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David Lambert

David Lambert is a master casting instructor who lives in Atlantic Beach, FL. He is working writer and editor and author of Smart Casts: The New Approach To Efficient Fly Casting & Practice. Contact him at [email protected].

Author Articles

Nymphing for Big Nanty Browns

Natives call this river The Nanty.  Signs along Gorge Road advertise it as the Nantahala.  My buddy Ken tells me we’ll be fishing this river from a boat, since I’m without waders and the Nanty is too cold to skin it. But this is a late afternoon in early June and I’m in the mountains of North Carolina. I’ve just spent five hours teaching casting...

Throw Your Fish a Curve

THE NATURE OF FLY FISHING is change; it’s a system in flux. As such, it continuously presents a caster with new and creative casting challenges. Often that means throwing something other than those bullet-straight casts you’ve practiced for years; they shouldn’t be the only tricks up your sleeve. Sometimes you need to throw the fish a curve — a...

"Graveyard Bones"

“BONES DON ea’ now, letta’ mebe,” Graveyard Burrows says. What he means is:  “Bonefish in the Abacos can be very picky; sometimes they’ll take a fly, other times they can’t be tempted.  Maybe we’ll get a shot at this school later in the day.” Or something like it.  Graveyard Burrows is our guide and he is no talker.  I don’t get it...

Review: "Essential Knots & Rigs for Trout"

I'M THE EASIEST GUY to buy for at Christmas. Give me a good knot book and I can stay busy, content even, until Valentine's Day, maybe Easter. So when fishing illustrator Joe Mahler told me he'd just completed work on an illustrated knot book, well, I was excited for him ... and for me. Mahler's new book, Essential Trout Knots & Rigs, is a top-shelf...

Review: "Beyond the Moon"

EVER WONDER why some coasts have two high tides while others have one, or almost none? Author Jim McCully did. He asked professors, astronomers, even charter captains, but their responses were inaccurate, incomplete, or flat-out wrong, some erroneously based in waterlore, some on bad science. After long research, McCully could not even find a lay book that...