WEEKLY PRESS – Fly Slaps | Fly Fishing Stickers and Decals

Stumbled upon this the other day. Recently purchase a cooler, boat, or lunchbox? Want to deck out an oldie but goodie? Start the process at Fly Slaps.

FLY FISHING STICKERS! Fly Slaps is the source for fly fishing stickers and decals! Get a fly fishing sticker or decal for every situation. Stickers from all of the top fly fishing companies! Including Simms, Scott, The Drake Magazine, RIO, Sage, Temple Fork, Fishpond, Hatch, Howler Brothers, Fly Fishing Artists… more

Source: Fly Slaps – Fly Fishing Stickers and Decals

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Searching for Shad – Take 5

Two years ago I moved. Before I moved, I lived about three minutes from arguably one of the best wading spots for shad and striper on the East Coast. The Rappahanock River fall line. I wrote about the Spring shad run here, and here, and here, and here, and the striper run here. However, I never got around to writing up a 5th post… Shame. So, here’s a low-quality photo dump telling all about it. Continue reading

WEEKLY PRESS – Hatch Magazine | Lists for 2018

This time around on the Weekly Press: Hatch Mag’s 8 lists for 2018

Stop, don’t do it: 8 lists that will make you a better angler in 2018

I read this a while back on The Fiberglass Manifesto’s post titled, 6 Good Reads and thought it worth sharing. Read and see what you think.

Two favorites from the lists:

  1. Don’t always practice with your eyes open. Shut your eyes from time to time and try to feel what the rod is doing. It can make a huge difference in your timing.
  2. Try not to practice around quicksand, power lines or poisonous snakes.

Now, go make yourself a better angler in 2018.

MERMAIDS AT THE VISE – DiSalvo takes on the Sex Dungeon

What did the mermaids tie up tonight? The chartreuse, deer hair, Sex Dungeon

MERMAIDS AT THE VISE is proud to feature Gregg DiSalvo, a mermaid from D.C. spreading knowledge about the sex dungeon. Sorry for the title, Gregg. It was too easy. Gregg and I knew each other in undergrad. We reconnected through fly fishing. Over the past two years, we’ve interacted way more than we did during our four years of school. Fly fishing, like most off-the-wall, niche hobbies, tends to bring people together when no other plausible reason would…which is cool.

Now, before we get into it, the words sex dungeon, and tying, and vise may rub some people the wrong way. I assure you, this blog is P.C. (usually). While these words may entice the imagination of some to read on in high hopes of fantasy-based visual masterpieces, only fly tying lovers will experience any form of eroticism here. Which, come to think of it, is just downright gross.

Now, let’s here from Gregg. Continue reading

WEEKLY PRESS – Fly Photography 101 by Fly Fish Food

This time around on the Mermaid Weekly Press: Fly Fish Food’s Fly Photography 101

I was stoked when I read that Fly Fish Food had this vlog post in the works. Shout out to TFM for the release notification.

The video is almost half and hour in length, but well worth the watch. I recommend watching it at least 2x through. Short on time? No fear. Here are some stamps to help you navigate.

00:00 – Video Starts

07:15 – Backgrounds & Surfaces

09:30 – Composition

11:00 – Nerdy Settings

15:20 – Common Pitfalls

19:40 – Comparing Images

22:05 – Video Considerations

24:35 – Budget Setup

27:09 – Video Ends

Common pitfalls: I feel these are worth pointing out. 1) Get close and/or crop! Makes it hard to see the details if you don’t and most people don’t. 2) Throw more light on it! It’s cheap. It’s easy. Hit up the local thrift store with five bucks. Lots of people don’t do this! 3) Fly is in the frame but the focus is in the background! Use focus features on the camera and get that sucker crystal clear. 4) If the eye of the hook is in focus, then peaches and cream.

Number 4 is something I hear applies to fish photos; get the eye in focus.

My personal notes: Keep still, use a tripod. Aperture priority at F22 – F5ish. Short on light? Might need to open up the aperture a little more. Problem is you’re so close (with a macro lens) if you’re open at f2.8 (which is the biggest his lens gets), your focal plane will be so shallow that only a small section of your fly is going to be in focus. Want a low ISO and shut down your aperture with lots of light, but shudder might have to stay open for a couple seconds (where the tripod comes into play).

Check out the full Fly Fish Food post with their notes here

WEEKLY PRESS – Taylor Anthem

This time around on the Weekly Press: Taylor Fly Fishing’s Anthem Rod

She’s green, clean, and straight from my dreams. I’ve followed Taylor Fly Fishing for several years now, and recently gave in to their damn beautiful products.

When the Anthem and T1 reel went on a pre-manufactured discount sale this past Fall, I knew the time had come to type in the credit card number and hit that magical little button on the screen titled, purchase.

After casting the Anthem to Steelhead in SW Oregon for a few days, I can honestly say she feels great in my hands. Could that honesty have anything to do with my biased opinion over her looks, the Oregon riverside landscape, or the fact that I’ve long drooled over Taylor Fly Fishing products? That’s a rhetorical question.

Oh, yeah, the T1 reel is on it’s way. I’m sure you’ll see a post about that soon.

South Valley Musky

Some things are either black or white. You either catch fish or you don’t. In honor of this rare simplicity, all the photos in this post are black and white.

Chronological thoughts from the morning of December 19, 2017:

3:30 AM – Waking up 3+ hours ahead of the norm sucks. Sleeping in sounds great. Have to get up. Must be on time. 3 hour car rides suck. Thank god I packed last night.

5:00 AM – 711 breakfast food = just take my money, give me the doughnuts, and no one gets hurt. Man, it’s toasty warm in here.

5:30 AM – Dark carpool lots are a little sketchy. There’s my bro. Glad he arrived before the killer.

5:32 AM – How in the hell does he blast Bad Religion, NoFX, and Cher Lloyd this early in the morning? Where did I put those doughnuts?

6:00 AM – Shit, I think I left my gloves at the gas station. Hopefully, they’re still around when I swing back through… 15 hours from now.

6:45 AM – What time is it? Time to fish!

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MERMAIDS AT THE VISE – Baby Smallmouth Clouser Minnow

What did the mermaids tie up tonight? The Baby Smallie Clouser Minnow

The mood setter?  She’s Drunk All the Time, by Tim Timebomb

I learned about this one from Bob Clouser (Minnow) himself. The man knows a thing or two.  He has to with a namesake fly. By golly, Bob even has a rod named after him. Check out his site, here.

Videos exist all over the internet on how to tie the Clouser Minnow and I’m sure I don’t do it justice. So, I’ll spare you from watching this mermaid monotonously tie a Clouser while stumbling for the right words, pricking my fucking fingers on the hook, and dropping the bobbin several times.

Per Bob, “these work well in lakes and rivers” which, are two of the most common places you’ll find smallies. Other common places for smallies? Lakes and rivers… That’s all I’ve got.

Another variation would be to tie this little temptress on a bend-back hook. The bend-back might avoid hang ups when fishing near downed trees and other submerged structures. Hell, why not throw it on a 60 degree jig head and bounce it right along a sandy bottom? The possibilities are endless, folks.

I added the flash in between the green and red strands of buck tail

If you want to hear more about this mermaid’s interaction with Bob, read this.

Below is a not-so-high-quality clip (from a video editing stand point) showing Bob tie one up. I thinks it’s worth a watch.