Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gear: Jesse James Fly Reels

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.

 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Project Healing Waters F3T Denver

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 dpbrittain.phwff@gmail.com. Head it as F3T VIP.

For tickets visit https://ticketriver.com/event/8792

 

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Gear: San Juan 2014 - Getting Small

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.

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Gear: San Juan River Trip 2014

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing a few gear selections for our Spring trip to fish the San Juan. We will be meeting up with a few members of the original FlyfishMagazine crew and since we haven't seen these guys in a few years, one of the first things we will be doing will likely be lighting up a celebratory cigar

Chris Rohr @rohr_chris of The Scandinavian Tobacco group provided us with the smokes pictured above. As if the premium names ( Punch, Partagas etc.) aren't enough to get your attention, these come in unique water proof packaging that will keep the cigars inside fresh for up to two years with no humidor needed. Look for these fine cigars at retailers across the country and watch for more gear highlights here. -long ashes

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Artist Eric L. Knowlton of ReelTroutStudios.com

Twitter introduced us to woodcarver Eric L. Knowlton (follow him @reeltroutstudios) when we were forwarded this picture of his excellent work. The carving you see before you depicts a 34" Iliamna, Alaska Rainbow Trout. A trout which is a good half foot longer than my largest catch from the same part of the world. Check out more of his work at www.reeltrout.com .

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gear: MacWet Climatec Gloves

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.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Conservation - Consciousness Runs Deep

 

Conservation - Consciousness Runs Deep from Soul River on Vimeo.

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.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Stories we wear


I never thought it was particularly cool when my Mom sent me to school with patches ironed onto the knees of my "Toughskin" jeans. I may have not thought it was cool, but at the time there were plenty of other kids wearing the same sort of fashion.  After all jeans cost money and we all played hard in the creeks, dirt, and bushes.  Holes in jeans wouldn't be "in" until years later and my Mom would have sooner sent me to school without lunch than with holes in my britches.

Fast forward a few years to a fishing trip with some new friends who made a point to remark about a few patches in my waders, right up until I landed the largest fish of the day.  The story was the same then, waders cost money and I fished hard in the creeks, dirt, and bushes.

After watching "Worn Wear" from Patagonia, I have to say that lately my fishing equipment looks far too new and drastically under patched. 

In case you missed it: April Vokey on 60 Minutes



Back in the day getting a visit from 60 Minutes was bad for business.  Times are different now especially if you are April Vokey and are being featured on 60 Minutes Sports which airs on Showtime.
"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"

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Trout Dynasty: White River Edition

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.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Don't blame us if you get the munchies: Trout shaped hemp soap on a rope

You say you live the fly fishing lifestyle, but unless you have trout shaped soap on a rope from the DopeOnaRopeSoap Etsy store firmly ensconced in your camp shower, you might just be a closet bait fisher (not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you).

"Infused with a nice dose of moisturizing hemp seed oil, as well as essential oils. We have also added ground mocha for the Trout's speckles."

Like we said in the title, don't blame us if you get the munchies after your morning shower.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pulp Fly: Volume Three

Short stories by some of our favorite fly fishers. Pulp Fly's authors have cred on both the water and the page and it shows up in the stories they tell. Volumes one and two accompanied me on countless coast to Colorado business trips. Number three is required reading for those of us who might not get on the water as much as we would like. Think MacLean meets Hunter S. and you have the idea.