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Podcast Roundup

This week's Podcast Roundup features an interview with a peacock bass guide in south Florida, a chat with competitive angler Mike Komara, and a discussion about Project Healing Waters with AJ Gottschalk. It's a diverse lineup of shows, with an episode for everyone. If you have a podcast you'd like to see featured here, please reach out. Orvis Podcast...

Situational Awareness and Flats Fishing

Situational awareness is one of, if not the most important skills for a fly angler. Regardless of the fish you're chasing, you absolutely have to be aware of what bugs are hatching, what the water is doing, or what food sources are available at a given moment. There's a ton of information to process, and the best anglers are the ones who can take all that...

Restoring Golden Trout

Golden trout are one of fly fishing's more enigmatic characters, with their ostentatious colors and mercurial attitudes. And while they're doing relatively fine in places like Wyoming, goldens back in their native habitat in California still face many legitimate threats. A new story by Greg Fitz, of Trout Unlimited, was published in American Fly Fishing...

Gear Review: Korkers All Axis Wading Shoe

I've never been a big fan of wading shoes or sandals. I've tried a few pairs over the years, and none of them made a good enough case to be used over my wading boots, even for wet-wading small water that's barely shin-deep. They never felt comfortable, or durable, enough to merit the cost of yet another piece of gear. I have embarrassingly bad ankles that...

Story: No Fish in New Places

In a list of some of their more recent stories at Flyfish Journal, you'll find a short but sweet piece by Christopher Schaberg. It's about the confusion that sets in after not catching fish in a new place, especially after Schaberg felt he had the little sunfish pond figured out. After a move from New Orleans to St. Louis, he was relegated to city ponds...

Tying Tuesday

This week's Tying Tuesday features a streamer, a nymph, and a dry fly - so it's a bit more well-rounded than other editions have been of late. All of these flies look like they should fish, and the instruction you'll receive for tying these patterns is top notch. First up is a fun streamer - Kelly Galloup's Stacked Blonde - tied by Fly Fishing the Ozarks...

An Angler's Greatest Skill

What's the most important skill a fly angler can posses? If you asked a dozen anglers this question, how many different answers would you get? A lot would probably say casting, followed by fly presentation. And while those skills are vital, I think the most important one is often overlooked: your ability to quickly and safely release trout. With the recent...

Podcast Roundup

This week's Podcast Roundup features a list of the 10 best trout rivers in America, a conversation with one of the few IFFF Master Casting Instructors in the world, and a chat with an actual fly fishing therapist. Yes, that's a real job! You won't want to miss out on any of these great episodes. As always, if you have a podcast you'd like to see featured...

Opinion: Expensive Fly Rods

In this recent post over at Troubitten, Domenick Swentosky dives into the never-ending debate about whether an expensive fly rod will catch you more trout. As with most everything Dom writes, I appreciate the way he looks at this question, and he does a wonderful job explaining his position. I particularly like that he spends time talking about the period...

Only Fishing for Bass, Pike

Kirk Deeter's most recent column at Angling Trade tackles the new research from Keep Fish Wet, and it's worth your time to read. In case you're not aware, the folks at Keep Fish Wet released new research that says, in part, the long-held belief that 68F is the water temperature at which we should stop fishing for trout. The new research pushes the idea that...