Product Review: Mooseknuckle Lanyards and Bugslinger Vapor "10 cent" Shirt

Finally got a little family time on the water with dad this weekend. Because of his recent surgery we took the boat instead of the kayaks. Our fishing spot was Randleman Lake, a fairly new lake just down the road from Dad's house. And consequently one of our charter locations (hint, hint). I decided to go purely fly and sling some #6 Walt's poppers for bream and bass. This was a great opportunity to show off two great products from my sponsors. The 10 Cents Vapor Shirt by Bugslinger Fly Gear and the MooseKnuckle Lanyard and Universal Tippet Caddy. 

Ill start with the Bugslinger 10 cent Vapor shirt, First of all Rob and the guys a Bugslinger have the coolest graphics of all, every shirt and hat has an image that would make any flyangler look cool. The designs are original and witty, not to mention cool! Which brings me to the Vapor shirt, being a kayak angler, I own several long sleeved performance shirts, and until now they all felt like wearing plastic bags, especially under a PFD. The vapor shirts are genius, even the slightest breeze and the shirt evaporates sweat and cools down. Its the closest thing to wearing nothing at all. I prefer it's loose fit to the compression fit of other shirts. Not to mention its sun protection. In all my new favorite shirt for those hot sweltering days. I can't wait to see the next design ideas for the vapor series of shirts. Check them out along with the other great products at Bugslinger Fly Gear.

I like everything at hand and especially when flyfishing you want everything close. There are alot of options, but some are light on features and other just have too much. Jeremy Barnes at MooseKnuckle Lanyards has developed a genius system to keep your essential gear close, but not cluttered. There are lanyards and there are the MooseKnuckle lanyards. The first feature of the MooseKnuckle lanyards is the foam used to not only cushion but to float if you loose it. These lanyards also have  a break away feature that keep you from being strangled by wayward tree limbs or angry significant others. So in the case of the above situations, you should be able to retrieve you expensive stuff. They are also fully adjustable so if you like things slung low or way up high, the fit will be just right for you. This make them great to wear with your PFD while kayak flyfishing.  Jeremy also uses spacers to keep your nippers from pinging on your hemostats, these can be made of  carbon fiber, stainless steel, or foam. There are 5 attachment points that use snap clips, and one alligator clip in the middle. So you can use you imagination to set up your personal system. MooseKnuckle also has a Universal Tippet caddy that is fully adjustable and fits nicely with the Lanyard. It can be used ether horizontally (like mine) or vertically. I like the fact that it uses o-rings and you can press them together to keep your tippet spools from unwinding. My lanyard is customized and uses the Power clips from Tactical Anglers. They work out great with the MooseKnuckle Lanyards. I hope to see more of them made this way!

Well I hope you enjoy this quick preview of some great products and please visit their links and check out what they have to offer. Hope to see you on the water soon!





Lake Stockwell

Well Dad is back home and better than he was before the surgery, thanks to all the folks who called and offered prayers and wishes while we were in the Hopsital. When we were settled, I decided to visit  a pond that I had fished in my childhood. It turns out it gets very little pressure and is a great place to put in the Pathfinder and throw a few flies. My rod of choice was my 6-weight TFO BVK outfit with floating line and a #6 black and yellow Walts Popper. Also got to hand feed Sam the Snapping Turtle got to be a first from a kayak.

My new buddy Sam the Snapping Turtle.

I caught several fish including the 5-pounder shown in the video. Click on the grip and grin below to see the video. In all a great end to a very long week in Florida. 

Tight Lines and I got lots more in store...Thanks for visiting!

Click the picture to see the Video in Youtube!




Set Your Prorities

Well I was looking forward to Blogging about my big Adventure in Florida, but my plans changed. 

My simple point is....Dont take things for granted, and never ignore the even the most sublte signals of danger or calls for help. Know the warning signs and never ignore them.

Here's to a fast recovery Dad, and more adventures in the future with my favorite fishing buddy.


Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival Weekend

The Virginia Flyfishing and Wine Festival is my most anticipated event. This year was the 9th year I have brought kayak fishing to the festival. This year I brought Kelly so we came up a few days early to enjoy the area.
My mobile Outdoor Adventure rig!
Our fist stop was at Rose River Farms to deliver their Freedom Hawks 14's thats I had repaired and cleaned for next weekends 2-fly Tournament. I'm running a bream tourney on the Saturday before their big event, Ill talk more about that later. RRF has some great fishing, but this time we headed just up the road to the Quaker Run section of the Rapidan River.
The Quaker Run section of the Rapidan River.
Now if you want to see some awesome scenery and get a shot at some killer Brook Trout fishing this is the place to visit. It has a pretty gnarly ride up and over the mountain, but most vehicles should have no problems getting there.
Kelly Brookie fishing the Rapidan!
We had a very short window to fish but it was worth the few hours we had, Kelly did great and I'm pretty sure she is hooked! 
Nice Rapidan Brookie.
I managed one nice Rapidan Brookie,on a elkhair caddis. Love dry flies! 
Wading the South River SRA.
On Friday we tried a section of the Rose River SRA in Waynesboro, it was slow going so we relocated to the section of the Rose by the Festival grounds.
Tom's a new fan of Flyfishing!
There we meet up with Tom Vanderheiden and Lars Antoniszczak, I gave them some quick pointer and everyone was off fishing.
Kelly's first Smallie on a fly too!
 Kelly hooks up with a smallmouth on a dry, not a trout but still a fish and her first smallie on the fly!
Kelly and Walt Cary.
Saturday was the first day of the event and started out dreary, but eventually the Sun prevailed, and we had a beautiful day! My first seminar was well attended and the crowd flow by the river was very constant. Im a big fan of Walt Cary's poppers, and a good friend of Walt as well. He stopped by the booth to drop of some flies and to say hello...to Kelly...LOL!
Freedom Hawks newest Ambassador!
Kelly going over the Freedom Hawk Pathfinder at the ROA booth. She is becoming quite a diversified lady angler. Saturdays crowd was it biggest ever!
PArt of my TFO family1
Saturday night we attended the Foundation dinner, It is a great opportunity to chat with some of the biggest contributors to the sport. Its great to see that the Festival has done so well in the last 12 years, and one of a handfull of event that attracts such a variety of the World's best Flyanglers! Its an honor to get to be among them.

Me , Lefty, and Beau Beasley.
Lastly I would like to thank Beau Beasley and his team for putting together such a great Festival, it would not exist without all your hard work!

For now its back to work, but ill be back at Rose River Farms for the Project Healing Waters 2-Fly Tournament. Ill be running their first ever Bream tourney on their ponds, and look forward to getting some folks out on the Freedom Hawks! Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

More from the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival.

Latest blast from the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival.

Virginia Fly Fishing Festival
Join Us April 21 & 22, 2012  March 2012
  Issue 2  
On The Water 
Dreaming of paddling away from it all in a kayak, canoe or paddleboard? Wondering how you can rig up your watercraft? Industry experts at this year's festival can answer all of your questions about kayaks, paddleboards and canoes-and they'll do it right on the South River.

Here's your chance to try out the latest rage on the river, paddle boards. The festival is proud to have a real simulator this year from Stride Standup Paddleboards (www.ridestride.com). 

Where else can anglers can try it out before getting on the river.  To see how this unique product works,click here or here
The Appomattox River Company (www.paddleva.com) will be on hand all weekend. Author Cory "Ruthless" Routh (www.ruthlessfishing.com) will also be lecturing and selling copies of his book Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide. Cory is a wealth of knowledge and was recently hired to be on Freedom Hawk Kayak's Pro-staff to learn more about their products go towww.freedomhawkkayaks.com.

Make Reservations Now!

Holiday Inn Express
We're proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Express in Waynesboro as our newest festival lodging. This beautiful hotel offers not only great accommodations, but a full breakfast with your stay. Don't wait until the last minute to book your rooms-and be sure to mention that you're coming for our festival to get the reduced rate. For a full listing of hotels and B&Bs that support us, please CLICK HERE

Alagnak Lodge Sign

Feeling Lucky?
Try your hand at winning over $10,000 worth of raffle prizes. This year's Grand Prize is a week's fishing at Alaska's Alagnak Lodge, compliments of Hanover Fly Fishers. One lucky winner will get to fish in the wilds of Alaska for multiple species of salmon, beefy rainbow trout, and grayling. This great trip includes accommodations, guiding, and round-trip airfare. Other prizes include B&B getaway weekends, high-end rod-and-reel outfits, artwork, and guided trips. While we can no longer sell raffle tickets on line, you can purchase Grand Prize and general raffle tickets in advance by check made payable to The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival  421 West Main St. Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Festival T-shirts 
Our popular festival t-shirts are available online now. Check our website for the latest information on this festival "must-have" item and other great prizes and gifts. To purchase your festival T-shirts and admission tickets as well as classes.

To purchase your Tickets or Merchandise click here...

