Join us on Friday November 28th for the sale of the Century!  We will have Winston fly rods for a $100.00.  There is also going to be deep discounts on waders, clothing, tying materials and so much more.  We hope to see you down here on Friday.  The coffee will be hot and so will the savings!

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A big thank you goes out to all Veterans past and present that fought and defended this great country, even making the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that we get to enjoy our freedom and the great American Way!  Please thank a Veteran, as if it were not for them then we would not be able to live free and have the ability enjoy this great country that we call home.

A little history from how Veterans Day became a National Holiday via The US Department of Affairs.

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

Photo Courtesy of The US Department of Affairs

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

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Stitch doing what he loved best

It saddens me to be writing this, but earlier this week the Crazy Rainbow Wing Shooting staff laid to rest our oldest and dearest friend,  Stitch.  This English Pointer lived to the ripe old age of 14 years and started his hunting career with Crazy Rainbow in 2004.  Stitch certainly had a knack and elegance for finding and pointing ditch parrots and will be sorely missed as there is certainly no way to replace him.

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It appears that there seems to be an ever growing trend of tiers that seem to push the envelope when it comes to tying big flies. They incorporate multiple articulation points that add life and movement to a fly to fool big predatory fish. It seems that most vises these days are not exactly designed to accommodate these monstrous inventions, but Peak has answered the call. Peak just unveiled its newest vise, the Jurassic Series Large Iron Retention System. This vise is in a class all its own with the ability hold any hook style that you want to tie with. A favorite among tiers who tie flies for fresh and saltwater predators alike. This new vise captures and retains hooks more positively than conventional vises which rely on friction to clamp hooks between 2 parallel faces.  Peak also features a enormous pedestal base that weighs in around 12 lbs.  This new vise is certainly a one of kind that caters to the tier that likes to tie huge flies (3/0 and up!)  This is probably one of the most heavy duty vises that I have seen for a long time.  For all you tiers that push the limits of tying massive streamers and jigs, this is the vise for you.

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Despite the windy conditions that have plagued us the fishing remains great. We have had the luxury of warm weather and the fish seem to appreciate it as well. Nymphing is still the strongest option for numbers, but don’t count out the dry fly fishing as we are still seeing great blue wing hatches with the occasional caddis mixed in as well. According to the forecast for the upcoming week it appears that we will be experiencing some more fall like weather. Starting November 1st our off season rates take effect and a full day float with lunch is only $325.00. This a great deal and can be a fantastic time to enjoy the North Platte.

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