Friday, December 19, 2014

12 DAYS - The Orvis Company

I can't think of a better way to wrap up the 12 Days of Christmas than with Orvis and giving away a Superfine Glass fly rod, C.F.O. fly reel, and a Hydros Superfine fly line to complete the outfit.  All three of these items are "Made In U.S.A." and this is one sweet Christmas gift.


Of all the fiberglass fly rod projects that I am privy to know about, give opinions on, and in some cases go hands on with flexing prototypes, the Orvis Superfine Glass fly rods were a favorite.  In the end three fly rods made the series with the 7' three weight, 7'6" four weight, and 8' five weight.  I wouldn't be to surprised if a couple other models were added to this line up in the coming year...   

It's not been surprising to me that the interest for and sales of this series has far surpassed what even Orvis thought there would be and these fly rods have all been on back order from time to time this year.  The Superfine Glass fly rods are made, start to finish, in the Vermont rod shop, all have capable progressive tapers, and are just a ton of fun for the price tag.



I guess it was about a year and a half ago when Shawn Combs of Orvis put one of the late prototype C.F.O.'s in my hand on a trip together in the Catskills.  I've always had a thing for the C.F.O. fly reels and this series being "Made In U.S.A." just made them that much sweeter.  These fly reels just have the perfect look and click and I love to hear mine sing when a big fish runs.

Both the Superfine Glass fly rod series and C.F.O. fly reels were highlighted in the recent "10 For Fall" post which is worth checking out if you haven't.

There are a lot of fly line choices but the Hydros Superfine series of lines was designed with these same series of fly rods in mind making it the perfect choice to complete this outfit.

THE GIVEAWAY
The Orvis Company has generously put together a Superfine Glass fly rod outfit which is complete with C.F.O. fly reel and Orvis Hydros Superfine fly line.  I believe it will be winner's choice on which line weight model for this outfit.

There will be a total of ONE WINNER for today's giveaway.

THE RULES
-  Please send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com saying you want in on today's giveaway.

-  You will need to send an email each day to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

-  You will receive an auto response email back to confirm that your entry was received each day.

-  Please send only one email per email account.  Duplicate emails will be erased.

-  All emails must be received by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to qualify for this gear giveaway.

-  Winners will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced tomorrow morning at the end of this post.

-  Please note that if you win one of the days of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways then you are not eligible to win any other day.  Please give someone else a chance.

Check out the Orvis website for more information.

Bad Axe Design - Linocut Threefer

Jonathan Marquardt of Bad Axe Design has been busy in the studio and created several new pieces of lincocut artwork for a feature article in the latest issue of The Flyfish Journal.  The smallmouth piece to start this post just might be my most favorite piece of art that Jonathan has ever created.

GREEN LAKE POPPER REDUCTION LINOCUT





BASS AND DAMSEL LINOCUT

BRIDGE FISH 3 COLOR REDUCTION

Visit the Bad Axe Design website to see more of Jonathan's work and check out the Etsy page to purchase a piece of art or apparel.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 DAYS - VEDAVOO

There certainly couldn't be a "Made In U.S.A." giveaway and not include Vedavoo.  The ever growing list of products that owner Scott Hunter designs and builds one by one in his basement shop are as solidly built as they are genius.  Scott is extremely picky when it comes to the materials that are used in each of his products and the end results show why custom built to the highest standards are best.


If you've ever met Scott Hunter at any of the fly fishing shows that he attends each winter it's easy to see that his gear designs have purpose with every cut and stitch and he takes the time with every customer that walks into his booth to explain why he does what he does.  It's really impressive to watch Scott work. 

Something else to think about is that unless a piece of gear is sold at one of just a few specialty fly shop dealers throughout the country, then you can rest assured that the gear that you order from Vedavoo was fabric cut and sewed specifically just for you.  How cool is that? 

THE GIVEAWAY
In between a massive list of holiday orders, the Vedavoo crew found time to sew up three special slate colored "Comrade Edition" pieces to giveaway today.  These pieces include...

DAY PACK 


DRIFTER BOAT BAG & MESSENGER


TL BEAST SLING PACK


Click on the links above to learn more about each piece of gear.

There will be a total of THREE WINNERS for today's giveaway.

THE RULES
-  Please send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com saying you want in on today's giveaway.

-  You will need to send an email each day to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

-  You will receive an auto response email back to confirm that your entry was received each day.

-  Please send only one email per email account.  Duplicate emails will be erased.

-  All emails must be received by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to qualify for this gear giveaway.

-  Winners will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced tomorrow morning at the end of this post.

-  Please note that if you win one of the days of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways then you are not eligible to win any other day.  Please give someone else a chance.

Check out the Vedavoo website and follow the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.   Check out the first issue of TORCH which is their digital magazine highlighting the many sides of the Vedavoo life.

