All-female team of anglers compete in TPST

The Tres Pescados Slam Tournament, (TPST) that was held this past  Aug. was another success, as anglers from around the world participated in the three-day tournament.

As the original and only current Central American fly fishing slam tournament, the end goal in this yearly event is to help raise funds to preserve  local fisheries. 

Photo courtesy Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy Courtney Marie Martin.

TFO friend and hardcore fly angler Courtney Marie Martin finished tenth out of 20 teams in the event, spending most of the tournament fishing her BVK 8-weight and Mangrove Series 9wt.

Courtney fished with Capt Lacey Kelly as part of team BelizeFly.com. Competing as the only all female team, Courtney and Lacey fished mostly 15-foot leaders with 16-pound tippet. Hot flies during the event were mainly shrimp and crab patterns

Here is the report from Courtney:

“The people of Belize and Honduras are some of the most impressive fly casters I’ve ever met, I was so consumed with their culture they are amazing,” Courtney said.

“Our guide, Rojo Lara, put us on fish everyday wading and casting off the bow. All fish were sight casted in tailing schools. Tarpon were skittish because of the wind and didn’t want to come out from the mangrove hammocks they schooled up under.

I hooked one monster permit on the second day just playing around in a deep canal that ran threw a flat full of bones, I was stripping my line back in to recast and it just stopped, I paused for a second because it almost felt like I was and bottom but I knew there was no way. I strip set the hell out of him, he hauled tail straight at the boat and I stripped my line as fast as I could, as soon as he saw the boat he took a hard right on the surface and you could see his dorsal and tail plain as day. He took off, all the stripping flew out pretty, I brought my left hand up to double hand the rod and my finger caught the line on the way up and gave enough pop to bust the leader in half. I will literally have nightmares for the rest of my life… I’ve been invited back next year to fish the tournament.”

Below are some awesome photos of  Courtney during the event.

For more information on the TPST and their work in conservation, tail on over to http://belizefly.com/tpst-tournament/ 

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

 

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

 

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

An Every-Man’s Rod With Real Talent

Journalist and photographer Memo Stephens may have said it best when he did this write-up on the Temple Fork Outfitters Professional Series rod.

“With simple, decent materials, and no glitter; TFO has managed to build an Every-man’s rod with real talent.”

That’s his take on the 9′ 5 wt. Pro Series rod, and here is his blog post for The Patagonia Journal on discovering that his “back-up” rod, is much more than just a back up.

read the full post here, at http://goo.gl/ZAuYG. 

Memo Stephens 

*Memo Stephens is an Adventure Photo-Journalist who resides in Argentina, for more information, please email:   managingeditor@patagoniajournal.com

Photo courtesy of Patagonia Journal and Memo Stephens.

Photo courtesy of Patagonia Journal and Memo Stephens.

Lefty Kreh with The Outdoor Wire at ICAST/IFTD

Release courtesy of The Outdoor Wire

Editor’s Note: During ICAST/IFTD 2013, the folks at The Outdoor Wire spent nearly 90 minutes in conversation with “Lefty” Kreh. 

During the 2013 ICAST/IFTD show in Las Vegas this year the folks at The Outdoor Wire were able to spend some quality speaking with Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory staff member and fishing legend Lefty Kreh. Below is an excerpt of some of their conversation.

For the full write-up, check out theoutdoorwire.com.

Lefty getting in some bass fishing on a south Texas lake. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Lefty getting in some bass fishing on a south Texas lake. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

“Many Outdoor Wire readers know Bernard “Lefty” Kreh as the legendary man who changed the fly fishing world with his casting techniques, and as the man who taught countless anglers to fish for saltwater species on TV and through his newspaper and magazine articles and books.

Millions have developed a love of fly fishing reading his work and watching him, and when his book “Fly Fishing in Saltwater” appeared in 1974, he became a worldwide phenomenon. At least two books have been written about him, and he penned an autobiography, “My Life Was This Big: And Other True Fishing Tales.”

Kreh has fished with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, baseball great Ted Williams, singer Huey Lewis, broadcaster Tom Brokaw, several presidents and many dignitaries, to name a few.

He is largely responsible for the development of modern light-tackle, big game fly fishing, and his name is revered among fly anglers across the globe. He has spent an impressive number of decades as a journalist for the St. Petersburg Times, Baltimore Sun, and other publications.

But there is much more to this unpretentious man with a perpetual smile and quick joke.

Despite his advanced age, Kreh is always willing to stop and show someone at a trade show his casting technique, or share his life story with an admirer. And there always seems to be a long line of such admirers wherever you find Lefty. One can’t spend time with Kreh without laughing, listening and admiring the man.

Lefty as passionate as ever about teaching the essentials of the fly cast. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Lefty as passionate as ever about teaching the essentials of the fly cast. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters

Indeed his life looms large, like title of his autobiography, and if kindness, brilliance, attitude and achievement count, his life is tantamount to a world record.”

For the full story, check out theoutdoorwire.com

Tenkara Bum reviews the TFO Soft Hackle

Tenkara rods, for all of the simplicity and history associated with them, they can still be something of a mystery.

