I have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.

Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.

Please understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10 years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your packages will arrive.

Nearly "Finessed" a Steelhead!

by Conor P. Shelby
(Western NY)

I went steelhead fishing a few days ago (2/21) and upon arrival at the creek, it was totally blown out due to the recent snow melt. I decided to head to a lesser known, very small Lake Ontario tributary which only gets runs of fish after a very strong melt off or spring rain. I certainly made the right decision! The water was clear and there were numerous fish!

Unfortunately, it was not a "many" fish day. The only two rods that I brought were my Orvis 11' 8 Wt. switch fly rod, and my Tenryu Rayz Integral
RZI50UL-4 with Shimano Cardiff C14+ HGS 2000 reel and 3 lb. test Troutist Darkness line in case I decided to go inland trout fishing. This tributary was way, way too small for the switch rod. Thus, I rigged up my Rayz with a fly fishing indicator, small split shot, and a soft, chartreuse trout bead from Death Roe and got to drifting. About 5-10 minutes in, the indicator went under, and I set the hook, hard!

The Rayz most definitely had enough backbone to drive the hook in. The fight was on! I was able to turn the fish about 3 times in the two minute long fight before it ran into a log jam and snapped me off at the indicator. I estimated it to be about 8 lbs.

That was the only fish hooked that day, as I had very limited time. However, I am very impressed with the fighting power of the seemingly "small-fish" rod! Hopefully next time I will have a picture with the fish in my net!

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The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.