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Recent Articles

Fly Selection Goes Deeper than What Fish are Biting
August 13, 2015

What's the hot fly?

As simple and straight-forward as the question may be, selecting – and more importantly, fishing – the right fly is not always easy.

When a customer asks me which fly or flies they should get, my first question is, “How do you want to fish?”

Why I Abhor Fishing Tournaments
July 20, 2015

It was inevitable, of course, that tournament fishing would find its way to fly fishing. Like a cancer that spreads throughout any body when left unchecked, the need to bring competition and testosterone supplements to what was once “the quiet sport” was bound to happen after it got a foothold in conventional tackle. The surprising thing, I suppose, is that it took so long.

Cutting Through the Tower of Babble and Getting a Better Outfit Because of it
July 17, 2015

Choosing the right gear in today’s crowded marketplace is hard enough as it is without meaningless terminology being thrown in. So, naturally, to combat this, I am going to introduce a brand new term into the nomenclature.

But, if you bear with me, I think it will be worth the ride. Especially since we will bury an existing term in the process.

The Key to Big Fish
June 30, 2015

Fishing lore is filled with tales of “the one that got away.” Fishermen obsess over big fish — both those captured and those lost – and while a good story is never a bad thing, far too many opportunities for big fish end in disappointment. While much of the post-mortem story-telling is apocryphal, it has a strong underpinning in an undeniable truth: Big fish do get away more often than small fry.