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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

In 1966, the year I graduated from high school, the Academy Award for best musical score went to a farcical musical film named: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Staring Zero Mostel and among others, Buster Keaton, the film was an adaptation of the successful Broadway play by the same name. It is a classic tale of a Roman slave seeking his freedom by helping a young noble woo a young Roman maiden. Funny as hell but having nothing to do with fly fishing. Much like Buster Keaton’s character—Erronius (A befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused). A bit of trivia, this was Keaton’s last film in an acting career that spanned 49 years from 1917-1966. But the title did spur some thought about forums, particularly forums related to fly fishing.

In lay terms, a forum can be described as: a gathering place of great social significance, and often the scene of diverse activities, including political discussions and debates, rendezvous, meetings, markets, etc. Forums supplemented the function of a conciliabulum. That would be a great name for a trout fly if you could just figure out what it looked like. Angler to fly shop clerk, “I need a dozen #12 Olive Conciliabulums.” more…

Announcing! New FASTER! 2 to 4 Day Shipping

You asked for faster shipping and we listened! We’ve just launched a new delivery option that we’re dubbing FASTER! Priced at just $6, our FASTER! service will arrive at your doorstep in 2 to 4 business days after leaving our warehouse.

For example, if you live in Pennsylvania and order on Tuesday, you can expect to get your order on Friday, and sometimes sooner. You’ll get the same service for all of New England and most of New York, Florida and California, too! In most cases, your order will be delivered via the USPS First Class or Priority Mail.

You can still take advantage of our low-cost ECONOMY service which is free on any order over $100 and $5 for all other orders. And, for those in need of super fast delivery we continue to offer premium expedited services like Next Day.

To get the details on all our shipping options go here. And, you can see state by state (continental US only) delivery estimates for our new FASTER! service here:

Our Newest Pro Tyer – svenddiesel

We’re pleased to introduce you to Erik Svend Svendsen of Provo, UT, the most recent addition to our Pro Tyer Team. Erik mainly ties for trout, but he really likes tying new patterns. He has a goal of #tyingoneflyaday where every day he tries to tie a fly pattern he never tried before. Sounds like a great idea to us!

A college girl friend introduced Erik to fly fishing and he was instantly hooked – to fly fishing that is. He fished for several years and then took a break. A few years ago, after a summer of diving into fly fishing seriously, he thought that the best way to understand the bugs and patterns would be to tie his own flies. He took a course in the summer of 2016 and was instantly addicted.

One of Erik’s latest creations – Firehole Outdoors hook, Nature’s Spirit Fly Tying partridge tail, Semperfli straggle string and nano silk. Hareline Dubbin gritty tungsten sealed with Loon Outdoors thin then flow.

For Erik, tying is an escape that focuses him on something so small and that only takes minutes from start to finish yet gives a real a sense of accomplishment. Tying has led to great friendships both on and off the water and helps Erik feel more involved in the sport even when he can’t fish as much as he’d like. When the occasion presents itself, Erik volunteers with the local Scout District, teaching the fishing merit badge and hosting fly tying night for the boys and leaders. He also occasionally works with troubled youth with a goal to get them ‘on the water’ whenever he can.

Erik just won the Douglas Outdoors Bass Fly Contest and was Tacky Fishing Fly Tyer of the month recently. He is a member of the Semperfli and Moonlit Hooks Pro Teams and is an Ambassador for FlySkinz, Isle Surf and Sup and Stealth Hooks. Join us in welcoming Erik. You can find him @: https://www.instagram.com/svenddiesel/ and  https://www.facebook.com/svend.diesel.9