Showing posts with label Kickstarter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kickstarter. Show all posts

March 26, 2020

Hey, How Much For That Baby Tiger?

The quarantine continues... and so I write... and I'm excited to say there's going to be a little bit of fishing content in today's blog post!

Tuesday, March 24
Yet again, today was a blur when it came to work. Nonstop from 8 to 8. I won't even get into it because I have so many other things to recap... so we move on...

K.C. decided to sneak out today and head to BJs wholesale club to try and find some food as we ate through a lot of our "two week supply" in about a week and a half. While her trip was fairly successful on the food front, she shared this interesting observation regarding personal hygiene supplies when she returned.

"The employees were telling people they were out of toilet paper, and directing them to buy napkins or coffee filters instead and just don't flush them."

Thank you BJs for that sage advice. It was too good not to pass along. And since we're not flushing them, will probably make for a tasty cup of coffee.

One of the foods she acquired, more like a junk food, is this chocolate covered S'mores mix. Let me tell you something, if we come out the other side of Coronamania 2020 a post apocalyptic society, grab as many bags of this stuff a you can now. It is so ridiculously good it will replace all forms of currency. I think this handful is being traded for more than any shares of airline stock right now, although that isn't saying much.

Before I get to some fishing content, can we talk about the elephant in the room for a second? Or should I say tiger? Stop whatever you are doing, log on to Netflix and watch Tiger King. Or at very least the first two episodes. For real... I'm not joking.

Everything about this docuseries is totally mind-blowing... every time you think you have some idea of what's going on... it takes another unforeseeable twist. Come for the chaos, stay for the country music. We started watching this on Tuesday night. It's Academy Award worthy television, and you can't even win one of those for tv shows.

On to a bit of fishing. I received a thank you note from the folks from the Pittsburgh Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing for a donation I made for a raffle. I'm not using this to pimp out the donation, but to call attention to the fact that they raised quite a bit of money at the event which goes to a really awesome cause. If you're not familiar with PHWFF, you should really check it out. Thanks to Nick Cobler (who also happens to be the designer behind the Tenkara Angler logo) for pulling me in, and for Howard's Tavern for hosting the "Tie One On" fundraiser.

Last but not least, on Tuesday evening I acquired a few pieces of folk art from good friend of the blog, Owl Jones. Yes, you remember... that guy. He's not fishing as much these days, but he's still passionately creating art. Unfortunately, he had a few showings cancelled due to recent events, so check out his Facebook page, where you might see something you'd like to add a little cheer to your quarantine headquarters. I can't wait for these technicolor birds to come home to roost in Florida.

Wednesday, March 25
Woke up to see the there's finally a Coronavirus Stimulus Package on the table to be approved by the Senate. It's crazy the numbers being tossed around in it when you read some of the details. I know there's been a lot of haggling over making sure there's not too much "pork" hidden inside the proposal... hopefully there's some positive movement, one way or the other.

For the first time since we started working from home, things slowed down to a manageable pace. I actually had time to catch up on some neglected emails and didn't feel totally frazzled by the end of the day. I really hope this is a turning point, at least for a few more days. The first week or so was really tough.

Today was also an interesting day for some fishing things. First off those Tenkara Rod Co. guys are doing a Kickstarter for a mini Beartooth rod. They've already raised $35,000 in like a day and a half. I'm not the biggest fan of their rods, but they certainly do have this fundraising thing down pat. That much, that quickly in a tough economy? Wow!

Personally, I'd recommend sending your biz to Tenkara USA, or TenkaraBum, DragonTail, or several other vendors first, but I've got to tip my cap to the TRC guys... well done.

I'm also looking forward to watching Rolf Nylinder's new video short. Nobody is really making fly fishing movies quite like him these days. I really enjoy pretty much everything he does, I'm sure you will too.

