Sunday, December 21, 2014

T.F.M. SWAG - LAST MINUTE GIFTS

I don't think that I can promise by Christmas delivery but I will be making a trip to the Post Office on Monday morning.  There is a good chance anything ordered will arrive in time for the holiday.

I have a small stock of various T.F.M. swag sitting around that I'd like to ship out before the end of the year.  I'm not saying there won't be future T.F.M. t-shirt orders but I may have to go back to the old way of only ordering what I have orders for.  Sitting on a stock of shirts hoping to sell them all has been a good way to go slowly broke. 

All in stock T.F.M. t-shirts are $15 and each order will include a Retro Fly Koozie (Orange or Black) and a couple T.F.M. decals.  Shipping is a flat $4 no matter if you purchase one or ten shirts.  International shipping available for those interested. 

Here's what's in stock and ready to ship...

RETRO FLY T-SHIRTS
BLACK - SHORT SLEEVE - Medium







BLUEGILL T-SHIRTS
YAM - SHORT SLEEVE - Medium
GREEN - SHORT SLEEVE - 2XL
YELLOW - SHORT SLEEVE - Medium/XL/2XL






COMRADE SUN MASKS
I have just a few Free Fly Apparel bamboo/poly fabric Comrade sun masks left in blue and grey and they are reduced in price to $20 shipped instead $26.  I likely won't be bringing these back since I am essentially selling these at my own cost.





EAGLE CLAW FEATHERLIGHT FLY RODS
Want to try glass on the cheap?  Or gift someone their first fly rod?  Or just have a damn good time with a fly rod that costs $45 shipped?





I just took shipment of a new batch of Featherlight fly rods and have all three models in stock.  These models include the 6'6" 4/5 weight, 7' 5/6 weight, and 8' 5/6 (but also handles a 7 weight just fine).

Price?  $45 to your door with a couple T.F.M. decals and a Retro Fly koozie.

T.F.M. DECALS
There are a lot of good places to slap a T.F.M. decal and I've got a bunch in stock including the new "GLASS ROD. CLICK & PAWL." series.  Check the T.F.M. Decals page for the full rundown.  No shipping charge for decals through the end of this year.


I can take PayPal, check, or credit card for payment.  International shipping is never a problem and I am happy to figure the additional shipping cost out for you.

Send an email to thefiberglassmanifesto@gmail.com to place an order.

Thanks for the support.

90 Miles

There has been a lot of Cuba talk this week and I'd be lying if it wasn't some place that I'd really dig fly fishing at some point.  Will Benson of WorldANGLING has a new project in the works called "90 Miles" and it's worth your support.



Check out the WorldANGLING website for more information on this project and others.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Custom Fly Rod Craftiers - The Bandit Continues

It's been a few weeks since the first update on the Swift Fly Fishing Bandit 7'9" ten weight build that Robert Spalliero of Custom Fly Rod Crafters is building to be part of the T.F.M. Fly Rod Loan Program.

The grip is complete and it's on to wrapping the guides on amongst other things to get this build done.




Check out Custom Fly Rod Crafters for Epic blanks and all your rod building needs and look another update soon on this build as it should soon be finished.

Fly Fishing RMNP

Josh Rickard of Rocky Mountain Flyfisher has unlocked his film, Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park, on YouTube for the weekend and it's well worth watching.



Take some time to check out the Rocky Mountain Flyfisher website as there are a lot of other resources in trip planning such as e-books and a podcast.  Look for the Free Stuff tab.

Missed the free viewing or want to add this to your library?  This film is available on DVD or Blu Ray.

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 DAYS - The Orvis Company

I can't think of a better way to wrap up the 12 Days of Christmas than with Orvis and giving away a Superfine Glass fly rod, C.F.O. fly reel, and a Hydros Superfine fly line to complete the outfit.  All three of these items are "Made In U.S.A." and this is one sweet Christmas gift.


Of all the fiberglass fly rod projects that I am privy to know about, give opinions on, and in some cases go hands on with flexing prototypes, the Orvis Superfine Glass fly rods were a favorite.  In the end three fly rods made the series with the 7' three weight, 7'6" four weight, and 8' five weight.  I wouldn't be to surprised if a couple other models were added to this line up in the coming year...   

It's not been surprising to me that the interest for and sales of this series has far surpassed what even Orvis thought there would be and these fly rods have all been on back order from time to time this year.  The Superfine Glass fly rods are made, start to finish, in the Vermont rod shop, all have capable progressive tapers, and are just a ton of fun for the price tag.



