Friday, August 12, 2022
The timing of this "hatch" falls right around when I'm in Michigan on the yearly junket to Beaver Island and last summer instead of driving straight home to South Carolina, I pointed the 4Runner east landing in Manchester, Vermont after a full day behind the wheel.
Trips to the Orvis "mothership" are always a good time to catch up with everyone, see behind the curtain on what fly rod, reel, and gear projects are being worked on, and I get to sit in the front seat of a few different boats or rafts seeing their locals waters. Vermont, and the surrounding states, have a ton of great angling opportunities and carp eating mulberries is just fun.
We had a couple days on the water and I split my time between fishing with Shawn's driftboat and Drew's raft. We found quite a few carp, along with loads of bullhead catfish, along the edges of the river beneath the mulberry bushes. We had to be careful when casting to a carp that a catfish didn't move over to take the fly instead. Few things are as frustrating as getting blocked out by an overeager catfish when a twenty pound carp was moving towards the fly.
And, if you have this idea that the folks at Orvis are stuffy, pipe smoking, stuck up trout snobs, you'd be so wrong. This crew, including the esteemed Mr. Rosenbauer, are total carp nerds.
So, I made the Mulberry Carp Club and have a sticker to prove it. It added another 30 hours of driving time getting home but was totally worth it. Hanging out with the folks at Orvis is always a stellar time.
Monday, August 8, 2022
Is there anything cooler than the blue extended deer hair body on this fly?
Scroll through to see how this pattern in tied, learn a bit about Allen, and get the recipe for the Blue Damselfly as well. Or reach out and have him tie a few for you too.
My name is Allen Campbell and I am native to Michigan. I spent most of my life living in west Michigan before joining the Army and moving to North Carolina. After 6 years my wife and I have moved back to Michigan to be closer to home and to start our family. Currently I am pursuing a BSN and recently launched by guiding business, Campbell Outfitters, this summer.
BLUE DAMSELFLY RECIPE:
Check out the Campbell Outfitters website and follow along on Instagram too.
More film goodness on the Vaidas Uselis YouTube channel and check out the Pirarucu Lodge website for more information on this jungle fishery deep in the Amazon.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
I've been doing this trip for fourteen or so years and have landed gear wise on what I usually need and don't need for the most part. Somehow though, I still pack too much in my duffel or suitcase.
The Norfolk QR does a couple of things really great with the first being the added space throughout the case and then the ability to take a layer of dense foam padding out of the various storage areas to make additional room for larger fly reels. Also, the "QR" in the name stands for a Quick Release strap which is handy for slinging the case over your shoulder.
THE FLY RODS
The short of it? I like this fly rod A LOT. It has a ton of power, light in hand, feels great, and handled a couple of different fly lines on it with ease. If you've been wondering about one of these 8-weights, just go ahead and buy it. You won't regret it.
Orvis Superfine Glass 888
THE FLY REELS
I don't have any yet but Tim Rajeff brought a couple of the Bravo LT fly reels with him and they are impressive as well. I'm going to have to get one for the new Bad Ass Glass 5-weight soon.
This fly line casts great on heavy line weight glass and turns over heavy flies with ease.
Of the three, I wore the Violet Mirror lenses the most and they provided high contrast in a lot of different light and clouds situations. It was kinda weird wearing purple lenses when I saw my reflection but what I was able to see was impressive.
I've got a couple of pairs of the Bubba shears around and the small size is perfect with a lot of extras packed into the design. And they are sharp, sharp, sharp.
TropicSport Mineral Sunscreen
The folks at
Jensen Fly Fishing
sure do a stellar job on their videos and this one is no different. I
could watch big eats on hoppers all day.
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Friday, July 29, 2022
We're up earlier than normal this morning since our daughter (who's been having her own "Bad Ass Summer" studying in Florence, Italy the past two months) is flying home today and we were going back and forth over WhatsApp making sure she was packed, made it to the airport, her (over-packed) suitcase was accepted, she made it to the gate, and then on the plane. You know, parents worrying and excited that she's coming home kind of stuff...
It also gave me time to read through many of the entries so far for the Let's Have a Bad Ass Summer giveaway that ranged from fly fishing trips near and far, parents teaching their children about fishing and the outdoors, new fiberglass fly rod experiences, triumphs with sobriety, dealing with health issues or those close to them who passed away, quitting jobs to travel and work remote, bike rides with a glass rod in hand to the Lowcountry flats for tailers, rotator cuff surgery after "Hero Casting", and so much more.