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  • January 31, 2011

    Do You Prefer Solitude or Bigger Fish?

    By Tim Romano

    Think your favorite fishing spot is crowded? The Dogon people of Mali get to fish the waters of Lake Antogo in west Africa one day a year and from what I can tell it's for a purely sustenance based reason. Luckily, I think most of us do not fish to eat. I certainly will whack a fish every now and then, but I don't depend on it. Besides being completely fascinated by the video below, it got me thinking about some of the waters I regularly fish.

  • January 28, 2011

    Time To Ditch the Strike Indicator?

    By Kirk Deeter

    There's a lot of interest these days in making fly fishing simpler and more accessible for the masses. I certainly buy into the notion that success breeds interest, and I like getting people fired up about a sport I love.

    No doubt that fishing a double-nymph rig under a strike indicator is deadly effective. Which is why 99% of guides out West will start the day by handing the client a rod rigged for "dredging" up trout.

  • January 27, 2011

    Caption Contest: Win Tickets/Gear from the Fly Fishing Film Tour

    By Tim Romano

    The Fly Fishing Film Tour kicks off next week and our friends over there decided that they wanted to hook the Fly Talk readers up for one of our (in)famous captions contests.

  • January 26, 2011

    Should Conservation Be a Political Issue?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I get angry when a discussion about a conservation concern -- like oil and gas drilling in Wyoming or Utah, or maintaining roadless areas in Idaho or New Mexico, or a proposed pit mine in the headwaters of the world's largest wild salmon fishery -- degenerates into a "political debate."

  • January 25, 2011

    Fly Fishing Film Tour Trailers

    By Tim Romano

    The 2011 Fly Fishing Film Tour kicks off in a little over one week out in Ventura, California. This is the fourth year for the tour, and will be seen in over 80 cities in the US and Canada. F3T for short, "has become the fishing entertainment event of the year, and will showcase some of the best independent outdoor film makers. The goal of the Fly Fishing Film Tour is to energize the industry and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films to both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts."

    I thought I'd include a few trailers here to wet your whistle. Later this week, I might even offer you a chance to win some tickets to F3T in the city closest to you.

  • January 24, 2011

    Keep Your Eye on Rise Fishing Co.

    By Kirk Deeter

    In a recent post, I told you that a 2011 trend would be more direct sales by manufacturers via the Internet. Then I showed how HaberVision is doing that with eyewear. Just today, Mr. Merwin pointed out on the Honest Angler blog that fishing gear is more affordable than ever. He's right, of course, and overseas manufacturing and direct sales are two of the key factors driving that phenomenon.

  • January 20, 2011

    Slide Show: Winter Fishing New Orleans-Style

    By Tim Romano

    In reference to Joe Cermele's post yesterday about catching your first fish of 2011. I was lucky enough to make mine a redfish from the Biloxi marsh just outside of Hopedale, Louisiana.

    I'll see you and raise you, Joe…

    To be honest it wasn't a huge fish by winter marsh redfish standards, but it was a cool start to the fishing new year. In my mind, when fishing New Orleans, it's more about the food and crazy people you'll rub elbows with - as well as the sights, sounds, and animals you'll get to see in such a remarkable ecosystem.

  • January 19, 2011

    Win a Trip to Fly Fish For Makos

    By Kirk Deeter

    If you want to to take your fly fishing experience to the ragged edge of reason, here's your chance.

    My good friend, Conway Bowman, the man who pioneered fly fishing for mako sharks off San Diego, just wrote "The Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner." It's a fabulous book. You should buy it, whether you already dabble in the salt, or are thinking of doing so. The lessons are clean and simple, the words are heartfelt and honest.

    I have known Conway for years, and once wrote a story, "Fly Fishing Gone Mad" for Field & Stream  about his game. That experience changed the way I think about fly fishing forever.

    Thing is, while you might think that, because he plays with sharks for fun (and lets them all go, by the way), Bowman is a bit twisted... that he has a death wish, or a hopelessly incurable adrenaline habit. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is one of the most dedicated, skilled, pragmatic saltwater anglers I know. He has the world-record redfish caught on a fly to prove that. His book reflects the essence of someone who really understands fishing in the ocean, and moreover, a candid desire to share that passion with everyone. It covers everything from gear to knots, bonefish to striped bass.

  • January 18, 2011

    Stuff That Works: Fishpond Piney Creek Backpack

    By Tim Romano

    I just returned from a long weekend down in New Orleans with my wife. We ate, took in the sights, and of course did a little fishing. As usual when I travel I like to bring some kind of small carry-on that doubles as a camera bag and/or fishing gear bag when I get to my destination. Enter the Piney Creek pack from fishpond.

  • January 14, 2011

    DIY Adventure: Snook in the Everglades

    By Kirk Deeter

    For those of you dreaming about fly fishing in warm places, before you shell out the big bucks to jet off to some exotic island lodge, here's a do-it-yourself adventure to consider. Try fishing for snook and baby tarpon in Everglades National Park. You can camp along the way but bring plenty of ice, skeeter spray, and pure water. I'd recommend going in the cooler months.

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