Florida Keys Fishing Report from Towee Pro Capt. Joel Dickey.

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Well as all of you must know the migration of the big tarpon has all but come to a close here in the Keys.. The fishing however has not! In fact in a lot of ways it’s better! Now through early October is the time to come down and shoot for the Slam! The juvenile tarpon in the early mornings has been unbelievable, the shrimp hatches have been really good with good numbers of smaller fish (15-50lbs) pounding the top water! Bonefish and permit fishing has been really awesome.. Plenty of tailing fish at the beginning of the tides and muddling fish as the tide gets deeper… If you have ever dreamed of catching the slam now is time!

If you’d like to book with Joel contact him at captsilverking@aol.com or head over to captjoeldickey.com. It’s sure to be a trip you won’t soon forget.

Fully Lined Under Seat Dry Storage For The Calusa

Towee is pleased to begin offering fully lined dry storage lockers in our Calusa under seat storage. In the past, these were a semi-dry compartment that made use of every possible cubic inch of space but did require that clothing be placed in a dry bag. The new fully lined lockers turn this space into true dry storage with minimal lost usable space.  Give us a call today to discuss your new skiff build.

Towee Pro Staff Welcomes Henry Cowen

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Towee Boats is very pleased to announce the addition to Henry Cowen to our Pro Staff. Henry has always been known as a superb angler, boatman and a “guides guide” and we were honored when he chose Towee to collaborate on his next skinny water skiff. Henry will join the rest of our Pro Staff to not only represent Towee Boats but to provide valuable design input and feedback .

Henry has been pursuing striped bass for nearly 40 years in both salt and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold worldwide through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His fly patterns as well as techniques to fly fish continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Angler Magazine and Eastern Fly Fishing.

Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of both American Angler and Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. Henry continues to give seminars on light tackle & fly fishing in both fresh and salt waters. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, Oneill Outside, Travis Johnson Outdoors & The Nuts and Bolts of Fishing) and continues as a weekly guest on the Oneil Outside radio show. Henry helped produce and also appears on the video “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com

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Katie Blizzard Takes Big Fish and Willen/Chocklett/Schultz Win Hardly, Strictly Musky 2016

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After the dust finally settled and the smoke quickly cleared, Chris Willen, Mike Schultz and Blane Chocklett walked away with the Paul Puckett art telecaster trophy as Overall Grand Champions of Hardly, Strictly Musky 2016.

Presented by Towee Boats, Costa, Flood Tide and Patagonia, this year’s event drew  an even 70 registered anglers from 16 states – as far West as Colorado, as far North as New York and as far South as Florida to the Collins River near McMinnville, Tennessee to chase river musky on the fly and experience a long weekend of great food, great drink and great friends.  Festivities kicked off with the traditional welcome party at The Foglight Foodhouse on Thursday night where anglers were treated to a Cajun meal put out by Chef Philpot and his crew. Patagonia, Costa, Flood Tide and Flymen made sure that the angler goodie bags were chocked full of swag.

Day one saw five fish released with a quickly approaching approaching cold front. There were lots of active mid sized fish and most anglers had multiple shots throughout the day.  John Mauser of Team Project Healing Waters/TFO held the lead with a 35 1/2 inch fish at the end of day one which was capped off with a Friday The 13th Party at Towee Boats and tons of door prizes including lots of Patagonia packs and boat bags.

Day Two dawned much colder with less active fish. At 11:50 am Maryland angler Katie Blizzard released a 42 3/4 inch fish which would hold as this year’s biggest. Minutes later and many miles away, Michigan angler Mike Schultz released at solid 41 1/2 inch fish just short of Blizzard’s high mark. Within the hour Schultz followed up with a 36 to pull his team ahead in overall points. Virginia’s Blane Chocklett ended the dat with a 40 inch fish that sealed the deal for them and their teammate Chris Willen of Wisconsin and Tennessee.

With the fishing over, anglers got back to the important things on Saturday night – more good food and craft beer at the newly restored Park Theater in downtown McMinnville for Costa Movie Night and the guitar trophy presentation.

