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Fly Fishing

  • August 28, 2013

    Orvis and TU Team Up to Improve 1,000 Miles of Trout Habitat in U.S.

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    By Tim Romano

    What would you give for 1,000 more miles of improved trout river habitat throughout the country?

    When you think about it, that amounts to more water than some of the most legendary trout rivers, like the Henry's Fork (of the Snake) or Colorado's Roaring Fork, or the West Branch of the Delaware, combined. In an era when we anglers worry about things like pressure on waters, fragile species that need access to spawning water, and so forth, nobody in their right mind (who fishes) can argue against the need for more viable and productive trout habitat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 27, 2013

    The Honest Truth About Boa Laces: Are They Right For You?

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    By Kirk Deeter

    One of the gear questions I get asked most often is whether or not a person should opt for the Boa closure system on their new wading boots. Boa laces are wire and they crank tight by turning a knob at the top of the boot. Pull the knob, the wire loosens, and you step right out of the boot. The idea had been successfully applied to ski boots, and Korkers was the first to get a license to use Boa on wading boots a few years ago. In recent years, many other boot manufacturers have fallen in line, not wanting to give up market share by not offering this feature. The effect on price really isn't significant. It usually comes down to a matter of personal preference. I know people who swear by Boa, and some who hate it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 26, 2013

    Caption Contest: Win RIO Perception Fly Line

    By Tim Romano

    You all know how this works—write your best caption for this image and I'll one-up Mr. Deeter's last line giveaway with RIO Products' newest fly line: Perception.  

    RIO says, "Perception lines provide groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and faster reaction time when setting the hook. MSRP $89.95

    Good luck and get writing.  We'll announce the winner next week. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 23, 2013

    Check Out Abel's "Steal Your Face" Grateful Dead Fly Reel

    By Kirk Deeter

    Sometimes you see a piece of gear, and know you were meant to fish it. That "match made in heaven" phenomenon happened to me recently when I got wind of the new series of Abel limited edition reels, which are individually hand-painted with the Grateful Dead's iconic "Steal Your Face" logo. Abel has an agreement with Warner Music Group which allows them to produce 250 of these on its Super Series and Classic Series model reels. The Grateful Dead reels are available for a premium of $300 over standard pricing, but these things will stand out on the water, and maintain their value down the road. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 22, 2013

    Best Pocket Camera for Fishermen: The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

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    By Tim Romano

    I recently upgraded my GoPro Hero 2 camera to the recently released Hero 3 black edition.  If you're unfamiliar with the GoPro cameras they are insanely powerful little machines that fit in your pocket and can basically do anything you can dream up, above water and under.  I've been using the new camera for a little under a week and already am seeing the benefits on some short fishing outings. The improvements are monumental. This is the best pocket-sized camera for shooting stills and video on (and under!) the water that I've found yet.  There are three new camera versions from GoPro that vary in price range but all feature the same body and housing. Some just have more bells and whistles for more advanced users. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 21, 2013

    Arm Wrestling Caption Contest: Winner Announced

    By Kirk Deeter

    Now, nobody thought I really lost, did you? I'm not saying either way.  This shot was taken when I was up in Juneau, Alaska, with Hal Herring.

    While that might have been all fun and games for me, Hal has produced some eloquent work on the real issue at hand: protecting the wild fisheries in the Tongass National Forest. If you haven't checked that out, I urge you to do so. 

    My personal favorite caption came from buckhunter, who wrote: "Tired of beating Michigan 10 years in a row, Ohio State sends in the cheerleaders."  [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 20, 2013

    Video: Kings of the Game + Hunting Film Tour

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    By Tim Romano

    In case you missed it, my good friends and flats guides the Holeman Brothers have their own "TV" show via youtube. It's called Kings of the Game and follows the brothers around doing their thing—basically guiding for anything salty and causing a general ruckus. Perhaps you remember the hand-lining for sharks episode.

    The latest episode takes the Holeman's to Rhode Island for a little sight fishing for stripers and some serious target shooting.

