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.
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.
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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.
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.
In 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.
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 Story Line
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 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.
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.
Trailer Trash Thursday
13 Rules of the Road