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Short Strikes – February 2017 Newsletter

Déjà vu all over again. How time flies! I said that two years ago, almost to the day and it still applies more now than ever. I can’t believe how much time has passed since I’ve last updated this site. Where the heck have I been since then? Busy is the standard answer but also the truth. I made a commitment to myself in 2015 to finally get over the hump. This website was the first in a many step process to finally get myself out a career in contracting and into one in the fishing world. Things were falling into place. I could blog on this site, design fly patterns for Rainys, freelance for several magazines and even do seminars but a big piece was missing. I needed an adequate boat for guiding and shooting videos. Not just any boat like I had but “a real boat”, like one you would see in the pages of Bass Master Magazine. So, I put my head down into my work and got busy…real busy but I can now say that I’m over that hump. I’m sorry if I seemed to have deserted all of you but I’m back now and have the ability to do all the things to make this site great. I will now be able to promote the virtues of warm water fly fishing to its fullest extent and all of you will be the beneficiaries. So, thanks for hanging in there and tell your friends that Off the Deep Edge (.com) is “open for business.”

 

A New Office for Off the Deep Edge

Yes, Off the Deep Edge will have a new office and a floating one at that! It’s still under construction (at the factory) but we’ve purchased a Tracker Pro 190 TX Bass Boat. It’s 18’7” in length with a beam of 89”. A four-stroke Mercury 115 powers her. There will be dueling Hummingbird Helix 9 SI depthfinders at the console and front deck and a pair of ten foot Talons to anchor her. A Minnkota 24v Ulterra trolling motor will be on the bow with self-deployment and spot lock capabilities. I’m basically set to fish tournament style which really means to have full control of the boat at all times to make fishing easier. Do you really need this to fly fish? Well no. But I also don’t need a seven-hundred-dollar fly rod to catch fish but they sure are nice! But to guide safely, comfortably and effectively, yes you do. Guiding will be a way to get on the water more often to demonstrate proven techniques and to find new ones when conditions change. More on this later.  I’ll post a picture of our newest toy when she shows up.

 

Nostradamus Got Nothing on Me

In the last newsletter, I made a forecast of things to come and was I right on the mark. I said we’d be talking about float and fly fishing in cold water. That we’ll talk about late winter and pre-spawn bass fishing as the time for big fish and if this is my year for the ten-pound bass. Dang if all three of these things haven’t figured prominently this last year. We’ll also start dabbling into video production. We shot some pretty cool stuff already and the year is still young. We’re still learning how to use the equipment so we should get better quality soon. A lot has been happening already this year in warm water fly fishing. I hope I’ve gotten you at least a little excited to see what’s coming your way. So, hang onto your hat because we’re about to dive off the deep edge of warm water fly fishing.

 

Good fishin’,
Craig

Short Strikes – November 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of Off the Deep Edge Warm Water Fly Fishing’s newsletter that I so cleverly named “Short Strikes”! As the name implies this is going to be a series of quick hits on what we are up to, been doing and can expect a full article on soon, things we’re thinking about or any news relevant to our sport.

 

Talk to Us

This is also an invite to all of you to talk to us. If you have any questions about something we did or said or are looking for more information on some subject we touched on. Or even to suggest things you’d like to learn more about whether being fishing locations, different species, types of gear etc., whatever, don’t be afraid to ask. There is not a forum on this site where you can talk with each other but rather this is a one on one, me to you. Just post your questions in the comment section right after each article or drop me a line at info@offthedeepedge.com. I’d be happy to chat with you.

 

Florida Fly Fishing Expo – Oct. 10 – 11

So much happened here that I could probably write half a dozen articles. The Florida FFF is a great bunch of guys who put on an awesome show. Quick hits…Made some new friends with the Tallahassee bunch and Wilkinson Fly Fishing of Havana, Fl. We got an invite to come back and do a program for their club and spend a couple days fishing, I hear road trip! Buddy Price of Fly Fish Video (.com) shot tying footage for two more of my flies, the Sonic Boom and the Magic Bullet. I look forward to seeing how these came out. Also found out that the guys at Saltwater Flytyers & Outfitters in St. Augustine like to use my fly the Hairy Fodder on redfish. Maybe I can get them to write a piece about that for us. Hey it’s still warm water just with a touch of salt! Then I found Lake Rousseau near Ocala, great fishery, more on that later. Plus I got to hang out a little and talk one on one with this guy…

Craig Riendeau with Bob Clouser in Florida

Craig with Bob Clouser

 

Going North!

For my Yankee friends out there I’ll be in your neighborhood this month. On the 9th I’ll be in Lombard, Il (suburb of Chicago) at the Early Show being presented by John Loebach and the DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers (DRiFT) giving a presentation on warm water fly fishing and doing a little tying as well. Then on the 11th I’ll be doing a tying demonstration for DRiFT at the College of DuPage (COD). I think I’ll be tying my new pattern, the Magic Bullet. Haven’t seen it? I guess that’s an upcoming article (or a Fly Fish Video YouTube show).

 

Fly Tyer Magazine

I just got confirmation from the editor, David Klausmeyer that indeed the article about my fly, the Sonic Boom, will be in the winter issue. For those who missed it, the autumn issue had my article about the Wee Willy Wiggler. I guess he likes my flies because he requested more!

 

Thanksgiving

It may be a little early but Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and yours! After you say thanks for all the usual things in your life, remember to give thanks for your rights and ability to get out and fish public waters. It’s ours because we live in the land of the free…thank a vet!