How to Christmas Shop for the average guy, or don’t ever buy me pants!

Holiday Shopping is our theme this month for the Blackfly Outfitter website. Kind of makes sense in that the holidays are upon us and there are a matter of weeks left to find gifts for all in your inner circle of friends and family. If you’re like me, when I go Christmas shopping I usually end up buying stuff for myself. It’s easier that way and I know exactly what I need! Try asking your wife to go pick out a new $800.00 rod and reel outfit for you. I wouldn’t do it unless I had gone to the store and specifically picked out the exact rod and reel, had it lined and the shop was holding it behind the counter…..might as well just get it myself. I also like to pick out my own flies, fly tying materials, socks, hats, shirts, actually anything I’m going to be seen in public wearing. Hence, I love the gift card! My wife says a gift card doesn’t show much thoughtfulness but I think it shows the ultimate thought because you’re giving the gift of choice.

Take a gift card to Home Depot or Lowes for instance. There’s nothing better than going into those stores and seeing something you always wanted but didn’t want to actually spend YOUR money to buy it…..whip out your gift card and pay for that set of “one-day-I’m-gonna-need-these” screw drivers or a boxed set of paint brushes you may never use. Don’t send me to Barnes & Nobel, please! Amazon, iTunes, on and on and on!

So, if your shopping for that special person, it’s OK to ask them where would you like a gift card from? If you’re shopping for me by any chance, please add all of the above plus just about any restaurant, Johnson & Murphy (shoes) or maybe Orvis (men’s jackets and dog stuff), Lands End………..

Oh, one last thing you could choose for that really special person, I have just released my new, 2nd Edition art book called “The Fishing Years”. It’s a visual record of some of my favorite paintings that are all about the water, the ocean, fishing and fish. They’re some older pieces and some that are pieces that I just finished. More importantly, I have decided to offer an original watercolor painting of the fish species of your choice on the front cover sheet.
(See the example below the book image) This would be the perfect choice for your hard-to-buy for boss or a special client. There are only 10 of these special books so give us a call at the outfitter store to order yours before they are all gone.
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Have fun shopping!

Vaughn

Permit, what’s the big deal?

This months website theme is all about our love for permit fishing with a fly rod, no, it’s a passion, no, it’s an really a sick addiction! Just ask some of the anglers who do this on a regular basis. Most estimates of how much their addiction costs are hidden from their spouses and denied by themselves. Some of us, although addicted, suffer in silence in our normal lives but search the internet for those who fish for us. Just because it’s one of the most difficult fish to catch with a fly rod doesn’t deter us, no, it actually is the thing that keeps our addiction boiling within us.

There are stories that have been told over time about an angler that showed up to fish at a remote lodge and hits the flats and catches a permit on his first cast, looks around at the guide and asks, “what’s the big deal”? That actually happened to an angler that I guided in the Keys many years ago, as a matter of fact, it was his first time to even fish in saltwater. A school of about 50 permit rose up out of a channel in Jewfish Basin heading directly to us. A simple cast with a standard merkin in the general direction of the lead fish drew an instant eat and the party was on. The two of us who witnessed this crime against all that’s holy about permit fishing nearly threw up. That’s just not fair, it’s not paying your dues.

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If your using a spinning rod to catch a permit, you’re playing a different game. In fact, is’t so different that
Lefty Kreh once said, “Throwing a crab to a permit is like rolling a wine bottle into a jail cell.” It’s not that it doesn’t count, it’s just not the same! I once speculated in another article how to grade the types of permit opportunities along the lines of difficulty, with a single permit tailing in very shallow water as the most difficult. That got a 10! Permit schooled up during the spawn in 60 to 90 feet of water being the easiest. That got a 1. All the others were in between and debatable as to the score they would receive. What it all essentially boils down to is that you caught a permit and it doesn’t matter how big it was or how you caught it…..but it counts more if it’s on a fly!

Til next time,
Vaughn