Friday, January 20, 2017

The Film Tour is Back!!!

2017 F3T Stoke Reel from The Fly Fishing Film Tour on Vimeo.

It's back baby!

The 11th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is about to descend upon us with it's massive criss crossing of the nation caravan of fly fishing goodness.

Thank god.

This year's lineup of films looks great, with unique offerings that give a woman's perspective as well as the crazy travels of the Motiv Fly Fishing crew as they explore the unexplored in the South Pacific

Other interesting films include a piece on the good and bad of Kamchatka, another piece on the legendary Sandflea and many others that will get the blood pumping in the middle of winter.

Spokane is graced with it's presence on January 31st at the Bing Crosby Theatre.  

A little pro tip for you.....dont expect to show up and buy a ticket on the day of show.   This event typically sells out so go get your ticket at your local fly shop or online at the link above

I think what I love most about F3T is the community aspect that it brings.  How often do you get 300+ fish crazed people in one location excited as hell, all talking it up, exchanging stories and having fun.

The answer....once a year, when the film tour rolls into town

See you there!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Final Bell

One more time before the season ended.

One more time to follow the dogs as they followed their noses.  To call them off only to regret the decision as the bird rocketed up....out of range

Another time to miss an easy shot but follow it up with what felt like an impossible make.

To get stuck in a 4 foot drift and wallow out.  To listen to the impossible silence and follow all the evidence of animals past travels.  To have ice crystals form on your beard and wind burn on your face.....

One more time to follow a hunch, devise a plan and watch it come together.

We can only be so lucky to be intentional and own every day we live.

I choose to hunt the last day.

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Son's Fly...

Most of the time, he sits behind me content to watch his cartoons and eat cereal.

You never know how much they're watching you.

Today he came over and asked, "Daddy, can i fly ties with you"

Most certainly young man, you bet.

He had a great time wrapping the thread and picking out the materials.  All his choices.

In the end, the fly is a monstrosity of materials but to me, it's art.

For now forward, that fly will always be on my tying desk.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Conservationist of the Year...

To initiate change in the world of steelhead conservation is no easy task.  It takes resolve and sticking to your guns through the many ups and downs that come when trying to do what's best for the the fish and the environment

In 2001, Rich Simms and a small group of like minded anglers founded the Wild Steelhead Coalition with the goal of reversing the trend of what was happening state and coast wide to wild steelhead stocks.  For 15 years, he's kept his head down working to do what's right with little fanfare of accolades.

Well that's anonymity is gone now,  as Rich has been named the 2017 Fly Fisherman Magazine's Conservationist of the Year.  You can see the full article in January's edition of the print magazine.

I couldn't be more prouder of a man I consider a mentor in the world of conservation.  His steadfast dedication is the model of how you fight the good fight, take in the small victories as you push to real wins like finally getting Washington State to ban the retention of wild steelhead.
The challenges and opposition are always there, but Rich is there to meet them all head on with his customary smile.

Here here Mr Simms, congrats.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

You Know It's Cold When...

When ice instantly forms on your legs as you get out of the water...

you know it's cold.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Paying Your Gear Forward...

The box arrived at my door in 2009 and I couldn't believe what it contained

A gentlemen that I had spoken to via a fly fishing forum found out that I was headed to Belize in a couple weeks but didn't have a suitable 10 wt set up for the bigger quarry that I would be encountering.

So without me asking, he paid his gear forward.

Inside that box was a top shelf set up that I could have never afforded at that time in my life.  It was one of the first big lessons in how giving our community is and what role karma can have on a trip.

Over the years other boxes have shown up at my doorstep with fly fishing gear to accompany me on trips abroad, without much of a stipulation or question of when I'd return it.  10 and 12 weight rods, gigantic large arbored reels to put the brakes on thuggish fish, flies tied with the utmost precision, pre tied leaders to corral the biggest of oversized gigantic herring, so on and so forth.

Finally it's my turn to return the favor.  A buddy called and said he's going to Talum, Mexico and asked if there were fishing opportunities there.

Yes my friend, yes.   Lots and lots of Bonefish

My bonefish box and associative big flies for big fish aren't getting used any time soon.   The 10 wt is currently collecting dust in the closet.  I have warranties on the reels.

Time to pay my gear forward

I'm getting excited for him with his trip approaching, almost like a part of me is going with him on that trip.  It's fun to be on the other side of the karmic equation and cant wait to see him grinning ear to ear with his first bonefish to hand.

If you get the chance to put your gear in someone else's hand.  Give it a shot.  It may bring you great luck when your time comes to chase exotic fish in some beautiful exotic place.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Wild Trout: A Montana Fish Story

Wild Trout: A Montana Fish Story from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo.

Dick Vincent stepped away from the normal policy of his day and advocated for wild fish management in Montana decades ago.  Now, most say that fishing is better today than it was when they stocked rivers and streams in Montana.

Maybe a lesson to be learned within the Steelhead arena.....