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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"

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  • 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 ]

  • February 12, 2008

    Enormous Brown Trout ... Viva Argentina!

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

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    As promised, a dispatch from Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. It´s sick.
    Awesome. The King Kong analogy jumps into mind because these sea-run fish
    are to the Michigan or Montana brand of brown trout what Kong is to
    Magilla Gorilla. They tip the scales at over 20 pounds on occasion ...
    this one weighed 24. Brown trout-meets Atlantic Salmon-meets steelhead.
    They eat large nymphs and streamers, and we are using 8-weights with sink
    tips and 20-pound Maxima ... often not enough.

    The really cool part is that we are on the cutting edge of discovery ...
    likely the southernmost land-accessible trout rivers in the world. I like
    the Irigoyen (pronounced erie-GO-zhen). We are 150 km south of the Rio
    Grande ... the climate and experience is totally different. No
    two-handers, no steady winds, no barren landscape, lots of vegetation and
    trees. Guides Nico and Alex Trochine have had 400 guide days on the Rio
    Grande and seen 24-pound fish. We saw that here in the first week. Wanna
    come (it is far ...) see guidedconnections.com

    Much more to come from the fin del mundo ... end of the world.

    Deeter [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 12, 2008

    Dollar Wise Fly with Conway Bowman

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

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    I’ll admit right now that I find 90% of fishing programs on television boring, stupid, and borderline repulsive. If I hear, “Nice fish, pretty colors” once more, I’ll puke.

    But here’s one I think will be a shining lantern of integrity and entertainment. Our buddy Conway Bowman, the mako shark man, is setting off this Friday, February 15th, with a new series on Versus called “Dollar Wise Fly.” Now, I know I’m going to like tuning into this one because Conway is another one of my favorite people to fish with in the world, and I’m betting his positive vibe will get transposed through the airwaves. I also like the premise: Rather than watching another middle-aged guy’s toothy grip ‘n grins from a five-star lodge half way around the world, Bowman’s show is going to highlight hot fishing on the cheap … meaning stuff anyone can reasonably pull off. I’m told that even includes an episode on dollar-wise fishing around Aspen, which I gotta see to believe.

    Episode 1 will feature Conway with another Fly Talk guide, Captain Gregg Arnold, down in the “Land of Giants” of Louisiana, fishing for bull redfish. I won’t give away the whole storyline … but if you ever wanted to see a 37-pound bull red landed on the fly … from a kayak … you might want to check your local listings.

    Get the schedule of the show here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 11, 2008

    Small Craft Advisory - Says Who?

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    By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

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    A little word to the wise... No matter how badly you might want to go fishing it helps to pay attention to those small craft advisories.

    Happy Monday,

    TR [ Read Full Post ]