Friday, April 17, 2015

REVIVE - Spring 2015

There has been a virtual wave of online magazines that all went live with new issues this week and one of the first that I want to highlight is Revive.  This quarterly fly fishing journal just seems to get better with each issue.

In this issue of Revive I am excited to have the first of a series of articles dubbed "Prime Glass".  These pictorials, with a few words mashed in there too, are coming from two angles and will highlight my fly fishing photography taken with prime or fixed camera lenses as well as cover fly fishing with fiberglass fly rods.

This first article highlights the recent trip to Pyramid Lake and there are a few images published that haven't been included in "The Ladder Diaries" series of posts so please click through to give it a look.



Remember Mr. Yukon Goes Fishing?  Need a few quick reminders?  Check HERE, HERE, and HERE.  He's back with his latest GoPro edit with Greenies Invade.  Enjoy.

Check out Yukon Goes Fishing and the Vimeo page for more goodness.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LOON LIVE - Bow-Dacious/Bass Buster

Got plans for tonight?  Have you checked out a LOON LIVE fly tying session?  Tonight Matt will be filling up the minnow box with the Bow-Dacious and Bass Buster. 

These sessions teach you how to tie various flies along with highlighting the various Loon Outdoors products that make these flies that much better.

Check out the LOON LIVE website for more information and to register for tonight's session and view the library of past fly tying sessions too.

Find Your Water - Cutties & Couloirs

Episode 2 of Redington's Find Your Water series dropped this week with a mash up from Wyoming of cutthroat trout and pow.  Good to see the Butter Stick get some play as well.

Check out the Redington website for more information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Graywolf Rods - Seele Fly Rods #400

I am highlighting this recent Graywolf Rods build for several reasons besides this six weight being drop dead sharp in cosmetics.

First, this is the 400th numbered build that Shane Gray has completed since he first started building on glass blanks a few years ago.  This is undoubtedly impressive and it has been really neat to see Shane grow from a part time builder to making the move over a year ago making Graywolf Rods his full time job.  Without a doubt, he has a long list of customers to thank to have made this move possible.

Second, this build also serves to let you know that Shane is now building on Seele Fly Rod blanks and can order any blank that they offer.

Shane wrote... "This Seele Fly Rods blank build marks a milestone for me, my 400th serial numbered fiberglass fly rod build.  

I started to serial number all main stay fiberglass builds shortly after I meet Cameron of The Fiberglass Manifesto and his love for fiberglass fly rods inspired me and countless others. 

I recall Mike McFarland offering fiberglass builds many years ago and with the advancements in his taper design, and trying out this 8'8" 6wt model at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo last month, I felt it was a great fit for #400. 

The #400 build consist of the Seele Fly Rods 8'8" six weight four piece fiberglass blank, a buckeye burl wood reel seat spacer, all blued hardware and a slim modest wells cork grip.  I wrapped the rod in light olive, tipped black with trim bands of antique gold.  All finished in spar varnish.  The action of the rod is smooth and progressive with a wonderful feel, and you won't forget the reserve power in this rod. 

This fly rod has been sold but I would also like to let everyone know that I can purchase blanks directly from Seele Fly Rods if you'd like to have one built for you as well."

Congratulations Shane.  Looking forward to seeing the next four hundred builds now.

Check out the Graywolf Rods website, Blog, and Facebook page to follow along with the latest builds and shop news.

SmithFly - Shop Grand Opening

I've mentioned it a couple times lately that Ethan Smith of SmithFly has a lot of cool things in the works but the next big deal is the grand opening of the new shop in Troy, Ohio this coming Friday.

If you're in the area then consider coming out and checking out the new digs, eat some barbecue, and listen to some local bluegrass.

From the SmithFly presser...

"Innovative fly fishing gear maker SmithFly Designs is opening a retail location and workshop on Friday, April 17 at 211 East Water Street in Troy, Ohio.

The store will offer a complete line of fly fishing gear and paddle sport items, including kayaks, coolers, stand up paddle boards, fly rods, reels, soft goods and apparel. It will also offer guided local fishing trips, casting lessons, introductory fly fishing workshops and fly tying classes.

Grand Opening Celebration 
A ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by Troy Mayor Mike Beamish and the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will take place at 4:00 p.m., followed by an open house with refreshments and live entertainment that will last until 8:00 p.m.

Since launching SmithFly in 2010, owner Ethan Smith has won awards for his creative and groundbreaking approach to modular fly fishing gear, including Best New Angling Product from Gray’s Sporting Journal (2013).

“The new shop is situated right on the banks of Great Miami River, letting customers walk right from the front door to the river to test gear,” said Smith. “I’m thrilled to have such a unique, hands-on location to spread the joy of fly fishing.”

Along with fly fishing and paddle sports items, SmithFly offers custom graphic design and brand services for small businesses. Smith’s design portfolio includes work for several Fortune 500 companies.

About SmithFly Designs
SmithFly Designs offers American made fly fishing vests, tackle bags, waist packs, belts and pouches with interchangeable parts that enable fly fishermen to customize their gear. It was founded by designer Ethan Smith in 2010 and is based in Troy, Ohio. To learn more, visit"

Monday, April 13, 2015