The Back Country Tournament

November 18, 2009

Dragonfly Boatworks debuted its latest kayak model (Fly Fisher) last Saturday at the Backcountry Kayak Tournament in Vero Beach. A 10-15 knot north wind kept everything cool but still, after a full day’s fishing, Capt. Bobby Fletcher was glad to have the help of a propulsion system to get him back to the dock. The kayak is stealthy. It can sneak up on snook, redfish and trout. You can make use of the motor which allows
two hands free to fish and reel in those prizes. The leaning post gives you the option to stand as you spot fish and cast.
A good time was had by all…it’s fun to fish in challenging conditions. Better yet were the super prizes from The Backcountry.

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Small craft should exercise caution!

November 11, 2009

Small Craft Should Exercise Caution.

Never a dull moment when fishing the keys!  All the way down, Charlie McLean and I kept seeing bands of rain showers coming off the ocean but we kept telling ourselves “maybe it’s just raining over the mainland.”  Not true.  Arrived at the Lorelei in Islamorada where our guide for the Redbone Tournament,  Capt. Jeff Johnson, was waiting for us with an older model Grand Slam skiff tied up at the dock. “Come on, Mark, wait till you see what she’ll do in this crap,” said Jeff.  Ever since I purchased the Grand Slam project I have wanted the opportunity to run the boat in real challenging conditions and here was the chance to see what she would do in this kind of slop.  The boat ride was actually dry (except for the rain) and my kidneys weren’t beaten out of me.  So even though the conditions were terrible for fishing they were great for what I needed to see and feel.

Post-ride, I was glad that I had made the decision to make the spray rail integral to the hull and brought it all the way back to the transom.  The rough seas and wind I had just experienced reinforced the “rightness” of the addition.

The boat was whisper-quiet in nasty conditions. It’s a bad sign when most of the anglers in a tournament are staring at the weather channel while watching bands of rain and wind constantly run across the screen.  However, it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of these particular hard-core fly fishermen hence the name of the tournament,  “THE SUPERFLY”.  Well,  from my vantage point and Capt Johnson’s, it was hard sighting and hard presenting but we did get a couple of follows (no connections, though).  The boat was amazingly quiet in the worst of conditions.  Cal Collier, Jr. and his guide, Capt. Steve Thomas, put it all together and won “THE SUPERFLY”.   After experiencing those type of fishing conditions, I can only say,  “hats off to Cal”.  “This is Redbone weather,” Gary Ellis, founder of the well-known tournament, said.  Without having Jim Cantori of the Weather Channel there to confirm it, I believed him and the next day (Saturday) we again started out with rain followed by more rain with a touch of rain.  Our plan was to get the Redfish out-of-the-way, so with that we headed to Flamingo and tried our luck dredging the outflows at Snake Bight…a great idea but the fish didn’t get the memo…what did show up were small and under-sized.  One cool thing, my fishing teammate Charlie McLean was able to  film some white Pelicans feeding…an impressive sight as they used their bills to seine the water for tiny shrimp.  Then we turned the boat back towards Islamorada and headed back.  The dim light of the Lorelei was a welcome sight!

Being rested and relaxed from an early return Saturday, we thought Sunday was going to be the day to kick ass.  Not!   And again we got ours kicked instead. Hooked one bone but got broken off and the rest is history.  The winners were Jim Bokor, Jr. and Randy Frick.  All in all, it was great fun seeing old friends and making new ones.  Can’t help but be excited that the Grand Slam we’re getting ready  to launch down there will pick up where the old one left off. The improved Grand Slam is on the way!

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Alabama Moon

October 30, 2009

AlabamaMoon

Dragonfly Boatworks has a friend in the film business who has just
released a very cool movie called Alabama Moon starring John Goodman with an
exceptional cast.

Alabama Moon is a journey of discovery.   A journey that brings a young boy into contact with people his own age for the first time in his life.  A journey that quickly leads a young boy into trouble with the outside world.  Alabama Moon is something of a “throw-back” film.  It’s refreshingly free of helicopter searches, infrared scopes and night vision.

