She’s the Best

My partner in crime executed her skill at the sewing machine beautifully this weekend as I’ve been living like a vampire for the last 6 days. Not the Edward Cullen sparkly kind of vampire that can be in the sun. The ones who work all night with bloody things and then fall asleep in dark spaces during the day.

Anyway, Sara has wanted to make me a reel case for some time now. She did all the research, went to thrift stores to repurpose some fabric and find some cheap zippers (flys on pants) and this is the finished product. 2 cases. One monogramed with my initials (for the saltwater reel) and one with an abstract mountain stream scene for the trout fishing reel. Sara, you rock my fly fishing world.

at the top is a handy belt loop.
It zips up so nice. 
Two mountains and a stream.
Such a cozy home.

New Video: Rush to the Driftless

I traveled back to the homeland for a week of family and friends. Fly rod and tenkara in tote, my dad and I met up with the Winona Fly Factory ( fisherman and we explored some of what the Driftless area has to offer for trout fishing. The tenkara rod ended up being a great option for my dad, someone who is pretty new to fly fishing. He took to it well. It was a long time on the water, but we had a great weekend fishing, finding morel mushrooms, and hanging out at the barn. 
David (
Music graciously borrowed from The Rural Alberta Advantage: The Ballad of RAA
Filmed with GoPro, iPhone 4,

New Video Soon. Until Then….

The video is essentially finished. I just have to upload it. Time constraints being what they are, it may not get done today. Here are some thing it will feature:

1. My Dad using the Tenkara rod like a pro. His first try at tenkara and 2nd fly fishing outing. He excelled.

2. Justin from Winona Fly Factory doing what he does best.

3. The beautiful Driftless Area.

4. A quick look at Justin’s Sprinkle Me Baby streamer. Such a sweet fly.

5. A rotting sucker.

6. An inside look at the Z-barn, a family friend’s hunting shack in SE Minnesota.

Until then, to keep yourself entertained, here is a link to my all-time favorite website. Just click on the horses and make some music.