I tell you what the Fly Fishing Business that I tried so hard to start, really took the wind out of my sails. Countless hours on the phone, staring at the computer screen, website changes, Emails, Trade shows… I can go on. I do love this sport, but trying to break into the industry. Man not a easy gig. I need to make money not, go thru life living out of a back pack . But I learned my lesson, I pushed too hard. Now My next journey, fish.
Fish Hard, Fish Long Hours, Fish When I can and more importantly fish to enjoy myself. False Echoes will get back to its roots. No more Pushing Products, Trips or anything else that takes away from my Love or Passion for this Sport. So Tune in, False Echoes is Live…..
So when I started LOTFO it was meant to help augment my income and immerse my self and life with the fly fishing industry and community. It’s been 3 long years since I started LOTFO and I must be honest and tell you. It’s been a tough road. Economy, timing, industry? I don’t know the answer it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever set out to do. I love the sport, love meeting other passionate anglers, travelers and the all around troutbum. What is my next step? What will I do with LOTFO? I say stay tuned , stay in the loop and check back soon. I think I may change it up stay focused on a select few destinations and give it a go. life on the fly
For those of you who haven’t been to Montana, now is the time. There’s a lot of hype with this destination as this state is featured in every major American outdoor hunting & fishing magazine on a monthly basis, issue after issue, year after year. And I can see why. After living there for more than 18-years and fly fish guiding through most of those years myself, the secret’s out and has been for a long time. The reason being is because of access to very high quality public water fishing. It’s free and it’s yours. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the Treasure State’s plethora of public waters on a world-class level on a blue collar budget. Whether staying at a pre-arranged travel lodge booked through us or simply “rolling your own” way, let us help you with your travel needs, you’ll be glad you did. This part of the world has two National Parks and more National Forest lands open to public use, especially to fly fishing, than any place else on earth, with out a doubt. It defines fly fishing & Outdoor Mecca, and for good reason.
*This season will be my personal 17th year guiding in the Treasure State of Montana, after a three-year hiatis, I have to go back for more and do it again.
The Driftless region of Wisconsin is experiencing some its weirdest weather in the region’s recorded weather history. As of the last two weeks record warm temps have made this top secret national fly fishing destination experiencing early summer hatches in Mid-March! For those of you looking for something different in very beautiful settings, check out Wisconsin’s Driftless region. This region is known for its smaller sized wild, natural reproducing trout, but you have to give it a break, the streams are very small and simply a joy to fish dry fly on 2-3wt rods and having a place literally all to yourself, except for the occasional Amish buggy tootling by down the road as you’re making a cast. There are larger trout here and you have to pay your dues to connect, but they are here and what a fun place to fish! You can catch minnow sized trout on up to 22 inches in a single day, all on dry flies.
As my time in Florida ends, and the past week fishing, hanging with salt water guides, going down with the sun and rising with the sun in the Sport Fish Capitol of the world, let alone fly fishing. I seem to have these creative juices flowing again, this drive. After spending long hours, staring at the glared water, searching, looking, waiting. I had a thought. A quick one. but still a thought.
After a long, crisp , picturesque day on the water, you decompress stream side and your mind starts to wander back to the different scenarios that you play over and over in your head about what you should have done differently or the same. Now trout fishing up until this point was rocket science but then you meet someone or read something and a light switch seems like it was turned on. ” By George I think I’ve got it.” ( In a thick English accent) or not. At this point you either get it or don’t .. A lost fish that was trophy worthy or that perfectly needed drift that went terribly wrong. Like I fore mentioned you either get it or don’t. Life is strangely similar.
Approaching my 30’s I recollect my career, relationships, achievements and the different endeavorers I have completed. Then I ask myself, was it all worth it.
I say this. If you get to spend the time with people you love with whom make you better, have a roof over your head, get to enjoy a day on the water unconnected to the “Hustle”. Then I think you doing Okay. Throughout your 40’s -50’s -60’s-70’s-80’s -90’s if your doing this, then you are right on track. Still once in a while torn off the computer, put your phone on silent and go fish. Life on the fly
Check out Becca Schlaff and her, abstract angler art . She definitely has an eye for our finned friends and is letting you know about it. The Tarpon and Brown Trout pieces are my favorite. A local Michigan Grad is showing her stuff at the local fly fishing shows near and far. So when you get a moment show her some love and visit her site. www.becca-schlaff.com
I have been at this lodge for 6 days now, the meals are superb, the wait staff is delightful, the scenery is outstandingly beautiful My hosts brothers Sebastian and Juan Andres Gailia are 2 of the nicest gentleman I have ever met. The Lodge is a cross between modern technology and old world tin roof Chilean homestead. The fly fishing is undeniably some of the worlds best. The fish see very little pressure, not leader shy and will pretty much eat a flip flop if you had one small enough. The other lodge guests will be missed and I learned a lot from each one of them. As they say in Chile Caio, Caio….
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With all the off shore rods and reels in the industry, there are a few companies who are home grown and Im a firm believer in ,you get what you pay for. So I would like to give a shout out to some fine American Made Companies. Scott Fly Rod (Montrose, CO) & Hatch Outdoors (Vista, CA). I picked up some gear from them for my up coming trip to Chile this January , at the Cinco Rios Lodge. I received my rod and reel today : G2 8’4″ 4wt Scott Rod & Plus 3 Large Arbor Hatch Reel. I can not wait to land my first Chilean Brown Trout!!!!!
Check out the site of these American Made Companies or feel free to visit our site and check out our destinations at Life On The Fly Outfitters.