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Fly Fishing

  • January 29, 2014

    Fly Shops vs Online: Is "Showrooming" Fair or Foul?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I'm all for doing as much research as possible before buying any fly gear. Heck, if companies are going to charge $800 bucks for a fly rod or a rain suit, they should expect consumers to do as much poking around as possible. And there's nothing wrong with looking for a deal when you can find it. But "showrooming" has become a real problem for many retailers in this country. 

    Here's what happens: Anglers do the majority of their research online, hopefully they read some magazine and/or online product reviews, and have their mind set on what they want to buy. But it's hard to really know for sure with some gear — at least in the case of a fly rod. Most anglers won't know if they like a rod or not until they actually pick it up and cast it. So they head to the fly shop, try a few rods, and get the spiel from the person behind the counter. And when they're really sure about what they want... they go home and order it online. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 29, 2014

    Nice Wooly Bugger, Sister!

    By Joe Cermele

    I recall many of the sisters at school during my younger days being quicker on the draw with a detention slip than Billy The Kid. But not all of them were pure business, of course. I fondly remember Sister Faith, who wore a Philadelphia Eagles jersey over her habit any day the birds were playing. Then there was Sister Elizabeth who often subbed in as goalie—in pads—during recess hockey games. However, I have never met a sister that flyfishes, let alone one that teaches her students to tie. How Sister Carol Anne Corley of Hot Springs, AR, came to do both, is quite a story.

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  • January 23, 2014

    Commercial TV Blows Another Chance to Depict Fly Fishing with Style

    By Tim Romano

    For the life of me I can't figure out why casting directors haven't ever once put a decent caster in front of the camera for TV commercials. Be it big-pharma or in this case, a 30-second spot for Southwest Airlines, they're always miserable.

    Check out the underhanded tailing loops, piles of line landing on the water, line striping, the ridiculous hook-set, the reel appearing on opposite sides of the rod, and not to mention the horrible handling of the fish at the end. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 22, 2014

    Do You Really Need a Landing Net?

    By Kirk Deeter

    For me, the use of a landing net has always been dictated by the situation. I always carry a net when I am guiding or fishing with others; I almost never do when wading by myself. It doesn't matter how big the fish are, which species, or even where I am.

    But my views on this are changing and I wonder if any of yours are as well. The thing is, with the latest generation of rubberized mesh nets and the light composite materials the frames are now made from, I have found myself using them more on my own. And a beautiful net is, as I have said before, a piece of art that's every bit as much of an heirloom as a favorite rod or reel can be. I'm proud of my net. By using nets more often now, I wonder if I getting lazy or am I starting to see the light? [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2014

    Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Caption Contest Winner Announced

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    By Tim Romano

    I kinda figured that the responses from our last caption contest would have a bathroom humor slant. Honestly, I was hoping for it, as my humor hasn't quite caught up to my age. Which is either a very good or a very bad thing…

    Regardless, there were a multitude of hilarious responses, many of which made me lough out loud and many I don't dare repost here. But in the end, I had to give the Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Pack to fptalbert, who seems to be an angler that does a fair share of hard-water fishing. fptalbert wrote, "…and yet the age old debate of which provides better support continues, boxers or briefs?" wins our prize this week. fptalbert, give us a holler at info@anglingtrade.com and we'll get you taken care of. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2014

    Have Any Retired Flies? Tell Us The Story Behind Them

    By Joe Cermele

    The fly in the photo below, held by my buddy Mike, was officially retired this past Sunday. Dubbed the Toxic Avenger, it scored Mike's first-ever northern pike. It is also the only fly that has fooled at least one member of the Esox family in three consecutive winter floats. Considering how cold the water is here in the Northeast, and considering that this time of year you're only looking for one or two bites anyway, I think that's pretty impressive. It's not the best-looking fly I've ever tied, but it just seemed to have the right shimmy or color or something that turned frozen pike heads. 

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  • January 20, 2014

    Crab Flies: How to Catch Winter Redfish

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    By Joe Cermele


    Photo by Travis Rathbone

    The river may be frigid, but if you can get to (or live in) one of the warmer coastal areas from South Carolina to Florida to Texas, winter offers some of the year's best shots at skinny-water redfish that are quick to eat a crab. When temps dip, these crustaceans can be more abundant than shrimp, but the trick to hooking up with one is understanding when each unique pattern works best.

