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  • April 30, 2012

    Bottle Openers: New-School or Old-School?

    By Kirk Deeter

    There's a special pocket in my fishing vest dedicated to one of the most important tools of all--the bottle opener.  While I have been known to crack a cold bottle of suds now and then, my very favorite thing to drink on a hot river day is an ice-cold Coca-Cola in a glass bottle--preferably of the Mexican variety, which is made with real sugar.

    Thing is, I've narrowed down my choices to three openers , and I can't choose a winner.

  • April 27, 2012

    Tie Talk: Tying the Triple Wing Caddis (Step-by-Step Photos)

    By Tim Romano

    Seeing how all those Mother's Day caddis hatches are already starting to come off — with the insanely warm weather that much of the country is experiencing — I thought we'd share another pattern from Flyrecipes.com. This week it's the Triple Wing Caddis, explained by Rob O'Reilly.

    Rob says, "I have come to the conclusion that there are some fly patterns that I just plain LIKE to use. Sometimes they catch fish, sometimes they don't."

  • April 26, 2012

    Switch Rods Have Changed My Outlook on Fishing

    By Kirk Deeter

    I must admit to being slow on the uptake with switch rods. I guess I thought they were half-baked Spey rods. You might as well go the full 14 feet or so if you're going to fish in the two-handed style, rather than being stuck in between the standard 9-footer and a classic Spey rod. But now I've seen the light and have grown to appreciate the niche functionality of an 11-foot switch rod.

  • April 25, 2012

    Secret Service Dismantles Angler's Faux Rocket-Tipped Rod Carrier

    By Kirk Deeter

    Here's one from the "Don't Try This at Home" file: If you make a fly rod carrier for your SUV and then decorate the tip sections of the long tubes to look like rockets, it might not be the best idea to park your vehicle near an airport. Especially near Washington, D.C. Unless you want the Secret Service to question your wife and dismantle your project.

  • April 24, 2012

    Caption Contest Winner Announced

    By Tim Romano

    This past week's caption contest yielded quite a few responses to the image above, which made it a bit difficult to choose who wins the gift certificate for the Scientific Anglers Fly Line. The winning caption came from fezzant, who had a number of great entries.

  • April 23, 2012

    Video: The Ultimate Angler

    By Tim Romano

    Got a case of the Mondays? This 2:52 video by the BBC ought to cheer you up. I honestly don't know how they shot some of it… It almost seems staged. Even if it is - I must say it's an impressive show put on by an angler far superior to you or me.

    Enjoy.

  • April 20, 2012

    Lift a Fish to Land It, Use Your Forearm for Leverage

    By Kirk Deeter

    The key to landing fish quickly is knowing how to get their heads above the water's surface. Fish have all the leverage when they're fighting nose-down. You have all the leverage when their noses point up, and you can usually skate a fish right into the net, or land it by hand. The key to making this all happen quickly, which is of mutual benefit for the fish and the angler, is knowing how to "lift" fish.

    It's often tricky, especially with large fish. Go ahead and try to pick a 10-pound dumbbell off the floor with a fly rod, fly line and 12-pound test leader. It's almost impossible if you hold the grip normally, gently lift the rod, and expect the flexed graphite tip of the rod to make it happen. When lifting heavy fish, you want to focus the stress into the line itself (trust me, 12-pound Maxima is harder to break than you think) and the butt section of the fly rod. To get that done, you want to grip slightly higher on the cork, bring the reel seat flush against your forearm, and then lift with your arm and shoulder, not just your wrist. This dramatically reinforces the leverage you have on the fish.

  • April 19, 2012

    Video: 30 Days Fishing and Floating the Yellowstone River

    By Tim Romano

    Almost 10 years years ago I dropped everything I was doing, saved all my money, quit my job and headed to New Zealand for three months of fishing with my best friend. We bought a van, lived in it and fished 70 out of 90 days. Oh, to be in your early 20s again.

  • April 18, 2012

    Crunch Time for Alaska's Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine Decision

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've reported in Field & Stream magazine and on the "FlyTalk" blog about the proposed Pebble Mine site at the headwaters of the wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, for several years now. Right now, dozens of advocates for Bristol Bay have converged on Washington D.C. to express opposition to the Pebble Mine project. They range from sport fishermen, big game hunters, to lodge owners, commercial fishermen and representatives of the native communities.

    And they're all saying the same thing: They don't want Pebble to proceed (though this mine promises to unearth billions in gold, copper, and the like), because they don't want to trade the most pristine wild salmon and trout habitat in the world for the riches to be had by developing a massive strip mine at the Pebble location.

  • April 17, 2012

    Write the Best Caption, Win Your Choice of Any Fly Line from Scientific Anglers

    By Tim Romano

    By now I assume you've seen enough caption contests to know the gig. Write what you consider the best caption that you can come up with in regards to this image. We'll sift through the entries and pick a winner Tuesday, April 24th. This time around the winner will receive a gift certificate to Scientific Anglers entitling you to any fly line of your choosing.

    Good luck and get writing.

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