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Today, I’m sharing items from Richardson Chest Fly Box, Wes Ashcraft, & Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival.
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Once you see the image of a Richardson box, you’ll realize that you’ve seen it before. If you’ve read or watched some of the classics from George Harvey or Joe Humphreys, these boxes are (literally) front and center. A Pennsylvania company, Richardson has been making chest packs since before chest packs were “in.” These hand-built fly boxes sit tight and high, are incredibly customizable, and versatile enough to use with a vest or by themselves. Even if you just want to do some online window shopping, I highly suggest checking their website out.
There are a lot of amazing fly fishing hats to be had out there. I’ve shown an incredible amount of restraint at recent Fly Fishing Show stops. Social media makes it even harder to keep the credit cards in the wallet. One artist that creates some very cool apparel is Wes Ashcraft. As you’ll see in the link above, he utilizes a few different techniques. Some patterns are more realistic, others are slightly stylized. His brookie hats really caught my eye, and I think you’ll enjoy following his work.
Although the inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival has already taken place, you should still follow their social media accounts. Some of the names, brands, and activities that they featured in their first year are worth checking out – and very impressive! Regional fly fishing expos are incredibly valuable to the angling community and the host communities as well. So go ahead, check them out, and scroll back through the highlights of what fly fishing looks like in Texas.
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