We would like to thank Flymen, Hatch, Monic, Regal, TFO, Southern Culture on the Fly and Schultz Outfitters for all they did to make this event possible. A huge thanks goes to Mandy Eller and the crew at the McMinnville – Warren County Chamber of Commerce for all they do to promote our fishery and make good things happen and McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley for his continued support. And while we had a huge number of people who pitched in to help out, a special thanks goes to Steve Tatarchuk, Greg Morgan, Tommy Hensley, Gary Soloway and Eric Cohen for all they did to make this event come off smoothly.

Most of all we would like to thank our anglers – we just provide a place for this all to happen – it’s the anglers who always have and always will make Hardly, Strictly Musky what it is. You folks rock.

We literally started planning for next year’s event with an impromptu board meeting around the fire ring just after Midnight as the last anglers were turning in. Stay tuned for news on Hardly, Strictly Musky #6 May 11th-13th, 2017. It’ll be the biggest and baddest yet with several new twists. We look forward to seeing you all on the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardly, Strictly, Musky Registration Update.

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Registrations for Hardly, Strictly Musky, the oldest and largest gathering of musky on the fly anglers from across the United States will close on Monday April 25th. Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis through May 6th however late registrations are not guaranteed an event t-tshirt.  

Title sponsors Towee Boats, Costa Del Mar and Flood Tide Co. will join Patagonia, Flymen, Hatch, Regal, TFO, Mystic, Monic, The McMinnville – Warren County Chamber and many others to present a weekend of world class fishing and fun on the Collins River near McMinnville, Tennessee May 12th through 14th.  

This year’s event kicks off on Thursday evening with the traditional welcome party at the Foglight Foodhouse in Rock Island, Tennessee where anglers will enjoy Chef Philot’s signature cajun cuisine and craft beer from Calfkiller Brewing Company.  After day one of angling wraps up on Friday, Towee Boats will sponsor a special Friday the 13th Cookout complete with craft beer tastings and surprises. Title sponsor Costa Del Mar will take us out with a bang at the close of fishing on Day 2 with an awards BBQ and  fly fishing films at the newly restored Park Theater in downtown McMinnville. 

Registration is $150 per angler and includes food, drink, fishing, goodies and awesome door prizes. An email to info@toweeboats.com gets you a registration packet and you can follow us at Hardly, Strictly Musky on Facebook to stay up on the latest developments. 

 

 

 

 

Towee Skiff on Permanent Display at Texas Coast Cabelas

At Towee Boats, we’ve built specialized skiffs for just about every shallow water application imaginable but we were surprised by one recent client who placed an order a new skiff that would never touch the water. Cabela’s, of Sydney Nebraska, ordered a sweet Towee skiff for permanent display in their new League City, Texas store. Located halfway between Houston and Galveston Island, the League City store serves the Southeast Texas coast. The Dank skiff with poling platform sits high above the floor dominating the entire Northwest corner of the building. Cabelas’ artist painted a gorgeous sunset sky and water background that wraps around the corner behind the skiff. One angler is preparing to release a redfish while the other admires the fish from atop the poling platform.

Just in case you are wondering – yes, it is a fully functional skiff complete with outboard. Built exactly like any other – this one just happens to have a unique job. If your travels take you to the Galveston area, be sure to stop by and take a look.Towee

Towee Love In THE DRAKE

Its been a while since we’ve been able to sit down and enjoy reading through a copy of THE DRAKE so imagine our surprise when we found several Towee pics and references in the latest issue starting with Andrea Mason’s awesome musky catch featured in PAGE SIX CHIX. Andrea’s beautiful Upper Wisco Flambeau river pig came on a trip with Towee Pro Chris Willen while fishing from his Calusa.

Over on page 108, Lee Church and Corey Kruitbosch’s article MINNESOTA MUSKY features some great pics of Towee Pro Brian “Lucky” Porter and Chris Willen fishing from Lucky’s Dank Calusa. And while you’re back there, check out our friend Dave Karczynski’s great stories and pics on page 132 – no Towees but a great piece as well. IMG_4304