Well, sort of. I guess we have technically gone bamboo, but only with our cutting board. My wife’s aunt and uncle gifted us this bamboo cutting board for Christmas. Not a sweet 8′ Mike Clark, but a move in the right direction I guess.
Now that the holidays are mostly done (Happy New Year by the way!), you can expect a more consistent flow of content from your hard-working TVangler staff. So, how has everyone been spending their holiday season? I’ve managed to do some custom rod work, tie quite a few flies in preparation for the ’08 Yellowstone trip, and complete (along with my father-in-law) a few more photo/fly shadow boxes that you can see samples of below. Plus I’ve packed on a few pounds for the long winter hibernation. Despite that, I’m already dreaming of a winter trip up to the Hiwassee River. Yes, cabin fever has set in, and I’m itching to get out for some fishing, even if the hope for a fish is rather slim.
Does anyone else out there still use the Pflueger Medalist fly reels? I do. They’re a classic looking reel with an inexpensive price tag. Plus they’re almost tank-like in their durability. Anyway, I guess I’m shamelessly plugging my little garage sale. I have three Pflueger Medalists that I’m looking to sell. They are all newly ordered from the retailer, and have never been used so much as once. There are two 1492 1/2 models and one 1492 model. How I ended up with these is a long story that I won’t go into. Just keep in mind that these two models have the reel handle on the right hand side, and they are NOT reversible. So they’re most suitable for someone who casts with their left arm. I will sell the reels for $25 each (the price they cost from the retailer). To sweeten the deal, I will not charge shipping, and I will include a half dozen flies tied by yours truly with each reel, probably some parachute adams or maybe some parachute royal or tennessee wulffs. If you have a preference, you could let me know. Email me if you’re interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like the look of these shadow boxes, we’re offering to do them as a service now. We handle our own matting and framing. If this is something you’re interested in, you can email me (email@example.com) with your ideas. One similar to those pictured here would cost around $75. That includes a print of one of our photos from the photo gallery, a double mat, and three flies. There are nearly limitless options. Say you’ve caught a trophy trout, and you’d like a framed photo. We can do that for you and mount it with the fly on which you caught it. We can also mount bass lures with your trophy largemouth photo from a recent Lake Guntersville trip. If you’d like a double matted and framed print from our gallery without flies, we can do a roughly 8×10 print for around $50. If you’d just like a print from our gallery without a frame, an 8×10 will run you about $35. These are printed on high quality paper using long-lasting Canon inks. If you have something you’d like to run by me, once again, just shoot me an email. I’m working to put together a catalog page with all the options and costs, but it’ll take me a little time.