Monday, October 20, 2014

Fly Tying Video Awesomeness: Fly Fishing the Osarks

Well Thomas Harvey and his wife are crushing it.   Must watch tying videos especially if you are a streamer junkie.  Check their website out here!  Ps.  Don't impale your finger with the hook...rabbit strips make me nervous.
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

East vs West: round 2


It's on again. CRO Crew member Jason is in Montana drifting great streams and wrestling big trout while the rest of the CRO crew is on their way to the rangeley region of Maine to fly fish for beautiful native brook trout. So we have another Instagram throw down between crew members brewing on the CRO Flies Instagram account.  Go check it out and make sure to follow it through the week for awesome trip pictures. See it all here http://instagram.com/croflies . Pictures will be posted by Jason, Radcock, Luke and myself. Youcan also search these hash tags  #eastvswest #crowcrew

Thursday, June 5, 2014

We Will Always Remember - Jason Jones




A local Hero fell in battle Monday, making the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his brothers. His name is Jason Jones; he and his father Jay Jones are avid fly-fishers.  Luke was a year behind Jason in high school and they spent many days together running from soccer practice to the football field.  I had the privilege of being one of the coaches on Jason's soccer team during his high school days and I also coached his sister Lizzy.  I can tell you this with certainty - you would be hard pressed to find a nicer family.  My heart breaks for them. 

I remember Jason's work ethic, his resolve, his leadership and his smile.  He was loved by his peers and everyone I can think of for that matter.  He was tough yet kind, intense but respectful.  He was intellectual and very funny.  He was the kind of guy everyone liked and yet he would stick up for and defend the weakest around him.  When his father told Luke and I that Jason had earned his Green Beret...I honestly wasn't surprised in the least bit.  He was the kind of guy who would excel at everything or anything. He was our country's best.  He was and is a hero.  Our hero.    
Jay sent me this picture of his son Jason (on the left) and his buddies hanging out on a fishing trip.
This man died serving our country...please take a moment to pray for his family and read his obituary here.  And Jay if you read this...whenever you are ready to pick up a rod or need the sanctity and solitude of a stream we will be here for you.

As Luke said recently about Jason, "You will be greatly missed and we are eternally grateful for your selflessness and service to this country. Now find Caleb fly fishing in heaven and save me a spot."


Save us all a spot friend.  We will see you soon.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fly Shop Spotlight: Rangeley Region Sport Shop


Luke Ott Releases an awesome Maine Brookie

The Rangeley Region Sport Shop is a historic fly fisherman's hot spot in the middle of God's Country, the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.  This great region is arguably one of the best fly fishing destinations on the east coast.  I hesitate to let the cat out of the bag because the last thing we want is our favorite spots being filled with the likes of all of you.  But at heart we are sharers.  The Raneley Region should be on your bucket list of fishing places to visit.  While you are there the Rangeley Region Sport Shop is the place to stop for information, hot spots and hatch information.  You can also fill your fly boxes with all of the great local streamers, dry flies and nymphs.  Tell them the CRO sent you.  Brett and his staff will put you on fish...every time.
Brett Damm guide and fly shop owner with a nice Native Brookie

Besides this fly shops rich history what makes it special is the new attention and love poured into the shop by its new owner Brett Damm a great local fly tyer and guide.  This fly shop has all the historic Rangeley Region patterns tied right there in Rangeley as well as all the great flies you need to land your trophy native Brookie.  In the Rangeley Region the air is fresher, the water runs better and the fish are bigger.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Discover-Courage Program.

FLY FISHING PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL FORCES 

Navy Seals
pic from: http://www.sealswcc.com/

For 264 years the Samurai Warriors during the EDU period were forced to lay down their swords for their country.  These mighty warriors had to leave the art of war, maintain their discipline and balance all while trying to battling a loss of identity that was so intertwined with what they did and who they are.  To continue to thrive these warriors took up fly-fishing.

We wrote about it here.  
Now a Retired Navy Seal Command Chief, Jay Manty is running a special program, incorporating awesome fly fishing trips, to help special forces warriors.  It is called Discover-Courage.

From the discover-courage website :

DC provides unique outdoor-focused programs for IA/NMF members to productively apply their hard-earned professional skills to new challenges designed to yield lifelong rewards, personal growth, and foster leadership development. Read more here.
Mission
To foster leadership development and personal growth for Interagency and National Missions Force members, past and present, through exclusive programs respectful of the specific needs of this community and its members.
Vision -Discover Courage supports Interagency and National Missions Force members, past and present, in productively applying their exceptional skills in special outdoor oriented programs, while respecting the privacy of participants, donors, and supporters.

I am pretty pumped that this program is running, after all these guys are well past the front line in serving and fighting for what we hold dearest.  Pass it on.  You can also donate to the program here.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chroma-Poppin...Luke busts moves with his Smith Optics

Here it is right from Kim (Luke's prettier side) mouth...or instagram feed if you feel the need to get technical about it.  
From Kim:
Of course my boyfriend catches a fish barehanded in the Dominican and then of course I say "Omg honey hang on we need to get a picture with it"


That's luke Chroma-Poppin'-it in his smith optic shades.  These new chroma-pop polarized lenses have to get all the credit for Luke hand landing this little guy.  Catch.Release.Repeat. you crazy kids.