Finally, happy to report some really speedy delivery from The Rogue Angler. Mentioned in a prior post that I ordered a few things from them the other day. The box arrived today, better than expected. I didn't realize the brook trout book was almost a coffee table sized hardback (and it's autographed)! I've only paged through it so far, but it looks amazing. Can't wait to dig in.

To end the night we binge finished Tiger King. I cannot reiterate how good this is. The "out of left field" craziness from the first few episodes does subside a bit, then it turns into a full on episode of Dateline NBC or something... I had no idea "big cats" were such a cut throat business. I'm sure the fly fishing industry is exactly the same behind the scenes... am I right or what Angling Trade?

Side note, there's a great article on the MeatEater website written by Sam Lungren about the effects on the fishing (& hunting) industry during this virus-induced recession. It's a must read if you're into the business side of the outdoors.

Depending on how Thursday goes, I may write a totally "normal" fishing blog post on Thursday for Friday publication and catch up on quarantine posts following (sort of like today). We'll see...

Until tomorrow!

August 3, 2019

Kickstarter: DRAGONtail Mizuchi Tenkara Rod

The eagerly anticipated DRAGONtail Mizuchi tenkara rod Kickstarter is finally here.

Ever since Teton Tenkara's Tom Davis teased an upcoming small stream rod he co-designed with Brent Auger of DRAGONtail Tenkara, many fans of "bluelining" for trout have just been waiting for the day to pull the trigger on a new tenkara rod purchase.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Kickstarter has ended and the Mizuchi can now be purchased directly through DRAGONtail Tenkara HERE.

Well, wait no longer. The Mizuchi zx340 zoom rod is now available for pre-sale. This rod is unique in the fact that it is a 3-way zoom rod that in explanation, not only addresses three small stream lengths (240cm, 290cm, and 340cm), but also fishes with an appropriate flex profile at each.

If you act quickly, you can get one of these rods at an "Early Bird" price well below the eventual retail price of $160. As of writing this article, this rod had raised more than $3000 toward the $8000 funding goal, so it appears it's well on it's way to production.

To read Tom Davis' post regarding the design and development of this rod, check out this link HERE.

Or, if small stream is not your thing, but you want to check out the full range of DRAGONtail Tenkara products - including rods, lines, line holders, and nets, check out this link HERE.

January 20, 2019

Tanuki Ninja Kickstarter

There's a new tenkara rod Kickstarter campaign that recently went live...

This time it's the Ninja tenkara rod from Tenkara Tanuki (aka Luong Tam). This being a new rod, I can't endorse it, but Tanuki rods seem to have a pretty fond following by those that fish them. If you're in the market, this Kickstarter might be worth checking out.

There's a ton of information on the Kickstarter page, but strangely, not a ton of specific product specs, but what I've gleaned it's an 11.5" rod that weighs 2.2 ounces.

As of the time of writing this article, there was still some limited "Early Bird" pricing available at both $125 and $160 on a rod which will eventually retail for $240, so if it's of interest it's probably best to act quickly. The good news is that the Kickstarter has already reached the overall goal and is "funded," so you'll get whatever you order.

October 30, 2018

Tenkara Tuesday: A Great Deal on Badger Tenkara Rods

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

It's been a little bit since last I posted an official Tenkara Tuesday entry. I was compelled to do so today because a really good limited time offer is coming to an end, and I didn't want to let the window pass before letting my readers know.

Badger Tenkara is currently running a "factory direct" bulk purchase of their Classic & UNC rods at a significant retail discount. Much like a Kickstarter, it's an all or nothing sort of deal where should they hit the specific dollar goal in rod sales ($5,000) they'll place a bulk buy with the factory and pass along significant savings to their backers. That means you'll be able to get one of their rods (typically MSRP of $100 or greater) for $65, a pretty sweet price.

Here's the LINK to check the deal & details out.

As of the time of posting, there are only around two days left to get in on the bulk buy... so consider this last call.

