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Case Settles as Idylwilde Looks to 2016

[caption id="attachment_10356" align="alignleft" width="700"] Idylwilde sun rising over recent clouds[/caption] The legal dispute between Umpqua, Mirabel and Idylwilde has settled.  The case has come to a close. It is now time for Idylwilde to look towards 2016.  The company  intends to hone production through 2015.  Insuring that 2016 deliveries will meet Idylwilde ...

Some Reasons to Celebrate this Septober!

[caption id="attachment_9956" align="alignnone" width="499"] Christmas in Septober--the first Idylwilde Flies from Sri Lanka have arrived![/caption]   Just in time for our favorite season, Idylwilde's first fly shipment from Sri Lanka arrived on Friday! It was cleared by customs and US Fish & Wildlife, then delivered to our Portland headquarters. A list of ...

Are There Carp on Mars?

[caption id="attachment_9904" align="alignnone" width="666"] Somewhere between Rufus and Biggs we crossed over into Martian landscape.[/caption]   Are there carp on Mars? That was the big question on my mind as we made for a landing at Carpocalypse 2013. Sensors indicated a surface temperature of 102-degree-Fahrenheit. Humanoid lifeforms were rare, and mostly limited ...

Operation Chubby, Part 3: Filling the Reservoir

[caption id="attachment_9828" align="alignnone" width="526"] The Director shows his approval for the new Chubby Chernobyl--made in Sri Lanka![/caption]   The monkeys were on the roof! I could hear them running on the corrugated steel overhead. I left my vise mid-Chubby and dashed outside, hoping to get my first look. The ladies all murmured ...

Operation Chubby, Part 2: Rebirth in the Mahaweli Valley

Our mission to bring back the Chubby marches inland, deep into the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country. Where names have been omitted, we are merely respecting the wishes of the people involved. For those who feel I have overstated our goal to "set up a new Idylwilde factory," I ...

Operation Chubby: The Long Way to Colombo

Our journey began in the typical pre-dawn frenzy. Like starting early would somehow get us there faster. Zach and I checked off the last of our to-dos on the way to the airport. When we finally stood at the gate, the clock started running on a 49-hour brain-numbing waiting game. ...

Hot Spots and Space Helmets: Evolution of the MW Scud

A story today from the front lines of flyfishing research, deep in the heart of the Driftless. Here, amidst a dizzying maze of perfect trout streams, a new bug is born. Mat Wagner of the Driftless Angler in Viroqua, Wisconsin explains the origins of the MW Scud: "I was tired of ...