Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This just in..

HOTD Trailer from RT on Vimeo.

Robert Thompson, known for other films such as  Zero to Hero, released this trailer for the soon to be released DVD Heart of the Driftless, A film about fishing the many spring fed streams of western Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Speaking of new gear

Speaking of new gear, this little beauty showed up in the mail today. I am very excited to be the proud new owner (one of very few at the moment) of Flying Pig Fly Rod's Liquid Model 8wt.

 Flying Pig Rods are owned and operated by Larry Damore and his family right outside of Chicago Illinois. You may recognize his name from punk rock band "Pegboy" or his most recent claim to fame; Reverb the 17 minute short film within the film Heart of the Driftless. The trailer for Reverb can be seen right on this blog. HERE. The full version will be played at the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour.
 I want to say a few words about Larry. He is a real stand up guy. Honest, enthusiastic, friendly and eager to get his product in the hands of fisherman. He is proud of his product and his goals of creating the lightest, smoothest casting and finest quality rods at the best price he can offer.
Larry put this rod together for me, even though he didn't have to. His rods are currently on back order while he gets his inventory squared away. But because I am going fishing in Mexico in just 2 short weeks and need a fast action rod that will be up for the task, Larry came through.
Being a rod builder himself, he removed the rosewood insert that was on the rod and fitted this model with a Pac Bay reel seat for me.Which leads me to my next point, when speaking with Larry on the phone, he assured me, these aren't run of the mill factory blanks. Larry builds rods and worked extensively with distributors on developing the actions of these rods. These are not re-labeled kits, this is a genuine new product. Oh, and did I mention it comes with a full lifetime warranty?
I will give a detailed write up about the rods performance, and the fishing in Mexico upon my return. Until then you can read more about Larry HERE where Joe Cermele of Field and Stream Magazine, talks about his experiences with his Flying Pig 4wt and a pig of a Rainbow Trout he lands. There is also an interview with Larry himself.

My 4pc 8wt came in this sweet embroidered tube and printed rod sock. I can say first hand the quality of the rod is exceptional. Smooth high grade cork, tight wrappings coated with a clean, even layer of epoxy (not too much either!). I am a big fan of the glossy black finish. This rod might be one of the lightest I own, comparing in weight to my Sage 5wt. I haven't lined it yet, but I can tell this thing is going to be an absolute rocket!

Larry's website Flying Pig Fly Rods can also be found in the side bar of this blog.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

In a box from England...

Well today came my new Ebay find which is a Forest of Kelso 4 1/4" wide drum salmon reel with a really cool mechanical drag system.   What would make this even cooler is if I was at home to play with it!  As I figured....the reel came the same day I left for Boston so I will not get to see this thing for another 9 days!  UGHHHHHH!

I had my better half open it for me and do the noise test....HOLY SHIT is it loud!  She stood on the other side of our apartment from the phone reeling this thing and I had to hold the phone from my ear and her only description for it was "I know you always say you want it loud but this is obnoxious".  She then did the same test with my Farlow Ambassador reel and it wasn't even a fraction of the sound.  I cannot wait to get this thing screaming on some chrome.

Cheers to dreaming about having the loudest reel on the river!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A few recent ties

Here's a few flies I recently tied.  The first one was an attempt at a classic salmon fly on a 3/0 Alec Jackson.  Trying to marry wings for the first time was a bit difficult but I think it turned out ok, especially for a first try.  Bonus points for me on this fly because I shot the black pheasant used on the body hackle and the goose used for the married wing.

The next two are some Dee variations I was messing around with.   Again they aren't great but the pink one was enough to get a pretty solid whack from some sort of fish...to bad it didn't hold on longer.


Just wanted to say welcome to Adam (as soon as he accepts) with this photo of him I took when he wasn't looking (creepy I know). But the way the light was cutting through the trees had a cool effect on the water, and kinda looks like beams of light from the fishing gods shining down upon us.
Cheers! I am looking forward to you posting on this blog.

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2012

2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour is up and running. Check the outlined dates and trailers for some of the selected films. I see some Wisconsin dates in there, maybe I will see you there.

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2012 | thef3t.com from The Fly Fishing Film Tour on Vimeo.