Category Archives: Commentary

Do Real Men Wear Accessories as Jewelry?

Fly fishing attire probably looks a bit silly for an outsider looking in—from the bulky vests, to the hats, to the tweed and creels that some anglers wear in the name of tradition.  The lanyard seems to be least on … more

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Getting a Wintery Grip

Ahhh, winter:  when the Web becomes the next best alternative to tying yet another two dozen bead-head nymphs, shuffling the DVD stack, and brushing by the rod collection on the way out to shovel the driveway.  Luckily a few authors … more

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Wisdom from the Past: Fred G. Shaw

The Complete Science of Fly Fishing and Spinning, by Fred Shaw, is full of timeless wisdom, but perhaps most entertaining part is Shaw’s chapter on axioms.  Here are just a few examples, most of them just as relevant today as … more

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Happy Holidays: The Short Days Are Over (Again)


Every year we find ourselves marking the winter solstice and the end of the shortening of days.  That might be because years of guiding trained us to love fishing in light.  And every fourth week of December there’s the promise … more

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Gifts for the Fly Fisher Who Has Everything

Who doesn’t like a gift wishlist?  Especially if you have all the fly fishing gear already known to man and all the money in the world and no idea how to spend it? And since no one but an angler … more

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If You Don’t Post About It, Was It Caught?

“There is no picture of my biggest brown ever on a fly. No pixels dedicated to the exploding hues of its spectacular sides. No Facebook post. No Twitter feed. No witness. No evidence whatsoever that a wayward Oregonian and a brown … more

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A Short Gratitude List

If we weren’t obligated to spend hours enjoying the glazed sweet-potato casserole, corn-syrup-free pecan pie and honey chipotle deep-fried turkey, we could easily spend the day ennumerating the other things we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving.  But obligations are obligations, so … more

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What’s Wrong With Tweedy?


Fly-fishing elitism has long been associated with pipe smoking, wicker creels and tweed jackets.  Fly fishers like trend-bashing as much—or more—than participants in other outdoors sports, and the new media angling writer who suggests that something classic is actually smart … more

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The Gurgle of the Stream, a Screaming Reel, and … Jim Morrison?

The ambient sounds of nature just do not do it for Lefty Ray Chapa.  Chapa tells about a memorable trip where a homeowner’s musical selection enhanced a day on the Guadalupe River:  “I really do not think it affected the … more

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Keeping Secrets

Mark Blazis of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently wrote about keeping a certain brook a secret to conserve the delicate habitat.  “Mindful of those who would plunder one of my favorite places in the world, I never divulge the … more

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