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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 Banjo Edition

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 11, 2016

    This week's film has everything you need to help you make it through the work week. Banjo music, small stream Steelhead and watching some poor guy chance a flat tire in the dark. See, being at work ain't all bad. Click on the Vimeo logo to go to full screen viewing.


    Oath to The Iron trailer from Tyson Vassar on Vimeo.

    F3T Instagram Contest!

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 31, 2015

    The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming back to Portland on February 12th and we are going to give you the chance to score  tickets! Just Instagram your favorite fly fishing photo and you could be a winner. We will be giving away two tickets each week for the Portland show to some lucky hashtagger. All you have to do is follow @Royaltreatmentflyfishing and @flyfishingfilmtour on Instagram. Then post your photo and hashtag #keepemwet #f3tpdx #royaltreatmentflyfishing #flyfishingfilmtour. Winners will be chosen at random and announced in our weekly newsletter. Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter!

    There is no limit on the number of photographs you may enter, but all entries must conform to the following rules. 

    All images must have a fly fishing theme. 

    No fish out of water. Photos of fish out of water will not be eligible for tickets or prizes. Please, keep’em wet.

    No pornography. Entrants posting offensive or pornographic images will be blocked and disqualified.

    No copyrighted images. Entrants must own and have the right to post images.

    Entrants must be followers of @Royaltreatmentflyfishing and @flyfishingfilmtour on Instagram.

    All entries must have the following hashtags. #keepemwet #f3tpdx #royaltreatmentflyfishing #flyfishingfilmtour 

    Deadline for entry is midnight on Friday, February 12th. Ticket winners will be chosen on Wednesday each week, so get your entries in now.

    But wait, there's more! 

    Even if you don't win tickets  to the show you still have the chance at some awesome prizes, like this signed print from Bryan Huskey, the man behind #keepemwet and cool swag from Costa, Abel, Scientific Anglers, F3T and more. We are collecting a drift boat load of goodies and will be hosting an After Party at the shop on Saturday, February 13th from 11:00 until 2:00.  All Instagram entries will be eligible and we'll be handing out prizes to  the winners at the party. You must be present to win. The road crew for the fly fishing film tour will be on hand for the festivities to select the winning entries and we will probably have cake. Sounds like a great Saturday to me!

    We're not done yet!

    To add a little spice we're piggybacking our Instagram Contest with the folks at TU and Keepemwet Fishing. Enter your fish photos in both contests and double your chances of winning! Clink the rules below to find out how you could be fishing a new Scott G2 fly rod and a sporty Waterworks Lampson Litespeed reel. The nice folks at KEEPEMWET FISHING have plenty of other swag they're giving away too.  Double up and win big!  

    Clipped Tying Contest Report

    Joel La Follette - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    The feathers have settled and the judges have deliberated over the creations produced by the 2015 "Clipped" participants. It was an exciting contest with the playing field leveled by a change in the rules and the abundance of cake induced high energy. In the end, the results showed that you can't bet against the young guns of fly tying. George Marshall and Ian Wildermuth once again rose to the occasion and took home the top prizes with George edging out Ian by just a few points with his stunning Stonefly imitation. Jeff Hollamon rounded out the top three with his stylized Steelhead pattern and promises to share his secret of success at a future Tyer’s Table.

    While all of the competitors had to deal with my collection of off-the-wall secret materials, the big surprise of the day was young Madison Tipps who seemed unfazed and very focused throughout her tying session. Madison scored a spiffy new Nautilus Reels T and trucker hat for the Woolly Bugger Award as the youngest entrant in the event. While it may take awhile for her to grow into the T-shirt, she's on her way to challenging the guys in next year's contest. If you want to see the future of fly tying, take a look, it’s right here.

    In the celebrity division, Bill Black of Spirit River (our material sponsor) made a valiant effort to take home the glory and bragging rights, but fell short as Eric Neufeld of Raging River Sales garnered more popular votes and took the trophy. When Eric isn’t on the semi-pro fly tying and rodeo circuit he’s changing the world as our Simms/Winston/Nautilus/Airflo/Echo/Umpqua rep. Our thanks to both of these gentlemen and all of the competitors for making this year’s “Clipped” contest a big success. Let’s do it again next year!







    Costa~Fly Fishing Film Tour Pre-Party Prizes

    Joel La Follette - Wednesday, February 11, 2015


    The Fly Fishing Film Tour has come and gone, but we still have some prizes to hand out. If you attended our Film Tour pre-party last Saturday and you filled out a door prize ticket, you may have won! All of us here at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing would like to thank the guys and gals from the Tour and the friendly folks at Costa Sunglasses for providing us with some great films and fantastic door prizes. We're all looking forward to next year's F3T show! So without further adieu, here is our list of winners...

    Tom Weltcheck
    F3T Hat
    DVD Jungle Fish
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    Dave Hendrie
    Costa Black Beanie Cap
    DVD Jungle Fish
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    Tom Peddie
    Costa Black Beanie Cap
    DVD Jungle Fish
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    Jacden Hunter (Sorry, we cannot read the first name)
    DVD Jungle Fish
    Scientific Anglers Frequency Fly Line
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    And now the big stuff...

    Stig Rayner
    Black Abel Nipper
    Abel Lanyard

    Emily Untalan
    Costa Tower Sunglasses
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    Merle Olson
    Costa Cut Sunglasses
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    Eric Lider
    Costa Tuna Alley Sunglasses
    Costa C-Line Retainer

    Please stop in the shop to pick up your prices. You will need to confirm your identity.  Prizes are not exchangeable, but come with warranties from the manufacturers.

    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.


    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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