Wednesday, May 27, 2020

TROUT UNLIMITED - An Evening with John Gierach

I'm guessing that you're a little worn out with Zoom meetings about now but a bright spot for this week is An Evening with John Gierach that Kirk Deeter of Trout Unlimited has lined up for tomorrow evening to discuss his new book, Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers

This is a free event and all you have to do is register online.  You'll be emailed the link to join the event and there also is the ability to submit questions that John Gierach could be asked.

Visit the Trout Unlimited website and make sure you register for An Evening with John Gierach.

PAUL PUCKETT - The Corona Virus Chronicles - No. 37

Artist Paul Puckett is keeping the (almost) daily sketch book stories going with a morning flood tide dispatch with friends from the other day.  Ryan Griffin put the fly in the mouth of a redfish before heading to work.  Those are the kind of mornings that you can have in Charleston.

I remember a trip like that with Captain Scotty Davis from too many years ago...

Visit the Sporting Art of Paul Puckett website and Instagram to see his latest works and studio news.

ALVIN DEDEAUX - Fly Fishing for Bass

Texas fly fishing guide (and all around good dude) Alvin Dedeaux has used his coronavirus pandemic time wisely with quite a few fun and informational videos over the past couple of months. 

His latest three-part series is on Fly Fishing for Bass and they are a good primer to either started or get back to the warmwater fishing that many of us have nearby.

Press play on Part 1 and work your way through these three videos.

If you find yourself in Texas, consider booking Alvin Dedeaux for a day of fly fishing and until then, be sure to follow along on his YouTube channel.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

MB CUSTOM RODS - Haldin Ready 2 Wrap Fly Rod Kits

MB Custom Rods is on to you something with the addition of the Haldin Ready 2 Wrap Fly Rod Kits now offered on their website.  There are two different blanks to choose from and a long list of ways to fine tune the fly rod build to your liking.

Marc Beissler of MB Custom Rods and I traded notes this week and he sent along some great information to read below on these fly rod kits that when you run the currency conversion, won't break the bank.

Marc wrote...  "After putting the Haldin HDT S-Glass blanks on our website at the end of April, I received various requests from customers for recommendations on matching components, thread colors, hardware and instruction on how to build these fine glass sticks.

The Haldin HDT 37 and 57 S-Glass blanks are great tools for fishing small to medium sized creeks or streams. Their fast but sensitive taper allows to perform various casting styles in close to mid range. They are extremely light in hand and bend to the butt when you get hooked on.

So we decided to put a kit with optional but always matching quality components together, which will allow the builder to have a plug and play experience with building his new HDT glass fly rod. Knowing, that there are rod building kits out there which consist of a great blank, but when it comes to the other components this is where the quality lacks and often the end of fun begins.

The kit comes with industry leading guides from Snake Brand, Kimono silk thread from Superior Threads, A Grade aluminum reel seat hardware and assorted wood or cork inserts. The blanks come in brown canvas Haldin branded rod socks and are available in three colors and in two line weights.  
If you are already in the rod building game, I assume you wont need supplies like varnish, glue, mixture cups and brushes. But if not, we supply these basics along with the kit as an option.

The customer can choose between two different reel seat options (Garrison or Payne models) and there are also different colors for the hardware available to match the taste of the new owner.
Optional to the kit, there are matching Haldin rod tubes available.
I have built on these blanks for myself and enjoy fishing them very much, so the idea behind the kit is to bring glass rods back to the surface, where they belong. Therefore the pricing is moderate to address the people who intended to build a glass rod but the effort of collecting components from different shops and maybe a not matching setup frightened them in the past.

We are here to help, so customers can get in touch if they have questions regarding the kit or if someone wants special parts or components to personalize his future rod a bit more.

So, lets make glass great again!"

Interested in building your own fly rod?  This looks to be a great way to do it.

Visit the MB Custom Rods website for more information on the Haldin Ready 2 Wrap Fly Rod Kits and consider following along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest shop news.

REP YOUR WATER - Coloring Pages to Download

There are a lot of coloring pages floating around the internet right now to keep the kiddos busy during the coronavirus pandemic and Rep Your Water has three images to download on their website which are of course, free.

Visit the Rep Your Water website to check out the Spring 2020 Collection and download the coloring pages while you're there.  Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest gear, conservation notes, contests and more.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

PAUL PUCKETT - The Corona Virus Chronicles - No. 36

These chronicles have been a neat insight into those who have inspired artist Paul Puckett and today I'm taking an online deep dive into the life and work of Charles Russell

Visit the Sporting Art of Paul Puckett website and Instagram to see his latest works and studio news.

P.S.  If you haven't checked out the Escape Capsule #3 from Flood Tide Co., you definitely should.    

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Where Will Your Red Truck Take You? Yellow GLASS

The folks at Red Truck Fly Fishing Company have kicked off a new series storytelling, which will be told through videos, images and words, that will be centered around their Diesel Yellow Glass fly rods, which are available in a 7'6" four weight and a 7'10" five weight

The story starts with this introduction video and it'll be interesting to see the waters, and in who's hands, this Yellow Glass fly rod will be taken in this series.

Interested in a Yellow Glass of your own?  Check out the Red Truck Fly Fishing Company website but also know that I sell these fly rods in the T.F.M. Store.  Each purchase comes with some T.F.M. swag as a thank you and I appreciate the support.      

So, where will your Red Truck take you?