Whether you are a weekend warrior, diehard outdoor enthusiast, or working in the outdoor industry, we have a responsibility that is more important now more than ever. As Americans, we have millions of acres of public land at our disposal. Whether you are just passing through to enjoy the views or recreating on our public lands, we should not take anything for granted. Many of public lands are at risk, and they needs us in a great way. No matter where you look, there are articles in magazines, newspapers, and blogs that highlight this tremendously controversial topic. Of everything that I have read, The Cleanest Line has provided the most informative and clear depiction of the issue at hand. Check out Hans Cole’s article on The Cleanest Line here.
Not a lot needs to be said. Check out this video created by Echo Fly Fishing; it explains everything clearly. Small local shops are the life blood of the sport. There is so much you can gain from local shops, and we need to support them as much as possible. Online sales are so convenient, but there is so much you loose from buying online. A lot can be gained just by stepping into a fly shop. Consider your options next time you need a new rod, reel, or fly tying materials.
As you know, reading blogs and journals online is a large part of the reason that we started this blog. Both have brought me great enjoyment and provided a unique source of useful information found nowhere else. I plan to share with you, on a weekly basis, some of the blogs that I enjoy or think will be useful reads. For my first one, it comes from The Fiberglass Manifesto. This is one of my favorite blogs that I routinely follow. This particular post covers something that I think we all could do more often. Check it out here to see what Cameron has to share. We all might not have this particular reel, but it will help us all to watch the attached video. Enjoy!
So here we are…Christmas and the New Year have come and gone. Through 2017 we will be presented with many more opportunities that traditionally warrant some kind of gift. How do decide what to buy as a gift? Do you buy practical gifts? Do you chose by the desire of the person receiving? Do you ever think outside the box?
The State of Indiana has a list of endangered species found throughout the state. Looking through the list, I found one animal that I find very intriguing. Franklin County, IN is the home to an endangered species known as the Eastern Hellbender. The hellbender is a prehistoric looking giant salamander, reaching lengths of 29 inches, that lives in streams that have good water quality. This particular animal caught my attention because of the video below. I watched the video about a year ago and remember thinking how unique the hellbender is. This has been something that has been at the back of my mind for while now, and I plan to find out if there are any hellbenders left close to home. Check it out!
Sustainability is a hot topic these days. Going right along with the outdoor industry, this controversial topic is one that companies like Patagonia have been researching, practicing, and pushing for some time now. Why, you may ask? We have so many industries that deplete resources; poison the land, water, and air around us; and don’t give back at all. If we keep doing this as a society and support companies that do not care about the effects of their business, then we are ruining the only home we have. Going down that treacherous road will only destroy the things we love.
Gink and Gasoline puts out some great articles on their blog. I have found some very informative and super entertaining articles geared towards experienced and novice anglers. Their most recent article titled G&G’S BEGINNER SERIES: TAKING THE PLUNGE, is the perfect article with resources and links to other articles that will help you find your way if you are just getting started. It won’t make you the next Lefty, but you sure will have the resources to learn an awful lot. (If you don’t know who Lefty is, you will someday.)
For all of you looking for a great fly fishing show opportunity and reside close to the Cincinnati area, I have great news. Although it is really short notice, we have a great show tomorrow, February 6, put on by the Buckeye United Fly Fishers (BUFF). There will be some great opportunities to see some of the new upcoming gear and industry leaders.
In addition to the plethora of booths that will be available, there will be speakers and tyers to do demonstrations.
Kelly Galloup and Mike Schmidt will both be guests at this years show. We look forward to their presentations.
If this is something that you are interested in, you can find the show from 9:00 – 4:00 on February 6, 2016, at the following location:
Over the weekend, we made our maiden voyage to the local trout waters with the little one. During the 25 Days of Christmas, I wrote about and showed a picture of myself with our new Deuter kid carrier with our infant son. This would be our first outdoor outing with it. Also, if you read my first post in 2016, I covered many of my goals for the year. This past weekend, I was able to get a start on a few of those.
On our family outing, I had a goal or a purpose if you will. I didn’t care so much about myself getting a line wet. All I really wanted to do was get my family on the water. This would be the first time that my wife and I got a chance to take our little one on a fishing adventure. Although he spent the majority of the time sleeping, I chalked it up to an absolute success. With the beautiful weather and the sound of the stream trickling by, its no wonder he slept the whole time. I am pretty positive that if I could find someone big enough to carry me on the water while they fish, I would most likely sleep too.
Not only did my wife and son get out on the water, my dad and his wife were able to go fishing with us as well. This was awesome to have them join us because we were all able to fly fish together is some form or fashion. A 5 wt, 4 wt, and 3 tenkara rods were bouncing from person to person throughout the afternoon. This allowed everyone to get some casting time in and allowed me to teach some of my loved ones something that I love to do.
If you are a fly angler, you will agree that you can’t always measure succes by the amount of fish you catch. There are many days that I have gone home without a single fish. The experience overall is what measures the success of the day. This day will be one that I will always remember. The only fish caught that day belonged to my stepmom. It was an average size brown trout found in this particular tailwater. Everyone was super excited to see the fish. As everyone gathered around the net, we all admired the beautiful colors of the fish. This also gave me the opportunity to teach them the importance of keeping the fish in the water. This was an awesome “Keep Em Wet” opportunity. Hearing her scream and watching her as she hooked up to her first trout was an awesome experience. It reminded me of my wife’s first trout on our trip to the smokies. That is something that I will never forget. As I helped her net the fish, I thought to myself that moments like these are so much more enjoyable for me than catching fish myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love to fish and love catching fish; but it is so much better the share experiences like this with people you care about.
Everyone had an incredible time. It was a one fish day, but I can say that it was an absolute successful day on the water. This day has opened up the doors for many more to come. A few days later, my wife and I went out again, and our son stayed awake. He was completely intrigued by the water moving below us and all the different things to look out.
I can’t wait till our next outing. Outings like these are very important to me, and I believe that they are extremely important for our children. Get outside with your family or friends and create your own adventure.