I want to start by thanking David for picking up the slack over the past couple of days. I just got back from a brief trip across the mountain to Asheville, NC for the 2016 Orvis Guide Rendezvous. This is an annual event (actually one in east and one in Montana for western guides) where fishing guides and others who have an affiliation with the Orvis Company to network with each other and the Fishing Managers from the company’s stores throughout the region. There are meetings discussing marketing strategy, gear development, and other subjects related to running a guide service. There are also plenty of opportunities to socialize and cut loose a bit. It was a nice to unwind and it always helps get me fired up for the coming season.
I have a full plate of links that have piled up over the past few days, and I will get to work on the backlog tonight and tomorrow morning. For now make the jump to see a video of a not-unattractive female deckhand with some master-level fillet knife skills. Enjoy.
A quick disclosure note: I am an Orvis Endorsed Flyfishing Guide. This program is a marketing partnership where I am vetted by Orvis, and I buy into the program. In exchange I receive a tremendous amount of exposure and support from Orvis.
All Endorsed partners, myself included, are featured prominently on the Orvis website and in their catalogs. I also receive discounts on equipment, though I am not contractually obligated to use Orvis gear. With only a few exceptions I do however, because I truly feel that their rods, reels, and waders are among the best in the world. Most of their rods are made in their factory in Manchester, Vermont, as they have been for much of the company’s 150+ year history.