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Fly Fishing

  • March 21, 2014

    Video: Mayfly Eggs Hatching a Minute After Being Laid 


    By Tim Romano

    This is one of those got-to-see-it-to-believe-it videos.

    We all know that aquatic insects lay their eggs in water and many of us have seen them doing just that when we're out fishing. What I doubt is that any of us have seen this spectacle up close and in person though. Thanks to the Stroud Water Research Center and the wonders of YouTube, we can now. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Swift Fly Fishing Company Offers New Way to Build Custom Fly Rods


    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Swift Fly Fishing via Instagram

    Given the popularity of the "take-and-bake" pizza, I figured it was only a matter of time before some fly rod companies embraced the concept. Sure, rod builders have always been able to order custom components and make their own creations. And some companies, like Scott, offer a custom shop where you can pick your own parts and the factory will build the rod for you. But now Swift Performance Fly Fishing, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of some of the world's best fiberglass rods, is actually taking that up another level.

    They’re offering anglers three options: you can pick your pieces and they'll build it and ship it to you; you can pick your blanks and components and they'll ship them in a kit so you build the rod yourself; or you can pick the parts and they'll ship them to a master rod builder in your country to have them build it for you. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    Float the Colorado River from Home via Google Street View


    By Tim Romano

    Last week Google and American Rivers announced a partnership that brings Google's "Street View" to a river. Specifically, they're working on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For the first time ever you can ride through all 286 miles of the chasm in 360-degree photo spheres without leaving your house.

    While part of me hates this, I understand what a powerful tool it is. How many of us are ever going to raft down the entire length of the one of the most amazing canyons in the world? I would guess a small percentage. It's certainly at the top of my bucket list, but until then you can bet I'll be taking a tour of the rapids and my future camp sites via Google. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 17, 2014

    10 Reasons Why Every Fly Angler Should Fish Ireland Someday


    By Kirk Deeter

    Sláinte! Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Fly Talk nation!

    This is a special holiday for me, partly because I am of Irish descent (on my mother's side), and also because it gives good cause to tilt a pint or two and remember one of the best fishing trips I have ever taken. I spent a week in Ireland a few years back, playing golf and fishing with my good friend Chris Santella, author of the "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" books. Ireland was tops on his list, and it is now also tops on mine.  We didn't catch a ton of fish that week, mind you, but I'd go back tomorrow. And next month, and the month after that, if I could. The fishing in Ireland interests me almost more than anywhere else. And the more you fish, the more you realize there are many factors that make a "lifetime" trip.

    Here are my 10 reasons why Ireland should be on any serious fly angler's list of dream destinations: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Gear Review: GRAYL Filtration Cup


    By Tim Romano

    I almost never pack water when going out on a fishing adventure, unless I absolutely have to. Be that a couple of hours out on my local trout creek or a multi-night wilderness backpacking trip. I feel there's simply no reason to lug the extra weight if the water I’m fishing is relatively clean.

    Instead, I choose to bring tablets, filter straws, or most frequently, bottles with filter straws like the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier. While these items DO get the job done, most just don't work well enough in my opinion. It takes an incredible amount of energy to suck just a tiny bit of water through the filter — never quite quenching your thirst if you're craving a couple of gulps of water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    The Secret to Better Casting With Your Non-Dominant Hand

    By Kirk Deeter

    I can think of many situations where being somewhat ambidextrous as a caster can pay off in a big way.  

    Say you're left-handed and fishing your way upstream along a left bank. When you want to pop casts around the bushes that protrude into the water (where the fish often are), it would be better to use your right hand than reach across your body with your left. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Caption Contest: Sage 2250 Fly Reel Winner Announced


    By Tim Romano

    This last caption contest was a popular one with you folks. I gotta say it was a very tough choice to pick who won the Sage 2250 Fly Reel. There were so many entries that made me laugh. Some of my favorites are below, but I have to give the reel to BEich0117, who wrote: "Hey Bob, check it out!" "that sucker took the bait hook, line, and sinker."

