Looking Back on February

This past month I was busy with fishing shows and a list of custom net orders. Now that I’m (almost) caught up, I can provide something of substance instead of something that is uninspired and full of typos.

We participated in two shows this month including the Bellefonte Sporting Collectors Show and Heidlersburg Fishing Show. Many nets found new homes at these events and even more net orders were placed. I can look forward to another busy month ahead.

So what’s on the workbench as I type? In the rod wrapper I have a 7’9″ 3-weight fly rod. I added the second coat of wrap finish to all but three guides last night. The remaining three guides are on back order for another week. The rod will be perfect for native trout or panfish and since it is a 4-piece unit it will pack quite well.

On the net side, I have eight orders waiting for my attention. Before I can get to them though, I’m working on five Scout nets that will feature new woods and be unveiled at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show on March 16th. As a teaser, the new woods include Purple Heart, Cherry and Padauk.

In my net gluing mold I have a Guide net in progress that features a walnut hoop and a beautiful burled handle that was stabilized and dyed blue. I had a little trouble with the burl, as my first handle was destroyed after some gross negligence on my part. I won’t tell you exactly what I did, but I definitely won’t be doing it again.

The other big thing we’ve been working on this past month is laser engraving. Right now I either send out my nets for engraving or simply use decals. To speed up the engraving process and come up with an excuse to play with lasers, I’ve started tinkering with different engravers. Look forward to a future blog post on that as it develops.

There are still a few more fishing shows in March which will round out my 2019 winter show season. The Wellsville Fishing Show, in Wellsville, PA will be held on March 9th and just a week later on the 16th I’ll be at the Maryland Fly Fishing show.

We have some big announcements coming up in just a few weeks and we’ll be working on at least four major product features right after the show season. Those include………..nah, can’t tell you just yet!

I did get out to actually fish this month…..once.

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