Note: While I'm friendly with the Badger Tenkara guys, I've never fished either of these rods, so I don't want it to seem as if I might steer you wrong. Many folks have fished these rods and seem extremely pleased. A quick google search of "Badger Tenkara Rod Review" will turn up many positive reviews.

March 20, 2018

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Blue Sky Boatworks 360 Angler

Hey, TQFTUFFK is back... after a bit of a hiatus. What brought it back from the dead? A very unexpected email. And let's be honest, this latest entry from Blue Sky Boatworks (same parent company as Jackson Kayak) is a little bit out in left field. But who said left field was a bad place to be!?!

For somebody who's seeking a personal watercraft that's sort of a hybrid between a kayak and a bass boat, well this may just be the thing for you.

It looks like it's an incredibly stable fishing platform, fairly maneuverable, and has the ability to be paddled, pedaled, or even go on the move with an electric motor.

The 360 Angler will eventually retail for $3500, but right now via Kickstarter, it's available for $2500. (The "early bird" at $2200 already sold out!)

*EDIT: This kayak is now available at retailers, including Austin Kayak*

Plus, Jimmy Houston digs it... that's all the validation I need.

November 25, 2016

Kickstarter: Tiny Ten Fishing Rod

Have you seen the Kickstarter for the Tiny Ten yet?

No... Well, it's essentially a launch campaign for a really small tenkara-ish rod, both collapsed (20cm) and fully extended, (1.5m, or about 5 feet long). No, this isn't an "all purpose rod," rather a rod that is to target small fish 10 inches and under. A mountain stream, brook trout rod of sorts.

If this is of interest, here's a LINK to the campaign, as well as some more info below. With a donation of only $35, one of these should be yours come January...

Tiny Ten: Fun, Simple, and Affordable

Tiny Ten is a rod specifically designed for fishing small mountain creeks and Alpine streams. Based off of the principles of Tenkara, the Japanese fixed line style of fly fishing, the rod is highly portable, easy to use, and an excellent way to catch small mountain trout. 

This rod is the scalpel of rods. The delicacy of this rod makes ever a 3" brook trout a thrill to catch.

August 28, 2016

Fishing Kickstarters...

The Kickstarter community has been very generous to fishing ideas in the past. Two companies that immediately come to mind that absolutely crushed it on the fund-raising platform are Taylor Reels & the Tenkara Rod Co. I'm always keen on checking out what's new before it's new, so thought I'd highlight some fly fishing Kickstarters currently in progress...

Looking to "deliver the highest quality fly fishing rod directly to you for the lowest possible price," Focus is offering what they call a $800 Focus Foresight fly rod for $300 (actually slightly less).

At the time of researching this article, this Idaho-based company was a little over halfway to their $15K goal, with 16 days to go...  

Streem Outdoors Fly Fishing Rods

Streem Outdoors is also looking to provide some value for the hard earned dollar. And with many different models, lengths, & weights, it looks like there might be a rod or reel to your liking.

"We’re distinguished from other great offerings by our passion by making fly fishing accessible and comfortable for anyone who loves the outdoors. We believe that truly great outdoor products don’t need to ransom other loves in your life. We focus on engineering and designing fly rods, reels and other products with performance that makes our competitors embarrassed to sell theirs at twice the price. And to prove this point, Streem reigns above the rest with our lifetime warranty on all fishing rods."

At the time of researching this article, Streem Outdoors was also a little over halfway to their $20K goal, with 21 days to go.

tenkara - the book

Last but not least is one that I personally backed, Daniel Galhardo/Tenkara USA's tenkara - the book.

I probably should have called this out here already, but this Kickstarter hit its $10K goal in like a day, didn't seem like it needed the extra push. That said, if you're into tenkara (like me) and by chance haven't heard of this project yet, it's a must have.

At the time of researching this project, tenkara - the book, had surpassed it's funding goal of $10K by more than 3X, with 4 days to go.

