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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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  • October 10, 2013

    Video: How To Tie Articulated Streamers For Really Big Trout


    By Joe Cermele

    Photo by Joe Cermele

    Grandpa’s Gray Ghost and Mickey Finn will always catch trout, but talk to any of the growing number of guys working gaudy 5- to 8-inch jointed streamers, and they’ll tell you that Gramps’s puny flies just don’t catch ’em big enough. These guys land mammoth browns in many of the same waters where you land 10- to 12-inchers.

    Most credit the trend of big, articulated flies to Kelly Galloup, author of "Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout," who started joining multiple hooks with flexible bead wire to create these huge, wiggling bugs in the early 2000s. Now, a cult of cutting-edge fly-tiers is running with the ginormo-streamer craze. If you want to catch the biggest trout of your life on the fly this fall, commit to chucking a monster streamer all day, and buy a bigger landing net. If you want to learn how to tie a few of the most notable big trout-catching  jointed streamers, check out these videos put to together by vise master Brian Wise of Flyfishing the Ozarks. These four bugs were featured in the November 2013 Field & Stream feature “Shimmy, Shimmy, Pow!,” but you can find instructions for many other streamer patterns on Wise’s website. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 9, 2013

    Sight Fishing: A Few Tips for Casting to Spooky Trout


    By Kirk Deeter

    Anglers often forget that a trout's eyes are on the sides of its head and not pointing forward, like human eyes. Thus, the fish's peripheral vision is far more effective than ours is. And yet, when we see a fish laid up or sipping in calm clear water, we always try to sneak in for that cast from the side.  When we get just about close enough... poof, the fish darts away and we wonder why.

    When fishing in calm water the most important tip is to keep a low profile. The number one factor that spooks fish is shadows, when they detect motion in their vicinity. I cast from my knees—and from the bank—as often as possible. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 7, 2013

    Streamer: Neat Interactive Map Traces US Rivers and Streams, Spits Out Stats


    By Tim Romano

    Courtesy of our friends over at TRCP and the Center for Water Resources I was alerted to one of the more interesting interactive maps regarding water, rivers and where they all end up. It's called Streamer (no, not that kind) and was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey. As Jimmy Hauge over at TRCP says, "It's like a Google map for rivers, and lets you follow any major river or stream in America upstream to its headwaters or downstream to the ocean. With it, you can see the interconnectedness of water. And you can see why anglers who care about Gulf fishing must also care about South Dakota farming." [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 4, 2013

    Reader Photo of the Day: "Monster Brown"


    Today's Reader Photo of the Day is this brown trout from Erie County, Pennsylvania, submitted by flickmybic36 to Catchbook, our fishing app for iPhone. According to flickmybic36 the fish was caught on a streamer.

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  • October 3, 2013

    Is it Smart Policy to Kill One Fish to Save Another?

    By Kirk Deeter

    In many parts of the country, anglers and wildlife management agencies are wrestling with the issue of saving native fish, or wild fish, or certain sportfish species. And in some of those situations, the threat to the "desired" species is often another species. And the answer, in many cases, is to kill off one type of fish to protect the other.

    It's a tricky situation, because in most of those scenarios, human manipulation of the ecosystem — often with good original intent — is the reason the problem exists in the first place. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 2, 2013

    How to Choose the Right Spey/Switch Fly Line


    By Tim Romano

    Let's face it, spey and switch fly lines are not the easiest things in the world to figure out. Almost everyone I know has questions, myself included. There are tons of different styles, weights, lengths, etc. and matching them to a specific rod can be challenging at best.

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  • October 1, 2013

    Gear Review: Cabela's New American-Made Fly Rods And Reels

    By Joe Cermele

    In case you haven't noticed, there is a big push in certain industries—the outdoor industry in particular—to get back to producing wares in the good 'ol U.S. of A. Not long ago I found out that Cabela's was signing on for the movement with plans to introduce an American-made fly rod and reel series. Ray Zink, Cabela's Flyfishing Manager, told me the time seemed right, so the brand partnered with a small rod manufacturer based in the Pacific Northwest. The result is the American Dream rod series, and the WLz reel series, which is also produced state-side and designed by Waterworks-Lamson. I got my hands on a test combo so I could "live the dream," if you will.

