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RiverBum Fly Fishing Blog

​X? What the heck does X mean?

Well 11, you didn’t know that?  Seriously. I get this question a lot as it pertains to leaders and tippet. The system is really counter intuitive. The smaller the number, the thicker and heavier the material. The larger the number, the finer and lighter the material.Makes no sense to me. It’s like wire and [...]

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​Fly Rod Selection For The Beginner

So, I get asked this question a lot, what fly rod are you using? The fact is, I have a lot of fly rods and routinely use many of them. Many are species and water specific. I’ll use my 2wt popping for blue gill, 4wt. dry fly fishing trout and a 6wt streamer fishing for trout. [...]

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​Finding Time to Fish

We are all busy, very busy. I’m a husband, father of two very active daughters, an executive in my professional work, own this very wonderful small business, and in my “spare” time I do a bit of pro bono business consulting and charity work. Finding time to fish can be a challenge. Here’s a couple [...]

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Late Fall fishing....got browns?

We went on our annual fishing trip to New York this past week. We fished some Lake Ontario streams for brown trout, steelhead, and king salmon, and what a trip it was.Our 6.5 hour drive was almost entirely made in rain which gave us hope that the streams would rise and bring in some [...]

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​Good Habits are Hard to Break

I’m a dry fly guy. I love everything about it. Seeing the rise in gin clear water, the anticipation, the take…..for me it is exhilarating. I got good at it too. Of course, that’s the method of fishing I did 75%-90% of the time. The more you do something, the better you get at it. [...]

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​Get Your Wooly Bugger On!

Its autumn, the leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air, the Brown Trout are spawning, and our local rivers aren’t nearly as crowed. What time is it? It’s Bugger time! Nothing gets me fired up like fishing for big, bad, brown trout….and nothing brings more fish to the net like a wooly bugger. This [...]

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​Choosing the Correct Leader

The advances in leader and tippet materials have been amazing over the past several years. I have so much respect for our forefathers that used silk or horse hair….now that must have been a huge challenge. We’ve got it much easier. On that note though, many angles mis-match the leader/tippet to the type of fishing they are doing. Many [...]

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Why I love fly fishing

“Why”? I am often asked this when I describe my love for fly fishing. I likely do not fit the “typical” profile of a fly angler. For the past 20 years, I’ve spent and continue spend my Mondays-Fridays helping build pharmaceutical companies, launching new prescription drugs and providing guidance regarding compliance. [...]

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Autumn Fly Fishing & BWO's

Autumn is upon us!  I love this time of year.  The dog days of summer are gone, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning.  The crisp coolness of the air is something special, but I digress.... This time of year can only mean one thing….Blue Winged Olives!  Ever wonder why there are so many BWO [...]

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Fish Behavior Based on Water Type

One of the most overlooked aspects of fishing, I think, is fish behavior.  I’ve seen beginners really struggle with this, especially if fishing multiple species or changing from one to another. I know when I switched from gear fishing for Largemouth Bass to fly fishing for Trout, there was a huge transition and an entirely new education for me. Trout, [...]

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