Nancy's Notables

Nancy's Notables

Cuba Permit License Plate artwork by Cody Richardson.... I enjoy this piece every time I see it above the mantel of our living room. We've been visiting and fishing in Cuba since 2000 (before some of our current team were even alive!). My love for sight-fishing to bonefish all started on he flats of Cuba. To date, I haven't connected with a Cuban permit but that could change on an upcoming trip (still some space available for late March/Early April in Cuba OR first week of June in Mexico.) We have four other pieces of Cody's art for sale at the shop - all with Cuban license plates which aren't easy to come by. 

 SIMMS cooling Solarflex hoody - We are now at a stage of life that allows us to  travel and fish together more than we've historically been able to do. In 2023 we hosted trips to Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, and Mexico. I traveled with and fished in these shirts in each of these destinations. Quick dry, full coverage for sun protection, with built in thumb holes to keep sleeves in place (and help cover my hands.) The women's version of this hoody has a fantastic, built-in buff which means fewer layers around the neck. 
  Fish Tales Mystery Fly pack. I'm not a tyer and I'm not eligible to win the our Mystery fly contests BUT I did grab a packet last month and try my hand at creating a fly. Honestly the process was fun and relaxing. It reminded me of the dexterity required to tie small bugs and the finite skill and patience needed to create flies. Another upside is the price.... at $4 these are a fun way to get the creative juices running and try something new.  (We'll work to get our January mystery packs ready before Christmas.) 
 SIMMS Pro Nipper. Vision has been a bit of a challenge for me the past few years but I think I've finally come to terms with accepting help where it's available. The SIMMS pro nipper helps a couple of ways.... The hook eye cleaner ensures you'll be able to thread your tippet. And the piece de la resistance is the magnetic fly groove threader! What a game changer when trying to thread small flies. 

Cocoons Sunglasses (in-store only)- further to the above, my eyes have been a challenge these past few years with contacts, reading glasses, sunglasses all needing a place on my person especially when on the water. This year I've mostly opted to forego my contacts and stick to glasses. The Cocoons sunglasses fit overtop of your glasses and afford you the polarization you need to see while on the water. I also invested in a set of prescription polarized sunglasses from our neighbor's this year (my prescription is too strong to be accomodated in any Kaenon frame.) Now I'm set to fish comfortably with AT LEAST one less set of eyewear on me. 

Patagonia Women's Tech Fishing Skort - Although I don't fish in this skort  (because I opt for long pants/sun protection) I do regularly wear these skorts. These travel well/don't wrinkle, and they're super comfy for travel, around town, walking the dog,and day-to-day wear. Highly recommend. 


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