Wednesday, December 19, 2018

KICKSTARTER - lo-fli: An Unreel Fly Fishing System

Last night while poking around the internet I came across lo-fli Unreel Fly Fishing and their Kickstarter campaign that is winding down soon.  I tend to like the unusual and of course the fly rod being made of fiberglass grabbed my attention as well. 

Take a few minutes and check out the Kickstarter page for more information along with videos and images of this new approach to fly fishing.

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too for the latest updates.

CROOKED CREEK HOLLER - The Fall Collection

I've been  meaning to give everyone a heads up that Danny Reed at Crooked Creek Holler recently released a new Fall Collection of apparel on his website and yesterday's Instagram post highlighting his process of hand drawing designs was a good reminder.  I really like to see how artists work and Danny is one of the best.

Jump over to the Crooked Creek Holler website and check out the new wares. Free shipping on orders over $50 and there are quite a few sale items to check out as well. 

Oh yeah, and be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see the latest.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FAVORITE FLIES - The Classic Wet Flies of Alec M. Stansell

When I joined the Fiberglass Flyrodders forum over a dozen years ago, I soon learned that Alec M. Stansell, also known by screen name "Flytackle", had started the group to cultivate conversations about vintage fiberglass fly rods.  He has a thing for tying classic styled wet flies, Valentine fly reels and fishing with fiberglass fly rods that are likely older than I am.

Since 2012, Alec has been working on a website called Favorite Flies which chronicles his time behind the vice and on the water using his flies.  I asked him if he'd mind writing a few thoughts on what has drawn him to tying classic flies along with sharing a few of his flies tied.  These flies are eye-catching and proof that what's old can be new all over again with variants tied off a yesteryear recipe.

Alec wrote...  "The wet flies of the 19th and early 20th century have always appealed to me. Mary Orvis Marbury’s book “Favorite Flies” has been my delight since I first opened it; the colorful and creative wet flies of that era really thrill me. 

In 1993 I read Jack Ellis’s book, “The Sunfishes” wherein he suggested that the reader replace the word “sunfish” for “trout” in Dave Hugh’s book “Strategies For Stillwater”. This was really a watershed moment for me; I figured that cross-species applicability in techniques probably applied to patterns as well. I had been confining myself as to what constituted a bass fly, a trout fly, a salmon fly, etc. The scales really fell from my eyes thanks to Jack. 

The wonderful wet flies depicted in Ray Bergman’s “Trout” began filling my panfish box; I fished hair wing salmon flies for smallmouth and later took saltwater patterns like Ken Abrame’s Flatwing streamers to ponds. 

I enjoy real freedom in tying my own patterns and take influence wherever I can find it. I’m a wet fly man that prefers feathers and fur to synthetics, takes delight in our rich angling and fly tying history and consider it a privilege to keep old patterns from falling into the oblivion of a library by tying and fishing them. 

In the end, I hold to the notion that, at least in warm waters, getting the fly to the fish is more important than the pattern and that gives me great freedom and ultimately, more enjoyment."


If you would like to see more, please visit the Favorite Flies website.  

SCALE Magazine - Issue 31

It's Euro.  It's fly.  It's spin.  This issue of SCALE Magazine is almost 300 pages to enjoy.


Sunday, December 16, 2018

THE ITINERANT ANGLER - Real Talk with Jim Bartschi

I listen to a lot of podcasts and Zach Matthews continues to do a really excellent job (twelve seasons and counting) with his The Itinerant Angler Podcast.  In a recent episode he has an interesting conversation of Jim Bartschi of the Scott Fly Rod Company and the topic of fiberglass fly rods comes up.  Of course, the new F Series came up in this interview as well.

Click PLAY, it's worth a listen.

Visit The Itinerant Angler website to listen or consider subscribing through iTunes.

IN THE SALT - Issue #7

Just in time for your "Sunday Funday", the latest issue of In The Salt is live.  Enjoy.


Saturday, December 15, 2018

GINK & GASOLINE - Epic Ready to Wrap Kit Giveaway

Here's something to get your name in on this weekend as Gink & Gasoline and Swift Fly Fishing are giving away an Epic Ready to Wrap Kit of your choice and you have until Christmas Eve to play.

For details, visit Gink & Gasoline and then jump over to Instagram to get in on the contest.

Which Epic Ready to Wrap Kit would you choose?