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The Salmonfly Hatch

I’m headed out to Montana in a few weeks to fish the Salmonfly hatch with Jim Mitchell, one of the best guides I have ever fished with and all around great guy. This is a world-famous hatch that occurs in the western part of North America from Colorado to Northern California and on up to British Columbia.These big [...]

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Why RiverBum

When I sit back and look at our industry, it is certainly saturated with a lot of players. There are some very respectable competitors in the market space, and some, not so much. So what makes RiverBum so different?QualityWe have been in business for 13 years now, founded on a basic principal; offer great quality flies at a [...]

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Fat Guys Float

What a fantastic day I had this weekend in the Richmond, Virginia area. I went to visit my old friend Tabb Williams. Since I moved back east, we’ve been planning a trip. This weekend was it, and what a blast! Friday and Sunday we fished some of his local bass ponds and panfish haunts in kayaks. [...]

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Bee the Beetle

One often overlooked category of flies are the terrestrials, especially beetles and ants. Most of the time you don't see them on the banks or in the stream-side vegetation in great numbers so you don't really think about using beetle and ant patterns.Trout, however, are almost certain to know what they are. Many times when things have been slow I've tied on [...]

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The Magic of Marabou

The fly bounced across the riverbed. It slipped and slither through the water. The angler, current, and the fly itself brought it to life, so much so, that a 3lb smallie threw caution to the wind and inhaled the fly!It’s adrenaline pumping moments like these that have made me so fond of Marabou Flies. Marabou feathers originally [...]

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Hot High Water Flies

With warmer Spring and early Summer weather comes high water in many rivers and streams. This definitely presents a challenge, but that by no means should inhibit you from getting a line wet! Here are a few of my favorites and some techniques for fishing them in high water: Tungsten Bead Hot Wired Prince Nymph The added [...]

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​Wild Trout vs. Hatchery Trout

I moved from Washington State to Pennsylvania not too long ago. The differences between the two states is striking when it comes to trout fishing. Pennsylvania stocks a lot of trout.  So, why not a bit of a chat on the differences between stockies and natives?The discussion of the differences between hatchery and wild trout is [...]

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Fly Fishing for Water Wolves

When I was about 5 years old, I pulled a huge Northern Pike out through the ice and screamed to my dad that I caught an alligator….or so the family story goes. The point here is, Pike are not for the faint of heart, this isn’t your alpine trout fishing trip. Big one can measure in at [...]

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Bass Fly Fishing for the Beginner

Most of us that have bass fished started off using conventional gear.....as in spinning rods and bait casters. However, fly fishing for bass has some key advantages over conventional gear.  Advantages to Fly Fishing for Bass The biggest advantage is that you are in constant contact with the line. Any subtle take, you're going to [...]

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​Fly Fishing and Fantasy Football

So, I took up playing fantasy football 5 seasons ago. I’ve been to the playoffs four out of five years and have won it all twice. Not too bad I think, especially since others have been doing it 15 years and only won once.So what’s the secret to my success?  I would have to say, adaptation. [...]

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