Monday, July 21, 2014

Birth Of A Drift Boat - Louise's Debut

What started this past December as a stack of wood is now a custom built Croff Craft drift boat named "Louise" and these images represent hundreds of hours of work in the shop for Phil Croff through the winter and into the spring to have this boat ready for it's new owners.


There are a lot of things about this drift boat that you can see but maybe not really understand until you have a chance to ride or row one of these wooden wonders.  Phil does beautiful work but his drift boats are magic on the water as well.






 If you missed the "Birth of a Drift Boat" series and would like to see how this custom built boat came together please visit these past T.F.M. posts...

BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 1
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 2
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 3
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 4
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 5
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 6
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 7
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 8
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 9
BIRTH OF A DRIFT BOAT - PART 10
IN THE SHOP WITH LOUISE


I want to thank Phil and Trude for taking the time to chronicle this drift boat build step by step and I hope that everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have.

Visit the Croff Craft website for more information on these beautiful and river worthy drift boats.

Dun Magazine - Summer 2014

The latest issue of Dun Magazine is live and ready for you to enjoy.  It's written for the ladies but there is good things in there for the fellows too.


CHECK IT.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kiss The Water

Looking for something interesting and different to watch this weekend?  Download Kiss The Water which is a very well done documentary on Scottish fly tier Megan Boyd. 



In short, this movie is just beautiful and the mix of ways this story is told through interviews, animation, and cinematography really makes for an interesting look inside her life and passions.



Please visit the Kiss The Water website for more information or to rent or purchase this film.

Kancho's Steffen 8' 4/5 Weight Build

It's been a bit since I last shared a build by Bulgarian builder Kancho Tzvetanov Borisov since he runs somewhat under the radar without a website and sharing his work only through Facebook and the Fiberglass Flyrodders forum from time to time. 


I am always impressed with Kancho's sense of style and metal hardware work with his builds and there aren't to many blanks finer than those rolled by Steffen Brothers.








If you are interested in Kancho building you a custom built fly rod, please contact him through email.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Knockin' On The Door

Take a few minutes and enjoy the latest video shortie from WorldANGLING.  It's going to make you smile.



Props to Will and the crew for coming up with this contest and making it happen with this video.

More goodness on the WorldANGLING website and Vimeo page.

First Look - Smith Creek Rig Keeper

You should already be familiar with the New Zealand company Smith Creek as they have been a long time sponsor of this website and I am excited to tip everyone off on the first of several new products for 2015 with the Rig Keeper.  This small dropper rig device allows anglers to set up multi fly rigs and have them ready when needed on the water.   


I can think of several locations that I fish regularly where this would come in handy since the flies that work day in and day out are the same and it would be good to have the Rig Keeper loaded up before a day on the water.



Check out the Smith Creek website for more information.  The Rig Keeper will be available for purchase from your local Smith Creek dealer soon and online as well.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gear Review - Redington SonicDry Fly Waders

Over the last six months I've had couple different pairs of waders hit my doorstep to wear, abuse, and review with one pair being the new Redington SonicDry Fly Waders.  These waders arrived just about the time they were showing up online and in fly shops and I've spent the last couple months wearing these on quite a few trips in warm weather and in cold, wading open water and rivers, and banging around in boats.  So far I've been pretty impressed.

These waders rock and here's why...


First things first, these are the first zippered waders that I've never worn, and maybe I'm getting old (I do turn 40 in September...), but this is a feature that I could really get used to.  In and out of the waders was a snap and taking a relief break is certainly way easier than peeling the waders down past my waist.  The zipper is so far water tight and it's YKK so very unlikely to fail.

These waders live up to the name of "SonicDry" and in all the different climates I have worn these in so far, from around here, to out west, to Michigan, I've been bone dry underneath.  The 37.5 tech is doing it's job keeping these waders dry from the inside out which living in the south is no easy feat.  



As far as comfort and cut, the SonicDry Fly Waders get high marks for fit and the designers at Redington seemed to removed a lot of the unnecessary fabric from the top down.  These waders fit like a favorite pair of pants, with more than enough room for ease of movement, though not overbuilt with a lot of extra fabric around the body or legs.  The feel  to the hand and during wear is that the Surgeshell fabric is durable and can take some abuse while being reinforced in all the right places through the legs.  The sonic welds are each done with double taped backing which create seams that should not fail and keep these waders watertight for countless days on the water.  The 3mm neoprene booties, cut to ergonomically fit each foot, also didn't have a lot of extra foot material in the heel area that most waders have so you get a much truer fit.  Both the suspenders and belt are comfortable and wide enough to do what they are supposed to do which is up your waders up and snug around the waist.

Added features to the SonicDry Fly Waders are the fleece lined hand pockets and the well thought out pockets on the chest area both on the exterior as well as the interior.  The interior boxes are big enough for a fly box and it wouldn't be to hard to go sans a gear bag or vest with just the essentials slid into all the available pockets.

The warranty on Redington waders are covered under a one  year from date of purchase for defects in materials or workmanship.  I'd say it's always a good idea to carry along a tube of Loon Outdoors UV Wader Repair for those times that your waders hit a snag or unexpected leak. 

All in all these are a great wader with a lot of features and if I was going to chose something to nit pick about it's that after years of there being quite a bit of difference in price between sonic welded waders and the other guys, the prices of the upper end of sonic welded waders now seem to be bumping up into what I would consider a premium price point.  The SonicDry Fly waders are priced just shy of $500, and though being totally tricked out with the zipper front, external/internal pockets, and a lot of tech you can't see, it's still a lot of money to pay for waders.  If anything it's making the decision on a premium pair of waders much tougher for the number of choices that anglers have available to them now.

For more information check out the Redington website.