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2018 Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Specials

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Specials

Black Friday is here!
Below we have just some our specials for Black Friday!

Stop by the shop to see even more specials!

Footwear Specials*

Select Red Wing Boots – 50% Off

Winter Boots – 25% Off

Sandals – 40% Off

Running Shoes – Buy 1, Get A $25 Gift Card

Hiking Shoes – Buy 1, Get A $25 Gift Card

Kid’s Shoes – First pair $20, second or more pairs $5

And Many More!


Clothing and Outerwear Specials*

Door Buster Special – $9.99 Red Fox Outfitter Short Sleeve Tee

Red Fox Shirts – 25% Off

Socks – Buy 3, Get 1 Free

Outdoor Research Gloves – 25% Off

And Many More!


Gear and Other Specials*

Grand Trunk Hammocks – 25% Off

Sleeping Bags – 25% Off

Tents – 25% Off

Paddle Boards – 25% Off

Old Town Kayaks – 25% Off

Fly Tying Class – Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off

Orvis Fly Rods – 20% Off

Orvis Fly Lines – 20% Off

Orvis Outfits (Rod, Reel, and Line) – 20% Off

Tenkara Fly Rods – On Sale!

Yeti – $50 Gift Card with a Yeti purchase of $199 or more

Garmin – Save $150 on a Fenix 5 or Fenix 5 Plus

Garmin – Save $50 on a Forerunner 35 or 235

And Many More!


*  Exclusions may apply. Select brands or items may be exempt from sales due to pricing policies from our suppliers. Please note that we do have a price match in place, so if you can find an advertised price from one of our competitors, we can match that price.


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Manistee River Trail


The Manistee River Trail, located on the eastern banks of the Big Manistee River, is a great trail for a quick weekend trip of hiking, backpacking, or enjoying Michigan’s outdoors. This roughly 11 mile trail runs between the Tippy Dam and Hodenpyl Dam with multiple access points along the way.

The terrain on the trail is fairly easy. Hills tend to be short and not terribly steep. There are multiple campsites along the river with a few roads to cross, too. While hiking along the banks, there are several points where you can enjoy beautiful views of the bends of the river. There are also numerous tributaries that dump into the Big Manistee River with bridges that make for easy crossing. There is a large pedestrian suspension bridge on the north end of the trail, which crosses over the river to the North Country Trail system. There are many fishing and swimming opportunities along the trail, but the river can be swift.

Typically, the trail can be used as a part of a roughly 23 mile loop. This popular route uses the Manistee River Trail on the east side of the river and the North Country Trail on the west side of the river. The route crosses the river at two points. On the north end, the pedestrian suspension bridge crosses the river near Hodenpyl Dam. On the south end, Coates Highway crosses over the river near the Red Bridge trailhead. For much of the 2018 season, the bridge on Coates Highway was under construction not open to pedestrian traffic.

Since this trail is in the Manistee National Forest, dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Mountain bikes are prohibited, but are allowed on the western side of the river on the North Country Trail. Horses and other pack animals are also prohibited.

With the many access points, beautiful views, abundance of water, fairly easy terrain, and many camp sites, the Manistee River Trail makes for a great beginner backpacking route. The route is easy to follow and easy to access from much of lower Michigan. (Roughly 2.5 hour drive from the shop!) You don’t have to travel far for a great time backpacking!

Google Maps Directions

More trail info

Want to hike the Manistee River Trail, but want a little help? Don’t have the gear?

Check out The High Five Tribe and learn the way!

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Bastille Day Race – Fenton’s Midsummer Classic

This Saturday, July 14th, marks the annual return of a mid-summer Genesee County Road Race classic – The Genesee County Habitat for Humanity Bastille Day Races, in Fenton. The 17th edition of the race offers a 5k or 15k distance for runners to test themselves over, and since its inception, the Laundry, the landmark Fenton eatery, has partnered with the race to provide French Bread (usually baguettes), kegs of root beer, and an all-around picnic-style feel to the post-race festivities.

