Saturday, May 1, 2021

THE ARTICULATE FLY - T.F.M. Podcast Interview

Last week, I enjoyed an evening chat with Marvin Cash of The Articulate Fly podcast.  We talked, T.F.M., fiberglass fly rods, life, fly fishing, and much more.  I kinda felt like I rambled on and on more than once  but maybe that's me being too critical on myself.  If you don't hear that, maybe Marvin edited it a bit...

There are quite a few different ways that you can listen to this episode and you'll find the various links on The Articulate Fly webpage for this episode. 

Marvin, thanks for the opportunity to be on the show.  I really appreciate it.

TOM MORGAN RODSMITHS - An interview with Gerri Carlson

Tom Morgan Rodsmiths is celebrating their 25th birthday and deep diving into some storytelling with Gerri Carlson, co-founder and partner of Tom Morgan, with this entertaining filmed interview.  

Keep an eye on Tom Morgan Rodsmiths as they have a lot going on in Bozeman, Montana that is worthy of following along with.  Keep up with the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, April 26, 2021

ORVIS - 2020 Impact Report

I didn't get a chance to share this on Earth Day but it's still worth a read and scroll through to see what our friends of Orvis have been done over the last year with their 2020 Impact Report.

Jump over and give the 2020 Orvis Impact Report and take a look.  There are quite a few links within the page to dive deeper into what and who they are supporting with non-profit organizations and initiatives. 

Visit the Orvis website to see their latest gear offerings.  I'm a big fan of the Superfine Glass fly rods and everything in the PRO Collection is dialed as well.

HUGE FLY FISHERMAN - 6 Day Raft Trip - Part 1

Ben of the Huge Fly Fisherman fame, and a group of buddies, take on the "Yellowstone River" for a multi-day raft, fish, beer, camp, drift, fish, beer, and more fish trip.  He's breaking the trip up in three videos and I'll likely share them since this is a dream trip for me and it's not bad starting your Monday at the office with a thirty-minute escape.

You'll notice Jerms with his #glassisnotdead knit hat keeping his ears toasty and it's got me thinking it might be time to get Rep Your Water working on a third generation T.F.M. knit hat for this fall and winter.  Who's in? 

Check out Huge Fly Fisherman, subscribe on YouTube, and Ben's a fun follow on Instagram too.

Friday, April 23, 2021


There's just a few days left this month to get your name in for the Epic April Prize Draw where one lucky angler will walk away with an Epic 476 fly rod, Backcountry fly reel, Epic fly line, fly wallet, and hip flask from Swift Fly Fishing.
Visit the Epic April Prize Draw webpage, enter your email address, click a few boxes, and be sure to follow Swift Fly Fishing on Instagram as well.  


C. BARCLAY FLY ROD CO. - Resuming Orders

I guess it was a little over a month ago that I shared that Chris Barclay was pausing new orders and after some serious shop time, along with some day trips to his local brookie haunts, he's opening up the books for orders again.  You can read the update on his "Resuming Orders" blog post.

If you've been thinking that you need a C. Barclay Fly Rod Co. fly rod in your life, you're right.  You do.

Last summer I shared the experience of picking up my fly rod from Chris with a day on the water but I need to circle back and share the photos of my Synthesis 68 being built.  I believe that I'll do that early next week, so look for it.

Visit the C. Barclay Fly Rod Co. website to see his latest offerings, start at the top and scroll down through his blog posts, and follow along with shop news of all sorts on Facebook and Instagram

Saturday, April 17, 2021

RECYCLED WADERS - The Making of the T.F.M. Zippered Stash Bags

I guess it was a couple of months ago now that I was left home alone for the weekend.  I decided to take advantage of the time and did a deep dive into the gear closet working on getting rid of quite a few things that needed new homes.  During this cleanse, I came across three old pairs of waders that either failed or had enough history of falls, scrapes, or leaks to not trust on my next trip.  I tossed them in the corner and continued working.

It had been awhile since I had last talked to Patrick Jenkins of Recycled Waders but didn't want to toss the waders without talking with him first to see if he wanted them.  I sent a text and he answered back with his mailing address and asked if I wanted to do use them for some sort of collaboration.  That spurred a volley of text messages and phone calls where we hashed out a bunch of ideas even down to tweaking the Recycled Waders logo by tucking the Retro Fly where the "A" should be. 

Every now and then I'd get a couple teaser photos with an update on our project and I'm stoked that a box of Recycled Waders X T.F.M. Zippered Stash Bags are in my hands now. 

I added the Zippered Stash Bags to the T.F.M. Store this morning and I thought it would be fun to share a few images from the Recycled Waders shop showing how these were built and with what.  Everything except the thread and zipper has been upcycled from the three pairs of waders (or something else he had in the shop) that I sent and it's certainly neat to see what was worn now gets a new life. 

If you want your own R.W. X T.F.M. Zippered Stash Bag, jump over to the T.F.M. Store and send me an email.  I have three dozen of the stash bags in stock with another dozen or so coming soon. 

Please note these there were made from worn waders and there's going to be variations in each one.  I can give you a color choice of either a green or gray color from the waders they were made from.   

Have your own pair of worn out waders?  Consider sending them to Recycled Waders for future T.F.M. collaboration gear to be made and maybe we can work out a deal on getting something to you as thanks.

Check out the Recycled Waders website and follow along with the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.