Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tiny Free Library, How About Tiny Free Fly Shops

You may have seen these near a playground or along the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Its a tiny library. You can take a book or leave a book. Pretty cool idea right?

I got an idea last summer while walking and fishing the Blue River in Breckenridge. I needed some floatant but forgot to fly out with some. Didn't want to buy a whole new bottle.

What if there was one of these along the Blue in town, sponsored by one of the two or BOTH of the fly shops in town. What if we had one locally sponsored by TPFR or Northern Va TU? Though around here someone would put their bag of dog poo in the box and take all the gear out.

Tiny Fly Shops.

If I owned a fly shop and/or lived near a stream I would build one of these for the anglers. I would re-stock it regularly. Now hear me out.

My tiny fly shop would include:

  • variety of tippet and leader material
  • variety of flies used on that water
  • split shot or other weight
  • sun screen
  • nippers (nail clipper)
  • hemostat
  • lip balm 
  • local book on hatch charts
  • river map
  • bumper stickers
  • loaded lanyard - someone could just take that for the day and put it back
  • net
  • floatant
  • polarized glasses
  • fishing journal/guest log
Think about all the gear you use and what you always forget. What if it were available on the stream. You borrow the net and put it back. You forgot your shades, you use them and put them back. You forgot your pheasant tail parachute, we got you, take a few. If you don't fish them, put them back. If you stop by and have some extra flies that worked that day- you can put them in there for others.

People take what they need, maybe drop off something in the local shops or in the tiny box to help restock.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this something you'd like to see?

Of course I would have Tiny Elvis guard my tiny fly shop.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Guided Fly Fishing Trips For Shad On The Potomac River

Alright folks, its on. The shad are in and the other fish are in too. My services are for those having trouble catching shad, don't know how to gear up for them, need help in any way etc. Here is some information you will need when thinking about booking a trip.

  • My weekends are almost all booked. If you are a single angler I may be able to include you with another single angler if they don't mind
  • I can't get to the river until around 9am on weekdays
  • I have to leave the parking lot by 230pm on weekdays unless you book a full day trip
  • I will provide all fishing equipment and will send maps and parking information
  • We will fish from the Virginia side of the river
  • I need a deposit to lock down your time

E-mail me

If you want to learn to fish like this.....

Saturday, March 25, 2017

S01E97 4th Annual Fly Tying Marathon | National Museum of the Marine Corps

Interviews from the fly tiers.

The Quantico and Fort Belvoir Programs of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing hosted their 4th Annual Fly Tying Marathon in the main gallery of the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Saturday March 18, 2017 from 9am–5pm.   Flies created at the event will be distributed to programs across the nation for use at PHWFF fly fishing events throughout the year.

Produced by Jason Reif of FreeStone Media.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

S01E95 Gear For Shad Fishing | Fly Fishing For Shad

The gear you need for fly fishing for shad. Brought to you by

Produced by FreeStone Media.

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