Both courses are of interest to the avid and beginning road racer alike. The 5k is a nice course that spends most its time in downtown Fenton. The 5k start and finish is at the prominent gazebo park adjacent to city hall and in between the course meanders through town and climbs a surprising amount between the 1.6 and 2.2 mile marks as the course heads south of town on East St. Runners and walkers alike will do well to conserve enough energy to tackle that portion, although once the turn is made from Jayne Road back towards town via Leroy, a great net-downhill finish awaits to bring tired racers home at blistering speeds (well, at least comparatively blistering to the preceding mile). There, at the Gazebo, the post-race spread, family, and friends await the triumphant 5kers.

The 15k course has gained no small amount of notoriety through the years. The course heads south of town via Hartland/State Road to hit some of the more impressive paved hills in the area. Denton Hill, just before the 8 mile mark, gets the lion’s share of attention from racers, and rightly so: perhaps the area’s most challenging paved hill, the main section climbs 157 feet over 800 meters at an average gradient of 6%. Grades towards the top max out between 12-15%. Long story short? It’s a brutal hill to hit at mile 8 of a 9.3 mile road race.

But Denton Hill is not the only hill 15k racers have to contend with. Sizable climbs on Westbound White Lake road, Southbound Carmer Road, and Eastbound White Lake Road – amongst others – give the 9.3 mile course a whopping 532 feet of climbing in total. This humble race reporter considers 50 feet of climbing per mile run in training to be a substantially hilly effort, so racing Bastille with its average of 57 ascending feet per mile definitely makes its presence felt on the legs.

Both distances are great mid-summer tune ups towards larger goals, with a great post-race atmosphere to boot. Those runners planning on running the Crim 10-miler can almost guarantee their pace/mile will be faster at Crim than the Bastille 15k, despite its own notorious hills and longer distance, so finishers in Fenton on Saturday will have a good checkpoint for their Crim aspirations. The 5k similarly is a good fitness check – its 2nd mile largely uphill makes it tougher than the average race, so a good time at Bastille’s 5k bodes well for similar efforts elsewhere. Throw in the delicious bread and root beer, the friendly folk who gather in the park, and the Art Walk through Downtown Fenton that follows the races, from 10 am to 8 pm, and one has ample reasons to race, celebrate, and enjoy Downtown Fenton the entire day!

17th Annual Bastille Day Races

15k: 7:45 Start

5k: 8:00 start

Race Link:   (includes race maps, sign up link, race info) 15k Course Profile: 5k Course Profile:

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How To Choose A Kayak Paddle

Selecting the right paddle for you and your boat can make your experience on the water much more enjoyable, efficient, and maybe even less painful!


One of the first things you will need to figure out is what length kayak paddle you will need. This largely based on two dimensions; the paddlers height and the width of the kayak. Many of the kayak manufactures will offer a suggested length of paddle with handy chart, depending on the blade and shaft design.

Kayak Width Under 23″ 24″ to 28″ 29″-33″ 34″+
Paddler Height Recommended Paddle Length
Under 5’5″ 210 cm 220 cm 230 cm 240 cm
5’5″ – 5’11” 220 cm 230 cm 240 cm 250 cm
6’+ 220 cm 230 cm 250 cm 260 cm

As seen in the table above, this is one of those places where metric and English units collide. Most kayak paddles are labeled with their length measured in centimeters, while most kayak widths are listed on spec sheets in inches. If you are unsure on your kayaks width, most sit on top and fishing kayaks will be on the wider end of the spectrum. Lightweight touring kayaks will tend to be on the narrower side and recreational kayaks will be in the medium/wide end of the spectrum.

Blade and Shaft Material

Blade and shaft material will have a large part in the cost of the paddle.

Blades will commonly fall into four main categories:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Fiberglass
  • Carbon Fiber

Plastic will generally be the cheapest, but on the heavier side. Fiberglass will be lightweight, but at a higher price. Carbon fiber blades will be one of the lightest weight blades and highest performing with a price to match. Wood blades can give a unique look, but will generally not perform as well as the synthetic materials.

