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  • August 31, 2010

    Deeter: New Fly Rods are Tougher than Ever

    By Kirk Deeter

    The "rod wars" are back on. I've already seen (or at least heard about) more new fly rods from manufacturers in advance of the upcoming International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) trade show than I have seen in at least a decade.

    And the number one feature that makes a lot of these rods different than past generations is that they are tougher. Oh sure, you'll hear claims of "lighter" and "more sensitive," but in reality, most anglers won't be able to feel or sense a 10% weight reduction in rod blanks.

  • August 30, 2010

    Steelhead Tactics: Manage That Piled Running Line

    By Tim Romano

    Not long ago we saw a video from Deneki Outdoors and Michael White in regards to swinging flies for steelhead and how and when to take your step downstream. This week I thought I'd follow that up with another video tip from Mr. White on how to manage all that piled up running line while casting and stepping.

    From Deneki's weekly news letter:
    "If you’re making long casts with a spey rod and a Skagit-style line system, you need to deal with loops of running line. Skagit heads are short but casts can be long, and shooting 50 feet or more of running line happens all the time. Unfortunately you can’t just strip all that line in and put it in your pocket – you need a way to hold loops of running line that prevents tangles when you’re launching bombs."

  • August 26, 2010

    Stuff That Works: The Autumn Splendor

    By Kirk Deeter

    Most guides will tell you they have certain fly patterns they consider "money bugs." These come in handy when the chips are down, the fish are picky, and their tip is on the line. This is is my number one money bug-- the Autumn Splendor streamer. Created by Tim Heng in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley 20 years ago, this fly is either ugly enough to scare trout into submission, or juicy enough to make them drool. Either way, they eat it.

  • August 25, 2010

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Book

    By Tim Romano

    It's been quite some time since we've run any kind of caption contest, so here you are. You should know the deal by now - write the best caption win a prize.

    I took this image at a friends low key wedding last Saturday. So keep it clean and friendly...

  • August 24, 2010

    Deeter: How Quickly Can You Land a Fish?

    By Kirk Deeter

    So many fly anglers gauge skill by the size of the fish they catch. Sure, it takes a good angler to fool a smart old (big) fish. But I think a better way to judge angling prowess would be to time how fast you can land a fish. I always snicker when I watch the bass pros reefing fish to their boats. Doesn't say much about the moxie of old bucketmouth, in my opinion.

  • August 20, 2010

    Steelhead Tactics: Cast, THEN Step

    By Tim Romano

    Tradition dictates that when swinging flies for steelhead you make your cast, swing the fly into shore, and take a step or two down river. Repeat 10,000 times until you hook a fish or have to go to the bank and warm your hands by the fire. Michael White and Deneki Outdoors have a different take on it. -- TR

    From Deneki's weekly news letter:

  • August 20, 2010

    Man Loses Finger While "Fishing" for Eel

    By Tim Romano

    Fly fishing it is not, but an entertaining piece of video for a friday picked up from Moldy Chum.  I'll warn you, it's a bit graphic and pretty disturbing. Kinda like the Darwin Awards for fishing. Enjoy. -- TR

  • August 19, 2010

    Is Catch and Release "Playing With Your Food?"

    By Kirk Deeter

    I spent last week on the Nushagak River in Alaska, taking part in the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy.  It's a great program involving The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, The Bristol Bay Native Corporation, and the Bureau of Land Management, through which young native men and women are taught the basics of fly fishing and guiding.  They learn more about fly "culture" and we learn more about Yup'ik culture, as we all have a vested interest in the long term health of the rivers and salmon in that region.  I saw some great guide prospects in this bunch... you want to talk about people who know where fish hang out in a river... amazing.  I'll write more on this soon.

    One of the most interesting aspects of this exchange was talking about the catch and release issue.  Yup' ik culture teaches that an animal is aware of the hunter or fisherman's presence... and that it presents itself for the taking, giving itself to the person. By not taking the animal humanely, the hunter/angler is perhaps guilty of insult...

  • August 18, 2010

    A Movie Trailer for "The River Why"

    By Tim Romano

    David James Duncan's famous novel "The River Why" is now a movie ... sort of. No one seems to know when this movie is going to debut as it has no release date and there doesn't seem to be a distributor yet.  Enjoy the trailer as it might be all you see of the movie for quite some time. -- TR

  • August 18, 2010

    Fly Casting at 500 Frames Per Second

    By Tim Romano

    That's a lot of frames. Regular video is anywhere from 24 to 60 frames a second. 500 frames is seriously high speed stuff.

    I would be flat out embarrassed to see my cast at 500 frames a second. Not Jason Borger, though.  He was Brad Pitt's casting double in a River Runs Through It, and one of the best casters in the business. Borger teamed up with Grunde Lovoll Ph.D to get this amazing video, which clearly shows the multiple parts of the cast.  From the backcast to loop formation. For all you casting wonks out there many more of these videos can be seen at here (url below) with different parts of the cast broken down in super slow-mo.

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