With all of the information, (and sometimes misinformation) out there, it can be difficult to understand what all of this tenkara talk is about.

However, the folks at Tenkara Bum have taken the time to break down tenkara rods, specifically the TFO Soft Hackle rods.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

According to a recent post,

“In a way, it all makes perfect sense. The rod is clearly a tenkara rod but TFO didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. It is not an extreme rod. It will be a smaller step for American fly fishermen to take. The TFO Soft Hackle feels a little more familiar (more like a fly rod), the line is quite a bit more familiar (more like a fly line), and when casting, it feels A LOT more familiar (an awful lot more like casting a fly line with a fly rod). And you know what, it’s even simpler. There’s no 5:5, 6:4 stuff. No unfamiliar Japanese line sizes or confusion over whether to call it a line or a leader. This is not a “one fly” approach that a lot of people don’t quite get. It’s a “one rod, one line” approach that a lot of people will like.

The most asked question in tenkara is “what rod should I get.” At TFO the answer is “You can get the short one or the long one. Get the short one if you fish narrower streams or the long one if you fish wider streams.” You can’t make it much easier.” 

For the full write-up, head over to TenkaraBum for more.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

TFO Introduces Blane Chocklett – Newest Advisory Staff Member

TFO oval logoBy TFO

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Temple Fork Outfitters advisory staff, Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

For the past 30 years, Blane has lived his passion. He grew up fishing the small mountain streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, starting a guide service as a youngster. In the late 90s, Blane opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers in Richmond, Virginia– one of the most respected full service fly shops in the region. About a decade ago, he returned to his river roots as owner/operator of the New Angle Fishing Company, specializing in float trips targeting the regions predatory fish from Musky to stripers and smallmouth bass.

One the most enthusiastic and cutting-edge fly tiers in our sport, many of Blane’s inventive fly patterns are produced through UMPQUA Feather Merchants. He has served on the board of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association (AFFTA) and has worked as a consultant to several fly fishing companies.

Blane is creating a series of patterns that has all the subtlety of flies and the strike-generating action of conventional lures. We believe that his new patterns combined with our commitment to make the right “Affordable – High Performance” delivery tools will compel many conventional tackle anglers to try fly fishing.

“We welcome Blane Chocklett to the TFO team. He is one of the most innovative fly tiers and wonderfully creative fly fisherman I know. Blane will be an excellent member of the TFO family.” Lefty Kreh

Blane represents the best of young stars in fly fishing, and working with the likes of Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Nick Curcione, Flip Pallot and Gary Loomis, will help us lead the next generation of anglers into our sport.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Tenkara Fest 2013

Interested in expanding your Tenkara knowledge?

Just want to know what the heck that long, goofy looking fly rod is all about?

TFO rep Dick Sagara has all of the answers.

Check out the 2013 Tenkara fest, on June 15, where Sagara, along with other Tenkara experts will be explaining the Japanese sensation that is converting anglers to the way of the long rod.

For more information on Tenkara Fest 2013, please check out: http://www.flyfishusa.com/newsletter/041513/ 

Photo Illustration courtesy of Dick Sagara and The Fly Fishing Shop.

Photo Illustration courtesy of Dick Sagara and The Fly Fishing Shop.

Permit Pilgrimage

TFO is proud to announce their sponsorship and participation in the first annual Palometa Club permit tournament.

TFO friend and dealer Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company in Dallas, the owners, guides, and staff at the Palometa Club in Punta Allen, Mexico, are gearing up for the tournament, which runs from May 17-24, 2013 presented by Howler Brothers. 

pilgrimage-posterThe Palometa Club is located on Ascension Bay – arguably the best permit fishery in the world.  A proper fishing tournament orchestrated and guided by the best guides in the region is long overdue.  Ten two-man teams will compete in three competitive permit fishing days during the week.  All non-tournament days will also feature individual competitions targeting Ascension Bay’s abundance of other species.

We are pleased to team up with Howler Brothers as a presenting sponsor of the tournament and the week.   Howler Brothers – an apparel company based in Austin, Texas – is even endorsing the event as it’s first “Howler Pilgrimage” and will no doubt bring along special elements to ensure that the experience goes well beyond just the competition on the water.

In addition to competing anglers and guests of the Club, also in attendance will be several fly-fishing industry friends and partners.  Jamie Howard from Howard Films and Matt Jones from The Fly Photo will be on hand in a chase boat documenting the trip and tournament.  All participants and winners will earn sweet gifts donated by Howler Brothers and additional sponsors like Hatch OutdoorsTFOYeti CoolersUmpquaThe Drake MagazineCosta del MarSmartshield and Fishpond.  The big winners of the permit tournament also win a gratis trip back to the Palometa Club to defend their title in 2014.

Proceeds from the tournament entry fees, calcutta, and donations will benefit the Jon Ain Memorial Fund for the Bonefish Tarpon Trust as well as the schoolchildren of Punta Allen.  Join us at this festive week of fishing with a great group of anglers and friends – and a really good party!

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