Anyone who has ever wandered into the woods or wet a line can get the revised spirit of discovery.

Go to the website  www.alabamamoonthemovie.net/en/home.php to watch the trailer.

If you like what you see and want to see more,

sign the petition www.petitiononline.com/almoon98/petition.html to bring it to where you live.

Polo Pony’s and Skiffs

October 28, 2009

Southern hospitality is often talked about but until you see it in it’s purest form you want the world to turn back to when there was a respect and pace that was good for the soul. Mary and I traveled to Fairhope Alabama to sponsor the Polo at the Point event that brought back all the old traditions for a 2 day event.
Friday night we went to a BBQ and Chicken Drop (if you want to know what a chicken drop is call me at 772-567-8835) and had our line of Dragonfly Skiffs and kayaks on display. Great attention on the skiffs and the Fly Fisher had them all talking.
Sunday brought blue skies and cool temperatures in a beautiful setting at the Sonny Hill Polo Club. With our line of Dragonfly skiffs and kayaks displayed at ground level surrounding a tent serving great food and wines where else would you want to be. Now I am a “newbie” at the polo game but I have to say after sitting with experienced polo players like Kenny Mclean , I really enjoyed watching the game. But while the game was on so was the interest level in our skiffs and kayaks and Mary and I answered questions from the time we set up to the time we left.
Final score at the match Iberia bank 10 Dragonfly boats 8. Although we lost the match we won the friendship of many people and look forward to building some skiffs and kayaks for them.
If you get a chance to visit Point Clear you won’t be disappointed, you will go back in time to a gentler place.
Special thanks to Kenny Mclean, Charlie Mclean, Jimbo and Lynn Meador, Winston Groom, King and Dace Stubbs (they supplied the event with Bonterra Wines, an all organic wine that is great)

Black Clouds and Major Tides

October 20, 2009

Black Clouds and Major tides.

First I would like to thank Angela at the Cystic Fibrois office in
Jacksonville for running a great tournament. I wasn’t available to
attend the captain’s meeting thursday night (Ryan and I were at the CCA banquet in Orlando) but Charlie took the Redbone Emerger to the Gun Club for the Captains meeting and had a great response.
I arrived at 1am and was at the docks by 6:15 were I met my Captain, James Dumas and my fishing partner Jim Sutton.
Captain Dumas is a very knowledgeable guide and energetic in his approach to fish the tidal waters around St. Augustine and Jim Sutton is an excellent fisherman who pens the area with his fishing articles and reviews.
After finding out we were all Florida “crackers” we headed off into
Friday constantly looking to the north as the black clouds inched there way toward us. Small trout and a couple of legal ones along with oysters, grouper, sea robins, needle fish, flounders, mangrove snappers and whatever else happened by gave us a fun filled day. 3rd week in a row where I have experienced major tides, this day it was a 5’…. amazing. You think I would have figured it out by now.
3 pm Black Clouds let loose and that was it for the day.
Saturday, with a good night sleep under me, I headed over to the marina to meet my team and try to inhale enough coffee to keep us warm with the 49 degree temperature and a strong North West wind making the wind chill factor freaking cold. Legal trout by 7 am, alright we are on a roll !, next legal fish 1:45 pm alright I feel like I was rolled over, but good times and great stories made the trip great. Captain James Dumas is a guide that will be written about in the future for his local knowledge and movements of the fish in their habitats, and I look forward to fishing with him again.
Jim is an encyclopedia of information from the fishing tackle world and has traveled to some interesting places and his articles reflect it. At the wrap up party met some more real cool people and I look forward to going back there to fish.

New Fly Fisher Gallery

October 15, 2009
New Fly Fishier Gallery

New Fly Fishier Gallery

Mosquito Creek Outdoors becomes a Dragonfly Boatworks Fly Fisher Gallery.

