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The Traveling Fisherman

RiverBum Pro Will Ricks talks about his favorite fly fishing tips when fishing new waters out of your local area.

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The Sweet Salt

When thinking of fly fishing, most anglers and non-anglers alike often envision a windy mountainous stream or river with gin-clear water gently flowing alongside stretches of river rock cobble bars and lush green trees. The seclusion, the invigorating sound of the water in the riffle, the sometimes deafening singing of cicadas and the hunt [...]

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Winter Fly Fishing Tips and 6 Favorite Winter Nymphs

With cold winter water the fish tend to hug the bottom of the deeper pools, drop-offs and slower tail outs.  This time of the year you need to get your bugs on the bottom and in front of the fish (low and slow) they can be lethargic in the cold water and will not move far or fast to [...]

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​Bass On The Fly

It’s all about the bass, about the bass, about the bass….no treble!So, it should be perfectly obvious that I let my children play Kidz Bop in the car way too often and my mind is shot! I’m positive my wife would confirm I should probably be in a padded room. That all being said, I think [...]

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Winter Midge Fishing

Midges hatch year round, but are especially effective in the cold winter months. Why? Pretty simple really. The lack of hatches going on at this time. Trout will hone in and cue on midges. They love them. Bottom release tailwaters are famous for their midge fishing. The cool water from the bottom [...]

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​No Soup for You: Winter Time Tips and Tune Ups

Maybe I’m reminiscing back to the days when the soup nazi would belt out “no soup for you”, maybe its because I’ve got a pot of gumbo on the stove, or maybe because its negative 8 degrees out but I can’t wait for this winter to be over with! It’s been bitterly cold and I’ve got a serious [...]

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​The Adams Fly

HistoryThe Adams fly is almost a century old. It is the unquestioned top selling dry fly pattern. Leonard Halladay is credited for designing the original pattern in 1922 naming the pattern after his fishing buddy Charles Adams.Leonard lived in Mayfield Michigan and frequented the Boardman River. He began tying flies at the ripe “old age” of 17 and [...]

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Surf Fishing

Surf fishing can be downright intimidating to many. Wading a long stretch of surf on a deserted beach can be just as tranquil and rewarding as fishing pocket water in the Rockies for trout. Surf fishing is not easy, especially with a fly rod. Ask any bait fisherman.I’ve targeted stripers and blues on the east coast before. [...]

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Ban the Bobber!

Many of us rely upon an indicator when nymph fishing. After a while, when we’ve set the hook on enough snags and missed enough fish, doubt starts to come to mind. I’ve actually found the bigger the bobber, the bigger the misses.Why is that? I think you need to start with the fisherman. I live [...]

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Nymph Casting Techniques

The lob cast is the easiest cast for delivering nymphs upstream. This is not your elegant, tight D-Loop dry fly presentation. It’s pretty ugly. But it works. Roll cast your flies slightly upstream. When your flies are even with you, lift your rod and let the flies trail slight downstream. Sweep the rod upstream on [...]

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