Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Morning Tide: Flood Tide Co’s Guide to the Internet

Enjoy the awkwardness...  Isn't the internet great?

Check out the Flood Tide Co. website and use discount code "TFM2016" for free shipping until December 10th.  The Holiday Shirt/Hat Package is a pretty good deal.

LOON LIVE: May The Trout Be With You

It's been awhile since the last Loon Outdoors reminder about the LOON LIVE fly tying tutorials but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be showing up for the free lessons.

Tonight there will be three Star Wars themed flies tied with the Darth Prince, Windu Rubber Legs, and Soft Hackle Imperial March Brown.  

See you tonight at 6 p.m. PST.  Can't make it?  Be sure to sure to check out the LOON LIVE archives of past sessions and sign up to be emailed of future tying sessions.

Need some tying inspiration?  Give a look to the Loon Outdoors Fly Tying Videos page.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

6 Good Reads

A few of these articles have been sitting in a draft post for several weeks but still worth a read.  One article has been a real spark this week with a lot of comments and attention.

Come for the words, stay for the images.  Always good.

In the past, I've had my own axe to grind with T.U. and Christian (along with a few in the comments) cover all the high points in this blog post which is getting the attention of the organization all the way to the top.

Louis covers a lot of ground a in this post that is filled with solid information on destination travel.  Or make it all easy and jump in on a hosted trip with the G&G crew.

Fly fishing in Belize (recap HERE, HERE and HERE) gave me a newfound respect and obsession with permit.  I could have used this article from Marshall Cutchin a couple of months ago as I prepared for the trip.

Give Tom Hazelton some space and he'll impress you with both words and images.  Enjoy this one from the north woods.

Happy Blog Birthday to the Fishingpoet website who posted this and then quickly posted follow up posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

And somewhat unrelated but still worth your time, check out Matt's poem made into a short film on trail running HERE.

What's on your reading list for the week?

HATCH MAGAZINE - 2016 Fly Fishing Photo Contest

I don't know how this wasn't on my radar before now but there are just a couple days left to get in on the Hatch Magazine 2016 Fly Fishing Photo Contest

There's a lot of worthy swag involved for those who win, including a six day fly fishing tour of the Everglades and Florida Keys

Visit the Hatch Magazine Photography page for some excellent photography from years past submissions.

Check out the Hatch Magazine website for the full breakdown of this contest and get your entries in pronto.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PROJECT HEALING WATERS - 2nd Annual Gear Drive

Last year Winged Reel and Pig Farm Ink collaborated together to organize an innovative gear drive for Project Healing Waters and in the end over $50,000 of used, but in great shape, fly fishing gear was collected which was then given to veterans across the United States.

The 2nd Annual Gear Drive went live today and donations can be dropped off at participating fly shops or can by sent through the mail directly to Pig Farm Ink in Buford, Georgia.

This is a great idea and in the next couple of weeks I'll be putting together a big box of fly fishing gear that will find a better home in the hands of veterans. 

Visit the Winged Reel website for more information and make sure that your donation is made prior to January 15th, 2017.

XPLOR: Andros - Chapter 4

It's been a couple weeks since the C1Films Xplor was highlighted on T.F.M. but the series posts continue today with "Capture".  Enjoy.

Visit the C1 Films website and Vimeo page for more goodness.

Monday, November 28, 2016

6 Holiday Shopping Suggestions

Can you believe that the festivities of Christmas are again upon us?  Where did 2016 go?  I guess it's time to do a bit of shopping for family and friends and if you're anything like me, your inbox is bulging with emails from Black Friday to Cyber Monday sales.  Needless to say, there's been a lot of deleting going on from my iPhone the past couple of days.  

In years past I've put a post together with a long list of discount codes and heads up on particular sales but that just sounded way too exhausting for me to attempt this year, so here's a few suggestions to consider as you sit down to shop for those on your list.

1.  SHOP SMALL - Your local fly shop, artisans, gear makers, rod builders, fly tiers, and others locally are a great source for excellent gifts.  Help fuel your local economy.

2.  SHOP THE ENVIRONMENT - There are a lot of companies within the fly fishing and outdoor industry that have figured out creative ways to give back to the environment and the many worthy groups and organizations who need donations to forward their mission.

3.  FIND THE UNIQUE - There are so many ways to find gifts that both fit the budget but are something different than you'll find at the mall.   I always seem to find the best ideas, artisans, and craftsmen on Instagram.

4. CONSIDER THOSE WHO SUPPORT T.F.M. - I have a really great time writing this website but most of what happens wouldn't be possible without the support of the companies listed on the sidebars who advertise here.  They are each a great place to start as you're looking for deals and ideas.

5.  GIVE THE GIFT OF GLASS - There may be no better time to give a fiberglass fly rod to someone than now with choices from $25 to $1,500 depending on what you're looking for.

The Fiberglass Rod Shops page is updated and a good place to start if looking for a rod builder, fly rod company, and source for a fiberglass fly rod blank to build your own.

6.  NEED SOME SUGGESTIONS?  I am only an email away and have a good time pointing people in the right direction on different fiberglass fly rods, click and pawl fly reels, and those special gift ideas.  Oh yeah, and check out the T.F.M. Store and T.F.M. Decals pages as I've handpicked some stellar suggestions on there as well.

Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.  Gift giving is one small part of it.