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  • January 31, 2012

    Rio Grande Road Trip: The Outtakes II

    By Tim Romano

    Last fall I had the pleasure of following the entire length of the Rio Grande River, from headwaters in Colorado to the terminus in Texas at the Gulf of Mexico; fishing, rowing, and following two guys on motorcycles the entire way. I was on a Field & Stream assignment with Digital Director, Nate Mathews, and his father, Bruce Matthews, who is the executive director for the North Country Trail. I was following in the chase vehicle with my camera equipment, boats, fishing and camping gear.

    The story was published in this month's (February 2012) issue of the magazine. In the mag there were 25 images published. I took over 8,000 images over two weeks. I thought heck--let's show em some more… Here's the second half of the trip. The first batch of outtakes can be found here.

    Enjoy.

  • January 30, 2012

    The "Rudest" Trout Rivers in America

    By Kirk Deeter

    The other day I watched a television news report on "rudest cities" in America. According to Travel + Leisure, New York City supplanted Los Angeles for the top spot on the list. Miami was second. For the record, I love New York, and not just because my bosses work there. I'm energized when I visit New York. I even respect the Yankees. Granted, I live where I do (Pine, Colorado) for a reason, but the Big Apple has always been a great place to visit.

    I find it hard to set a "rude standard" based on people. I mean, in a city of 18 million, sure you might bump into a jerk now and then, but one bad egg in a place like Bozeman or Little Rock could skew the data too, couldn't it?

  • January 26, 2012

    Fly Fishing Film Tour Tickets Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Tim Romano

    This weeks caption contest proved to be a very popular one with 264 captions being written. This in turn made it difficult to pick a winner for the tickets to the Fly Fishing Film Festival, Fly Fishing Film tour (in the city closest to him or her), a gift certificate for ANY Scientific Anglers fly line he or she wants, two F3T and Upslope Brewery Pint Glasses, two Film Tour hats and a Scientific Anglers Waterproof System X fly box.

  • January 25, 2012

    Is Tenkara Fly Fishing a Fad?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Lefty Kreh, who may just be the most recognized authority on fly fishing ever, told Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo that, “Tenkara is a fad and it won’t last long." Talk about candor. What's more interesting is that Daniel posted a recap of the conversation on his blog.

    Another twist to all of this is that there have been rumors and rumblings for some time that Temple Fork Outfitters (and Lefty is the leading spokesperson for TFO) has been planning to manufacture and market its own line of tenkara rods in the not too distant future.

  • January 24, 2012

    Rio Grande Road Trip: The Outtakes

    By Tim Romano

    Last fall I had the pleasure of following the entire length of the Rio Grande River, from headwaters in Colorado to the terminus in Texas at the Gulf of Mexico; fishing, rowing, and following two guys on motorcycles the entire way. I was on a Field & Stream assignment with Digital Director, Nate Mathews, and his father, Bruce Matthews, who is the executive director for the North Country Trail. I was following in the chase vehicle with my camera equipment, boats, fishing and camping gear.

  • January 23, 2012

    On The Spot: April Vokey

    By Kirk Deeter

    A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of introducing April Vokey of FlyGal Ventures at the International Sportsmen's Expo in Denver. April hails from British Columbia, and is garnering quite a bit of attention lately (via the Internet and otherwise) for her steelhead fishing prowess. But to those of you who assume she's just a pretty face in big fish photos, be warned--April has serious game.

    She fishes the Skeena system (and travels far afield), tackling some of the most honest and technical fly water in the world. Having seen her cast, I'd advise you not to bet your truck against her in a one-on-one target match. She's incredibly bright, charismatic and on the leading edge of fly fishing technique and instruction. In other words, April is exactly what this sport needs now.

  • January 20, 2012

    Write the Best Caption: Win Gear and Fly Fishing Film Tour Tickets

    By Tim Romano

    It's time for another caption contest. Hopefully, you all know how this little game works by now. We put up a goofy photo and you write your best captions for it.

    Next week's winner is going to win a pile of goodies, courtesy of our friends at the Fly Fishing Film Tour. We will announce the winner next Thursday, Jan. 26.

    The winner will receive two free tickets to the Fly Fishing Film tour (in the city closest to him or her), a gift certificate for ANY Scientific Anglers fly line he or she wants, two F3T and Upslope Brewery Pint Glasses, two Film Tour hats and a Scientific Anglers Waterproof System X fly box. Not bad, eh?

  • January 19, 2012

    Domestic Pet Hair Fly Winner Announced

    By Kirk Deeter

    After careful thought, I have decided to award the prize (The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing) to Kyle Deneen.

    He wrote: My cat Schizmak, (I just wanted to put his name in there because its cool) is a long haired Russian Blue, when the winters are around I take his under coat and use it for some of the best dubbing I have ever used. A cats undercoat will make the best "hairs ear nymph" but I guess we should now call it the "cat hairs nymph." Also my buddies and I from Fat Guy Fly Fishing found out that my back hair makes great dubbing after my wife shaves my back.

  • January 18, 2012

    Videos: Fly Fishing Film Tour 2012

    By Tim Romano

    The Fly Fishing Film Tour kicks off it's almost 100 city jaunt January 26th in Ventura, California and will criss cross the US for the next few months. A couple of days ago the dudes over at the tour called me and asked if I thought any of our readers would be interested in some free tickets to a show, and a pile of other gear to give away. I said of course, and will be bringing you a special Fly Fishing Film Tour edition of our typical Fly Talk caption contests in the next few days. Until then, sit back and enjoy a few trailers of what you can expect this year if you make it out for a showing.

  • January 17, 2012

    Eliminate the Wish Factor and Make Your Own Fly Fishing Destiny

    By Kirk Deeter

    The other day, I was talking with Kelly Galloup, streamer fishing guru and owner of the famous Slide Inn on Montana's Madison River. We were talking about the mistakes that many fly anglers make, and he had a very interesting point to offer.

    He said: "Too many anglers make a cast, and then wish for something to happen, rather than making it happen themselves."

    That hit home. Of course, on the flip side, I've long said that it's also a mistake for anglers to try to impose their wills on the trout, rather than letting the fish dictate how they approach the situation. But there's a subtle, important difference between these trains of thought.

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