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  • December 28, 2012

    What's Your 2013 Fishing Resolution?

    By Tim Romano

    Yeah, it's a bit cliché but I want to know what you all are planning on doing differently fishing wise for 2013. A friend and I had a conversation the other day about what we'd like to learn, try, visit and do more of next year. We came up with a number of items.

    Mine include really learning how to spey cast with some proficiency and starting to figure out our local reservoirs for big lakers and musky on the fly. I'd also like to bone up on my local warm water locations. Lord knows there's enough of them. I simply need to get out a bit more and do some exploring.

  • December 27, 2012

    Guess Our Trip Destinations, Win New Fly Fishing Books

    By Kirk Deeter

    Tim Romano and I made our first trip together as a photographer-writer team for Wild on the Fly magazine in 2003. We went to southern Chile to fish for trout in the region around Coyhaique, and came away with a great story. But more importantly, we forged a strong friendship that has lasted for a decade now. Interestingly, we don't travel and fish together as often as you might think. He's usually heading north as I'm heading south, but we do have a killer F&S piece brewing, based on a trip we took to Guyana last spring. That was our first collaboration since we rolled to Michigan to take in the crazy carp fishing scene around Beaver Island.

  • December 26, 2012

    Redington Waders Caption Contest Winner Announced

    By Tim Romano

    I trust everyone had a relaxing and fruitful Christmas. Today the Fly Talk boys are doling out one last present with our last caption contest for 2012: a pair of Redington Sonic-Pro Wader Pants. The image you see here, which I find "season appropriate," garnered a number of pretty funny responses. There were "Christmas Vacation" and Vanilla Ice references which I found hilarious. The best of which I've listed below for your enjoyment. The winning caption though, came from seanhellwig, who wrote: "I thought we were going to cut a hole and sit in a shack all day." That's funny...

  • December 21, 2012

    2013: The Year of the Native Trout

    By Kirk Deeter

    After reading your input to our "Crowdsourcing" post we did a little while ago, we've decided to say 2013 will be "The Year of the Native Trout." There were plenty of votes for salmon, smallmouth bass (the photo in that post was indeed a smallmouth bass in Lake Michigan), and bluegills. But many of you clearly indicated respect for native trout among your favorite species and most memorable adventures from last year.

  • December 20, 2012

    Caption Contest: Win Redington Waders For Christmas!

    By Tim Romano

    It's been about a month since we've run a caption contest. Since it's holiday time, and we're in the giving mood, we thought we'd let you all try for a pair of really nice waders. The best caption to the photo above wins a pair of Redington Sonic-Pro Wader pants that retail for $249.95. 

  • December 19, 2012

    See This, Do That: Catching Trout in the Slow, Shallow Riffle

    By Kirk Deeter

    This one is for Sinjin Eberle, who said he wanted us to reprise the "see this, do that" lessons.

    In this case, we're looking at a classic midsummer trout scenario (appropriately, this shot is from Argentina). The water is very low and clear. The river bottom is a mix of fine gravel, rocks and sand. It's a hot, bright day (the sun is almost directly overhead). This is a spring creek, so the water temperatures are still perfectly cool. There are rainbows and a couple of browns lurking in this run.

    Can you guess where the fish are, what fly we used, and how we approached them?

  • December 18, 2012

    Videos: Underwater Fish Tornado and A 5-Year-Old's First Steelhead

    By Tim Romano

    Check out this "fish tornado." This video was captured off the coast of Baja, Mexico in Cabo Pulmo National Park. The tornado is actually a school of Jacks performing a spawning ritual. Click here to read the backstory at Mission Blue.

  • December 17, 2012

    Book Review: Instinctive Fly Fishing by Taylor Streit

    By Kirk Deeter

    Are you an "instinctive" angler? By that, I mean, when you see trout rising in the pool in front of you, are you locked into "predator" mode? Are your actions dictated by force of will? Or is your mind flooded with thoughts like making your rod tip stop as you cast at "10" and "2" on some imaginary clock face? Are you preoccupied with worries about drifting and mending? And when the fish eats your fly, does the fight come naturally?

    One of the great dilemmas for those of us who write "how-to" stories on fly fishing is that, while we want to offer good tips that help our readers get better and realize more success, we also know that information overload can be counter productive, especially on a trout river. The real truth is, there is no substitute for personal experience.

  • December 13, 2012

    Fly Fishing Photos: Late Summer, Fall, and Early Winter

    By Tim Romano

    Okay, it's not all fishing... After all this is Field and Stream and I have taken quite a shine to this whole bird hunting thing. In fact I think I've spent a good number of days I normally would have been fishing - shooting a wide variety of birds. Granted there have been a few days where we do both, so yeah it still counts as fishing. Don't you think?

  • December 12, 2012

    Crowdsourcing: Predicting a Fly Fishing Theme for 2013

    By Kirk Deeter

    Last year, I said that 2012 would be "The Year of the Carp."  That was meant to be more of a personal New Year's resolution than a fishy twist on the Chinese New Year tradition.

    Indeed, this was a carp-filled year for me. I visited a number of destination hotspots with the unique bent of chasing trash fish. For example, I went to Idaho's Snake River to fish for carp instead of trout. I went to San Diego to hang out with my buddy Conway Bowman, but we didn't chase mako sharks. We went carp fishing. I went to Michigan and caught carp... but I also caught pike, panfish and trout because you can always fish for just about anything in Michigan.

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