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Fly Fishing

20 Secrets To Help You Catch Fish All Summer Long

These 20 fishing secrets will help you catch trout, bass, bluegills, cats, walleyes, and...
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Fishing and Hunting Tips from the Ultimate "Cast and Blast"

This January Field & Stream editor-at-large Kirk Deeter and photographer Tim Romano...
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  • February 26, 2008

    Fly Fishing Pre-School

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Found this hilarious video on Hook.tv. This little tike can cast! Apparently she's only two and is waving what appears to be a very large fly rod, an eight or nine weight pretty handily.

    Roll-casting like a pro. Start em early folks, and they'll be outcasting you at age 10.

    TR [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2008

    Someone Please Explain My 19 Handicap

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    10 Reasons Why Golf is Flyfishing, on Land ...

    1. The drive is important, but it matters little ... just like the cast.

    2. The short game (the presentation, the drift, etc.) separates the players from the contenders.

    3. Your "club champion" is likely named Skip, Chaz, Bud, Chet, Will, or Thad.

    4. Tiger Woods can beat Stewart Cink, 8 & 7 in match play at Tucson, or by a far greater margin on the Henry's Fork.

    5. Who needs L'Oreal? The only thing women look more attractive in than golf attire is a pair of Gore-Tex Waders.

    6. You're keeping score. Don't lie, dude ... you're always keeping score.

    7. Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods ... can all out-cast you, on demand. 'Nuff said.

    8. You hook a fish, you gag, the fish gets away ... you air-mail a 30-foot, big-bender putt, and it lips the cup in a $2 Nassau ... same facial expression.

    9. You're lining up a 20-footer worth $150,000 ... whoops, my bad ... nothing in flyfishing is worth $150,000.

    10. At the end of the day, that one shot, that one putt (or that one tight cast against the bank that fools the big brown trout) is enough to keep you hooked to a pursuit that will cost you thousands of dollars a year, with no hope of any realistic "return" on your investment. But you're still hopelessly addicted. And happy about it.

    Someone please explain to me why I can rarely crack "90" (without cheating) on the links. It is the same sport, after all ... isn't it?

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2008

    The Hot Bug of the Month

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    We're proud to introduce Fly Talk's official "Fly Guy," Brian Schmidt from Umpqua Feather Merchants. He's the premier talent scout for all things hook-and-feathery, and an esteemed fly innovator. He's agreed to showcase the hottest patterns for us ... think of it as getting online guitar lessons from Eric Clapton, transposed to the world of fly tying. Deeter

    Jujumidge

    Schmidt says: Umpqua Feather Merchants’ Jujubee Midge has won acclaim as a deadly midge pattern, whether drifted to finicky browns in the small spring creeks of Pennsylvania, or deep in Cheeseman Canyon on the famous South Platte River of Colorado. For fishermen unfamiliar with this fly, it will make a positive difference for your day on the water.

    This pattern was created by Charlie Craven. The Jujubee is a midge pupa of simple elegance; durability and bugginess, making this a fly you don’t want to be without.

    What makes this fly so delectable to trout, you ask? Why the Jujubee over simple thread midges? Well, one thing you must remember when choosing a midge to tie on is segmentation. For a midge to be as effective as possible, it must have segmentation. After all, what details on a midge really stand out? Take a Zebra Midge for example ... a fantastic fly, the only detail on the fly is the ribbing or segmentation Other than that it’s thread on a hook. What Charlie has done with his Jujubee Midge is take the segmentation to the next level and expanded the possibilities beyond the color of available wire. The Super Hair used on the abdomen of the fly is available in a plethora of colors and the combinations are extensive enough to match any color midge you’ll find on your home waters. Next, the fly must be slender throughout. Midges are tiny in nature, and many of the materials, be they synthetic or animal, are just too thick and bulky. Super Hair was an excellent choice due to its thin nature allowing you to use multiple filaments to adjust or create the contrasting body dimension you desire. The fly is finished off with a sleek thorax and Flouro Fibre wingcase and wingbuds that are subtle enough to look realistic, and give the fly just enough sheen to be eye-catching, yet not overly flashy.

