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Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

Trailer Trash Thursday

Joel La Follette - Thursday, January 08, 2015
Paddling through the internet looking for a new TTT film each week I get to see fly fishing films made by a wide range talent. Most start with the required in-car GoPro shots of wader clad trout bums heading to a favorite secret spot followed by the classic wading boot tromping through the brush shot. Not his week. This guy mixes it up with a Fixie bicycle, which I have learned is not something I'll be riding anytime soon. Maybe you should dust off that mountain bike and film your own Tour de Flyfish exploits. You can score two tickets to the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour just for entering our film contest! You'll also have a chance at a pair of Simms G3 waders and some incredible fish spotting Costa Sunglasses. We'll even set you up on the A list for the Film Tour Pre-Party here at the shop. Lady Gaga, Sting and Donnie Osmond are not scheduled to appear, but who cares. We will have cookies.

Hit the full screen icon on the bottom right and enjoy this week's film.

FIXED for fly fishing from MOVI-MEDIA on Vimeo.

Want to be famous and win cool stuff?  You need to enter our Trailer Trash Thursday contest! Check out the rules, make a film and enter it. You have nothing to lose..... 

A River for Christmas

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A River for Christmas (Director's cut) from Joel La Follette on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing

Dear Santa...

Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Are you having trouble finding that perfect gift for the angler on your list? So is my wife. I admit she has a very hard task when it comes to gift giving as I am pretty sure I have all I’ll ever need, and then some. I’m not saying I’m a hoarder or anything, but my collection of fly fishing related goodies sometimes blocks out the sun until I beat it back into the proper storage location. And I’m not very good at that.

So when I tell her I really don’t need anything, I mean I really don’t need anything. Nevertheless she wants a list. You know, one of those carefully crafted documents you folded up and hand delivered to Santa when he made a pass through your town. You may even have tucked a piece of peppermint gum inside as a bribe for the jolly old Elf. I’m too old for that, and I really don’t need anything. Besides, Santa has his hands full with all of the folks I contacted to find out what the perfect fly fishing gift would be.

I sent out a note to over 40 guides, industry professionals and hardcore fish bums asking what was the best gift they ever received, or the gift at the top of their list this Christmas. The responses ranged from the practical to the obvious. Never ask a reel maker what he thinks is the best gift. I did get some great insight from a few of my friends, including Mia Sheppard who suggested a packable watercolor set. Cool idea indeed. Others went crazy and sent links to off the hook fishing rigs, private aircraft, boats and assorted toys that would not fit under the tree. I have boiled down the rest into the Top Ten Best Fly Fishing Gifts Ever. Starting with number 10.

10.
Socks
This almost doesn’t qualify for the Christmas list due to the bad memories associated with getting socks and underwear under the tree when all you wanted was a Red Rider BB Gun. Well, we’ve all moved past that and warm feet are one of the greatest gifts you can get when standing in 34 degree water, Plus, you won’t shoot your eye out.
9.
A Fly Box of Flies.

This was a very popular one with many of the people I polled. The best gifts come from the heart and the talent of the giver. Even if you don’t tye flies you can personally select a collection of patterns for their favorite fishery. Like the newly released Crandall's Promise Keeper.

