Sunday, February 26, 2017

T.F.M. Store - Red Truck Fiberglass Fly Rods Now Available

Recently I was contacted by Red Truck Fly Fishing Co. and asked if I would like to offer the Red Truck Fiberglass fly rod (along with the Diesel 3/4 fly reel and Small Stream fly line) in the T.F.M. Store.  Each order will be shipped directly from Red Truck Fly Fishing Co. and I'll make a small margin from each purchase.  This sounds like a win win to me.

I've had one of the Red Truck Glass 764-3 since they were introduced several years ago and this is a great all around four weight fiberglass fly rod.  This fly rod is at home on a trout stream as it is on your local warmwater spot.  I like this fly rod a lot and plan to use it as my go to this summer for creek and pond fly fishing for bluegill and native bass in places the Native Sons stream that I visited last spring.

To give those interested all the options, I asked Red Truck Fly Fishing Co. if I could not only offer the fly rod, but also the fly reel and fly line to complete the outfit.  You actually save quite a bit of money with the outfit over buying just the fly rod and fly reel.

Fiberglass Fly Rod 764-3 - $295.99
Diesel 3/4 Fly Reel - $249.99
Leland Small Stream Fly Line - $59.99
Diesel Fiberglass Fly Rod Outfit - $529.99

NOTICE - To kick things off, I'll cover the drop shipping cost of $20 for all orders that are placed until the end of March 2017.

Recently I started using the Leland Small Stream fly line on this outfit and really like how the shorter head makes for easy roll casts and quick pick up and shoot casts with accuracy.  It turns over small to medium flies with ease and a perfect match for the Red Truck Glass 764-3.

For more information, please visit the Red Truck Fly Fishing Co. website for the full rundown on the Red Truck Glass Fly Rod and the Red Truck Diesel Fiberglass Outfit.

To order or if you have any questions at all, please send an email to

For payment I can take PayPal, check, or credit card.

Thank you for the support.

SAVE THE CHUITNA - Episodes 1 & 2

There are a lot of places worth fighting for and the Chuitna is one of those special places.

For more information please visit the Save The Chuitna website for more information.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - Fly Fishing For Trout: The Next Level

At best, I'm a grade B trout angler.  Being a self taught fly fishing hack who learned on foam spiders and bluegills while working at a summer camp outside of Grayling, Michigan, it took me a full summer of slapping the water before driving across the street to the Au Sable River to fly fish for trout.  Many more years of learning the hard way on rivers all over Michigan and Colorado taught me a lot but never enough to be truly great with trout.  Now most of my time is divided between warmwater and saltwater fly fishing with a handful of trout trips to keep things interesting.  I still have a lot to learn. 

I'm saying all of this to admit fully that my trout game needs help and Tom Rosenbauer's latest book, Fly Fishing For Trout: The Next Level, is a complete primer for the novice to advanced angler to hone and freshen up on their skills.  More than once, when it really counted on a trout stream with precise casts to sipping trout, I've come up short.  I clearly needed more practice and Tom's voice (from reading this book) whispering in my ear.

Fly Fishing For Trout is 160 pages that packed with knowledge starting with how trout feed to reading the water to hatches and how trout rise to them to three full chapters on fly selection through the seasons.  Tom's expertise clearly comes into play and I learned quite a bit from reading (and rereading) this book over the past couple of weeks.  The photography and illustrations are excellent as well and this soft cover book is one for every angler's library.

Tom's clearly working in the future as this book as it has sixteen different videos that can be accessed through scanning the QR code which go a long ways to illustrate the focus of the chapter.  Each video is up to two minutes long and clarifies points in the book that are best shown through film instead of just words on the page. 

Need more information?  Enjoy this short video with Tom Rosenbauer as he explains why he wrote this book. I like that he reminds everyone that fly fishing is supposed to be fun. Don't forget that.

Look for Fly Fishing For Trout: The Next Level at your local bookstore or fly shop or online  on Amazon or Orvis websites.  I have a short list of friends that will be getting a copy soon as a gift.

A.D. MADDOX STUDIOS - Trout Commissions

It's Wednesday though with the holiday it feels like it's Tuesday.  Confused too?  Here's a splash of trout art and color for your day with a mix of recent commissions by artist A.D. Maddox.

I'll always have a soft spot for her work as she did a brook trout piece for Finn's bedroom before he was even born.  Crazy when your unborn child has better art in his room than you do in the rest of your house. 

Visit the A.D. Maddox website for more goodness and follow along the latest shop news on Facebook.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


This is just a quick heads up that the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo will be March 11th and 12th, 2017 and held at the Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center in Warren, Michigan.

If you live in the area, then this is a must do end of the winter weekend activity.  Scribble it on your calendar now.

Fortunately this year I'll already be in Michigan already for a family obligation and adding some time to be at the show.  I'm not sure right now if I'll have the opportunity to do a presentation (still working that out) but either way I'm looking forward to the show.

More information can be found on the MFFE website and follow along on the Facebook page too.

P.S.  The great looking MFFE art was done by Ryan Keene of RAKART.  His work has been highlighted on T.F.M. before and I look forward to meeting him at the show.

Another Day at Pyramid Lake

Access to Pyramid Lake reopened over the weekend after area roadways were washed away from flooding and thought this video was a timely share.  

It's been several years since I lasted visited Pyramid Lake (visit posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) but this still ranks as a favorite trip and one you should plan to do with a group of friends.