    Fish the JuJubee Midge as a dropper under a dry, in a multiple nymph rig, or cast it alone. In any scenario, trout will view it as FOOD. Give this fly a try, or try tying a few for yourself. Your fly box will thank you.

    Hook: TMC 2488 #18-24 Thread: 10/0 white, colored with black marker for thorax and head or switch to black 10/0 thread for the thorax as shown. Must use white thread under abdomen to allow true color of Super Hair to show through. Abdomen: Super Hair, color combination of your choice. Two strands of primary color and one strand of contrasting rib color. My favorite color combinations are two olive and one black, two chartreuse and one black, two black and one white and two red with one white. Wingcase: White Umpqua Flouro-Fiber Thorax: Black tying thread or white colored with black marker. Wingbuds: Remaining stubs of Flouro-Fiber from wingcase, pulled back along sides of thorax like legs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 22, 2008

    Free Line ... To the First Who Answers Correctly

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    "Well I gotta keep rockin' while I still can ... got a two-pack habit and a motel tan."

    Give me the artist and the album. First one to comment with the correct answer wins a free $50 fly line. (Dang, I'm a giving kinda guy ...)

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 22, 2008

    Rusty's Answer ... Pop Quiz

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    All good answers, but here's what really happened.

    Rusty had Jim dunk the tip of his rod into the river after Jim made his casts. The water action absorbed the trembling action caused by Jim’s condition, and allowed those flies to float naturally and effectively through the run.

    This is a true story, courtesy of Rusty Vorous, legendary Alaska, California, and Montana guide. And one of the best I have fished with in my life.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 22, 2008

    On Fish Writing

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I'll piggyback on the eloquent comment by Chad Love, and subsequent post by Mr. Petzal on the Gun Nut blog titled: "Meditations on the Melancholy State of Outdoor Writing." Go check it out, come back, and read on ...

    I'm not ready to surrender the flag on the state of outdoor writing. At least not as far as fishing writing is concerned. While I certainly respect and admire the wonderful works of writers from bygone eras, I think the flame now burns brighter than ever. Granted, blogs and the glut of vertical publications on all things fishing make much of the writing we read seem like warbles at "open mike night."

    But there are still pure voices. And great angles. I, for one, think the fishing world is more exciting now than ever, because we're better at it, and we're not afraid to challenge the ragged edge. Take flyfishing for mako sharks as an example. Zane Grey caught many makos. But he didn't do it out of a kayak, nor with a fly, nor release his fish. (He was probably too smart for that.) Bass writing is better now than ever. In 50 years, there will be a blog ... and a post ... and a comment ... that laments the lack of great writers like Monte Burke (Sowbelly). Mark my words.

    I refuse to believe fishing writing, nor our universities that crank out sharp young writing talent by the legions, have become a collective "Waste Land." That's from T.S. Eliot, by the way.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2008

    Pop Quiz!

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    The difference between a good guide and a great guide: The good guide can get clients into a lot of fish; the great guide can get clients into a lot of fish, no matter the challenge.

    Rusty is one of the greatest guides ever. Case in point, the day he was fishing with his client Jim. Now, Jim is a great angler, been fishing all his life. But, sadly, Jim now has Parkinson’s disease. His casting arm shakes badly, so much so that he wiggles his flies, making them unappetizing, even for the most aggressive trout. On this day, however, Rusty made one simple suggestion, and Jim caught a dozen big ones.

    What was the suggestion?

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2008

    Bass Master Battleship

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    I couldn't help it after yesterdays post... This was just to good to pass up. Can you imagine pulling up to your favorite fishing spot in this bad boy? I have a very distinct feeling that should anybody be fishing your hole they'd gladly get out of the way.Battleship1
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  • February 20, 2008

    The Fishing Gazebo

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    My good friend Jeff R. sent me this as an email forward a couple of days ago. I thought I must share this genius with all of you. I mean, really who doesn't need one of these? It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go for fishing... The words below are from the original email.

    enjoy,

    TR

    Floatinggazebo

    I was going to build the Gazebo on the edge of my dock down
    by the lake but I thought .....
    I might just as well build the deck with floats on it
    and I can then take it out fishing too. Has 15,000lb capacity.
    The deck is 18ft x 18ft with 12 plastic foam filled dock floats
    that are 4ft x 4ft by 18 inches high It's shape
    is 10 ft. Hexagon with a table and chairs inside.

