Picked up a couple of items for next week's fishing trip with Paisley, Zugbug, and Shep.
It stands to reason that a guy who bends steel to build custom motor cycles might make the leap to bar stock aluminum fly reels. After all they do look sort of look like the wheels on an old school chopper. Enter The Jesse James Fly Reel Company. The company is actually a colaboration between Alaska fishing guide Mark Mahoric and James.
" Our goal from the beginning was to design and build fly fishing reels that have a strong foundation and are tool-like in their form and function. Add to that a ton of inspiration from Jesse James and many custom influences from West Coast Choppers, and you have the first of our fly reels...
We like the fact that the Jesse James reels evoke emotion from anglers that own our Fly Reels. WICKED! COOL! BADASS! SICK! are a few words used by Anglers to describe our products. Hearing it, let’s us know we are on the right track"
Check them out on the web at JessieJamesReels.com
I could see our Gangster buddy Zugbug rocking one of these on the San Juan in a few weeks.
April 5th, 2014 marks one of our favorite fly fishing events. The Fly Fishing Film Tour makes a stop in Denver (well actually Parker) and the best part is that it benefits Project Healing Waters.
Come one, come all to PHWFF – Denver’s 3rd annual Fly Fishing Film Tour fundraiser on Apr 5, 2014. The best showing of the area as projected onto the IMAX screen of the Wildlife Experience movie theatre (10035 S Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134). There will be a raffle, silent auction, as well as an auction of well known Colorado fishing guides.
If you are interested in our VIP package, which includes dinner, gifts, and preferred seating please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Head it as F3T VIP.
For tickets visit https://ticketriver.com/event/8792
|A dozen flies with room for more.|
Continuing on our theme focusing on gear for the upcoming FlyfishMagazine trip to the San Juan River in New Mexico, much research is being put into fly selection. Jeff Paisley, our staff tail water specialist, advised small flies, but I didn't realize just how small until I got in touch with Greg Sabin of http://www.sanjuanriverflies.com. His website let me know pretty quickly that my size 18-20 definition of small was a bit on the big size.
Greg put together a personalized assortment of nymphs ranging from size 22-28 coupled with a few traditional local flies. This should give me a leg up as long as I can figure out how to get them tied to the end of my leader (note to self get some magnifying lenses). He shipped them quickly and at a very fair price. Just so we are clear on the sizes, the photo above shows a dozen midges on the face of a dime with room for a few more.
Stay tuned for more gear features, including some innovative strike indicator options we will be testing on the river.
Extra points if you picked up on the vague Steve Martin reference.
Recently I received a pair of MacWet gloves to test drive. These light weight gloves come billed as "equipped for grip" and are popular with shooters and equestrian sportsmen. The gloves are form fitting, comfortable and have a tactical feel. They are definitely not intended for extremely cold temperatures, nor are they waterproof (as evidenced during a recent snow shoveling adventure), but if you need keep hold of anything from a fly rod, MP5 sub machine gun, or the oars of your favorite drift boat, these will do the trick.
All grip, no slip. That is the mission statement of these fantastic MacWet Climatec ® long cuff sports gloves. For sports where a good grip enhances your performance wear these maximum grip Macwet gloves. 100% great grip, even in the wettest weather, these gloves are ideal for golf, horse riding, watersports, shooting, fishing, cycling and even paragliding, to name a few activities. The long gloves finishes just above the wrist and has a thick elasticated cuff which uses a durable Velcro strap for a secure fit. The ideal glove for any sporting activity where a good grip enhances performance: MacWet Climatec ® long cuff sports gloves.
These gloves will be a permanent addition to our fishing pack and will most likely find the most use during mild spring and fall fishing trips. They are available from various retailers including Amazon.com via this link:Macwet Men's & Women's 1 Pair Long Climatec Sports Gloves 6 Green
MSRP around $49.
Surreal....I think I dreamt something like this once. From @thesoulriver
This short film mixes art, mythology, music, and poetry to provide a fresh perspective through the personal lens of environmental justice and the outdoors inspired by the sport fly fishing. In this film, a young man goes through his life in the city and morphs with his consciousness by the guidance of a Naiad. Conservation provides a breath of fresh air from a young, urban, and hip approach and inspires our consciousness to run deep and become ambassadors of the outdoors.
"I’m not a great caster; I’m not a great fly tier; I’m not a great writer; I’m not the best at any of those things,”She is most definitely a "Bada$$ on the river"
Some of the OG members of the Blue Ridge Fly Fishing Association recently made their annual pilgrimage the the trout infested waters of Arkansas. Instead of fish pictures, Paisley sends us this picture of JD and Shep taking part in the day's beard growing contest. He indicated that these two lost the contest.