Sunday, February 19, 2017


This is just a quick heads up that the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo will be March 11th and 12th, 2017 and held at the Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center in Warren, Michigan.

If you live in the area, then this is a must do end of the winter weekend activity.  Scribble it on your calendar now.

Fortunately this year I'll already be in Michigan already for a family obligation and adding some time to be at the show.  I'm not sure right now if I'll have the opportunity to do a presentation (still working that out) but either way I'm looking forward to the show.

More information can be found on the MFFE website and follow along on the Facebook page too.

P.S.  The great looking MFFE art was done by Ryan Keene of RAKART.  His work has been highlighted on T.F.M. before and I look forward to meeting him at the show.

Another Day at Pyramid Lake

Access to Pyramid Lake reopened over the weekend after area roadways were washed away from flooding and thought this video was a timely share.  

It's been several years since I lasted visited Pyramid Lake (visit posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) but this still ranks as a favorite trip and one you should plan to do with a group of friends. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017


April Vokey X Untamed Angling X Epic Bandit = THE DORADO

Look for the full film at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival showing near you.

LOON LIVE: Drake & Jig

Is it already Thursday?  It's time for another free LOON LIVE fly tying session brought to you for from Loon Outdoors

Tonight's session will feature the Awe Shucks and Jig Bird for your trout box.

Sign up on the LOON LIVE web page and be ready at the vise when it starts at 6:00 p.m. PST.

Visit the Loon Outdoors website for everything from tying tools to swag.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PROOF FLY FISHING - Online Instructional Class Reminder

This is a quick reminder that Matthew Draft of Proof Fly Fishing is still taking fly rod kit orders for the upcoming online instructional class.  Orders will be taken through Saturday, February 18th, 2017 and the first online class will begin the next Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Visit this T.F.M. post for the full explanation of this offering from Proof Fly Fishing.

Want in?  Place your order HERE.

Warmwater Fly Fishing Podcast - Interview On Glass Fly Rods

Last week Mike Malone of the Warmater Fly Fishing Podcast called and we did a short interview on fiberglass fly rods which is worth a listen.  Enjoy.

Listen to "Episode 010" on Spreaker.

Visit the Warmwater Fly Publishing website along with the Spreaker page for other podcasts to give a listen to.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LEIDERMAN RODS - A Peek Inside The New Shop

As a hack blogger I just need an internet connection and my MacBook to do some work.  This means a coffee shop, picnic table sitting beside a food truck, chair in the corner of a fly shop, bar stool, hotel room, or my fly tying desk all work.  For a small shop custom fly rod builder it requires a specific work space or series of work spaces to do it right.  These work spaces range from "dirty room" where lathe work is done to "clean room" where wrapping and finish work is done.

Matt Leiderman of Leiderman Rods recently moved and with that meant resetting his shop to the basement of the new house.  He posted a few images on Facebook which I thought were a neat insight to how and where he works as a rod builder.

Matt wrote on the Leiderman Rods Facebook page...

"It's been too long since I've posted...sorry for that!  Goal for the year is to get more informal content up and get more rods built!

I'll start by posting some photos of the shop (when it was clean!). We moved a few months ago and while it was a big undertaking it is proving to be a great move. The shop was put together more with rods in mind and is proving to be efficient for building so far.  Thanks for your patience!"

I have a tremendous respect for Matt as a rod builder and his flawless work speaks for itself.  His custom fly rods are top shelf in every way and every time.  I count myself fortunate to have his builds as part of my own collection.

Visit the Leiderman Rods website for more information and be sure to follow along on the Facebook page and the newly created Instagram page for shop news and updates.