Shafts are generally made from aluminum, fiberglass or carbon fiber. Aluminum will be the cheapest, but the most heavy option. The metal can also have a cold feel to the hand. Sometimes aluminum shafts will have a coating or rubber grip to lessen the cold feel. Fiberglass will offer a step up in performance over aluminum. The highest performing paddles will have a carbon fiber shaft. Wood shafts are sometimes seen, but these paddles are more for style rather than performance.

Blade Design

Blades will fall into two categories; high-angle or low-angle.

High-angle blades will generally be wider and are paddled closer to the boat and can provide more speed, but require more technique when paddling.

Low-angle blades will be narrower and are paddled in a more relaxed manner and are best suited for recreational, flat water situations.

Shaft Design

Shafts are either straight or bent. Some people may prefer a bent shaft as the angle your hand will travel during the paddle stroke may be more comfortable. Straight shafts are generally less expensive to manufacture and are more popular.

Ferrule System

Many paddles will come apart into smaller pieces for easier transport; generally into two or four pieces. The way that these pieces fit and lock together can offer some differences in performance and cost. One of the most popular ferrule systems is the snap-button. The snap button will allow for feathering in set increments at a relatively low costs. Some paddlers do not like the snap-button system because there will be a little “wiggle” in the paddle.

More advanced ferrule systems will allow for paddle extensions, more precise feather angles, and/or a more secure and locked feel. Feathering is when the angles of the blades are offset along the shaft to minimize air resistance during the paddle stroke.

Extra Features

Some paddles will have a nifty feature or two that we didn’t mention above. For example, many fishing paddles will have a hook retrieving notch to help pull out snagged hooks from logs or trees. Many fishing paddles will also have a ruler for measuring fish on the paddle. Be sure to shop around to make sure your not missing out on any extras that will make your time on the water more enjoyable.

Paddle Accessories

Some popular paddle accessories to consider are paddle holders and paddle leashes. These will help secure your paddle when it is not in use or if dropped. Another popular accessory are drip rings. Drip rings prevent water from running down the paddle and into your boat or on you. Most paddles will come with a drip rings, but some may not.

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How to Choose A Kayak

If your looking to get out on the water, one of the most popular and fastest growing segments in water sports is kayaking. Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Choosing the right kayak for you can greatly influence your experience on the water. If you are new to the sport and with all of the different kayaks out there, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the different options. If you ask yourself a few basic questions, you can really narrow down your options to help find your way to a perfect boat.

Sit-On-Top or Sit-In?

There are two main styles of kayaks on the market, sit-in and sit-on-top. Each serve their own purpose, but selecting the right one for you is an important decision to make. There are a few basic ideas to consider to help make this decision easier.


Sit-on-top kayaks offer a much larger and open working area. Places to strap coolers, tackle boxes, rods, and more are much abundant and easier to access on a sit-on-top kayak. Entering and exiting the boat is also much easier. This is true from the land, shallow water, and deep water. Since sit-on-top kayaks are self bailing, there is no need for a bilge pump or to empty a kayak since it cannot fill up with water. With that said, the chance of getting wet is higher in a sit-on-top, since the bottom of the kayak has drainage holes, called scupper holes. 


Sit-in kayaks are a little bit more difficult to get into, when compared to sit-on-top kayaks. Gear storage and places to strap  down equipment is more limited on the sit-in kayak. You are much more likely to stay dry in a sit-in kayak, though, with a portion of your body staying covered inside the boat and the option to add a skirt to keep water out. Sit-in style kayaks will generally be lighter in weight because they are single walled vs. a double walled sit-on-top style kayak. 

How do you plan to kayak?

How you will use your kayak most often will have great influence on the choice of kayak you will use. The main intention of use will help determine what kayak style will be most appropriate. Hull shape and length are two major aspects to consider when looking for your ideal kayak. This can be determined from your selection of a recreation or touring kayak and what type of water your plan on kayaking. 