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  • October 1, 2013

    Why You Should Fish Wisconsin's Driftless Area

    By Kirk Deeter

    I spent the past three days enjoying some of the best dry-fly fishing I have ever experienced in my life, in a place that I had, frankly, underestimated for many years; the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin.  I spent a good part of my growing-up years in the Milwaukee area, but my family moved away before I really got into fly fishing, and I have never been back since.

    But I will be back again soon.  

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  • September 23, 2013

    The Muddler Minnow: Best Fly for Fall Trout


    By Kirk Deeter

    If I had to pick one trout fly for anywhere in the country now, it would be an easy choice: the Muddler Minnow. This pattern (and its cousins) can be fished several ways, and it imitates a wide range of things trout love to eat. Greased up, it floats like a grasshopper. Stripped through deep pools, it looks like a juicy sculpin. Skated at night, it's a mouse. The more creative you are, the more you appreciate this classic.

    Photograph by Travis Rathbone [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 20, 2013

    Behind the Scenes at Orvis: The Raw Graphite Freezer


    By Tim Romano

    Have you ever seen $50,000 worth of graphite in a freezer?

    Me neither. Until two weeks ago, when Kirk and I got a tour of the Orvis Rod factory.

    What you're looking at is rolls and rolls of raw sheet graphite, destined for future fly rods.  After asking three different shop employees how much this pile was worth I heard three different answers. I honestly don't know whether this is $20K, $30k, or $100K worth of graphite in a freezer. I think they were being squirlly on purpose about the answer, but my gut tells me that the right one leans toward the higher amount. Regardless, it was impressive to see this much raw graphite, especially considering this was one of two walk-in freezers loaded with the stuff.

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  • September 12, 2013

    "1% for the Planet" Should Stop Supporting PETA

    By Kirk Deeter

    I love the "1% for the Planet" charitable giving program.  Through this initiative, a number of eco-conscious companies donate 1% of their profits to over 3,300 different nonprofit organizations, the vast majority of which do wonderful work to help the environment that ultimately enhances habitat to the benefit of anglers, hunters and other outdoor aficionados.  

    Thing is, PETA--People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals--is one of those beneficiaries. And I find that disgusting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 5, 2013

    Rethinking Fly Rod Warranties

    By Kirk Deeter

    Every few years the issue of fly rod warranties generates some heated debate among manufacturers, fly shop owners, and consumers, then disappears. This year might be different. David Leinweber, owner of Angler's Covey in Colorado Springs, wrote an open letter to the industry demanding that rod warranties be rethought, and in the last few weeks, I've heard more buzz on the topic from more sources than I can remember. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 4, 2013

    RIO Perception Fly Line Caption Contest Winner Announced


    By Tim Romano

    Last week's caption contest for the RIO Perception Fly Line started off a bit slow, but really got rolling later in the week with a few absolutely hilarious comments. Some of my favorites are:

    From Juan-Thomas Dibble: "It keeps the aliens from knowing where the fish are biting."

    From Chris Roehrig: "Years later Larry would realize Ron Popeil was not a fly fisherman."

    From Sawblades: "Alright guys, last photo for my zoosk dating profile pic...I promise" [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 3, 2013

    Fishing With An Heirloom

    By Kirk Deeter

    My father-in-law passed away a little over a year ago. Fred Warner was the reason I got serious about fly fishing. He was an avid fly angler; I was dating his daughter. I knew I wouldn't make the cut unless I learned the sport. Right up until he died I joked with him that I could have been a doctor, or a lawyer, or a captain of industry, but for the fact that he gave me that fly fishing bug.

    As it happens, we're now helping my wife's mom move to a new place, and as part of that, I just received two things that my father-in-law had earmarked for me:  He left me a Benelli Super Black Eagle shotgun with which to shoot ducks, and he left me a fly rod. It's a classic. An H.L. Leonard "Golden Shadow" 9-foot 5-weight. 

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