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  • February 27, 2009

    The Big Pull: Record Steelhead?

    By Tim Romano

    You are looking at what might be one of the largest steelhead ever caught on a fly. It almost certainly will be an IGFA record for 8kg tippet if verified. 

  • February 26, 2009

    Strike Indicators, Bobbers, and Training Wheels

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've always chuckled at flyfishing double-speak.  The classic example: a "strike indicator."  I have an idea.  Let's call strike indicators what they really are... bobbers.  Yarn, foam, balloons, plastic, whatever.  They float on the surface... when they go under, they tell you to set the hook.  Like a bobber. 

    Actually I have a better idea.  Let's call them training wheels.  Okay, they're not really wheels, per se, but you get the point.

  • February 25, 2009

    Stimulus Watch: Any Money For Fishing?

    By Tim Romano

     

    At least once a week I get blast emails from my old man. Typically they're jokes or family happenings, etc... This week I got a link to Stimuluswatch.org.

  • February 24, 2009

    On Honeymoons, Flyfishing Addiction, and Being a Dirty Dog

    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Roy Tanami

    I must hand it to Tim Romano... if Guinness tracked a world record for the most fishing trips taken between a wedding and a honeymoon, he'd surely own it.

    Not that many of us haven't tried to lay down the law on fishing-as-priority early in our marriages.  I once suggested Alaska as a honeymoon to my wife.  Sitting on the beach weeks later, I wondered how long it would be before I saw the Far North.  Fourteen years, it turned out.

  • February 23, 2009

    Fishing Tackle: More or Less?

    By Tim Romano

    Multiple consecutive days of spring-like weather here found me out in the garage yesterday looking at my pile of fishing stuff longing for spring and slowly sorting odds and ends. Yeah, it's in a pile... After digging and sorting I started thinking about what I really need to go fishing for a day and promised myself to figure out a better way for next season. I mean what do you really need?  A rod, reel, fly box, some tippet, nippers, and a pair of pliers...right?

  • February 20, 2009

    What Makes a Great Guide?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've always thought that the best flyfishing guides were teachers foremost, and catchers of fish second.  In other words, for my money, I want someone who will make me a smarter, better angler, and not just leave me with a grip 'n grin photo.  But that's just me.

    What do you think?

  • February 19, 2009

    Global Warming... Get Your Fishing in Now

    By Tim Romano

    Photo by Tim Romano

    Rivers full of hatchery fish, invasive species fouling up waterways, and now a little global warming. What a week of doom and gloom for the Fly Talk faithful. Sorry, but this one caught my attention two days ago on CNN. The story is "Five Places To Go Before Global Warming Messes Them Up."

  • February 18, 2009

    Gear Review: Simms Guide Boot w/ StreamTread Sole

    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Kirk Deeter

    Like many anglers, I've depended on a good pair of felt-soled boots to keep me upright in the river for many years.  But the dirty truth of the matter is that felt is now clearly linked to spreading a number of fish-killing threats like didymo (rock snot), mud snails, and whirling disease.  If you have a conscience, you want to avoid felt at any cost.  But, until now, if you didn't want to fall on your butt, you didn't have many great options, Aquastealth soles not withstanding.

  • February 17, 2009

    Hatchery Fish: The Weakest Link

    By Tim Romano

    What do you know? Pellet fed blobs don't fair so well in the real world. Kinda like people...

  • February 16, 2009

    Waders: Hip or Not?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Tim's little pinup gal image got me thinking (I'm not sure why) about hip waders.  I've decided that hip waders work well for women, and not for men.  Wearing hip waders and shorts works exceptionally well for women, and is repulsive among men.

    Who wears hip waders anymore? Not like a novelty... I mean as your go-to, number-one fishing in the river on Saturday morning set of waders.

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