Category Archives: Experts

“When You’re Smiling”

We’ve all been there: an interruption by a careless (or uncaring) fellow angler, wind that conspires to ruin every opportunity, a big fish that we happen to land near an on-the-water audience. As Kirk Deeter points out in this week’s … more

Posted in Experts | 1 Comment

How Long Do Prepackaged Leaders Last?

Phil Monahan fields a follow-up to his piece on prepackaged leaders. “How long,” a reader asks, “will those unopened, pre-packaged leaders last in my vest or gear bag? That depends on the leader, Phil notes, but your vest is probably … more

Posted in Experts | 1 Comment

Tandem Rigs for Saltwater?

In this week’s MidCurrent “Ask the Expert” column, Phil Monahan answers a reader question about tandem rigs for saltwater, noting that “East Coast striper fishermen have long used multi-fly rigs as a way to prospect and to figure out what … more

Posted in Experts, Techniques | Leave a comment

When You Cast Is As Important As Where

Ever wonder how you can make that perfect presentation — no drag, with a fly that worked well yesterday, and directly in front of a feeding fish — and still get a refusal? Kirk Deeter’s column on finding “The Feeding … more

Posted in Experts, Techniques | Leave a comment

How Long Should a Prepackaged Leader Last?

Wondering how many of those not-so-cheap prepackaged leaders to stick in your gear bag? In this week’s “Ask the Expert,” Phil Monahan answers the question “How long should a prepackaged leader last?” — and offers a few tips on making … more

Posted in Experts | Leave a comment

“Beyond the Bobber”

All of us (well, most of us) use them. But are indicators the end-all of strike detection? This week Kirk Deeter suggests you kick off the training wheels in “Beyond the Bobber.”

Posted in Experts, Techniques | Leave a comment

Casting: “It’s About Tempo”

We’ve all had the experience of watching a perfect cast fall apart when our timing goes awry. But why does casting have to follow the “standard beat” in any case, and could this be the source of the problem? In … more

Posted in Experts, Techniques | Leave a comment

Fly Fishing Jazz: “Throw ‘Em In a Trash Can”

In his latest column on fly-fishing improvisation, Kirk Deeter offers up a idea for getting some “vertical” into your cast. It’s not just about powering a cast to the target, he notes, but controlling the height at which your loop … more

Posted in Experts | Leave a comment

Righty or Wrongy? Right- vs. Left-Hand-Retrieve Reels

If there’s one thing that gets MidCurrent “Ask the Expert” columnist Phil Monahan worked up, it’s an echo of bad advice. This week he responds to the suggestion that right-handed reeling is less than “correct.”

Posted in Experts | Leave a comment

Favorite Searching Dry Flies

Phil Monahan completes his three-part answer to a reader’s question about “the flies you tie on when you have no idea or evidence of what the fish are eating” with Favorite Searching Dry Flies. The experts’ choices include the FC … more

Posted in Experts | Leave a comment