Fly Casting on the Joe

What are you doing Friday and Saturday August 1st and 2nd? If you’re near Berrien Springs, Michigan you should check this event out. Single to switch to spey. All in a day. http://flycastingonthejoe.com/

Fly Casting on the Joe 2014
Private: Friday, August 1st, 2014 – Private lessons with Peter Humphreys and Jeff Liskay
Free Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 – All free demos / lessons / exhibits / booths by fly shops, guides, and manufacturers.

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Happy

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger Caras

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Summer, so far.

Some random photos from this summer. It’s been a good one so far. Not as fishy as summers past, but there’s a puppy who needs attention and that takes up a lot of that free time. My respect for actual parents has gone up a few notches. Already planning fall musky trips. That’s plural. I need more toothy critter in my life. One without fur, that is.

My wife took the Finn overboard photo. What he lacks in grace he makes up for in drive.

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P.S. – Drum rule.
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The 2014 Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic

Back in May we converged on McMinnville, Tennessee for the best damned time you can legally have in that part of the state. I waited on posting because I was asked for a write up on the tournament for American Angler. You can find that in the newest July / August 2014 issue that is out now. Super stoked and very thankful for that chance to do so. My first time in print and that really was just icing on the cake that was the Southern Classic. If you’re on the fence about coming to the next one, get off that fence and get planning. It’s just going to get bigger and better.

Besides seeing some friends that live way too far away, I got to take some photos of the man whose fly pattern got me hooked (for lack of a better term) on tying flies. Not a bad deal for some hack from Indiana.

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Grow into your own skin

Finn got to spend some time on the water last night. He’s six months old and starting to really look like a lab. I’m always amazed at the seemingly daily changes in him. It seems he goes to bed one night and wakes up an inch taller and five pounds heavier. I can’t wait til he’s old enough to go on trips with me and not be underfoot constantly. In case you’re wondering, Fritz has sort of become my wife’s dog. It was always that way since we adopted him, but with Finn around it’s the norm in our house now. Not to say Fritz isn’t my boy. He is. He just always wants to be near my wife and I like that. When I’m gone on the road, I know she has someone looking out for her that is a marshmallow but will put the fear of dog into anyone with misguided intentions. I pity that person.

I’m starting to think about trying to find a local(ish) trainer for Finn. He’s in obedience class now but I’d like to see him get better training than I can give him regarding water and retrieving. Only the best for this goofy lab. I’ll eat ramen so he can learn to not be a meathead.

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New Strip’n Flywear shirts are hot off the presses!

Last week I received a package full of awesome from Dave over at Strip’n Flywear. I’ve been a huge fan of what Dave’s been doing since first seeing his old skateboard inspired designs. Seriously, that’s a winning combo; skateboarding and fly fishing. Fuck yes.

This year, Strip’n Flywear changed their shirts to a 60/40 blend and it’s nice. Really nice. So nice my wife has already stolen some of the new shirts and made them hers. She’s got good taste. I dig shirts that breathe when it gets sticky in the humid Midwest summers.

Speaking of skateboarding and fishing… check this bad boy out. Kinda makes you wanna go on a search for Animal Chin, don’t it?
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Strip’n Flywear is working to fight the greedy bastards trying to create a giant hole in the ground at the expense of the environment with donations of $5 for every shirt sold going directly to the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska and you get some free stickers as well. Not a bad deal at all.
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Here’s a couple more of my favorite shirts but these aren’t all. You’ll need to check out Strip’n Flywear for more t-shirts, hoodies, and hats.

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Here’s some links for you to check out:

Strip’n Flywear on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WanderWestMedia
Strip’n Flywear on instagram – http://instagram.com/stripnflywear#

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Here comes summer

Haven’t been out fishing much due to high water and when it has come down, well, life takes over and leads me away from the water. Been working with Finn every day and he’s coming along when he wants to. He’s definitely a head strong dog but whip smart when he wants to be. Have a really cool trip planned in 16 days. Camping, remote, carp. It’s gonna be one for the books.

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Colorado toilet paper is shitty.
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What are you doing June 21st, 2014? You should be fishing from a kayak!

On June 21st, the crew from Wildcat Creek Outfitters is putting on a kayak fishing tournament.
The cost is $40 and space is limited. Make sure you get your spot! Wildcat Creek Outfitters will be giving away fishing kayaks from Jackson, Old Town, and Freedom Hawk Kayaks. We are also giving away a package of stuff for each contestant who is going to enter. This is gonna be one hell of a good time!

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Finn finds water

My little lab is growing like a weed. He’s 5 months old and pushing 50 pounds of floppy skin and huge feet. When I bought my house I lucked out and moved in next to great neighbors who also farm. Their farm has a stocked pond and the fishing is great, but I digress. Yesterday I took Finn out to introduce him to water and see where he went with it. He walked right in and after some coaxing swam out to nose his toy I’d brought with. I think he was confused as to what to do, but after a few short throws he swam out, snatched it up, and swam back to me. That’s one damned good feeling.

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Smallmouth, a Towee, and two friends

The recipe for a great day on the water. That’s it. Last weekend John, Don, and I took the Towee out for it’s maiden voyage. It was a damned good day. John and Don both picked up on rowing quickly and that made it awesome for me cause then I could fish. Whoever said buying a boat means you row folks? Ha!

Not having to man the sticks all day let me throw some meat to the pre spawn smallies. The water was moving and was up a bit. Still turbid from the winter as well. I fished 250 sink and for cold fast water, did damned well. I broke off a legit fish over 21 inches long. At my hand. At least 2 other guys saw it and called it as a massive fish. Kinda heartbreaking but it’s a good sign for things to come.

Other friends have been doing very well on other sections of the river. 2014 is shaping up to be one hell of a fishy year for central Indiana.

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