Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Swift Fly Fishing "CARPCON" Discount

I like it that Swift Fly Fishing is a small enough company to always have their ear to the rumblings on the internet and as content from the #carpcon trip was rolling out with images of the Epic 888 and Bandit bent over on a few carp, Carl McNeil decided to give back to those that might be jonesing for a new fly rod. 

I am not quite sure when the 72 hours begins or ends, but figure you have three days from right now to pull the trigger on an Epic 888 or Bandit blank, kit, or built fly rods and get 15% off your purchase using the discount code "CARPCON".

Here's my quick take on both on both of these Epic fly rods with more complete reviews already in the works...

The Epic 888 is the fly rod I have been waiting for since Carl first started talking about heavier line weight offerings.  It hits a sweet spot perfectly and this is the one eight weight I can take anywhere for almost anything.  It handles floating and sinking lines wonderfully and being four pieces makes it a snap to travel with.  Think big flies, big fish, big water, and it can do it all.  

The Bandit is a ten weight fly rod that I really thought might be to much for most of what I do on the water but the recent trip to the PNW changed that idea almost immediately.  I didn't have a general purpose ten weight floating fly line and have instead been using a 9WF SharkWave GPX with great results.  The shorter length is great for punching casts in the wind and this fly rod has a lot of backbone for leveraging big fish to the net.  I was very impressed with it's ability to lay out short roll casts or take quick shots to cruising carp with dead on accuracy.  This fly rod is a lot of fun. 

Check out the Swift Fly Fishing website for more information and if you've been on the fence waiting to purchase an Epic 888 or Bandit then now is the time.

BLOODKNOTS - Utah's Green River

The BLOODKNOTS crew with a stellar film on the Green River.  Enjoy.

More goodness on the BLOODKNOTS website and Vimeo page. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UV Wader Repair = Cheap Insurance

This past weekend I finally had a chance to take a few minutes and unpack the duffel bag from the #carpcon trip to the PNW and the waders and wading boots had finally dried out as well.  Before rolling the waders up and putting them away, I gave them a good once over and noticed a welded seam that was pulling apart just a bit. 

Instead of just letting it go and hoping that it wouldn't continue to fall apart, I figured it was best to break out the Loon Outdoors UV Wader Repair and do some preventative maintenance.

If you are not familiar with UV Wader Repair then you need to be.  This product is easy to use and in my experience it's the cheapest insurance to have around on the water for an on the go remedy to a wader tear or seam failure.  I have waders around that have gone several years without issues after applying the UV Wader Repair.  This product works and works well.

The UV Wader Repair will cure in direct sunlight but can also be used with a UV flashlight.  Loon Outdoors offers three models with the UV Mini Lamp, UV Power Light, and the UV Mega Light.

A couple years ago I reviewed this product but figured it would be good to bring it up again.  If you didn't read the Barbed Wire's A Total B*$&# post then check it out as well.

Check out the Loon Outdoors website for more information and pick up a tube of UV Wader Repair online or at your local dealer.


There is a whole lot of goodness in this six minute film shortie from Forever West Media.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bohen's Musky Frog & BLT Distraction

The musky seasons up north are starting or are soon to start and it reminded me that I had another almost complete fly tutorial from the few days that I spent with Brad Bohen of Musky Country Outfitters a couple summers ago.  This fly, the Musky Frog, is a relatively simple tie, easy to cast with an eight or nine weight, and makes just the right noise when pulled through the top water. 

Enjoy the photo step by step tutorial on this fly and sorry for the BLT (and brew) distraction.

With the glue on the foam head and shank curing, I sat down for one of the tastiest BLT's and a cold beer that I've ever had.  Unfortunately while I was on the front porch enjoying lunch, Brad had a "working lunch" inside and knocked out the tail to the Musky Frog.  Whoops...

No worries though, a similar tail section photo tutorial can be seen in the Bohen 747 fly tutorial which is another great fly to check out as well.

The Musky Frog complete and ready for the water.

If you didn't catch the posts on this trip the first time around, then check out these dispatches...



Check out the Musky Country Outfitters website for more information and follow what Brad's up to on the Facebook page as well.

Rod Catalog - 2015 Unstructured Fiberglass Fly Rod Offerings

Rod builder Vladan Milenkovic of Rod Catalog continues to design and innovate and his latest offerings went up on the website recently.  These blanks are well worth checking out if you're looking for something that is both unique and wonderful.

Also, Vlad was recently featured in the Serbian online magazine Spin & Fly, and even if you can't read the article, it's worth a visit for the photographs alone.

From the Rod Catalog website...

After a long wait, the 2015 blanks are here! I will offer a limited number of following models for this year: 

8' 4wt 4pc (watercress green glass) -  This is the same taper which started the Unstructured Glass series...a "do everything" spring creek rod. This year it is offered in translucent light green glass. 

8'3" 5wt 4pc (white currant yellow glass) - When you need little more reach and little more power. An all around spring creek travelling fiberglass fly rod with a progressive taper in E-glass. 

8'6" 8/9wt 4pc (seaweed green glass) - An all around saltwater rod for traveling fiberglass flyrodder. Built on the edge of Atlantic Ocean, this rod has some serious saltwater karma embedded in its fibers. "Conquistador" taper will work well in both sight casting and blind casting situations, depending on the line choice. Dedicated warmwater anglers will also like this taper! 

The prices for this year's models are $525 for trout rods and $599 for saltwater rods.  Insured US shipping is included in the price. 

I still have few 7'6" 3wt 4pc "Old Empire" blanks available. Semi-parabolic taper in red glass, very similar in feel to a light Perfectionist taper. Limited builds are still available for $499, US shipping included.

Please visit the Rod Catalog website for more information or send an email to Vlad at

Friday, May 22, 2015

Decompressing After #carpcon

Last week's trip to the PNW was a whirlwind of hundreds of miles driven up and down the Columbia River with five or six mile hikes each of the four days in search of happy carp.  I am still a little bit sore, in need of a nap, and my duffel bag still isn't unpacked.  It's been a hell of a week.

I am still going through a few hundred photos that I took on the trip but here's a mash up of images that @johnmontanacarp, @dcfrasier, @wendyberrell, @flycarpin, @mountainscaler, and @thefiberglassmanifesto took and uploaded to Instagram with the #carpcon hashtag.  Enjoy.

More PNW carp goodness next week once I get caught up on a few things and enjoy a long weekend with the family.