8.
Books
I’ve collected fly fishing books for a very long time and enjoy sitting down in my tying room and revisiting an old edition on a rainy day. This too was a common answer to the posed question, with many listing favorite authors. DVDs also fall into this category and there are a few new ones out, including Catch Magazine Season 6. I wonder who suggested that one?
7.
A Fly Tying Vice.
My first vise was a Thompson “B” Fly Tying Vice. I was 7 or 8 when I got this beauty for Christmas. The red handle looked so cool and I no longer had to wait for Gramps to finish his tying. This gift started me down a very long and winding path. I still have this vice and it still works. Since the Thompson B is no longer available, you might want to look at something a little more modern. Renzetti makes my current vise, the Presentation, as well as models in other price points. A good tying vice will last forever, which is more than you can say about that Chia Pet you got last year. Tying materials and tools are great shocking stuffers too.
6.
Dry Stuff
Waders, jackets, hats, gloves, or anything to keep them dry and warm this winter would be a winner. Leaks are only found in the coldest of conditions as a rule, so being proactive in upgrading basic waterproofing and insulation is always a welcome gift. Most often mentioned in this category was the Guide Pant and Coldweather Shirt, both from Simms.
5.
Sun Glasses
Good polaroid glasses are used by anglers no matter where they fish. Besides giving us a better look into the watery world of fish, they also have the added benefit of protecting eyeballs from UV rays, errant flies, bugs and other debris. I’m going to add a shameless a plug here. Costa. If you haven’t tried them, you should.
4.
Clippers.
It doesn’t matter if you call them nippers, Nipas, or clippers, everyone wants a pair of sharp ones. This item was mentioned often by those who have suffered through a day of nipper envy when they hit the water nipperless. Abel Nippers topped the list of “I wouldn’t buy them for myself, but...”, with Rising’s Nipas being the budget favorite. Toss in a lanyard or retractor so you don’t have to buy them every year. The funny thing about this suggestion is it was most often recommended by river guides...
3.
Tackle
Rods and reels make great gifts if the budget allows and if you know what bit of tackle is missing in the quiver of the gift recipient. This suggestion was the number one favorite of the rod or reel makers and the factory reps I queried, but they are slightly biased. They did include a matching rod or reel for whatever their latest offering was, and of course a proper line. It was very kind of them to think of others during this festive time of year. Perhaps I’ll send them socks.
2.
A Fly Fishing Future
There are many groups out there working hard to make sure we all have clean water, wild fish and access to our fisheries. Support them. The gift of a donation or membership to your organization of choice is a great way to help spread the holiday cheer to our fishy friends, and in most cases it’s tax deductible.
1.
A Fishing Trip.
Guided or otherwise, a day on the water is priceless and makes memories that last forever. Kellie gave me a Mako Shark fishing trip last year and I’m still thinking about it. Of course, after she had a while to think about it herself, sending me off in a small boat to fish for Sharks maybe wasn’t the best idea she’s had.... but I loved it! Fishing with a pro is a great way to learn a fishery or pick up a few casting tips. I love being guided on the water as I can focus on fishing and not have to worry about the logistics. The catered lunches are nice too. The Trout bums I sent this to thought a guided Steelhead trip would be perfect. Sounds good to me too...and Steelhead don’t have big teeth.

There you have it. The Top Ten Best Fly Fishing Gifts Ever, or at least the top ten as suggested by my group of friends.

Do you have something to add? Post a comment below.


Redfish

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 20, 2014
I’m pretty sure there are a few Eat, Sleep, Fish bumper stickers riding around on rigs that frequent our parking lot, and while fishing information is always at the forefront of my on-line ramblings, today it’s food. After all, sharing good information is the reason I bother writing this weekly news blast and maintaining our spiffy new website. You deserve it.

Of course, finding a great meal while in pursuit of Salmon with a fly rod on the coast makes this a legit posting. Besides, I could never forgive myself if you rolled through Port Orford and missed the best food on the southern Oregon coast. I just couldn’t live with myself.

I speak here of an establishment called simply, Redfish. Located at the south end of Port Orford, right on Hwy 101, you would have to try to miss it. When you see the ocean, turn right. Even their parking lot has a great view.

Port Orford is not the place that comes to mind when thinking of a great meal, but believe me Campers, you are in for a treat. While most of the town rolls up the sidewalk when the sun sets, the Redfish open sign guides diners to a collection of entrées that run from freshly caught Lingcod to perfectly aged beef. When perusing the menu you might want to listen to Amber for the specials of the day. Chef Shane Overby is superb and here you will find the very freshest and creative offerings.

The soupe du jour should not be missed. I had a wonderful Clam Chowder one night and followed it up with a Black Bean Chipotle the next. After a long day of fishing a hot bowl of soup is perfect and Redfish has the best Chowder I’ve had while dining out. (Kellie makes the best overall right here at home. Reasonably priced too.)

Then there’s desert. While the desert menu is small, that’s a good thing. The choices are hard enough to make so having more of them would keep you up past your bedtime. Try the French Vanilla Bean Creme Brule, then tell me I’m wrong.

Redfish also has an extensive wine selection, but as I'm not a connoisseur of fermented fruit it was totally lost on me. My friend Jason though was impressed, and it takes a lot to impress him.  

On a side note, Redfish has a loft apartment that rents by the day and offers a great view of the Pacific. It would make a wonderful place to watch a winter storm. Next door is located the Hawthorne Gallery, a collection of works from local artisans. Amber was kind enough to allow us an after hour viewing of the collection. If you arrive late and miss the gallery, just ask for the Royal Treatment.

Calendars and Old Boats

Joel La Follette - Thursday, October 16, 2014

A calendar reminder beeped on Monday informing me that it was Whaler #2s birthday. We mark all kinds of dates at our house and boat birthdays are just a drop in the bucket. The fact that is was #2s special day probably would mean that there is a Whaler #1 to celebrate somewhere on the calendar as well and when I checked, there was. These of course are not the date of manufacture, but the date of adoption. My drift boat's date of delivery from the nice folks at Clackacraft some 14 years ago is, however, it's true birthday and one often celebrated by drifting the Deschutes. In fact, all of the fleet gets out regularly except for the cedar strip canoe that hangs from the ceiling in the living room. If I could figure out how to get it down easily I'd take it out on occasion as well.

