Connected by the Fly

HoochesWritten By: Pete Van Hattum

When I started fly fishing almost a year ago I never knew the journey it would take me on and the people it would connect me to. Many of those people are new friends which is to be expected because any time you have a new hobby you meet new people who have like interests. The thing that surprised me the most is how it has helped me reconnect with people from many years ago and the journeys we have had since.

To start the reason any of you are reading this article today is because Jamie of Winged Reel and I go way back to our teenage years and spent many good times together doing what teenagers do and a little bit of fishing. Back then Jamie was an avid fly fisherman and while I was interested in Continue reading

Do YOU Have What It Takes?


Written / Photos By: Jamie Keown

Have you ever considered taking your special lady fly fishing??  To some the very thought sends them into panic mode, with night sweats and the whole shebang.  Let’s face it 99% of us aren’t dating/married to an April Vokey type which means the night sweats are somewhat justified.  I recently started dating someone and we’ve had the chance to go on two fishing trips, most recently this past weekend.  She loves the outdoors and is eager to learn how to fly fish.  After our most recent trip I got to thinking about the positives and negatives, and the do’s and don’ts when it comes to fly fishing with your significant other.  I’ll share my thoughts on the subject but before I do I would just like to say there is no manual when it comes to fishing with your partner in crime and all opinions are mine and I fully expect to get some hate mail after writing this…. let the beating commence: Continue reading

The Value of Confidence

Brown Town

Written By: Pete Van Hattum

Photos By: Jamie Keown

When I first really started fly fishing I spent countless hours learning and studying technique. I would watch video after video and read books about casting, mending, and identifying the correct places in the water that would hold fish. However, the one thing I never spent the time to consider or focus on was the value of confidence in fly fishing.

To many people this may sound stupid. How can one’s attitude determine one’s success and to be honest I was in that camp. I figured that if I had all of the correct techniques I would Continue reading

Washing My Soul

Casting into the unknown

Written By: Justin Dobson

Photos By : Justin Dobson/ Pete Van Hattum

The past year has been an interesting voyage for me.  I’m really quite fortunate to have fishing as a part of my life through all the unpleasant changes I’ve faced.  There are times I’ve almost forgotten what the sport has done, or can do for me.  Explaining this to someone who doesn’t fish reminds me of an Albert Einstein quote; “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”

Sure, I can explain what brings me joy, but combining all that fishing has given me throughout my years is complex and pretty tough to sum up.  I’m sure I could and most likely will spend Continue reading

Junk in Your Trunk

Junk in Your Trunk

Written By: Justin Dobson

Photos By: Justin Dobson

“Geek out”.  I love the term.  Most of us who are serious about fly fishing “geek out” at some point.  My moment came when losing a big fish on 2x tippet that should have held.  You try to imagine what went awry in that underwater world.  Did I not tie the knot well?  Teeth?  A rock?  Bad material?

In my quest for knowledge I pondered the following; what effects does temperature have on leader and tippet material.  How many of us are guilty of throwing the fishing bag in our trunk or cab and leaving it there until the following weekend or Continue reading

G Loomis NRX LP

Loomis Written By: Pete Van Hattum

Photos By: Pete Van Hattum & Jamie Keown

When I first looked at investing in a new high end rod, I will be the first to admit that Loomis was not at the top of the list.  After spending countless hours researching the likes of Winston, Sage, Scott, Hardy and many others online I stumbled upon a couple reviews of the NRX LP and decided to dig a little deeper.  Being a relatively new angler to the sport I was looking for Continue reading


Start.Use.Do from Winged Reel on Vimeo.

Written/Narration/Production By: Justin Dobson

Film By: Justin Dobson

What a crazy few months it has been for me.  I’ve found it even more important at times like these to carve out time to fish.  Start.Use.Do is about finding that time and making the most out of it.  The original plan was to just squeeze in a few hours of fishing while I was going by one of my favorite rivers I seldom get to fish.  Boredom struck early on the 2 hour drive through farm land and I found myself selfie filming myself lip syncing “Turn down for what” (to be posted at a later date naturally).  That’s when the idea spawned to try and shoot some decent solo film of my mini weekday adventure using just my smart phone.

Filmed entirely with an iPhone 5 during my 4 hour hiatus from performing my “day job” work duties, filming this reminded me to keep things simple and to use what you have to make the most out of the your free time.  So if you’re heading out past your favorite water, pack a rod.  If you’ve forgotten where your rod is, find it.  And if you only have an iPhone, use it.

Start where you are.  Use what you have. Do what you can.

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