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As eagerly as anticipated in certain circles as spring itself, the Howler Bros. spring line is live as of today!

In case you’ve been cold so long you forgot what warm weather feels like, please follow these 5 steps:

  1. Run to the store and grab a lime and any six pack that has the word “cerveza” on the label.
  2. Return home, crank the heater, put on some shorts and a short sleeve.
  3. If you have a bucket handy, fill it with cold water and place on the floor, insert feet.
  4. Squeeze lime in to your cerveza, kick back, and watch the video above a few times to get in the right frame of mind.
  5. Visit www.howlerbros.com and dream of warm sunny days, believe it or not they’re right around the corner.

Howler Spring 15

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One of the biggest advantages to pouring our heart and soul into this blog is that over the years we’ve met many people who are just as passionate as we are about fishing and adventure. Chase and Andy surely fall into that camp as they’re both living the dream as two of the founders of Howler Bros. As any long time reader will know, i’ve been a longtime fan of not just their style, but also their quality and vision since the beginning. They’re equal parts surfing / fly-fishing / and art, which more than sets them apart from your usual “fly-fishing wear” companies (which are normally boxy, unstylish, and usually only available in khaki, white or some awful color that a conch shell spewed forth after one to many mai-tais at the luau.)

Recently Howler was generous enough to send me a package containing two of this seasons styles, the Gaucho Snapshirt and the Workman’s Shirt, to test out both on the water and living out my mini urban adventures around Austin (and a whole lot at work).

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The first piece is the Workman Shirt, a new offering for this season. The 100% cotton fabric is a bit thicker than most other Howler pieces (think light flannel), making it ideal for cooler weather “work” like splitting wood or gathering wild berries. The shirt is prewashed which gives it an incredibly soft hand that provides that “worn in” feel straight out of the package. If you like playing the “Mad English Professor” as i do, you’ll surely appreciate the elbow patches that are especially pronounced on a few of the color options. While this shirt could undoubtedly be used for cool weather fishing, it’s much more likely to become your “go to” shirt when it’s time to keep it classy but casual.

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The second shirt needs no introduction as the Gaucho has become the de facto staple piece for Howler Bros. and with good reason. Over the years it has played host to custom embroidery from pelicans, bass, and hula dancers to roosters, hibiscus and dancing prawn. These shirts have always had style and flair, but the polyester / nylon blend tended to be a bit warm when the heat and humidity climbed during our Texas summers. Fortunately, starting this season all the Gauchos are a much more comfortable blend of 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton which makes them significantly cooler while stalking the flats in the oppressive mid-day sun.

This year the Gaucho came in a plaid pattern in addition to the embroidered styles and all i can say is that it quickly became my favorite shirt to wear both on the water and at work. The pearl snaps, and western style pocket flaps, give it some style points while the pleated chest pockets (for fly boxes) and vented back yoke add to the overall function. As with all Howler shirts, the arms are cut longer to add mobility without binding for those Hail Mary casts you might have to make at a moments notice.

I might add that both of these shirts go well with a straw fedora. Trust me, i’ve tested.

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Ornaments, tinsel, reindeer antlers on cars, and the same three songs covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Springsteen.  Sadly, in today’s consumer hungry economy that could mean it was anytime from October 31st to January the 15th, so it can be hard to tell when the holidays are truly here.

The REAL sign that the holidays are among us is the annual announcement from Cameron at The Fiberglass Manifesto that the “12 Days of Christmas” daily drawings have begun, the sure sign that the festivities are here, or at least just around the corner.

This year The Manifesto’s featuring prizes solely from vendors that make all (or some) of their product in the U.S.A. I’m happy to say that some of our favorites (Howler Bros., Simms, Loon Outdoors and more) have all taken part and the prizes look to be epic.

So if you’re not sure if you’ve been naughty or nice, head to The Fiberglass Manifesto blog now,  where luckily they don’t judge. Do it quick though, day one is almost over!

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It seems like some of the best ideas sprout forth from the subconscious when there is so little going on, that the mind starts swinging around on the jungle gym and comes up with all kinds of thoughts to entertain itself.  Case in point, on a recent trip where i happened to run into Gabe from theflyriverturtle.blogspot.com, the bass fishing was so off that we quickly found ourselves spending most of our time in dialogue about what turned out to be a mutual passion…nay, obsession, gar.

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Gar aren’t for everyone (thank goodness) but we both feel (although we might be insane) that gar are not only the most exciting warm water fish to catch, but also the next awkward fish that will hog the limelight and inspire entire lines or gar rods, gar lines, and gar flies.  Doubt that?  Then think back to how you felt about carp just five years ago.

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So why are we doing this?

  1. We’re both a little nuts and obsessed by this fascinating beasts.
  2. This much aligned prehistoric fish needs somebody (or an entire posse) to stand up for it because i’m sick to death of hearing anglers bitch about how they ruin the ecosystem while they catch them and throw them on the banks to suffer and die.
  3. Mankind has been around for about 200,000 years, gar for around 100 million.  If that doesn’t make you respect them, you should probably take up golf.
  4. Because there isn’t an entire scene around them.  Use what you want to fish for them, even if there was a special “Gar rod” and “Gar Line” you wouldn’t need it.  Try something new and relax in the comfort that you’re trying to catch something that most people would say was uncatchable.  Also, remember this is exactly what people thought about carp before they invented an entire marketing campaign to tell what it would require to catch THEM.

So get out there and catch one, treat it with respect and awe, snap a photo, release and post your shot on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #garbros.  Hopefully the more we share and talk about this amazing fish, the more people will search for it, care about it and try to protect it.  At the very least, they’ll get the warm water fight of their life.

Check us out at our new Gar Bros. Facebook page!

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P.S. Due to the huge response we’ve received for Gar Bros. we’ve ordered trucker hats that will be available soon via this blog!  Stay tuned!

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