Most Fridays on Casting Across are devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.
Today, I’m sharing items from Rawson & Perrin, Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, and Trout Life.
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Instagram is a great gateway into what companies are all about. The best, in my opinion, utilize the platform to demonstrate who they are, not just what they make. Rawson & Perrin is a fly tackle manufacturer in the United Kingdom that I would probably never have come across if not for Instagram’s recommendation feature. Their handmade reels and split cane rods are beautiful. You get to see the production process as well as the finished product. But there are also pictures of English chalk streams and rough fish, and that is what makes this account really worth a follow. And like I said, Instagram is a gateway: hop on their website and check out what they have to offer, as well.
Do you have any idea of the angling opportunities in and around our nation’s capital? I essentially grew up fishing in northern Virginia, and am still surprised at what fish are swimming through downtown DC. This International Federation of Fly Fishers group focuses on conservation, education, and, of course, fly fishing in this remarkable watershed. There is certainly a lot of the former to be done, as only a generation ago the river and its tributaries were ecological disasters that very few would wet a line in. So there is about as much need for reputation rehab as there are opportunities to pick up litter and to advocate. If you are in the area, check them out. If you’re somewhere else in this wide world, keep an eye on what this group is doing: you literally never know what species they will catch next.
I’ve written about Trout Life before, and this post from one of the company’s owners is a great read if you camp, camp with kids, or don’t want to camp because you have kids. Although not strictly about fly fishing, there is a lot of carry-over when it comes to getting your mind around the logistics and hurdles of getting out the door and “dealing” with everything that comes with it. She ends the post with “it’s worth it,” and I think we can all relate to that sentiment. Browse around the rest of the Trout Life Blog. There are some great posts to be read, and some cool products to check out.