Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rod Catalog - "Old Empire" E-Glass

Things are continuing to come together for Vlad Milenkovic of Rod Catalog with the recent introduction of the 7'6" three weight "Old Empire" four piece fly rod blank builds that have become part of his Unstructured Fiberglass Series and compliment the eight four four weight in the series already.

As mentioned before here and on the Rod Catalog website, Vlad's thought process with his proprietary blank builds is to do each one different and create something special and unique for each client's order.   

Vlad wrote...  "The Unstructured Fiberglass series continues with the new small batch of 7’6” three weight four piece blanks done in “Old Empire” red E-Glass.  The idea behind the series is to offer a small variety of custom tapers, blank colors and unique builds. The new red three weight blanks feature slim butt sections and slightly more semi-parabolic feel in comparison to the progressive 8’ four weight yellow Unstructured Glass tapers.  Some orders are already in the works, while some rods will be available for sale directly from

Please visit the Rod Catalog website for more information and send Vlad an email at if you have any questions or if you would like to place an order for one of these unique builds.

Matt's "Dispatches From Beaver island"

Matt Smythe of was part of the group on Beaver Island for the Beaver Bash 2014 media event with Indigo Guide Service and he recently penned a post on his website detailing the trip from his perspective with his "Dispatches From Beaver Island" post. 

It was great having Matt along for the trip.  We had a lot of fun sharing a boat together one of the days as well as a pint or three each night.  There was no shortage of good times while on the island.

Click through to the website to read this dispatch along with Matt's other fine work.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Drake - There's An App For That

I subscribe to just a couple fly fishing magazines and am always eager for the fresh copy of The Drake to show up in my mailbox, though the last several issues I've picked up for my iPad mini through The Drake app, available for iPad and iPhone, just to see how it reads and flows from the print version.  I like the digital version a lot and feel that it's a stellar compliment to the magazine.  Navigation is easy page by page and there are some added benefits to the digital version with the ability to add videos to stories along with following up on websites linked within the pages as well. 

Recently Tom Bie and I traded a few emails and he passed along these thoughts on The Drake app...

- None of this happens without a talented, contemporary designer with a keen grasp of how print and digital designs should compliment each other. We are fortunate to be working with Mark Lesh, who has a lot of experience with both, and also happens to be a dedicated flyfisher.

- The two-layer concept of Mag+ (The company we run The Drake app through) is key, allowing you to scroll text without losing the background image. This makes for simple, intuitive navigation, yet offers a viewing experience far surpassing that of a basic flipbook or strictly PDF-designed digi-mag, especially in the iPhone or iPad mini. 

- Allowing users to access all of our advertisers' websites in-app, rather than needing to open a browser, is a huge plus for both users and advertisers, making it a faster, easier, and more streamlined way to get information. 

- As you allude to--embedding video is a huge part of this, especially with so many talented writers and photographers now shooting video as part of their trip. Ryan Peterson's excellent taimen collaboration with John Sherman in the spring issue is a perfect example of that.

- Probably my biggest surprise over the past year is how many foreign digital subscribers we've added. I simply had no idea how many people were interested in flyfishing, or in The Drake, who just didn't want to pay the outrageous shipping costs to send copies overseas.

- Easily one of the biggest benefits—beyond just the ever-growing influence of tablets and smartphones—is the number of people who can now pass along mag content to their friends through social media channels. When I see, for example, someone send out a tweet that includes John Larison's steelhead essay from the winter issue, I know that wouldn't have happened without the app. 

Check out iTunes to purchase The Drake issue by issue or subscribe for the year.

Fish-Skull Fly Tester

The Flymen Fishing Co. recently launched the Fish-Skull Fly Tester at IFTD and I have a feeling that we'll all be seeing quite a few of these on the custom tier tables at the fly fishing shows come fall and winter with flies of all sorts swimming in the micro current. 

From the Flymen Fishing Co. website...
  • High quality, crystal-clear, acrylic swim tank with innovative (bi-directional) water flow design.
  • Upper, middle, and lower sections allow you to swim up to 3 different types of flies (streamers, nymphs and surface flies) at the same time.
  • Test streamer flies up to a foot long!
  • The slim line design is light-weight (less 8 lbs.), portable with a small footprint for any fly tying table or shop counter.
  • Powerful water pump with adjustable speed flow control.
  • Retail ready (boxed and bar coded).
  • 1-year limited warranty.
  • Retail price of $285.

Check out the Flymen Fishing Co. website for more information on the Fish-Skull Fly Tester along with other innovative products.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dead Flies Don't Swim

It's high summer on the Missouri River and the tricos are popping off in waves. John Arnold and Mark Raisler took advantage and got out on the water last week to create a new scumliner media video and Mark also penned a solid blog post on the Headhunters Fly Shop website which is the perfect compliment to the video.

The short of the video and the blog post are to make sure that you bring your A game, which is as applicable to the Missouri River as it is to your local.

Check out scumliner media for more video genius and the Headhunters Fly Shop website for the latest information on the Mo.

CarpPro Magazine - Issue 8

The latest issue of CarpPro Magazine dropped over the weekend and this issue includes Dan Frasier's take on the recent Beaver Bash 2014 media trip.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mr. ACF Does Wyoming With Glass

Michael Schmidt of Angler's Choice Flies has been doing a yearly trip to Wyoming with Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters and a few clients for the past several years and on this trip carried along his Orvis Superfine Glass four weight which he fished almost exclusively all week.  I can't think of anything better right now than a glass rod, dry flies, and a week out west.

There were five days on the water and Michael broke each day down with a post on his blog.  Click the links on top of each photo to check out the day's post which is filled with narrative and images from the trip.






Want to do this next year?  Send Mike an email to get the details on the 2015 trip.