Whaler at restIn tacky t-shirt shops across the country you will probably find reference to the old definition of a boat as a hole in the water in which to dump your money. I find this to be a prospective thing as I've had a couple of race cars and they were much more expensive. I'll admit to having a weakness for boats having replaced the speed of asphalt with the rush and splash of water. Although I enjoyed the racing, I enjoy the water much more. The fact that when you run into people you know on the water, it is not as expensive or painful as running into someone on the race track. Far from it. It is normally quite painless and a welcome opportunity to catch up. 

Take this weekend for instance. While plying the water in search of a willing fish I ran into my old friend Jerry Swanson, he himself a lover of boats and former Whaler owner. We were able to catch up and visit about friends, boats and old fly rods. I also ran into Joyce and Marty Sherman as they were enjoying a fall afternoon of fishing. We chatted for some time and compared fishing stories, as we drifted along with the slap of water against the hull playing background music for the conversation. Marty was the guy who sold me the drift boat 14 years ago. That date beeps every year reminding me of that special day. Much like the calendar reminder I just got. "Order Cake."

 Join us this Saturday for cake and other festivities as we celebrate Royal Treatment Fly Fishing's fourth anniversary. You might as well set a calendar reminder for next year too.

2014/2015 Trailer Trash Thursday Film Contest

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014/2015

Trailer Trash Awards

This contest is held, overseen, judged and owned by Royal Treatment Fly Fishing. All entries will abide by all rules set forth in the 2013/2014 Trailer Trash Thursday 13 Rules of the Road as posted below. As stated in these rules, film makers are responsible for all content of their film and retain all marketing rights. 

Awards will be given for...

Best Cinematography

Best Story Line

Best Actor/Actress 

Best Picture

Premiere Party

Royal Treatment Fly Fishing, the crew from F3T and our friends at Costa will host a Premiere Party on February 7th, 2015, at which time all entries chosen for final consideration by our panel of judges will be shown and prizes awarded. 

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in each category to officially entered films. In addition, an overall Best Picture Award will be awarded. Qualifying winners in each category will receive a pair of Costa sunglasses, and bag’o swag . Best picture award gets a pair of the new improved G3 Waders from Simms Fishing Products. The first 30 film makers to officially enter films will receive two tickets to the 2014-2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

Judging

Our panel of judges will be made up of fly fishing industry professionals. The decision of the judges will be final and not open for debate.

2014/2015

Trailer Trash Thursday

13 Rules of the Road

  1. All film trailers must have a fly fishing theme and be at least 1 minute in length. There is a TV time limit of 4 minutes and 27 seconds for each entry, this will include credits and/or title page which combined can be no longer than 27 seconds...commercial sponsorship credits should be no longer than 5 seconds in total.
  2. All Trailers must be PC and PG, after all this is a family fly shop. Any profanity or suggestive content in script, sound track or visuals is prohibited. If you would screen it in 4th grade, we’re good.
  3. NO DEAD FISH. All fish shown on screen should be treated with care and respect, unless entry is a cooking film.
  4. No top secret or pirated materials may be used. Please credit any materials that should be credited.
  5. No frontal nudity, no backtal nudity, no naked people at all.
  6.  No copyrighted, top secret naked pirates either.
  7. Bears, fish, deer, elk, squirrels, opossums and other critters may appear in the nude if it adds to the overall storyline.
  8. It is suggested, but not required, that film makers have a release signed by all actors that can be identified on screen. The above mentioned actors in rule 7 do not need to sign a release unless appearing in clothing not of their choosing.
  9. Film makers are responsible for all content of their film and will grant Royal Treatment Fly Fishing the right to use said film for promotional purposes in newsletters, social media sites, on-line and live viewing and other uses consistent with the heart and spirit of this contest for a period of two years. Film makers will retain all marketing rights to their films.
  10. Films must be posted on Vimeo. This is a free video hosting service and offers some editing and soundtrack tools. 
  11. Each entrant may enter two films in the contest, but they must have different story lines and film footage.
  12. Deadline for entry is 12:00 midnight, on Ground Hogs Day, February 2nd, 2015. Films that are nominated but not officially entered will be eligible for Trashy Awards. Nominated films will appear in our weekly newsletter, but are not eligible for prizes unless officially entered by the deadline.
  13. Royal Treatment Fly Fishing reserves the right to amend these rules to maintain the heart and spirit of this contest. Anyone that is unable to abide by these rules will be disqualified. Films that do not meet the rules listed above will not be entered. 

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