Cousin Joe

Robert Thompson of Third Year Fly Fisher tells a lot of neat fly fishing stories through film around the Midwest and his latest shortie is Cousin Joe which highlights the work of Joe Cartoon and his band Cousin Joe Twoshacks



Oh yeah...and there is a bunch of northern Michigan hex and mice at night footage as well.

Take a very deserved twenty minute coffee break today while at the office and enjoy.  Your boss won't mind.  I like the story and I really like how this one was shot. 

Strong work, RT.


More digital film goodness on the Third Year Fly Fisher Vimeo page.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 DAYS - The Original Woodman's Pal

For over a year now I've been on a real bender when it comes to outdoor tools of all types and along the way I came across The Original Woodman's Pal and bought one this last fall to use in the woods around our home.  We live in an area that is quickly overtaken throughout the year by vines and brush that seems to grow at a rate much faster than everything else.  Every fall and into the winter, when it finally cools down enough to work hard outside, all the tools come out and the work begins. 


This fall I've been using the Original Woodman's Pal and have been really impressed with the heft of this tool and the effectiveness of using it when cutting through small trees, vines, and brush.  The tool is balanced in such a way that it maximizes the force of each cut and I've found that it will cut through vines that are a half an inch or larger in diameter in a single cut.  I am still getting used to using the bladed hook on the backside of the Woodman's Pal but it's crazy useful just for the front blade alone.

The Original Woodman's Pal has been "Made In U.S.A." since the early 1940's and this is a perfect example of a product that was made right then that is still made right now.  This tool has been used by the military, public safety, and those that work outside for over 70 years now.  That's damn impressive.  This tool is just as useful today as it's ever been and perfect for anyone that spends time outside.  I also think one would come in handy for guides that find downed trees and other dangerous debris in the river.

THE GIVEAWAY
The Woodman's Pal has offered up a half dozen of their Classic with Leather Sheath models.

There will be a total of SIX WINNERS for today's giveaway.

THE RULES
-  Please send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com saying you want in on today's giveaway.

-  You will need to send an email each day to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

-  You will receive an auto response email back to confirm that your entry was received each day.

-  Please send only one email per email account.  Duplicate emails will be erased.

-  All emails must be received by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to qualify for this gear giveaway.

-  Winners will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced tomorrow morning at the end of this post.

-  Please note that if you win one of the days of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways then you are not eligible to win any other day.  Please give someone else a chance.

THE WINNERS
The random number generator is starting to get a little worn out from the 12 Days of Christmas but picked out the following winners from this day's giveaway...

MITCH ROGERS
FRANK DUBACH
GREGORY FEDER
CORY ROUTH
MATTHEW WINKLER
KEVIN ANDERSON

Congratulations and thanks to Pro Tool Industries for the support.

Check out the Woodman's Pal website for more information and or to place an order.  There is a holiday sale giving 20% off all orders now through December 18th.  This offer also includes free shipping and free engraving.

Good luck and tell your friends.

Fly Fishers Inc. - Issue #11

Want a few minutes escape to New Zealand...and beyond?  Give a look to the latest issue of Fly Fishers Inc

There is a lot of good stuff in this issue.


CHECK IT.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 DAYS - Rising Fish

I met Dylan Rothwell from Rishing Fish a few years ago at IFTD and one of the first things that he told me was that "Made In U.S.A." was a big deal to him and that his future objectives for his small but growing business was to do as much of the work in his small shop in Utah.  Over the years I've seen him do just that and one of his most recent projects has been to design and build a new series of Rising Nets that have turned out really excellent.


A week or so ago a large flat box arrived on my doorstep and inside was one of the new Rising Nets in all it's glory.  I've got quite a few landing nets around but Dylan definitely has something special here with a durable yet lightweight landing net with a large net shape with deep ghost netting, measurement ruler along the net ring, a very grippy handle, and some models can be taken apart for ease when traveling.

These are a seriously a badass landing net made one at a time in the Rising Fish shop.


THE GIVEAWAY
Today Rising Fish is offering up four of their new 24" handle Rising Nets in the color of your choice.

These nets retail for $120 and  Rising Fish will personalize each net with the winner's name and the Retro Fly on the handle.

There will be a total of FOUR WINNERS for today's giveaway.

THE RULES
-  Please send an email to tfmcontests@gmail.com saying you want in on today's giveaway.

-  You will need to send an email each day to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

-  You will receive an auto response email back to confirm that your entry was received each day.

-  Please send only one email per email account.  Duplicate emails will be erased.

-  All emails must be received by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to qualify for this gear giveaway.

-  Winners will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced tomorrow morning at the end of this post.

-  Please note that if you win one of the days of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways then you are not eligible to win any other day.  Please give someone else a chance.

THE WINNERS
The random number generator has spoken and picked the following winners...

DAVID HENSLEY
WOODSON BOUGHTON
AILEEN LANE
SHEVRIN HOWELL

Congratulations and thanks to Rising Fish for the generous support.

Check out the Rising Fish website for more information.