Product Review – ARC Eyeglass Retainer

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ARC Sunglass Retainer

ARC Outdoor Gear has made a sunglass retainer that can stand up to the abuse of even my standards.

GRAPLRZ Retainers are made of stainless steel cable, industrial grade silicone and anodized aluminum. Stylish, durable, comfortable, and with a lifetime warranty.

After wearing out similar products by another company , I trashed two sunglass retainers this past summer alone.    When I saw the heavy plastic cups that suction onto the glasses, I knew this wear point would not give out, the heavier gauge wear is nice because it stays off your neck.  For sure one of the greatest negatives of all other sunglass retainers is the retainer laying on the back of your neck.  Drives me crazy! I will say my only negative to the ARC Sunglass Retainer is that it’s a little long.  Pulling on my hoodie over my hat the retainer does get pinched, usually a simple maneuvering of the retainer lays it down properly but having this wire a little shorter would be nice.  But the positives that it has already lasted a couple months with no signs of wear, means this retainer will out last the rest.  Plus with the lifetime warranty that ARC has given this product, means the manufacture knows it’s going to last a long long time.

Check out ARC other products as well they have some pretty cool lights and knives for the outdoor enthusiast.


13 mins of WOW

Alaska Nutrient Cycle

Closing the loop in nature – this video highlights the chum salmon, from salt to spawn to how they become one of the most important food and nutrient sources for nearly every living organism in and around these waters. Absolutely terrific video.

Alaska The Nutrient Cycle from Paul Klaver on Vimeo.

Mangled Fly Media Cards

Do you want Holiday gift cards with your favorite Mangled Fly Media picture on the front?  With SmugMug and any Mangled Fly Media it’s very easy.  Feel free to contact me direct and I’ll help set it up.  Happy Holidays. 

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Steelhead Blues

Not like the “blues” you are accustomed too, but blue flies.  Not sure why it is when the snow starts flying that blue works.  Actually I’m sure blue works just as well the rest of the year, but for me blue only comes out when the snow flies.  Today was the first day of steelhead “blues”.


Patagonia New Short Film

Film is about 27 minutes long, this email below I received from Patagonia and thought I would share.

Worn Wear is an exploration of quality – in the things we own and the lives we live. This short film takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, Vermont; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary alpinist. It also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. 

Released as an antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, Worn Wear is an invitation to celebrate the stuff you already own. 

If you agree with the message in the film, we would love your help sharing it. Starting today, please share this link to the Worn Wear film on all of your social media networks and tag your post #WornWear:

Secondary tags include #BetterThanNew, #BlackFriday and #AntiBlackFriday. 

Alternatively, you can share Patagonia’s post announcing the film on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Tumblr. On Instagram, dig out that classic old photo of yourself, or your friend, in a well-loved Patagonia item and post it with the #WornWear tag. 

On Black Friday, select Patagonia Retail Stores across the country will be hosting Worn Wear parties. Please join us at one of the parties to watch the film, taste our super-secret limited edition beer, learn how to repair your old Patagonia gear with iFixit, and enjoy live music. Black Friday Party details at:

Thank you so much for your help. I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Jess Clayton 
Patagonia Public Relations

Upper Teens Rainbow

Another upper teens Lake-Run Rainbow (low sodium) scored on the Big River.  Jay Turner holding a 15 – 16 pound brute.  Great fish Jay.  Nice job.  This winter when they fish turn into double strippers, maybe triple strips????  I can’t wait to photograph them then.

Greatest part of my job is creating memories, and being part of a fishing story that will never be forgotten.

Rolling and Twisting – Picture of the Day

As water temps drop the alligator roll is a much more common trait than the leaping, jumping, cartwheeling, acrobatic routine that we are used too.  But the acceleration as the fall steelhead do less in the air and more near the surface of the water and still give you some amazing shots.  The power as they turn, roll, twist, and flop, leaves the water doing some pretty cool things if you can capture it in the right light.  So as fall turns to winter (3-6 inches of snow today I heard), I am set to capture what the water does instead of how high the fish can jump.

North of the Sun Teaser

North of the sun teaser from weggebros on Vimeo.

Picture of the Day – Hunting with a Blue Heron

Heron hunting along the Manistee River in search of any food, as November doesn't have as much food running around as summer.  I'm sure this blue heron is starving.