Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White

Admittedly, there are a handful of artists that I talk about quite a bit on here and you should know, if you didn't already, that Bob White has a new book featuring his work spanning over forty years.  I ordered my copy last week and in the meantime, Bob sent over a digital galley that I made sure was downloaded offline on my iPad as were camping this past weekend without a signal.  I spent both nights before bed wrapped up in a sleeping bag reading stories and the various captions (which many are stories) beneath the paintings and sketches included in this book. 

Bob put incredible effort into The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White and it clearly shows.  I enjoyed reading about his history and background in art, his life as a guide, the many experiences that he's had on the water, woods, and field.   

Last night, I came home from work to find a package on my desk and inside was the hardback that I ordered.  While the digital version was a good way to get a first look, holding this book in my hands, slowly turning each page to really see each piece of artwork, is an entirely different experience.

Take a few minutes to read John Gierach's review of Bob's book if you need more of a push in gifting yourself a copy. 

Bob is offering The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White in two versions, either a signed hardcover or as a limited edition signed with your choice of fly or game bird feather.

UMPQUA - Confidence Streamer Patterns

The folks at Umpqua have put together a three-part series of videos on streamer fishing that I'll share this week and you can also dive down the rabbit hole with a stellar story and photographs (with more instruction) on the Umpqua Stories page. 

What are your "Confidence Patterns"?  Umpqua has a few streamers to check out...

Saturday, October 24, 2020

BLOOD RUN: Fly Fishing with Amazon Warriors

Just in time for your weekend, Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman and Rodrigo Salles of Xinugu Lodge take in a jungle adventure and experience of epic proportions. 

Now through October 31, 2020, text UNTAMEDANGLING to 31996 to be entered to win a trip to Xinugu Lodge.

Friday, October 23, 2020

PAUL PUCKETT - New Limited Edition Prints Released

I move into a new office (repurposed historic house) sometime near the end of the year and it's past time that I add a Paul Puckett print to the mix of pieces of fly fishing art that I have collected over the years.  He recently released a few new Limited Edition Prints that I'm looking over and figured that you'd like to take a peek as well.  It's going to be hard to choose just one.

Visit the Sporting Art of Paul Puckett website to check out the latest and follow along on his Facebook and Instagram for the latest studio news.

EARTHX - ‘Round the Fire - To Fish or Not to Fish?

Gierach on Zoom?  I don't know if I would have believed that he even has internet but here he is with Kirk Deeter of Angling Trade and artist Bob White with a great EarthX conversation that is worth your time.

Press PLAY and enjoy.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

NORTH FORK COMPOSITES - The Iconoglass Sale Just Got Better

A post on North Fork Composites and their Iconoglass series of fiberglass blanks has been in the hopper for awhile now and a recent price slash on their blanks moved it up to the top to be published today.

I guess I've held off on talking about the Iconoglass blanks since I don't have any experience with them yet but early reports from builders and anglers that I follow online and social media have given these blanks very high marks.  The full rate price isn't too bad for a "Made in USA" blank but the sale price (on top of an already promotional price) running right now should be too good to pass up.  

A couple of months ago, I had a great conversation with North Fork Composites CEO Alex Maslov, and he brings an impressive business background that is not often seen within the fly fishing industry.  He has an interesting take on the state of how and where fishing blanks are made and I think that we'll see NFC rolling out some additional offerings in the Iconoglass series in the future.  He seemed all ears on ideas and due to manufacturing blanks in-house, they can "get weird" if there's interest.  They are also one of the very few shops that are working with S2/Zentron glass fiber.
Glass trout weight pack rods?  Glass switch rod blanks, maybe?  Short heavy line weight bluewater or jungle worthy blanks?  What additional Iconoglass offerings would you like to see? 

What's the skinny on the Iconoglass series of blanks?  Here's some narrative lifted from the website...

"At NFC we wanted to dispel the notion of what a glass blank should look and feel like. For years, custom rod builders have been asking our design team to give them a glass canvas, one that’s a joy to cast, is lightweight and faster in action compared to traditional E and S glass predecessors. We decided to go a step further and incorporate stunning colors into this series. The name Iconoglass “stuck” as we wanted to challenge the traditional understanding of “glass is boring” or “glass is heavy” or “glass is too slow”. Iconoglass blanks will challenge this notion with every cast."

I'll try to rundown an end date on this current Iconoglass sale but in the meantime, if you're looking for a new fiberglass fly rod build to keep you busy this fall and into winter, it might be time to place an order for one or even a few blanks.   
Check out the North Fork Composites website for more information and consider following along on the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.

MEATEATER - DAS BOAT - Season 2 - Menominee River Smallmouth

I seriously heart river smallmouth and this Dos Boat episode finds Meateater's Joe Cermele and Tim Landwehr of Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company on the Menominee River on the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan border for some angling hijinks and conservation talk.

Check out the MeatEater YouTube channel for a deep dive into all sorts of hunting and fishing videos.