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Trout Fishing

  • December 3, 2013

    Video: Woman Screams with Joy and Fear While Reeling in Salmon

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    By Ben Romans

    When it comes to fishing, there’s nothing wrong with a little excitement. But a recent viral video of "Mary" reacting to what could possibly be her first salmon catch ever, begs the question, can an angler ever have too much enthusiasm? [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 3, 2013

    15 Fish to be Thankful For

    By Kirk Deeter

    With Thanksgiving come and gone, I find that I'm still thankful. I'm thankful for my friends and family, but mostly I'm thankful for the fish. These are the 15 species that make the fly-fishing world go round and why we should still be thankful for them: [ Read Full Post ]

  • 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: 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

    Fly Fishing Film Review: 'Waypoints' Hits The Mark

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Over the past few weeks, Tim Romano has talked up the premiere of the latest movie from Confluence Films, "Waypoints." The film was shown for the first time at benefit events throughout the world on November 8 (including some put on by Romano and his Greenbacks cohorts that raised more than $10,000 for restoring flood-damaged Front Range rivers). I was fortunate to attend a screening with the filmmakers, Jim Klug and Chris Patterson, in Bozeman, Montana.

    I generally like fly-fishing films. I think they're good for the sport. I think they get people thinking about fly fishing, and conservation, and wild places. But to be completely honest, I think a lot of the short form stuff pretty much amounts to rolling grip-n-grin photography. Which is fine, because I like looking at colorful fish as much as any angler. But as a writer, I can't help but reserve a deeper level of appreciation for quality words that capture the essence of not only the action, but also the culture. I like them wrapped in themes, and I like them to have substance. Most of all I like them to inspire.

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  • November 12, 2013

    Three Big-Streamer Tactics For Giant Fall Browns

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    By Joe Cermele

    You're not after just any trout. You want "the one," the biggest brown in the river. Here are three ways to get him.


    Illustration by Mike Sudal

    Creep and Sweep (above)
    Giant streamers shine for big browns holding tight to the bank. Situate yourself 25 to 35 feet off the far side, and cast directly across-stream tight to the edge. As soon as the fly lands, make a couple of big upstream mends. Once the fly has had time to sink, make three or four hard, fast strips. This gets the fly working upstream tight to the bank for a few beats before it swings out into the main flow—and it's often right at this turn that a big trout smokes the bug. If not, take 10 steps downstream and repeat the process until you've worked the whole bank.

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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 ]

  • November 11, 2013

    The Scariest Toy Commercial You've Ever Seen

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    By Tim Romano

    Watching the Colbert Report late one night last week I was dumbfounded when host Stephen Colbert ripped a relatively new Toys "R" Us commercial to pieces on his show. I wasn't surprised that Colbert ripped it, but rather the message that Toys "R" Us portrays in the ad. It shows a busload of kids who thought they were going on a field trip to the forest to learn about trees, and everything else the forest has to offer. You know... rivers, lakes, animals, fishing, hunting, awe, wonder, etc...  

    Instead the "ranger" leading the field trip tells the kids that they are headed to a Toys "R" Us store. I couldn't believe it... It was in my opinion everything that's wrong with the world today. [ Read Full Post ]

  • 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

    Don't Target Spawning Trout On Beds

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    By Tim Romano

    The photo above was found by one of my local fly shops online and shared via their blog some weeks ago in a post written by one of the employees railing against the practice of targeting spawning fish. It clearly shows an angler hoisting a brown trout that was obviously full of eggs and reportedly had been targeted on her redd by a guide and client from another outfit. Now I don't know about you all, but I consider this dirty, dirty pool and stay far away from fish that are obviously spawning.

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