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  • November 30, 2011

    Fly Fishing Should Be Less Manly

    By Kirk Deeter

    Okay, so now that I have your attention, believe it or not, there's a very serious message to be shared about the state of the fly fishing world. The sport is too male-dominated. And it is suffering as a result.

    Thankfully, there are indeed many great female icons of the sport like Joan Wulff, Patty Reilly, Wendy Gunn, Lori-Ann Murphy, Diana Rudolph, lately April Vokey and others.

    The root of the problem is gear, or the lack thereof for women. Okay, before you send the hate mail, fly fishing gear manufacturers, I will acknowledge that many of you do offer good products for women. Orvis has a long track record of making nice things for women fly fishers

    Lately, Redington has really made a push in the women's product area; my wife is wearing the Willow River waders and absolutely loves them. Simms has a solid product lineup for female anglers.

  • November 29, 2011

    Caption Contest Winner

    By Tim Romano

    We've got a winner!  

    Our last caption contest yielded 241 responses, and while there were quite a few that could have won the pair of Buff Water Gloves and two Bug Slinger Buffs, testpkmn got our vote for the most clever. He or she wrote, "Looks like the drunken shirtless guy spinner fall is starting..." 

  • November 28, 2011

    Tops on the Gift List: St. Croix Imperial Fly Rod

    By Kirk Deeter

    Why not put a fly rod on your holiday wish list? Or, better yet, give the gift of a fly rod, and you inevitably give the gift of fly fishing. Joe Cermele and I put together a big list of our favorite gift ideas, from big ticket items to fishy stocking stuffers, which you can check out here. But I decided that a rod had to top my list. And for the best all-around fly rod value, I think it's mighty difficult to beat a St. Croix Imperial. Classic brand. Costs $200. Smooth casting, fast action rod. Tough as nails. Backed by a lifetime warranty. And best of all it is--and will continue to be--made in the U.S.A.

  • November 22, 2011

    Tie Talk: $100 Worth of Flies for $17

    By Tim Romano

    This week Mr. Jay Zimmerman brings all you winter trout tiers a real deal. $100 worth flies for just 17 bucks from the man himself.

    What's it take to set yourself up for success this winter? Less than a $20 bill and a couple of hours some Sunday afternoon when your team is getting blown out by division rivals.

    This season has enough unpleasantness. Favorite lakes are frozen over, it's dark when work lets out, and everyone in the country gets to witness how bad my Cleveland Browns are.

    You don't have to add a fly tying debt spiral too.

  • November 21, 2011

    All Steelheading is Wonderful. But Michigan is Better than Ohio.

    By Kirk Deeter

    Everyone has a "home river" where they started fly fishing. And everyone has a "dream river" they yearn to experience. The more I travel, fish and write, the more I realize that my home river and my dream river are one and the same--the Pere Marquette system in western Michigan.

    I just spent a few days fishing the P.M. with guide Jeff Hubbard, owner of Outfitters North, who is hands-down one of the most dialed fly guides I have ever fished with. He showed me new wrinkles and twists for water I've been fishing for 25 years.

  • November 17, 2011

    Write the Best Caption: Win Some Buff Gear

    By Tim Romano

    All right folks, put on your thinking caps and send us your wryest comment possible for the image above. Normally we run this little contest for exactly one week, but seeing how most of us will be enjoying turkey next Thursday we'll announce the winner Monday the 28th of November.

  • November 16, 2011

    Fly Talk's Bug Guy: Black Stoneflies Are Winter Staples

    By Robert Younghanz

    Here's the latest advice from Robert Younghanz, Fly Talk's resident "Bug Guy."

    Bundling up, grabbing your fly rod and trudging through drifts of snow in frigid temperatures may be considered nutty. But if you are fortunate enough to live in a state that allows fishing year round, with a bit of preparation and specialized knowledge the intrepid winter fly fisher will often be rewarded with solitude. The trick is trying to figure out what trout are eating when it's 20 degrees on the river. It’s important to keep in mind that the very nature of fly fishing in the winter simplifies the bug selection process. The insect biomass is minimal.

    I want to dispel the myth that the only insects that hatch in the winter months are midges. While Chrionomids can and do emerge year round, like all aquatic insects, in order to have a “successful” nuptial flight, ambient air temperatures need to be slightly over 40 degrees Fahrenheit. So on warmer days in the winter, it’s not at all uncommon to witness a variety of mayflies as well as midges hatching from the water. In tailwaters, I have witnessed insects attempting to emerge in temperatures far below 40 degrees, however their survival rate is negligible.

  • November 15, 2011

    Mako Sharks On the Fly: Movie Trailer

    By Tim Romano

    Most of us will never have the chance to throw a fly rod at Mako sharks, let alone land one of these amazing creatures. Our friend Conway Bowman does it all the time out in San Diego. LDR media has just released a trailer of the upcoming movie--"Speed, Muscle, and Teeth" and from the super slow motion looks of it, this is gonna be a "killer" flick.

  • November 14, 2011

    Fly Casting Tip from Andy Mill: Stop, Then Drop to Maximize Rod Energy

    By Kirk Deeter and Tim Romano

    A very common problem among fly casters in both saltwater and freshwater situations is that they make a perfect false cast (or two, or three), but when it’s time to let the final cast fly toward the target, everything seems to implode. You might think that’s the fly fishing equivalent of “buck fever,” but legendary angler Andy Mill, points out a simple flaw that’s easy to fix.

  • November 14, 2011

    "Guess the Size" Winner Announced

    By Kirk Deeter

    You were all pretty much in the ballpark. You didn't fall for the photo trickery, yet you paid proper respect to the redifish in Louisiana. This fish, by the way, was about average size for those we caught last week.

    And it weighed 11 pounds, 11 ounces. Unfortunately I did not actually catch the fish on 11-11-11; I caught it two days earlier. It was an amazing trip, as you could tell from Tim's slide show.

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