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Fly Fishing

  • November 8, 2013

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Simms Windstopper Flap Cap

    By Kirk Deeter

    A few weeks ago, I told you all about the "Photarium," which is a pretty interesting concept, in that it keeps fish in water when you are taking pictures of them. Good for the fish... but I'm not entirely sure about the quality of the grip 'n grins. Seems a bit goofy, now that I look at it. So goofy, in fact, that I'm going to toss this shot out there for a caption contest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 7, 2013

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Newton's Silkaline Fly Line


    By Joe Cermele

    Though we've had a few vintage fly lines in the contest in the past, I don't believe we've seen this particular one before. These Silkaline spools belong to James Armstrong, who found them at an estate sale in Colorado. I must admit, I always keep an eye out for similar lines because I'd love to cast one just to see what it feels like. Interestingly, according to  Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog, these lines have ties to the furniture industry. 

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  • November 5, 2013

    Overhyping the Fear Factor Doesn't Help Fishing


    By Kirk Deeter

    I gave another elementary school talk the other day, and was once again blown away by the enthusiasm 10-year-olds have for fishing. They asked many great questions, but there was a pattern that left me feeling concerned.

    "Have you ever been attacked by a shark?" (Nope… but I've watched them jump and thrash when I've fought them on a fly rod, and I've had them brush against me when I'm scuba diving.)

    Have you ever been bit by a rattlesnake? (No… but I am afraid of them, so I try really hard not to step on them.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 1, 2013

    Bush Plane Beer Drop

    By Kirk Deeter

    I have seen some heroic flying in the wilds of Alaska.  But the single greatest feat of aerial artistry I've witnessed happened a few years ago, above a certain steelhead river, courtesy of a pilot who humbly chooses to remain anonymous.

    Several guides and anglers (myself included) were experiencing symptoms of hops deprivation one afternoon.  We radioed for assistance.  And within an hour, we heard the low, distinctive rumble of a DeHavilland Beaver.  The relief flight had arrived. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 30, 2013

    Spectrum Response UV Spray Caption Contest Winner Announced


    By Tim Romano

    The most recent caption contest proved to be a popular one. There were a number of entries — many of them very funny, which made it tough to choose. My favorites are below, but I gotta give the 2-ounce bottle of Spectrum Response UV Spray, the new Hemo holster, and a package of Thingamabobbers to abiddle013, who wrote: "Finally, a brief case that holds my financial reports and my dry flies."

    Congrats, adiddle0013! Send me an email to and I'll get your stuff sent out right away. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 29, 2013

    Trout and Salmon ID Quiz Answer: Atlantic Salmon


    By Kirk Deeter

    We held a quiz last week to test your fish identification skills. The fish pictured here is Salmo salar, better known as the Atlantic salmon. 

    The Atlantic salmon is often called the "leaper" or the "king of fish" because it is capable of making astounding jumps as it performs its migratory spawning ritual, often clearing natural waterfalls and obstacles (like this) that would stop other fish in their tracks. (They're also extremely tough, acrobatic fighters for fly anglers to tangle with).  [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 28, 2013

    Interactive Map Shows Wind Flows for Entire US


    By Tim Romano

    If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a bit of a map junkie. I like them printed, new, old, digital, or 3D. A couple of days ago my wife forwarded me a website simply titled Wind. As an angler and boater I'm keenly interested in that four letter word. As I'm sure you know it dictates much of what we do in the outdoors, especially in regards to getting on the water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 23, 2013

    Does Anyone Fly Fish With Tippet Rings?

    By Joe Cermele

    I stumbled upon this video over at the "Tube." this morning. It's weird, because there are a lot of Barbies modeling flyfishing accessories, but at the core it's about rigging a tippet ring. The narrator points out that many people don't know tippet rings exist. Maybe I'm blind, but I can't recall ever bumping into a pack at the fly shop, so I guess I'm one of those people. I will admit that when steelhead or pike fishing, I've got no problem incorporating a micro barrel swivel into my leader for extra strength, but these tippet rings are so tiny they can be used to fish dry flies. Anyone out there use these things? If so, do you think they have an advantage? 

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  • October 22, 2013

    How Are Your Trout and Salmon ID Skills?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I am surprised by the number of people I fish with who confuse one species of trout or salmon for another. I'm not trying to judge. It is important, however, to know what you've just caught, especially in the context of protecting certain species and complying with fishing regulations when you keep fish to eat. Obviously, you don't want to go over your limit. And in some places, anglers are encouraged to take one kind of fish in order to limit natural competition that threatens another. But it will defeat the purpose if you kill the wrong fish. And it could land you in trouble. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2013

    Everglades Reopens, and Everyone's Happy—Especially Florida Keys Guides


    By Mike Toth

    The government shutdown affected many Americans, but hit one group particularly hard—the backcountry fishing guides of the Florida Keys, who rely upon entry to Everglades National Park so their clients can cast for snook, redfish, seatrout, snappers and other species in a beautiful, remote, wild area.

    These 16-day closure directly affected the guides—who must buy annual permits that allow access to the Everglades—because if they can't fish, they can't take clients out. And unlike federal employees, there's no possibility of back pay. But it also took away another element. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 18, 2013

    Letterman Says Don't Break The Wrist When Flycasting

    By Joe Cermele

    David Letterman can tell that actor Michael Fassbender is likely a not a good caster just by the way he breaks his wrist when air-casting. I'm glad I got to see this clip, because now I know to practice my air-casting beforehand if I'm ever invited on "The Late Show." Have a great weekend.

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  • October 16, 2013

    Caption Contest: Write The Best, Win Some Gadgets

    By Tim Romano

    It's been a bit since we've given away some gear and I think it's about time. This week we're giving away a 2-ounce bottle of Spectrum Response UV Spray for your flies, the new Hemo holster, and a package of Thingamabobbers to the person who writes the best caption for the image seen here. We'll pick a winner next week. Get writing and good luck. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 15, 2013

    New Fly Fishing Movie to Benefit Front Range Flood Relief


    By Tim Romano

    On Nov. 8, Confluence Films will be showing its newest fly fishing flick called "Waypoints" at multiple locations throughout the world. The movie follows in the footsteps of Confluence's three previous films "Drift," "Rise," and "Connect." It is a multi-segmented fly fishing film shot all around the world, with locations that include St. Brandon's Atoll in the Indian Ocean, Patagonian Chile, Southeast Alaska for Steelhead, India for Golden Mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for payara. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 14, 2013

    Getting Kids Interested in Fishing is My Greatest Catch of All Time


    By Kirk Deeter

    Having chased many fish species on this planet with flies and a long rod, I can tell you that there is nothing you can aspire to land that's more worthy than the fishing soul of a young human being. That is, bar none, the greatest catch of all.

    In this job, I often find myself being swept along in the current — literally and figuratively. If I hear about new fishing rod or reel, I want to check it out and write about it. If there's a threat to wild fish and waters, I want to fight it with all I can muster. And I'm always looking for that special new experience, or trying to coax that "bucket list" fish to tug my line. [ Read Full Post ]