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  • April 16, 2014

    E-Book Review: "The Tug is the Drug" by Chris Santella


    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for a good read on fly fishing that comes in short, palatable bites (a format I fancy most), go ahead and download Chris Santella’s new e-book titled "The Tug is the Drug: 30 Fly Fishing Essays from The New York Times and Beyond." ($6.99; this is the first collaborative e-book by Headwater Books and MidCurrent.)  

    Santella, author of "50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" (which is soon to become a television series on WFN), is one of the best in this business, and every story, every word from this collection demonstrates why I say that.

    Over the years, I've not only become a fan of his writing, I also got to travel with him to some very cool places. We were both part of "The Kodiak Project"; fished together in Ireland; on Bimini in the Bahamas; and we went to fish the Ponoi in Russia last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Video: Man Falls Overboard Releasing Shark


    By The Editors

    It’s finally Friday, which means we’ve been scouring the web to find something to kick-start your weekend.

    This video was uploaded to YouTube a few years ago, but some things never get old. The angler unhooks the thresher shark, picks it up, and goes overboard during the release. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Gyotaku: The Most Ancient Form of Taxidermy


    By Tim Romano

    The image you see here is a sockeye salmon "fish rubbing" done by my friend Scott Wells. The process is called Gyotaku, pronounced ghe … yo … tah … koo.

    "Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbings. Fish rubbings are a very accurate way of recording the species and size of a catch, much better than hero shots along with their inevitable ‘hidden elbows,’” Wells said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Awesome Shark Fishing Highlight Reel


    By The Editors

    Fishing Editor Joe Cermele has blogged about and fished with the crew from Team Rebel and now this highlight reel video is making it's way around the web. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Mississippi Man Catches State Record Amberjack


    By Ben Romans

    Angler Don Wheeler was fishing with an old friend from high school in the Gulf of Mexico near Biloxi on March 22 when he landed a 126-pound amberjack, beating the current Mississippi saltwater state record by just more than a pound.
    Wheeler told he had just changed bait to an 8-pound Spanish mackerel when he hooked the fish in 200 feet of water, and then fought the fish for 30 minutes before bringing it into the boat.
    “Basically, I was holding on to the rod because the fish was putting a tremendous strain on my arms, back and legs. Amberjacks tend to pull like a donkey and I did my best to hold on. But my adrenaline was too high to quit,” Wheeler said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Book Review: '25 Best Most Versatile Flies' by Al Ritt


    By Kirk Deeter

    For years, I have been advocating that it's better to fish fewer fly patterns in different ways, than it is to feel like you have to buy 1,000 different flies to match every possible scenario you'll encounter on a river, lake or saltwater flat.  

    There's nothing wrong with a deep roster in your fly boxes, and it's satisfying--even comforting--to have a full arsenal of different patterns for different places and seasons.  But let's face it: some patterns are designed to catch fish and some are designed to catch anglers.  I'd rather dial in on a couple dozen versatile patterns and master their many uses than feel like I have to go digging and switching every time a different bug falls out of the sky. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Finally, NOAA Officially Recognizes Saltwater Sportfishing


    By Bob Marshall

    How should you react when a person you’ve been standing in front of for decades finally recognizes you?

    Do you cheer, or snarl?

    I did a little of both late last week when the Fisheries department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was going to develop a national recreational fishing policy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Surfboard and Boat Innovator Hobart 'Hobie' Alter Dies at 80


    By Ben Romans

    Surfboard pioneer and founder of the Hobie fishing company, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, passed away at his Palm Desert, California home on March 29. He was 80 years old.

    The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie spent most of his youth in the garage of his family’s Laguna Beach summer home where he combined his two loves — wood working and water — crafting handmade 9-foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Diving with Tarpon Can Make You a Better Fly Angler


    By Kirk Deeter

    I am on a family vacation on the island of Bonaire. It’s part of the "ABC islands” (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela. While I have been doing some bonefishing — which I will write about later on (there are some really big bonefish here, the flats are very interesting, and I caught eight fish the other day, between breakfast and lunch) — much of my time, however, has been spent under the surface of the sea. Bonaire is one of the best do-it-yourself shore diving destinations in the world. You literally just pick up your tanks and go. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2014

    Video: Sea Lions Use Boat as Cover from Killer Whales


    By Ben Romans

    A family fishing near Prince George, British Columbia got a close look at killer whales in action when sea lions swam alongside their boat, using it as cover to escape the orcas, Global News reports.
    This short clip filmed by Travis Twizell shows at least four sea lions swimming in the wake of the boat and directly under the hull while five orcas make arching dives and take positions around the boat’s perimeter, preparing to attack.
    “It was a little nerve-wracking. We were not sure if the sea lions were going to jump into the boat, because the killer whales followed them over,” Twizell told Global News. “You could see the three big whales backed off, and the two small orcas started to hit against it and take it down. You could tell at that point it was a total hunting training exercise for those babies.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2014

    Make A Wish: Best Wins Copy of 'Do It Yourself Bonefishing'

    By Kirk Deeter

    This is part caption contest, part wish list.

    You get to ask the fly-fishing fairy godmother for one wish. Make it a good one... a witty one... within the bounds of good taste...

    While it might not be granted outright, you will win a copy of "Do It Yourself Bonefishing" by Rod Hamilton, which is the best bonefishing book in years

    Good luck. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    Video: School of Sharks Follow Boat to Eat Chum in Australia


    By Ben Romans

    While chumming near northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, these fishermen attracted quite a crowd when countless sharks answered the call of the dinner bell. As the men motored away, someone captured underwater footage of the predators following en masse, eating the leftovers along the way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Swift Fly Fishing Company Offers New Way to Build Custom Fly Rods


    By Kirk Deeter

    Photo by Swift Fly Fishing via Instagram

    Given the popularity of the "take-and-bake" pizza, I figured it was only a matter of time before some fly rod companies embraced the concept. Sure, rod builders have always been able to order custom components and make their own creations. And some companies, like Scott, offer a custom shop where you can pick your own parts and the factory will build the rod for you. But now Swift Performance Fly Fishing, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of some of the world's best fiberglass rods, is actually taking that up another level.

    They’re offering anglers three options: you can pick your pieces and they'll build it and ship it to you; you can pick your blanks and components and they'll ship them in a kit so you build the rod yourself; or you can pick the parts and they'll ship them to a master rod builder in your country to have them build it for you. [ Read Full Post ]

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