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The Skwala Hatch!

The Skwala hatch is one of the best kept secrets in western waters. The Skwala is a relatively small stonefly generally in the size 8-12 range. It’s a brown to olive bodied critter which start becoming active late winter to early spring when water temps start to rise into the 40’s. Look for its emergence onto [...]

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Hammer The Hatch

If you want to improve as a Flyfisher and bring more fish to the net, you really need to know your bugs, and their life cycles.  Mayflies will go from nymphs, emerger, dun, then spinner.  Caddis, stoneflies, and midges will go from nymph, pupae, to adult. Here’s the thing, there is a ton of information on the web that is quite good for [...]

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​Master The Mend

Drag. It is the arch nemesis of the flyfisher. It’s an evil phenomenon the we need to eliminate in order to catch more fish. I would wager that 90% of the refusals we get are because our presentation is not drifting naturally in the water. The other 90% is because we are not using [...]

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To The River!

Here’s a quick fishing tip for ya. When I walk to the river, I normally do so with my rod facing backwards. I do this for a couple of reasons. I’m a bit older, I’m rockin the dad bod these days, and am not as nearly as nimble on my feet as I used to be. [...]

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College Fly Fishing Teams

A small knit group of like-minded anglers at Arizona State University are sharing their passion for fly fishing with other students. Have a look as RiverBum Ambassador Gabby Rich takes a break from her studies to introduce us to her College Fly Fishing Club Team.

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Fly Fishing Trip Preparation

When you’re going on an excursion trip, it’s pretty obvious you need to spend time getting ready in advance, but many anglers fail to prepare for day trips. Ever look forward to going on a day trip with a buddy, getting there nice and early, only to spend 45 minutes at the truck getting everything sorted out and [...]

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​Leader Eater

I don’t make my own leaders. I buy the tapered leaders with the loop. For me, it’s easier. When you do build your own leaders, you carefully construct your leader stepping down to your final diameter. You might go a couple of feet of 1X, down to 3X, down to 5X and then to 6X. [...]

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Pack It In, Pack It Out

Pack it in, Pack it outOne of the many reason why we fly fish is to enjoy the outdoors. It really does take us to some remarkable places of pure beauty. It deeply saddens my heart to see trash, debris, and graffiti when I happen along a place. I really don’t understand they [...]

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Start With Why

I recently read a great book by Simon Sinek title “Start With Why”. I was a great read. Many of the things called out in the book I have been intuitively for years. I very rarely tell my staff “what” to do or “how” to do it. I’ll communicate the goals or what I [...]

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Product Review - Maxxon Aurelius Fly Rod

RiverBum Pro Capt Jim Daniels reviews the Maxxon Aurelius Fly Rod and the Maxxon XMX Fly Reel in a rather unique way - by letting his clients cast and use the reel rod combo.

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