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  • January 15, 2014

    Tigerfish Snatches Bird On The Wing

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    By Joe Cermele

    If you haven't already seen this very short video somewhere on the Interwebs, it's definitely worth a watch. It's not the clearest video ever, but slowed down there's no mistaking the tigerfish nailing a bird on the wing. You know what I say? Grab one of Pat Cohen's eagle flies, perfect the shadow cast from "A River Runs Through It," and get yourself to Africa. There could be some serious game here.

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  • January 10, 2014

    2014: The Year of the Lake

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Those of you who follow Fly Talk know that we give fly fishing-themed predictions for the years ahead.

    We said 2012 would be the "Year of the Carp." And in many regards, it turned out to be a breakthrough year for carp fishing with flies. A recent poll of fly shops for Angling Trade magazine shops showed that over 80 percent are now moving product specifically intended for carp, and only four percent of shop owners consider carp fishing a fad. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 8, 2014

    Caption Contest: Win a Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Pack

    By Tim Romano

    In honor of all the insanely cold weather that's been hovering over a good portion of the country this week, I thought I'd utilize one of my non-fly images for a caption contest. Yeah, it's juvenile, but it's just too good not to use.

    You know the drill. Write the wittiest caption to the image here and we'll pick a winner next week. Keep it clean, folks...

    The winner will get a Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Pack. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 7, 2014

    Book Review: 'Do It Yourself Bonefishing' by Rod Hamilton

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    By Kirk Deeter

    First things first. If you take a close look at the attached image, you'll notice that I am listed on the cover of "Do It Yourself Bonefishing" (Derrydale Press, $29.95 ). I'm a contributor who did some wordsmithing and certainly offered moral support. But I want to make it clear that Rod Hamilton, the author, did all the heavy lifting. More specifically, he is the guy who literally walked hundreds of miles on the flats over many months and years to produce what I feel is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind resource.

    In my opinion, nobody else has ever produced a book quite like this on any fishing topic, let alone bonefishing, and I doubt if anyone else can or will. So I'm not blowing my own horn. I'm telling you about a book you should buy if you ever had any inkling at all to chase ghosts on the flats by yourself.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 7, 2014

    Ever Try Flyfishing For Yellow Perch?

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    By Joe Cermele

    True story. Two Saturdays ago I was flyfishing a local trout stream and mosied up to a slow stretch of water with some downed trees and a deep hole. I was thinking I might be able to yank a big brown off the bottom, so I started stripping a heavy sculpin right through the silt. Second cast...wham! It was a decent hit, but I knew it was no huge brown. Instead I reeled in a fat 12-inch yellow perch. Not only did I have no idea any yellows even lived in this stream, it was one of the biggest I've ever caught, and the only I've ever caught on the fly (I'm still mad I didn't take a photo). Then today, up pops the video below, freshly posted to the Youtubes. Granted, it was filmed over in Europe, but still, are we missing something here? Those perch are mammoths and I'm sure somewhere in the U.S. exists a similar scenario that would make a nice 4-weight fly-fishery. Anyone ever tried targeting yellows on the fly? 

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  • January 3, 2014

    Underwater Drones Coming to a Fishery Near You

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    By Tim Romano

    These days, it seems that you can't go a week without hearing about some nefarious plot that has to do with drones or "unmanned aerial platforms" in regards to hunting. There's the "hunter watching" Surveillance Drones that PETA is selling, the thought of using them as a futuristic version of a game camera, the city that wants to shoot them down, and of course who could forget about chasing Bigfoot with them.

    Now it seems that the movement has gone underwater, literally. The website OpenROV offers "kits" to build small remote controlled underwater robots. The about page on their site says that in addition to offering the kits for sale they are also "a community of people who are working together to create more accessible, affordable, and awesome tools for underwater exploration." [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 16, 2013

    Technological Breakthroughs That Changed Fly Fishing Forever

    By Kirk Deeter

    I was talking with some fishing friends the other night about "innovations that changed the fly fishing-world." Think about that for a minute.  Of all the technologies that have been applied to this sport, which ones do you think have made the greatest impacts?

    The funny thing is, I was fishing today, and I took a break to switch flies. So I sat on a rock, and set my rod down. Then I took off my sunglasses (because I've reached a point where I need to do so to thread the eye of the hook). And, I stuck the fly I'd just cut off in the cork of my rod handle.

    And then, as I looked down, it occurred to me that my top five list of fly fishing innovations was essentially sitting there in my lap. [ Read Full Post ]

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