Fishing License, Anyone?
DMV 2 Go
The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is proud to announce that attendees will be able to purchase their fishing licenses and check on their driver's licenses at the festival this year! That's right: A partnership between Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries means one-stop shopping for anglers. 

Our main purpose is to provide fishing licenses for those who want to wet a line in the South River-but the convenience of having the DMV at the festival surely can't be beat. Where else can you get fly-tying lessons and then waltz over to check the title on your car? Hunters will be able to pick up licenses as well.      

2012 Schedule of Events Now Online!
The festival has just updated its schedule of events and we invite you to check out all of the classes and lectures we're offering this year. For a full schedule of events,click here.... 
Healing Waters Silent Auction and VIP Foundation Dinner

The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is would like to invite all our attendees to this year's Festival VIP Foundation Dinner sponsored by Dominion (www.dom.com) on April 21st  at the Waynesboro Country Club. We will once again have a special speaker and unveil this year's Virginia Fly Angler of the Year.   

If you attend you'll be treated to an all you can eat buffet of prime rib and or chicken as well as fresh salads and side dishes. Besides having dinner with some of the biggest names in fly fishing, and you'll have a chance to purchase their books personally autographed for you that evening. Here's your chance to rub elbows with folks like Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, and Ed Javorowski and other fly fishing personalities like Wanda Taylor, Captains Gary Dubiel, and Brian Shumaker. You'll meet authors like Eric Stroup, Mike Smith, Cory Routh and Beau Beasley. Best of all a special silent auction will be held which is only open to VIP Foundation Dinner attendees. Auction items include weekend stays at B&B's, guided trips, Sage and Loomis fly rods, fine Virginia wines and other high end gear. One fortunate guest will walk away with this year's original artwork by Festival Artist Alan Folger (www.clearwatermemories.com).   

VIP Foundation Dinner tickets are only $50, and the event is open to the public. Dress is smart casual, but seating is quite limited-so don't delay.

Advance Ticket Sales will cease on Monday April 9th!
In order to be prepared for the big weekend ahead, we'll stop mailing advance ticket sales on Friday April 9th, at 5.00 PM. You can still purchase your tickets and casting classes in advance    (if class slots are still available) but you'll have to pick your tickets up at our "Will Call" window". Tickets may also be purchased at the festival all weekend long.

What manufacturers are coming to the Festival?

The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is proud to have some of the largest companies in the fly fishing industry represented at our event. Who is showing up to present their new products? Well, if you need a rod you might check out Temple Fork Outfitters, Orvis, Reddington and Sage. What about flies? Check out the offerings from Montana Fly Company. Need a new fly line? Why not take a look at Scientific Anglers new lines, or lines from Rio and Orvis. What about reels? Ross, TFO and Orvis will have reels to check out and John Shaner from Hardy/Greys will be there to professionally inspect your Hardy reel. Looking for a new kayak, canoe or paddleboard? All this and more is at this year's Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.

Special Casting Class
Harry Robertson owner of Hanover Fly Fishers (www.hanoverfly.com) , and one of the best casters on the East Coast, will teach a one hour "quick fixes " casting class to a select group of students. This small group class will last about an hour and is aimed at the fixing those nagging habits of tailing loops, casts that collapse in a heap at the end, or adding distance even in the wind. Half of all proceeds will be donated to support Project Healing Waters (www.projecthealingwaters.org) and organization dedicating to "Healing Those Who Served". For more information on this limited class with Harry Robertson click here.....

Paid Casting Classes 
Hoping to take your casting to the next level this year? Consider a paid casting class with casting experts Bob Clouser or Ed Jaworowski. These classes last approximately 2 ½ hours and are taught outside in a group setting. Space is limited and classes fill up fast, so don't wait to sign up.

Attention, Lady Anglers
The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is proud to announce our first-ever Women's Fly Fishing Forum hosted by well- known lady angler Wanda Taylor. This forum, which will be open to all festival goers, is the first of its kind in the country and came about as a direct result of the strong showing of women anglers at our event. A variety of topics such as gear selection, personal health and wellness, the selection of appropriate clothing, and proper body mechanics will be covered. If you're a lady angler looking for answers, this is the place to be. The forum will be held at noon each day at the Herring Alliance Tent, and seating will be limited. We handpicked the panel speakers for this unique program; they include Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing columnist Tracey Stroup, fly fishing guide Kiki Gavin, Mollie Simpkins a representative for Casting For Recovery, along with Abby Jackson, owner of Blackhawk Fly Fishing Lodge in Georgia.  

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