Monday, June 21, 2021

JP ROSS FLY RODS & CO. - Beaver Meadow S-Glass is Coming Soon

When I think back to the "players" in the glass game from when I started The Fiberglass Manifesto almost thirteen years ago, the listing on the Fly Rod Makers page was short with maybe a dozen companies.  Fast forward to now and that list is pushing 100 and I'm likely missing a few. 

JP Ross Fly Rods & Company was on the short list then and they've continued through the years to do what they do best by sticking to their Adirondacks roots.  The Beaver Meadow series of fly rods has been through a few generations over the years and will soon be re-born in S-Glass.
So, this post is just the tease of things to come but more will be released soon...

This was lifted off the JP Ross Fly Rods & Company Facebook page...

"It's the Summer Solstice. A special day for me and many other cultures. I love watching the sun come up and go down on this day, and I usually spend it completely on the water. The longest sunlight day of the year. So on this special day, I'd like to make it even more special....
Something has been in the works. It's taken years and honestly a lot of investment to bring you something new that is worthy of the iconic Beaver Meadow Name. Look for a full release on this new line of rods in the upcoming weeks.  
There is E-Glass... and there is S-Glass.  Start asking questions and feel the difference only our rods will offer.  This new rod series is what over two decades of rod building will bring. Stay tuned.
Subscribe to our newsletter for insider info and special limited release discounts.

Updates will be featured on our social media pages and on The Fiberglass Manifesto."
More on all if this will be coming soon, including a T.F.M. giveaway, so follow along with the latest on the JP Ross Fly Rods & Company social media pages with Facebook and Instagram.

BAJÍO Sunglasses - The #mybajio Contest

I'll be flying over to Beaver Island later this week and in my essentials gear stash are a couple pairs of Bajío Sunglasses.  A few days around the barrier islands in the middle of Lake Michigan looking for carp and smallmouth on the flats should be good testing grounds for the lenses in these sunglasses.
After ten years of spending a week on Beaver Island each summer, I guess you could call it my "Bajío".
Bajío Sunglasses wants to see your special places this summer with their #mybajio Contest that was announced last week on their social media pages.  It's a way that you can win your own pair of sunglasses by showing off a place that is special to you.

Announcing the #mybajio Contest!

Bajío Sunglasses is looking for your best shots. Show us your favorite fishing spot or hang-out zone. Your “bajío.”

If we like your photo or video best, you’ll win a free pair of shades and other Bajío gear.

We'll choose a winner every week all summer long.

To Enter:
1. Post a photo or video on Instagram
2. Use #mybajio in the caption.
3. Tag us in the post.
4. Follow Bajío Sunglasses on Instagram.

Winners announced every Friday! Full terms and conditions on the Bajío Sunglasses website.
Jump over to the Bajío Sunglasses to check out their sunglasses.  If first impressions mean anything, I like what I see in both the Bales Beach and Nato sunglasses.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS - An Industry Opportunity with Perks

As I get within five years of being able to (not saying that I will...) retire from a career in law enforcement, I find opportunities within the fly fishing industry to be really interesting.  The latest job posting that I've been eyeing is with Scientific Anglers and it would be tempting to return home to Michigan with all the fly fishing opportunities that are there along with working with a great team.

I stopped in at the Scientific Anglers headquarters a couple summers ago and I had a great time seeing behind the curtains at how these "Made in USA" fly lines are designed, made, spooled, and packaged.  It's quite a place.  You can look at this T.F.M. post for the full dispatch.    

Scientific Anglers is currently looking for a "Converting Operator" and this position comes with a sign on bonus and relocation incentives.  Did I mention there are quite a few angling opportunities nearby?
Lifted from the Scientific Anglers Facebook page...
If you’ve ever been curious about working in the fly-fishing industry but didn’t know where to start this is a great opportunity!!  For all of us at SA, the words "Made in America" mean an unwavering promise of quality, backed by over 75 years of innovation, passion, and pride. We are hiring for the team of converting operators.

The Converting Operator will support the manufacture and shipment of fly lines by performing coiling, looping and packing job functions. This position is for a 1st/2nd rotating shift schedule with the possibility of switching to a 1st/3rd rotating shift schedule.

Our commitment to you:
• Our starting rate is $15.50/hour and we hire on a full-time basis.
• We offer a $1,000 sign-on bonus.
• We have a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes paid holidays, three weeks paid-time-off, medical, vision and dental coverage, an employer-matched 401(k) savings plan, and merchandise discounts at Orvis and SA.
• We reward productivity with monthly incentive bonuses and annual pay increases, along with fun perks such as catered lunch Wednesdays and paid fishing days.
• Our Careers Pathway provides opportunities for skill growth and financial advancement.
• We pride ourselves in maintaining a clean and safe work environment for all of our associates.
• Relocation incentives are available for relocation to the Midland, MI area.

REDINGTON - All Jokes Aside

Take a few minutes as Eeland Stribling, stand-up comedian and biologist, takes the microphone in the latest shortie film from Redington.  

I continue to enjoy the work of RC Cone of Tributaries Digital Cinema and the videos that he's created for Redington.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

FILSON - #UnfailingGoods for Father's Day

Father's Day is just a few days away and if you're looking for something special for a dad in your life, gear or apparel from Filson is the right choice.  I would even go as far to say that this holiday is the perfect opportunity to gift a bag or luggage piece that will always be remembered. 

A few favorites include the Dryden Briefcase, Heritage Sportsman Bag, 48-Hour Duffle Bag, or one of the Rugged Twill Duffel Bag.  The Ripstop Nylon Travel Pack is perfect for keeping track of the extras too.  I carry one inside my Dryden Briefcase with charge cords and more for work. 

Need more help?  Filson has created a Father's Day Gift Guide and orders placed by June 11th are expected to arrive on time for dad.

I've mentioned it before that I have an ongoing affiliate relationship with Filson and purchases made by using the links in posts like this, through the Affiliations page, and when I share something on Instagram, all put a few coins in the T.F.M. piggy bank.  Thanks in advance if you've supported me by doing this.  I appreciate it.

THE MISSION - Issue 27

Grab that second (or third) cup of coffee and dive into the latest issue of The Mission.  It's like a free trip around the angling world to help get you through your day.  It might leave you a little distracted though for far off places.  I get it. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

REMINDER - CCH Summer Sessions Kick Off with TFM this Sunday

I know that I brought up a couple weeks ago that Crooked Creek Holler is kicking off some good times with their Summer Sessions series and I'm stoked to have been asked to hang out at the first one which is coming up this Sunday, June 13th in Asheville, North Carolina.  
Can you make it?  Sure would be cool if you did.  Here's why...

Along with Southern Culture on the Fly smoking meats on the CCH shop Traeger and Hi-Wire Brewing serving up free brews, there is a raffle planned which all the proceeds will be used to build Vedavoo gear for The Mayfly Project.  A $10 raffle ticket might score you some sweet swag and your donation will go a long ways in the mission of mentoring foster children through fly fishing.

I haven't traded notes with Danny of Crooked Creek Holler lately but so far here's the support that T.F.M. friends have offered up to support these raffles.  Thank you to each for taking the time to put together some gear to raffle up for a great cause.
Want more information?  Check out Crooked Creek Holler and follow along for the latest updates on the CCH Facebook and Instagram pages.