Friday, November 20, 2020

CROOKED CREEK HOLLER - Brick & Mortar Shop Opens in Asheville

I met Danny Reed soon after he kicked off the Crooked Creek Holler website and early on he talked about the idea that he had for a taking his online store and turning it into a brick and mortar shop.  He never lost that dream and last week opened the doors to a store on Haywood Road in Asheville where he'll be offering Crooked Creek Holler apparel, limited edition and collaboration runs of gear, and essentially handpicking everything in this small, (read eclectic mix of outdoors and angling gear) shop space.

The "Brands We Carry" page of the website is a good idea of what Danny has cooking in at the store.

Danny has had a long standing relationship with Shane Gray of Graywolf Rods and asked him to put together a dozen (with more on the way) fly rods which cover the bases from 0 weight to 8 weight in glass along with a few glass spinning rods too.  This first batch of rods is some of Shane's best and most interesting work.
I can't wait to make a quickie trip up to Asheville to see the store.  I continue to be proud of Danny and the success that he's seen as a tattooist, artist, and businessman.
In or passing through Asheville?  Make a stop at Crooked Creek Holler which is located at 257 Haywood Road or place an order online.  
Follow along for the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.


 It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Blue Halo is kicking off things early with their Holiday Sale which means 25% off EVERYTHING in their store now through Black Friday.

Stock is limited on some items so jumping on this now is better than later.

Check out the Blue Halo website and start shopping. The 25% off discount will be taken off at checkout.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

#FLIESFORANDREW & Send Some Help to Rooster!

2020 keeps on swinging and punching in ways that none of us can anticipate.  This time around it's knocked down two notable fly fishing guides with Andrew Grillos and Dan "Rooster" Leavens after a spring into summer which already meant too much time off from guiding.  Andrew Grillos recently suffered a stroke with an uncertain future and Dan Leavens came back from a bout of COVID0-19 only to have a massive heart attack.  He's home now recovering from a stent surgery.

For Andrew Grillos, there has been both a GoFundMe setup with a social media push with a series of auctions on Instagram under #FliesForAndrew.

For Rooster, there is a GoFundMe up and rolling and he's posted a few updates in Stories on the Stonefly Outfitters Instagram page.

You may have not know either of these guides, maybe you've fished with them, or at least followed them on social media.  They need your help if you can spare a few dollars or can big on an auction.

JP ROSS FLY RODS - In the Seam Podcast

Jordan of JP Ross Fly Rods and I have been trading a few emails what's been going on in the shop but he didn't mention his newly released In the Seam podcast which I found this morning.  I've subscribed and have eight episodes to catch up on.

I've started with Episode #1 and have to say that I'm a pushover for 7' five weights so the Wild Card talk is of interest.  Small water with large fish make this length and line weight a favorite for the southeast where streams may be covered with canopy or tight tree or shrub lined casting lanes.

Check out the In the Seam podcast and give it a listen.  You can find it on the Anchor website along with iTunes.

Look for some possible holiday deals that I'll be sharing soon from JP Ross Fly Rods and in the meantime check out the website.  Follow along with the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


2020 has been a dumpster fire for a long list of reasons and I think we're all ready to ease into the holiday mindset.  Over the weekend, I saw some local businesses already decorating for Christmas and for once, I'm not hating it.  I guess we can have some Christmas cheer before Thanksgiving and then really double down afterwards. 
In that same spirit, Swift Fly Fishing is getting ahead of the Black Friday craziness and have kicked off their Epic Deal Days today with discounts up to 25% off now through November 27th.  
There is a limited supply on many of these items so grabbing it now than waiting for later is advised.

If you've been waiting to pick up an Epic blank or FastGlass Fly Rod Building Kit, now is the time.
Here's a breakdown of what's in play...
Fly Lines - Save 25%
Accessories - Save 20%
Fly Rod Blanks -Save 20%
Fly Rod Building Kits - 15%

FYI...  Studio Builds are NOT part of the Epic Deal Days promotion.

Visit the Swift Fly Fishing website and take a minute to check out the Epic Deal Days page.

FLOOD TIDE CO. - Now on King Street in the Holy City

There are two new brick and mortar shop openings to talk about this week and the first one is that the crew from Flood Tide Co. have opened the doors to their pop-up shop on King Street in downtown Charleston.
This is a huge move and I bet the shop will quickly become the new fly fishing hangout in the Holy City.
Aside from Flood Tide Co. apparel, Paul Puckett will be offering prints and originals of his artwork, and there will be some limited edition shop only items available there as well.
Follow along on the latest with the shop on the FTC on King Instagram page and get a heavier dose of Good Clean Livin' on the Flood Tide Co. website.  Their 'Ten Years of Tide' collection has a lot of fun apparel pieces to check out if you haven't already.

In Charleston?  Stop by 241 King Street and high-five the peeps at Flood Tide Co.

Monday, November 9, 2020


The boys at Southern Culture on the Fly are making your Monday just a little (or a lot) better.  I can't be the only one who needs this today and congrats on nine years.  Getting to Issue 37 is quite a milestone.
As with most new issues, they are running a fun new issue giveaway on the Facebook page and there are some new things in the SCOF Store to check out as well.