Recreation or Touring?

Recreation kayaks will offer high stability, large cockpits, but relatively less room for storage and gear due to their hull length. Many recreation kayaks will be in the 10'-13' range in length, making them light weight and easy to transport on or in a vehicle. They will also be on the wider side when looking at all types of kayaks, giving them high stability. The high stability will come at a cost. Paddling will be slower and less efficient in these boats, but they are highly maneuverable and can turn fairly quickly. 

Touring kayaks may appear similar to recreation kayaks in appearance, but these subtle differences have drastic affects. Touring kayaks are longer in length, but narrower in width. This makes the touring kayak very efficient and quick when paddling, but less stable and will feel more "tippy." This efficiency in paddling is ideal when covering distances or looking for a bit more speed. The extra length also allows for the boat to track straighter in the water and for more storage room for gear. Many touring boats will also have a rudder or skeg, adding more tracking and maneuverability in tides or currents. 

What Kind of Water?

  • Creeks, small rivers? 
  • Open or larger rivers?
  • Lakes?
  • Seas, Great Lakes, oceans, coastal regions?
  • Any combination of the above?

Creeks and small rivers will often have small openings, downed trees, culverts and many other obstacles. Navigating a smaller boat on these types of waters is often ideal. 10'-12' are very popular options for these types of waters. On lakes and more open rivers, boats with more length will track straighter and paddle with less effort. Twelve foot boats are very popular for inland lakes and rivers.  Seas, oceans, Great Lakes, or other large bodies of water is where the longer kayaks shine and perform best. The type of water where you think you will spend most of your time should significantly help determine what length of boat to get. 

Specialty Kayaks - Fishing, Tandem, Whitewater

Some kayaks are specially designed for accomplishing certain things. Kayaks focused on fishing will often have extra storage space, straps, and holders for an angler's gear. Tandem kayaks will have extra length to accommodate an extra seat for a second paddeler. Whitewater kayaks offer extra buoyancy and high maneuverability for whitewater navigation. If any of these specific tasks are up your alley, you are well on your way to finding your ideal boat. 

Transporting Your Kayak

The easier it is for you to move and access your boat, the more you will be able to enjoy and use your boat. Whether you will be traveling often with kayak on the top of your vehicle or leaving it near the water in a boat house, how you transport and store your boat should be considered before purchasing a boat. Shorter and lighter boats are easier to maneuver when compared to long or heavy boats. Long boats can also be tricky to transport, so length should also be considered in addition to weight.  Carefully consider how you will transport, store, and access your boat when determining what type of kayak to get. 

Other Considerations

There are also many other factors to consider when choosing a kayak, but the above are some of the basics and most important. Some other options to consider are the hull material, color, seat design, special features, and construction methods.

One of the best ways to know if you are making the right decision when purchasing a kayak is to try it out. Sometimes it is better to "feel" the difference, rather than reading about kayaks, looking at specs, and analyzing hull designs. It's also more fun!

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2018 Driftless Fly Fishing Trips


This Spring, Red Fox Outfitters will once again partner with The Painted Trout (Dexter, MI) and Driftless Angler Fly Shop (Viroqua, WI) for a few weekends of fishing in the “Driftless Area” of Southwest Wisconsin.

The Driftless Area is full of small, cold-water streams. The region gets its name due its historical past. The glaciers in the last ice age did not move or drift across this region, in contrast to much of the land throughout the Midwest, making for some unique and hilly topography. The area is full of hundreds of miles of streams with an abundance of springs, making for a large amount of trout habitat. The small streams meander through the rural pastures, fields and hills. Many of the streams are not more than 10 yards across, making for some great stalking and sight fishing opportunities.

Trip Dates

  • April 19th-22nd (Painted Trout hosted)
  • May 17th-20th (Painted Trout hosted)
  • June 14th-17th (Red Fox Outfitters hosted) – FULLY BOOKED

There is a limit of 12 anglers per trip.


Packages are available from just $60!

