Wednesday, July 11, 2018

IFTD and ICAST 2018!!

And we're here!!! The doors are open for the first day of IFTD and ICAST 2018!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

IFTD side of things

It took some doing, but I finally managed to find the IFTD side of things. I walked through and voted in the New Product Showcase (no photos allowed), but, let me tell you, there are some really awesome new products coming out!!!

Made it!

Made it to the convention center and completed registration! Excited for this year's show, but now I sit and wait until the New Product Showcase reception opens!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Today is the last day!

Today is the last day! IFTD and ICAST 2018 starts tomorrow with ICAST On The Water and the New Product Showcases!! While all of the exhibitors prepare their booths, I thought I'd prepare by exercising my casting shoulder and hounding some little sunfish!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The IFTD and ICAST 2018 Throwback Countdown only 3 days left!!!

The IFTD and ICAST 2018 Throwback Countdown went off the rails a bit, but we're down to only 3 days left!!! At last year's IFTD Show I met the folks from Fair Flies and was introduced to their composite brushes. I love these things! You wouldn't believe how many different materials they pack into them! And, the folks behind Fair Flies are working hard to make a difference in the world! Look them up, read their story and tie up some Fair Flies!!

Monday, June 25, 2018

15 days to go: Taylor Revolution reels!

With 15 days to go until IFTD and ICAST 2018, here's a lineup of Taylor Revolution reels! Have you seen the wild annodizing they've been doing lately? Really awesome stuff! And, check out my First Cast video on The Suburban Angler YouTube channel for my thoughts on an early Taylor Type 1 reel. I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for IFTD 2018!!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I'm still counting down to IFTD and ICAST 2018

I think I might've missed a couple days, but I'm still counting down to IFTD and ICAST 2018. For day 17, this is a hybrid kayak from the folks at Diablo Paddlesports! So may features on these awesome boats were built with flyfishers in mind. Love how clean you can get that deck!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

27 days left!!! Throwback Countdown: Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis

Still counting down with 27 days left until the largest fishing and flyfishing shows in the world!! At the 2017 IFTD Demo Day I was able to cast the new Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis rod and reel! To be honest with you, I've wanted more time with it ever since!! Check it out if you haven't already and let me know what you think if you've had the opportunity to cast one!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Down to 29 days left!! Throwback Countdown: Freestone Designs Go Box

Down to 29 days left, under a month, until IFTD and ICAST 2018!! Today's Countdown Throwback photo is the 2016 IFTD New Product Showcase Best Of Show Fly Tying/ Materials/ Equipment the Freestone Designs Go Box! How nice would it be to have your entire tying desk close up like a suitcase and be completely portable? It would be the envy of everyone at your local fly tying get together, that's for sure!!!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

33 days to go!

33 days to go! Tonight's Countdown Throwback photo features the ARC Fishing booth. Obsessed about the technology and design of their lines, leaders and tippets, they say their 99 series lines are good for 99% of the conditions you'll encounter!! I've used them and had great experiences! @arcfishing

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

34 more days until IFTD/ICAST 2018!!!

34 more days until IFTD/ICAST 2018!!! Tonight's Throwback Countdown shot is the Finn Utility booth from IFTD 2014. One of the things that really holds appeal for me in fly fishing is it's history and tradition. These hand made accessories from Vermont combine modern utility with the traditional fly fishing aesthetic. All the Finn products are built tough, made to be used and will last generations! Check them out at and @finnutility.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Casting Practice

Had a fantastic evening for some after work casting practice on the beach last night!! Glad to see the water getting back to normal and the wind and rain giving us a break! The only way to improve fly casting is through practice, so practice every chance you get!!

Friday, June 01, 2018

IFTD Throwback Countdown

This probably should've been the first picture I posted for my IFTD Throwback Countdown series, but too late. This was right after I picked up my first Media Badge at ICAST and IFTD 2014. This year (2018) will be my 5th year attending!!

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Paddle Battle on the Halifax 2018

We walked down to the park this morning to check out the first Paddle Battle on the Halifax. A 3- and 6-mile paddle board race in the Halifax River. I still haven't set foot on one of these things yet, so figured I'd hold off on entering until next year...maybe. It would have been a good venue to introduce folks to flyfishing, so there might have to be a Suburban Angler booth next year!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Beautiful day for Blue Ridge Trout Fest!!

Could not have asked for a more beautiful day for the Blue Ridge Trout Fest!! It was a great time to catch up with old friends, make some new friends and hand out some Suburban Angler stickers!! Oddly enough, no one wanted an autograph!! Mark your calendar for next year, Trout Fest really is an excellent time!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Blue Ridge Trout Fest!

We're heading to north Georgia the end of this week for the 3rd annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest! We'll be posting pictures, giving away stickers and signing autographs, so make sure you say Hi!! We look forward to seeing everyone there!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Truck Tow Mirrors

I got the moose antlers installed on the new truck tonight. I've never been one to anthropomorphize a vehicle, but I suddenly want to call the truck "Marty".  "Sorry Folks Parks Closed.  Moose Outside Should Have Told You."  "I'm On A Pilgrammage To See A Moose."

