Monday, April 22, 2019

John Muir - The Godfather of Conservation

Over the weekend artist Paul Puckett posted a sketch of John Muir on his social media and it was perfect timing, not only since Earth Day is today but also since my family and I were wrapping up a spring break road trip that took us from San Fransisco, California on an over 2,000 mile trip that ended in Las Vegas, Nevada where we visited five National Parks, a National Monument and passed through multiple National Forests along the way.


The references to John Muir were especially evident at Yosemite National Park but his fingerprints could be seen elsewhere on the trip as well.  I spent a lot of time driving through the week from mountains to forests to deserts to canyons and over these huge expanses of public land, I was really left at awe and so thankful for this gift to share with my children, who were equally at awe. 

Hopefully this will continue from generation to generation and we'll place the appropriate value on conservation as well.  It's important.  Today and for all the tomorrows.    
If you enjoy Paul Puckett's work, be sure to check out the Sporting Art of Paul Puckett website and follow along on Facebook and Instagram too. 

Need some #goodcleanlivin in your life, look around the Flood Tide Co. website as well.

HOWLER BROTHERS - Los Hermanos de Howler

Here's some feel good vibes for your Monday morning from the peeps at Howler Brothers



Have you checked out the Spring 2019 Collection yet?  You should if you haven't. 

Remember to use discount code "TFM2019" for 20% off your Howler Brothers order.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY - THE LADDER DIARIES

With destination fly fishing and media, it seems that there are cycles where all you'll hear, read and see highlights a particular place and then it goes fairly quiet only to refresh sometime later with everyone going back to that place and again talking about it again.  After several years of only it only being a blip on the radar every now and again, Pyramid Lake with it's Lahontan Cutthroat are suddenly all over my social media feeds along with it showing up on various blogs and in videos.

Couple all that with our family spring break trip that we're currently in the middle of where we've driven by many of the same places that I visited a few years ago, it seemed fitting on this "Throwback Thursday" to recycle a few trip posts from way back in 2015.  Our group spent our first day with Matt "Gilligan" Koles of Gilligan's Guide Service, the boys from When the Lines Goes Tight stopped by the next, Matt Heron of Matt Heron Fly Fishing showed us how it was done on a very windy day to wrap up our time on the lake and we also were able to hang out with fellow "Glass Geek" Dan LeCount of Truckee River Outfitters on some nearby trout water to mix things up.

This trip to Pyramid Lake (and the surrounding area) was full of a lot of good times and that year I was also only shooting photos with prime lenses on my Nikon DSLR.  I believe I shot this entire trip with the Nikon 1.8/f 50mm lens and the Pyramid Lake content kicked off a series of articles on the now defunct Revive Fly Fishing Journal online magazine.

Take a few minutes and click through these six posts that I hope you enjoy all over again...

THE LADDER DIARIES - THE CLINIC

THE LADDER DIARIES - DAY 1

THE LADDER DIARIES - DAY 2

THE LADDER DIARIES - DAY 3

THE LADDER DIARIES - THE (LONG LOST) GEAR REVIEWS

BONUS FEATURE - A DAY ON THE LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

Seems like it's about time to gather up a group of friends and do this trip all over again.

LOON LIVE : Spring Is Coming

Spring can't come soon enough and this week's LOON LIVE session, which is hosted by Matt Callies of Loon Outfitters, will jump start things with two nifty nymph patterns that you need in your fly boxes with the Free Bird and Down Town Brown.


LOON LIVE will start at 6:00 p.m. PST this evening and make sure you've got all your fly tying and tool needs met by visiting the Loon Outdoors website. 

As I mentioned the other day, I'm super fond of the Rogue Quickdraw Mitten Clamps and Forceps.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

6 Good Reads

We're on a Spring Break road trip that started in California last Friday, then a drive through Nevada and now in Utah visiting family and putting stamps in the children's National Park Passports.  I'm fitting in some "T.F.M. business" in the backseat of the minivan while the wife is behind the wheel towards Bryce Canyon National Park.  T.F.M. posts first and emails next. 

"Dad Life" (minus the clunky white New Balance kicks) meets "Hack Blogger Life"...

Here's a six pack of internet articles worth your time to keep you busy when you should be working.

FILSON LIFE - Q&A WITH ARTIST ED ANDERSON

THE DRAKE - TARPON TALES

YELLOW DOG FLYFISHING ADVENTURES ON TIDES

GOULDFISH CUSTOM RODS ON GRAN CANARIA CARP

OUTDOOR LIFE - PRO TIPS FOR MUSKIE ON THE FLY 

MEATEATER - MR. NOLTE ON HAWIIAN BONEFISH

What are you doing for Spring Break?

THE FLYFISH JOURNAL - The River Brings Everything

The Flyfish Journal continues to tell really neat stories with words, images and video on their website so click through to enjoy this feature dubbed "The River Brings Everything".


CHECK IT.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

REMEDY PROVISIONS - New Fish Flag Hats in Stock

I get such a kick out of Nate Karnes of Remedy Provisions and his fish flag designs.  He recently refreshed his line up of Fish Flag Hats and they are available in regular and big noggin to cover head sizes small to extra extra large. 

I like a few of them but that Redeye Bass Patch Hat is just too cool.


Now through the end of the year, use code "TFM2019" for 10% off your order.  Need more incentive?  Get the matching fish flag decal with a hat purchase and free shipping on orders over $50.

Kick the tires on the Remedy Provisions website to check it all out and be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest shop announcements.