There are several levels of accommodations available for these trips. Group camping is available at West Fork Sportsmans Club. Also available is the option for two provided and cooked meals for each day of the trip: breakfast and dinner. Lunch will be available, but on a serve yourself basis (Most tend to be out fishing during midday).

If camping isn’t your cup of tea, hotels are available in the nearby town.

Rates will be available soon.

Optional Guide Services

The Driftless Angler Fly Shop, out of Viroqua, WI, offers guide services.


The Driftless Angler Fly Shop also offers a selection of 24 flies to specifically target local fish, with a case included, for $60.

Rental Gear

Rental gear will be available upon request.

Fly Tying Class

We will offer a fly tying class specifically designed for this trip! Join us to tie up some local favorites!


Give the shop a ring and we can give you the details!

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NuCanoe – The Flint

The Flint, from NuCanoe, will be available starting in January 2018. This boat is made for the kayak angler.   This boat measures in at 11’3″ and weighs around 67 lbs. Where this boat shines, is with all of the features included right off the bat, while still having a platform for complete customization for the more advanced angler or the gear head angler.

NuCanoe has really found their stride with this boat. It’s evident that they have done their homework and have designed a great boat for the kayak angler, while at the same time keeping the boat affordable and approachable for the beginner ($999 MSPR).

NuCanoe boats are known for their stability and this boat is no exception. The deck provides an open feel with multiple points to store, attach, and access your gear while out on the water. A few of the more prominent features on the boat are:

  • 2 Rod Tip Holders – for horizontal rod storage
  • A Hawg Trough Holder – To measure up your fish, leaving no doubt of your fish tales
  • Side Handles with Built-in Paddle Holders
  • Freedom Tracks – To attach numerous accessories from NuCanoe or other popular kayak accessory manufacturers
  • Adjustable Pinnacle Seat
  • 4 Flush Mount Rod Holders – for vertical rod storage
  • A Rear Storage Hatch
  • A Square Transom – Perfect for small trolling motors and other accessories

Many of the add-on accessories that work with other NuCanoe boats, such as the Frontier or Pursuit, will also work with this boat.

For more information please visit NuCanoe or contact us here at Red Fox Outfitters!

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7 Great Gifts Ideas Under $30

The holidays are just around the corner. Here a few ideas to help you with your holiday shopping duties. You may even find a gift or two for yourself. It’s ok to treat yourself every once in a while. All items are available to be shipped or with in-store pick up!

Yeti Colster

Cheers! The Yeti Colster keeps cans or bottles cool while you enjoy your favorite beverage. This cool cat is available in multiple colors and can be customized with a laser etching to make this a truly personalized gift!


Yeti Colster – Black

Yeti Colster – Stainless

Yeti 20oz Rambler

Who doesn’t start of their morning with a cup of joe? The Yeti Rambler 20oz cup can keep your cup of java piping hot for your commute in to the workplace. At lunch, the same cup can keep an icy beverage cool until you punch out for the day and for the ride home. The Ramblers are available in multiple colors and can be laser etched, perfect for keeping others from stealing your cup and using it for themselves.

Seafoam Rambler 20oz

Black Rambler 20oz

Leatherman Micra

This small Leatherman is perfect for popping on a keychain. There are ten tools with this little guy, making it handy, without being too bulky.

Red Leatherman Micra

Patagonia Hats

Patagonia hats are some of the most popular items at Red Fox. We’ve got a variety of hats available from Patagonia in a variety of fits. See our store in Fenton for even more options!

Patagonia P-6 LoPro Trucker Hat

Patagonia P-6 Logo Trucker Hat


National Parks Book

This book celebrates the 100 years of The United States National Parks with beautiful illustrations for many of our nation’s parks. The illustrations are available also in poster format in many different sizes and options. Contact Red Fox for further details.

National Parks Book – Soft Cover

Black Diamond Stride Headlamp

The Black Diamond Stride Headlamp can be used to see or to be seen with its various different modes of operation. The white LED lights will illuminate your path or the red LED lights can be activated to act as a beacon for others to see you.

