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Fly Fishing

  • 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 ]

  • December 12, 2013

    Own The Most 'Murican Fly Ever Tied

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    By Joe Cermele

    That, my friends, is exactly what it looks like: a bald eagle fly. It's inspiring, it's patriotic, and I bet it would catch one hell of a brown trout, muskie, or bucket-mouth bass. Even the wariest trophies would have to be so honored by the chance to eat a bald eagle, they likely couldn't refuse. But alas, this bird will (hopefully) never touch water. It was spun up by the masterful Pat Cohen of Super Fly, who has deer-hair spinning skills like no other. And if you act now, this one-of-a-kind can fly like Old Glory forever in your home. It's up for auction on eBay right now, but you've only got a few days left to bid. All the money raised is going to Project Healing Waters, which uses flyfishing as a platform to rehabilitate disabled soldiers. It's a great cause, so click here and drop a bid.

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  • December 11, 2013

    Money Bugs: The DC Dodger

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    By Joe Cermele

    Rolling along with our exclusive fly tying series from Brian Wise over at Fly Fishing The Ozarks, we've got the DC Dodger. The beauty of this pattern is that it walks just like a Spook—something that's not easy to achieve without the help of a DC Dodger head kit from Cascade Crest Tools. You can throw it for anything from muskies to giant trevallies to big largemouths, but Wise likes it for stripers. Pay attention because this one's a little tricky. You can get more info and a full list of materials by clicking here.

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  • December 11, 2013

    Flyfishing Travel: The Next Best Trout Lodge in Patagonia

    By Kirk Deeter

    If you want to catch astoundingly large rainbow trout—sometimes several in one day—and you're willing to travel (almost literally) to the end of the earth to do so, there's a new lodge operation worth putting on your bucket list. It's called Kooi Noom, which loosely translates to, "the fish path," and it is located in one of the most remote places in Argentina. Mark my words: This place is going to generate plenty of buzz (and plenty of impressive photographs) in the coming months. I am the first writer to visit this lodge and experience the fishing here. And what I have seen so far is remarkable.

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  • December 10, 2013

    Gear Review: Bozeman Reel Company RS 527

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    By Joe Cermele

    When Dan Rice from Bozeman Reel Company approached me a few months ago about field testing one of their new reels, I was pretty amped on the opportunity. After all, in today's economy it takes some guts to start any company, let alone a fly reel company, and let alone one devoted to making everything in Montana. But that's exactly what Bozeman Reel is doing, and I was curious to see if they were doing it well. Though their team has technically been tinkering with reel designs since 2008, this year, it seems, the brand is finally making a big push to get in the public's face. It worked out perfectly for me because I shot north a few weeks ago to get some egg flies in some steelhead faces, and Bozeman's RS 527 came along to battle chrome. What better fish to prove a reel's worth?

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  • November 25, 2013

    How Cold is Too Cold for Fly Fishing?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Everyone has their limits. It appears that Romano's and mine might be a little less aggressive than most when it comes to fly fishing in cold weather. Like many of you, I have a nice vacation this week, and yesterday, I thought I'd get out and go fishing. But this is what I saw when I woke up. It took me about 3.5 seconds to call the game. Maybe it's because I have logged enough river hours in sideways snowstorms to know better. Maybe I'm not tough enough.

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  • November 22, 2013

    Is Competitive Fly Fishing a Good Thing?

    By Tim Romano

    Looks like fly fishing is about to get competitive.

    A member of Fly Fishing Team USA, Anthony Naranja, has started the Pro Fly Angling Tour. At the time being, there seems to be a very robust website where you can find more info on events, competitors, scoring, etc., plus a countdown to the season starting in April of 2014.

    I personally have never had any interest in competitive fly fishing. That's just me though. And, I guarantee I'd get my ass handed to me by most of the competitors. But that's just not why I fish. I'm not out for points or getting the biggest fish or to "beat" my buddy. Typically I'm trying to get away from all of that when I fish. If fishing became stressful for me I think that'd be about the end of it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 21, 2013

    Simms Gives Employees Time Off to Fish

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I like Simms Fishing Products for a number of reasons. The company makes good waders, does so right at its facility in Bozeman, Mont., and encourages employees to get out and fish… Management figures their employees will do a better job of making waders if their legs are in the water more often.  

    So in the third quarter of this year, Simms instituted "Fish Flex Friday." Employees can coordinate their schedules with their department heads to ensure the work gets handled, and at noon on Fridays, they're free to fish. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2013

    Hull of a Problem: How to Restore a Wooden Drift Boat

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    By Tim Romano

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    This past summer I inherited an old wooden drift boat from my good friends over at Boulder Boat Works. I naively thought I'd give myself a "little project" and restore a 10-plus-year-old drift boat that's been rotting outside for a good chunk of that time. Let's just say it's turned into a bit more than a "little" project. And I'd have to be delusional if I think I'm going to finish it by myself. I mean, just removing the seats, dry storage and floor took three separate nights. Can you say many stripped screws... [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2013

    Money Bugs: Tying The Squidro

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    By Joe Cermele

    Rolling along with our exclusive tying videos produced by Brian Wise of Flyfishing The Ozarks, we've got The Squidro. This tube fly plays off the popular Intruder pattern, but the materials look more like something you'd find on a bass bug. And that stands to reason; according to Wise, it's much harder for bruiser steelies to destroy a fully-synthetic bug. I'd be willing to bet the chromers on your local waters may not have seen anything like this pulsing through the riffles yet. For more info on the fly and a full list of materials, click here

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  • November 20, 2013

    Money Bugs: The Squidro

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    By Joe Cermele

    This gangly tube fly just may swing up the biggest steelhead of your life. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 15, 2013

    Eddie Bauer is Going Fly Fishing

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    By Kirk Deeter

    It's almost time for me to make my annual predictions for fly fishing in the upcoming year. But I'm going to let one cat out of the bag a little early because I think it's big news, and I think it's going to be good for anglers and the sport of fly fishing as a whole.

    Retailer Eddie Bauer is going to wade into the fly-fishing market in a big way next year by introducing a fairly expansive lineup of fly-fishing specific products and selling this "Sport Shop" gear at many of its locations throughout the country. Last month, I had a chance to visit the design team at Eddie Bauer headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., and I came away impressed that this is certainly no passing fancy or trendy marketing hook. They're making some smart, technically-detailed product that's going to get noticed. I've been testing some of it, and it's living up to expectations.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 13, 2013

    Exclusive Fly Tying Mini Series: "Money Bugs"

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    By Joe Cermele

    Some of you may already be familiar with Brian Wise of Flyfishing the Ozarks. He's a guide who leads clients to monster trout, but he also produces what I think are the best fly tying videos on the interwebs. Mostly you'll find Brian tying big, gnarly, articulated trout streamers. But knowing that he has the skills to pay the bills for any species at the vise, I asked him to shoot 5 tying videos exclusively for Field & Stream. This is the first installment in a mini series I'm calling "Money Bugs," in which Brian shows us how to tie a cutting edge muskie streamer called the Panty Dropper. In the weeks ahead, keep an eye out for more of these videos featuring new-age patterns for everything from steelhead, to smallmouths, to stripers. If you want the full materials list for the Panty Dropper, and a bit of back story on this bug, click here. 

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  • November 12, 2013

    Money Bugs: The Panty Dropper

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    By Joe Cermele

    Installment number one in our new fly-tying mini series produced by vise master Brian Wise. [ Read Full Post ]

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