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  • August 19, 2013

    Carp Lure One of World's Best Fly Fishermen to US

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    By Kirk Deeter

    To say that Stu Tripney is a world-class angler is an understatement. He is one of best guides when it comes to spotting, stalking, and catching New Zealand's famous large trout. He is also New Zealand's first certified International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor. He blogs, he writes, he teaches.

    Tripney is a world-traveler who has fished in places and caught species I've never even heard of. And of all the places in the world where he could go when he wants a challenge, he comes to the U.S. to fly fish for carp. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 14, 2013

    Fishing in the Salmon Forest, Part 5: The Lust for Timber vs. the Need for Forest

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    By Hal Herring

    Editor’s note: Conservationist blogger Hal Herring spent five days exploring and fishing Alaska’s Tongass National Forest earlier this month. This is the last of five reports.


    A Ward Air floatplane lands in the Tongass National Forest. Photo by Earl Harper, Earl Harper Studios.

    President Theodore Roosevelt created what would become the Tongass National Forest in 1902, when he used the executive power of the 1891 Forest Reserve Act to establish the Alexander Archipelago Reserve in 1902. It would become the Tongass National Forest in 1907, when the “reserves” were renamed. The Tongass was part of the grand overarching plan for our National Forests, a system of productive public lands that would forever protect the one thing no nation could survive without: water. But as with so many well-meaning government efforts, the ever-variable human factor wormed its way into the Tongass, as I believe it has into every land-conservation effort in history, in every part of the world. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 14, 2013

    Fly Fishing Tip: How to Land Salmon from a Cliff

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Sometimes, you just have to make a "what the heck" cast.  I recently returned from a remarkable adventure to Iceland, where I was primarily fishing for large brown trout. I did take one day, however, to salmon fish on a beat at the mouth of the Laxà (Salmon River). There's an impressive waterfall there where fish stage as they run in from the ocean. Standing on the cliff next to the falls, guide Asgeir Steingrimsson suggested that I dangle the fly in a slick behind a rock. So I did, which was like dapping the fly from three stories above. Sure enough, it got bit. Now what? [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 12, 2013

    Fishing in the Salmon Forest, Part 4: The Waters of the Power Fish

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    By Hal Herring

    Editor’s note: Conservationist blogger Hal Herring spent five days exploring and fishing Alaska’s Tongass National Forest earlier this month. This is the fourth of five reports.


    Matt Smythe holds a nice humpy taken on the fly. Photo by Earl Harper, Earl Harper Studios.
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  • August 9, 2013

    Video: Fly Fishing Idaho's Owyhee's River

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    By Tim Romano

    Recently my good buds from Gink and Gasoline, Louis Cahill and Kent Klewein had a chance to partner with BFGoodrich and produce a video about fly fishing for the company. Obviously this is a blatant ad for the tire company, but in many ways I feel that the video makes a whole lot more sense out of "why we fish" than many others out there. It's beautifully filmed, well produced, artfully edited and speaks to many of the reasons that we all do what we do.

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  • August 8, 2013

    Caption Contest: Best Wins RIO Fly Line

    By Kirk Deeter

    Maybe I was tired. Maybe my casting arm was worn out. (I'm going to leave the rest up to you).  

    You know the drill.  Write the best caption for this photo in the comment thread below, and I will award you with a RIO Gold 5-weight fly line worth $70.

    Good luck. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 8, 2013

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Herter's #11 Vise

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    By Joe Cermele

    This week in the vintage tackle contest we don't have an item that catches fish, but rather one that helps you make stuff to catch them. This vise belongs to John O'Donnell, and the story that goes along with it is pretty special. John writes: I was recently going through some boxes I've had for years and came across this Herter's No. 11 Vise. It was my grandfather's. I am 60 years old and a retired Allentown, Pa. police officer. My grandfather passed away in the early 60s. He was an Allentown, Pa. fireman and was killed in a fire he was fighting. He was an avid Fly Fisherman, tying his own flies. He even made gun stocks and was an artist (painter). His name was Arthur Howells. Well, John, you've got an item here that really takes Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog back to simpler times.

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