Black Diamond Stride Headlamp

Tacky Fly Box

These silicone bed fly boxes aren’t your grandpa’s fly box. Many fly boxes get their share of abuse over the years; carrying your bugs to river out to the river, sitting in hot cars, waiting in cold garages, etc… Sometimes your carrying large poppers and streamers and other times your taking the smallest of nymphs. The traditional foam beds work great when new, but over time that slot that carried your big bass popper doesn’t hold your dry flies so great. Tacky Boxes are there to solve that problem.

Original Tacky Fly Box

Tacky Fly Box Day Pack


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2017 Shiawassee River Fest

The 2017 River Fest, put on by the Keepers of the Shiawassee, is a family friendly event that will take place at the Linden Mill pond on June 25th. The event will feature a Kids’ Fishing Tournament, Cardboard Boat Race, live music, food, and much more. The fishing tournament and boat race will both have prizes to the winning participants.

Red Fox will be providing demos on paddle boards and kayaks, along with fly fishing demonstrations. This is a great chance to take some boats or paddle boards out for a spin!

For more information, see the River Fest webpage on the Keepers of the Shiawassee site and the Facebook event page.

See you out there!

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2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

1.) Yeti Roadie

The Yeti Roadie will make Dad proud. Don’t let Dad down. Get Dad a Yeti Roadie. They just went down fifty bucks, too. (He doesn’t need to know that, though)

2.) Grand Trunk Hammock

Dad works hard. Let him kick back in hammock. Easy to set up. Easy to take down.

3.) Orvis Open Air Caster Short Sleeve Tee

This is a Dad shirt. Just look at it. Dad will be the talk of the neighborhood mowing the lawn in this bad boy.

4.) Field Notes

Measure twice, cut once. Righty tighty, lefty loosey. If you’re not first, your last. Dad knows a lot, but he can’t remember it all. (Like when Mom tells him to get milk on the way home) Don’t let Dad forget the milk. Get him Field Notes to jot it down.

5.) Yeti Colster

Dad might say he drinks his beverages too fast to need a coozie. Have him try the Yeti Colster on a hot day out on the lake and he’ll never go back.

6.) Darn Tough Socks

Dads need socks. Always. Come check out our selection of Darn Tough and other socks!

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Adventure Paddle – Sunday June 11th, 2017

When: Sunday June 11 – Registration starting at 11am, Paddle Start Noon-2pm

Where: Water Works Park in Holly, MI

Event Details

The Headwater Trails group, out of Holly, will be hosting the Adventure Paddle from Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton  and providing help along the way. There will assistance at the railroad tubes in Holly and a take out point at Fish Lake Road, if the trip to Strom Park is too far. There will also be a tow boat across the Fenton Mill Pond, for those who don’t want to paddle.

The event is free for Headwater members or $10 for non-members. Membership for Headwaters is $20 per person, or $22 for a family. There will also be a $5 shuttle for anyone who would like their boat and themselves transported back to the start at Water Works Park in Holly.

The weather for Sunday is looking perfect for day out on the river!

See you out there!

More Details and Registration Form


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5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

1.) Yeti Tumbler in Seafoam

The new Duracoat Yeti stainless steel Rambler Tumblers are double-wall vacuum insulated and sure to make mom happy this Mother’s Day. These cups can keep her coffee warm in the morning or her beverage of choice cooled in the afternoon. These cups are also customizable and can be laser etched with “World’s #1 Mom” or whatever else you’d like.

2.) Mason Jar Coffee & RFO Coffee Cup

Who doesn’t need coffee? Mason Jar Coffee, roasted in downtown Linden, is a sure hit for mom. She’ll be the coolest mom on the block with her Red Fox Outfitters red coffee mug, too.


3.) Prana Yoga Mat

Namaste. A yoga mat is the gift that keeps on giving. Every time she hits the mat, it is a time to relax and get rooted and balanced again.

