3rd Annual Paddle Craft Tournament

by Vince Stegura February 17, 2017

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Surf Expo 2017

by Jenn Stegura January 29, 2017

Hey Fam!

Traveling back from Surf Expo 2017 in Orlando today and wanted to share with you guys some great news! Firstly, we had a great time at the show meeting with our incredible dealers, in addition, to meeting so many new dealers.

Our team has also expanded! We’re so proud to announce the addition of a powerhouse salsa loving duo of Sonia & Orlando! Stay tuned for Icast guys we’re going to be coming strong with new products already in development.

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June’s HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack June 03, 2016

Welcome to June’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a new, not for sale yet SWC SS tee.

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May’s HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack May 06, 2016

Welcome to May’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a HCFT hat and a SWC Candy short sleeve tee.

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ENP or Bust

by Chris Smith March 20, 2016

While timing and planning is always an important consideration, it often weighs too heavily on the mind and soul. Places and activities we have set apart for enjoyment are often overshadowed by possibility and “what-ifs”. Being positive helps dilute the reality, however it can be dangerous. You’ll eventually have to accept what you’re capable of and the limitations of your knowledge and craftiness. Too many times I’ve sat and thought about the physical aspects of events and trips leading to these moments I enjoy and never the mental calamities that follow.

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February’s HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack February 05, 2016

Welcome to February’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a HCFT hat and a SWC Candy long sleeve tee.

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January’s HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack January 08, 2016

Welcome to January’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a HCFT hat and a brand new HCFT Bobbinhead Vintage S/S tee.

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Decembers HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack December 04, 2015

Welcome to Decembers HCFT Tie One Off challenge. We are changing things up a bit this month. Due to the overwhelming response we’ve had to this little giveaway we’ve been […]

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Wednesdays Are For Wondering Pt. 1

by Chris Smith November 30, 2015

A dry boat meets the water and the day’s worries are left behind. The trailer creeks and clunks every mile until its rest. The screech of metal taught friction from my right foot as I apply force to the brake petal. The vehicle slows and comes to a brief stop. For only seconds I wish for it to continue its mechanical existence. With the boat residing in the current, I park my vehicle in its resting place for several hours as I submerge myself amongst all things foreign to most. Those that keep themselves at home away from interaction with nature and the wild unknown, need not apply for friendship. If you are looking for a greater porpouse in life, grab a cold one and come aboard.

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Casting for Cats 2015

by Jenn Stegura November 11, 2015

16x20 PRESSI haven’t posted anything in a very long time but, I really wanted to share my incredible experience and hopefully encourage other lady anglers to participate in Casting for Cats; a back country tournament in Islamorada, Florida next year.

A few years ago, Sug and I found out about Casting for Cats, a non-profit charity benefiting the feral cats in the upper Keys, through their Director Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood. The proceeds pay for the spay/neutering, fostering, adoption process, and clinical care through Upper Keys Veterinary Hospital. Along with providing much needed equipment to the Upper Keys Veterinary Hospital like a top of the line x-ray machine and kennels.

This ladies only tournament is held at the beautiful Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada. The tournament has a bait, artificial, and fly division that awards points for each species you catch out of Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Jack Crevalle, and Catfish. Any lady angler that can catch all of the species has the potential to win a Hells Bay Professional Skiff. It hasn’t happened yet but, really I’m just getting started (wink wink). The first night kickoff party is how this event gets started and it is a blast! Sharon and her wonderful volunteers set up a huge a silent auction and a large display of all of the trophy paintings that many skilled lady anglers will be winning; not to mention the hilarious “Kitty Litter Dig” giving every attendee the chance to win some fun prizes!

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The next morning all the anglers checked in across the street at the Lorelei Cabana Bar. The horn was blown and we were all off! Last year was my first time participating with Captain Mike O’Dell of Salt Water Experience, who so graciously offered his wisdom and experience for the event. This year we partnered up again and rounded out Team “Show Me Your Kitties” with a great friend Jason Fernandez who wanted to capture photographs of what was sure to be an incredible day!

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I didn’t know it at the time but, I was about to have many first and a new personal best! Captain Mike decided Tarpon would be our first species, so off we went, and of course they were out and very hungry. I really wanted to attempt to fish this tournament on fly. I had been practicing my casting skills with a handy practice rod on loan from Captain Derek Rust. Unfortunately, the wind and rain had other ideas and we went for live bait. The tarpon were rolling all around us and at one point I had one chasing my line like he was a clumsy kid throwing popcorn in his mouth, he rolled over and over trying to eat. I flew a silver kite so close to the boat I thought Jason might have to brace himself for impact. The experiences play back in my head as I type this and I can’t stop smiling. I went one for six on Tarpon that morning and if that wasn’t enough I actually caught my personal best Jack Crevalle at 40 inches.FullSizeRender

My life felt complete! I had accomplished something I didn’t think possible with the weather conditions so I suggested lunch and a beer to celebrate! Captain Mike had other plans though and we went for our next species, a Redfish, but they eluded us and time was running short so we hit one last spot to try for a Bonefish. With a half hour till my line had to be out of the water the unthinkable happens. A beautiful Bonefish! (Excuse the silly yikes face but, my RCI Sunglasses are on point!)

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After successfully hooking two Bonefish the 3:00 o’clock bell rung and that was it! Our windy, rainy, incredible adventure on the most beautiful water Florida has to offer was over and back to the Lorelei we went to for check in. After a quick shower, I headed out to the Outpost pool to find my family laughing and playing in the water with skies that seemed to clear just in time for them to play.

