Getting Artsy

Just wanted to show you my new hobby, I find it fun and relaxing. Enjoy.


Legends of the Fly 2016

Legends are made by actions, not by words. This past weekend's Legends of the Fly really stood true to this statement. Alot of folks worked very hard to make this event the greatest yet. Big Kudos to Art Webb, John Fall, Kyle Sawyer, George Hughes, Kevin Debois and Trent Fallin for doing their part to make this happen. Also to all those who volunteered their time, from casting to fly tying, to manning booths and even emergency clean-ups, a huge THANK YOU! And last but not least, thanks to all the sponsors for their great contributions, you are all Legends in my book!

To the Able Women, it was awesome to see you all spreading your love for the sport. From your morning with the Girl Scout "Petals" to the busy afternoon casting sessions, you all showed why you are truly "Able Women". Your stories caught the hearts of your audience, and your instruction inspired many to try flycasting. You made the event everything we set it out to be! Meredith McCord, Jessica Callihan, Rebekka Redd, Kami Swingle, and my sister Captain Kim Smith, you all have my admiration, appreciation, and respect. You made the Legend of the Fly one of the best yet. 

If you misssed the event please check out the slide show below. Enjoy these great images and we will see you next week!


Been a long time! and now the Ruthless Outdoor Adventures Update.

Well it have been alsmost a year now since we posted. It was truly a rough year in 2015, but now things are much better. So now its time to get back to it.

2016 came is a bit quick and spring is about to spring! I have a few  March events that I would like to tell you about and invite you to attend.

First is the Iron Fly/Legends of the Fly weekend coming up March 11 and 12th. This is Virginia Beach's largest flyfishing event. It starts on friday March 11th at 6:30 pm at Back Bay Brewing. This social event will combine flytying, competition, great beer, and live music! It will be a great way to start the weekend. Find out all about pigfarm InK and their IronFly event at www.pigfarmink.com

On Saturday March 12th, is the Legends of the Fly will be held at the Virginia Beach Museum Of Contemporary Art or MOCA for short! THis is a yearly flyfishing event preceeds the showing of the F3T flim festival.

The day will start at 2pm with an hour long casting clinic led by yours truly and participating ladies from Able Women.  This will be followed by an hour-long forum on fly fishing led by some of the founding members of the Able Women Team.  In this session we’ll discuss not only thehow of fly fishing, but the why.  Fly fishing can shape a person’s life in powerful ways — and it certainly has these remarkable ladies.  In this session, they’ll share the story of their personal relationship with this wonderful sport. The IronFly is free to attend!

Then, at 4pm, we’ll host a women’s-only casting clinic called Cork and Cast — sponsored by Chatham Vineyards.  At this session, the Able Women will help interested women learn, or refine, the basics of casting a fly rod — and the proper way to tip a glass of wine at the same time!

At 5pm, the all important social hour begins.  Now’s the time for beer, BBQ, live tunes and your much needed participation in the Silent Auction.  Proceeds from this year’s Legends of the Fly will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  So, please help us raise funds that will help sustain this all important, local fishery.

At 7pm, and after a few remarks, we’ll play the winning entries of the 10th Annual Fly Fishing Film Tour — including Tidewater — a film about the incredible Marlin fishery right at our backdoor.   Odds are good that dozens of toss bags filled with all kinds of good stuff will take flight during intermission, so get ready to grab!  And finally, we’ll announce the winner of the raffle for a YETI Tundra 35.  You most certainly don’t want to miss out on all of that. Tickets are available at www.legendoftheflyvb.com!


We will be posting live feeds from the Iron fly and LOF next weekend if you don't make it! Well thats it for this week but stay tuned for more next week when Ill start talking about the Virginia Flyfishing Festival.


Late Season Upland Hunt at Blue Horizon Quail Preserve

As you may know ROA is partnered with Blue Horizon Quail Preserve. They are family friends and offer a great Upland Bird hunting expierence in Randleman, NC. 

A few months back I invited Don Rich and his son Tyler for a hunt. Tyler has Cerebral Pausy, but that hardly stops him form persuing his goals, which in this case was to get his first Quail and Pheasant in an Upland Hunt. Whic we did!

I met Tyler several years ago and developed a great friendship with him and his Father. Tyler is also an accomplished Kayak angler, there is a great piece on him in the Milk Crate.  Both Tyler and Don said that they wanted to do an Upland hunt, so I told them I had the perfect place. It would also be an excellent opportunity to see if we could adapt these hunts for folks like Tyler and even for Wounded Warriors.

My first thought was to let Tyler use his modified Segway, but the terrain and mud would make it tough. So I decided to try my Dad's Polaris fourwheeler. Its automatic so it would make a great hunting platform for Tyler.

Tyler adjusted to the four wheeler very quickly and we started positioning him so he could get the best shots. Everything seemed to fall into place, but the quail though differently. Everytime we think we had the setup, the quail would fly in the opposite directions. Eventually they would fly into ylers path an he would get his birds.


Our guide Chad and his dog Pete did a great job of getting Tyler set up for the shots. They are an excellent team!


Tyler and Don Rich taking a break between birds. 



 This hunt went about as perfect as it could, Tyler did very well and bagged three Quail and two male Pheasant, mission Accomplished! We also know now that we can adapt our hunts for anyone who wants to hunt. We will plan on alot more hunts in 2016! IN all a very successful hunt, cannot wait to do it again next season!



Distinction Magazines No Motor, More Fun giveaway

Back in October I joined forces with Distinction Magazine for their "No Motor, More Fun" giveaway. We held a social media based giveaway for an afternoon of Kayak Flyfishing, flyrod outfits from TFO and performance shirts from Fly Fishing Clothing Co. The winners were Trent and Dana Fallin from Virginia Beach. We were joined by photographer Roberto Westbrook, who took all the photos from a Hobie Pro angler kayak. We had a great time and Trent even caught a nice trout. You can pick up hard copies at various locations, or download the free digital edition here. Here are some of the pics that did not make the spread so I get to share them here with you.