Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival Announces New Location

Big changes are afoot for the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival (VFFF).

“I am very pleased to announce that the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia,” said Festival director Beau Beasley.

“The new location can accommodate our growing event. Even better, it will allow us to bring all of our vendors under roof, no longer subject to the vagaries of the weather. I enjoy being outside as much as the next fly angler,” continued Beasley, “but rough weather has—quite literally—dampened festival activities and attendance in the past. At our new location, weather will no longer be an issue.” VFFF_Logo_1c

The festival—the largest event of its kind in the country, drawing fly anglers from as far away as New York and Georgia—appeals to anglers of all ages and stages. Organizers have deliberately worked to draw new anglers (especially women and children) into the quiet sport and reengage those who may have started fly fishing years ago but gave the sport up for any number of reasons. Festival attendees listen to lectures from various experts and practice hands-on skills at the two-day, family-friendly event. Several wineries from throughout the Old Dominion provide free wine tastings for those 21 and older.

“Never fear: We have plenty to entice the veteran angler. In addition, the festival will continue to reach out to a nontraditional audience—folks who may not be aware of how easy and enjoyable fly fishing really is,” said Beasley. “We are also committed to welcoming more women into the sport—and especially young families. Hey, I’ve got children of my own. So I’m all for getting kids to put down the cell phone, step away from the game system, and get outside.”

The festival has activities for the whole family!  Photo courtesy

The festival has activities for the whole family!
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To learn more about the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, visit

Help us bring TROY BACHMANN home!

On June 19, 2015, Troy Bachmann was falsely arrested in Mexico and is being held without bail at one of the country’s most violent and corrupt prisons. He is being accused of agricultural fraud, which is a major crime in the neighboring state where has lived and worked for over 20 years. His first two companies, Frontier Flies& FlyH2O, produced flies for fly fishing and were in fly shops all over the US and 25 other countries.

Photo courtesy of Troy Bachhmann,

Photo courtesy of Troy Bachhmann,

Troy’s brother, Derek, has been in contact with Sen. Ron Wyden’s office, Congressman Rick Larson’s Office, the American Consulate, and the US Embassy in Mexico City—and none of them have been able to do anything but monitor the situation. It was almost two weeks before the US Consulate knew Troy had been detained, but their periodic visits have thankfully ended the physical torture he was submitted to in the beginning.  While under torture, he was forced to sign over the papers to his house and other assets— leaving him and his family with virtually nothing.

In 2011, Troy founded his fourth business in the Jalisco region, Fancy Fresh Farms, to export produce to the U.S., which opened up a critical new market for small farmers.  In 2013, he mounted a crowd funding campaign to raise the capital to help growers on small plots buy the quality seeds needed to be competitive. Company  Media coverage:

Amazingly, they have charged Troy with fraud against some of these very growers. In actuality, the claims stem out of an internal company dispute in which he discovered that several of his own employees had been embezzling from the company. When they found out they were being investigated, they waited until he left town on a business trip, then cleared out the bank accounts and removed all evidence of their crime.  When he returned and discovered what had happened, they told some of his growers that he had been defrauding them, and when he went to meet with them to discuss it, he was arrested on the spot. Troy is now facing over 27 years of imprisonment.  In Mexico you are GUILTY until proven INNOCENT!

Venustiano Carranza Prison in Tepic, Nayarit, where he is currently at, was built to accommodate about 650 inmates; it now has a population of over 3000, of which Troy is the only American. Fortunately, as a result of living in the country for over 20 years, he speaks fluent Spanish.

Troy is a husband and the father of two beautiful children one just 8 months old.

Photo courtesy of Troy Bachmann,

Photo courtesy of Troy Bachmann,

There are several ways in which you can help…

1. Please contact Troy’s brother, Derek, directly at 360-862-3235 if you know of anyone in Mexico or who does business with Mexico who has the connections to get Troy out of prison and back into the U.S.
2. Donate to the special fund that has been set up to provide Troy with the funds needed at this time to negotiate his release.
3. Attend a special fundraiser on August 29, 2015 at The Fly Fishing Shop from 11 AM to 6 PM, where raffles and a silent auction of new rods, reels, and other fly fishing gear have been donated by various manufacturers.
4. If you own a business and would like to donate some items for the raffle and silent auction please call Derek at the number below.
5. Donate directly into the “Friends of Troy” account at any US Bank Account #153567494536

For more information, or to assist the Bachmann family, please contact:

Derek M Bachmann

26525 Fox Hill DR N

Stanwood, WA 98292

Legendary “Walker’s Cay Chronicles” Angler Flip Pallot Launches New Web site, Blog

For a self-declared technophobe who thought the Internet was likely a “passing fad”, angler and consummate outdoorsman Flip Pallot is surprisingly excited about his new web presence,

“No one could be more amazed than myself by the fact that I’m getting to announce the opening of my own, full service website,” he said in a release. “…  I just love saying it. Not one to have welcomed or accepted the World Wide Web, I find myself, like everyone else on planet earth, knee deep in its allure.

