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  • June 30, 2009

    The Worlds Best Fishing Point-and-Shoot Camera?

    By Tim Romano

    Two weeks ago I wrote a story for the main page titled, "The Beginner's Guide to Better Fishing Photography". This week, thanks to my boys over at, I have stumbled upon what possibly might be the worlds best point and shoot camera for fishing related activities. The camera in question is the...

  • June 29, 2009

    Underwater Tarpon Migration Video

    By Tim Romano

    It's monday, and if you're like me - most of my brainpower is used up just figuring how to brew coffee and turn on the computer. Typically I need a little kick start to get productive. This video worked for me this morning...

  • June 26, 2009

    Why Fishing is America's Cultural Compass

    By Kirk Deeter

    Times change, and with them so do trends, attitudes, and even cultural stereotypes.

    But the principles of fishing are as solid as the rock of Gibraltar.  Steady like magnetic north.  Sure, we find new tricks and techniques, and we use new materials.  But, by and large, what was good advice in Field & Stream 50 or more years ago is still good advice.

    Which cannot be said for all magazine advice.  To wit, I bring you these excerpts sent to us from the Fly Talk Cutlural Institute in Grawn, Michigan, from Housekeeping Monthly from May 13, 1955.  The story is called "The Good Wife's Guide," and I swear I am not making this stuff up (I'm not that brave)...

  • June 25, 2009

    Does float fishing without a PFD = Death?

    By Tim Romano

    I've been fishing from my raft the past three weekends here in Colorado and let me tell you there hasn't been a whole ton of fishing. It's pretty much been a whitewater bonanza. The highest water I've seen here in a long, long time. We've seen and heard of numerous boats flipping in normally easy rapids. To be perfectly honest it's been a bit scary at times. That's why when I read this piece in the Denver Post about a man...

  • June 24, 2009

    Does Catch and Release Reduce Trespassing Offense?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I have a guide buddy (who will remain anonymous) who once summed up the fishing and trespassing debate this way:

    "Only the outlaws catch the big fish."

    Which in some states like Colorado is probably true.  I know the biggest fish there live in waters behind fences.  (Call it high fence fishing if you want).  I know I've had a lot of fun fishing behind some of those fences.  And I know that I have felt the sudden urge to jump some of those fences now and again.  Whether I did or not...

  • June 23, 2009

    Fish Alaska For Free, Seriously...

    By Tim Romano

    No, Deeter isn't going to come pick you up, drive to Alaska, and guide you for a week...  Although I'm sure he'd love to. This opportunity comes to us by way of Alaska West fishing lodge and Deneki Outdoors. I just had to let the flytalk nation know about the chance to fish for a week in Alaska for free. Here's the scoop...

  • June 22, 2009

    Can You Pick the Right Bug?

    By Kirk Deeter

    From the "Even a Blind Hog Finds an Acorn Once in a While" Files:

    I had a successful afternoon on the river yesterday, and it only happened after I found the right fly pattern.  Honestly, I went from zero to hero in about 20 minutes after making a bug switch.  And it wasn't really my first choice... I saw the fly on my hat brim... was too lazy to dig around the box... figured what the heck... and it worked.

    I'll set up the situation, and you see if you can figure out what fly pattern it was that turned out to be the haymaker...

  • June 19, 2009

    Fly Casting Technique: Stop breaking your wrist.

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    One more helpful little tip from Deeter and I've got two caption contest winners to announce. They are...

  • June 18, 2009

    Father's Day Gift Idea

    By Kirk Deeter

    We often review "stuff" like rods, reels, and lines... but rarely do we think about something good to carry your "stuff" around in.  Here's a great product from fishpond--the Dakota Carry On rod case.  It holds a few rods (out of their tubes) easily, and also has compartments for holding things like lines, reels, fly boxes, and so forth.

  • June 17, 2009

    Big Hole Gives Up Very Big Fish

    By Tim Romano

    The Big Hole river is known for exceptionally large fish, and the stories on trout sizes there are sometimes hard to believe. This one though, appears to be the real deal. Our friend and colleague Ben Romans sent me this article from The Montana Standard last night.  The fish was caught on a five weight and measured 35 inches in length and weighed...

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