REVIEW – Ross Evolution R Salt 11/12 Reel

I will start this unbiased review by saying that after a week of testing it on some of the biggest and baddest fish that swim in the Caribbean, this reel is a beast.  It is an absolute machine that I would willingly put to the test against any size or species of fish found anywhere in the world.

One of the first things I noticed about this reel when it was first unboxed was the dual counterbalance points (for the non-anglers, this means two little metal things instead of one!) that are designed to reduce vibration when fish are taking long runs at high speed. read more

TARPONVILLE – 2018 Trip Review

From flying through an electrical storm to finding ourselves in the town of Alajuela, Costa Rica during the country’s most significant holiday, our travels to Tarponville fishing lodge were interesting to say the least.  After a short flight from San Jose to Puerto Limon and a one hour shuttle, we were graciously met by Tarponville owner Mark Martin and his fishing manager Tim at the entrance to the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Due to it’s location a few hundred yards inside the boundary, the lodge is not accessible by motorized vehicle. After a short walk we found ourselves at the southern most fishing lodge in Costa Rica. Tarponville is a rustic yet comfortable and well-kept lodge located in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle. read more

TARPONVILLE Travel Day 2 – Easter in Alajuela

Another night, another blog post and this time from a place I’ve never been before.  Something about the feeling of arriving in a new destination, the uncertainty of it, is a great and scary feeling.  Tonight we’re in Alajuela, Costa Rica and didn’t know the surprise we were in for when we landed after a 4 hour flight of each being stuck in a middle seat between two people that really liked to take up the whole armrest

Upon landing in San Jose, Costa Rica we were driven to our hotel just down the road in the relatively small city of Alajuela.  Little did I realize how huge of a holiday Easter was here.  There were no businesses open, and next to no restaurants. read more

Preparing For a Destination Fly Fishing Trip

Packing for a destination trip can be a daunting task.  The mere thought of forgetting something as important as a passport or essential travel documents is enough to make your heart jump into your throat.  Aside from these important items, there are a few ways to make sure you are prepared for your next destination fly fishing trip.

Extra Everything:  It is so easy to assume that you won’t drop a pair of sunglasses off the side of the boat, break a rod tip landing a fish or get all of your shirts filthy before the end of your trip.  A few things I double up on: read more

VIDEO: Tarponville Fishing Lodge

Next week it is time to head down to Tarponville Fishing Lodge in Manzanillo, Costa Rica.  Tarponville has a great population of seriously big Tarpon, and they love to eat flies!  We will be doing a daily fishing recap to share the day’s events on the water.

We’re lucky to have Tarponville as a destination on our Hosted Trip Program for 2019.  For more info on how to get in on this trip please fill out the form below the video!

VIDEO: 9 Degrees South – The Land of Giants by Fly Fishing Nation

Let’s talk bucket list fly fishing destinations for a second.  Close your eyes, and imagine you could go anywhere in the world.  One that is continually at the forefront of my brain is Cosmoledo Atoll.  The size and power of these GT’s is something I must experience at some point in my life.  Until then, here’s one of the best fly fishing films showcasing the amazing fishery the Seychelles have to offer!

Fly Fishing Icon Lefty Kreh Passes Away at 93

If there were such thing as a celebrity in the fly fishing industry, Bernard “Lefty” Kreh would be it.  It is incredibly sad to imagine even typing the news that Lefty is passed on.  Lefty was undoubtedly one of the great pioneers of the sport of fly fishing, and one of the best authors the industry has ever seen.

I owe a lot to Lefty and his books, I received a copy of “Fly Fishing in Saltwater” for my 16th birthday.  I didn’t know what a Tarpon was at the time, I didn’t know what a bonefish was, I barely knew how to tie a blood knot but the passion that Lefty portrayed in his writing peaked my interest in the sport of saltwater fly fishing. read more

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