Pike, a Way of Life

Into toothy critters on the fly? Like chucking colorful, flashy patterns?

Well, so does James Durbin manager/writer of the blog “Big Pike Flies as a Way of Life.”

Not only does James chase big pike, but he also ties some pretty cool flies.

Oh, and he just happens to waive the TFO flag and hey, we don’t mind reciprocating.

Take a look at his blog here , Cowboyflyfishing.

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Forbes Selects America’s Top Fly Fishing States

How’s it match up to your favorite states to fly fish in?

For the full article check out, Forbes list of the Top 10 Fly Fishing States 

Here is Forbes Magazine writer Monte Burke and his take on the best states to fly fish in.

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©Alessandro Belluscio, http://www.alessandrobelluscio.com.

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Florida

New York

I’m biased. I live here now as a southern expat. But check this out: the state has Montauk, Long Island Sound and all the southern beaches of Long Island which, together, might make for the best striped bass, bluefish and false albacore fishing in the nation. The Catskills—with the Beaverkill, the Willowemoc, the Neversink and the branches of the Delaware—offer the nation’s best trout fishing east of the Rockies. And the Adirondacks have earned their spot in flyfishing lore. Then you have the Great Lakes rivers—the Salmon River the most well-known among them—that have runs of salmon and steelhead. These species are not native, of course. But they are there. The state has incredible variety, maybe the best in the nation.

Montana

You just have to include this state. The Yellowstone, the Big Horn, the Madison, the rivers in Yellowstone National Park, the Beaverhead, the Missouri, various spring creeks…the list goes on and on. This is the best trout-fishing state in the union.

Pennsylvania

On this list partly for history’s sake. The Letort Spring Run is no longer what it once was. The rapid suburbanization of the area has taken an almost lethal toll. But this is the little spring creek where Vincent Marinaro and Charlie Fox pioneered the American version of fishing “far and fine,” that is, casting light tippets with small flies to big, wary trout. You still have the various spring-fed creeks in the State College area. like the Little Juniata, Penn’s Creek and, of course, Spring Creek, which seems to have thousands of brown trout per mile. Like New York, Pennsylvania has some steelhead and salmon rivers, like Elk and Walnut creeks. The only thing missing in this state is a saltwater scene. William Penn should have just gone ahead and annexed southern New Jersey.

Michigan

The famous Hex hatch, the utter wildness of the Upper Peninsula, the history, the land of Hemingway, Harrison and McGuane…and salmon and steelhead from the Great Lakes.

©Nicholas Conklin.

©Nicholas Conklin.

Oregon

Washington could be here. Both states have runs of wild salmon and steelhead. Both have sea-run cutthroats. I’ll go with Oregon, home of the Clackamas, Deschutes, Klamath and Umpqua rivers…and the writer, David James Duncan.

Alaska

The state has a fishing season of only a very short few months. But, wow, what a few months those happen to be. Salmon, steelhead, resident rainbows, grayling, northern pike, grizzly bears, floatplanes and the last true American wilderness.

Idaho

You have the Big Wood, the South Fork of the Boise and the Big Lost—all great rivers. But what makes Idaho special is two places that offer some of the most challenging trout fishing in the country. Silver Creek is one. The sublime Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is the other. These two rivers are the big leagues….

 

For the full article in Forbes Magazine, check out, Forbes list of the Top 10 Fly Fishing States 

TFO Fly Fit Gals at the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

Temple Fork Outfitters

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Think all fitness programs are the same? Take one and feel like you’ve taken them all?

Well think again.

This fitness training program is unlike any other in the fly fishing industry.

Why?

Because until now, no such program existed to help prevent injury, aid in recovery time and improve casting technique. All while looking to increase an angler’s longevity and happiness on the water.

Tracey Stroup (Kinesiologist) and Wanda Taylor (FFF Master Casting Instructor) have teamed up for a dynamite class. The class is structured to be totally interactive; a hands-on approach to improve your fly fishing and decrease the risk of injury.

Tracey Stroup, has pioneered the “Fly Fishing Fitness,” movement. She has written countless articles on proper body mechanics and injury prevention. Her proprietary technique for injury recovery has alleviated injuries for anglers across the nation. The exercises, stretches, core strength and balance techniques are key to a…

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Virginia Fly Fishing Festival Expands

From a recent article on MidCurrent, The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is said to have made several expansions and changes to accommodate the growing crowd at the annual event. Set for April 19, the festival will not only feature  larger vendor tents, easier access to local wineries, and additional admission gates, it will also be the site of an upcoming TFO Fly Fit Gals training course.

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Until now, no such program existed to help prevent injury, aid in recovery time and technique. All while looking to increase an angler’s longevity on the water.Tracey Stroup Kinesiologist Tracey Stroup and Wanda Taylor (FFF Master Casting Instructor) have teamed up for a dynamite class, aimed towards injury prevention, recovery, technique enhancement and longevity on the water. The class is structured to be totally interactive; a hands-on approach to improve your fly fishing and decrease the risk of injury.

