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  • April 16, 2014

    E-Book Review: "The Tug is the Drug" by Chris Santella

    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for a good read on fly fishing that comes in short, palatable bites (a format I fancy most), go ahead and download Chris Santella’s new e-book titled "The Tug is the Drug: 30 Fly Fishing Essays from The New York Times and Beyond." ($6.99; this is the first collaborative e-book by Headwater Books and MidCurrent.)  

    Santella, author of "50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" (which is soon to become a television series on WFN), is one of the best in this business, and every story, every word from this collection demonstrates why I say that.

    Over the years, I've not only become a fan of his writing, I also got to travel with him to some very cool places. We were both part of "The Kodiak Project"; fished together in Ireland; on Bimini in the Bahamas; and we went to fish the Ponoi in Russia last year.

  • April 15, 2014

    Write Best Anagram and Win a Pair of Redington SonicDry Waders

    By Tim Romano

    Here's my challenge to all you Fly Talkers: The person who writes the best anagram, rearranging the words "Redington SonicDry Waders," in the fishiest manner will win a pair.

    According to Wikipedia, “an anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example orchestra can be rearranged into carthorse. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled ‘anagrammatists’ is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller."

  • April 14, 2014

    Wish Granted: Fly-Fishing Fairy Godmother Awards "Do-It-Yourself Bonefishing" Book

    By Kirk Deeter

    Okay, so I now wish that I hadn't posted a picture of myself wearing a dress for the Field & Stream nation to see. 

    But true to my word, I am going to award a copy of Rod Hamilton's "Do-it-Yourself Bonefishing," which I do believe to be one of the best bonefishing books ever written to airbornedoc, who said: "I wish there was a snow cone holder on my wading belt."  

    I just got to thinking about casting on a hot summer day, and having a snow cone attached to my wading belt, and I thought, "Now there is a good wish!" Who wouldn't want to fish with a snow cone? That's pure fantasy, and that earns a book.

    Granted, there were many funny answers. (I really liked Cermele saying he wished that I did birthday parties… if this writing thing ever doesn't work out, I could a backup plan.)  I also liked po2p7so's "I wish they would start testing for HGH in these Miss USA pageants."

  • April 10, 2014

    Gyotaku: The Most Ancient Form of Taxidermy

    By Tim Romano

    The image you see here is a sockeye salmon "fish rubbing" done by my friend Scott Wells. The process is called Gyotaku, pronounced ghe … yo … tah … koo.

    "Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbings. Fish rubbings are a very accurate way of recording the species and size of a catch, much better than hero shots along with their inevitable ‘hidden elbows,’” Wells said.

  • April 9, 2014

    Perspectives from a Great Guide: Tim Linehan

    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Tim Daughton (Linehan left, Deeter right)

    I got to do something I have wanted to do for a very, very long time last week. I floated and fished with Tim Linehan. He rowed 16 miles of the Clark Fork in western Montana, and I casted along with Tim Daughton, product development specialist for the Orvis Company (this coincided with the 2014 Orvis Guide Rendezvous). The trout fishing was fair to good, but the day ended up being one of the most memorable and rewarding times I have ever spent in a drift boat.

  • April 7, 2014

    Book Review: '25 Best Most Versatile Flies' by Al Ritt

    By Kirk Deeter

    For years, I have been advocating that it's better to fish fewer fly patterns in different ways, than it is to feel like you have to buy 1,000 different flies to match every possible scenario you'll encounter on a river, lake or saltwater flat.  

    There's nothing wrong with a deep roster in your fly boxes, and it's satisfying--even comforting--to have a full arsenal of different patterns for different places and seasons.  But let's face it: some patterns are designed to catch fish and some are designed to catch anglers.  I'd rather dial in on a couple dozen versatile patterns and master their many uses than feel like I have to go digging and switching every time a different bug falls out of the sky.

  • March 28, 2014

    Slide Show: Arizona Bass and an Epic Day of Carp Fishing

    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being invited out to the Arizona desert with my good friend and fishing editor at Field & Stream, Joe Cermele.  We went out to shoot the opening episode of the 2014 season of Hook Shots. As usual, going anywhere with Cermele is a gas and this trip did not disappoint.

    While the weather somewhat stymied us on bass, we did have one of the most outrageous days of carp fishing I've ever had. We also stumbled onto one of the strangest little cities out in the desert named Quartzite. Which made for some pretty good photography. It had very little to do with fishing, but was well worth the couple hour stop. I'll let the photos do the talking...  Enjoy the photos from the trip and make sure to watch the full episode here.

  • March 28, 2014

    Diving with Tarpon Can Make You a Better Fly Angler

    By Kirk Deeter

    I am on a family vacation on the island of Bonaire. It’s part of the "ABC islands” (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela. While I have been doing some bonefishing — which I will write about later on (there are some really big bonefish here, the flats are very interesting, and I caught eight fish the other day, between breakfast and lunch) — much of my time, however, has been spent under the surface of the sea. Bonaire is one of the best do-it-yourself shore diving destinations in the world. You literally just pick up your tanks and go.

  • March 26, 2014

    Make A Wish: Best Wins Copy of 'Do It Yourself Bonefishing'

    By Kirk Deeter

    This is part caption contest, part wish list.

    You get to ask the fly-fishing fairy godmother for one wish. Make it a good one... a witty one... within the bounds of good taste...

    While it might not be granted outright, you will win a copy of "Do It Yourself Bonefishing" by Rod Hamilton, which is the best bonefishing book in years

    Good luck.

  • March 25, 2014

    8 Early Spring Streamer Tactics

    By Tim Romano

    One of my favorite ways to fish for trout is by throwing streamers. I'm a total sucker for it. Whether that's out of a boat or walking down a bank, there's nothing quite like that big tug you get when fishing those bigger baitfish and leech patterns for trout. Heck, even if you aren't landing fish you at least get the satisfaction of the swipes, tugs and long follows. That's why utilizing a streamer might just be your best bet for some action early in the season. Typically the water is higher and colder, and less insects are hatching — making a streamer pattern an easy choice for its simplicity. Just don't fish it like you would in the middle of the summer or early fall. Here are eight tips that are sure to help improve your fishing with the big bugs this spring.

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