“I think I’m going to say it again. ‘’ –  feels good!”

Pallot worked closely with angler, guide and outfitter Brian Flechsig, owner of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus.

“I had plenty of help and encouragement in the launching of the site,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Flip Pallot.

Photo courtesy of Flip Pallot.

The site itself is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of legendary fly anglers, and users can expect to glean angling wisdom from the likes of Stu Apte, Lefty Kreh, Rob Fordyce, and many more.

The site’s kick-off also includes Flip’s first ever blog, “Tall Tales”, a compendium of fishing adventures and insights from Pallot and friends, which is available as a RSS feed. “ isn’t just a portal to booking Pallot for appearances: it presents a reckoning of the history and relationships of a master,” said Flechsig, whose encouragement was a catalyst for the site. “And, importantly, this site will provide him with a vehicle for sharing the wisdom and knowledge he’s accrued over the years. I don’t know of any anglers who couldn’t benefit from the opportunity to virtually sit at the master’s knee.”

Flechsig, who’s spent the last several years mastering his own brand of web-retail strategies, has piloted his outfitting business around the onslaught of big-box outdoors retail, in part due to his commitment to providing anglers and customers meaningful web content and avoiding “clickbait”-style web content that promises much but does little more than confuse customers.

“Flip and I both believe that, if you provide your customers with good information and steer clear of bullshitting them, they’re going to stick around,” he said. “This website will equip anglers to make good decisions when it’s time for them to break out their wallets.

For his part, Pallot himself is looking forward to the site’s evolution, and welcomes feedback from friends, fans, and anglers everywhere.

“…After it’s been around for a couple of weeks, it will begin to take shape as a truly unique place to visit – that’s a promise,” he said. “Meanwhile, please slip around the site and let me know your thoughts; I’ll be right pleased to hear from you.

“And…‘’. Damn…just had to say it one more time.”

For press inquiries, please e-mail, or call Brian at (614) 451-0363

Time for the Long Rod


Check out this brief write-up by Dally’s Ozark FlyFisher on the “long rod.”

Originally posted on The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal:

Nate with a fistful of 10’ rods in the shop yesterday

THERE is no substitute for have the right tool for the job when required.

Now my natural inclination is toward 9’ and shorter sticks. But then again I also like Worcestershire sauce on my eggs, stick shifts, Vegemite and I wrap my thread clockwise when tying. I don’t expect y’all have to be the same.

But right now 10’ rods are definitely the right choice to fish the bigger water on the White and Norfork. I’ve been running a 10’ 5wt Sage One, which like a lot of the top-end ten-footers, are now lighter both physically and in terms of swing weight than 9’ rods of not that long ago. But equally there are some very good long rods priced from $200 in the shop, that will get it done.

The major benefit of jumping to a longer rod…

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We thought we would share an email blast from our friends over at Hatch Reels, regarding the proposed change in fisheries regulations in the Bahamas.

Please cut and paste the following letter (or write one of your own) and email it to:
 Photo courtesy Nervous Waters Fly Fishers.

Photo courtesy Nervous Waters Fly Fishers.

Dear Sir or Madam:

I strongly oppose the proposed fisheries regulations currently being proposed for the Bahamas. The issue of protecting the fisheries resource is not one of ownership but rather one of sound, common-sense stewardship. It is in the best interest of the fishing lodges and outfitting operations – whether they are locally owned or foreign owned – to protect the resource on which their businesses depend. Further, every fishing lodge in the Bahamas provides the country much needed jobs. Please focus your attention on the health and protection of the fisheries and do not attempt to regulate the guides and lodges. The proposed fisheries regulations are quite literally a bad solution in search of a problem that does not exist. The traveling angler has many choices throughout the Caribbean and throughout the world. If the Bahamas passes this legislation and sends the message that destination anglers are not welcome in the Bahamas, then he or she will quite simply take their business elsewhere. Thank you for your attention.


ACT NOW!  Public comment will only be accepted until Friday, June 26th, so please join us and take action now.

