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IFTD Wrap Up of Retail Winners

| July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

2017 IFTD Show Winners

We all know how these fly folks like to sell stuff, right? Well every year they get together and find new ways to entice the fly public into what are now called, “upgrades” to the great stuff they/we already have. By now, we would think a fly rod has reached the apex of quality and craftsmanship, BUT NO, there are always new improvements to be made! And here the show winners are …


A complete listing of the winners and categories is below:

Men’s Wading Boots: Orvis — Ultralight Wading Boot

Men’s Waders: Simms Fishing Products — G3 Wader

Men’s Outerwear: Simms Fishing Products – G3 Guide Tactical Jacket

Men’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products — SolarFlex Armor Shirt

Women’s Waders: Orvis — Women’s Ultralight Waders

Women’s Outerwear: Orvis — Pro Wading Jacket

Women’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products — Women’s BiComp LS Shirt

Women’s Wading Boots: Korkers, LLC — Women’s Dark Horse Boot

Accessories Under $100: Fishpond, Inc. — Quickshot Rod Holder

Gift Items Under $100: DeYoung Studios — DeYoung Gift Wrap

Fly Rod — Freshwater: Scott Fly Fishing — The G Series

Fly Rod — Saltwater: Sage Fly Fishing — Salt HD

Reel – Freshwater: Abel — SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh)

Reel – Saltwater: Nautilus Reels — GTx

Fly Line — Freshwater: RIO Products — IT Single-Handed Spey 3D

Fly Line — Saltwater: RIO Products — Direct Core Flats Pro

Leader / Tippet: RIO Products — Big Nasty

Fly Hooks: Stealth Fly Products — Stealth Hooks & System

Fly Tying Vices & Tying Tools: TMC Magnetic Bobbin, Fine — Umpqua Feather Merchants

Fly Tying Materials: Fair Flies — Composite Brushes

Youth Product: Redington — Minnow Outfit

Fly Pattern — Freshwater: Flymen Fishing Company — Double Barrell Bass Bug

Fly Pattern — Saltwater: Umpqua Feather Merchants — Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny

Fly Box / Storage System: Umpqua Feather Merchants — UPG HD Mag Midge Fly Box

Eco-friendly Product: Fishpond, Inc. — Submersible Backpack

Luggage (Bags, Backpacks): Fishpond, Inc. — Grand Teton Rolling Bag

Entertainment / Education: Stackpole Books / Lyons Press — Orvis Fly Fishing Guide

Chest Pack / Vest: Fishpond, Inc. — Submersible Lumbar Pack

Boat / Personal Watercraft: Creek Company — T. Rex 9.8 Mini Drifter

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report

| July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Texas Fly Fishing Report

I figured you needed a little relief from my turtle head, so this YouTube broadcast is audio only – for your listening enjoyment. There are a couple of spots mentioned – gleaned from all the places I watch and read (remember last week’s post?).

You never know, this particular report could easily end up as a podcast on iTunes in the future? I tried to do a SnapChat on the water the other day, and I have no idea how that works – obviously! If you are a SnapChat person, maybe we can be “snappy” friends or whatever it is that’s required to make that idea go … Periscope is better right out of the box – I KNOW THAT for sure.

Have a great weekend as usual, and ALWAYS KNOW BEFORE YOU GO fishing anywhere in Texas!

Monday Morning Sidewalk Slam

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here’s my beef today

Welcome to the regularly scheduled Monday Morning Sidewalk, or is it the Monday Morning Meltdown today?

We had a major rain event that blew up right over our part of town yesterday evening, and the flooding that always occurs during these biblical rains (one homeless person swept away and dead in Denton County)? Yes, once again a river ran through our driveway and back forty. These events are the things that make my blood boil because they are perfect examples of how the fine City of Denton does nothing for tax paying residents. The typical story you hear from people is; the City of Denton is your adversary at every turn, not your friend and not interested in cooperative problem solving on an individual basis. Get me to a beach now!


So we begin to baste in the soggy city this morning, with the humidity being pulled out of the ground and into the atmosphere, I am betting the talking weather-heads are wrong, and we will have a few more pop-up cells in the area this week. For those of you out on the water this week – watch your radar on your phone if you have it.

Speaking of beat – I am wondering if you the readers would rather listen to the Monday Morning Sidewalk as an audio broadcast that may eventually result in a “PodCast” on iTunes. I abandoned reading scripts a long time ago, but since I have become addicted to Malcom Gladwell’s “Revisionist History,” I am thinking of giving the format a second chance. Reading off something prepared just doesn’t seem to work in my case. If you haven’t delved into podcasts, you may be missing the new “The Drake Cast” on iTunes. It seems to me Gladwell is the “Tipping Point” person for podcasts, and the popularity of his podcast may just give that old format a new shot in the arm.

Speaking of Malcom Gladwell (author of several best-selling books), I sent him a file last week – a broad outline of the life of Lefty Kreh. If there was ever one person who revised the history of fly fishing, my vote would be for Lefty. Who would you vote for? I might post that file as an open letter sometime in the future.

So what are you fly fishers up to this week? Salt is looking pretty good now. It’s plenty busy in my world, but I always prefer to highlight your exploits over my own! I received a nice story from a man who got onto some pond fly fishing down Palacios, Texas, way last weekend — and I will be running that story this week. No matter the size or scope of your fly fishing world – I want and need to hear about it! As always – THANKS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CONTRIBUTE. The mere act of writing takes time, doesn’t it? Continue Reading