Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Saving Sandflea...




















Sandflea needs a new ticker.

For anyone who has been to the Fly Fishing Film Tour over the past couple years, one of the highlights has been, at least for me, are the films from RA Beattie featuring Sandflea.

Passion for life and his fishery is infectious.  Without meeting him, I have felt connected as part of the fly fishing brother and sisterhood.  I hope to someday sit in the front of his panga and listen to his orders as cruising fish come close.

Well, the call for help has come out to help Alejandro Vega Cruz as he needs another heart operation in the states.  Friends have started a Go Fund Me account to help pay for the substantial amount of cheddar needed for his surgery.

It's time to drop a few coins in the coffers ladies and gentlemen.  Read more about the cause by clicking HERE and if you can, donate to Sandflea's account HERE.

It's my bet he'd never ask for anything.  It's his friends who are doing this.

If your a fisherman or woman, we can always use the good karma.

Make it happen.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Internet Is Messing With Me...







































The world is huge, massive, big.  What are we up to, 7 billion on our rock in space?

My name isnt different, it's pretty damn common.  Still when I opened up FB the other day, I felt like the internet was trying to blow up my mind.

At first, I thought that social media was trying to get me to like myself.   Are they trying to boost my confidence.

Next, did someone take my identity?

Nope, just further proof that while big, the world is small.  The fly fishing community is even smaller and apparently my name doppleganger also fly fishes and holy hell, we have 2 mutual friends.

Mind blown.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

So You're Saying There's A Chance?























A 600 grain shooting head, 12 Ft of T-14 sink tip, and a gigantic intruder with additional bullet weight attached.

Not an easy set up to repeatedly launch into the river.  But alas, it was fun.

Spring Salmon on the swing. Yeah right, might as well go ask a supermodel on a date

Who knows....maybe she'll say yes.

Aint that the point?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Alabama Chrome and a Pop Can






































We hadn't used the raft in a couple months and something had me saying, "hmm, I wonder if we should repack the bearings"

Thank god we did

The guys at the local tire shop said they'd give it the college try and see what they could do to save the unit.  I was resigned to the fact that after all the trips to steelheadland, BC, North Idaho, here and there had finally caught up with us and I was going to have to cough up a 5 or so Benjamin's

The bearing cap had come off and internally it was a mess.  The axel was metal on metal and it wasn't looking good.  Swear word, swear word, swear word.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Swear word, swear word again.

To my surprise, they salvaged it and for a small fee they repacked the bearings and we're good to go.

No way.

The only thing was the axel ground out the area where the bearing cap clicks into.

A quick tip from a trailer shop in town and we were off.  Who knew a pop can cut in half saddled up with some Alabama chrome is the perfect stand in for a bearing cap?

We were going fishing, and necessity is the mother of invention, right?

What other fishing hacks have you discovered, share them here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bitterroot Custom Nets























A good net is worth it's weight in gold, and they certainly dont have to be ugly either.

With the raise in popularity of the Keep Em Wet campaign, a good net is also going to cause less damage to the fish....which we all can agree is a good thing if we're to follow the ethic that a wild fish is too valuable to catch just once

Enter Bitterroot Nets.  Hand crafted one at a time in Spokane,  and they're as custom as you want them to be.

























Denny put together a drift boat/ lake net that I use extensively in our raft and in my pontoon boat when fishing lakes.  For me it really shines in the pontoon because there's nothing worse than having to try and land a fish while sitting in a pontoon with a tiny net.  That dance is horrible, and the length of the lake net pictured above is awesome.

















The inlay and different types of wood and burl they use are stunning.  Have a project in mind, contact them and they'll design a net as close to your idea as they can.

You can buy a $15 net anywhere, but these are functional works of art.

Get more info by visiting Bitterroot's web site HERE

Monday, May 4, 2015

What's the FFC Up To...

FFC Thailand from Fly Fishing Collaborative on Vimeo.


I'm continually impressed by this group.  Real tangible impact a world away from their home, yet the ripple effect of what they're doing will last generations

Amazing, amazing work.

Get involved with the Fly Fishing Collaborative today.  You wont regret it.

Annual Trips....























The arc of a year's events aren't set by the calendar.

No, not in my world.

It's the trip to Chopaka in late May where friends come from around the Northwest to catch silly amounts of fish on dry flies.

It's the summer smallmouth trip that may or may not include the first opportunity to swing a fly for the first push of summer steelhead.

OMR's "Fay Clave", dryline season and eventual brutal cold of winter throwing big tips and equally bigger flies.

So on and so forth, the year turns over and we're back at square one.

Birthday's, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, first time you have to cut the grass and the joy of putting the lawn mower away for the year.

Sure, those things happen.  But for the outdoors obsessed, it's the upcoming annual trips that keep the year chugging along.