March 20, 2016

Kickstarter - The Fishing Buckle

I'm no deep sea sport-fisherman, actually furthest from it...however, this Kickstarter is kind of interesting, it's a covertly disguised fighting belt, cleverly concealed within a non-descript belt buckle.

Why does one need this? Maybe because they don't want to strap on a plastic, phallic, flag pole anchor every time they have a nice fish on? I don't know.

What I do know is that I dig the smart design, and respect that this guy took this idea and ran with it. I might even pick one up for some of the saltwater fishermen in my family. For a Kickstarter pledge of $25, it seems reasonably priced, but since he's gotta hit $20,000 to fund the project, there's still a long way to go.

Watch the video below, or check out the website HERE to learn more.

October 6, 2015

Tenkara Tuesday - October Tenkara Grab Bag

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Just going to take a quick run around tenkaradom...some things that have caught my eye in recent days. Some may be new, some not, but all worth mentioning, at least in my opinion.

Kickstarter - Tenkara Rod Co.

After a ridiculously successful $90K Kickstarter campaign that launched their company 2 years ago, things have been relatively quiet on the crowdfunding front from the Tenkara Rod Co., at least until now.

With a new campaign to introduce two "Mini" tenkara rod models that was funded within two days, it's clear these guys have figured out this whole pre-sell model.  As a matter of fact, at the time of writing this, they're over $70K raised (the goal was "only" $12K) and there are still 30 days to go.

Whether or not you actually see the need for a tiny "Nissin Pocket Mini-esque" rod, that's pretty astounding. Remarkable actually, congrats to them!

Wholesale Zoom Rod

Does all of that success by the Tenkara Rod Co. create the desire to become your own tenkara rod dealer? Well, first off, good luck. Second off, you need to know where to find rods, right?

While I in no way vouch for this manufacturer, I recently started receiving a lot of emails from BTI-Sports (Yangzhou Guotai Co.) offering private label rods of all sorts, graphite, fiberglass, bamboo, you name it, including this interesting tenkara zoom model.

You want to place an order for 100 units of these bad boys? They'll run you $33 a piece, plus shipping and all of that fun international stuff. Bam...instant tenkara business....or a bunch of rods collecting dust in your basement.

Tenkara Calendar Embed

So that Tenkara Calendar website I set up a few weeks ago seems to be picking up steam. People are submitting events, there seems to be a fair amount of traffic to the main URL, and it seems to work relatively smoothly.

With that said, I've added a section to the Tenkara Calendar website that allows you to copy (& paste) the calendar widget's HTML embed code wherever you'd like to put it...making it sort of an open source calendar that can live pretty much anywhere. For example, I added it to the bottom of the "Tenkara" tab of this website.

While I don't expect everyone to run out and add it to their respective websites, I'm just letting you know you can if you so choose. I figure the more places it eventually lives, the more likely people will continue to add events to it, and the more useful it becomes to enjoy.

Tenkara Is For...

Daily affirmation courtesy East Rosebud Fly & Tackle.

Instead of Hello Kitty, which is so 2010, they could have at least utilized pictures of unicorns, panda bears, and rainbows, because at least those rumors about tenkara are true. Talk about looking a gift horse in the wonder fly shops are losing to e-commerce. Pass the PBR bro.

Latest Installment of "Genryu Fishing"

Attempting to class up this blog entry in closing, Keiichi Okushi recently posted the 23rd installment in the "Genryu Fishing of Japan" thread over at the Tenkara-Fisher Forum. (Note: I think you need to join the forum to see the pictures)

I know, I know, forums (much like blogs) are a dying, if not dead format...I get it, but if you haven't taken in any of these genryu chronicles yet, and are into fishing, camping, friends, and nature, you're really missing out.  There are actually 18 pages of posts that should you choose to start at the beginning, you'll easily spend quite a bit of time consuming.

Believe me when I tell you, you don't need to be a Japanophile to make them well worth the read!

