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  • March 31, 2011

    Stuff That Works: Yeti Coolers

    By Tim Romano

    I've had many coolers over the years and none lasted longer than a couple of seasons. This will be my fourth season with my Tundra 45-quart Yeti and I absolutely love the thing. John Merwin raved about them in 2009 for Best of the Best and so did F&S Executive Editor Mike Toth last year.

  • March 30, 2011

    Orvis Seeks to Bring 10,000 People Into The Fly-Fishing Fold This Year

    By Kirk Deeter

    The person who says, "I don't want more people to fly fish because they'll only take up space in the river" strikes me the same way as the person who shows up early for church, then insists on sitting at the end of the pew, making everyone else squeeze by.

    To all of these folks, I say, "Slide your sanctimonious keisters over, and make room for others!"

    If ever you or someone you know wanted to learn to fly fish but didn't know where to start... or didn't want to cough up money for lessons... well, the Orvis Company is rendering that excuse obsolete. Last year, Orvis launched it's popular "Fly Fishing 101" program to great effect. Over 5,000 students took a free fly fishing class at an Orvis retail store or dealer shop. I'm on record saying I think that's the best thing to happen to this sport in years.

  • March 29, 2011

    Filming Fish Underwater With a GoPro Hero Camera

    By Tim Romano

    Earlier in the week I posted on the $9.57 vise. Today I've got a bit more DIY fishy goodness for you.

    As you know I'm a photographer and being such play around with as many different cameras as I can get my hands on. One of which is the GoPro HD Hero. It shoots full 1080 HD video, has an underwater housing, and can be mounted to almost anything you can think of. It's a remarkable little piece of equipment and relatively inexpensive. I use it a ton for various fishing applications and I'm finding that lots of amateur photographer/videographers are using them as well to document their days out on the water.

  • March 28, 2011

    Hot Flies Winner Announced!

    By Kirk Deeter

    It turns out that naming the "5 Hottest Flies" sold by Cabela's last year was about as tough as picking a VCU-Butler Final Four matchup in your hoops bracket.

    But with over 400 comments we do have a winner! One winner. "Flytie"... you get a special 50th Anniversary graphite fly rod because you named the top 5:

    -Elk Hair Caddis - An easy call; many of you got that one.
    -Copper John - A money nymph, because it's a bug pattern and weight, rolled into one.
    -Woolly Bugger - If I were fishing a "one-fly" contest, this would be my pick.
    -The Stimulator - Great attractor/stone/terrestrial.
    -The Hopper - Actually Grand Hopper, but I gave credit for any hopper pattern.

  • March 24, 2011

    Has Steven Tyler Ruined the Fly Tying World?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Saddle hackle hair extensions are a hot style... for now. And that has a lot of celebs like Miley Cyrus and Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler sticking chicken feathers to their flowing locks. Don't laugh...it's big business.

    With many thousands of fashion sheep flocking along, and hundreds of hair salons scrambling to find feathers to meet the demand, we're seeing a run on fly shops and hackle growers like nobody expected. Good news for fly shop guy? Well that depends.

    You see, there are only so many chickens to go around, and while the cash register might ring short term, the ardent fly tier is seeing prices spike, and in some cases, can't find feathers at all. And that (ahem) has plenty of hackles up.

  • March 23, 2011

    Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

    By Tim Romano

    Today, a little education…

    Here in Colorado, water is one of our most valuable resources. It's used for fishing, rafting, and recreation. It's also used for drinking water and irrigation. Water here is limited and if not used wisely disappears forever. Many people here have no idea where the water in their tap comes from. Do you know where your water comes from? Perhaps you should.

    One of my favorite places to fish and float is the Upper Colorado River. Right now over 50% of the Upper Colorado River's basin is sucked out and shipped across the continental divide to the front range (where I live). That's right I said 50%. Hard to believe right? Take a couple minutes and watch the video here to learn why 80% to 85% might be taken out in the near future.

  • March 23, 2011

    No Winners Yet on "Name the 5 Hottest Flies"

    By Kirk Deeter

    Want to win a Cabela's special edition fly rod valued at $250? You still have a chance. We have four entries in the "Name the 5 Hottest Flies" contest that have 4 of 5 patterns correct...but nobody has run the table.

    So here's another hint: We told you that the Adams was not one of the top 5. The Prince Nymph is also not one of the top five...

    Keep guessing...and good luck!

  • March 22, 2011

    Great Book: 'Blue Lines' by Tom Reed

    By Kirk Deeter

    Early in his latest book, Tom Reed is fishing the Greys River in Wyoming with Chris Hunt, who lands two wild Snake River cutthroat trout, then turns to Tom and says: "I love blue-lining." "Blue-lining?" (Reed) asked. "You know, fishing those blue lines on a map, those thin blue lines."

    Reed elaborates:
    Chris, like me is a small-stream guy, a guy who would rather be on a creek somewhere in the forest, far away from trails and people, than on the glorious Madison in a drift boat surrounded by rising brown trout. When he gets to new country, he pulls out a Forest Service map and finds those lines of blue. They start in the far-back country and cascade through canyon and chasm. A few have trails, but if you walk far enough from your vehicle, if you push into the depths and move those muscles, you will put people behind you and find trout ahead. Then there are the blue lines that have no trails--where a fisherman bent upon catching must stumble and slip through thick timber, or scramble down rough canyons, or thrash like a wallowed Hereford through patches of willow.

  • March 21, 2011

    Tie-Talk: The $9.57 Vise

    By Tim Romano

    by Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago I was checking out my friend, Michael Gracie's Blog and came across what must be the ultimate DIY fly-tying vise. When I say DIY I mean it. This sucker was built out of 4 parts from the local Home Depot and cost just $9.57.

    Michael says, "I made a big mistake along the way, but nothing that’ll cost me more than a few bucks to rectify. I used a 3/8ths drill bit for the angled hole, but I should have used a 7/16ths instead. The hole in the table leg was just a bit too narrow, so like any impatient engineer I took a rubber mallet to the X-acto handle – in the process I split the wood AND bent the knife handle. Further, I didn’t account for the head rotation when securing the hook.

  • March 18, 2011

    Name the 5 Hottest Flies and Win A Cabela's 50th Anniversary Fly Rod

    By Kirk Deeter

    Did you know that the "World's Foremost Outfitter" is rooted in the fly business? That's right. Cabela's, which now operates more than 30 retail locations throughout the United States and Canada, generates more than $2.7 billion a year, and employs over 14,000 people, actually started in 1961, when Dick Cabela placed ads in national sporting magazines that read: "Free introductory offer!!! 5 popular Grade A hand tied flies. Send 25 cents for postage and handling to..."

    Filling orders from the kitchen table of their Nebraska home, Dick and his wife, Mary, took the money they made to buy and market more fishing gear. They invited Dick's younger brother, Jim, into the business...soon produced the company's first catalog...and the rest, as they say, is history.

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