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Commentary

Column: "Turnover"

Domenick Swentosky, the guy behind Troutbitten, put together yet another fantastic column this week, this time on the topic of turnover. Leader turnover, to be specific. This is well worth your time to read, as it presents some tactics we all need to consider if we want to become better anglers. Read the piece here.

69 Dams Removed in America in 2020

While 2020 wasn't a great year for most of us, there were some silver linings. One is that 69 dams were removed from American rivers. This reconnected 624 miles of rivers. Read more about these dam removals here.

Are Top-Tier Fly Rods Worth the Money?

This is a topic that just about everyone in fly fishing has an opinion on, and I decided to wade into the discussion myself. Are expensive fly rods really worth the cost? Read my full thoughts here.

Protecting Kamchatka Steelhead

We've been a bit heavy on steelhead coverage here this week, but it's for good reason. There's a lot of positive news about these fish right now. This piece by Bill McMillan in Fly Fisherman Magazine offers a unique, optimistic insight into the last mostly-intact run of steelhead in the world - the ones in Kamchatka. This is a fascinating story that you...

Bullis Steps Down as AFFTA President

BOZEMAN, MT – It’s with the sincerest gratitude for his years of service that the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) announces the resignation of Ben Bulis, AFFTA’s President. Bulis joined AFFTA in April of 2012 as an Interim GM and quickly moved into the President role, where over the last 8 years he’s been a key figure in growing AFFTA...

The Case for Shorter Casts

Domenick Swentosky of Troutbitten recently put together this good read on why shorter casts are often more effective than longer ones. His words echo what we read from John Juraceck not too long ago. Read Swentosky's piece here.

Do Marine Protected Areas Make a Difference?

This is a thought-provoking piece from Chris Hunt about marine-protected areas, or MPAs. In it, Hunt cites new research from scientists that suggests MPAs work to benefit both recreational and commercial fisheries. To read Hunt's entire article, click here.

Glass or Graphite?

In response to a reader question, Louis Cahill over at Gink & Gasoline penned this great primer on the differences between glass and graphite. As someone who fishes old, slow-action graphite and builds bamboo rods, I appreciated the honesty that Cahill approached this subject with. Glass has its place in the fishing world, but it depends on what you...

Is Tenkara Fly Fishing?

This is a thought-provoking piece that comes to us from Steve Angers, of New Hampshire. He simply asks if tenkara counts as fly fishing. What are your thoughts? Read Angers's opinion, then let us know in the comments what you think.

Winter Fly Fishing in Southeast Idaho

For anyone looking to get out and escape the cold front that's settled in around the Rockies, this guide to fly fishing southeast Idaho will help once the cold vanishes. You can read it in full here.