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Next came the awards ceremony and delicious prime rib dinner also held at the Outpost. All of the lady anglers being in one room, laughing and sharing stories about their day, made it the perfect ending.

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November’s HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack November 06, 2015

Welcome to November”s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a HCFT hat and a brand new HCFT Bobbinhead Vintage S/S tee.

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Steinhatchee Pumpkin Patch

by Andrew Palau October 05, 2015

Most bachelor parties include strippers swinging on poles and an absurd amount of alcohol, followed by a head banging hangover the following morning.  With J.C. getting married later this month, […]

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Octobers Hardcore Fly Tying Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack October 02, 2015

Welcome to October’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a HCFT stalker mask and a HCFT Vikapus T-shirt. Both not available on the website.

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Micro Management Video

by Dan Decibel September 27, 2015

This is the video that I submitted to the 2015 POONFECTA (Baby Tarpon on fly Tournament) Film Festival. Luckily I got 1st place Poonfecta Film again this year. It was […]

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An Onion Ring Kind Of Love

by Carlos Baz September 25, 2015

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I do not think it much of a leap at all to say that the onion ring could be one the most polarizing fried treats to ever adorn a restaurant menu. Oft lauded,  the mention of onion rings as a possible accompaniment to a cheeseburger or even served by themselves in a bowl or basket is rarely met without a raised eyebrow or muffled “ooh” or “aah.” But God save the onion rings served heaped and sweaty and mushy onto a plate. Never, not ever will they be able to escape being labeled as  “bad” onion rings. When an onion ring is correctly made though, they can be marvelous. A crispy salty, starchy shell around a just cooked and perfectly sweet cord of onion. And it is at these two extremes where the onion ring lives. Unlike sister french fry, there is no middle ground for the onion ring to occupy. And while there are certainly arguments to be had of who has the best onion rings or the worst onion rings, of those that are loved and those that are hated,  there will never be talk of onion rings being just “fine.” It does not happen.  All the more reason to love the onion ring. There is only triumph or failure.  And it is in the spirit of triumph that I offer the recipe for the first great onion ring that I ever tasted.  I’ve had a few that have been as good, but none that have been better.

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September’s HCFT Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack September 04, 2015

Welcome to September’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
We are changing things up a bit for this holiday weekend challenge. You have until Monday night at 8pm to tie the fly posted below to the best of your ability. Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win 2 SWC/HCFT micros, color and size of the winners choosing.

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Smile factory.

by Chris Smith August 20, 2015

I’ve Found it odd, within the last couple of months I’ve seemed to have developed a love for watching people catch fish. More so in real life and in person than on any monitor or Television. As I sit here in my quiet house listing to the ice in my drink and the stroke of my absurdly loud key board. I cant help but reminisce on days long past. Mother nature washing my house as I type and the wind billowing through the old Bay tree in my back yard, I step back in time and ponder thoughts.

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August’s Hardcore Fly Tying Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack August 07, 2015

Welcome to August’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
You have until Sunday night at 8pm to tie the fly posted below to the best of your ability. Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a SWC Snook print shirt, size and color of the winners choosing and a new SWC Tailer license plate.

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Tidal Carp Revisited

by Mark July 10, 2015

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Few experiences can compare to wading and sight fishing a saltwater flat for bones and perms. The water is crystal clear requiring your senses to be at their highest operating capacity as you await that one shot at glory. Sometimes, it can be virtually impossible to see an approaching bone, especially on a cloudy or windy day. The permit are far easier to see in my eyes, but catching them? That’s an entirely different story. It’s been a long time since I’ve played that game and I really miss it. I’ve filled the void in my soul by targeting the freshwater equivalent: cyprinus carpio, otherwise known as the “common carp”. It was the carp that prepared me so well for my saltwater forays in the Caribbean and sight fishing for them reduced my learning curve on the flats. As I patiently await my next sojourn south, I am still practicing. I’ve found tidal carp to be the closest equivalent to the “real” thing and I learn something new about their behavior after every outing.

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Hardcore Fly Tying Tie One Off Challenge

by Dustin Pack July 03, 2015

Welcome to July’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
You have until Sunday night at 8pm to tie the fly posted below to the best of your ability. Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this weeks challenge will receive a one of a kind HCFT Mossy Oak hat and other goodies.

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ASCENSION

by Dan Decibel June 17, 2015

Nothing but Rollers on a mission in the Florida Keys.

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ROAD to NOWHERE 2015

by Dan Decibel June 13, 2015

This past May I was luckily invited to join on an annual Everglades Camping trip in search of fish with the boys from Texas. This video is full of clips […]

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Cold Case Vol. 1

by Chris Smith June 08, 2015

The early morning sky was a fire. I had received reports of “Bruiser” and his “gang”, running about in the creeks and tidal ponds. The mosquito cuts were a necessary route of passage for these young bloods and O.G.’s of the mud. I set out to find an operative to help locate and discipline the group. I needed a real brawler if you know what I mean, knock down and drag out kinda guy.  This would be no easy task and I felt assured that my companion and I could locate and apprehend the culprits. Reports of him and his buddies beating down the grass shrimp and mullet were all too common. We set out in the new caprice that Unlimited Glass works supplied us. One heck of a step up from our last cruiser.sunriseboat

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Bahamas GoPro Clips

by Chris Lewis June 06, 2015

Here are a couple go pro clips from a recent trip to the Bahamas.  Should have recorded more, maybe next time.  Always a hard decision to focus on fish or […]

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