Housekeeping: I’m back (plus a bonus video from ETV)

I figured I would kick this post off with a nod to my friend Tim of EveryDay Tactical Vids. I met him at last year’s Blade Show and I have always enjoyed his material. I would love to hear your thoughts on this EDC kit, and what changes you would make for a “non-permissive” environment.

I want to thank David, Dan, and reader contest submission writer Gemma for providing material for the blog in my absence. The Orvis Guide Rendezvous was a fantastic event, complete with a fly fishing film festival at the Highland Brewing Company, a day of clinics, workshops, and presentations from the Orvis Company, and a day where the majority of the folks in attendance braved single digit temperatures to fish the South Holston and Watauga Rivers.

For those who might be interested in what a bunch of professional Trout Bums do when they get together, read on…

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Rather than tow my boat over the mountain, I dropped it off at a relative’s house near the River.



Welcome to Nord Carolina


Orvis “Down the Hatch” Film Fest at Highland Brewing Company.

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Day 2 was (mostly) business, including a demonstration of a rod testing machine.

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Give a group of fishing guides a few beers, and we start casting any rod in site. Even if it is single digits.


We are going fishing. It is what we do.

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Let’s do this…

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South Holston River. Bluff City, TN.


Old Steelheader Trick: Put Chapstick on your rod-eyes to keep them from freezing up.


Fishing. It’s what we do.


No Grip-and-Grin shots when it is below freezing. If the water freezes in the fish’s gills, it could be fatal. #keepemwet

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Didn’t want to back down the icy ramp, so we towed the boat up like a sled.

It looks like Orvis is going to keep coming back to Asheville for the next couple of years for the Eastern Rendezvous. I am thrilled since it is an easy drive (ususally), Asheville is a fun town, and I love showing off our TN fisheries to visiting Anglers. It is what I do.


My guide service, Smoky Mountain Gillies, is “Orvis Endorsed”. This is a marketing partnership, that while I pay to participate in the program, I receive much more in terms of exposure and business support. While I do receive a discount on Orvis products, I am not contractually obligated to use their gear. With the exception of my Chota boots, I find Orvis rods, waders, and other equipment to be as good or superior to anything else on the market. For more on the Orvis Endorsement Program click here.



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Housekeeping: I’m back (plus a bonus video from ETV)

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