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Getting called up to the Big leagues, SmithFly now available on Cabelas.com

So if ever there is an entrepreneurial equivalent to getting called up to the big leagues it's having your stuff picked up by a Big Box store like Cabela's. It's pretty much what every small time bush league start up guy like me dreams of. This week, after months of hard work and digital connecting of back end compliance whctchy-ma-doodles SmithFly modular soft goods for fly fisherman started going live on the Cabela's website. Over the next couple days the complete line of soft gear will be available there, shipping directly from SmithFly World HQ. Three years ago, I would have been beside myself with enthusiasm for this monumental day. But right now, given the myriad other fires I have going on...

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Able Women - Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Able Women site launched this week. The video was shot over a few days on Ambergris Caye in Belize.  My wife and I visited Ambergris a couple weeks after the Able Women team visited. One of the ladies fishing there, artist and fly fisher Andrea Larko, is an acquaintance of mine. In fact I'm lucky enough to have acquired one of her original works very early on, in a trade for some SmithFly gear. (I've intentionally warped it in the photo below to avoid the ability of reproducing it digitally, I'm not THAT bad at photography) I watched in anticipation of Andrea's trip as I saw it unfold on social media. The report when she returned was not so hot. Lot's of rain...

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Announcing The Study Blog

The Study is a place to enjoy a quiet morning cup of of coffee or a cool evening double, find cool stuff, learn things and generally appreciate life. This is a place of truth and detail. Every day I will be posting content celebrating greatness in all it's forms and functions. The study is a place with equal reverence for music, art, literature, sport, design and performance.

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Salmon Camp 2015: Pere Marquette River

From October 4th, 2015 through October 9th, 2015 I was blessed with the opportunity observe one of natures great sights on the Pere Marquette river in Michigan, that is, Chinook salmon running into a river to spawn and then die in order to make the next generation of fish. The 2015 class salmon numbers are not what they have been in the past, it showed in the river but that didn't stop us from having some fun catching and releasing a few of these amazing fish.  I visited the Pere Marquette river with the Miami Valley Fly Fishers club, a trip that the club has been putting together for over twenty years. We stayed at the venerable and historically significant Barothy Lodge. Having spent...

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SmithFly visits El Pescador Ambergris Caye, Belize

We paid a visit to El Pescador lodge Belize for the first time last week, both to celebrate 15 years together and to stalk the flats with fly rods for Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. I think you could say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  Below is a short video of clips I put together highlighting our trip. I will have more detailed write ups coming but for the mean time enjoy! Music is by the Steve Kimock Band live from November 04, 2001 at the Abby Pub, track is called New Africa.  You'll notice in the movie that for the trip the rig I used was the Switch Pack loaded with a 1X for Bonefish, 2X for Permit and 3X for leaders tippets spools...

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