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  • November 30, 2009

    Photo Contest: Guess The Species Win A Prize

    By Tim Romano

    So here's how this one works...  Guess all 16 species of fish in the image above correctly. The first twenty people to do so will be entered into a hat. I'll blindly pick a name on video (for authenticity) and award them...

  • November 25, 2009

    Fly Talk's Thanksgiving Wishes

    By Kirk Deeter

    This fly fisher gives thanks for...

    Trout, salmon, char, grayling, tarpon, bonefish permit, redfish, stripers, bluefish, barracudas, pike, walleye, bass, bluegills, marlin, sailfish, dorado, sharks, tuna... even carp and whitefish (and other species I forgot to mention).

    Beyond that, I give thanks for things like dark morning drives to the river, when I can see my breath in the cab of the truck as I sip coffee and listen to Robert Earl Keen tunes.  I'm also thankful for fireplaces that melt the frost off my eyebrows at the end of a day of steelhead fishing.  I'm really thankful for saltwater flats and mountain streams.

    But most of all...

  • November 24, 2009

    Video Tip: Follow An Even Plane When Casting

    By Tim Romano

    Another casting tip from Senor Deeter... 

     

    Oh, and Scientific Anglers is spreading the holiday love by testing a new feature on it's website by providing visitors $15 off any purchase over...

  • November 23, 2009

    Gotta Love Barracudas

    By Kirk Deeter

    Greetings from the southern coast of Belize, and the "Geez, why hadn't I thought of this before?" department...

    I've stumbled onto a fairly remarkable game of hooking barracudas on green tube flies from the beach, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone would trade this in for catching little bonefish on the flats.  Frankly, I can't understand why you'd trade this for the guaranteed frustration of chasing permit on the flats.  I'm telling you this... I'm not going to do either of those things.  I'm going to play with cudas as long as I can.

  • November 19, 2009

    Video: Carp on the Fly

    By Tim Romano

    It seems that filmmaker RA Beattie has taken to poaching one of "my" favorite carp holes on the Dirty South Platte here in Denver, or DSP as we affectionally call it around here.

  • November 18, 2009

    For Better Fly Fishing... Glass or Plastic?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Kirk Deeter

    My favorite type of fly fishing is sight fishing. Doesn't matter if I'm chasing trout with dry flies (or nymphs), or stalking tailing fish on the flats, to me "top of the game" is always about spotting a fish, then making the cast, and (hopefully) hooking up.  As such, I honestly think the glasses I wear are as important as the rod, reel, line, and fly I use. After all, none of these things works best without the others. 

  • November 17, 2009

    Fly Fishing Film Tour 2010

    By Tim Romano

    It's the middle of November... It gets dark by 4:30, lakes have started to freeze over, ice forms on your guides now at 2pm, and any sign of decent sized dry flies is way gone. Come another couple months you'll be jonesing for any kind of serious fly fishing entertainment, no matter the flavor...

    Enter The 2010 Fly fishing film tour. This year the tour officially kicks off in January and hard and firm dates will be posted on their site December 1st of this year. 

    There will be upward of 40 stops in major cities and 50 other independent promoters of the tour in smaller cities, put on by fly shops and groups like TU for all you folks who don't live near near the regular tour towns... Everyone who shows up will get a free fishpond hat ($20 value) and tickets can be bought online for $14 or $12 dollars at your local fly shop.

    Official selections haven't been made, but it's a good bet there will be films by RA Beattie, World Angling, Confluence Films and the previously unreleased...

  • November 16, 2009

    Would You Take a Photo with a Foul-Hooked Fish?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Let's start the week by sprinkling some hot sauce... Simple question: Is it fair game or dirty pool to take a grip-'n-grin photograph with a fish you landed, but was foul-hooked?

  • November 12, 2009

    Is Drought Still Effecting Your Fishing?

    By Tim Romano

    Our friend Marshall Cutchin broaches an interesting topic over at midcurrent.com today regarding the state of the nationwide drought that has devastated both farming and fisheries over the last decade. One that I hadn't thought of in quite some time.

    A USAToday piece quoted in his report states that, "Last week, about 75% of the country showed no drought, the largest since the U.S. Drought Monitor was created in 1999. At the drought's peak in July 2002, about 72% of the country was in drought, according to the Drought Monitor."

    Here in Colorado, 2002 was horrendous with the hayman fire and many rivers feeling the effects of multiple years of low water. This continued on and off until about three years ago, when things got back to normal and in most cases way above normal.

    Curious, what's it like in your part of the country? Is the drought over for you or are you still feeling the effects today? 

    Speaking of fish and drought, I thought this video by RA Beattie was...

  • November 11, 2009

    Fins to the Left... Fins to the Right...

    By Kirk Deeter

    One of the great things about fly fishing from a kayak is that you can cover a lot of water in virtual silence.  As such, you're inevitably connected to the environment in ways you don't really sense when riding in a power boat or wading.

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