    Congrats, BEIch0117! Shoot me an e-mail at with your mailing address and I'll get you hooked up.

    Here are some of the others that got my goat… [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 7, 2014

    Video: Until it's Warm Enough to Fish, Snowboating Will Have to Do


    By Tim Romano

    Whew... I thought I had a case of the shack nasties!  Turns out I have nothing to complain about. The folks over at Scumliner Media and Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig, Mont., seem like they've had had a very long, cold winter indeed.

    Here's to ice thawing, insects hatching and getting out on the water soon. Have a great weekend and make sure to wear your helmet if you get out Snowboating. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 6, 2014

    Should We Enforce Better Catch-and-Release Practices?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've said many times that if you're going to be a catch-and-release angler, you should do it the right way

    You know the drill: Don't keep the fish out of water too long. Wet your hands before you handle any fish. Don't hold them high out of the water, especially where they can fall on the rocky shoreline if they flop out of your hands. Use a rubberized mesh net if you use a net. And for goodness' sake, keep the gripping and grinning to a minimum.  

    When done the right way, catch-and-release can indeed be the catalyst for sustaining the resources, and sharing, according to the Lee Wulff mantra, creatures so beautiful, they should be experienced by more than one person. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 4, 2014

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Sage 2250 Fly Reel

    By Tim Romano

    You know how this works. Write the funniest, wittiest or smartest caption to the image you see here. We'll pick a winner next week and award him or her with a 2250 Large Arbor Sage Fly Reel. Keep it clean and classy, folks... Good luck and get to writing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    What I Think About Knock-Off Fly-Fishing Products

    By Kirk Deeter

    I got an e-mail last week that ticked me off, and I think it's about time that somebody said something "for the record" regarding the knock-off, cheap imported products that are now steadily oozing into the American fly-fishing market. I think the whole situation is bull.

    The e-mail came from a manufacturer in China. The purpose of the note (at least as I interpreted it), was to unashamedly let me know that this company had successfully mimicked some big-name fly fishing products — from fiberglass rods to travel rods to high-end casting rods. And for very cheap prices, I (or whoever else wants to) can presumably buy my/our own batch, maybe create a brand name, and pawn them off on whomever I/we want to. Here's a verbatim excerpt from the e-mail: [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2014

    Gear Review: Ghillie Kettle


    By Tim Romano

    If you're the type of angler/hunter/camper that likes the idea of being able to boil water without relying on any fuel, go on extended fishing or hunting trips where the weight of fuel is an issue to carry, or just like the smell of wood smoke, the Ghillie Kettle might be for you.

    I started using one last fall. It’s basically a double-walled boiler with a chimney and is remarkably simple in its operation. It does the same thing any other backpacking stove does, only you don't need to carry any fuel. You just use small sticks, dried grass or any other combustibles that might be lying around to boil water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 27, 2014

    Thoughts on Keeping 'Secret Spots' Secret

    By Kirk Deeter

    One question I often wrestle with is whether or not to name certain places in the stories I write. After all, I'm an angler too. I appreciate solitude on a fishing stream as much as the next person, and I fully understand that you can love a place to death by writing about it in every detail.

    For example, I've written about this place, but I've never named it. Sorry, I'm not going to say where it is now. But those of you who fish in the Rocky Mountain high country know that this is one of thousands of little trout streams that look and fish the same way. It's no great discovery to chance upon a scene like this… certainly nothing an angler willing to dedicate a little hiking and map reading effort couldn't find on his own. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2014

    Gear Review: Yeti Coolers Rambler Tumbler


    By Kirk Deeter

    Many of you already appreciate the huge impact Yeti Coolers has made in the fishing arena in recent years. Some of you no doubt also appreciate the company's nifty little "beverage entry tool" that looks like a tarpon and pries or twists bottle caps with ease. Now, the company is launching a thermal "Rambler" cup (available in April for $30 for a 20-ounce size; $35 for a 30-ouncer) that completes the sweep of keeping beverages cold, opening them, and giving you a place to pour them on. [ Read Full Post ]