Dragonfly Boatworks is excited to announce that Mosquito Creek
Outdoors has joined the network of gallery's showing the new 12'
motorized fishing kayak.  With a weight of 90 pounds (including
trolling motor and battery) this light weight one person fishing skiff
is stable enough so that the angler can stand up and cast and also
pole/paddle from the unique seat leaning post .
Including a Motorguide 55 pound wireless trolling motor , Odyssey
battery, guest battery charger and amp meter this fishing "nano skiff"
is constructed of the same materials used in the construction of the
larger Dragonfly skiffs.
Mark Castlow of Dragonfly Boatworks said " our selection process of
gallery locations is based on a very selective format, one which we
study the potential gallery customer service, if they participate in
the lifestyle, and truly have the passion for the product.  Mosquito
Creek passed with flying colors!  They also have an incredible demo
pool."
These unique fishing crafts start a $3,200 Choice of colors and custom
options are available.

   Mosquito Creek Outdoors is located at
   160 S Washington Ave
   Apopka, Florida 32703
   407-886-1716

:Fishing together

For more information about all our fine gallery's contact us at
 dragonflyboats@bellsouth.net

Hectic but fun!!

October 15, 2009
Hectic but fun.

That pretty much describes the pace of things around here at Dragonfly 
Boats.  We started out in Key West to fish the Super Fly and then the 
S.L.A.M.  We were fortunate to have Capt. Jeff Johnson as our guide and 
had 3 days of slow but fun fishing.  Jeff was one of the originators of 
the 17 Grand Slam we are building and I wanted to get his input on the 
revised model we are designing.
Next Charlie and Goose (wonder dog) are off to a Duck hunting show in 
New Jersey showing off our Fly Fisher Kayak set up for hunting and the 
Emerger with the gun locker.  The crowds were really excited to see 
these new innovations and we see our products establishing themselves 
in that mecca of duck hunting.
Then off to Charleston to fish the Lowcountry Redfish/trout tournament. 
  Onboard to guide us was Capt Billy Glenn with his new 17 Dragonfly.  
Joining us Saturday was Sid Evans, editor from Garden and Gun magazine 
(the coolest mag. out there).  Billy pushed us into some incredible 
spots and we had shots of tailing reds in spartina grass, a different 
type of fishing for the boys from "down south".  We ended catching some 
small trout, but filming some great shots of the Dragonfly in the 
lowcountry (these webesodes will be posted on our site soon).  Speaking 
of that we have a new link on our website titled "News Reels" this is 
where we will posted short videos that we are making showing our skiffs 
in various locations.
 From there off to St Simons GA. home of the Golden Isles Red/Trout 
Tournament.  Southern hospitality and huge tides (6') greeted us as our 
guide Capt Billy Glenn tried to learn the area and find us fish.  Again 
small trout were the fish that we seemed to find and the preferred 
method was fly casting with an 8wt.  Great time, great location, great 
people I hope we get invited back next year.
Tonight we have the CCA Orlando Banquet showing the cool little 12 Fly 
Fisher the motorized stand up kayak that has really hit a "nerve". Then 
off to St. Augustine to fish the Oldest City Red/Trout Tournament. 
Update to follow.

Tight Loop

Tight Loop

Reviews from ICAST

August 10, 2009

Thanks for a great article:

ICAST Product Review
By David Hall of Hall-Em-In-Lures

ICAST was a great show to attend and nice to have in our own backyard. The show was by far a success and the booths overall were outstanding. I am only reviewing the companies that really impressed me and have products that, I feel are by far, some of the best on the market.