June 26, 2014

Kickstarter - The Pocket Reel

Tenkara eliminated the reel from fishing, now The Pocket Reel seeks to eliminate the rod!

No, this isn't "simple" spin casting, but rather a slimmed down fishing outfit that is good for the survivalist hidden inside of you.  (Think Altoids tin crammed full of band aids and water proof matches).

Well this happens to be a plastic tube that holds a bunch of fishing goodies - bobbers, hooks, lures, on the inside - but is also able to shoot line.  A simple hand-wind brings your lure or bait, and hopefully a fish, to hand.

Oh, and did I mention it floats?

Help Kickstart the Pocket Reel HERE.
With 16 days to go it's almost 90% funded.

May 26, 2014

Kickstarter - Snappycast

This is a pretty neat take on making a spincast rod & reel easier to cast.

Support Snappycast HERE.

August 20, 2013

Tenkara Tuesday - Interview with Drew Hollenback of Tenkara Rod Co.

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

On Monday the 12th, the little Tenkara community many of us participate in was stirred up by a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new tenkara gear supplier, the Tenkara Rod Co.  Always game for a good Kickstarter, I contributed to the campaign almost immediately after I saw its release on Facebook.

Well after an additional dose of social seeding courtesy of Jason at Tenkara Talk, and some good virality, this "project" got crowdfunded in less than 24 hours, which is really an impressive feat.  As such, I thought it might be interesting to reach out to Drew Hollenback at Tenkara Rod Co., and find out a little more about the product, the people, and the motivation to get into the Tenkara business.

Please enjoy!

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Drew, I'm sure it's a really exciting time for you & your friends.
T!:  Your Kickstarter campaign was fully funded in something like less than 24 hours (full disclaimer, I believe I was backer #7ish).  How does it feel to have such a positive reaction to the campaign? 
Drew:  I am blown away by the amount of support we have received in the first few days of the project.  We were hoping to raise enough to fund our first small order and weren’t sure what to expect.  Tenkara is growing quickly and we hope to be a part of it.
T!:  You seem to be the "face" behind the Kickstarter campaign, but you mention "we" a lot in the video.  Who are the people behind Tenkara Rod Co.?
D:  There are two of us that currently make up the team here at Tenkara Rod Co., myself and my business partner Shane Humphreys.
 T!:  At the time of this interview, you had already raised much more what you were originally looking for (now over $15,000) and still had over 30 days left for people to contribute…how are you going to invest that extra “startup” back in to your company? 
D:  The extra funds will be used to stock up on inventory, beef up our site, and hopefully be able to get a couple of new rod designs going.  We would love to add some rods to the “quiver.”  We also have some fun ideas that should be totally new to the tenkara market. 
T!:  Your initial offering consists of two different 12’ rods, the Teton with a 6:4 rating, and the Sawtooth with a 5:5 rating.  Why did you decide on making those rods your entry into Tenkara and what will future customers find in each rod? 
D:  We decided that the 12’ 6:4 Teton would be a great all around rod. This length can be fished in those smaller streams that are a bit cumbersome but it can also go out on larger rivers.  Casting on that size and action is pretty simple and hopefully people just learning about tenkara will be able to catch on.  The 5:5 Sawtooth on the other hand is a little softer and a little more playful.  The Sawtooth might take a little more time to figure out but after fishing some of the other 5:5 rods out there we decided we needed to start with these.

