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  • June 30, 2011

    Caption Contest: Columbia Tidewater Watch Winner Announced

    By Tim Romano

    Last week's caption contest was certainly one of the stranger photos we've used for a caption contest and it prompted some even stranger captions.

    After a bit of deliberation we've decided to award the Columbia Tidewater Watch to Joe Geurts for his caption: "This is how you Tie One On." Please contact me at and I'll get your watch sent out immediately.

  • June 24, 2011

    Sage Introduces New Fly Rods Designed for Increased Accuracy

    By Kirk Deeter

    Yesterday, Sage announced the launch of a new rod series called "ONE." I have yet to see it or cast it, but based on what I've read, the "hook" for the ONE series is accuracy. And they're basing that claim on something they call "Konnetic" technology, which has to do with resin-to-carbon ratios, and the way they align the carbon fibers in the rod during manufacturing.

    From Sage: "The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in astonishing casting accuracy that is unparalleled in the marketplace. The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter and are 25% lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency. Further innovations are the 70% lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel.

    “The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler’s arm,” notes Sage Chief Rod Designer, Jerry Siem. “It offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and is translated to the hand through the rod instantaneously.”

  • June 23, 2011

    Video: Scott Fly Rods, Behind the Scenes

    By Tim Romano

    Friend and fellow Greenback Travis Rummel sent me this video that he and Feltsoul partner, Ben Knight put together. They call it a "little tribute" to their friends at Scott Fly Rods. After touring the G.Loomis factory a couple weeks ago and finding out the "how-to" of an American built rod, I think this little piece sums up the why.


  • June 22, 2011

    Talking Conservation on Capitol HIll

    By Kirk Deeter

    Today I will be taking part in a Capitol Hill summit coordinated by the Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance ( called the "Taking Aim at Conservation: American Sportsmen at a Crossroads Forum." The event involves a number of hunters and anglers from throughout the country, as well as some political heavyweights: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be speaking, as will U.S. Senators John Tester (D-Montana), Mark Udall (D-Colorado), and James Risch (R-Idaho).

    I will be on a panel with New Mexico State Representative Nate Gentry (R), Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk (D), Gary Taylor of the Association of Fish and WIldlife Agencies, Steve Moyer from Trout Unlimited, and Tom Sadler from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

    I'm sure the discussion will include a number of topics, perhaps most prominently HR 1 and its crippling effects on conservation  (the details of which F&S conservation editor Bob Marshall eloquently outlined last March).

  • June 21, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Columbia Tidewater Watch

    By Tim Romano

    The image for this caption contest is a bit strange for sure. My buddy was using his drink lid as a vice in the passenger seat of my car a couple of years ago. Obviously knowing the only "fly" he was going to use once we got to our destination were worms.

    The person who posts the best caption for this photo will receive a Columbia Tidewater  watch. Columbia says, "It's designed and developed specifically for saltwater sports enthusiasts, the Tidewater performs in numerous aquatic environments. The press of a button serves up the tide cycles of over 200 locations throughout the world. It also gives you expected sunrise/sunset information, as well as the moon phase, for your location. From tidal flats to open ocean, this is a wrist instrument designed to deliver everything you need for coastal adventures."

    I'll pick a winner next Monday the 27th. Good luck!

  • June 20, 2011

    Federation of Fly Fishers: Great Mission, But Lose the "Conclave" Moniker

    By Kirk Deeter

    by Kirk Deeter

    The other day, I was asked if I was a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers . To be honest with you, I'm not. I should join. The FFF does a lot of really great things by way of teaching people how to cast and tie flies. They have a standardized format for teaching people how to teach casting and, by and large, that's a good thing. The conservation work FFF does is very admirable and I give FFF credit for publishing a code of angling ethics in five languages.

    Yet, I hear FFF people wonder aloud why the organization can't crack into the younger angling demographic. For one, I think a rigid, standardized, "certified" casting/teaching approach doesn't appeal to a young angler who wants to free-form it and innovate on the water. Standards for instruction aren't bad, but the perception that there's a rule book for casting doesn't appeal to some people.

    For me, the rub with FFF comes down to one word: "Conclave". FFF's big annual event (this year, August 31-September 3 in West Yellowstone, Montana) is its "conclave." What's in a name?

  • June 17, 2011

    Video: Underwater Pacific Sailfish on the Fly

    By Tim Romano

    You might remember Marc Montocchio from an earlier post and video about being one of the first person to photograph a free swimming blue marlin.

    Marc emailed me the earlier this week regarding a new feat he just accomplished in Costa Rica. Photographing a sailfish eating a teaser and a fly right at the back of the boat. The resulting sequenced image is simply unbelievable. You'll see it briefly in the video and will be up on his site early next week.

  • June 15, 2011

    Video Tip: Carp Baseball - Three Whiffs Then Change It Up

    By Tim Romano

    Thought I'd keep rolling with the great video tips from our friend Kevin Morlock at Indigo Guide Service. Just this past weekend I stuck my first local carp of the year on the South Platte river with Kevin's "Carp Baseball" tip. Thanks Kevin!

    Kevin uses this approach for big Lake Michigan carp near Beaver Island, but honestly I think it's a tip that's applicable to many fish species. Especially trout.


  • June 14, 2011

    One-Fly Tournaments: What Do You Choose?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Within the past week or so, I've been invited to fish in a couple one-fly tournaments. The rules are simple: You (and your team) draw a beat on a river, and you each get to pick one fly for the day. Break it off, and you're done. Catch the most total inches of fish, and you win. Simple.

    I like one-fly competitions because most of them are charity benefits, and the "competition" part takes a back seat to the overall cause and camaraderie. I won a one-fly tournament (in Telluride, years ago, with Andrew Steketee)... and I've also finished well back in the pack in others. The beat you draw is key, so, unlike bass tournaments where every competitor has to find their own fish, luck is often the deciding factor. No matter how it turns out, they're fun.

  • June 13, 2011

    Video: Fly Fishing from Permit to Steelhead

    By Tim Romano

    If this flick by Ben Paull called "A Year In The Business" doesn't make you want to get out and throw a fly I don't know what will. Forwarded on from a friend, I figured this would cure any case of the "Mondays" you might have. Amazing footage of fly fishing to a multitude of species with a healthy dose of insanely long spey casts thrown in for good measure.


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