Fly Fishing in the Digital Age

A taker wm

Written By: Jamie Keown

Photos By: Matt Bornhorst, Justin Dobson & Jamie Keown

I went back and forth on this subject before eventually deciding to write my official stance on the matter. I didn’t want to come off as an arrogant asshole or have some think I wasn’t in favor of growing the sport we all love. I realize we are in the digital age. Results are instantaneous and everyone, including myself, craves instant gratification. Want to know the weather, visit, see how your favorite sports team faired, hop on I could go on and on but the days of information spreading via Continue reading

Then & Now

Rainy Day Bow

Written/Photos By: Justin Dobson

I’ve fished nearly my whole life, much of those memories are some of the best of my childhood.  And as memorable as the fish I caught are the people I fished with.  As I have grown older, my idea of a fishing buddy has evolved somewhat drastically.  I’m not saying I didn’t like the friends I fished with as a kid, it’s just I never came to fully appreciate their value until Continue reading


Jamie-isms from Winged Reel on Vimeo.

Written/Produced/Edited By: Justin Dobson
Jamie-isms By: Jamie Keown

Over 3,200 people have now viewed our latest short “Freezin’” on in the last 2 weeks. Thanks for all the kind words and support. Just so you don’t think we are getting too sappy, I’m releasing a “behind-the-scenes” short consisting of what was really said during filming. This short “Jamie-isms” takes a look at our most mentally enlightened contributor; Jamie Keown. Because he is a recovering redneck, I have added subtitles (interpretations are up to you). After reviewing several of the clips, I realized the nonsense that comes out of his mouth is actually quite amusing. No scripts here, just a little jack & dixie champagne and pure off-the-cuff “Jamie-isms”. He asked me to not make him look like an idiot. I did my best. Enjoy!


Freezin’ from Winged Reel on Vimeo.

Written/Narration/Production By: Justin Dobson

Film By: Justin Dobson, Jamie Keown & Matt Bornhorst

At it again, The WR crew with some thoughts on winter fishing and givin’ good reason to be freezin’. This film was shot over the course of three days in North Georgia. An overnight cabin stay turned into an extra night and a food shortage when Atlanta’s “Snowpocalypse” hit in late January. We at first felt cursed by our timing with the weather, looking back we were quite blessed. The trip had some extreme highs and low (not only in temperatures, but in meals and attitudes).

A lot of folks here in the Southeast hang it up when there is plenty of open water. Hope this short film inspires you to bundle up and get out before one of our favorite fishing seasons has passed you by.

Rally the GA Troops!

TU tagWritten By: Justin Dobson

You know those fancy wildlife tags that are available to you at your local tag office?  Yeah, the ones that you pay more to get initially and then a special tag fee each year to have it adorning your whip?  Those fees go places, and Georgia House Bill 730 proposes a change to how much of those fees go where.

Currently when you purchase a wildlife tag, you pay a total of $80.00:  $20 for the annual tag fee, $1 to the county tag agent, $10 to the sponsoring organization, and $49 to the state’s general treasury.  When you renew that tag, you pay Continue reading

Death and Re-birth of Nomad Nets

Bowdacious Still

Written/ Photos By: Jamie Keown 

I’m sure by now everyone is aware of the fact that Nomad Nets was acquired by Fishpond. The acquisition comes as no surprise as I felt like it was only a matter of time before a major player in the fly fishing industry figured out what an awesome product Nomad was cranking out. These nets are as solid as they come and after more than a year’s worth of abuse on the water the net is still as functional as the day it was purchased. There are times when companies that manufacture our favorite products are acquired by larger corporations and we instantly breakout into a cold sweat because in the back of our minds we know there’s a good chance that Continue reading


Bowdacious from Winged Reel on Vimeo.

Video By: Justin Dobson, Jamie Keown & Matt Bornhorst

Here is our new short.  A summary of some “bowdacious” rainbows landed during the last few months of 2013.  Enjoy the great scenery of the southeast and some slab rainbows.  Thanks to Byron Bennett and Ryan Williams for being part of the video and joining us on a trip or two.

Officially Winter

Warming Up

Written/Photo By: Jamie Keown

Mention the word winter to most folks and thoughts of cold depressing days, often filled with rain, snow, or a combination of the two instantly send cold chills down their body’s. It’s during these cold months that most spend their free time huddled around a warm fire silently counting the days until the first sign of spring arrives. For fly fishers, it’s no different. Winter is often when the rods are pushed aside to make room for the tying bench. Boxes are filled, lines are cleaned, and other loose ends are tied up in preparation for the coming warmer months. It’s no secret that winter fishing can be tough. Cold hands, icy guides, and lackadaisical fish, not willing to leave their holding spots all make the prospect of winter fishing even more disheartening. Never fear though. With proper planning and the right techniques, winter fishing can be some of the most productive fishing you’ll encounter.

When you decide to leave the warmth of your cozy fire and head to the stream, one of the most obvious but often overlooked components of cold weather fishing is Continue reading

Fresh Rubber (Simms Guide Boots)


Written/Photo By: Matt Bornhorst

My old felt-soled wading boots have been thrashed and trashed over the years and I was forced to retire them after many years of service.  The uppers were stretched out to the point that when I tightened the laces, the eyelets on the left side and right side of the ankle would touch and the boots wouldn’t be tight enough to support my ankle or keep my toes from smashing into the ends of the boots on any downhill terrain.

I knew I wanted a heavy duty boot (I tend to be tougher on my gear than most) and I knew that I wanted a rubber sole instead of felt.  With these requirements in mind, I began my quest to find  Continue reading