1. DRAGONFLY BOATS
This skiff and boat builder, Mark Castlow, has taken things to the next level. Mark is a Florida native and grew up in Miami and the Keys. Living on the water only intensified Mark’s love for the blue water, and as a teen he leaned toward riding the water on Mother Nature’s waves. Surfing became a love of his and he started his own surf shop and a line of surfboards. His love for surfing and travel allowed him to discover lots of different bodies of water and wave conditions that further tuned him in to the knowledge of the sea.
Mark’s knowledge overall of water and fiberglass made him a valuable asset to the fiberglass industry to create, repair and tackle all sorts of problems that involved glassing. Eventually he ended up in the boat business as a co-owner of Maverick, Hewes, and Pathfinder boats. Mastering over the years of what it takes to manufacture and market a successful shallow water fishing machine. He has listened to guides and other people, of what they want out of an inshore skiff, and applied it to perfection.
Dragonfly Boatworks was founded in 2007 by Mark. They are a new company, with years of information and knowledge behind them. Mark has combined some of the old school look with the new school technologies, exceptional components, and purposeful design. Mix them all together with a master craftsman and out came a beautiful yet extremely functional line of boats.
The Emerger 16 was the one that I was lucky enough to discuss with Mark. It is a 16 ft skiff, 71” beam, 18 gallon, built in fuel cell averaging about 500 lbs. and drafts a true 5 inches. The fit and finish is truly incredible and it comes with a slew of options. This boat is solid, will not give you a rigid kidney jarring ride, but is super smooth and allows you to fish 1-3 anglers. It is a very different build with a unique bottom configuration that is ultra quiet putting you into the zone perfectly
All together, Mark has a nice selection of boats – Silver Shadow, Dragonfly, Grandslam, and the Emerger. I am a very picky person and these boats have turned my head and dropped my jaw. Having met Mark only once, he seems like a very down to earth person and still you can see the glimmer of excitement in his eyes when he talks about his boats. Please give his website a look: http://www.DragonflyBoatworksLLC.com.

Contact info – 4575 North US Highway 1
Suite 11
Vero Beach, FL 32967
Phone # 772-567-8835 ICAST Product Review
By David Hall of Hall-Em-In-Lures

Stormin Normin

July 28, 2009

This year Dragonfly Boatworks LLC was a sponsor of the Stormin Normin Inshore Challenge Fishing Tournament. The Stormin Norman Inshore Challenge is a not-for-profit organization forming in honor of Kent Norman. The inshore tournament is held annually in Fairhope, Alabama with the goal of raising funds to be donated in Kent’s name, to children who have lost a parent as well as local charities. The Challenge is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. Every year the tournament draws nearly two hundred competing anglers, making it the largest inshore tournament in the state. The daylong weigh in event brings hundreds of spectators who enjoy the beach, live music, great food, cold drinks and good friends. The tournament is open to all Alabama waters. Prizes were awarded in the following categories: Speckled Trout, Rdfish, Flounder White Trout and Tripletail. The tournament is open to adult and junior anglers. With a optional Calcutta and an entry fee of only twenty dollars it makes it one of the most affordable fishing events of the year. This year’s first place and Lunker results:

Trout- Black Pearl 24.46 lbs (5 fish)
Lunker-Solo 7.2 lbs

Redfish-Split Tail 16.04 lbs
Lunker- 3 Blind Mice 5.6 lbs

Tripletail-Baby Gracie 19.56
Lunker-Baby Gracie 19.56

Flounder-One Eyed Jack 7.72
Lunker-3 Blind Mice 2.8

Gas Milage Wow!

June 22, 2009

This is a copy of an e-mail we received from one of our customers in Virginia. I thought I would share this with everyone. You can also go on our website at http://www.dragonflyboatworksllc.com and see the Emerger 16 that Kendall is referring to.
Mark,

How are you?

I am just getting back to fishing due to my hand.  Took an exploring trip on the Eastern Shore.  Covered 42 miles…some WOT, some idling, about 8-plus in the ocean.  Topped the tank before and after.  A little shy of 3.5 gallons!  So i was getting 12-plus MPG the day for an average!

Love that bow platform/trolling motor assembly I saw on Microskiff.  How much would that set me back?  Got any other cool new add-ons?

Will probably have the boat in NC till Friday…may be off email unless I go to a hotspot.

Kendall O.