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Choosing A Fly Reel

Fly reels are an important part of every fly-fishing setup. The fly rod and fly line are more important, in most cases than the fly reel. There are several things to consider when deciding which fly reel is right for you:Will it hold the fly line your rod needs?Does the drag have enough power to [...]

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Smallmouth Fly Fishing - Old Ways Revised

I wrote The Top Ten Smallmouth Flies - How to Tie and Fish Them in 2010. This eBook has sold quite well through the years and I am proud of it. But it's time to revise this guide, based on another five years of intense smallmouth fishing. The revised book will be available by March [...]

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Santa Goes Fly Fishing

Tantalizing Tidbits for the Gift GiverHow About Some Unique Gifts for a change.....Aren't you tired of people saying, "I have no idea what to get ****, since he/she has everything". Well don't worry, I have some ideas for you that are unique and very cool, posted on a new video......Click Here for Video Free Domestic Shipping [...]

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High Water Headaches

The weather around the country seems to be heading for extremes. Some parts of the U. S. are parched with wild fires and historic droughts. Some of these areas, like in the south and west are then subject to rain deluges resulting in flooding and water damage.Here in the Midwest, we seem to avoid some [...]

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Learn to Cast

I've been fishing with relative newbies to the sport of smallmouth fly fishing lately. The fishing has been quite good with all matter of strikes from subtle trout-like ring rises to the typical smallmouth blast strikes.The take-away observation from my seat, usually in the back of the canoe, is basic casting issues that plague most [...]

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Tough Luck Smallmouth

We executed a three team assault on a regional tributary of the Mississippi yesterday on July 31. We've been smitten with high water for the second year in a row in the Midwest and rivers have been clearing and fishable for only the last three weeks. The river we fished is quite rocky and fast moving. [...]

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Getting Ready for Alaska

Many of you have fished Alaska, many of you have not. I have the opportunity to revisit this incredible state some 20 years after my initial visit. 20 years ago my wife and I floated the Talachalitna River for five days. Unfortunately the stream rainbows were not biting. All that way to nearly get skunked, in [...]

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Hopper Poppers

The Great In-Betweener - The Hopper PopperHopper patterns for trout and smallmouth bass are nothing new. In fact, for bass hoppers were one of the forerunners for small stream smallmouth over 50 years ago. For years fly anglers used large standard hair-type hopper patterns such as Dave's Hopper and a host of others.They're still quite [...]

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Almost Everybody Loves Boobies

Your Love for Boobies Just Got Supercharged! Booby or Boobie flies date back to the 1950's in England, where lake fishermen observed nymphs rising to the surface aided by bubbles of air. The bubble allowed the nymph to remain on the surface while it metamorphosed into a fly insect.  Starting out on floating fly line to emulate [...]

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Confessions of a Recovering Steelheader

I rarely fish for steelhead anymore. I’m not one to give up on things, but steelheading finally took me to my knees. Flogging dead water for hours was tolerable in my youth. See, I assumed you had to “pay your dues”. And man did we pay them – with the assumption it would eventually result [...]

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