    Under the table is my trolling motor so I can take it out to
    my favorite fishing hole.
    The trolling motor is remote controlled and wireless so I
    can be fishing outside and operate the motor.
    On the top of the table I have a LOWRANCE Fish-Finder with depth
    sounding sonars and temp gauge.

    I have 2 electric winchs with 40# anchors. I have also built in a
    water pump so I can clean the fish right on the spot.
    Now I can relax and fish while my wife can sit and relax. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2008

    A Few of Your Favorite Things

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    Simple question: What are your favorite fly fishing products ... from which companies ... and why?

    I'm curious. And, as a word of warning, I know most of you reps; any blatant promo-speak will force me to use the rarely-pressed "nuke comment" button here at headquarters.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2008

    Here's to Ann ...

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

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    Back in Colorado ... still jet-lagged and dreaming about Tierra del Fuego. This turned out to be a life-changing event, on so many levels much more of an adventure than I had imagined. As it often goes for me, these trips become more about people and places than things that swim. I am grateful to my friend Patty Reilly, and my new friends, guides Alex and Nico Trochine ... but I have to tip my Field & Stream ball cap to Susan Gatten and Ann Hamner, with whom I shared many hours on the river. Truth is, this was a "ladies trip." I left the fuzzy slippers at home, but I can tell you I learned a lot from three gals who flat-out get after big fish with abandon. And that whopper brown? Well it turned out to be Ann's ... a 24-pound monster. Now, I'd tell you here age, but every time the subject comes up, she threatens to retire from flyfishing. I'd sooner see Brett Favre hang up his shoulder pads. Let's just say the next time someone tells you, "My grandma can fish better than you," if it's Ann's grandkids saying so, they aren't lying.

    Ann and Patty are still down there, fishing up by San Martin. Hook 'em up, ladies, and let us know how it goes. Susan, hope your trip back was uneventful, and I'll see you on the next river somewhere. Nico, Alex ... I want reports, boys. Thanks to all of you, con todos mi corazon.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2008

    Pretty Dam Funny

    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania . This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you get to the response letter.

    I've actually known people to buy beavers and put them on their land in the hopes of building deeper and larger ponds for the fish on their property. I'm betting money this is what this guy was up to. This post is a bit long, but sure to make you laugh on a monday.

    enjoy,

    TR

    Beaverdam

    SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

    Dear Mr. DeVries:

    It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

    Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

    A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

    The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2006 .

    Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action..
    We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    David L. Price
    District Representative and Water Management Division. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 15, 2008

    Crazed on Catalogs

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

    When I was a kid, we didn’t have the Internet, or Wal-Mart or video games. We went outdoors. We read books. We played with toys … and to get us all fired up about those toys, we had catalogs.Flyshopcatalog_2 I can remember when the Sears catalog would come to our mailbox in the fall. Man, it was bigger than our local phone book. And I’d spend many hours, leafing through the pages, drooling, and dog-earing the sections, refining my wish list.

    Those days are gone … but for the fact that we fly fishers get catalogs. My favorite came in the mail the other day. The Fly Shop’s 2008 30th Anniversary Edition Catalog and Travel Digest. They say, the older the boys, the bigger the toys. So I guess I get a pass for leafing through the pages, drooling, and dog-earing the sections … just like I did with the toy catalog 30 years ago. This one’s an artifact. If you haven’t seen it, go to www.theflyshop.com to request one.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2008

    Robalo! The Other White Meat

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

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    More from Argentina ... Hard as it is to shift attention from the giant sea-run trout, guides Nicolas and Alex Trochine have tuned us into this fish they call robalo.  There are about 70 different species referred to as robalo throughout Latin America, by my recollection.  I have never seen this one though.  Kind of a mutant redfish-meets ling cod-meets rockfish.  But they pull very hard and run as large as 20 pounds.  Best of all they eagerly eat flies, like small green woolly buggers.  We caught seven yesterday at the rivermouth ... then went upstream and nailed a 17-pound brown as night fell.  Buena vida.

    Deeter (with guide Alex Trochine) [ Read Full Post ]

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