TFO will also be exhibiting during the show and well be available for questions on rods and reels!

For more on the event, please visit http://goo.gl/O3CmR

To see the full write-up in MidCurrent, check out: http://goo.gl/O3CmR 

TFO Fly Fit Gals at the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

tfo-oval-logoBy TFO

Think all fitness programs are the same? Take one and feel like you’ve taken them all?

Well think again.

This fitness training program is unlike any other in the fly fishing industry.

Why?

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Photo courtesy of Tracey Stroup.

Because until now, no such program existed to help prevent injury, aid in recovery time and improve casting technique. All while looking to increase an angler’s longevity and happiness on the water.

Tracey Stroup (Kinesiologist) and Wanda Taylor (FFF Master Casting Instructor) have teamed up for a dynamite class. The class is structured to be totally interactive; a hands-on approach to improve your fly fishing and decrease the risk of injury.

Tracey Stroup, has pioneered the “Fly Fishing Fitness,” movement. She has written countless articles on proper body mechanics and injury prevention. Her proprietary technique for injury recovery has alleviated injuries for anglers across the nation. The exercises, stretches, core strength and balance techniques are key to a lifetime on the water.

Wanda Taylor, has over 25 years’ experience as a professional guide and fly casting instructor. Taylor has worked with all genres of physical challenges of her students and clients assisting them in achieving their personal goals in fly fishing. Her proprietary adaptive fly fishing techniques keep anglers on the water while recovering from injury. Wanda’s unique approach to bilateral casting instruction is a must for every angler.

By uniting forces, Taylor and Stroup offer a unique set of skills never seen before in the fly fishing industry. Anglers of all levels will want to participate in this class. The advantage will be injury free fly fishing.

For those suffering from an injury, this class will set them on the path to recovery and keep them on the path of enhanced fly fishing techniques. All levels of fly fishing experience welcome. Fly fishing enthusiasts with or without injury encouraged. They guarantee the  information taught in this class, when applied to your fly fishing game, will enhance your casting, wading and catching, keeping you injury free.

This class is a must for all anglers wishing to spend a lifetime on the water.

Tracy and Wanda can next be seen at the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, Waynesboro, VA, on April 20-21 For more information on which events the Fly Fit Gals will be at, check out their website at: http://goo.gl/bafZ8

A review from Jim, of Denver who attended a recent class:

“This class was so timely, after dealing with a sore shoulder and tight forearm from fly fishing I finally feel that Tracey and Wanda have me on the right path to recovery, with their expert help in therapy and casting technique. Two top professionals in their field!

I’m very happy I took this class; looking forward to getting back on the river.”

Jim G.

Denver, CO 

Sportsman’s Warehouse Purchases 10 New Locations

If you live in Oregon, Washington or Montana you now have more ways to check out TFO rods!

According to a press release by the Outdoor Wire, TFO dealer and wholesale sport’s outfitter Sportsman’s Warehouse has acquired 10 Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters locations in Oregon, Washington and Montana. sportsmans_warehouse_logo_green_0val_2006__2_ (1)

The stores, which were acquired from Canadian cooperative United Farmers of Alberta, were temporarily closed on March 11, for remodeling and restocking, and have now re-opened as Sportsman’s Warehouse stores.

Purchased store locations include Bend, Portland and Salem in Oregon; Helena, Bozeman and Missoula in Montana; and Kennewick, Silverdale, Vancouver, and Federal Way in Washington.
To find the Sportsman’s Warehouse nearest you and to check out some Temple Fork rods, visit them at www.sportsmanswarehouse.com.
About Sportman’s Warehouse:Sportsman’s Warehouse serves outdoor enthusiasts by providing a large selection of top-quality, brand-name products essential to enjoying the great outdoors to the fullest. With complete product lines in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor pursuits, savvy outdoor shoppers know that Sportsman’s Warehouse is their one-stop shop for everything outdoors. To find the Sportsman’s Warehouse nearest you or to shop online, visit us on the web at www.sportsmanswarehouse.com.

 Release courtesy of The Outdoor Wire. 

Two-handed rods in the surf

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TFO Advisory Staff member Nick Curcione, an innovator in two-handed rods, recently did a write up for RIO products on his specialty, two-handed rods in the surf. Here is an excerpt of that piece. For more on this technique and some fun ways to utilized two-handed casting, check out the RIO blog at: http://goo.gl/C8km4 

“The initial motivation for using a double-handed fly rod for fishing off the beach was based on my years of experience surf fishing with conventional and spinning outfits. The added length of these 11 and 12-foot rods made it relatively easy to fire off long distance casts beyond the breakers and I reasoned that the same would be true in the case of two-handed fly rods.” 

For more on two-handed rods, and fishing in general, head over to the RIO blog: http://goo.gl/abcbg

Nick Curcione casting in the surf near San Francisco, Calif.

Nick Curcione casting in the surf near San Francisco, Calif.