I guess it was about a year and a half ago when Shawn Combs of Orvis put one of the late prototype C.F.O.'s in my hand on a trip together in the Catskills.  I've always had a thing for the C.F.O. fly reels and this series being "Made In U.S.A." just made them that much sweeter.  These fly reels just have the perfect look and click and I love to hear mine sing when a big fish runs.

Both the Superfine Glass fly rod series and C.F.O. fly reels were highlighted in the recent "10 For Fall" post which is worth checking out if you haven't.

There are a lot of fly line choices but the Hydros Superfine series of lines was designed with these same series of fly rods in mind making it the perfect choice to complete this outfit.

THE GIVEAWAY
The Orvis Company has generously put together a Superfine Glass fly rod outfit which is complete with C.F.O. fly reel and Orvis Hydros Superfine fly line.  I believe it will be winner's choice on which line weight model for this outfit.

There will be a total of ONE WINNER for today's giveaway.

THE RULES
-  Please send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com saying you want in on today's giveaway.

-  You will need to send an email each day to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

-  You will receive an auto response email back to confirm that your entry was received each day.

-  Please send only one email per email account.  Duplicate emails will be erased.

-  All emails must be received by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to qualify for this gear giveaway.

-  Winners will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced tomorrow morning at the end of this post.

-  Please note that if you win one of the days of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways then you are not eligible to win any other day.  Please give someone else a chance.

THE WINNER
I warmed up the random number generator for the final giveaway and it chose the following person as the winner of this excellent outfit...

JOHN WOOD

Congratulations and thanks to Orvis for this prize.

Check out the Orvis website for more information.

Bad Axe Design - Linocut Threefer

Jonathan Marquardt of Bad Axe Design has been busy in the studio and created several new pieces of lincocut artwork for a feature article in the latest issue of The Flyfish Journal.  The smallmouth piece to start this post just might be my most favorite piece of art that Jonathan has ever created.

GREEN LAKE POPPER REDUCTION LINOCUT





BASS AND DAMSEL LINOCUT

BRIDGE FISH 3 COLOR REDUCTION

Visit the Bad Axe Design website to see more of Jonathan's work and check out the Etsy page to purchase a piece of art or apparel.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 DAYS - VEDAVOO

There certainly couldn't be a "Made In U.S.A." giveaway and not include Vedavoo.  The ever growing list of products that owner Scott Hunter designs and builds one by one in his basement shop are as solidly built as they are genius.  Scott is extremely picky when it comes to the materials that are used in each of his products and the end results show why custom built to the highest standards are best.


If you've ever met Scott Hunter at any of the fly fishing shows that he attends each winter it's easy to see that his gear designs have purpose with every cut and stitch and he takes the time with every customer that walks into his booth to explain why he does what he does.  It's really impressive to watch Scott work. 

Something else to think about is that unless a piece of gear is sold at one of just a few specialty fly shop dealers throughout the country, then you can rest assured that the gear that you order from Vedavoo was fabric cut and sewed specifically just for you.  How cool is that? 

THE GIVEAWAY
In between a massive list of holiday orders, the Vedavoo crew found time to sew up three special slate colored "Comrade Edition" pieces to giveaway today.  These pieces include...

DAY PACK 


DRIFTER BOAT BAG & MESSENGER


TL BEAST SLING PACK


Click on the links above to learn more about each piece of gear.

There will be a total of THREE WINNERS for today's giveaway.

THE RULES
-  Please send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com saying you want in on today's giveaway.

-  You will need to send an email each day to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

-  You will receive an auto response email back to confirm that your entry was received each day.

-  Please send only one email per email account.  Duplicate emails will be erased.

-  All emails must be received by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to qualify for this gear giveaway.

-  Winners will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced tomorrow morning at the end of this post.

-  Please note that if you win one of the days of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways then you are not eligible to win any other day.  Please give someone else a chance.

THE WINNERS
The random number generator chose the following winners of this day's contest...

MARY VOGELSONG
DAN STEWART
ADAM TSALOFF

Congratulations and thanks to Vedavoo for creating these three special gear pieces for this giveaway.

Check out the Vedavoo website and follow the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.   Check out the first issue of TORCH which is their digital magazine highlighting the many sides of the Vedavoo life.