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I sell DVDs and High Definition downloads on the video store (see tab at top of page) or should I say, I offer them. I assumed most folks were like me and bought videos online and would welcome the chance to try HD via download, especially if it was the same price as a DVD but in better quality. I was wrong. While I have some people that have taken advantage of the HD subscription offer (and have been quite happy with it) I think I've yet to sell a single copy of an HD Download version of one of the DVD titles, even the one's with Bob Jacklin that you can't get on the rest of the store. And while I've sold several hundred DVDs to wholesalers, I've only made a few direct sales. I'm still a little curious as to why but I also when ahead and embraced it and a couple months ago added 9 of our DVD titles to Amazon via their auto fulfillment option. While it was kind of a headache to get set up, that was mainly on my end and had to do with file management. I'm still only getting the return I'd get from a wholesaler (who buy a lot more at one time) but I also don't have to do anything to manage them and I don't have to pay shipping. People seem to trust Amazon more or perhaps its just a more convenient and familiar venue. Either way, its been an interesting experience and I get to say my products are carried by Amazon. Take a look at the links below to see the titles I'm selling via the Big A.

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New Vid from Leland

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I know they are a retailer but this is a fairly interesting video on popping steelhead flies. I also like the stepped up video production quality. Watch to the end to see them in use with a fish on.

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Disclosure: I am signed up as an affiliate of Leland so if you click the links and buy something, I get to keep a smidge. That said. I haven't seen the DVD or used the flies so no recommendations here. I'm just posting this for informational purposes.

Juan Ramirez Ties the Colarado Caddis

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The other day I came across Juan Ramirez's site HopperJuan.  He's a tyer and blogger from the Front Range in Colorado [east side of the mountains for those wondering].  You should check out his blog if you get a chance.  Its got some great pics of the bugs he and his compatriots tie down there.  I contacted him and he pointed me to his Vimeo page with several sweet patterns.  Here he is tying the Colorado Caddis, a little caddis pupa pattern.  Take a look and then check out his site if you get a chance.

Update and Upgrade

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Heads up folks. I may be attempting to upgrade the blog software I'm using tonight. I'm a couple versions behind. This is all for the upcoming new theme/skin/look upgrade. I'm backing up the database, redundasizing the server files, and quite possibly hacking the mainframe, if those still exist. So, wish us luck.

See you tomorrow....maybe.

A new Generation of Fishing Magazines

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Over the last few years a new trend in fishing magazines has arisen: Online only magazines. I don't know if these qualify as "webzines" or "zines". I thought those died out pretty quickly. The new generation though uses software to try to imitate the feel of the paper magazines. The Big Daddies of the genre seem to be the gorgeously photographed Catch magazine that I wrote about earlier and This Is Fly which has a hipper more urban feel to it.

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Catch boasts readership in the hundreds of thousands globally and deservedly so. Its the Nat Geo of fishing magazines with beautiful photo spreads and text that I'm sure is great but I usually just stare at the photos and dream. Filmmaker Todd Moen and photographer Brian O'Keefe have built something really special with this one and I urge you to check it out. This Is Fly is a hipper edgier design centric feel to it which kind of jibes with their Brooklyn address. Still they put together a great mag and if edgy is your thing, definitely give them a look.

In the ever-urgent search for ways to get the word out about The Weekly Fly I've come across a few other interesting online-only mags that are not as well known but probably should be. These smaller operations are still working out some of the technical kinks but those are relatively minor (back issues not loading, login issues, etc) and they provide some interesting and unique content.

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The first of these (out of no particular order) is Bloodknot Magazine. The latest issue dedicates itself to fly fishing bloggers and they run the gamut. They have several departments including a featured photographer which in this issue is Aleksandar Vrtaric of Suck My Fly. Bloodknot is a good mag to check out and, like all of these mags, you can't beat the price.

Kype Magazine is a traditional print magazine that releases a digital version. The layout is much more tradtional and they cover hardware fishing as well as fly fishing but I include it here because well, I stumbled across it and it looked worth checking out.

I haven't take a whole lot of time to look at Fly Life Magazine out Australia/New Zealand yet because the interface is a little awkward on the small screen but I wanted to mention it because it illustrates the global nature of these digital mags.

On that same note is out of Spain but with an English version (as well as Spanish, of course). Another great venue for pics and some interesting non-North American-centric articles. Its nice to get a different perspective on things and these two international mags certainly offer that.

Finally, The Contemporary Sportsman is put out by Integrated Digital Publishing (read Jim Stenson who also does a fair amount of writing) which also puts out The Contemporary Wingshooter and, in early 2011, Backcast which will be dedicated to Fly Fishing. Contemporary Sportsman is kind of a mix between Gray's Sporting Journal and Drake. It has a unique and interesting take on the outdoors but definitely focuses on higher end clientele with a more, uh high brow style. I have no problem with this. The writing is engaging with a personalized and literary style which I like and the photography is outstanding. CS covers both fishing and hunting and does it well.

These magazines are all worth looking into but two things stand out with all of them. They are free and they don't clog up your mail box (unless you subscribe to the paper version of Kype). I live in a digital age and I live in a town where I take the recycling in myself, which of course means it piles up. This has the added benefit of seeing all the waste that we contribute to. I no longer subscribe to the local paper because I was hauling ten pounds of it to the recycling center every month. Its a hassle and unnecessary. But I also live on my laptop. We don't have TV because we watch what we need on our computer. I get my radio on the computer too. I get my news on the computer and I read e-books on an e-reader. So, its nice to be able to, with a few simple clicks, reach out and grab some high quality fishing content without having to worry about throwing it away. And, hey, its free.

If you know of other digital magazines that I've missed, do me a favor and publish them in the comments under "send feedback" next to the post title. 'preciate it and cheers.

Ok, here's another one that I missed yesterday. "Pool 32 Mag is a new fly fishing e-magazine for everyone who loves fly fishing, and wish to follow environmental issues as well."(link takes you to blog where you can find the e-mag). I love that they are focusing on environmental issues that effect anglers. Most other mags touch on this but its important enough to deserve more attention. OH, and the photography rocks! Its produced out of Denmark but the Second issue provides several different viewpoints on the Pebble Mine campaign. Enjoy.

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Found another one. The winter issue of Ten & Two Magazine: The Anglers Journey focuses on the Catskills rivers and heritage. A ton of articles and photos on the region and people. I really like this one too. Again, it focuses on the higher end of the market as opposed to the do it yourself crowd but the writing is great. Maybe I'm just partial to the history of the region but I'm sold based on this issue. In their words: "TEN & TWO is where you can go to get away from the crowds and find that special spot where the fish might be bigger or smaller, but the experience is often more special."

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Another great photo centric emag but with some excellent writing as well. There are a lot of great contributors here and its well worth your look. SID (Sleeping In the Dirt):

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