Spring is here sort of…?

Spring is finally here. I think…

The weather is slowly changing. A little later then usual but at least it’s happening. I took a short hiatus from writing on here because life got a bit busy. Work, kids, wife. Trying to find a new house etc.

I have a bunch of new items to share with everyone. Please bare with me while I shake off the dust and get back into the “swing” of things. No pun intended. Haha!

Cheers to Spring!

Triton Fly Reels

We are pretty excited about this project. 

Introducing The Triton Alpha. Below are some of the features and some photos. We will have more information soon as this project is still in the works. We will be field testing with photos etc. Stay tuned. 

Some of the features:

Modern Hubless Design 

Time-Tested Fish-Stopping Power

000wt through 8wt
An amazing guarantee! 


Esox Niger

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. 

Birthday Fishing Day

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.

Jefferson Rod Co.

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. 
Rod specs:









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 


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.


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Area Code Art Hat’s and Tee’s


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.