Rods of a Different Color – Part 1 – The Redington Butter Stick

Butter StickIt’s retro, but with a modern taper design. It’s yellow, like a fiberglass rod should be. It’s super soft, but with a bit of extra backbone in the butt section, in case you tie into a toad. It’ll make that foot-long small creek trout feel like a lunker. It’s not the right rod for everyone or everything. Don’t try to fight the Livingston area’s spring gusts with this little guy. And it’s not going to throw a big streamer or a heavy double-nymph rig. But if you’re doing some summer dry fly fishing on Mill or Hyalite Creeks, or even hitting the BWO or PMD hatches on one of the Paradise Valley spring creeks, this might be the rod for the day. Most of all, it’s fun to cast! Slow down your casting stroke, way down, and enjoy the silky smooth ride. With a double-taper or Rio Trout LT line, your fly will land like a feather. Get ready for the most relaxed day of fishing you’ve had in a long time. And it comes in at less than $250! Really, who can’t afford to add one to his or her quiver? We’ve got the 7’0″ 3-weight here at Sweetwater Fly Shop. Come in and give it a try on our back lawn. Then buy it and start planning your trip to the West Fork of the Boulder!

We (Finally) Have a Winner!

It took us longer than we anticipated to get everyone together to judge our inaugural Sweaty Waders/Sweetwater Fly Shop short video contest. It was an extremely tough decision. We received 5 great entries. All of our entrants should be very proud of their work. In the end, though, the judges were unanimous. The video that most effectively captured the spirit of the competition was Kevin Inui’s “2013: A Year on The Water.” Congratulations, Kevin, you’ve won a brand new Winston Passport fly rod! We’ll be contacting you soon. And for everyone else, start filming for 2014′s contest, which promises to be even bigger and better!

The winning video!:


Who Deserves a New Fly Rod?

The entries for our Sweaty Waders/Sweetwater Fly Shop short fly fishing video contest are in! Now it’s time to select a winner. It’s going to be tough; we received 5 very worthy candidates. Congratulations to all of you who entered! Tell us what you think. Which of these videos is most deserving? We’ll announce a winner on Feb. 1st.


From Lacey Kelly:


From Benjamin Plohr:


From Austin Trayser:


From Kevin Inui:


From Ken Tanaka:


Another Video Contest Entry!

Ken Tanaka submitted this video chronicle of his recently discovered passion for fly fishing. Welcome to the club, Ken! Submit your own video to our contest by January 15th and maybe you’ll win a new fly rod!

Video Contest Entry

Kevin Inui submitted this video retrospective of a memorable year of fly fishing. Thanks, Kevin! Submit your own video by January 15th for a chance to win a fly rod!

Deadline Extended – Video Contest

Big Cutty’s going to be out of town the first week of January (heading to Brazil to tangle with some peacock bass, but more on that later). So why not give you videographers a couple more weeks to finish up your submissions for our short video contest? Get them submitted by midnight on January 15th (hey, that’s a month from today!) and you might win yourself a new fly rod! To submit your entry, upload it to Vimeo, choosing to allow downloads. Then send us a link to your video, either by messaging us on Facebook or by emailing us at Include contact information (email & phone number) in your message or email, so we can get in touch with you.

Burning Question of the Day – Holiday Edition

What fly fishing related gift are you most hoping to unwrap?

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