Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Resetting The Switch

I realize that things slowed down to a crawl around here over the last week or so but work has really kicked up with the police department with a series of special events, a last minute donation drive for Hurricane Matthew relief for a nearby community that is still underwater, and everything else that goes into the day of being a supervisor in the division that I work with.  It's busy but I enjoy the work immensely.

Last weekend though, I got to reset the switch.

This past weekend we took off for a few days of camping in western North Carolina and hiking in the Pisgah National Forest.  It's tough to beat some solid family time, putting a few miles on the hiking boots, playing games around the fire, and of course, camp food.  This was a much needed weekend away before the start of another hectic week that we're almost halfway through.

I kept it simple and just took the 50mm lens along with my Nikon for a few snaps from the weekend.  Hadley and Finn are sure growing up fast and weekends like this remind us what really matters.

I can just make it through to Friday morning then we'll be headed back to the Pisgah National Forest for another weekend camping trip with friends.  We're almost all packed up already and this trip should be a snap getting ready for.  I might even get out on the water on Friday before everyone arrives which would be a lot of fun.  I can already smell the campfire and see the stars overhead.

KICKSTARTER - FisheWear: FUNctional Fishing Fashion

FisheWear is in the last few days of their Kickstarter campaign and could use a little more support to push them over their goal.  I could see my wife or daughter wearing this well thought out and good looking tech apparel on the water or out and about.

Visit the FisheWear website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

MATCH THE HATCH: Fly Fishing Bait Balls at Pyramid Lake

This is like ten levels of awesomeness.  Bait balls, and hungry Lahontan Cutthroat, for days. 

I've got to figure in a trip back to Pyramid Lake sometime very soon.

Click PLAY. Don't blame me if you watch it ten times in a row.

Oh yeah, Pyramid Fly Company is the new kid on the block.  Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest goodness and trip reports.

DUN Magazine - No. 16.4

The latest issue of DUN Magazine is live for your weekend reading.  Enjoy.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

6 Fall Collections You Should Be Wearing Now

The southeast is blessed with some stellar small shop (but growing) brands and they've all dropped fall collections over the past couple weeks that you should take a look at.

Check them all out and take advantage of the promo codes listed with each company.

Not only has Danny Reed of Crooked Creek Holler dropped a few new items for fall on the website, but there's a whole new website to check out too.

Use promo code "FIBERGLASS" for 15% off all orders over $40 until midnight on October 31, 2016.

It's been awhile since we've talked about Ryan Sharpe's artwork and Dead Weight Fly apparel but that doesn't mean he hasn't been grinding.

Use code "DWF15" for 15% off all orders through October 31st, 2016.

The Flood Tide Co. crew are always having fun and the fall collection sparked off with the idea of "Mountains to Marsh" with a new logo and a handful of great new apparel items.

Use code "TFM2016" for 25% off through October 31st, 2016.

With bamboo fabric as a base, Free Fly Apparel continues to add to their men and women collections with base layers, shirts, hoodies, and jackets.

Use code "TFM15" for 15% off your order for the next week.

Charleston is home to many of these brands mentioned and Marsh Wear Clothing continues to impress with some really sharp artist collaborations that are worth a look.

Use code "MW20" for 20% off your order.  Code is good for a single use.

Always irreverent but always relevant, the boys at S.C.O.F. have you covered from the Surly Monkey foamie to the latest version of the Trailer Trash t-shirt.

No code here as they are barely covering their nut in getting things printed, packaged, and shipped.

Don't dress like your friends.  Wear these brands.  Unless they are also wearing these brands, in which case, dress like your friends.

P.S.  Most of these companies listed were off for a week during Hurricane Matthew.  A order right now would be a big help in jump starting them off again. 

TroutfishNC: Summer Brookies

Here's your moment (all three and half minutes of it) of southern Appalachian brook trout Zen.

Follow Folkus Media on Instagram to follow their journey and the projects that they are working on next.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

KICKSTARTER - Kammok Sunda

This.  Is.  Awesome.  Kammok launched their latest Kickstarter yesterday and it's already beyond the goal funded for the Sunda, a do everything outdoors two person tent, solo hammock shelter, and sun shelter.

Visit the Kickstarter page for more information and consider playing along in the Kammok Adventure Kit Giveaway that sparked off yesterday as well for a chance to win some seriously great gear over the next five weeks.  Good luck.