Friday, November 21, 2014

Cabela's CGR Glass Fly Rods - In Stock

It's been a few months since I first tipped everyone off that the Cabela's CGR fiberglass fly rods were coming back and yes, things were slowed up a bit with the shipment over on the slow boat and with Customs, but a fresh batch of CGR fly rods have arrived at the Cabela's distribution center and are finally ready to ship.

I am excited to see the Cabela's CGR series back in the line up as they are a great choice for someone looking for a quality fiberglass fly rod for the price.  It's also excellent that there are choices from two weight to 7/8 weights in this series so a lot of bases are covered with this series.

The Cabela's website still shows the entire CGR series as "Backorderable" but that should roll over to an "In Stock" status sometime today.

From the Cabela's website...

"We had taken our CGR Fiberglass Fly Rod series off the shelves, but you liked them so much you asked us to bring it back. Originally released in celebration of our 50th Anniversary and back by popular demand, we're extremely proud to reintroduce a line of rods with both classic aesthetics and contemporary performance. Our CGR series matches the deep, full-flexing actions of traditional fiberglass fly rods, plus it improves on them with high-grade components and the latest in rod engineering. These three-piece E-glass models excel at delicate presentations and tight, short-range casting. Besides having new blank colors and thread wraps, the finishing touches include high-grade cork handles with model-specific grips and spigot ferrules. This new series offers the five original models with the addition of a 6'2", 2-weight rod. 5/6- and 7/8-weight rods feature fighting butts. 7/8-weight features a saltwater reel seat. All models include a nylon rod case."

Want to know about the Cabela's CGR line up?  Check out this full length review of each model on T.F.M. from several years ago.  The only model not included in this review is the new 6'2" two weight.  Also note that the cosmetics are a bit different on the new CGR series as well.


For more information, or to place an order, please visit the Cabela's website. 

Reminder - International Fly Tying Symposium

This is just a quick reminder as you plan your weekend that the International Fly Tying Symposium is going on this weekend at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey. 

Live in the area and don't have plans already for the weekend?  Come on out.

Here's five reasons to attend this weekend...

- There will be Programs to attend which include Featured Tiers, Book Signings, Casting Demonstrations, and Fly Testing Sessions as well.
- There are Classes to attend and learn from the likes of Bob Clouser, Charlie Craven, Blane Chocklett, among others.
- There is a long list of Celebrities and Tiers who will all be in attendence.
- There will be Fiberglass and Bamboo Casting Competitions over the weekend as well.
- There will be vendors of all sorts from the fly fishing and fly tying industry to check out.

The Fiberglass Casting Competition while happen on Saturday and is sponsored by Seele Fly Rods.  I'll be around to help Michael Mauri with the event as well.

Check out the International Fly Tying Symposium website for more information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Week In #glassisnotdead

I guess it's been a couple weeks since I've last run one of these posts and there are now nearly 6,000 images with the #glassisnotdead hashtag circulating around Instagram.

Fall is turning to winter quickly in a lot of places and fly fishing photos have turned to fiberglass rod building projects for many that I follow.

Here's a dozen and a half favorite images from the past couple weeks.  Enjoy.



















Be sure to hashtag your photos with #glassisnotdead and a favorite photo may turn up in a future T.F.M. post.

Feenstra's Shrew Sculpin

Mangled Fly Media has paired up with Kevin Feenstra for a step by step tutorial on his Shew Sculpin pattern.  This is a sharp looking fly that I bet would work wherever you might be swinging for steelhead this winter.

This tutorial is available on the Mangled Fly Media Vimeo page by rental or purchase.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Woody Handmade Knives - The Drury

One part of my newfound obsession with edged tools of all sorts has been following several knife makers and recently came across the work of Frank Bridwell of Woody Handmade Knives.  Frank, a.k.a. "Woody", left the business world of Greenville, S.C. to enter into the craftmen's world as a knife maker.  His work is both unique as it is excellent in quality.

After spending way to much time on the Woody Handmade Knives website, I ended up ordering one of the Drury Fillet Knives which showed up last week.  The Drury is so sharp and even more striking in it's looks in hand.  I am looking forward to putting this knife to use and making dinner out of a few small trout or bluegills.

The Drury was designed as the perfect bird or trout knife and measures eight inches in length.  It is made of 1095 HCS steel with a Curly Maple handle.  The leather sheath holds the knife securely and the quality of all this work surpasses the price.

At some point Woody will be choronicling a knife build from raw materials to completion in a series of T.F.M. posts.  Stand by for that in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out the Woody Handmade Knives website and follow along with the latest shop news on the Facebook and Instagram pages.  

Dave Hall - Moving Water 2015

Following the success of the Moving Water poster for this year, artist Dave Hall has again collaborated with the Henry's Fork Foundation to offer a new poster for next year with all proceeds to benefit to support HFF.

Along with the poster edition, there is also a Limited "Masters Edition" of thirty posters which includes the signatures of Rene' Harrop, Mike Lawson, Craig Mathews and Steve Schmidt.

For more information or to order a poster, please visit the Moving Waters website.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wild 'Bout Brookies

Here's your moment of brook trout Zen...

These wild brook trout were filmed in upstate New York this fall by Eric Mal and this video is just beautiful to watch.

Follow Eric on Vimeo and Instagram to keep up with his latest projects.