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Recent Articles

When is it time to change your fly line?
August 10, 2016

Fly lines

I must state up front that I am stickler for fly line performance. When a line can no longer perform at its optimum, even with cleaning and lubrication, then I chuck it. My recommendations are based on this premise; if you can live with slightly diminished performance, then you can probably add a season to your line before turning it in.

RIVERS REPORT 7/22
July 22, 2016

MILL CREEK in Dexter is about as warm as it gets before we start seeing mortality.  When people come in the shop and hint around at it, I point blank just tell them, Please don't fish that stream. Between the low water and its high temperatures, any stress on any of the fish could well be fatal. Practice casting on the lawn. Watch videos.Tie flies.  Just don't fish Mill Creek.

Rivers Report 6/21
June 21, 2016

The Huron River continues to fish well, with the early evening bite providing a lot of activity. We have had some stellar Golden Drake and Iso action, but the steadiest top-water producer is a Bugle-Bug-style popper in chartreuse or orange.Under...

Innovation in Our Sport?
May 05, 2016

The sport of fly fishing is a many faceted gem. For those of us in my generation, and the one preceding it, the rich traditions of the literature, the landscapes and the personalities that nurtured the sport play a central role in our own enjoyment of it. For the younger crowd, these elements seem much less important, and it is the sense of adventure, the lure of the gadgets and gear, and the pursuit of ever-bigger fish that seem to drive the addiction.

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