Please join us in making sure the voices of sportsmen, recreational fishermen and destination anglers are heard.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Martin.

BASSFest 2015 at Kentucky Lake

On Thursday June, 3, the BASS Elite Series will kick off its second annual BASSFest on Kentucky Lake.

A field of over 100 anglers will compete in the unique, five-day tournament.

Unlike most BASS events, this competition will feature several cuts as well as opportunities for anglers to ‘catch’ their way back into the running.

The first day of the event will include all anglers on cuts to the field will not be made until the end of day two.

Cliff Pace of the TFO Design Team and Advisory hoists a fish during a recent BASS Elite tournament.  Photo courtesy of BASS.

Cliff Pace of the TFO Design Team and Advisory hoists a fish during a recent BASS Elite tournament.
Photo courtesy of BASS.

On the second day the field of competitors will be cut to 50 anglers. The last 74 anglers will be given a chance at redemption the following day, and will fish nearby Lake Barkley.

The top-10 anglers from Lake Barkley will rejoin the top-50 field the following day on Kentucky Lake, (and walk away with $10,000 each).

After day four, the field will once again be cut to 10 anglers, who will than compete on the final day for a spot in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, and $100,000.

What the Pro’s will do and how you can fish it

Deep main lake ledges and schooling bass have been the focus leading up to this week’s competition.

Last year, a majority of the anglers fished together and targeted schools of moving bass. Jacob Wheeler won the event in 2014, and used big swimbaits when working in and around the pods of fish.

The swimbait will no doubt be an important tactic this year, but another bait, the Magnum Flutter Spoon should produce fish. At three-ounces and just under 8-inches long the Magnum Flutter spoon features a 3/0-treble hook and a life-like, panicked action.

What type of rod for a flutter spoon?

The TFO BBC 7116-1 swimbait rod, is ideal rod for casting heavy baits, long distances. The rod has a softer tip to aid in efficiently loading the rod during the cast.

The stiffer butt is apparent in the lure retrieval and fish hooking phase, to not only provide the angler with more control over the bait, but when it comes times to get the fish in the boat.

The TFO BBC 7116-1 rod pictured has the soft tip, but stiff butt ideal for casting weighted lures, long distances.  Image by TFO.

The TFO BBC 7116-1 rod pictured has the soft tip, but stiff butt ideal for casting weighted lures, long distances.
Image by TFO.

Another option for those looking to throw big swimbaits or spoons is the Edge Rods First Strike Swimbait rod. At 8 feet in length, the moderate-fast action makes this rod ideal for added leverage in making long casts and securing solid hook-sets.

The Magnum Spoon was designed to be fished deep for schooling bass feeding on big Gizzard Shad. Shad patterns are best, plain chrome being the most popular color to use.

To follow the anglers competing this weekend, including Cliff Pace of the TFO and Edge Rods Design and Advisory Staff, please visit,

For more information on Temple Fork Outfitters, please visit,

– Report By Dakota Jones, for Temple Fork Outfitters. 

Fly Fishing for Bass: Tips and Tricks


Throwing flies at bass this summer?

Here are some tips from Tim Romano, of Field & Stream Magazine on how to improve your catch rates. For more tips, check out his blog post at, Five Tips for Catching Bass on the Fly.

Bass are found in all 48 contiguous states and even Hawaii. They eat readily and can be fished for most of the year. With the advent of flies like Umpqua’s “Game Changer” and “Schmidterbait” it’s never been easier to target these fish with the long rod. Here are five tips that should help you catch more bass on the fly.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

1. Fish slowly with the top water bug: I’d say nine times out of 10, when I wasn’t paying attention to my popper, is when it was eaten. This tells me that I ought to slow it down and let it sit more than I think I should.

2. Use a constant retrieve while nymphing for bass:  It’s almost impossible to discern a bass eat underwater with a nymph, even with an indicator. A constant retrieve of your bug, slow or fast, will help you feel the eat and catch more fish.

3. Find fish in big water: This one can take time, but is essential if you want to be consistent on a larger body of water. Learn one lake and fish it consistently. Fish with a local and ask a ton of questions. Find the structures like old creek channels, drop offs, old buildings, roads, etc. and you will eventually find the fish.

Check out, Five Tips for Catching Bass on the Fly For more tips, check out the blog at Field & Stream.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

Looking at getting in to fly fishing for bass? Check out these TFO rods! The Mini Mag, The Mangrove and The Hawgleg. Have questions on when and where to throw big flies for bass? Drop us a note at, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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