Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

This is absolutely the reason I spent a few years as a disc jockey back in the day.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Watch for falling trout...or It's raining fish...

Found posted on climbing enthusiast message board comes what may be a sign of apocalypse if we have ever seen one.  A climber on the summit of Colorado's Mt. Shavano reports what can only be describe as fish falling from the heavens.

"At the risk of sounding crazy, let me tell you what happened last Tue. 09/23. I climbed Mt Shavano & was hanging on the summit thinking about going to Tabeguache. It was very windy, with clouds swirling all around. Now I see things in my peripheral vision that look like fish falling out of the sky, this goes on for about a minute, 4 or 5 instances. I chalk it up to lack of oxygen, and decide to head down since I'm obviously hallucinating. When I get home & check out my pics I found this shot, taken from about 14,100 looking back at the summit." forum user richwill

 He even managed to catch a photo:

The award for best comment in response to the post goes to user Tortosel.

Probably related to the legalization of marijuana somehow. Seriously, that is strange. They stock fish by plane but not big and they're supposed to go to a lake not a summit. Volatile weather is another explanation but there shouldn't have been any of that either. Don't mention this in job interviews.

As they say at the auction house, "be your own judge"....  I am sure there's a punchline in here somewhere.  Discuss amongst yourselves.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We may have just found the next Tenkara.

It meets the simplicity test. However, for or obvious reasons this is not recommended for catch and release fisheries.  Found on Reddit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Gear: Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD

I recently picked up a Leatherman 300 Super Tool EOD while visiting Portland, Oregon.  Leatherman has an outlet store and I couldn't resist when I found this military version made for those who defuse things exponentially more dangerous than the occasional stream side disagreement. Sure a fly fisherman may not have a need for a C4 spike (maybe use it to tie nail knots?) but why quibble over details.  The full featured multitool weighs in at 9.6 ounces and its comfort grip handle contains 19 different tools.  It retails for $109 but is available at at various lesser prices. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We hope the aliens practice "abduct and release"

This photo, taken on the Selway River in Idaho by fellow fly fisher @Conky208, makes us think that aliens might have more than a passing interest in trout.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gear: Google Glass on the river

From the, "It was bound to happen file", according to the Billings Gazette, a Montana Tech professor has started thinking about a use for Google glass on the river.  I must admit I kind of like the idea of grip and grin photos with only the blink of an eye. However, that's not all they are thinking about.

"Hawthorne is creating an app, with the help of Scott Fleener, a computer science major at Tech, he hopes to submit to Google for use on all Google Glass devices. With a seed grant from Tech, the app will, using a Glass wearer’s GPS location, be able to give fishermen details on nearby rivers in southwest Montana."

Back in the late 90's, our pal Zugbug wrote a article for the BRFFA newsletter that predicted anglers using digital cameras and Palm Pilots would sell their catch on ebay while still standing in the river.  The man was sort of a prophet.

No word if Google has plans to release a version of their hardware in tweed with bison leather accents.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Gear: FreeSteps6 Wading Crampons

A while ago, I decided to forsake the felt soles of my youth and go with some of the, now not so new, rubber soled wading boots (with spikes).  I did this for various reasons that included invasive species as well as comfort when hiking into remote fishing spots.  When I tried them for a the first time I suffered from what I'll call a "lack of confidence" which seemed to manifest itself whenever I found myself waist deep in a tail water, trying to balance atop bowling ball sized rocks which were covered in rock snot.  This lack of confidence (and an adequate wading staff) led to many Fred Flintstone like moments.

Enter some friends from Hillsound, who sent us a set of Freesteps6 crampons to try. While Freesteps6 look a lot like a traditional light weight ice crampon, they are also being marketed as an easy on/off option for river wading anglers. The "independent studs" (note possible new name for our fishing club) with twenty-one 1/4 inch spikes are made of stainless steel so they should be fairly durable. I plan on giving them a test this summer, so look for a full report later this season.

At a MSRP of $39.99 a set of these won't break the bank and might keep you from breaking something else. 

Sunday, May 04, 2014

San Juan River Trip Highlights

The San Juan River at Navajo Dam, NM
The fish were bigger
Flies were small
Working our tans
Zugbug got some airtime for his sponsor
Bring your combat waders
Shepard escaped our lens most of the time (witness protection?)

These are just a few initial highlights and are not the largest fish caught. While this trip was more about getting old friends on the river rather than shooting video or getting pictures, a lot of that happened. Zugbug will be putting in some serious time in the editing bay getting the footage ready for public consumption (bleeping out the audio on missed hook sets).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Provisions for next week's fishing


Picked up a couple of items for next week's fishing trip with Paisley, Zugbug, and Shep.


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

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 Head it as F3T VIP.

For tickets visit


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 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

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 .

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 via this link:

Macwet Men's & Women's 1 Pair Long Climatec Sports Gloves 6 Green

MSRP around $49.