Sunday, March 29, 2015

Seele Fly Rods - Glass Zeitlos Pro4

Fly rod magicians Mike McFarland and Michael Mauri of Seele Fly Rods continue to push the envelope of what glass can do great with the introduction of the Glass Zeitlos Pro4 series fly rods.

These 8'8" four piece fly rods are available in six, eight, and 10+ weights and the perfect choice if you're looking for highly capable heavy weight glass.

I've cast quite a few of the Seele Fly Rods and it seems the higher up the line weight, the more impressed I am with these fly rods.  I thought I would completely hate the black EVA foam grips but instead found them comfortable and fit these builds as total workhorses.

From the Seele Fly Rods press release...

The six weight makes a perfect all around rod for trout, bass, carp, redfish, bonefish...  From super light trout tippet to 15 pound saltwater tippet with this rod?  Not a problem!  Fine presentation and pulling big fish?  This 6wt is the perfect tool! 

 The eight weight is taper wise similar to the little brother but just more powerful.  Perfect for chucking streamers and fishing sinking lines for big predators.  Very easy to cast, smooth in your hand.  If you put some power in this rod it shows its teeth. 

The 10wt+ is just unreal and is the ultimate beast in a travel version.  This rod casts equally a 10, 11, and 12 weight line.  Yes you got it right!  Easy to cast and load, with a lot of feeling but brutal strength and lifting power!  If you are looking for one travel rod that you can really trust - this is your rod!  Jacks, Tarpon, Shark, Tuna, Cuda, Monster Musky and the biggest Chinook Salmon.  You name it, this rod can handle it. 

All of our Zeitlos Pro 4 rods come standard with our exclusive synthetic full wells grip.  These grips are perfect for both salt and freshwater use.  For the traditionalist we also offer the 886 and 888 with a flor grade cork handle and with or without a fighting butt for a small up charge.

The Glass Zeitlos Pro4 fly rods are priced from $685 to $735 and are rolled and built in Bellwood, Pennsylvania.

Please visit the Seele Fly Rods website for more information.  Follow along the latest shop news on their Facebook page.

Just Add "Vise" - Streamer Edition

The good peeps at Headhunters Fly Shop worked through the winter blues (with more than a few Fireball shots and a beer or three) by adding to their series of Just Add "Vise" patterns to the shop wall.

Each Just Add "Vise" kit provides the materials to tie two dozen flies and are priced at $24.95 each.  This is a cool idea and the videos created for each pattern adds instruction. 

Enjoy a three'fer of new streamer patterns. 




Check out the Headhunters Fly Shop website for more information.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Meet The Very Lucky Epic 888

The newest member of the Swift Fly Fishing FastGlass line up went live this week with the introduction of the "very lucky" Epic 888.  Carl McNeil can't stop, won't stop and this fiberglass eight weight is exactly what I've been waiting for ever since he mentioned that he was going to do some heavier line weight glass in the Epic line up.

I guess fiberglass fly rod dreams do come true...

From the Swift Fly Fishing website...

"Our mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Bonefish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species too. Given there’s not a flat where the wind doesn’t blow we’ve given the 888 an extra powerful butt section, strong tip and fast recovery rate to help punch a line out into those skinny water breezes.

Built using fully unidirectional S2 Glass Fibre the 888 is not only extremely light, it's built to take a pounding. Glass fibre is many times tougher and more resilient than the equivalent blank in Carbon Fibre.

In Chinese tradition, certain numbers are believed to be auspicious and possess special powers. The number 8 signifies prosperity and wealth and is viewed as such an auspicious number that a number with several eights is considered very lucky indeed. We think the 888 is extra lucky because, like us, it was made in New Zealand."

The Epic 888 is offered in Gun Metal Grey and is available as a "Ready To Wrap Rod Kit" or as a fly rod blank alone.

Grain window at 30ft: 202 - 218 GRAINS/13 - 14 GRAMS
Recommended AFFTA line weight: #8
Length: 8' 8"
Pieces: 4

Action: Progressive / Fast
Taper: Fast
Butt Diameter: 12.26mm
Tip Diameter: 2.12mm
Blank Weight: 89 gm - 3.1oz

The first ten customers that use the code "VERY LUCKY" will receive 15% off their Epic 888 blank or rod kit purchase.

Check out the Swift Fly Fishing website for more information. 

This Week In #glassisnotdead

I can certainly tell that the #glassisnotdead feed on Instagram is quickly changing from building fiberglass fly rods to getting out fly fishing with fiberglass fly rods as it's been fish photo after fish photo lately.

Here this week's eighteen favorite images from around the world of glass.  It's not to surprising that there is a few #yearofthebluegill in the mix as well.


















Be sure to hashtag your photos with #glassisnotdead and a favorite photo may turn up in a future T.F.M. post.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

6 Cool Things To Read

This week has been crazy at work, at home, and I'm still trying to find time to pack for an upcoming trip to Pyramid Lake.  Here's six stellar things online to keep you busy while I get my shit straight.

I really don't have "tyer's block" as I just don't have time to tie flies.  Even so, Fly Fish Food breaks down how to get out of the funk.

I can't tell you how many times I've gotten a text message, email, or social media note that they had seen a Retro Fly decal somewhere on something.  It's been very cool to have T.F.M. connected to that perfect piece of artwork and I'll always be indebted to Jeff for allowing me to use it years ago.

Jeff recently relaunched his website and blog and it's work a look to see what he's got cooking.

I've got to give props to my peeps in the mitten state with a weekly Tuesday Bananas feature that is always good for a laugh.  Read THIS, THIS, and THIS to see what I mean. The content on other days is solid as well.

T&T is under new ownership (again) and along with this article are some very excellent images to enjoy.  As said in the article, watch THIS video too as it's beautifully done.  Tom Dorsey is a (dignified) badass and I hope to see some new glass come out of the T&T work shop soon.

I want to be Tosh Brown when I grow up.  This month's photo blog is no exception as it finds him in the PNW chasing steelhead.

The Usual + Patagonia = The Watershed



Loon Outdoors is cleaning the shelves and closets for spring so take advantage of 50% off (or more) on various items on the SWAG page. 

Also note, free shipping on all orders over $50.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SmithFly Intruder Jacket

It's really cool to see my friends in the fly fishing industry make steps forward and Ethan Smith of SmithFly is certainly doing that with the soon opening of a new shop space and new products in the mix as well, like the recently released Intruder Jacket.

The Intruder Jacket is full of features with stash pockets, zipper vents under each arm, and made from a DWR stretch nylon for comfort.

The Intruder Jacket is available in Slate Gray and Sculpin Olive, sizes Small through 3XL, and is priced at $149.00.  Give it a look if you're in need of a new three season jacket.

Check out the SmithFly website for more information or to place your order.  As a reminder, all orders are shipped USPS Priority free of charge.