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  • March 29, 2012

    Surface Film II: Fly Fishing Gallery Goes Live on the Web

    By Tim Romano

    For the second year in a row The Greenbacks of Colorado Trout Unlimited put on a very successful gallery show in Denver, Colorado called "Surface Film" back in February.

    Surface Film showcases top professional fly-fishing photographers from around the country, highlighting their passion for fishing and incredible creativity. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited and run by the Greenbacks of TU, it includes a gallery showing at Anthology Fine Art, and new this year -- online viewing and print purchasing via MidCurrent, as well as a spread in TROUT Magazine prominently featuring the best-in-show and runner-up.

    I've curated the show the past two years and am really excited to be able to show the work of all our incredibly talented photographers to the masses outside of Denver with an online gallery.

  • March 28, 2012

    Big Brands to Increase Online Fly Gear Sales, Leaving Local Fly Tackle Shops Behind

    By Kirk Deeter

    You may have heard that Simms is planning to sell direct via its website starting this summer. Not to say I told you so, but, well, see #2 here... I fully expect more dominoes to fall this year.

    While the move has stirred some ire among some of the fly shop people I know, a number of others seem to be willing to accept that as an inevitability. The strong brands, like Orvis, Patagonia, etc., have had a direct-sales strategy for years. And looking at the glass half full, a dealer can see how a healthier brand can be mutually beneficial. Speaking from personal experience, if I'm looking for a certain size and color shirt that my fly shop may or may not have in stock, I like knowing I can find it, and have it sent to me within a week. But that's not going to stop me from visiting my fly shop. Not at all.

  • March 27, 2012

    Water Conservation in the West: What's your Take?

    By Tim Romano

    Here in the west water is a huge, huge deal no matter what you use it for and there's only going to be less as time goes on. With a growing population base and drier and warmer winters I've certainly noticed watersheds changing here in my home state of Colorado over the last 10+ years. Things just aren't like they used to be. Our namesake river is one of the most diverted and abused rivers in the world. Heck, it doesn't even make it to the ocean any more.

    Some of you might have seen this trailer of a movie called Watershed that was produced and narrated by Robert Redford.

  • March 26, 2012

    A Good Fishing Magazine Cover Shot Should Drip

    By Kirk Deeter

    The other day I was walking through the Miami airport, and I stopped in a magazine/book shop to look at the shelves. Cover after fishing magazine cover flaunted big (obviously oxygen-starved) fish in the hands of some cheerful angler.

    It's what I expected. I'm in the magazine business, we sell product on cover appeal, and all that. But, still, I couldn't help but feel "enough is enough." I mean, how many arms-straight-out photo tricks do we really need to make a fish look bigger and mightier than it really is? Are you people really still buying all that?

    Not to sound like too much of a dork here, but I think Field & Stream has done a pretty respectable job of keeping "what is, is." I liked our March cover design, and I think the April cover with the "wall-hanger" was done in very good taste. I think we're showing more concern for the real angling experience, rather than a spiced-up camera lens trick. But I'm on the team, and you can take that for what it's worth.

  • March 23, 2012

    Underwater Photo Slideshow: On the Green River

    By Tim Romano

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending two days on the Green river below Flaming Gorge Reservoir with some friends and writer Geoff Mueller. I'm shooting photos for Geoff's underwater trout book and we thought it would be a great warm spring weekend with few crowds to utilize the gin clear waters of the river.

  • March 21, 2012

    Tie Talk: How to Tie the "D-Rib Golden Stone" Fly (Step-by-Step Photo Instructions)

    By Tim Romano

    This week's fly, brought to us by was created by Carl Pennington and is called the D-Rib Golden stone.

  • March 20, 2012

    Do You Invest in Learning Days On The Water?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I often write blog posts here on Fly Talk about how to slow down and spot fish, or how to slow down and work on your cast, and so forth. And I'm interested to read the comments like, "Well, that's all good, but when I have my scant, sacred time on the river or lake, I'm really focused on fishing and catching fish, and I can't waste the time worrying about things like how to spot fish, or how to throw nice loops when I cast," and so forth.

    I totally understand all of that. Fishing time is sacred, and must be spent doing what matters most to you. And, no doubt, success is measured by fish hooked and landed (some of which undoubtedly end up in the creel or cooler). All of which is cool in my book.

  • March 16, 2012

    On the Spot: Doctor Roger Matthews

    By Kirk Deeter

    The "far afield" fishing stories that I chase now fall into two categories: There are trips for which I pack duct tape and super glue in my fishing kit, expecting to use those things to repair the rods and gear I'll break along the way, and there are trips where I shift the super glue and duct tape to the first aid kit I pack, expecting to use them on myself. Scary as it sounds, I like the latter stories better.

    My wife and my mother don't like to hear me talk about those trips, but I must tell you, if there isn't a legitimate danger element involving fish that "bite back," and if I'm not expecting harsh conditions that are a legitimate physical threat, I feel like I'm just driving the bus. I get into chasing fish and stories in places that few others have thought about, or dared to go. It's a habit I cannot break.

  • March 15, 2012

    Would You Utilize an Online Dating Site for Single Anglers?

    By Tim Romano

    My friend here in the Denver area is a single mom who's really getting into fly fishing and had the idea to launch a site that's dedicated to getting folks who are interested in fishing and single a place where they can potentially go and meet, and do fishy things. Hehe…

    It's called and at this point is really just a placeholder. There's also more info at the Cast2me Facebook page. The site has a place to sign up and stay informed on what they have to offer, and a bit of info about a singles only retreat at a lodge in Utah later in the summer.

    I'm hesitant to call it a dating site, because at this point, it's not. When I asked my friend about it she basically replied with well, "we're not really sure what it's going to turn into." According to her Cast2me will be organizing group activities such as river clean-ups (clean and cast) and 'get away' fishing retreats all over the united states with hopes of expanding worldwide.

  • March 14, 2012

    Bonefish in the Bahamas: Authentic Island Fishing at a Good Price

    By Kirk Deeter

    I just returned from a remarkable bonefishing trip in the Bahamas--Long Island, to be specific. It's a stripped-down, do-it-yourself deal, involving big bonefish (a 5-pounder won't bat an eye), unspoiled flats that most people don't have the stamina to walk across in a week, let alone fully explore (I'm talking miles and miles of knee-deep water), great food and wonderful cultural experiences.

    This is authentic island fishing. You feel your blood pressure drop the minute you get off the plane, and it doesn't tick up a blip until the moment you see a big tailer cruising your way. Check out for more details on this upstart operation, run by Nevin "Pinky" Knowles, his brother Leo, and sister, Darlene.

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