Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE WADING LIST - From Architect To Rodbuilder

I was tipped off this week on The Wading List and it's hard not to be impressed with the website when their first video feature highlights architect and phenom rod builder, Christian Hörgren of Fine Tackle.

Take a few minutes and check out The Wading List.  Consider following along on Facebook, Instagram, and sign up for the newsletter as well.  Other good things are sure to come.

KICKSTARTER - Gilman Grips Oar Handles

The Gilman Grips website launched recently and their Kickstarter project is winding down in a few days.  Though far from being funded, I think Jeff Gilman has a great idea here that is worth a look if you spend any time at all on the sticks.

Visit the Gilman Grips website for more information.  Check out the Kickstarter page to watch the video and consider funding this new idea.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


It sure seems like we've done this before (oh yeah, like ten times already) but every time is more important than the last to do what each of us can to keep Bristol Bay what it is today and what is can be tomorrow.

The short turn benefits of an open pit mine could easily destroy and erase historic salmon runs, demolish 14,000 jobs that depend on commercial fishing, affect sport fishing and tourism in the area and take away a 10,000 year cultural tradition of subsistence from the people who call this region their home.

Today is the LAST DAY to comment on this and send a message to the EPA that the Bristol Bay region is too valuable a wild resource to let the Pebble Mine project move forward.

How many email addresses do you still use?  Maybe take two minutes and send comment from each one.

Visit the Save Bristol Bay website for more information and to make your voice heard.


I've talked about the projects that Jason Rolfe of SYZYGY Fly Fishing has brought to the masses before, like Writers on the Fly and the Blue Boat Sessions, and his latest invention is a podcast dubbed, The Fly Tapes.  Each episode will be feature readings or conversation with various fly fishing writers.  Undoubtedly, these should be good.

Episode 00 and Episode 01 with Dylan Tomine are up with the promise of more in the coming weeks.

Visit the SYZYGY Fly Fishing website for more information and subscribe on iTunes.

Friday, October 13, 2017

PROOF FLY FISHING - Friday Fly Rod Building Tutorials - Episode 1

Matthew Draft of Proof Fly Fishing has kicked off a new series of fly rod building tutorials on their Vimeo page and I will be sharing these videos each Friday until the videos are complete.

Episode 1 covers  "Essential Tools" needed to work on, repair, and to build your own fly rod. 

Future videos will cover subjects like making making a rattan grip, replacing a reel seat, repairing a broken guide,among other things.

Visit the Proof Fly Fishing website for more information or to place an order.

IN THE SALT - Issue #3

The latest online issue of In The Salt is live and ready for your weekend reading stack.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SMITHFLY - The Shoal Tent

Ethan Smith of SmithFly is always thinking and his latest invention is the Shoal Tent.  This inflatable shelter and floating raft boasts a six inch thick high pressure floor, eight foot by eight foot outer dimensions, and over six foot tall in the waterproof tent center. 

I can think of some fun adventures with the family with this and our kayaks on the family pond. 

The first batch of Shoal Tents arrive in late December/early January and will be priced at $1,499.00.

Pre-order yours now on the SmithFly website.