Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Greetings From Beaver Island

We are having a slow start to our fifth morning on Beaver Island and it's given me some time to work through some photographs, get caught up on emails, and type out some notes on the trip so far.


The first three days were warm and full of sun and then yesterday the lights went out and it cooled down.  We've found carp each day without to much problem and everyone has had some really phenomenal turn and chase eats.

Lake Michigan is up considerably higher and the carp are pushing up in the grass around the islands which has made for some interesting presentations.

Here's a few images from the first few days.  Click any of the images to view in a larger format.













Well, we're looking at a noon start to give time for the weather to turn around and the lights to go on.  Two more days on the water and we're all looking forward to a few more shots and hopefully a few more eats.

Tail Fly Fishing Magazine - Issue 18

Need a fix?  The latest issue of Tail Fly Fishing Magazine is live and full of goodness.


CHECK IT.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Starter Kit Weekend Giveaway

Since this is the first full weekend of summer, I thought it would be a lot of fun to give away some great gear to three fortunate winners to jump start them with (almost) all the gear they'll need for a fun filled summer.

(Click Image To View The Full Greatness Of This Giveaway)

When I began putting this giveaway together I wanted it to highlight everything that is great about summer and in my mind was thinking warmwater ponds, quick evening fixes after work, and long weekends playing outside instead of mowing the damn yard.  Again.

There are three prize packages to be won this weekend and by my math each package totals in at somewhere around $800 retail value.  It's certainly worth tossing in a quick email to play.  You just might win and fingers crossed you do.

THE RULES
1.  Send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com and let me know where you're planning on fly fishing this summer?

2.  Please send only ONE EMAIL submission per email address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

3.  Submissions will be accepted until 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 29th, 2015. 

4.  On Monday morning THREE WINNERS will be chosen by random number generator and then listed at the bottom of this post.  Winners will also be contacted by email as well.

5.  Each of the winners will receive all of the following gear items...

CABELA'S C.G.R. 7'6" 7/8 WEIGHT

COSTA SUNGLASSES PROMO CARD

LOON OUTDOORS LOADED VESTNECK LANYARD

REP YOUR WATER BLUEGILL CAP & SUN MASK

SPORTSMAN BUMPER

UMPQUA DOUBLE WIDE & FLIES STASH

UMPQUA TAILGATER ORGANIZER

YETI COOLERS COLSTER

406 FLY LINES SEVEN WEIGHT FLY LINE

THE WINNERS
There was a huge response to this weekend giveaway and the random number generator picked these three fortunate winners...

MICHAEL VOSHEFSKI
BRIAN C. HAMILTON
JEFF CHIAPPINI

Congratulations fellows.

Thanks to the generosity and support of the following sponsors for making this giveaway possible...

Cabela's, Costa, Loon Outdoors, Rep Your Water, Sportsman Bumper, Umpqua, YETI Coolers, and 406 Fly Lines.

Good luck and have a great weekend.

Swift Fly Fishing - BIG GLASS DEALS

Later this afternoon I will be flying over to Beaver Island, Michigan and for a week I will hopefully put a fly in the mouths of a few tank carp and smallmouth aided in part by a few Swift Fly Fishing Epic fly rods that I just can't get enough of.  In my rod bag for this trip are the 686, 888, 990, and the Bandit which should hopefully cover all the bases while there.


As this trip was approaching, I asked Carl McNeil of Swift Fly Fishing if he'd mind doing a promotion on the "Big Sticks" starting at the ever favorite Epic 686 and ending with the freshly released Boca Grande #12.  Carl obliged and is offering 15% off at checkout when you click through the BIG GLASS link to make your purchase.

This promotion begins today and ends next Thursday, July 2nd.  So essentially the entire time I'm away on Beaver Island, you can take advantage of this exceptional offer to add an Epic fly rod to your life.  You know you need one...

Visit the BIG GLASS page to check out the blanks, kits, and finished fly rods available through this promotion.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kickstarter - The Angler's Pint

I came across this yesterday and with just a couple days left in the crowd funding campaign, there is still time to get involved in this good looking 21.5 ounce Angler's Pint glass featuring the brook trout artwork by Karen Talbot.



Visit the Kickstarter page for more information and take some time to visit the Karen Talbot Art website.  She's doing inspired work from fine art to illustration.