Limited Time Offer – Holiday Special

Kevin Feenstra and I decided to get in the holiday spirit and offer the Smallmouth DVD at a new Holiday Special price of $22.99.   A perfect gift for under the tree or in your stocking.  Order now and I promise to get it to you for Christmas.


Mangled Fly Hoodie Endorsement

Just received this email from Aaron K. who bought a Mangled Fly Hoodie early this fall just thought I would share.  Thanks Aaron!  I totally agree the best hood on a hoodie I’ve ever worn.

The Mangled Fly logo hoodie is, hands down, my go to mid layer, perfect under the down puff..  I have owned many hoodies over the years, only to find arms and cuffs that shrink, hoods that don’t have enough room, and waistbands that inch up over the washings.  JR has put together a great product here using Champion “Premium” material that is exceptional.  If you follow Jon’s postings you’ve heard a few indorse the hood size. I’m here to second that claim- the roomy hood is killer. Perfect for a quick trip to the woodpile, Starbucks, or those few hours when the clouds move in, the drizzle starts, and the streamer bite wakes up.  Thanks Jon- see you on the water soon.


What’s in my flask…

So, what’s in my flask, you ask?
9 out of 10 times it’s something brown, especially now that it’s wicked cold here in the north. Lately, it’s been Irish, McFadden’s Irish Whiskey to be exact. This whiskey goes against my heartfelt belief that all southern Irish Whiskey is shite, but this ones lovely!!!
McFadden’s is from West Cork Distillers in Union Hall, West Cork, Ireland and is aged in Irish oak and sherry casks. With a high malt bill, it is truly malt driven, with nice biscuit aromas and none of the over powering sweetness of the ever popular and over rated Jameson. Put the Jamey in your soda or ginger ale where it belongs!
This is a handcrafted beverage that deserves to be drunk neat, as it’s complexity and depth will shine through this way. Now, that being said, the way I really have been enjoying it is in some fine Irish Black Tea(Barry’s, Bewley’s or if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, they have an awesome version too!) which makes for a nice warm up on a winters day of fishing. Brew up enough strong tea to fill your insulated thermos in the morning before you head out the door for your winter adventure…make sure to warm the thermos up with hot water before putting the tea in so that it stays nice and hot. When you are feeling a little cold or need some inspiration, pour an once or two in a your mug and top with steaming hot tea. Instant attitude changer! This hot drink is also great to have next to you as you work on filling your fly boxes for next summers trout fishing.

Let the DNR know how you feel, please say NO!

The DNR is proposing to lease mineral rights, including surface rights along the AuSable River. Please read the information below and send a letter to the DNR expressing your concerns. This needs to be stopped!

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Here is a link to the actual letter from Michigan TU