TFO pro staffer’s Chris Cenci and Cody Chivas, of Team Slayer won the 2013 Salty Fly Tournament this past weekend with a grand total of 82.5 inches of fish.

Team Slayer took home cash and prizes in the one-day event at Little Harbor Resort in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday Feb 23.

According to a post by, Tampa bay is considered by many as the toughest place to catch redfish on the fly.

Team Slayer comprised of Chris Cenci and Cody Chivas, claimed first with a one day total of 82 and one-half-inches. Photo Courtesy of

Team Slayer comprised of Chris Cenci and Cody Chivas, claimed first with a one day total of 82 and one-half-inches.
Photo Courtesy of

The Salty Fly 2013 presented by Hell’s Bay Boat works, numbered 80 teams and anglers were ranked based upon total inches of fish landed.

Anglers had to battle spooky red fish, cloudy skies and winds in excess of 13 knots for a majority of the day.

The runner up team of Fred Hannon and Justin Cauffman of team Conch Republic, finished the day 73-inches of fish. The Carbon Marine team of Joe Welbourn and Dave Preston finished No. 3, with  just over 71 inches.

For information on this tournament, and the 2014 edition, check out


Deer Creek (5/6-wt.) Rods for Bonefish

The TFO Deer Creek series of rods is getting good praise (and time on the water!) from Nervous Waters Fly Fishers in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Here is a follow-up excerpt from one of Clay’s posts on the 5/6-weight Deer Creek Spey rod:

Nervous Waters Fly Fishers in Hawaii have been making good use of the DC series of spey rods for bonefish. Photo courtesy Nervous Waters Fly Fishers.

Nervous Waters Fly Fishers in Hawaii have been making good use of the DC series of spey rods for bonefish.
Photo courtesy Nervous Waters Fly Fishers.

“The TFO Deer Creek 12’ 6” 5/6, not surprisingly, maintained the same “good rod” characteristics of its bigger bro the 13’ 6/7.  Easy loading, nice feel throughout the cast, and (most importantly) very forgiving.  It conked repeated long casts effortlessly as all good bombing sticks ought to.  The Deer Creek 5/6 is probably physically lighter than the 13’ 6/7.  It has to be as it is a lighter line weight and shorter rod.  I didn’t notice any difference in “lightness” between the two when casting them.  Going strictly by fatigue factor, both are effortless to cast and cast all day.  Not to mention super fun too.  d loop fire, d loop fire, d loop fire, and a multitude of fancy pants line flailing to get to the point of d loop and fire… what could be more fun than that!” 

Clay at Nervous Waters Fly Fishers has been doing some creative write-ups on chasing bonefish with long rods. For the complete posts, check out 

Alabama Power Considers Reducing Access to Sipsey Fork Trout Fishing

Trout anglers on the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River, may be left without a fishery if the Alabama Power Company has their way.

The put-and-take fishery near Jasper, Ala. is under threat of closure due to actions by the power company.

Alabama Power, which controls the fishery below Lewis Dam on the Sipsey Fork, is now considering banning access to a very productive portion of the flow directly below the dam.

According to TFO Dealer and shop owner Brandon Jackson, who operates Riverside Fly Shop near Jasper, Ala., something must be done quickly to avoid the loss of a great fishery.

In a letter that appeared in the Feb. 14 edition of  The Fishing Wire, Jackson said much needs to be done to avoid closure of the water and nearby shop.

We have really enjoyed the benefits from the improvements Alabama Power Company has provided along the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River. We appreciate the funding and work they have provided to benefit the river. However, as many of you know, Alabama Power is trying to decide if they will now reverse course and prohibit angling from Lewis Smith Dam along the east side of the river (across from the fishing “pier”) from the dam to below the “Tube” a stretch of around 300 yards of river footage. This area is the area that many use to fish when the generators are running. It is also used by families to provide open access so that they can fish together. This area is vital to angling access.”

In order to preserve angling access, Jackson said that Alabama Power must be notified, if anglers want to keep access.

PLEASE take the opportunity to make your voice heard and encourage friends to do the same. You can email to , , but please try to send a letter by U.S. mail if possible as this has more impact. Attached below is a form letter that touches on the most important points:

Mr. James F. Crew
Manager, Hydro Services
Alabama Power Company
PO Box 2641
Birmingham, AL 35291

Dear Mr. Crew,

I hope this letter is reaching a decision maker who cares about maintaining the great relationship between the fishing public and Alabama Power Company that has existed for many decades.

For over 40+ years, fishing has been enjoyed by many on the tail waters of Lewis Smith Lake right below the power plant on the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River. Alabama Power Company has been a good partner to fishing families for all of these years. Recently anglers have benefited from improvements made by Alabama Power Company. We are certainly thankful for them. However, I am writing to alert you to a very real issue and concern that someone within Alabama Power Company is reversing that course and seeking to remove access from the thousands of people who visit our area.

I am an individual very concerned with Alabama Power’s impending decision to prohibit fishing access to the north-east bank of the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River below Lewis Smith Dam, and I am writing to express my disagreement with this prohibition. Please intercede and make sure that the River remains fully open.

The proposed prohibition will restrict anglers from access to a section of river which is vital to anglers who wish to fish especially when the generators are running. There are no other areas of the river that provide anglers like opportunity. This area on the Sipsey Fork is the best and easiest to utilize during generation. When there is no generation this area provides families easy and open access so that they can fish together without entering the waterway. In this area, fishing when there is no generation can be done from the bank rather easily. The decision to restrict access at this location, if implemented, would prohibit anglers from utilizing the resource. This will result in a gross under-utilization of the resource, a result that will be found unacceptable to everyone involved.

Anglers have utilized this section of the river for many, many years without reported incident. I respectfully request that this opportunity remain for me, my friends, and my family.

I urge you not to prohibit anglers from accessing an area of the river that is vital to angling opportunities on Alabama’s only year round trout fishery. Please do not change access!



For more information, please contact:  Brandon Jackson, or check them out on

Turn it 90, for Tangle Free Casts

tfo-oval-logo3.jpgBy TFO

Casting out crisp, tight loops can seem simple enough.

Until you get on the water.

bob tangle

The all too common tangle.
Photo by Ed Jaworoski.

Than all of the elements and nuances of the sport come into play. A common on the water issue can be line tangling on guides or wrapping around reels and fighting butts.

However a simple solution can come from those whose livelihood depends on smooth, tangle free casts.

By angling the reel, line is less likley to slap the rod or tangle on a guide while shooting out. Photo Illustration by Ed  Jaworoski.

By angling the reel, line is less likely to slap the rod or tangle on a guide while shooting out.
Photo Illustration by Ed Jaworoski.

Despite the “oh’s” and “ah’s” that the tournament casters can illicit, some useful tricks can be taken from their competition casting.

One of which is turning the reel slightly once a cast is released.

After releasing a cast and line shoots through the guides, rotate your rod 90 degrees. Turing the wrist so that the reel is now in a 90 degree angle from its casting position can accomplish two things.

The first, it lessens the resistance faced as line rips through the guides. The line will naturally move up and down as it travels through the guides. If not rotated, it will slap against the rod as it shoots, causing it to slow down. By turning it 90 degrees, the line will come into much less contact with the rod, thus continuing at a high rate of speed.

Secondly, it can also help cut down on the amount of tangles.

With the reel angled, line is less likely to snag on the reel and guides. An all too common and time consuming issue.