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Marshall Cutchin

Marshall Cutchin is the editor and publisher of MidCurrent.

Author Articles

Fly Casting: How to Avoid Tailing Loops

Tailing loops are the bane of both novice and experienced casters, and they can almost all be traced to problems with the timing of the casting stroke. A tailing loop is one where the front of the fly line and the leader cross below the plane of the cast as the forward cast rolls out, often causing a tangle in the line or a wind knot in the tippet or...

How Much Backing Do You Need on a Fly Reel?

Perhaps you are new to fly fishing, or maybe you're an experienced angler who's always wondered what the right amount of backing is for your favorite fly reel.  We're going to answer that question and more and put you on the path to a solid setup. Knowing how much backing to spool onto a trout reel can seem a little tricky. Not only do fly reels come in...

Should You Give Euro Nymphing a Try?

No doubt you've heard of Euro or tight line nymphing by now.  You might have even heard some fellow anglers question whether it is fly fishing. (Fly fishers are fond of rule making.) But if you take all the variations of "fly fishing" practiced by anglers in the last hundred or so years, Euro nymphing is very close to the core of what fly fishing is...

Bugling Elk and Uncommon Wisdom: Two Days at The School of Trout

John Juracek, former owner of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana, could easily pass for an ex-Marine.   He stands tall in a crowd of unkempt fly fishing experts.   And when he speaks, it's with a certain natural authority that folks of his kind seem born with. "All right," he intoned on a cool morning on the banks of what is by any measure...

Artist, Writer, Angler: Russell Chatham Passes

I last spoke to Russell Chatham three years ago. He was working on the PR for Roger Keckeissen's book on Art Flick and bemoaning--with my full cooperation--the trajectory of fly fishing away from an art form closely connected to protection of wild places to a mere occupation where trophyism and greed prevail.    Russell had a habit of aiming at a target...

"Getting Your Expert On" - The School of Trout

There are two main categories of trout fishermen. First, there are the anglers who enjoy spending time on the water in the company of family and friends, and who fish well enough to catch the occasional trout on a fly. When these folks have the financial wherewithal to hire a guide, they’re happy to follow that guide’s instructions to the letter. It’s...

Lefty: Fly Fishing's Moonshot Pilot

Fly fishing lost a legend on March 14. It also lost one its most amiable and effective spokesmen. In the decades after authoring his first book on tips and tricks for fly fishers, becoming the outdoors editor of the Baltimore Sun and the director of Miami’s Metropolitan Fishing Tournament, and beginning to teach his freewheeling style of extended-arm...

Podcast Interview: Ryan McDonald

MidCurrent publisher Marshall Cutchin interviews Ryan McDonald, co-founder of Finn Utility. See Finn Utility gear in the MidCurrent Store