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An Ode to Charlie Brown

“Fly Fishing Jazz” columnist Kirk Deeter wonders whether listening to an iPod on the river can make you a better fisherman: “Here’s the confession: I do listen to my iPod (though very rarely) when I fly fish. And here’s why … more

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Fly Fishing Jazz: “The Rest”

MidCurrent columnist Kirk Deeter draws comparisons between Eric Clapton “lingering” on notes and fly fishers holding their flies in sweet spots: “That shot you drop in a run with a Parachute Adams: three seconds is average, four seconds is professional, … more

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Fly Fishing Jazz: Perfect Presentations

MidCurrent‘s “Fly Fishing Jazz” columnist Kirk Deeter draws comparisons between Charlie Parker’s quick, clean notes and the fly fisher’s ability make perfect casts and presentations, faster: “Showing many perfect presentations–even ones that last a mere second or two–will produce more … more

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Country Music, Czech Nymphing, and Tube Jigs

“Fly Fishing Jazz” columnist Kirk Deeter draws comparisons between tight line Czech nymphing for trout and tube jigging for bass: “You use heavily weighted nymph flies, cast upstream, maintain tension on the line, and feel the flies drift and tick … more

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Fly Fishing Jazz: Fundamentals Before Improvisation

Practice makes perfect—”Fly Fishing Jazz” columnist Kirk Deeter recounts a recent conversation with writer and editor John Merwin discussing the importance of daily casting practice: “We talked about how mastering the fundamentals is the key to any artistic expression—be that … more

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“Muddler” Your Way Through a Day

Calisthenics for the angling brain:”Fly Fishing Jazz” columnist Kirk Deeter challenges the improvisational fisherman to move beyond books, articles, hired guides, and classes to understand problem solving on the river: “Reading an instruction manual—or watching a strike indicator ride through … more

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Fly Fishing Jazz: “So What?”

Beyond the perfect cast:”Fly Fishing Jazz” columnist Kirk Deeter challenges the angler to anticipate fish actions and reactions before, during, and after your fly presentation: “If you plan what happens next, or at least what you think might happen, before … more

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When the Hatch Is Over

In this week’s “Ask the Expert,” Tom Rosenbauer, Jim Bartschi, Frank Smethurst, Matt Supinski, and others respond to a reader question about enticing trout to eat after the hatch has ended. As Phil Monahan notes: “In those situations when I … more

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Fly Fishing Jazz: “Good Bait”

“Good Bait”—it’s musician John Coltrane at his finest, but it’s also are reminder of what is behind any good presention: making your bug look real. “It’s absolutely critical to make your flies behave like natural forage,” says Kirk Deeter in … more

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The Proper Way to Set Fly Reel Drag

In this week’s Ask the Expert column, Carl McNeil, Jim Bartschi, Dave Kumlien and Matt Supinski all respond to a reader question about the proper way to set the drag on a fly reel. As Phil Monahan summarizes: “The role … more

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