Gear Drive Thanks

We wrapped up our 1st annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Gear Drive.  We wanted to take a moment to thank all who helped make this happen: Thanks to the local shops that helped by putting up posters, spreading the word, accepting donations and giving kindly themselves.

Unicoi Outfitters , Tuckaseegee Fly Shop , Alpharetta Outfitters , The Fish Hawk , Blue Ridge Fly Fishing , Southern Highroads Outfitters , Cohutta Fishing Company , OGRE Outdoors , & Fern Valley On The Soque

We hope and look forward to your participation next year!

Thankful for the folks at Pig Farm, particularly Greg Morgan and the local dirty south crew who helped organize and spread the word about the event.  It would not have been as successful without this partnership.

Thanks to the folks at various media outlets in the industry that helped spread the word and who also gave kindly to the cause; Cameron at Fiberglass Manifesto, J.J. at Alaska Guidelist, the folks at Moldy Chum, the folks at MidCurrent and the local Georgia TU chapters.

Thanks to those individuals who donated.  I had the pleasure of speaking to a few and it’s so great to connect with folks who are interested in helping this cause through the sport we all admire.

Thanks to the folks at 5 Seasons Brewery- North for hosting our after party.

Thanks to Project Healing Waters for giving us the opportunity to work with their excellent group of folks and for doing what they do.

And most of all, thanks to our Veterans and Military personnel who have sacrificed for our freedoms.

SmithFly Digi-Pouch

In prior years, I was toting around a Pelican case to carry my camera gear. It is big, bulky, obviously rigid, and limited my options in fishing packs. I got to a point where I was tired of carrying a normal-sized backpack on day trips. I found myself getting immensely frustrated with the routine of unpacking the case, taking out the camera shooting, then repacking it all away. Worse than that, I was missing a lot of opportunities for photos simply because I couldn’t get to my camera quickly and easily. I needed to find a solution and a viable one at that. Then it happened, the angels of Google provided me a name…SmithFly. I hit up their site and was amazed at the simplicity of their products. I saw the Digi-pouch and I knew it was meant for me. It was my solution. On top of that, SmithFly products are made in the U.S.A. I was sold.

About a week later, a beautiful brown box was on my doorstep when I got home from the 9-5. I didn’t even open the door to the house before I opened the box.

After close to two years of use; it was, and still is, perfect. I don’t have any other of the items from the SmithFly collection, but I’m hoping to change that soon. In all it's use, it hasn’t leaked a drop…ever. It has been bashed through the dense rhododendron of Appalachia, braved the rain and snow, as well as some salt water adventures and nothing has phased this pack. At no time did I ever worry of losing any of my gear to water damage.

This pack is built by a fishing oriented company, but I would want this pouch even if I didn’t fish at all. With the Molle system and the two button-fastened straps on the back, you can attach this thing to a myriad of packs, belts, or anything else that you can think of.

Two pieces of advice if you are thinking about picking one of these packs up: 1) don’t wait, and you’ll be glad you didn’t, and 2) get the optional padding. I would bet $1,000 that padding has saved my camera and/or lens on numerous occasions. This pack is the camera bag you have been looking for; American made, durable, and adaptable. If you carry a camera outdoors; get one…seriously, do you self a favor and get one. 

2015 FCA at Mountain Town

Photo Gallery By: Matt Bornhorst

We had an excellent time taking photos and helping to shoot some film of this top shelf event benefiting a great cause. Click the button below to view more photos from the event.