T!:  I can’t help but notice the distinctive look to your rods.  The colors are appealing to the eye and the graphics are very bold & clean.  The same can be said about your logo.  Who does the graphic design work and from where is the inspiration drawn? 
D:  All of the graphics and design were done by our team here in Idaho.  We love simplistic beauty and that is what we strived for while designing the rods.  We draw inspiration from the mountains and streams of Idaho.  For example, the Sawtooth mountain range is extremely beautiful with a huge system of streams to fish.  Needless to say, the Sawtooth fishes well there. 
T!:  It’s tough to talk about Tenkara in the United States without mentioning the imprint Daniel Galhardo & Tenkara USA have made over the past few years.  I’m personally a big fan of his product line and have had pleasure of “talking Tenkara” with him on more than one occasion.   Have you fished with any Tenkara rods from “domestic” companies like Tenkara USA?  Have you fished with any Tenkara rods from Japanese makers?  If so, what makes your rods different? 
D:  I have been able to fish a variety of rods including Tenkara USA and TFO.  I have also been able to get my hands on a couple of Japanese rods (Daiwa Enshou and a Shimano rod).  They are all great.  We are trying to use the best materials available in our rods but while still maintaining an affordable price point.

T!:  Like it or not, some people are rough with their Tenkara rods.  As such, there are different levels of warranty support out there for broken segments (especially tips).  I haven’t read any specifics on your warranty “program”…are there any you’d like to share? 
D:  We are still working on the full details of our warranty program, but we will most definitely have a lifetime warranty on damaged rods and will have the specifics on our site as soon after our Kickstarter is complete. 

T!:  What goals, either short term or long term does the Tenkara Rod Co. have?  It may be a bit premature, but are there plans for additional products?
D:  We just want people to get out and enjoy nature.  Hopefully catch some fish as well.  So we will see where that takes us.  Tenkara is still relatively small here in the U.S. but anyone who has fished tenkara before knows how amazing it is and we expect to grow along with it. 
T!:  In the “About Us” section of your website, it is mentioned that you first saw Tenkara in Japan when you lived there a decade ago.  What were you doing in Japan…and how did you stumble upon Tenkara? 
D:  I lived in Japan for about 6 years growing up.  My father lived there when he was younger and wanted to take the family back because he loved it so much.  He is also a big fisherman and so we would often go hiking and exploring rivers and streams.  The thing that caught my eye about Tenkara was that no one had reels and they only used one hand.  I remember asking my dad what Tenkara meant and he said “heaven sent.”   That was my introduction to it.  Disclaimer: My dad did not and still does not fish Tenkara. I am still trying to convert him but it is a process. 
T!:  What’s your fishing background?  I know you’re based out of Idaho.  Were you a fly fisherman before Tenkara?  Brag a little bit, where do you like to fish and what do you like to catch? 
D:  I grew up around fishing.  My grandpa is from Emmett, Idaho and he grew up fly fishing the Payette (probably back when there were a lot more fish).  My dad has also always fished.  But I am by no means an expert fisherman.  For me it is a fun way to get out and enjoy nature.  That is why I love Tenkara so much, it is simple and gives me the maximum amount of time actually enjoying fishing.  When I would fly fish I would spend too much time worrying about the hatch or switching out flies, and to be honest even though I am an eagle scout I am terrible with knots.  With Tenkara all I worry about is fishing.  We end up fishing the Boise river a lot because it is right here in town.  The south fork of the Boise and the Owyhee are also pretty close so we end up fishing there too and it can be great at times.  But whenever I have the chance eastern Idaho or the Sawtooths is where I would choose to fish.

T!:  Describe your personal Tenkara experience.  Do you subscribe to the “one fly” theory?  Do you favor furled lines or level lines?  Do you believe in Bigfoot?  OK, the last one has nothing to do with Tenkara, but is still important nonetheless… 
D:  I subscribe to the “one fly a day” theory.  You will rarely see me change a fly during a fishing session.  I also prefer a furled line and that is what we will be offering with the packages on our Kickstarter project.  I spent a few years living in the Pacific Northwest so I absolutely believe in Sasquatch. 
T!:  Finally, I’ll leave this last question for you as an open forum.  Is there anything else you’d like to say about your company, rods, or to any of the readers out there? 
D:  We are young fisherman trying to pour our personalities and experiences into this project and company.  I am just really happy for the support we have received so far and we hope to continue growing, learning, and sharing our experiences with our supporters.

