Ode to NOLA!

Oh NOLA you sullen licentious lass. Your dark creases and folds packed with grime and polished to perfection by years of pedestrian abrasion have seduced me. The tiny taste of your honey has but barely whetted my appetite for the destruction buried in your ancient furrows. Your prehistoric rotting carbon burried beneath your foot print bubbles up from below, cracks the concrete. singes my proboscis, colors the air with a stench of a thousand years and rots the brain. Your interstitial spaces filled with weeds and forgotten rubbish, hidden behind chain link and eons of grime wrap my head and color my thoughts. Your hookers walking alone. Your criers beckoning out. Your broken streets and sodden doors bring on the night and escort us to the gray light of early morn. Find a peace and quietude you will not. Falling and retching, heaving and gagging, purging into the night we stumble on into your darkness. Neons halo our heads and puddles form beneath our feet, shadows close in us but we find the light. We shall feel our way along, out of place and naked to the night, baring ourselves to the muskeg and absorbing it through our pores. NOLA you have notched yourself upon my bedpost and left a cleft upon my heart. We shall meet again.

El Poquito – The Little Pocket that Goes Anywhere

I am very pleased to introduce to you my new little friend, the first product from my new company SmithFly Designs. It’s been a long time coming and will be available for purchase at your local fly shop and on Smithfly.net  very soon. The first production run is complete, and I will be taking a good quantity with me to IFTD tomorrow. We will be in the small business section SB14, stop by and say hello to my little friend.

El Poquito holds a pair of hemos and a retractor (either curly or mechanical – your choice) – that’s it. Now you don’t have to worry about what pack or what vest or what shirt you are wearing, because El Poquito goes anywhere.

The magnetic clasp on the back holds tight to anything, over the top of waders, over your waist band, belt, shirt pocket, beach bag, and is also compatible with the SmithFly Switch Kit system. El Poquito frees you up from wearing a vest and keeps those essential tools close at hand without all the bulk. Anglers can choose from either a curly cord retractor or a mechanical retractor which can be easily swapped out at a later date if for some reason they change their mind, which we all do.

Even better, 100% of El Poqtuio is Made in the USA.

You can also check out our listing in the new super-cool Fly Fishing Buyers Guide from Angling Trade Magazine.