Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Giveaway - Where The Featherlight Did Summer Go?

It's kind of unbelievable to me that we are entering into the Labor Day weekend and the first day of fall is just a couple weeks away.  I am scratching my head wondering "Where the "F" did summer go?"  I had plans that didn't come true.  Places I had intended to kayak and fish.  Steal away evenings after work on the family pond.  Other places I had planned on taking the children to fish with crickets and light line spinning rods.  A quick trip or three down to the lowcountry to hit a flood tide.  I did just about none of it.  Where did this summer go?

I was thinking last night that nothing says summer like an Eagle Claw fly rod and in this case let's just substitute the other "F" word for Featherlight.  I have been holding back a stash that Eagle Claw sent me earlier in the year for a weekend giveaway and this one seems like a good one to make a few people happy when they get back to the office early next week.

I've always said that you shouldn't over think the fly line choice on these Eagle Claw fly rods and the S.A. AirCel Panfish fly line is the perfect match for the 7' 5/6 weight Featherlight.

While I was putting together this giveaway last night I shot a text to Rep Your Water and they gladly gave up a few Bluegill Trucker Cap to complete this weekend's giveaway.     
1.  Send an email to and tell me about the plans that you didn't get a chance to do this summer that you expected to?

2.  Please send only ONE EMAIL submission per email address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

3.  Submissions will be accepted until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. 

4.  On Tuesday morning FOUR WINNERS will be chosen by random number generator and then listed at the bottom of this post.  Winners will also be contacted by email as well.

5.  Each winner will each receive the following...

So..."Where The Featherlight Did Summer Go?"

Be sure to take a few minutes this weekend and let me know.

Good luck and I hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun filled long weekend with family and friends.  

The Mist

Here's a film shortie out of Norway made just that much better with a CTS Quartz fiberglass fly rod.

Nice work, White Glas Productions.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Morlock's Carp Spoon

I mentioned it the other day when I posted the step by step for the Martinez Frankenstein Sculpin, but I also was able to photograph Kevin Morlock of Indigo Guide Service tying a new pattern that he developed this summer while on Beaver Island that he's dubbed the Morlock's Carp Spoon.

This is a relatively easy tie that moves really cool once it's in the water and can be tied in a variety of sizes with different colored dubbed heads and lead eyes.

Hook- Daiichi 2152 - Size 1
Eyes- Large Lead Eyes In Red
Wing- Yellow Mallard Flank - 3 Matching Feathers Stacked
Accent- A Pinch of Pink Marabou
Flash- Copper Flashabou
Hackle- Olive Schlappen - Trim Bottom Flat
Head- Black Ice Dub

Check out the Indigo Guide Service website for more information on the flies used for Lake Michigan carp and follow along on the Third Coast Fly blog for the latest news.

Okay, They Are Just Teasing Us Now...

The crew from ECHO Fly Fishing are getting out with the soon (Is 2015 is really to far away to say "soon" ?) to be released fiberglass Switch and Spey rods and posted this image on their Facebook page to tease us just a little more with this tag line...  

"Wrapped a weekend of testing our new Glass Speys. Wow. Smooth and Soulful, with plenty of backbone to handle the big ones. Can't wait for you to cast em!"

Want more information on the ECHO Glass Switch and Spey offerings for 2015?  Check out these two previous T.F.M. posts...


January really can't come soon enough, eh?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Graywolf Rods - Epic 686 Demo

Back when I thought that the Epic 686 was possibly long lost and forever missing from the Fly Rod Loan Program, I contacted Carl McNeil at Swift Fly Fishing on getting another blank and then worked on Shane Gray of Graywolf Rods to see if he'd consider building it up.  The Epic 686 is easily one of the most popular fly rod on the demo list and now that I have two in the rotation hopefully the backlog can be remedied.

My suggestion to Shane was to go really basic on the build and to make it "bomb proof" since this was a fly rod that will be going from person to person and need to survive the shipping experience as well.  In my opinion, Shane went way to far in building up this demo fly rod but it's very much his style to put his spin on something to wow and impress.  Done and done.

Shane wrote...  "This is a very simple build with clear silk wraps and tipping and trim only at ferrules and cork check.  The grip is a modified full wells with a thumb imprint and I added a short fighting butt with down locking reel seat hardware.  I had difficulty deciding the hardware color so I landed on nickle and chrome then decided to blue just the knurled parts of the hardware."

This demo is off in the mail today from the Graywolf Shop to the next person on the waiting list for an Epic 686.  It may be months or even years until I get this one back in hand.

Want to know more about the Epic 686?  Check out this review that I posted last year on this badass six weight.

Check out the Graywolf Rods website for more information on Shane's unique offerings.  Visit the Blog and Facebook page for the latest shop news, builds, and new projects.

GEOBASS - Botswana

Did you know there are bass in Botswana?  I didn't either but the peeps from MOTIV FISHING go on a adventure and find much more than they expected.

Check out the Costa GEOBASS website for more on this trip around on the world in search of all things bass.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Snowman Custom Rod Works - Colors

One of the appealing aspects of contemporary fiberglass fly rods is that they are typically quite visually appealing with blanks offered in just about any color that you can think of.  Zeb Tonkavich of Snowman Custom Rod Works takes his builds one step farther and creates custom fabric rod socks and painted rod tubes that are individual with each build that he does.  The results are nothing short of awesome and really highlight Zeb's mantra of creating one of a kind fly rods for his clients.

Zeb recently pushed out a long list of clients builds into the mail but not before taking some time to photograph each one.  These fiberglass fly rod builds, which were done on Blue Halo and Swift Fly Fishing Epic blanks, are excellent examples of his work.

Check out the Snowman Custom Rod Works website for more information and follow along on the Facebook and Instagram pages for images of his latest builds and shop news.