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High Sticking.....Dry Flies

You read that right….high sticking DRY flies. High sticking is a very common technique for nymph fishing, but often not even considered on a dry fly.A few years back I was on a long weekend trip to Kelly Creek in late August with my business partner Rick. Kelly Creek is a hidden gem in North Idaho. [...]

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High and Dry: Insist on Performance

High N DryIf you’re looking for an environmentally friendly, better performing floatant, look no further than High N Dry. The HnD team has come up with the most innovative product line up to hit the market in decades.Made in the US, developed by chemists with over 100 patents, their products no only add raincoat technology, but [...]

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Fly Color Selection

Many fly fisherman swear by certain color selection, especially streamer fisherman. Whether you’re fishing for trout, musky, steelhead, or bonefish, it seems everyone has their color of choice.  For me, being the engineering nerd that I am, I don't have a favorite color or two, I select colors because of the science behind it. The Science Behind Fly [...]

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Fishing Small Streams

I moved from Spokane, WA to Mountain Top, PA a little over a year ago. It’s been an adjustment. I really haven’t gotten out as much as I would have liked with the demands of a new full-time job, two daughters very active in soccer and seemingly a tournament every weekend, and the chores of normal everyday [...]

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Picking a Fly Fishing Guide

Capt. Jim here, and this month starts "fishing season" April is the first real days of spring weather for many of our states. From Florida to Maine, and From Arizona to Washington. We all begin to notice more consistency in the warmth of days. We all have students locally out for "Spring Break", and just [...]

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Wet Fly Surprise

Love it or hate it, Facebook has some good stuff and some not so good. One the good side, a memory feed came up for me that was a picture of me and my then 7-year-old daughter on a fishing trip to the St. Joe River in Idaho. On the bad side, I think I was about [...]

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Fishing Hook Sizes + Fly Sizes

One of the more confusing things about learning to fly fish are hook sizes and fly sizes. Like tippet and leader material sizes, fly fishing hook sizes are based on a bit of an antiquated system that doesn't make a lot of sense to us these days.  Here are a few basic things to think about [...]

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​High Water Fishing

Just got a foot of snow here in Pennsylvania……. but that rodent promised spring would be right around the corner. Personally, I don’t even believe a meteorologist when it comes to predicting the weather…. but that’s another story. The calendar says spring will be here. I can’t wait. For many regions of the country, that means snow [...]

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PA Trout Opener

In PA we are getting ready for our Trout Season opener on March 31st (Regional) and State wide on April 14th. Some Anglers have been dormant all winter long. Either tying, resting or just sitting on the couch watching TV. For those of us anxiously waiting, I have a few tips for getting your line ready. The last thing [...]

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​Don’t Match That Hatch!

What? Isn’t matching the hatch and presenting with a drag free drift the most prolific method to catch trout? Why yes, yes, it is. I would garner to say it has probably caught more trout than any other method. So, what am I talking about?  I'm talking about when there is no hatch, or you don't see [...]

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