I happened across a young guides social media post the other day and was so blown away by the 75 hashtags I never noticed the fine trout in the picture. It made me realize that in some cases this hashtag thingy can be a lot like an endorsement., I hope that isn't me in a few weeks. One shop I know of makes it's guides "Ambassadors" of a certain company in the industry that they sell and expects that a camera and # are used often. I get it, but don't expect me to be a hashtag whore, unless there is much love. I have the luxury of not being affiliated with a fly shop and their specific products making for a pretty non-bias hashtag. I love Sage, Orvis, Winston and Scott because I can.
We have 1/2 off private water wade trips available this fall and the dry fly fishing has been beyond wonderful. Great fall weather, as well as a strong BWO and Midge hatch, have the fish happily rising and all of our Colorado Angling Company anglers very excited.
There is sure to be some # love for Umpqua. I can start with the joy for my new Surveyor 2000 day pack. I just finished up guiding out of it for three days up north with my good buddy Bruning on some of the prettiest trout water I have ever walked. Most of the water I was guiding was an aggressive bush whack and a sweaty hike from the truck so everything had to go. I usually guide out of a good size sling pack, but my current pack's zippers have seen better days so I tried guiding out of a back pack for the first time. There was plenty of room for a camera, tripod, jacket, water, snacks and more fly boxes than I ended up needing. The clam shell design allows for easy access while bush camp is set up and it's simple outside design helps with the snags while blazing trails.
On a recent hike up to Savage Lakes with Kitty, the Big Zim, Sarah and Kush; I packed for a day hike plus some lake fishing. The pack is comfortable and completely out of the way when fishing in it.
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So the new administration seems to have begun the process for the Pebble Mine to move forward and possibly destroy Bristol Bay. Get informed, be heard.
Check out this cool version of a Pats Rubber Legs by Tim Flagler at Tightline Video. Cool little technique for an extended body with chenille.