Recap- Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic





The 2014 Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic was a great success this past May, as dozens of anglers bounded upon McMinnville, Tennessee.

Jim Shulin of TFO was on hand not only to fish with Advisory Staffer Blane Chocklett (Oh, and TFO’s Bob Clouser also fished the tourney!), but, also to unveil the new TFO Esox Series.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Here is a link to a short write-up by Pile Cast Fly Fishing.

There was also a great write-up on the event by Dave Hosler in the latest edition of American Angler Magazine.

Check out their Facebook page: Hardly, Strictly, Musky-Southern Classic for some bad ass photos from the weekend.

Team TFO of Blane Chocklett, (left) and Jim Shulin (right) prepping for a weekend of slinging big flies.  Photo by Jim Shulin, TFO.

Team TFO of Blane Chocklett, (left) and Jim Shulin (right) prepping for a weekend of slinging big flies.
Photo by Jim Shulin, TFO.


Check out this first Texas Council of Fly Fishers Expo this weekend!




Starting on June 13, the first ever Texas Council (International Federation of Fly Fishers) will be holding their Fly Expo, in New Braunfels, Texas.

Join TFO, fly vendors and fly fishing enthusiasts on June 13-14, in New Braunfels at the Civic Community Center, and Cypress Bend Park.

The expo will be in multiple locations, so fly anglers can take full advantage of classroom and on the water situations.

Photo illustration courtesy of the Texas IFFF.

Photo illustration courtesy of the Texas IFFF.

Cypress Bend Park will be the location we use for the Casting Programs, Certifications, and on the water classes being offered.

There will be plenty of free parking available and a shuttle service will take you back and forth to the Civic Community Center.

Thursday night the 12th, there will be a Welcoming Dinner to get to know each other, and set the stage for the days to come. Friday night the 13th, we will be hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Saturday, June 14, there will be an Awards Dinner, Auction with BIG Time Raffles and a Special Guest Speaker.

The main Fly Fishing Expo will be on the 13-14.

For more in formation on the Expo, please visit:


Joey Nania Takes First in Mark’s Outdoor Annual Tournament




Angler Joey Nania of Cropwell, Ala. overtook 486 anglers and several Elite Series pro’s this past weekend in the Mark’s Outdoor Annual Tournament on Logan Martin Lake.

According to Nania, the pair (along with co-angler Kolby Tishler) went directly to structure offshore and caught a small limit.  Nania landed most his fish on 8-pound fluorocarbon, a 3/16-ounce shakey head and the TFO Shakey Head GTS rod. 

Nania finished the day with 20-pounds, 7-ounces.

The anglers combined for over 30 fish during the one-day tournament.

Photo courtesy Joey Nania.

Photo courtesy Joey Nania.

Nania’s day was further complimented by his finish over some of the Elite’s Series top anglers. Pitted against seasoned anglers like: John Crews, Brandon Palanuik, Hank Cherry, Mark Davis, Randy Howell, Bill Lowen, Mike McClellan and several other Elite Pros.

The duo edged out Elite Series angler John Crews by 1-ounce, who caught all of his on a frog.  Hank Cherry finished the day at No. 3.

Fly Rods and Ferrules

 Courtesy of Ray Schmidt and Kate Smith


Because of the strain and pressure placed upon fly rods during a cast, rods must be manufactured to exacting standards, especially the joints (ferrules) that hold them together.

When rod sections become unseated, fly rods can break. When failures like this occur, they are typically seen at the joint near the loose ferrule.

It is recommended that anglers assemble rods by putting sections together with what is referred to as, a “twist lock.”

Exposed blank on the Professionall II Series fly rods.  Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Properly secured ferrules on the Professional II Series fly rods.
Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

This is done by intentionally miss-aligning the rod sections as they are pushed together to seat the sections. By setting the guides apart, at a 90-degree angle, then twisting the sections into alignment an imperceptible seal or “lock” will form, keeping the sections together.

To disassemble the rod, simply twist the sections so the guides are oriented at a 90-degree angle, than pull apart.

With heavier weight rods, the same process should be utilized.

With long, two-handed rods or big streamer rods, casting heavily weighted lines and shooting heads can twist rod sections while under load. Although, the argument can be made for taping ferrules, the best remedy is to follow the “twist lock,” method and regularly check rod sections to ensure they are tight.

If multiple failures occur, than it may be best to use surgical or electrical tape on the ferrules to secure their fit.