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  • May 31, 2011

    We Love Carp (and Beaver Island, Michigan)

    By Kirk Deeter

    The answer to Tim's "Where Are We Fishing? question was indeed Beaver Island, Michigan. VAsportsman, you were first, so you get the goods. Contact tim@anglingtrade.com and he'll hook you up.

    Located in the northern waters of Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is home to some remarkable smallmouth bass fishing. But we were there to explore the flats fishing. And (I kid you not) I would rate the flats action on Beaver Island with any other flats experience in America. Yes, that also includes Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Nantucket, Hawaii... it's absolutely insane around Beaver Island.

  • May 27, 2011

    Guess Where We're Fishing, Win some Gear

    By Tim Romano

    Here's the deal. Deeter and I are fishing a remote island the next few days. We'll be on flats boats, in crystal clear water stalking fish on 8 and 9 weights. The first person the guess our exact location will receive a No-Zip William Joseph Current chest pack.

    I'll give you three hints where we are going to be:

    #1 We'll mainly be fishing for the species below in the 20 lb. range.

  • May 24, 2011

    Guides Who Cross the Line (Why I Fish Cheesman Canyon About Once Every Two Years)

    By Kirk Deeter

    Cheesman Canyon (near the little crossroads of Deckers, Colorado, about an hour southwest of Denver) is an absolutely magical setting. It is a classic tailwater (The South Platte River here is a veritable trout factory). But the real attraction is the scenery: boulders the size of small houses strewn along the riverbanks...towering canyon walls...eagles soaring overhead. It's definitely a place any angler should put on a lifetime "to-do" list. I make a point to fish it every other year.

    But no more often than that. You see, the funny thing is, Cheesman Canyon is less than a 40-minute drive from my house. Why the disconnect? Because Cheesman can be a zoo, where angling etiquette is an afterthought. If you want to get really bummed out by how a few people can ruin an amazing angling situation...go fish Cheesman. Weekday, weekend...early morning, late evening...doesn't matter, sooner or later someone will do something stupid, and it breaks my heart to say that some of the worst offenders are fly fishing guides.

  • May 23, 2011

    The Old Climber's Trick to Stop Tangles When Spey Casting

    By Tim Romano

    I'm not even close to being a proficient spey caster so when I find and little tip or trick that helps me I'm apt to listen.

    The old climbers trick, shown here by Andrew Bennett of Deneki Outdoors is a great solution to stopping that tangled mess that always seems to happen (at least to me) when striping running line fishing a spey, switch, or even just long cast with a larger weight rod.

    Hope this helps everyone out there that tangles line like me.

  • May 20, 2011

    Flex Appeal: Let's Give Away Some Fiberglass Fly Rods

    By Kirk Deeter

    How better to celebrate a spring Friday than by giving away three Cabela's 50th Anniversary custom glass fly rods? I know I'm chomping at the bit to get out there and get out fly fishing, and I suspect you are too. So we'll get right to the point.

    I asked you to show me your appreciation of "flex appeal,"  and these three folks won the goods:

    ckRich who said: "Fishing with glass, or even bamboo, gives modern anglers the opportunity to literally step back in time. Most of the time you have to read or hear about what was the “cutting edge” 50 years ago, but with gear you can literally feel the history. Nostalgia at its finest." I agree completely, and am a sucker for nostalgia.

    mnobles23 who said: "Fiberglass rods are similar to traditional archery gear, which I have used for years. Sure, modern technology makes things easier to use, but is it really better? I think there's something to be said for gear that doesn't forgive a lack of skill. There comes a sense of pride and accomplishment in knowing that you succeeded because of your ability, not just because your gear is very "forgiving." Amen to the traditional archery analogy.

  • May 19, 2011

    Sea Lion Battle: Animal Rights Groups Vs. Anglers

    By Tim Romano

    California sea lions are eating thousands of endangered salmon in the Columbia River system and have been for years. Deeter and I witnessed it first hand fishing for salmon, smallmouth, and sturgeon the past couple days with the fine gentlemen from G.Loomis rods.

    The local fishermen are sick of the sea lions munching on their fish. It's a huge problem and only getting worse. Just last friday a sea lion played a little tug of war with an angler and his salmon, ultimately pulling him overboard.

  • May 18, 2011

    Is This The Most Distinctive Mark in Fishing?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Nike has its famous "swoosh." Coca-Cola and Campbell's Soup have their trademark red cans...but what icon in the world of fishing stands apart most?

    I think it has to be the G.Loomis "skeleton fish." This mark was conceived by a hat company roughly 20 years ago, and then tweaked by the company over time (the teeth added, then sharpened, the fins flared and so forth). According to G. Loomis's Bruce Holt, the power of the mark is that the fish can be any fish...okay, it's not a trout...but it's something mean. It's not a fossil...though it is a skeleton.

  • May 17, 2011

    New Fly Fishing TV Show: Fly vs. Guy

    By Tim Romano

    by Tim Romano

    Gotta give it up to my buddy Marshall over at Midcurrent.com for finding this one and had to share. The info over on Vimeo states, "This is the teaser for the pilot episode of Fly Vs Guy that will be soon airing on Sportman's Channel. Fly Vs Guy combines fishing with humor to create a fishing show unlike any other before.

    "The show stars comedian and well-respected fly fishing guide Scott Thompson as he takes on a celebrity guest in a fishing challenge each week. Comedian Dave Shirley holds it all together as he referees all the challenges."

    Honestly I can't tell if this is gonna be funny or get old really fast. The pilot was worth 2:42 seconds of my time, but I dunno about a whole show. What do you think?

  • May 12, 2011

    Flex Appeal: Make Your Case for Fiberglass Fly Rods to Win One From Cabela's

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've been reconnecting with fiberglass fishing rods lately. For some reason, that super-flexy action makes me feel more connected with the fish. And, by the way, I think noodling around with fiberglass rods is one of the best ways to hone your casting skills. Fiberglass won't cover up your casting flaws like fast graphite will. Fiberglass places the premium on timing and tempo... exactly where it belongs.

    I am not, of course, alone in being fascinated with fiberglass. Those of you who are into this scene might check out The Fiberglass Manifesto if you haven't already.

    If you are already really into fiberglass, or would like to be... here's your chance to win one of three Cabela's 50th Anniversary Custom Glass Rods (worth $100 a piece... they feature classic action and beautiful components... they are really fun rods).

    In 50 words or less, make a case for how catching small fish on a fiberglass rod can be "top of the game." I'll pick the three best next week, and you'll be fishing glass rods by June.

  • May 11, 2011

    Fear on the Water: What's the Scariest Fishing Situation You've Been In?

    By Tim Romano

    I've been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing places with my job. Along with amazing fishing, some of these spots occasionally comes a healthy amount of hazards - like large sharks, bears, rattlesnakes and leaky boats to floods, lightning and the occasional gun toting landowner. Usually it's worth it.

    Last fall I had the pleasure of photographing F&S web editor Nate Matthews and his dad down the entire length of the Rio Grande River. We fished the entire way. There were scorpions, spiders, a fair share of gnarly rapids and other things that could have derailed our trip, but only one came close. Human beings. Toward the end of our trip David Hartley was supposedly gunned down on one of the best bass lakes in the country when he and his wife also supposedly stumbled into a drug deal on the Mexican side of the lake.

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