Thursday, August 27, 2015

6 Good Reads

Another week and another half dozen favorite online blog posts and articles to keep you busy for a little bit.  Enjoy.

My good buddy Mike at has been banging out the posts lately and it's great to see his blog continue to provide great content, gear reviews, and trip reports.

Good to see that I'm not the only one that can screw things up from the front of the boat with nothing more than mentally not being where I need to be. 

When you have a few dozen guides that work out of a shop, you quickly figure out what gear works and what doesn't.  The solar panel looks mighty handy and having a bluetooth speaker around camp or the kayak wouldn't be the worst thing either.

Beautiful images of a very excellent weathervane.

Author Henry Ramsey wrote just a short piece the other day on fly fishing with his old Fenwick and it's a stellar reminder that just because it as old as you (or older) doesn't mean it's any less wonderful of a fly rod.

Thank goodness that Mr. Barton is still around and keeping fly fishing blogging weird and always making us think a little (and a lot sometimes) more than we were before.  The website's ABOUT page will catch you up with where he's coming from in short order.

What are you reading this week?

The Study Of A Hall Pass

I think every parent and spouse that juggles family life with the want and need to be on the water will totally get this excellent film by Dustin Miller.

More goodness on the Vimeo page.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Doing It The (New) Old Way

Sometimes it's just so satisfy to do something the old way...even if you're using new ways of doing it.

Michigan guide Matt Zudweg has been having a good time this summer with his Seele Fly Rods Rapid fiberglass eight weight and his balsa Gerbubble Bugs.

Matt wrote...  "There is something very satisfying about throwing vintage balsa on glass. It makes me feel more connected to anglers who have gone before me." 

Want to see how Matt creates the Gerbubble Bugs?  Check out this T.F.M. post to see the step by step of a batch that he did last winter.

Want to do it the old way with Matt?  Book a smallie trip on the Muskegon River with him.  Check out the Z Fly Fishing website for more information. 

A Free History Of...

You may already know that several of the fellows from Howler Brothers are also three of five parts of the band, Wrinkle Neck Mules

Here's a collection of fifteen free tunes to press PLAY on and rock out in your cubicle.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Grizzly Coolers 40 - Review Follow Up

It doesn't happen that often around here but it's good to circle back to a past gear review with an update to see how that gear is holding up.  The Grizzly Coolers 40 is one of those things.

By my count, the Grizzly Coolers 40 has been in the back of the F-150 pickup truck that I drive while working with the Lexington Police Department for well over 400 days and it may be closer to 500 days now.  The first thing that I do each morning when I arrive at work is to make sure the cooler is full of water and sports drinks and give it a half bucket of fresh ice to top it off.  When you work outside in the heat of South Carolina, it's imperative to keep everyone hydrated on a scene.   

The other day I noticed that one of the BearClaw Latches on the cooler was ripped apart and my first thought was that the rubber was likely breaking down being in the elements for over a year.  We have had a brutal summer with weeks and weeks over 100 degrees each day and that was after an usually cold winter with weeks in the teens.  Somewhat typical South Carolina summer weather with some atypical South Carolina winter weather, the Grizzly Coolers 40 has seen it all.

After getting a couple new BearClaw Latches in the mail and comparing them to the used latches, I think that it's less about the rubber breaking down and more likely one of the many first responders tried to force the lid open when either both latches weren't unlatched or the cooler was vapor locked and they didn't vent it before forcing the lid open damaging the latch.  Oh well, it happens.   

The good thing in all of this is that new BearClaw Latches are easily to order and even easier to replace as the next few photos can attest.  Seriously, this takes mere seconds to fix.   

Back in business and I figure if I go through a latch every now and then it's still well worth it to have cold drinks day in and day out.  This cooler has been a lifesaver on more than one critical incident.

The Grizzly Coolers 40 continues to impress and even if it looks a bit weathered after riding in the back of the truck for over the past year, it will performs just like it should.

How much does my agency believe in using premium coolers in our vehicles now?  Since I started using mine, we have now added two more premium coolers to our patrol vehicles and always have all three loaded up ready at all times with cold drinks.

To read the past Grizzly Coolers 40 gear review, click HERE.

Visit the Grizzly Coolers website for more information.

Catch Magazine - Issue #42

The latest issue of Catch Magazine is live and is a trip around the angling world from behind the lens.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Introducing C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co.

Longtime readers may remember Craig Crumbliss from a T.F.M. post fly fishing in Orlando years ago.  Craig's interest in glass was just beginning then though fast forward to the present and he's recently launched a new venture dubbed the C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co. with his initial offerings with both fiberglass and bamboo. 

Craig has worked for the better part of the last year to find a series of suitable imported blanks that he will build off of and each four piece build includes high grade cork, Lemke hardware, and cork or hardwood reel seats.

I've had to opportunity to demo both the four and five weight and these are excellent casting fly rods.  I especially like that they are four piece builds for ease in traveling.

Craig wrote...  "The rods that I offer are constructed on two different size blanks from the same series.  These blanks are among the best I found when searching through several different manufacturers.  I hope to work with the vendor to expand this series to include a few different sizes in the future.  

My current offerings are:

7’6″ 4 Weight - Four Piece
8’0″ 5 Weight - Four Piece

The blanks have a medium-progressive action with a firm but noticeably fiberglass feel, the four piece design with tip-over-butt ferrules make a very packable rod ready to accompany you into the backcountry.  The light carmel colored blanks are finished with black nickel Snake Brand guides wrapped with fine YLI silk, coated with a light build epoxy.  The rod is connected to the angler through the hand turned “flor-grade” grip which is turned on the rod blank.  Finishing the butt section are Lemke reel seats, the LC14 Pocketed slideband seat on the 4wt and the Garrison style GS1 Downlocking seat on the 5wt.  Standard rods have a cork reel seat insert while the deluxe rods have a hand picked hardwood reel seat insert.

Rods are secured in a sewn cotton rod sleeve and will ship in a pvc tube packed inside a USPS Priority shipping tube.  I’m happy to offer an aluminum rod tube at my cost of $30.  USPS Priority Shipping in the U.S. is $15, outside the U.S. please contact me and we can figure out the best option for your needs.

The first series of rods will be offered for $265/285."

For those interested in the first sold four or five weight fiberglass fly rod, Craig will also include the matching 406 Fly Lines to accompany the purchase free of charge.

Check out the C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co. website for more information. 

Have a question or would like to place an order?  Email Craig at