A Lot Of Goings Ons ‘Round Here This Week

It’s Monday Morning, and after almost a full week on the toilet with bubonic plague of the rectum, my head is about to explode with everything going on around here this week. Luckily, I have a hall pass this weekend and plan on spending it somewhere wet. Until the let’s start the school week with some announcements.

Fly Fishing Film Tour: FT3 Asheville, NC Thursday March 19, Highland Brewing

10426145_10153197325867009_2718909533353539960_n-1 It’s the yearly gathering of the finest degenerates in Western North Carolina for beer, bs, and film. Come on out and see us as we’ll have a table set up peddling our wares as usual. Also check out our Facebook page for a giveaway this week for a couple of free tickets and some Costa Gear. If you don’t win free tickets pony up and pay for some (all proceeds go to TU). The reports on this years film have been pretty good…pretty, pretty, pretty good. Click the poster to order tickets online.

New Swag In The SCOF Store

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The new SCOF Mugs keeps the hot things hot and the cold things cold. Kind of like me. The new SCOF sun shirts, on the other hand, keep you from looking like an old football in you forties and fifties while intimidating the establishment all at the same time. Check them out here.

Uncle Chocklett Comes To Town

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Blane Chocklett is one of the fishiest people on the planet. If you narrow that to the Musky Planet, Blane is a norse god, like Oden. If you wanna learn from the best give Hunter Banks a call. If you don’t want to learn anything ever…then by all means keep doing what you’re doing. Your choice. But I’m quite sure every musky will shit its pants as soon as Blane rolls across the border.

– Dave

Gear, Gear, and More Gear

Once the magazine comes out, we will devote an entire department to gear reviews, as in the end we are nothing but boys with expensive toys. I have always kind of taken gear reviews with a grain of salt as most are glorified press releases or written by someone who used the gear in question for a total of one afternoon (if at all).  In that vein, we are going to try to use all the gear we review for as long a period as possible before we pass judgment in print.  In some respects this will hamper our ability to review the newest and raddest gear as soon as it hits the market but on the other hand, when SCOF makes a gear recommendation, you can be rest assured that there are a lot of river miles behind it.  The Gear Review in the first issue will be called Sack Up: A Gear Bag For Every Southern Situation, and we just got our first bag to test… yay. The first entry into the SCOF bag bonanza is the Piney Creek Technical Pack (retailing for $169.00) from fishpond.

This bad boy is the leading candidate for our favorite backcountry creek bag. We were looking for something that had the capacity to carry backcountry essentials like water, rain gear, Snickers bars (at least 12), and maybe even an adult beverage or three for our aprés “slaying it” celebratory imbibing. What we didn’t want was an overly large “fishing” section of the bag since our Southern backcountry trout don’t require more than a couple small boxes, one or two spools of tippet, and a couple other essentials. On first glance this bag is gonna fit the bill well with a detachable chest pack that can be worn up front for fishing and in the back for walking.  You can also stash the pack when you get there and just use the chest pack so your ninja-like boulder hopping skills remain uninhibited. The pack itself seems to ride nice fully loaded, and comes with all the bells and whistles that fishpond has become known for (rod tube sleeves, hydration bag slot, net retainer ring, etc…).  Fishpond states that the pack material is waterproof and I really hope that this is the case because getting caught in a downpour is bad enough without adding the insult of a wet sack as well. All in all, I am quite pleased with the Piney Creek out of the box, but like everything else in life, time on the river will be the true test of its worth.

-Dave