Thanks again Drew for providing my readers a peek behind the scenes of the Tenkara Rod Co. and a successful Kickstarter campaign. I wish you & Shane only the best in your future endeavors.


Are you a Western tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, Troutrageous! wants to hear from you for a future Tenkara Tuesday post! Feel free to send and email HERE, or check out this previous post for more information.

July 28, 2013

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Part 3

I was cruising around Kickstarter last night (one of my high school friends has a project he's trying to get launched) when I stumbled upon a campaign for the TruRec DFP kayak (DFP standing for Dive, Fish, Paddle).

Now I have to say, if this thing gets funded (it's a long way from the $150,000 they're looking for), this could very well end the quest for the ultimate fly fishing kayak.  It's specs are on par with most of the others mentioned in prior posts - 13 feet long, 32" wide, 75 pounds, etc... but what really draws me to this particular boat are the deployable pontoons and all of the deck space...

Deployable pontoons aren't a new concept...the Freedom Hawk Pathfinder has something similar (although executed much differently), however what it doesn't have is all of the open deck space for whatever...including a cooler, extra gear, a kid, you name it.  It just seems laid out so intelligently, I have to say I'm extremely impressed and rooting for these guys to be able to bring it to market.

Check out their campaign on Kickstarter and/or Facebook page.  I think you'll like what you see...

May 18, 2013

Kickstarter: Hitch 'N' Fish

While tournament angling ain't my thing, when I got an email about a Kickstarter project called Hitch 'N' Fish, I felt compelled to post...if for no other reason that it seems like it will be entertaining (if funded).

From the Kickstarter post:

The Trip
On June 8th, we will begin our fishing journey in northern Minnesota. The trip will span two months and involve traveling over 6,000 miles, while we partake in fishing tournaments and challenges along the way. From Minnesota we will head to the deep south, then head west towards the rocky mountains. From there we will head north until we hit Montana and eventually come full circle back to Minnesota. The four crew members of Hitch’N’Fish will be traveling in a 2000 GMC Tahoe and trailering a 16 foot basstracker. We will be sleeping in tents in some of the most remote areas across the country. The trip will emulate what we think represents: A Real American Story!!! 
The Documentary
We will be documenting every part of our journey. Think about it. Traveling across the country fishing in small town tournaments will illuminate a different side of this country. We plan to document every leg of this trip from the time we wake up until we hit the hay at night. We will be journaling the entire trip while we encounter and meet extraordinary people that are from different parts of this country. The footage will be condensed into one riveting documentary.

So if you're interested in supporting, check out this link HERE.  At the moment, they're about $20K short with 15 days to go.  Difficult, yes.  Impossible...well...what do they say about fishing?  It only takes one BIG fish to turn your day around...

August 19, 2012

Kickstarter - The Fishing Gods

Over here at Troutrageous! I've been maintaining a relationship with Kype Magazine for the better part of the last 3 years.  It's not unique, other bloggers also post the "free issues" on their sites, I just continue to do so because happen to enjoy the magazine and the people involved.

As such, I thought it would be worth mentioning a "Kickstarter" project that George Douglas (Kype's publisher) has currently running.  His goal - to publish a book called The Fishing Gods - which will ambitiously attempt to harness 500 years worth of fly fishing knowledge into a hardbound book, worthy of any fisherman's library.

Excerpt from press release:

Author and Publisher, George Douglas has just completed his latest fly fishing project ! Five hundred years of experience compiled in one amazing book---the stories, techniques, and flies of the top American & Canadian Fly Fishing Guides. We'd like to refer to them as the "Sweet Sixteen"...April Vokey, Loren Williams, Scott Howell, Lori-Ann Murphy, & Josh Nugent just to name a few. The foreword is written by Dec Hogan -- and all the step by step fly patterns were recreated and photographed by Dec Hogan and Marty Howard. This book is sure to be a classic in the fishing industry for years to come...Be a part of this project and pre-order your copy at: