Heading to Vermont for a few days R&R before what I expect will be a busy and intense year of continued transformation. Will do some skiing, reading by the fireside and guided ice-fishing to ring in the New Year.
Want to know where my ice-fishing skills are? Check out this video from Jack Trap’s “Kids” Ice Fishing Derby last year in Maine.
I’m also doing recon for my first fly-fishing outfitting and will be hitting up my guide (also an avid fly-fisherman too) for his expertise. The average angler knows that fly-fishing was seriously developed in England with great manufacturers like the House of Hardy. In the late 1800s the sport took off in the US when Theodore Gordon (an outdoor writer) started fishing the Catskills with imported tackle. Yet, I’m increasingly for American-made goods and want American-made tackle, so I was excited to read this article by fellow Outdoor Blogger Network writer, Dave, from the Brook Trout Fishing Guide.
Enjoy Dave’s article, Fly-Fishing Gear Made In the USA, and when you’re done…
a little further exploration reveals there’s a broad selection of fly-fishing rods & reels made in the US
Nautilus Reels, Miami, FL
Abel Reels, Camarillo, CA
Ross Reels, Montrose, CO
Bauer Reels, Ashland, OR
Hatch Reels, Vista, CA
Galvan Reels, Sonora, CA
Scott Fly Rod Co., Montrose CO
Sage, Bainbridge Island, WA
All Pro Rods, McMinnville, TN
Razr Rods, Springfield, MO
Grandt Rods, Arlington Heights, IL
St. Croix Rods, Park Falls, WI
B&R Rods, Collinsville, IL (don’t believe they do fly rods)
These American companies are in good company. The American Museum of Fly-Fishing has a collection of early American-made reels.
Alright, off to Vermont in the morning, gotta pack. Hmm, maybe I’ll hit up the Museum in Manchester while I’m up there.