Board Test | Shaper Ryan Lovelace

Ryan is a true master at his craft and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his insight regarding board design and his unique approach to the process. A few words from Mr. Lovelace...

"New 7'10" thing...basically a flipped backwards v.bowls pulled in...racy point wave mid length egg-glider thing." - Ryan Lovelace


RIVER | FLY FISHING MAMMOTH

It's complete! Here's the short film of our adventure to the eastern sierras this past winter. A two day adventure full of many great moments captured in this short film by Jesse Natale (JNorth Productions). We really enjoyed our new gear from Patagonia which tested well against weather conditions.

SALT

We headed down to the backside of Rincon to fly fish for Corbina. Within the first 10 minutes we saw a pair of cruisers, then another and another. After about 30 minutes I got a 21" "bean" to turn on my surfin' merkin. The fish took the fly and RAN!! Such an exciting way to fish, to be able to see the fish suck in your fly and then bolt..nothing like it. About one second later I look down the beach to see Danny's rod bent in half. Same thing. Except his was a 24" bean. Fun stuff. - Nick

Montana

I spent the last few days in Bozeman Montana in search of brown trout. Weather conditions were unforgiving which is the norm this time of year in Montana. Snow, rain, and high winds made fishing challenging but there were some calm moments where all elements came together and hard work paid off. To fully appreciate those magic moments you must also experience the moments of complete disappointment. My guide services were provided by Montana Troutfitters (Josh) and The River's Edge (Nathan). Both great guides who inspired my passion for fly fishing. In terms of gear, my river salt jacket from Patagonia proved to be a great top layer, proving warmth during the cold winds and kept me dry during snow flurries and rain.

Gear list: 

Waders : Patagonia Rio Gallegos  (link to patagonia's website), Boots : Simms Rivershed Boot (link)Wading Jacket : Patagonia'sRiver Salt (link)Pack : Patagonia's Stealth Atom Sling (link)

Guide Shops: The River's Edge (link), Montana Troutfitter's (link)


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Inspire | Fly Fishing Collaborative

About Fly Fishing Collaborative

"We exist to use our passion for fly fishing for a good and just cause. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), human trafficking is the world’s largest enterprise after drugs and weapons. Over 2 million children are affected annually. Studies show that children caught in sex trafficking are victimized by 100–1500 perpetrators each year. We formed the FFC so that we can use our tools in fly fishing to give children the protection and healing they need. By partnering with professional fly fishing outfitters and guides around the world, we have the incredible opportunity to join the fight for freedom and recovery for these precious children."

"The Fly Fishing Collaborative is offering professionally guided fly fishing trips and selling custom-made leather fly wallets. The money raised will be given to orphanages and caregivers around the world. This will go towards creating sustainable livelihoods and economic support to rescue and prevent more children from being sold into the sex slave industry."

"Every $10,000 we raise will provide a totally sustainable tilapia farm that will be built for an orphanage in order to provide them with food, income, water, and fresh produce. Additionally, this will empower their leaders to care for more children that would otherwise be sold into slavery."

http://flyfishingcollaborative.org

board test | bing bn lightweight 9'4"

Love this board. Not at first but by the 5th session it felt good! It's a great balance of a traditional log and modern noserider. It definitely has a sweet spot that allows fun trimming through faster sections. 

9'4" - 23 - 3, nose 18.5, tail 16.25 

https://www.bingsurf.com/product-category/longboards/bn-lightweight/

photo erik fawcett

shop icons of surf, Ken http://www.iconsofsurf.com

 


Board Review - fcd huevo ranchero

I recently picked up fcd's huevo ranchero board and have been enjoying it ever since. A versatile board with the option of riding as a standard tri-fin, 2+1, or single fin. I would definitely recommend this board to those who are looking to consolidate a few boards down to one or simply have fun on a board that is both retro and progressive. Another plus with this board is the ability to catch waves with ease...minimal rocker and good width under your chest. 

You can visit fcd surfboards for more info on the board...

Photos by Morgan Maassen 


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Photos by Morgan Maassen 

 

 

Featured Artist - Ryan Lovelace

ryan is a true master at his craft. ryan takes his unique approach to shaping boards particularly designs that excel in point break surf. the boards are aesthetically beautiful and really fun to ride. his boards seem to be contagious as you'll probably notice at least 10 of them on any given session in the cove. i personally like the board, especially the way it promotes a more smooth style of surfing. his popular v bowls shape is a versatile board that is a lot of fun...during one recent evening session, i borrowed one for a few and could not stop smiling. ryan was eager to let me try it but also eager to get it back. 


Coming Soon...short clip of my v bowls board review in action.

Worn Wear | Patagonia Short Film

Worn Wear is an exploration of quality – in the things we own and the lives we live. This short film takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family's maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, Vermont; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary alpinist. It also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. - Patagonia

Watch Worn Wear now

It's that time of year...

a special time of the year. we understand that though we may not reach the same numbers of fish as seen during the summer months, quality fish and solitude awaits us. crowds drop, access is limited, and temperatures drop to one digit. large rainbows and browns make their routine migration from large bodies of water into small holding spots upstream. with every drift we second guess our position on the river and are reminded that it may be true that 90% of the fish are holding in 5% of the water. 

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