Jeff Szari Pottery


This review is long overdue. This mug was handmade by a wonderful artist named Jeff Szari out of Alaska. Jeff’s pottery captures Alaska in its purest form. Using the Earth as his medium and   his artistic touch creating one of a kind pieces that you want to display more than use because of their beauty. 

Jeff is a retired high school teacher turned potter. As a former biology and earth science teacher he captures the place he lives in his pottery. His love for the outdoors shows in all of his pieces. 

Jeff’s work can be seen all over Alaska like Ptarmigan art gallery, Homer Chamber of Commerce and Whale’s Tale Coffee. 

If your looking for one of a kind pieces please visit his site at 

http://www.jeffszaripottery.com

O’Pros Dragonfly Rod Holder

Featuring the Outdoor Profesionals Dragonfly Rod Holder. Helping me field test this is my son and favorite fishing buddy.
“O’Pros is focused on innovating fishing and outdoor gear to help you perform most efficiently.”
The Dragonfly Rod Holder is perfect when fishing when you need to take a hook out or get gear out of your bag without having to put the Rod between your legs or balance it on the back of your neck. The secure belt clip really holds on tight. I actually had trouble removing it a couple times which was no big deal. I’d rather have it secure than sliding all over the place. It’s made of durable molded (hdpe) plastic and the clips are made from spring steel. It has a convenient Velcro patch to use as a fly patch or to attach accessories. But I actually like it because it protects your cork handle from getting scratched.
Outdoor Professionals also has a great return policy. If the the holder ever breaks under normal conditions they will replace the product. But I am pretty sure this holder will last you most of a lifetime if not longer. I give this product 10 out of 10 for creativity, durability, and for making fly fishing that much more fun.
Check them out at http://www.oprosgear.com

Emerger Fly Fishing

Emerger Fly Fishing based out of Fort Collins Colorado is really making something special with their waxed canvas and leather fly fishing bags. They are a classic and vintage look and with traditional all American craftsmanship they are built to stand the test of time. There are a lot of bags out there that are hip and cool and have all kinds of bells and whistles but this bag seems to have just enough of everything you need.

Made from waxed duck canvas making them semi impervious to water with English bridle leather and brass fittings. The bags dimensions are 11″x 10″ x 4″and an overall 440 cubic inches there is plenty of space in this bag for all your essentials. There is also a zippered storage pocket to hold any extras you might have and can even hold two small fly boxes. Two leather accessory keepers and two grommeted accessory tabs provide a place to attach your tippet spool, floatant, nippers or hemostats.

The unique creel style straps  keep your bag at your side and prevent it from swinging around when bending down and maneuvering when trying to land that trophy fish. The straps are also custom set for your right or left hand preference.

I have to be honest, I was afraid to get this beautiful bag even wet or dirty but trust me this bag will last more than a lifetime.

The bag sits comfortably by your side when moving from land to stream and is just light enough that it won’t weigh you down or get in the way.

I have tried a lot of different bags when fishing and this is probably my favorite by far.

Chris Freeman is a true artist and shows his passion through his craft. I highly recommend picking up one of these bags. Chris also has fly fishing wallets which are also amazing and built with the same craftsmanship.

http://www.emergerflyfishing.com

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Area Code Art Hat’s and Tee’s

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Area Code Art represents what people like to do in the outdoors. They are based out of Boise Idaho and can be found on etsy @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/AreaCodeArt#about

These hat’s are high quality and were created because of people everywhere who would rather be up in the mountains, on the trails or down by the river. They have been given the opportunity to provide cool, functional hats for the folks they care about the most. The hats features and specs are as follows:

Pro-Model shape | Cotton/poly-twill front panels | Trucker mesh back
Crown: Structured Pro crown | Pro-Stitched finish | Adjustable snap-back
Visor: Pre-curved | Self material undervisor
Sweatband: 3-part cotton comfort fit
Closure: Plastic snap adjustable
Sizes: Adult | One size fits most

I personally love the hat, the only problem is that my kids steal it every time we go fishing so I never really get to wear it. They also offer lot’s of different area codes and looks like they add more here and there. They come in a variety of colors and different designs. Go check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AreaCodeArt#about

 

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Heat Wave but still biting! 

  

It’s been about 95-100 degrees here and it’s been a bit too hot to fish, but today I decided to go out anyway. Struck out all day but the last 10 minutes we were there, I struck gold. Caught 3 of these in about 20 minutes off of some grasshopper poppers. 

Stay tuned for our review on the Dragontail Shadowfire Light weight Tenkara Rod. 

Fly Weight Knives

Every now and then a  great tool comes along that I get to use and play with. I’m a gadget guy and I love custom handmade items. 

This is the Fly Weight Knives 5 1/2″ Ultralight Titanium knife. This knife is made from 6Al4V Titanium with a coating of Tungsten Carbide to make the blade hold an edge longer. Thin, light, and small enough I can hang off of my bag or shirt when I am out flyfishing. More photos of field testing coming up.  

 

Check out Greg Woodwards knives at:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/198020183/5-12-ultralight-titanium-knife

Geo Bass 

  If you guys haven’t had a chance to watch this great show, your missing one hell of an amazing thing. 

A group of friends get together and try to go after award winning size bass all over the world. They go to places that have never been fished before in back river streams and rivers as far away as Brazil, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, and Colombia. It’s dangerous, bug ridden and dangerous animals and insects are around every corner to try and kill you but they make it happen. Some mishaps along the way, but all that aside they are amazing trips and they catch some amazing fish. Peacock  bass, and other species never caught on fly rods before will get your heart pumping and wanting to fish. 

Check it out. You can watch episodes on Amazon Prime, YouTube and probably a couple other outlets.

Tight Lines.

Mission Workshop

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The Vandal

29L / 65L Expandable Cargo Pack

The Vandal backpack features a water-resistant main compartment which can be used in either “roll-top” mode, or in the traditional “flap-down” configuration. A key feature of the Vandal backpack is it’s ability to quickly double in size from 1,800 cu.in. to 4,000 cu.in. when needed for extra cargo carrying capacity.

The Vandal also features multiple weatherproof compartments, urethane coated zippers, waterproof materials, and a carbon fiber reinforced internal frame suspension system. Front zippered pocket fits most 15in laptop computers or any tablet, a 17in laptop can fit in the rear rolltop compartment. Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.

 

I feel like I am doing the bag a dishonor by even calling it a backpack. It is much more than your average run of the mill bag. I snagged their mission statement for you to read.

“Mission Workshop bags are constructed with the most rugged assembly of industrial and technical materials in the United States of America. Domestic manufacturing allows us to make smaller, more controlled runs of every bag, ensuring that each bag is worthy of it’s lifetime warranty. Mission Workshop strives for a production level of goods that are unmatched in terms of durability, aesthetics and over all flawless construction.”

This statement is beyond true. Now we have had this bag for about a year now and this is the second review we have done for Mission Workshop but so far it has surpassed anything I have ever owned before. The bag will be accompanying me on every weekend outdoor adventure in the Pennsylvania mountains we take and for overall hikes. I will be hiking, fly fishing, and putting the bag to its limits.
Thank you Mission Workshop for making a truly magnificent bag.

 

http://missionworkshop.com/products/bags/backpacks/roll_top/large_vandal.php