In October 2017 we traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal and trained more than 40 people, primarily women, to make our 5D Brushes. Many of these individuals are at risk of exploitation. In Nepal, exploitation usually involves trafficking, which has several forms, with the most pervasive being sex trafficking (mostly female minors) and labor trafficking (mostly young men). One of the largest problems in Nepal is lack of employment. Sadly, this forces young women into dire situations, both in country and abroad. The number of women and children trafficked out of Nepal is estimated at 30,000 a year, or more than 80 people a day. Lack of employment also forces young men to seek work outside the country. It is estimated that 1,600 Nepali men leave their home every day, seeking work outside the country. This often turns into bonded labor in perilous working condition. Continue reading “Fair Flies – Quality Fly Tying Materials Made To Give New Hope”
Fly Tying Month has been a great month of knowledge, sharing ideas and a wonderful sense of community. We set out this month launching 4 different photo contests covering 4 very different themes but all coming together to celebrate the art of fly tying. This month we have seen some amazing behind the scenes photos of some of your fly tying benches and rooms, we have seen fish caught with flies you made, your favorite flies and fly boxes made representing hours and hours of time and money investing in building them. What a contest! Thank you everyone for taking the time to submit your photos and participate in our giveaway.
We also want to thank all our amazing brands that gave us gear that made this giveaway possible! Here are all our sponsors, Thank you! Umpqua Feather Merchants, Firehole Outdoors, Fair Flies, Wapsi, Dr. Slick, Loon Outdoors, Griffin Enterprises, Fishpond, Tacky & TyWheel.
Continue reading “Fly Tying Month 2019 Photo Contest Winners”
We had another great week during our Annual Fly Tying Month and our time is getting short. Another 6 daily winners picked and have now shipped out over $1300 in fly tying gear through our Daily Facebook Giveaways and saw even more great images roll in to our 4 different photo contests! We also saw lots of people finish their shopping lists of fly tying materials & tools to stock up and save up to 15% off during our sale! Here is what went down over this last week!
Continue reading “Fly Tying Month 2019 – Update #2”
I had a bad parachute jump while in the military. Long story short – I hurt my knees. Fast forward to September of last year – I’m playing in the yard with my son and BAM! The doctor said I had complete tears in both quadricep tendons and would require surgery to walk again. Turns out it was the recovery process was the worst part! They sent me to a nursing home with my legs immobilized and restricted me to a bed, 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. Continue reading “Discovery & Recovery: My Fly Tying Story”
5 out of 5 Stars! “Great Fly Box!”
Congratulations to Jack L. from New York! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of Feb 18-24th, 2019. Thank you very much for reviewing your new Tacky Dry Fly Box!
Upon first glance, especially to a new fly angler or tyer the Zebra Midge may appear to be an insignificant fly. Indeed, its simplistic appearance can be quite deceiving, until you consider the role chironomidae play in every habitable freshwater environment world-wide. Although small in size, the chironomid larva which the Zebra Midge imitates, play a major role in the diet of trout throughout the year. At times they occur with such abundance that not having them in your fly box may mean the difference between a fruitful outing or just getting your line wet.
5 out of 5 Stars! “Excellent Vise!”
Congratulations to Mark Fishburn Jr from South Carolina! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of Feb 11-17th, 2019. Thank you very much for reviewing your new Griffin Montana Mongoose Fly Tying Vise!