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  • September 30, 2010

    Deeter: 3M Acquires Ross Reels

    By Kirk Deeter

    We just got wind that 3M, already one of the largest players in the fly fishing market through its Scientific Anglers brand, has acquired Ross Reels. We had heard rumblings that something of this order was up with Ross for several months, but did not know the suitor until today.

  • September 29, 2010

    Deeter: Name Your Fly Rod, Win a Prize

    By Kirk Deeter

    One other thing I learned about our friend Andrew Metzger (Koldkut) when we went fishing the other day, is that he is quite the artisan rod builder. That's something I must admit I know very little about. But I would like to build my own rod one day. I can only imagine how great it would feel to hook a big trout on a fly I tied, cast from a rod I built.

  • September 28, 2010

    Romano: More New Gear From the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show

    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago we visited the International Fly Tackle Dealer Trade show in Denver and talked to some of the manufactures about their new products for late 2010/2011. We already showed you a handful of new products in a previous post. This week Korkers Boots a new material for the bottom of their shoes, Dr.

  • September 27, 2010

    Deeter: Learning From the Fly Talk Readers

    By Kirk Deeter

    Who says reading fishing blogs is wasted time? Sometimes, doing so can land you on the river to do some serious "research" with the editor.  Take, for example, Andrew Metzger and his buddy Mark Damon. Andrew is a long-time Fly Talk reader and commenter. I'll leave it up to him whether he wants to reveal his online identity or not.

  • September 24, 2010

    Romano: Fishing Tale of Survival...Colorado Trout Sushi

    By Tim Romano

    This video comes to you via our local news here in Denver. Pardon the advertisement at the beginning, but this short video clip is definitely worth watching. It tells the story of Craig Horlacher, a geologist who was fishing for cutthroat trout north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He slipped in the river, broke his leg and spent 5 days and six nights… in the river. Yes, I said in the river. He caught and ate raw trout to survive. He was eventually found and spent 33 days in the ICU to recuperate. How he survived, I have no idea.

  • September 23, 2010

    Tie Talk: The Collared Leech

    By Tim Romano

    Another easy-to-tie, super versatile pattern from Jason and Gary Borger. Enjoy. -TR

    Excerpts from "Fishing the Film" by Gary A. Borger (with additional photos by Gary A. Borger):

    The Collared Leech has caught every type of fish that I’ve tossed it at, in sizes from 8 to 2/0, and beyond. Add different color schemes and the fly can be varied in at least a hundred directions. The acoustic aspect of the collar came into play one time when Jason and I were fishing for smaller tarpon. I saw two fish roll about 90 feet away and unloaded a cast that dropped the fly about 15 feet in front of their position. As soon as the Collared Leech landed, I gave it one long strip. Immediately one of the tarpon rushed forward, slashed the fly just under the film, and jumped. I’d say that it was the sound of the fly as much as anything that pulled the fish in so fast.

    Another benefit: It’s really easy to tie!

  • September 22, 2010

    Caption Contest: Write The Best, Win an Orvis Hat

    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago the Fly Fishing industry had its annual trade show. As the show came to a close I walked by to say good by to some friends at the Orvis booth and noticed this massive pile of fly reels they were packing up and just had to snap a photo.

  • September 21, 2010

    Romano: More Sexy New Fly Videos

    By Tim Romano

    As promised last week, two new videos from the 2010 5 minutes of Fly Fishing Film Awards. One film from the gents at Waterline Media produced by Graham Morton and Marc Page called "The Heart of the Marsh." It features our friend Gregg Arnold and dispels the notion that the fishing has stopped in the marsh outside New Orleans and another named "Supernatural" from the guys over at World Angling. Enjoy the trailers. -- TR

  • September 20, 2010

    Stuff That Works: The Brodin Ghost Net

    By Kirk Deeter

    When I guide, there's no way I can function on the rivers I fish without a good net. I used to have an old nylon mesh net. Loved that thing. But its one fatal flaw was webbing that grabbed and ate flies.

  • September 17, 2010

    Deeter: Is it Time for "Dry Fly Only" Regulations?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Hear me out on this one before you send the hate mail (when you do send hate mail, please make it attention Tim Romano...). We have so many classic "flies only, catch-and-release" waters in this country. And to me, that's all good. It promotes fly fishing, it helps sustain the fish and the resource, and all of that. But you ultimately have to ask yourself if dragging nymphs through a run beneath a strike indicator is really fly fishing, really good for the resource, and ultimately really a good way to inspire fly anglers to push their limits, embrace the learning curve, understand entomology, and expand their horizons in this sport.

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