4.) On Clouds

Our most popular shoe at Red Fox Outfitters, and for good reason. These shoes are good for moms on the go with the quick elastic lacing system.


5.) Patagonia Mini Hip Pack

This isn’t your grandma’s fanny pack, this is the Patagonia Mini Hip Pack. Mom can keep her lip balm, bandages and cough drops in this bad boy and always have them handy.


Stop by the shop today for these and other great gifts for Mother’s Day!


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Pre-Fishing from the Couch

Local angler, Jeremy Crowe, has put together an article on how to pre-fish. Whether your hitting up a new area or are going out to familiar waters, it’s a good idea to have a rough plan in place. Taking a little more time to gather information before heading out can make the difference in the day’s results.

Check out Jeremy’s article below!

Pre-Fishing from the Couch

Jeremy Crowe helped Red Fox Outfitters with the 2016 Flint River Bassin Tournament Trail event and is an avid sportsman local to the area.

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Make an Impact!


You can’t turn on the radio, visit facebook, or watch TV without being inundated by the increasingly salacious, sensationalized, and hyper-reactive story lines concerning our national politics. We focus so much energy on such a small sliver of the political machine in terms of people involved and often on issues with little to no impact on our daily lives. Meanwhile, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a familiar refrain, from myself, my family, friends and customers about our little community here in southern Genesee County. It’s something along the lines of, “‘They’ should do this…” or “‘They’ really need to do something about that…”

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to have discussions with some of the “they” that can actually make things happen, and “they” actively solicit for input on what “they” should do from the community. At the first of two public input sessions regarding Fenton’s Park and Recreation plan, which is only updated once every FIVE YEARS, we had the opportunity as citizens to input suggestions, have discussions with our local representatives, and create a shared vision for what Fenton could achieve for the community’s benefit over the next 5 years. In this current political climate, isn’t that what everyone is looking for? The chance to talk civilly about shared goals, and developing items to our community’s mutual benefit? While we attendees enjoyed the opportunity, and some great ideas emerged from the session, the sample of attendees was still rather small compared to the potential impact they could have on an entire city’s future plan for parks and recreation.

While I won’t be able to make the second session due to a fundraiser we’re having at the store for another community initiative, the LAFF Pathway (yay trails), I’d love to hear about a ton of positive-minded citizens showing up to have their voice heard for the second session, . As a local business owner of some wisdom just recently put it – “The world is run by those that show up!”


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2017 Backcountry Classes

Backcountry Classes


Red Fox is excited to offer a series of backcountry classes with Luke Boone of Boone Excursions! Whether you’re planning a trip in Michigan, or somewhere more exotic (hard to imagine) – these classes will be a great introduction! Thursdays at 6:30 pm!

Reserve Your Spot Today!


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Fall Marathons


Michigan’s summer can have a handicapping effect on runners. Efforts feel tougher, paces feel slower, and races rarely produce PR’s given an equivalent level of fitness, especially over longer races. Once fall hits, however, it can feel like a veil has been lifted. Suddenly it’s clear how much miles put in over the summer have helped. There are few experiences in running like that first seminal long run when cooler weather finally comes – you feel strong as an ox, the pace is effortless, and the miles feel like they could stretch on indefinitely.

A fun part about fall’s newfound strength is great races around here to demonstrate it. Popular ones for our area are the Brooksie Way Half Marathon, The Capital City River Run Half, the Applefest 5k, Diehl’s Ciderfest Run 4 mile, and the ultimate fall tests: a full marathon.
Marathons take a special type of preparation. There are way too many articles to count online detailing all the ways you can screw up a marathon, and way too many on how to run your best. Instead of getting too far into that, here are what I see as keys to preparing for a marathon properly:

Running more will you prepare more than anything else when it comes to doing well at a marathon. That means missing as few days as possible. One of the most underestimated gains one makes in training is the huge improvement in running economy that comes from consistent “practice” at the art of running. Whether you’re comfortable with 15-30 minutes the majority of your runs, or an hour plus, try to do one every day that you can!

