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  • December 29, 2010

    Are You a Wuss?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Reacting to the decision to postpone the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings football game because of a winter storm, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said: "We've become a nation of wusses."

    I say he might be right. And thank goodness for fly fishers—particularly steelhead fly fishers—who, along with cops, soldiers, firemen, bull riders, crab fishermen, swamp loggers, and ice road truckers, are the last icons for rugged living in North America today.

    From where I sit in the Rocky Mountains, I cannot help but wince when I watch the Northeast get crippled by a foot or two of snow. What's even more nauseating is the 24-7 cable news cycle revolving around... a foot or two of snow. I certainly don't like to watch people suffer... like having to sit on an parked airplane for a few hours. Did I say suffer? Sure, being stuck on a plane stinks, but it isn't suffering.

  • December 27, 2010

    Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Tim Romano

    by Tim Romano

    I trust you all have had some quality relaxation and free time on your hands over the Christmas holiday. From the number of captions for our most recent caption contest it would seem that's true.

  • December 23, 2010

    Tie Talk, Christmas Edition

    By Tim Romano

    Stuck at home this holiday break with little to do? All you tiers can thank Jason Borger for a little holiday fly tying cheer. Today he brings us a couple of patterns for Christmas tying excerpted from the new book, Fishing the Film, by Gary A. Borger (illustrations by Jason Borger). Look for the book at your favorite shop or cataloger, or click here to order.

    Low Rider Emerging Nymph
    I measured literally hundreds of insects while doing the research for the Borger Color System (BCS), and in so doing, I realized that basically all insects are thinner than the flies tied to match them. Interestingly, this seems to have little effect of high floating flies, where emphasis of the body seems to enhance the fly’s effectiveness, probably because it’s a bit easier for the fish to see. Using a bulky body on a searching pattern has the obvious advantage of making it easier to see—and perhaps a bit more like a juicy terrestrial or just a juicy “something” that might be edible. Having a slightly bulky body works in deeply fished nymphs, too, probably because the extra size can suggest gills or a bit of motion. Bulkier flies might just be like oversized goose decoys, they’re really too big, but they’re easy to see and perhaps they just look better than the real thing…It was this need for the correct film profile that was the impetus behind Jason’s Low Rider Emerging Nymph, a fly that we both use heavily when fishing various mayfly hatches.

  • December 22, 2010

    Three New Fly Videos for Your Viewing Pleasure

    By Tim Romano

    It seems there's been an explosion of videos that reference fly fishing making their way to the web recently and this month is no exception. Since it's Wednesday, day three of the week, I bring you three of my new favorites.

    1. Midcurrent was wondering if Santa is a two handed caster, now apparently they have proof thanks to the gents over at Indigo Guide Service.

     

  • December 21, 2010

    Fly Talk is Giving Away Tickets to Denver International Sportsmen's Exposition!

    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for something "fishy" to do in January...something that's all about the best fishing (and hunting) experiences, minus subfreezing outdoor temperature...something you can enjoy with the whole family and thousands of other kindred outdoor spirits...you might consider popping into one of the many outdoor expos or boat shows happening throughout the country.

    For those of you who live in or around Denver, Tim and I will both be at the International Sportsmen's Exposition (ISE) , happening in the Mile High City's Convention Center January 6-9. We'd like to meet you in person so much, in fact, that we'll leave 10 pairs of tickets (tickets are $15 each) to the first 10 comments on this post from people who say they'll be there. (In other words, we're giving away $300 worth of tickets, and all you have to do is ask...)

  • December 20, 2010

    A Visit from "Saint Fisholas"

    By Kirk Deeter

    So I thought we'd dust of an old holiday tradition.

    A Visit from "Saint Fisholas"
    by C. Clement Trout

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and we all felt a shiver, Not a creature was, stirring… ‘specially not in the river. The waders were hung in the garage with great care, Though I figured next spring, I’d still need a new pair.

     

  • December 17, 2010

    Write a Caption, Win A Book and Some Original Photography

    By Tim Romano

    by Tim Romano

    Here's the rules. Write the wittiest caption to this image and the Fly Talk boys will send you a signed copy of Deeter's "Little Red Book of Fly Fishing" and I'll let you choose any one original photograph of mine from any of the fishing galleries that I've put up on Field and Stream over the years like the Late Summer slide show, New Orleans Redfish side show, the Oregon Steelhead Train or any of the dozen or so others you can find on the site.

    Pick one image and I'll have it printed as an 8X10 and sent out with Deeter's signed book. If I'm being presumptuous and you're not that into the photography, take the book - it'll make you a better fly fisherman, I promise.

     

    I'll be back at you with a winner, Monday, December 27th. Good luck.

  • December 16, 2010

    How is Your Fish Spotting?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I don't think anything in fly fishing is as exciting or interesting to me as actually seeing a fish, making the cast, and hooking up. Sight fishing is top of the game.

    As such, I'm on record for saying if I forget my waders at home, I'll tough it out and wet-wade, but if I leave my polarized glasses at home, I'll go back and get them. I'll trade 20 blind hook-ups for one sight fishing encounter. Yeah... I'm the weirdo who will sit on the bank and watch a fish for an hour, figuring out how to catch it.

    People I fish with often ask, "How did you see that fish?"

    This might sound like a Yogi Berra-ism, but my answer is always the same: "The secret to spotting fish is knowing where to look."

  • December 15, 2010

    Save Lines, Save Money

    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for a way to save money on fly tackle replacement, one of the easiest (yet most neglected) things to do is take care of your fly line. Rather than leaving that line of yours spooled on a reel, then stuffed in some drawer or shelf to rot and crack over the winter, take the time to stretch it out, clean it, and store it on a hanger.

  • December 14, 2010

    Photographer Corey Arnold's Portraits of Commercial Fishing

    By Tim Romano

    It's no secret that I love photography and fishing and combine the two pretty frequently. That's why when I found Corey Arnold's work I was blown away. It is quite simply some of the best photography that I have seen in a long time. Funny thing is, it all has to do with commercial fishing. I needed an angle to post this stuff on the "worlds leading outdoor website" and after talking to Corey over the phone an via email last week I think his own words will suffice.

    He says, "I grew up sportfishing on a weekly basis off the coast of Oceanside, California, and started making annual fishing trips with my father to Alaska when I was 13. There, I discovered the world of commercial fishing and returned to Alaska to find a salmon gill netting job in Bristol Bay back in '95. Now, after 15 years of commercial fishing in many fisheries in Alaska, I run my own set net skiff for salmon at the mouth of the Kvichak River every summer. I'm working simultaneously on a photo project documenting the lives of fisherman and communities that might be impacted by the proposed Pebble Mine, one of the largest proposed open pit mines in the world.

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