Ladyfisher
This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm

January 14th, 2002

Sponsors, Who Needs Them?


Folks, I am going to try to make this as painless as possible. Some of you are missing a lot of great information on fly-fishing. The reason is, you don't know it's there for you. and as easy as one little click of your mousie.

To come onto FAOL and not look around the sponsors page is like going into a fly shop with a sack over your head. The links from the logo's are to pages we build right here, sometimes they are the newest products, some not even launched on the general market yet, often they have our personal thoughts on these companies. These are good companies, if they weren't, they wouldn't be on there. Let me give you a little summary of some of them. Take a few minutes and see what you may have been missing.

Right now the Canadian Fly Fisher has a great subscription offer going, Marryat has their new rods, reels vises (like JC's) and other products featured. Justin Charles has some darn nice cane rods from the UK, of course you know who DB Dun is, great rod cases etc. JW Outfitters has those pontoon boats and chest packs, check those out. You know what Ultrathon is? Right, the new bug-repellant from 3M, works too. Seaguar makes (like invented) fluorocarbon, need I say more? You want a place to buy most of these things, then, how about Bob Marriots, biggest fly shop almost anywhere, with a catalog over an inch thick.

McKenzie is a great name in flies; tired of tying, or no time to get them done? They work. Bonefish, Tarpon, gracious surroundings, Stafford Creek is the place and the Smiths are wonderful folks. Top class outfit, Andros Island can be proud of their heritage. Climax is a name you have known and respected for years, check out the new 'Poly' leaders. What do you need to know about Redington? Plenty, and you start right on that page. How about fishing the Florida flats and learning at the same time, Doug's Academy will fill the bill, without breaking the bank either.

There is the company Trout Traps, how many of your buddies own one, many I would venture. Need a good book, what new ones are available? A fine assortment will be found at the Lyons Press, treat yourself, buy one. If the book is on rod building, check out the Golden Witch site, all the components you may need or a finished rod if that suits your taste. JC has used guides from Snake Brand on his new eight weight, you would too if you ever saw some of them. If a trip to Montana is in store, why not check out the accommodations at the Bighorn Trout Shop? Fine place to stay, great fishing and all the accessories you can think of. If a new graphite rod is needed with that trip, Dan Craft if one fine 'maker,'and very well thought of in the trades.

Sage rods, Folstaff, EagleEye's Bonefish Lodge, Hook & Hackle, Frank Amato, Flashabou. Well, I'm not going to go on with this. Go there yourself. Click on each of the logo's, look at each of the pages, and see what you have been missing. Neat stuff, new stuff and just stuff. Lots of catalogs available and many specials and sales going on right now.

From the pages on our site you will find a link direct to each of the sponsor's web sites. We try to make it easy for you to find out all the information you are after. Have a good time - browse around, doesn't cost you a thing to look. (And it's fun!) And the next time you buy something from one of these sponsors, please let them know you are grateful for their support of fly-fishing and FAOL.

Sponsors, who needs them? We all do. Thanks! ~ LadyFisher

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