Picking The Right Race
Destination marathons are fun weekends, and it’s easy to structure a vacation around them. However, if you want to run a certain time, you’re best off following three rules of thumb:

  • Pick a race close to you, and limit travel time and concerns in the days leading up to it.
  • Pick a race in the fall or at a place where cool weather is almost guaranteed.
  • Pick a race with terrain you’re familiar with. Flat is the way to go if time is the goal.

There’s a plethora of articles circulating the web, often detailing different strategies on fueling before and during a marathon. I take a pretty simple approach.

Glycogen Loading
I shift my diet to one emphasizing carbs in the days before the race. Try not to take in extra calories. Instead, shift the ones consumed to a larger percentage of carbs. Even simple carbs are ok in the days leading up to the race.
Two reasons for this…

    1. Each gram of glycogen stored also stores an average of 3 grams of water – and as you’d probably guess, you’ll need some water in your system to run a good marathon.
    2. From a fueling perspective, a marathon can be seen as a race between getting to the finish line and avoiding depleting your glycogen stores, the most available and efficient source of energy the body has during the race. Deplete that level too soon in the race, and you hit what marathoners affectionately call, “The Wall.” (note the capitalization. not a fun time) “Carbo-loading” before the race helps maximize the amount of available glycogen stores you have to draw on at the beginning of the race. Combine that with good fueling during the race (generally 100 calories of carb heavy energy food for each hour of running), and appropriate pacing (not going out too fast, picking a sustainable pace), and you can get through the race without even hitting the dreaded “Wall.”


Don’t Get Too Hung Up On Distance
I get a lot of questions along the lines of “how long should long runs be?” What’s the furthest I need to train at to race a marathon? My answer: it’s not distance, it’s time. Consistent, frequent efforts of continuous running are the most effective strategy for building a good running economy. If you can build up to it, long runs of 1:45 – 2:20 are the furthest one needs to go to train at a glycogen depleted state before significant muscles breakdown, thus boosting marathon fitness. So in short, pick a plan that seems obtainable, stick to it, and try to run as frequently as you can. Work up to 1:45 – 2:20 long runs, once a week, if you’re able. The more you can run, the more prepared you’ll be. It’s “money in the bank,” and you want a nice account to draw from at mile 20.

Fall marathons are magical races – there are few feelings better than the hyper-relaxed, near euphoric state that follows in the hours and days after finishing – it can often feel like turning a chapter in the book of life – an apt metaphor for a race that can feel like a momentous journey in and of itself.

If you ever want to shoot the breeze about running, marathons, and life, pop into the store and ask for a marathoner – Red Fox is lucky to have several who have been successful in their endeavors. And we love to talk running!

Happy Running, and for those racing – get after it, and have a fun time doing so!

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Yak the Wassee – 2016

Red Fox helped out the Headwaters Trails Inc Group at their event to clean and clear the Shiawassee River between the Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton. This stretch of river is around 7 miles long and includes grasslands, woodlands, and ponds. See you out on the river!

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2016 Orvis Rod Swap


The Orvis Rod Swap is here. From May 13th- June 19th, when you bring in a functioning rod to be donated to charity, you will receive 20% off the purchase of a new Orvis rod.

Whether you’re looking to add to your collection or upgrade one of your sticks, here is your chance to save some cash. It has been some time since Orvis has offered this trade in program, so take the advantage while it lasts!

Note – Not to be combined with any other offer

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Preview of The River Bassin Tournament Trail 2016

This nationwide fishing tournament is making a stop in Flint, MI this August. The River Bassin Tournament is a family friendly tournament for beginners and the experienced. The tournament is a “catch, photo, and release” style competition. Anglers will submit photos of their catch using a smart phone or digital camera. Fish must be caught within the boundaries of the tournament on a kayak or canoe. Thousands of dollars of prizes will be given away during the event. The boundary will likely include sections of the Flint and Shiawassee rivers. More Flint specific information to come!

More Tournament Information:

River Bassin Tournament Trail