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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Newest Family Addition | StealthCraft 16' ATB

The long wait is over. A new addition to the family has arrived. I got the call last Friday night that my boat was waiting on a trailer in the parking lot of the condo. You may remember last September a drunk expletive destroyed my boat and part of my livelihood when she plowed her dad's Lexus into my driftboat at 65mph.

After meeting Mike and PK at the Fly Fishing Show a few years ago I told myself that if I ever got a new boat it would be a StealthCraft. I had spoken with Mike over the winter and was deciding on what boat to purchase. After PK posted a bunch of videos of his 'Whip' on Instagram @fishingporn I made the call.

The great thing about going through these guys is they are anglers who are building state of the art boats for every anglers needs. My boat was completely customized within the confines of my budget from the chick's insurance company. I also put some gear on the market. So I no longer have a kayak or some fishing reels.

I do have one ridiculously beautiful boat. The only thing this boat has in common with the last one is they both float. That is it.

This boat features internal L.E.D lights, bow and stern headlights, internal rod holders, modular pulpits, loads of cup holders, rower's side anchor release, loads of storage, and the trailer has all sorts of features which include a genius tie down system and an anchor holder. Toss in the cover (we're getting 4" of rain tonight) to keep it dry inside.

Here is the boat, it has a Derek DeYoung print down the side:

My first view of the boat
 Its a beauty. Now to just get it down
 The cold front blew over and it was crazy cold out
 Sliding the boat down, its like the birth canal for my new addition
 Ruh-ro the boat isn't going to make it. Someone get the calipers. We had to move the truck forward a bit and pushed real hard
 It was dark when I pulled the boat out and cold so no pics. I drove it over to our friend's driveway to store it until I got tags and insurance. The big issue was the male and female trailer hitch lights didn't match up so I drove it in the dark over there. Once this storm blows over I can re-do the wiring and get this thing lit up.
I've got clients booked for this weekend on the boat. Can't wait to row this thing around. Trust me, there will be lots of pictures to share.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Project Healing Waters 2-Fly Tournament 2014 Pictures

Here are my pics from the event. Be sure to go to @phwff and @tltff on Instagram for more pics. Dan and Morgan did a great job of taking pics and posting them to social media. The tournament raised over $200,000.00 for the organization. This is one of my favorite events of the year. It is so much fun to see everyone from the PHWFF family, how much bigger the kids are, the new additions, those who flew on from across the country and locally. Lots of bonding and friendships are made and the fishing can't be beat.

I was paired with Kim who I knew I would have trouble keeping up with. She fished hard and had skills and dedication I don't often get to see and I fish with a lot of people. This will not be the last time we fish together.

Sunset through my Costsas

 Team 'Semper Fly' after our second session of fishing. I'm going to frame this one.
 Scores. We got 72
 William and Kevin walking back after their session
 Kim and Shian. What a sweet dog. Fast too, she chased off a flock of geese
 Kim's PHWFF-Marine rod and tube
 Kim presented with a PHWFF bamboo rod from Big John
 Kim drifting a wormie through beat 2
 My rainbow on Tenkara with my damsel from Saturday
 Big John and his bamboos
 Harold and Chris
 Native and wild brookie. State fish of Virginia.  Also had a tiger swallowtail flitting around at the same time, state insect of Virginia. BTW this net is about 4' long for fish size reference
 Kim and Shian
 The barn in the morning after camping
 Kim and I selfie
 Kim and Lefty hanging out. He then gave us some knot tying tutorials. The man is a walking encyclopedia. Seriously everything he says I need to write down
 Doug's house in the morning
 The nasty car in the morning. Stupid goose out there kept us awake at night
 Morgan's camp
 Old fashioned with Sheetz brand simple syrup
 Dinner speeches. If  you didn't tear up at this dinner something is wrong with you

 Horned citrus trees
 Kim with her new bamboo and Morgan int he back
 Entrance to the farm
 Ed working with us on our 2-handed casting
 Shian giving me some love
 Quick stop for beer. Been going here for nearly 20 years
 I forgot simple syrup at home so I got a cup full of sugar here and mixed with bottled water at the farm
 Kim and Lefty


 David and Jackson. That kid is getting so big
 The hole behind the gazebo
 Always a crowd watching, no pressure
 Nap time
 Me and Lefty. He signed a hat for the pixie
 Lefty teaching more and more
 The awards

 Richie lands one on a dry fly after the tourney
 Morgan playing with the new TFO rod. I got to cast the Mangrove and it is my new line of rod to suggest for Potomac fishing
 Vets and their guides.
PHWFF red-white-blue popsicle fly donation

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