Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HATCH Outdoors - Nomad Pliers

I mentioned the HATCH Outdoors Nomad Pliers a few months ago in the A Baker's Dozen Of Cool post after the Denver Fly Fishing Show and I received an email over the weekend that these primo pliers have finally been released. 

The Nomad Pliers just fit perfect in your hand and these pliers will have a lot of cross over from both freshwater to saltwater anglers.  These pliers are crafted from aluminum with Type II anodize and feature replaceable Tungsten Carbide cutters and stainless steel jaws.  A custom molded black leather sheath and bungee lanyard are included with each pair of pliers.   

The Nomad Pliers are offered in blue, red, and clear and retail for $280.

Expensive?  Yes.  Worth it?  Undoubtedly yes if you have a few extra coins in your pocket.

Check out the HATCH Outdoors website for more information and put a pair of these in your hands at your local dealer.


From our friends at Swift Fly Fishing and it just might be a couple of the coolest t-shirts I've seen in a long time though you might not want to wear it walking the halls of your kid's school...

The DO EPIC SHIT t-shirts are offered in two versions, digital and hand lettered.  There are a couple "tamer" Epic t-shirts on the website if that works better for your wardrobe.  These are both printed on American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirts. 

Check out the Swift Fly Fishing website for ordering information.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Addicted To Vise - Twisted Firestarter

The other night Eunan Hendron of Addicted To Vise posted an image on his Instagram page of a new fly he was starting to tie on an 8/0 hook which makes for a fly that is pushing five inches in length nose to tail.  He dubbed it the Twisted Firestarter and took a series of step by step images to show this fly, with an awful lot of artistic flair, coming together.

This fly is just masterful and Eunan provided a narrative along with step by step photos on his website for those that want to read how the Twisted Firestarter was put together.

Cutthroat Leaders - 3 Reasons To Shop

Truth told, the companies that lend some support to The Fiberglass Manifesto through an ad and sponsoring the many giveaways are really what keep the lights on around here and I am pleased to have added Cutthroat Leaders recently to the short list of advertisers that line the sidebars of the page.

I talked with Mike Morin of Cutthroat Leaders over the winter at several of the Fly Fishing Shows and he expressed a lot of interest in using his furled leaders with fiberglass rods, which they really do excel at, and also has a robust website filled with fly fishing gear items of all sorts to choose from.

Here's three quick reasons to do some online shopping on the Cutthroat Leaders website...

1.  They have leaders of all sorts ranging from furled leaders, specialty leaders, and even tenkara leaders.  I've been using several of the furled leaders on several of the fly reels that I use at demos and presentations and a tenkara furled leader is included with each of the Tenkara USA Iwana demos that I have as well.  

2.  Along with an array of leaders Cutthroat Leaders also carries products from Loon Outdoors, TroutHunter, Vedavoo, Bozeman Reel and others who have been long time supporters of this website in one way or another and the gear they make is rock solid.

3.  Cutthroat Leaders has provided a discount code of "TFM" for 10% off online purchases which is worth taking advantage of.

Check out the Cutthroat Leaders to check out the various offerings on their website and toss a few items in the cart while you're there.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tycoon Tackle Latest News

There have been two announcements from Tycoon Tackle recently worth sharing with free standard shipping on all orders shipped in the United States and then the introduction of The Martha Ann series of fiberglass fly rods which $100 from each fly rod benefit Casting For Recovery.  The three piece Martha Ann fly rods are offered in three, four, and five weight with "To Fish Is To Hope" marked on each build.

From the Tycoon Tackle website... 

"The Martha Ann by Tycoon Tackle glass fly-rod is designed for superb performance on any trout stream. This fishing rod is named for Martha Ann O’Brien, Mother of Tycoon Tackle President, Tim O’Brien. Martha Ann lost her life to Breast Cancer after a gallant fight. The O’Brien family has chosen to memorialize her through this fishing rod by donating $100.00 of the purchase price from each fishing rod sold to Casting for Recovery."

Visit the Tycoon Tackle website for more information.

VEDAVOO - Better American Gear

Over the weekend Scott Hunter of VEDAVOO released a short video which gives everyone an inside look into the workshop and the process of creating pieces of gear fabric cut by cut and thread stitch by stitch.

Something else to check out is the new Artisan Series #1 with the Patriot Sling.  This is a limited edition series with only 25 hand-built packs offered.

Visit the VEDAVOO website to check out the latest offerings and follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Giveaway - Where The Featherlight Did Summer Go?

It's kind of unbelievable to me that we are entering into the Labor Day weekend and the first day of fall is just a couple weeks away.  I am scratching my head wondering "Where the "F" did summer go?"  I had plans that didn't come true.  Places I had intended to kayak and fish.  Steal away evenings after work on the family pond.  Other places I had planned on taking the children to fish with crickets and light line spinning rods.  A quick trip or three down to the lowcountry to hit a flood tide.  I did just about none of it.  Where did this summer go?

I was thinking last night that nothing says summer like an Eagle Claw fly rod and in this case let's just substitute the other "F" word for Featherlight.  I have been holding back a stash that Eagle Claw sent me earlier in the year for a weekend giveaway and this one seems like a good one to make a few people happy when they get back to the office early next week.

I've always said that you shouldn't over think the fly line choice on these Eagle Claw fly rods and the S.A. AirCel Panfish fly line is the perfect match for the 7' 5/6 weight Featherlight.

While I was putting together this giveaway last night I shot a text to Rep Your Water and they gladly gave up a few Bluegill Trucker Cap to complete this weekend's giveaway.     

1.  Send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com and tell me about the plans that you didn't get a chance to do this summer that you expected to?

2.  Please send only ONE EMAIL submission per email address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

3.  Submissions will be accepted until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. 

4.  On Tuesday morning FOUR WINNERS will be chosen by random number generator and then listed at the bottom of this post.  Winners will also be contacted by email as well.

5.  Each winner will each receive the following...

So..."Where The Featherlight Did Summer Go?"

Be sure to take a few minutes this weekend and let me know.

There were over 450 emails that were sent in over the four day weekend and the random number generator picked these four lucky winners...


Thanks to everyone that took the time to send in emails.  I had a good time reading through them over the weekend.  Thanks also to Eagle Claw, Scientific Anglers, and Rep Your Water for the support.