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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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Being good steward of the sport and the land

I often get asked why the fly, or why flyfishing. I used to say because not many people do it, or because not many people are where I like to go. However much as with any enjoyable sport, more and more people, whom often times didn't get the chance to be outdoors as a kid, or [...]

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Streamer Fishing the Riffles

When the words "streamer fishing" comes up, most folks think about stripping through deep pools, runs, lakes, and long swings through deep water. How many of you honestly break out the streamer rod with shallow water and riffles? Probably not too many.  However, I got to tell you, I’ve caught many a fish in such water.Actively feeding fish tend [...]

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​The Bounce Rig

Need to get down deep? Swift water? You need to learn how to fish the Bounce Rig.Oddly, it’s a two fly set up. Yeah, strange coming from me isn’t it? Hey, I’m a two fly kind of guy! Here’s what you do. You actually tie weight on to the end of your tippet. About 6” above that, tie on some tippet [...]

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How to Choose a New Fly Rod

Today we are going to talk about buying a new fly rod.  But with so many brands out there, what do you buy.......Or more importantly to most......what do you spend? Now a days you can spend as little as $10.00 at a yard sale or $1,000 at a store! But why spend so much?!?!?Each rod has had [...]

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Mastering Shorter Casts

I was on the phone last night helping a customer with a rod selection. He at first was looking for a stiff, fast action fly rod. I of course asked him what kind of fishing he does. As it turns out, mostly small streams and brooks.It seems it’s all the rage these days to get into a [...]

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C​onquering Refusals

How frustrating. You make a great cast, get a good drift, a beautiful fish comes up……and it gives you the middle fin and turns away. After you’ve finished cursing like a sailor, here’s a couple of tips to try out…As the year progresses, fish get more educated, particularly on tippet. Go lighter on your tippet than you normally do. I’m actually [...]

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