Kelly Galloup Loves Synthetic Fly Grips!

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In this YouTube video from a couple of years ago, fly fishing guru and author, Kelly Galloup, explains how to test a fly rod without actually casting it with fly line installed. But for the purposes of Nadi Fly Rods, it is his introductory comments about synthetic fly grips like Winn grips that I have […]


Fish, fish, fish…

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I’ve organized some photos of fish I’ve caught including a few of angling pal, Shad “Rack” Thomas, over the last few years. I started taking photos regularly since 2010 so this is a small sample of the variety of fish caught in terms of species, size, water, and weather. I’ll try to add more information […]


Catching Smallies at Rockport Reservoir 8-23-15

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Fly fishing pal, Shad “Rack” Thomas, and I did some fly fishing “sploring” (exploring), as we called it, yesterday. Normally, we fish for small-mouth bass at Deer Creek Reservoir above Provo Canyon and below Heber City, Utah. We did some research and decided to give Rockport Reservoir–east of Park City about fifteen to twenty minutes […]


Jay Best: Winner of 2015 Custom Built Salem Hills High School Cheerleading Nadi Fly Rod!

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Thursday evening, August 13, 2015. Jay Best with custom built Salem Hills High School Cheerleading Nadi Fly Rod. —————- After three years of donating to the Salem Hills High School  cheerleading social and fundraising event, hoping to get his hands on one of the beautiful and high performance Nadi Fly Rods, long time fly angler […]

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Catching Smallies at Deer Creek Reservoir

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I fished for smallmouth bass at Deer Creek Reservoir with Shad Thomas this morning. We had a great time, catching and releasing 81 of these superb fighting fish ranging in size from an inch-and-a-half to twelve inches. The weather was outstanding as well, topping off a great float and fly fishing outing with my fishing […]


Diamond Fork Fishing with Flynn

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Today I fished Diamond Fork with Flynn Chivers, a Nadi Fly Rods client, who was interested in getting a little guidance on how to read a stream to improve fishing success. Diamond Fork is a fine small stream I have fished for years with generally good success, but as a technical stream I’ve had my […]


Winn Fly Grips

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Many of you are likely familiar with the grip manufacturer, Winn Grips. Known for making grips with tacky, non-slip, multiple polymer compounds for golf, tennis, bicycles and wraps, they have recently branched out into fishing applications, including fly fishing. This is exciting news for those fly anglers who might find that the traditional portuguese cork […]


RODgeeks Fly Rod Blanks

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Check out the new page dedicated to describing RODgeeks fly rod blanks, their high performance characteristics and potential color customizations. So many options for building a unique and interesting custom fly rod on a top shelf, but affordable blank! And now RodGeeks Carbon 4 fly blanks are offered in four smaller sizes to cover the […]

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Tying a Montana Nymph

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Here’s me tying a Montana nymph. I don’t usually take this long to tie them although they do require a few steps. To get a decent close-up of the process, I placed the camera in front of me, just underneath the fly secured on the vice, and between my arms. It was a little awkward, […]


Fishing Duck Fork Reservoir

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This past Wednesday, I met up with gentleman and superb fly angler, Tom Ogden. I have the greatest respect for Tom. He’s always treated me with kindness and respect even when I approached him as a complete stranger for the first time a few years ago with an email question about fishing in Southeastern, Utah […]


Fishing the Green

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I was invited to go fish the Green River in eastern Utah last weekend (September 19-21) by friends and customers of Nadi Fly Rods, Shad Thomas and Keith Gordon. One of the scenic streams of the western U.S., it is also renowned for healthy population of large trout. But it is also a popular destination […]


Gump’s first catch with “Gump”

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My man Gump–Adam Smith–shows off his first catch–a beautiful brown–with his recently finished custom Nadi Fly Rod, “Gump”. Just the first of many successes with a beautiful, high performance Nadi fly rod! Order your own custom Nadi today to similarly experience Adam’s pleasure of fishing with the best! get your flow… Share the Nadi. Share […]


Adam’s New Custom Nadi Fly Rod!

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New client, Adam Smith, AKA “Gump”, picked up his new Nadi Fly Rod, he appropriately named Gump, this afternoon (7-28-14). Like a proud new papa–he just took up fly fishing recently under the experienced tutelage of Kory Horlacher, also a die-hard Nadi Fly Rod addict–he holds his beautiful new baby with pride and care. Lucky […]


Breaking a Fly Rod

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Fly Rods break. Them’s the facts. But why and how they break is another issue. (The content of this post is also the start of a page on this site titled “Fly Rod Care.”) Usually its carelessness either in a non-fishing situation (e.g., stepping on them, closing a car door on them, bending the tip […]

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Backyard Casting

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On July 1, I decided to film myself doing what I often do after finishing a rod build. I go to my enclosed backyard and cast some line to make sure the rod does what it’s supposed to do and briefly check out its overall performance and feel. This rod was an 8 1/2 ft, […]