Hannah Hart from FWC Marine Fisheries Management at MCFF

Hannah Hart from FWC Marine Fisheries Management gave a very interesting presentation on algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon at last night's MCFF meeting.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Testing the ThermoWade Staff

Got out for a little bit this afternoon to do a trial run with the ThermoWade staff. A wading staff that measures and records air and water temperature along with time and date. Such a fantastic tool for your fishing log book and to aid in species targeting and fly selection! We'll get a First Cast posted as soon as the weather is conducive to filming!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

New Fishin' Rig!!

Picked up a new fishin' rig this morning to facilitate the Suburban Angler Southeastern Flyfishing Tour 2018!!! If anybody's interested in sponsoring the tour, I wouldn't mind the help paying for it!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Smelling the Campfire

There's something uplifting about putting your favorite hat on in the middle of the week and smelling the campfire and recalling the adventures from the past weekend.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Spanish Fort Bass Pro Shop

Got to check out the Spanish Fort Bass Pro Shop outside Mobile Alabama on our drive to Mississippi. A cool, new design Bass Pro with a General Store, Islamorada Fish Co. restaurant and White River Fly Shop! After working in the Atlanta store for so long, I really enjoy visiting other Bass Pro stores when traveling and comparing the differences. Bikers have Harley dealerships, outdoorsmen have Bass Pro Shops!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Got the Hook

Do you suppose he was trying to eat the whole fly? Or was he just trying to pick a piece off, but happened to get the hook?

Monday, March 05, 2018

Bluegill fishing

Bluegill fishing on a footbridge on the Florida Trail with the Gulf of Mexico in front of me, Pensacola Bay behind me and historic Fort Pickens to my right. Now that's a beautiful bluegill spot!

Saturday, March 03, 2018

We made it over to Mississippi

We made it over to Mississippi this morning and found a gorgeous creek to fish!! I was warned against launching the kayak due to a VERY large alligator that frequents the area along with several recently confirmed crocodile sightings. There was an alligator and exotics farm nearby that had been compromised during hurricane Irene!! The fish weren't in a biting mood anyway, so we'll just have to go back!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fly Trap Pro Series

Starting to get the annual giveaway goodies together! Huge thanks to the folks at Fly Trap for sending us a Pro Series XLT and a Pro Series XSM and extra cylinders to include in the giveaway!! We'll be releasing a First Cast video on the Fly Trap (and a bunch of other Fly Fishing products!!) on the Suburban Angler YouTube channel in the next few weeks. More details on the TSA Giveaway 2018 coming soon!!!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fly Tying Outside in the Dark

We did some fly tying outside in the dark at Monday night's Mid-Coast Fly Fishers fly tying meeting. Emmett Pizzoferrato instructed us in tying his Pumpkin Pie and Black Darter flies.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Pete Kutzer Casting Instruction, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

Pete Kutzer making it look effortless as always!

Thomas & Thomas, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

Always good to see the folks from Thomas & Thomas at the shows! Check archives for my thoughts on the Solar rod they let me borrow. Loved casting that rod!!

Unicoi Outfitters, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

I don't ever fish anywhere near Helen, GA without stopping in and talking to the guys at Unicoi Outfitters! The new booth sign looks great!

Jonathan from Fly Skinz, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

Jonathan at Fly Skinz was kind enough to demonstrate tying a floating crab fly using his Exo Skin and Crab Bits materials. A quick tie and an awesome looking pattern. I can't wait to tie a bunch when I get home!!!

Steve Hudson: Georgia's DH Trout, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

Starting Day 2 of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show by watching a presentation on Georgia's Delayed Harvest trout by my old friend Steve Hudson! Still a few seats left, get here fast!!!

Friday, February 02, 2018

The Catch and Release Pickers, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

Great live entertainment before the IF4 show starts!

Big River Camps, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

There is something about fishing in Labrador that has long held my interest. Big River Camps has excellent Atlantic Salmon and Sea-Run Brook Trout fishing at their doorstep!! Anybody interested in going with me?

George Daniel's casting demo, The Fly FIshing Show Atlanta 2018

Caught the tail end of George Daniel's casting demo. You know it's serious when the presenter kicks off his shoes and gets in the casting pond!!!

Tenkara USA, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

If you remember the Suburban Angler Giveaway last year, the folks from Tenkara USA were kind enough to donate one of their rod packages. So glad that today I had the opportunity to thank Daniel in person! Their podcast released an episode last night all about Tenkara fishing for panfish with @panfish_on_the_fly! I'll be listening to that on the drive back to Florida!!

Dave Whitlock, The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta 2018

Sitting in on a fly tying presentation from one of my favorite fly tyers, authors and wildlife artists, Dave Whitlock. He's explaining his 3 Emerger System while tying the 3 caddis emerger patterns he likes to use.