It’s been a long 4 years for us, but Beyond The Breakwater and Ocean Skiff Journal are finally back on-line. They’ve been rolled into one site: HTTP://BTB.FISHING.
For those of you who have followed these sites for a while, you know that we used to be: “btbff.com” and “oceanskiffjournal.com”. But as part of the re-launch, we’re going to be rolling in a bit more conventional-gear fishing information, AND we’re combining the sites together, so we have dropped the “ff”, and now we’re just “BTB.FISHING”
For those of you unfamiliar with the sites, “BTBFF.COM” was a website focused on coastal and offshore fly fishing in Southern California. Our goal: to help people new to this part of the sport get going, be they cross-over conventional tackle saltwater fishermen, freshwater fly fishermen new to the salt, or East Coast transplants.
“OceanSkiffJournal.com” was focused on offshore fishing from small boats (17 – 26′). In Southern California, a number of factors come together to make it possible for small boats to fish offshore (20 – 60+ miles out), for the same things the big sport boats do, although with some significant handicaps. OSJ was all about safety, ideas on how to make your little boat “fish big”, equipment reports, etc.
There was enough overlap in the two sites that it made sense to fold them together. We also decided to redesign the site to be more phone and tablet friendly, although it still works pretty well with regular-sized Macs and PCs.
The new site will be mainly a repository for information that we want to keep around for a while. Things that have a useful time limit on them (news, events, fishing reports) will be (mostly) handled on our social media pages on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and Pinterest. Links to our social media pages can be found on the BTB.FISHING website.
We haven’t finished migrating all of the old content over yet, as we are updating stories as they come across. You might be surprised at how many articles have been published in BTB and OSJ. Lots of good stuff, hopefully you will discover (or rediscover) something of value as we go along.
Here are some things on the site right now that you might find interesting:
(Video) – Add a Weed Guard to a Finished Fly
(Article) – Fly Fishermen: Things to Work On…
(Video) – How to Pull-start an E-TEC 90 <– this has over 30,000 views on YouTube
(Articles) – Small Boat Safety Offshore (Parts 1 and 2, more to come)
(Article) – E-Tec at 10 Years (Part 1 of a series)
Anyway…our focus was/is/will always be on outreach & getting more people to try the sport, so do us a favor and visit the site, “Like” our stories and posts, engage us on our social media pages, and most importantly, come down here and try it!
HTTP://BTB.FISHING (or use the banner ad link above)
Dan, the folks at Temple Fork Outfitters, Abel and Galvan reels, Ray Hutcherson at Sea Level Fly Fishing, The Fishermen’s Spot, Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing and SoCal Fly Fishing Outfitters have all been long-time supporters of our efforts, and I just wanted to express my gratitude for their help over the years!