New edition of Angling Trade magazine available for download and in the mail….

Just got the heads up that the new edition of angling trade magazine is available for download and viewing over here.

Digital issu is here…
Summer – Angling Trade

Downloadable PDF is here
 Summer – Angling Trade

It contains a particularly badass advertisement by yours truly. O’doyle SmithFly Rules!

A fishing trip saved by my SmithFly Modular Gear

The 3X prototype on my wading belt. Also in the pic is the rod butt holder that will snap on anywhere you have some webbing, another addition to the line up.

So Friday was a unique evening because my wife was doing a “girl’s night out” and my parent’s could watch my two boys. So I hit the local smallmouth river after work for a few hours.

When I arrived, I rigged my rod, donned my waders and tied on a popper. Yes, I know, it’s strange; it’s April and the Smallmouth are hitting poppers like it’s June, go figure. There’s not much better than the surprisingly enthusiastic take of a smallmouth on a popper. You’ll catch more fish on subsurface flies but seeing them hit it, is where it’s at.

So I grabbed my SmithFly Boat Bag, yes I do use it to wade too and as soon as I grabbed it, I realized, EGADS, I had left the shoulder strap for the bag at home. SHIT and DOUBlE SHIT!

You see, I’ve been working on a new prototype for a messenger bag (check back here for pics of that item later) and I was using the shoulder strap for my boat bag to check out the fit, and I’d left it attached to the prototype messenger bag.

But because the SmithFly Pouches are modular I was able to take one of them off, the prototype-super-secret-next-year’s-model, 3X Pouch off of the Boat Bag and wear it by itself on my wading belt! How badass is that? This is pouch is 12″ wide and 6″ tall, a bit bigger than the current 2X and made to be the full width of the boat bag.

I could get my my smallmouth tippet spools, my big streamer box, and spare leaders in that one pouch. Pretty much everything I NEEDED, I just had to leave the “nice-to-haves” in the car like the DSLR, tripod, rain jacket etc etc. Then I took my Poquito and clipped it over top of my waders, and I was off. Shooweee, thank the lord for modularity!

That saved me having to drive all the way home and fetch my strap. The beauty of modularity.

In fact, that reminds me, I need to get on those vendors about getting me prices for that 3X pouch.

The Great Miami River. Looks quiet but it's full of smallies hungry for poppers.
This, is the capital of shit eating grin territory.

SmithFly review in Deneki’s weekly newsletter and El Poquito in the TFM 12 Day’s of Christmas

Last week the good folks over at Deneki Outdoors posted a review of SmithFly’s gear on their Blog. And this week that same review appeared in their weekly newsletter in the top spot! Totally awesome!

It’s frankly an amazing review, and I’m eternally grateful to them for the positive thoughts. In case you were wondering, no I didn’t pay them for that and you can read their mandatory FTC CYA material over here . I did send them some samples to test out. Please visit their site for the whole review, here is one of our favorite parts though.

Your core fishing gear goes in the pouches, with each pouch loaded according to a specific fishing situation.  For example, you might make a streamer pouch that has your streamer fly box, 1x and 2x tippet, a measuring tape, a hook file, some bullet weights and forceps.  Your baetis pouch might have your baetis fly box, 3x – 6x tippet, dry shake, extra tapered leaders and nippers.  Making sense so far?

So if you’re doing some trout fishing in January and you’re joining your buddy in his drift boat, you grab your baetis pouch and your streamer pouch and slap them on the outside of your boat bag.  Inside the boat bag goes your lunch and thermos and maybe your nice camera.

SmithFly Pouch and BeltPouch attached to belt.

The next weekend you’re fishing the same piece of water but this time you’re on your own, on foot.  This is where the system shines – just grab that streamer pouch and that baetis pouch, strap them onto your wading belt, and hit the road without worrying that you’re forgetting your hook file or your measuring tape.  It’s a great concept.

I’ve been trying to sum it up like that for a while, I think they did a marvelous job of nailing exactly why the system is soo cool, and I’m not just saying that because I cam up with the idea… ok I am slightly biased since it is my little start-up business type thingy.
Secondly Look for our AD in the holiday issue of the Drake too, can’t wait for that!
Oh and check out the Fiberglass Manifesto’s 12 Days of Christmas for a chance to win your very own SmithFly El Poquito.
Things are starting to get a bit crazy around Fiddle and Creel / SmithFly world headquarters, and that’s a good thing. If only the rivers would drop so we could get and hook into some Lake Erie steelhead…

SmithFly Gear Review

So things have been a little crazy around Fiddle and Creel world headquarters lately. I’ve been pulling lots of late nights trouble shooting the SmithFly e-commerce website. As a result I have been letting this little project slide a bit. But don’t worry I’m still thinking about the Fiddle and Creel a lot, and eventually I’m going to transition this little project into the official SmithFly blog… but logistically I don’t have time right now to do that and all the other stuff that goes into starting a new business.

We did get our first official gear review over on the infamous Owljones.com by – the world’s first freelance fly fishing blogger Mr. One Bug is Fake – EKAFSI GUBENO – Fly Stock himself, Brandon Robinson. So here is the summary below.

The Poquito is a personal “game-changer” in respect to my fishing style. This model was not a ‘freebie’ given me to test and I promise you; if it sucked, you would know. The simple fact is this, it is probably the most versatile piece of gear I own. It goes anywhere, fits everywhere, and doesn’t care how it gets used. It’s a sturdy addition that you’ll find is worth every penny. After a handful of trips with it on, I have yet to have a single fly-line hang-up on it. I can’t say that about my vest, or even my shorts! “El Poquito”, “The Little Bit”, “Awesome Redefined”, whatever you want to call it; it is now a must have for me on the water, and I still wear it even if I have my vest on. It is very lightweight and almost completely forgettable, yet it compounds the versatility I can achieve in any fishing trip.

I didn’t want to destroy it in testing (I only bought one), but I imagine it would hold up superbly. The first to go would be the “zinger” and maybe the banding around the edge would be next, but from where I am standing, that could take years. Zingers are a dime-a-dozen anyhow, and the banding could get double stitched or re-sewn.

I look forward to future products hopefully built upon this framework, maybe a bigger cousin that can hold a small flybox? The design wouldn’t even have to change much, if at all. When SmithFly releases the rest of the advertised product line, the “El Poquito” won’t be replaced, as I said it’s M.O.L.L.E. Compatible, but my current vest might be.

MY advice? Get an El Poquito, and soon.

I’d say that’s a pretty ringing endorsement, and I really do appreciate the kind words. I swear I didn’t pay him or give him any free gear that was straight from the heart, legit review. We need more stuff like that. And if you are in Texas you owe it to yourself to head on over to FlyStock. I think I saw that it’s been postponed until spring? but it’s going to be a good time. I’m going to try and head down there for that if possible. Music and Fly Fishing, heck yeah!