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Spring Promo W.R. Case Knives

We recently received a large shipment from W.R. Case here at the shop, and most of it is part of the Spring 2016 Promo Book.  W.R. Case has lots of new items being released this year as usual, and here are a few photos of new arrivals:

First are the Green Apple Bone knives, including Sod Buster Jr., Trapper, Copperlock, Saddlehorn (single blade), Large Stockman and Medium Stockman.



Another new series is the Autumn Harvest Bone knives that have a nice, deep rich brown coloration to them with just a hint orange around the edges.  These knives have the Shotgun Shell XX shields in them as well.  Patterns we just stocked are the Sowbelly, Trapper, Sod Buster Jr. and Muskrat.


There are two new series of orange colored knives coming out.  One is the Carved Persimmon Orange series that features the raised Case logos in the bone handles.  The other set is the smooth Persimmon Orange with smooth bone handles.  Patterns we have now are Sod Buster Jr., Trapper, Mini Trapper, Copperlock, and Muskrat:



The Limited XX set this year is a pink/blue/purple colored bone they are calling Cotton Candy.  We currently have the Teardrop, Toothpick and Peanut available.


W.R. Case also produced a series they called Painted Desert, which only featured 3 patterns: Teardrop, Russlock and Trapper.  Each pattern came in 4 colors, and these are limited supply.  Great Easter colors I might add.


Tony Bose/ W.R. Case 2016 Collaboration Knife

Mark is elbow deep in the festivities out at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and ran into famous custom knife maker and designer Tony Bose at the W.R. Case & Sons booth.  Tony does a collaboration knife with W.R. Case each year, and for 2016 it is the Wilfred Lockback Folding Hunter.



Tony Bose and his Folding Hunter

Tony Bose and his Folding Hunter

The Lockback Folding Hunter features a 154CM clip blade and will be offered in 5 handles: Chestnut Bone, Brown Bone, Ebony Wood, 6.5 Bonestag, and Abalone.  It is worth noting that the usual Antique Bone offering each year in this knife has been replaced this year with a Brown Bone.  Although they do look very similar in color in my opinion, it is a different color.  Also, there is no stag or mother of pearl this year, but a Bonestag handle instead in the most limited number at 125 pieces made.  They are also making 125 pieces of Abalone, 200 Ebony, and 275 each of the Chestnut and Brown bone.  Lastly, look for the pricing on these to be at or below pricing than the previous few years offerings.


Bonestag Closeup

Bonestag Closeup

Dealing with Conditions

I’ll be honest, Mother Nature has not exactly been kind to me on my last few fishing outings.  In fact, last time I had the day to go fish, it rained hard all night and by the morning of, all the rivers were completely blown out.  I even drove to 4 different locations, just to see if anything was low enough to fish.  This week, conditions were a little better, but still far from ideal.  Recent rains again had the rivers high and murky. And it was a nice 27 degrees when I arrived.  Not to mention the river itself looked a little different as some areas had been silted in from high waters.  I started out throwing streamers and located a few fish scattered in the middle of the river.  As I worked my way into deeper water, I caught the best brookie of the day on the streamer:


Once I had fished the streamer through the area, I switched over to nymphing with a larger black stone fly and a worm pattern.  After about 30 minutes of fishing this rig, it seemed apparent that the fish only really wanted the worm pattern.  After changing the worm up a few times, it also seemed that the fish mostly wanted a red one.  So, for the rest of the day, that is what I used.  I had to adjust the amount of split shot on occasion, and the depth of the indicator.  In a few places, I went without the indicator and just did some high sticking.  Keeping the worm near the bottom on a good drift produced a good many fish, and I was able to complete the slam with a brook, rainbow and brown trout all of decent size.  The higher murky water was surely dictating how I had to fish, and what the fish were responding to, but as long as you experiment and adapt to conditions you can have a productive day.



Fall Fishing In Full Swing

This is certainly one of my favorite times of year, for a variety of reasons.  October through December just seems to have so much to offer between college football, deer hunting, and great fishing.  Combine that with the leaves changing color, cool temperatures and great Fall harvest foods and I am one happy camper.  I got out this week and did some trout fishing, my best fish was this decent rainbow:


Many rivers in SC and NC will get stocked pretty heavy this time of year, and the DH regulated streams are back to catch-and-release only.  Plenty of trout in the rivers means more opportunity for catching.  My recent outing on the river started a little chilly, at 31 degrees outside.  Switching between olive and black streamers to dragging a stonefly and lightning bug nymph around produced most of my fish.  I did manage two fish on an elk hair caddis dry fly at one point when I wanted to just try something different.  I did not see any fish rising to bugs, but figured I would give it a shot and I the two fish took the dry fly in a fairly shallow riffle, but that was the only surface action I got.  One of them was a decent brown trout.