Keep Em’ Wet

Gone in 4 seconds - Photo By Matt Bornhorst

Written By: Jamie Keown

Photos By: Matt Bornhorst

Fad (noun)

Something (such as an interest or fashion) that is very popular for a short time 

Believe it or not I actually saw an advertisement for a stick that attaches to your phone in order to take selfies of your butt. It’s called a Belfie stick. I cannot make this shit up! The Belfie stick, I imagine, will join countless other fads that come and go like the changing of the seasons. Fads encompass all things in life and fly fishing definitely sees its fair share of them as well. The latest being a movement to “Keep ’Em Wet”. With all of the major brands and companies throwing around this new slogan it got me to thinking… fad or worth permanent adoption.

So I did a little research and according to the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in an article published on The Physiological Effects of Brief Air Exposure in Exhaustively Exercised Rainbow Trout, air exposure does Continue reading

Simms Freestone Waders

Pete's Rainbow

Written By: Pete Van Hattum

Photo By: Jamie Keown

I feel like any time you review a pair of waders it better be after they have some miles on them. I would expect that all waders work for the first couple trips but what happens after they have been through briars, fallen in rivers and streams, and trekked through the stream side brush that has ripped nets, jackets, and even snapped a fly rod. Well, over the last year and half the Simms Freestone Waders have been on that exact journey with me and so far they are still performing flawlessly.

If anyone puts miles on something quickly it is me. I am a person who tends to be hard on everything and unfortunately for my waders I am also clumsy. Over the last year I have Continue reading

Fishin’ with Frugality

Matt Bornhorst - MB Photography

Written & Photos By: Matt Bornhorst

Anyone else besides me realize how much fly fishing equipment and camera gear costs?  Just saying those words causes money to disappear from my checking account like it wasn’t even there to begin with.  I like to think of myself as pretty frugal and always looking for a deal, but this frugalness also produces some ideas that I am proud to call cheap, yet effective. Continue reading

Evolve and Adapt Fishing

Justin Dobson - Fly Fishing

Written By: Justin Dobson

Photos By: Matt Bornhorst

I’m sure everyone has heard this one:

“You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on you. 
No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he is not the same man.”

I spent the last Sunday of the year doing what I love to do; Standing in the middle of a creek catching nothing.  This time my lack of luck came because I actually wasn’t fishing.   I spent some time filming and watching the other guy’s fish.  It really dawned on me how much this particular creek had changed since last time I was here.  Thinking beyond that it was incredible how Continue reading

5 Wt. Shootout

Peter Van Hattum

Written By: Pete Van Hatttum

Photo By: Jamie Keown

If any of you are like me you are always interested in the latest in fly rods and reels. While I am not always in the market for new gear, I am always fascinated in the technology changes and where the industry is going. If you are in the market and didn’t get that 9ft present you were hoping for then this is the article for you.

If you aren’t familiar with Yellowstone Angler’s shootouts you are in for a treat. It seems like a couple of times a year they take an in depth look at the market place and put a wide array of products to the test. If you’re looking for Continue reading

2014 Year In Review


Written By: Jamie Keown

Photos By: The Whole WR Crew

It’s that time of year again… the time when we all swear off booze for the coming year and make a “serious” commitment to eat healthy. I think we all know how that one plays out… It’s also the time of year when we look back and reflect on the year that was. For us here at Winged Reel, 2014 was a huge year! We were fortunate enough to have the chance to meet some great people and learn a lot along the way. We feel like we accomplished a lot but still have a long way to go as we strive to continue to bring all of you our perspective on our passion for fly fishing and the people involved. Continue reading

What Makes a Great Shop?

The Big Run

Written By: Peter Van Hattum, Jamie Keown & Justin Dobson

Photos By: Peter Van Hattum & Jamie Keown

Just like most of you who have found us here, I am a follower of Gink and Gasoline. The guys over there do great work and have always been very receptive and responsive to all of us.  One of the coolest things they do is the Fly Shop 500 where people have the opportunity to vote for the favorite fly shop and win that shop free advertising for a year on their webpage.  As I went to vote this year I realized I had been to quite a few shops this year and it started to make me wonder what makes a great fly shop?  I thought I would put my thoughts on paper but also challenged Jamie and Justin to do the same. Continue reading

New Zealand Strike Indicator


Written By: Peter Van Hattum

Photos By: Jamie Keown

I have to say I was skeptical of the New Zealand Strike Indicator when I first saw it. I just had a hard time believing that a wool indicator could hold up to a full day of fishing. However after reading countless reviews from people I trusted I was interested enough to shell out the $30 plus dollars to get what I thought I needed to get started.

I started with the whole setup. I know most people probably by the pack with the tool the small tubing and the little amount of wool but I figured if Continue reading

Open Season Vol. 2 (follow-up)

Rude Buck Nasty - Peter Van Hattum

Written By: Justin Dobson

Photos By: Jamie Keown & Brent Davis

Last month Jamie had written about the proposed changes to the Georgia trout season and upcoming public meetings to gauge opinions.  I had the opportunity of attending the meeting at Red Top Mountain in Cartersville on a night that was so cold it kept most from attending.  There Jeff Durniak, the Region Fisheries Supervisor for the GA DNR Fisheries Management Section gave a great presentation which proved the staff at GA DNR had done some extensive homework.

I was surprised the effect regional flooding had on trout populations.  Much more than human impact.  It’s a thought I often pondered but only extensive stream studies over a number of years (and well spent tax dollar salaries) could prove.  Another surprising element was that of Continue reading