Friday, January 30, 2015

Brookie On the Map

There are a handful of young artists within fly fishing that are continually doing unique work and this brook trout on a map original from Zane Porter is just so stellar in every way. 

Zane is low drag with no website right now but follow along on the Facebook, Instagram, and contact him through email if you are interested in his artwork.

Fly Fish Food - On Selling Flies

I follow a lot of fly tiers through their websites and social media and admittedly I end up buying a lot of flies from many of them as well.  I have a thing for picking up flies for upcoming trips and it's pretty neat to open my fly boxes and know exactly who tied which flies.  It brings a level of confidence to the flies that I use. 

Yesterday Cheech from Fly Fish Food put up a very well done post on the idea of making money from fly tying and it hits the mark on so many levels that I wanted to share it here so it would get a few more looks hopefully. 

The other way to look at this article is that you can take out the words "flies" and "fly tier" and replace with "fly rod" and "custom fly rod builder" all the same points can be made for the small shop rod builders that are typically highlighted on this website.

Here's my take on all of this...  If you want quality, and something different that may be more effective, then please prepare to pay for it.  The artisans that are doing something special should be paid for the work that they do.  This is a labor of love for many of them but they shouldn't go broke doing it.  

Read the Fly Fish Food article HERE.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Okay, this is going to be a lot of fun as Vedavoo has paired up with Andrea Larko in putting a coloring contest for the kids with nine digital art coloring pages to be crayoned up for a chance to win some great Kids Gear.

From now till the end of March Vedavoo will be taking entries through email or social media and at the end of March winners will be chosen.  Contest details on each coloring page.

Are these pages fun or what?

Download the coloring pages HERE and get your little angler on it.

Good luck and get coloring.

Asheville Down The Hatch Film Festival

Mark your calendars because Orvis is throwing a big party next month with the Down The Hatch Fishing Festival going down in Asheville on Wednesday, February 18th at the Highland Brewing Company.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. with games, food, drinks, and gear.  The film festival will start at 6 p.m. and there will be a lot of swag up for grabs with the proceeds from the event benefiting a South Holston River clean up.

Each $10 ticket includes two beers for those over 21 years of age.  That's a deal I can get my mind around.

Purchase your ticket online or in person at Hunter Banks or Orvis Asheville.

See you there.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

6 Cool Things To Read

Here's a sixer from around the fly fishing internet of articles and blog posts which caught my eye this week.  Take a few minutes to check them all out.

There's a reason why Matt Smythe's blog is called  Enjoy.

Mr. Morselli breaks down the highlights from last year's gear offerings and I concur on most of them.

There might be a lot of anglers that consider themselves a "Trout Bum" but they are a far cry from photographer Bryan Gregson, who for years couch surfed and lived out of plastic bins and gear bags kept in storage.  He's the real deal and he's got the photos to prove it.

The peeps at Postfly break down the blogs that you should be reading and since you are reading this you only have seven more to check out.

We all need more Jim Harrison in our lives and this collection of interviews on the Sporting Classic Daily website is a good start.

I know it's hard to come off the hip with a couple hundred dollars for a day on the water with a guide but it's well worth it.  Stalking The Seam tells you why.


Fine Tackle - CTS Fishing Quartz Build

Christian Hörgren of Fine Tackle makes a very excellent point along with this CTS Fishing Quartz six weight build that he recently finished on where would we be without CTS? 

There are a lot of small shop builders and others who would be left scratching their heads looking for another company to roll their blanks and they likely wouldn't come close to what they are getting now as far as quality or options.  

Christian wrote...  "Where would we be without CTS on New Zealand? They are one of the most important manufacturers of contemporary fiberglass blanks. They supply high end custom tapers to builders all over the world. They also have their own line of fiberglass rods, the Quartz series. This is an 8', 6wt Quartz rod that has been given +25% stiffness. It's a special edition made for the Swedish tackle shop Flyfishing Masters. This custom Quartz blank is available in other weights as well, and I can highly recommend it. This build was appointed in saltwater style, and will be the perfect companion for sea run brownies, bass or arctic pike."

Visit the Fine Tackle website for more information and images of this build and others.  This build will be available through Alternative Tackle.

Monday, January 26, 2015

EPIC = Quality Over Quantity

Though they have only been around for a couple years now, Swift Fly Fishing continues to impress with the creation of new Epic fiberglass blanks, collaborations with top level fly rod builders instead of shipping off the work to China, and sticking to the Swift Manifesto at all costs.

Swift Fly Fishing has some surprises up their sleeve for 2015.  Make sure you're following along.

Check out Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know.