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  • August 30, 2011

    Hammering Pike on the Fly in Saskatchewan

    By Kirk Deeter

    Over 50 northern pike, four over 40 inches long, all in three days. All on the fly. And we're not done yet.

    As many of you know, the late, great Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post was a mentor of mine. We fished together, wrote together, and told many stories along the way. Charlie had seemingly been everywhere in the fly fishing world, long before fly fishing travel was even a niche industry. And believe me, Charlie cut his own path. He walked away from a bush plane crash and once ventured up a jungle river to encounter a witch doctor (who cured a travel companion of shingles) on the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua. He caught big tiger fish in Africa and of course, he did all the bonefish, permit, salmon, steelhead, etc., angles that most writers are recycling now.

  • August 29, 2011

    What's the Weirdest Thing You've Found Fishing?

    By Tim Romano

    This past saturday I competed in the 5th Annual Carp Slam here in Denver that benefits the Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited. I didn't win, but did raise a ton of money to help the restoration of our home river here in D-town.

    The South Platte that runs through Denver is, as you can imagine quite the urban fishery and as such we find quite the litany of weird crap in the river. A friend of a friend even found a dead body fishing one day. This past Saturday was no exception as documented here.

  • August 26, 2011

    Since When Are My Fly Rods A Threat to Air Safety?

    By Kirk Deeter

    They must be. Because the last couple times I've checked a fly rod in my luggage, someone from the Transportation Security Administration has broken it.

    A few days ago, I had a rod packed in the bottom of my fishpond luggage... in the special rod storage compartment where it belongs... wrapped in it's sock, and cushioned by soft clothes. When I unpacked after my flight, the rod was out of its sock... and the tip section was in two pieces.

  • August 25, 2011

    New Fly Fishing Films Released

    By Tim Romano

    Every year at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show The Drake magazine hosts what's known as Fly Fishing Video Awards. Last week was that week and the fly industry got to sample a slew of new films. Some were pretty good, and some - well not so much.

    In The Drake's words, "The Idea: Surfing, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, kayaking—for several years, all of these sports have had video elements—and video awards shows—that go far beyond the instructional elements to help showcase and celebrate the fun, creative side of sport. That's what this event is about."

  • August 24, 2011

    The Verdict on Svelte Wading Soles

    By Kirk Deeter

    Several months ago, I reported on a felt sole alternative for wading boots being offered by Korkers called "Svelte". I gave it a glowing review. After all, it was "grippy" on wet rocks. It had kind of a "pot scrubber" texture. It was eco-friendly, less apt to carry invasive species. All the right things...

    My one caveat was that I was going to see how long they lasted before rendering a final verdict. Well, they didn't last too long. Not long enough to justify $50 a pair. I got about two months wear out of my test pair. Granted, I hike a lot in some rocky terrain, but two months wasn't a passing grade.

    I was just about to write a nasty gram, when I bumped into the Korkers people at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show. It turns out they were one step ahead of me. To their credit, they realized the durability issue, and will soon come out with "Svelte 2." At first glance, one notices that "son of Svelte" is much thicker, akin to the thickness of the standard felt wading sole. I think the texture also seems a little more coarse, which is a good thing, in my opinion.

  • August 23, 2011

    Caption Contest Winner

    By Tim Romano

    I have to say after all the ribbing over my sorry looking teeth and comments on my poor shaving habits I'm reluctant to give out any prizes at all, but there were some quality comments this go round and one person is going to get a copy of the Jazz & Fly Fishing CD - Slow Walking Water as well as a signed copy of Deeter's book, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing.

  • August 22, 2011

    The Ultimate Friend Test: When Your Buddy Destroys Your Boat

    By Tim Romano

    After five intense days of work at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in New Orleans I get home exhausted to find this lovely email in my inbox from one of my best friends that reads:

    I’m an idiot. I’m an a$$H*%#. And I feel absolutely terrible. I popped your boat yesterday while running the shuttle. The takeout was a total mess and I forgot to strap down your boat. It slid off the trailer while we were driving up and your boat popped. I owe you a new boat and I want to make this right as soon as possible. I can’t tell you how awful I feel... I barely slept last night.

    I need to get you a new boat (that’s a given). Your frame is ok but one metal piece needs to be replaced. And I need to get you another spare oar.

  • August 18, 2011

    International Fly Tackle Show: New Product Pipeline is Wide Open

    By Kirk Deeter

    Tim and I are at the International Fly Tackle dealer show in New Orleans. And I feel kind of like a little kid in the biggest toy store in the world. I wake up in the morning, leap out of bed, and go play. What's really cool is that we're coordinating the "New Product Showcase" area of the show for Angling Trade magazine. So we've collected all the hottest new products planned for 2012 in one space. it's like creating the most cutting-edge fly shop in the world.

    Now, you never know what you're going to get in a given year. Some years are heavy on rod innovation, some are all about waders and boots. 2012 is going to be a boom year in new products, pretty much across the board. There are right around 250 individual new products on display in the New Product Showcase. I haven't seen that many in years.

  • August 16, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best Win Some Gear

    By Tim Romano

    This week's caption contest even makes me a little queasy. Photographer Bill Konway and I were screwing around one night on our trip to Beaver Island with my camera and his lights when this little guy came along. I think there might have been a couple of beers involved or something...

  • August 11, 2011

    Take a Break With These Three Fun Videos: A Dog Bites a Shark...Seriously

    By Tim Romano

    Sometimes you just need to veg out and watch some TV. And that's exactly what we're going to do on FlyTalk today. To start things off, I thought you all would enjoy a little mixed bag of fishing and "almost fishing" video goodies.

    The first is a trailer from MotivFishing about traveling and fishing the entire length of Mexico… in a truck powered by used vegetable oil.

    The second is a fish eating another fish at 1000 frames per second. We thought it was pretty cool.

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