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  • July 30, 2010

    Has Anyone In History Had a Better Start in Fly Fishing?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Meet my new fishing buddy, Dylan Looze, from Round Rock, Texas...  He is an intern with Trout Unlimited, who has joined me and the TU crew on a couple road trips as part of the Field & Stream "Best Wild Places" tour.  (You'll be hearing more from me about some gonzo adventures in the high country in the coming weeks... but it's not my 
    turn yet, and besides, that's not the point right now.)

    The star of this show is Dylan, soon to be 19, with whom I was lucky enough to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder, trading shots with dries, when he hooked his very first rainbow trout on a fly.  My honor.  But it gets much better...

  • July 29, 2010

    Romano: Former Fly Guide Robs 10 Fly Shops

    By Tim Romano

    "In January, 2010, 33-year-old Benjamin Michael Whalen, believed to be a former flyfishing guide, allegedly knocked off a string of specialty flyshops in Colorado. He is charged with multiple misdemeanors and felonies for crimes committed across a number of Colorado County jurisdictions. Whalen’s modus operandi was to enter a shop and discuss a gift for his father and the purchase of high-end rods and reels."

  • July 28, 2010

    A Deeter Fly Strategy: Make it a Double

    By Kirk Deeter

    I use two flies at a time in 90 percent of trout fishing situations. On a base level, one might think "double the flies, double the odds," and to a degree, that may be so. But I've learned that with some strategic thought poured into how you mix and match your fly combinations, you can dramatically improve your results.

  • July 27, 2010

    Romano: The Art of the Nail Knot

    By Tim Romano

    It's rare that I tie a nail knot these days as most fly lines come with pre-welded loops, as do most leaders. Knowing how to tie a nail knot though can save a day on the water when damage might have been done to the end of your line or when absolute stealth is needed presenting small lines and leaders to spooky fish.

    If you've forgotten or want to learn a couple of neat tricks check out Tim Flagler's how to video over on or just click on the photo. - TR

  • July 26, 2010

    Deeter: Is Any Fish Uncatchable on a Fly?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Can you name this fish species? I'll give you a hint: They were caught in the Pacific Ocean, on chunked bait, in water well over one hundred feet deep.

    They might be some of the few fish I'd concede as being uncatchable on a fly rod. But there aren't many fish I'd put in that category. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to think of any classic sport fish that can be caught on conventional gear, but not with fly tackle.

  • July 23, 2010

    Stuff That Works: Tecnu Oak and Ivy Skin Cleanser

    By Tim Romano

    I took my first Tecnu bath of the season last night.  Yup, you heard me right - a Tecnu bath.

    As we all know - fishing at times forces you to come in contact with poison oak and ivy. If you're like me, wet-wading small streams in the heat of summer is a must. With this wonderful right of summer comes some unpleasantries. Namely an itchy, oozing rash that lasts for weeks. I am almost guaranteed to get a nasty case of ivy at least once a summer simply by wet wading a few select streams near my house.

  • July 22, 2010

    Deeter: Don't Complain, Just Walk Farther

    By Kirk Deeter

    I don't have a problem with fishing near people I don't know. Crowded rivers don't really bother me. Not my first choice, for sure, but I like to make a game out of busy situations, and see if I can hook fish that someone else has passed over and missed. I also like sitting and watching other anglers... sometimes you pick up on tricks that way. When a river is a total zoo, with 50 drift boats jockeying for position, that kills the buzz, I will agree. But I just don't let it bother me much.

  • July 21, 2010

    Tie Talk: Tying a Howell Signature Intruder In Less Than 2 Minutes

    By Tim Romano

    Our friends over Buster Wants To Fish couldn't have said it any better.

    "Finally, a tying video without all the heavy breathing, instructional jibber-jabber and UV lamplight!"

  • July 20, 2010

    Write the Caption, Win a Prize

    By Kirk Deeter

    Growing up on the Great Lakes, I developed a deep appreciation of "multi-disciplinary" tackle shops: The barber shop/tackle shop... The garage/mechanic/tackle shop... and of course, my favorite, the beer store/tackle shop.

    As such, there's just something about this image of fresh coho fillets chilling in the beer cooler that makes my eyes well up, and my voice wobble. It's a cultural thing.

  • July 19, 2010

    Romano: The Importance of Spare Keys

    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago I had one of those days…

    My buddy Charlie and I decided we'd embark on a 14-mile fish/float with no shuttle. Nothing went right. Highlights include losing every big fish we hooked, almost getting trampled by a moose in our raft, hitchhiking for an hour and a half, getting picked up by the sheriff, being absolutely mauled by mosquitoes, losing spare key #2, and the kicker - locking ourselves out of the car at 9pm.

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