6th annual Tenkara Summit is set for September 16, 2017 and will be held in Estes Park, Colorado.  Daniel Galhardo, and the team from Tenkara USA, have the day planned with presentations covering techniques, flies and fly tying, and of course there are places in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park to focus on casting a fly.

From Tenkara USA...  "The Tenkara Summit is our gathering of the tenkara community with the purpose of sharing knowledge about tenkara and for the community to meet and fish together. It is also a great opportunity to visit and fish in one of the prime mountain stream areas of the United States.

Our 6th Annual Tenkara Summit will take place in Estes Park, Colorado on September 16 and 17th. This is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The fishing is absolutely great, water levels are good, thunderstorms are less common, trout will eat on the surface and below, and the elk roam in their rutting season. This Tenkara Summit is shaping up to be the largest and coolest so far."

Visit the Tenkara USA website for more information or to register to attend this event.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BLUE HORIZON BELIZE - The Retreat @ South Water Caye

If anyone is considering a last minute fly fishing trip this summer and into the fall, please take a few minutes to visit the Blue Horizon Belize website for the deal that they have going at the Retreat @ South Water Caye now through mid-November.

The short of it is that with this limited time offer (now through November 13th), you'll get seven nights lodging at South Water Caye, all meals, use of kayaks/paddle boards, access to a variety of tours, and six days guided fly fishing with Blue Horizon Belize guides for $2,537 per angler. 

The Retreat @ South Water Caye special is priced based on double occupancy and does not include applicable taxes and the round trip hopper flight from Belize City to Dangriga.  The total price should figure in at $3,000 per angler which is still a heck of a deal for six days fly fishing in one of the most awesome places I've ever been. 

Last summer I spent six days with Blue Horizon Belize and came away very impressed.  South Water Caye wasn't fancy (read no air conditioning) but the secluded island was awesome in every way, the staff excellent and the food at every meal was very tasty.  I am planning a trip to Blue Horizon Belize with my wife later this year and I can't wait to get back.

Here's a quick video I took on the last morning at South Water Caye with my GoPro Session which shows the layout of the island, accommodations, bar, and dock. 

Visit these past T.F.M. posts from last year's trip if you haven't already for more images and information about fly fishing at Blue Horizon Belize...


Want to go?  You've got two options. You can send an inquiry through the Blue Horizon Belize Retreat @ South Water Caye webpage or you can send me an EMAIL and I can do the work getting your trip arranged for you.

If you do go through the website on your own, please mention that you saw this trip on The Fiberglass Manifesto.  I am doing some work with Blue Horizon Belize and it would be great to get credit for the trip.

Visit the Blue Horizon Belize Retreat @ South Water Caye website for more information.

LOON OUTDOORS - Fly Tying Scissors

Looking to upgrade your dull fly tying scissors?  Look no further than the new series of Loon Outdoors Scissors with seven different razor sharp models to choose from.  I've been putting several different pairs through the paces lately and been nothing but impressed.

From Loon Outdoors...  "We dialed in the fit of the handles, the shape of the blades, the feel and color of the finish, and the quality of the materials used, but we quickly realized that there was one feature that would take a significant amount of time and effort: getting them sharp. Not good-enough-sharp, but sharp-sharp. Sharp enough to put in front of tyers whose livelihood depends on the quality of what comes from their vise. Sharp enough to use ourselves. Sharp enough to hand to our friends.

Every pair of scissors with the Loon logo has been sharpened by hand and labored over to ensure that they will stand up to our lofty criteria for them. We’re proud to see our products on tying benches all over the world, and are happy to do whatever it takes to ensure they’re worthy of the calling placed on them."

Check out the Loon Outdoors website for more information on these tools or other solid gear.

Monday, August 7, 2017


The Bloodknots shortie PEAK SEASON film series continues with High & Dry.  Enjoy.

Check out the Bloodknots website and follow along on Vimeo for more film radness.