Sunday, May 19, 2024

When Things Slow Down Around Here...

When things slow down around here it doesn't mean that I'm not thinking about T.F.M. but more so it means that life is zooming way too fast to keep up.  The past several weeks have been busier than normal since Finn's varsity golf season was winding down.  Along with afternoon practices, they played a regional tournament, lower state tournament, and then last week, the 3A State Championship that was held at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University.  This meant a five day weekend  to practice, rest, and then play the two-day tournament along with fifteen other teams from throughout South Carolina. 
 

Finn is finishing his freshman year and this is the third year that he's played school golf.  It's been a great experience and his game continues to get better.  This season we've seen his scores really start to go low with shooting a 70 at his first tournament, being in the low to mid 70's several times through the season, and at the state championship having a day one score of 73 and a day two score of 79 after heavy storms and a two hour break, which admittedly added a few strokes getting back in the groove when play resumed.  He did finish on 18 with a 70+ foot putt that dropped for birdie on a tricky green that I'm kicking myself for not having a video of. 
 
In the end, Gilbert Indians Golf took 3rd Place and Finn was named an All Star for finishing in the top ten of individual scores.  We could not be prouder of all his hard work and stoked to see the progress he's made over the past several years.  I wish my game was even half of what his is.

So, I'm back to telling stories here and have so much to talk about.  Here we go again...

MAD RIVER OUTFITTERS - Essential Panfish Fly Fishing Loadout

This tutorial video from Mad River Outfitters is a few months old but still worth a watch.  I concur with Brian that a fiberglass fly rod, namely the 4-weight Orvis Superfine Glass, is wonderful for panfish.

Did you need an excuse for a new fly rod?  I'm not here to tell you no...


Check out and subscribe to the Mad River Outfitters YouTube channel for more.

CHANDLER'S REELING THOUGHTS

Longtime readers will remember the #yearofthebluegill and in all honesty, every spring these fish deserve a highlight.  Artist Chandler Hiatt's provoking Reeling Thoughts - Longear Sunfish painting popped up on my Instagram feed the other day and I knew it needed a share here.
 

Chandler wrote...  "It’s uncanny how almost everyone’s first fish they catch when fly fishing is a type of sunfish. I wanted to capture both the beauty and the thrill of adventure when catching these feisty fish on a trip with your friends.

By taking a child’s imaginative approach of thinking everything has something or someone behind the scenes pulling the strings, I decided to include a fun personality manning the fish. I ended up painting my long time fly fishing buddy Jacob as the pilot. He would totally jump at the chance to drive a sunfish."

 

See more of Chandler Hiatt's work on his website and follow along with the latest studio news and latest works on Instagram

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

6 Good Reads

This six-pack of goodness covers all sorts of topics and well worth a few click throughs.  Fun to see that Matt Dunn took my suggestion on reading his stories and also good to see B2 of Moldy Chum fame carving out another piece of the internet.  Enjoy...

OAK & OSCAR - AN OWNER STORY WITH TALES & TIPPETS


OUTSIDE BOZEMAN - A Q&A WITH MR. TOM MCGUANE


FISHBEER - READ OR LET MATT READ IT TO YOU

REEL PURE RADIO - INSPIRATION HAS TO HAVE AN OUTLET


FISHPOND - GUIDE STORIES WORTH READING

SKWALA LOUNGE - HOW MANY OF THESE THINGS DO YOU NEED?


What have you been reading this week?  Email and let me know...

Rising Brown Trout, Willow Grubs & Mayflies

I really enjoy the Jensen Fly Fishing YouTube channel and they do a great job at tag teaming and sharing their fly fishing adventures as a husband and wife team.  Press PLAY on this one...


Want to see more?  Click subscribe on their YouTube channel.  Visit the Jensen Fly Fishing website for more and consider becoming a member to support their journey.

MARSH WEAR - Spring 2024 Collection

With each collection, Marsh Wear just to be getting continually better.  I'm impressed.  Along with a solid Spring Collection, the Women Spring Collection is worth a look as well.


I'm a huge fan of the Fulton Volley Short which you can mix and match with any number of their t-shirts or sun shirts.  I have several pairs of these shorts and they are perfect for after work lounging, impromptu swims, fishing, hiking or exercise, and whatever else.

Visit the Marsh Wear website and pick up a few pieces to update your spring into summer wardrobe.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

SCHULTZ OUTFITTERS - Smallmouth Season Prep - Leader Build

You asked (over and over) and Schultzy delivers with his step-by-step on how he builds leaders for spring smallmouth fly fishing.  Take notes...



Check out the Schultz Outfitters website and see more of their videos on their YouTube channel.