Author Archives: Marshall Cutchin

Yellowstone Hiker Killed by Grizzly

The National Parks Service says a preliminary investigation shows that a hiker near the Elephant Back Loop Trail, near Lake Village, was killed by a grizzly bear on Friday afternoon.  The short Elephant Back Loop is known for being an area favored by … more

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How to Tie a Fur Ant

Matt Grobert demonstrates how to tie a Fur Ant in this week’s featured tying video.  The Fur Ant is a deadly terrestrial pattern, especially when tied in small sizes.  Matt uses a mix of black and brown Australian possum for both the …

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How to Tie a Trico Parachute

Not only are tiny trico patterns hard to tie, they sometimes seem to disappear in the early, reflected light of a calm, hot summer.  This week Matt Grobert solves both problems by showing how to tie a Trico Parachute, which is easier …

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IFTD/ICAST Best of Show Winners Announced

The 2015 ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando wraps up today, and last night the awards for Best of Show for IFTD were handed out.  The Scott Fly Rod Meridian won the overall Best of Show Product award.  The individual category winners are: … more

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IFTD Commentary: Gear Shows and Finding “the Core”

Yesterday at the ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando we had a fascinating conversation with Bart Bonime, director of fishing at Patagonia, about how the company spent 18 months setting and meeting a target for getting defects in the company’s waders as close to … more

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Creek Company Announces Return of “Walton’s Thumb”


First made in the early ‘70s by Hank Roberts, the Walton’s Thumb has a ton of unique and useful features for the fly fisher. Named after Izaak Walton, famous author of The Compleat Angler, the Walton’s Thumb® features 10 unique functions. … more

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Hardy & Fenwick Announce New Rods, Reel for 2016


SINTRIX 440 blank construction in Hardy‘s upcoming Zephrus fly rod ($649.00 -$799.00) makes it 60-percent stronger than traditional graphite fibers and provides up to a 30 percent savings in overall weight, says the company. Hardy will be presenting that new rod along with … more

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Douglas Outdoors to Launch New Fly Rods, Reels, Accessories


Douglas Outdoors will launch two completely new fly rod series, as well as an expansion of their Upstream rods line, at the 2015 ICAST/IFTD show which starts Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Additionally the company with announce new reels and new … more

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How to Tie a Light Cahill Parachute

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Light Cahill Parachute in this week’s featured tying video.  In addition to the standard steps, Tim shows how to use UV-cured adhesive to form an elegant, durable post and hackle on this seasonal …

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How to Tie a Simple Golden Stone

A Simple Golden Stone is the featured pattern in this week’s tying video.  Tim Flagler ties his version on a size 14 hook and uses golden Australian possum for dubbing. As Tim says,”I won’t hesitate to fish it on or close …

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