Just about all year long I have fun chasing these in my local cranberry bogs and just about everywhere. Meet Esox Niger or the common Chain Pickerel. These guys will go after anything you throw at them. They put up a fight as long as you have some heavy leader and tippet otherwise they will saw through your line like a Swiss Army knife.
Below is the largest one I caught 2 years ago in the Fall on a saltwater streamer I tied.
When the fish aren’t biting elsewhere I know I can rely on catching at least a bunch of these on a trip to the cranberry bogs. The best part is going first thing In the morning when the water is calm and as soon as that streamer hits the water, it’s like watching sharks attacking from multiple angles. Ripples in the water, the fish fighting over your fly. To me it’s exciting. A lot of people would disagree as they hate catching these, but they suit me just fine. To each his own I suppose.
I am slowly getting my stepfather into Flyfishing. Getting him the essential gear and teaching him gives me great joy. He has taught me a lot over the years growing up and it’s nice to be able to give back and teach him something that is most meaningful to me in my life. We’ve been out a bunch of times over the years and he has had no luck catching a single thing. Until now. Now they might only be bluegills, but for him, just to catch something made his day. And to see his face light up and hear the excitement in his voice is why I like to get people involved in Flyfishing.
Thanks for being there for me whenever I needed you.
Handmade fishing buffs with UV protection. These are made locally to us in Western PA. Currently field testing. Stay tuned.
I had the good fortune of getting to test out one amazing fly rod. Jefferson Rod Co. makes some really unique one of a kind rods. From the passion and hard work these guys put into these rods, down to the unique grizzly hackle feather that gets inlayed in each rod base. This is one great rod.
The rod is balanced and feels amazing on the water. I took it up to Eastern Pennsylvania and fished it on a pretty steady flowing stream. About 30 mins in I caught my first rainbow of the season on an orange wooly bugger. I was stoked. The rod performed flawlessly.
These rods are all hand made in the U.S. and focus on quality craftsmanship and even give back 5% of their revenue to Fly Fishing Collaborative. Great rods, Great cause. Need I say more?
Check them out, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
ANODIZED MACHINED ALUMINUM REEL SEATS
CUSTOM MILLED HANDLES
TITANIUM STRIPPING GUIDES
GRIZZLY HACKLE FEATHER INLAYS
ROD TUBE INCLUDED
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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