Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Small Shop Brands You Should Rep

The internet is a pretty interesting place and just one of the things that it's really cool is helping artists and small shop apparel companies get a start and sometimes in a big way.  Each of these companies have a growing website and social media presence that make them worth following for their latest offerings, discounts, and occasional giveaways as well. 

Here's a quick breakdown of eight small shop brands that you should be representing right now.

Asheville tattoo artist Danny Reed turn hunter and angler apparel company entrepreneur with some designs that are an interesting departure from everything else that is out there.

Artist Ryan Sharpe is Dead Weight Fly and he recently made the jump into apparel with a mix of t-shirts, hoodies, Doo Rags, and more on his revamped website.

Artist Paul Puckett and company are doing big things in Charleston (and beyond) and their fall line up includes some interesting offerings including a collared shirt which is the winner of the line up for me.

Oh yeah...and their Ambassadors kick total ass too.

These brothers continue to rock and the designs get cleaner and cleaner.  The fall line is available now and worth checking out.  STLHD anyone?

Another reason why Charleston rocks and frontman Logan Roberts is handpicking some high quality fabrics and designs in their offerings.

More than just caps and it's been really cool to see this husband and wife company spread it's wings over the past couple years.  Remember to use discount code "TFMFREESHIP" on your online orders.

El Presidente Vince Stegura of S.W.C. recently quit his job to take this company to the next level.  Keep an eye on this one and take advantage of a 30% off discount using code "FB30OFF" which is good through October 31st.

This is another one man show and Joe Pino always has something cool up his sleeve.  His latest design, TROUTSET, is a neat play on that one thing you never want to get caught doing.

That's eight brands on my radar but who did I miss?  I know that there are a few more out there that I should be tracking on.

A Gift From The Sky

The Charleston Angler held their yearly GoPro Film Festival recently and this Ascension Bay permit flick took top honors.

There are a lot of reasons to like this shortie but David Porter's commitment to only fish bamboo is truly commendable.  All the pieces of the puzzle came together and make for a very cool part of this story. 

Permit on fiberglass?  I'm sure it's been done over and over again but I'd like my turn at it soon.

View the rest of the 2014 GoPro Film Festival offerings on YouTube.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PNF Camping Weekend Postcard

I know that things around here have slowed down a bit over the past week or so but we were gone over the weekend on a camping trip in the Pisgah National Forest with some friends from church.  I am now catching up on things online, at work, and still getting the smoke smell out of everything from the weekend.

Here are a few snaps from the weekend from iPhone and Fuji X100s.  Click on an image to view larger.

The high points of the weekend included a whole bunch of family time, camp food made on the Coleman stove and in cast iron, the leaves in full color, morning coffee in the press pot, a great hike to the top of Looking Glass Rock, and the taste of crisp mountain apples.

It was a stellar weekend but it's time to get back on track with a lot going on over the next couple months at home, work, and of course T.F.M.

Montana Fly Fishing Magazine

I just got back from Montana a few weeks ago and I'm ready to get back there all over again.  The latest issue of Montana Fly Fishing Magazine is helping matters at all.

This issue is 88 pages of Big Sky goodness.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 International Fly Tying Symposium

This is a quick heads up the 2014 International Fly Tying Symposium will be taking place on November 22nd and 23rd, 2014 at the Golden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

Not only will there be over 100 featured fly tiers in attendance, various presentations, and fly shops selling fly tying materials of all sorts, but there will also be both a fiberglass and bamboo fly rod casting competitions on both days as well.  The fiberglass fly rod casting competition will be held on Saturday and the bamboo fly rod casting competition will be held on Sunday.

I will be making the trip up to Somerset for this event (It's a great excuse for a husband/wife trip to NYC) and will be assisting with the fiberglass fly rod casting competition with Michael Mauri of Seele Fly Rods.  I will not be giving any presentations at this event but do plan on bringing a rod case filled with various demos for those who would like to cast a few fly rods.

Please check out the International Fly Tying Symposium website for details and the rules for the fiberglass/bamboo casting competition have been posted as well.

If you have any questions or requests for the demos that I bring along please send an email to


There are creatures, plants, and other organisms that are used to gauge a healthy ecosystem and the Hellbender salamander's need for clean streams is a good example of this even if you never know they are there.

I will certainly be a lot more mindful while wading the streams of Western North Carolina and hope to come across one of these dragons peeping out from underneath a rock.

The Freshwaters Illustrated website is a great resource to spend some time looking around on too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waffle Iron Waffles

It is finally starting to cool down around here and this weekend we spent a lot of time around our backyard fire pit.  Sunday morning the children got excited about the idea of making waffles on our Rome Waffle Iron and Melissa made up a batch of homemade waffle mix while I prepped the fire.

A few people on Instagram and Facebook asked for our waffle batter recipe, and even though it's a little different each time depending on what's on hand, here's the basic list of ingredients and recipe to try. 

Mix the following dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

1 3/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Sprinkle To Taste Apple or Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix the following ingredients into a second bowl.
2 Eggs
2 Cups Buttermilk
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Butter Nut Flavor

After the ingredients of both bowls have been mixed, add the wet ingredients to the large mixing bowl.  Stir and mix together until moist or until all lumps are gone.  Now the batter is ready for the Waffle Iron.

A few notes on using the Rome Waffle Iron...
  • If this is the first time you're using the Waffle Iron then be sure to prep the cast iron as directed in the instructions.  Even then expect to lose the first couple waffle to imperfections or sticking a bit on both sides.  The cast iron is still in the seasoning phase and getting right.  Be patient.
  • I used a couple shots of spray oil on both sides before pouring the batter into the Waffle Iron and by the third waffle made, they were coming out of the Waffle Iron pretty easily.
  • Cast iron works best if it's hot but not to hot that it will just burn whatever you are trying to cook.  A grate over the fire is a good way to control how much heat your Waffle Iron gets and you can move it over or away from the coals as needed.
  • It's a good idea to have an old pair of leather work gloves around for handling the Waffle Iron and keeping yourself from getting burnt while you're making waffles.
  • Realize that by the time you get the fire right and then start making waffles that this is easily going to turn into a couple hour process to make a stack of waffles for breakfast.  This is slow cooking at some of it's finest.  Enjoy it but know you're making brunch and not breakfast unless you get started really early.
What are some of your favorite campfire foods?