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FFI Southwest Council Announces SoCal Saltwater Saturdays

With the largest body of water at our  doorstep, and literally year round fishing available, the (Fly Fishers International) Southwest Council brings you SoCal Saltwater Saturdays. This series will explore the many opportunities that await a  fly angler with near and off-shore possibilities.   In bringing together experts from three  different...

Fly Fisher Wins Bass Tournament

Bass tournaments have arguably given competitive fly fishing a large part of its existing framework, which makes the fact that a fly angler won a recent bass tournament a certain kind of sweet irony. As reported by Fly Fisherman Magazine, Ryan Williams used only his fly rod to help his team win the Wild West Bass Trail tournament at California's Lake...

Pandemic Derails Idaho Fly Tying Event

The pandemic has cancelled thousands of events since it started nearly a year ago, and yet another is falling victim - the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying Expo. This tying expo is one of the biggest ones in the Mountain West, with up to 3,000 people attending in-person each year. This is the second year in a row the event has been cancelled. For more on the story...

Fly Fishing Show Cancels, Postpones Events

SOMERSET, Penn. – Five of the six scheduled 2021 Fly Fishing Shows have either been postponed or cancelled, with the event in Lancaster, Penn., still on track for their original date, announced Ben Furimsky, president and CEO of the annual events. The updated Fly Fishing Show schedule: Marlborough, Mass. – Postponed until 2022;           ...

Tying Parachute Dries

Parachute dry flies are a staple in my box year-round, but they're especially helpful during the colder months, when small bugs hatch. Parachute flies are easy to see, and look like most any midge or baetis dry fly on a given trout river. Dennis Potter, over at Fly Tyer Magazine, wrote a great piece about tying parachute dries, which you can read in full...

Abel to Raffle Limited-Edition Pappy Reel

Per a press release from Penguin Randomhouse and Abel Fly Reels, the two companies have joined up to raffle a limited-edition reel to celebrate the release of Pappyland by Wright Thompson. The book is about the notoriously difficult-to-get Kentucky bourbon, and the reel that Abel created is inspired directly by the story by Thompson. You can read more...

Orvis Will Be Part of Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday ends, is a day when many retailers donate large portions of their proceeds to charity. Orvis plans to participate this year, per this press release: "Orvis, a decades-long leader in wild habitat protection and restoration, will donate 10% of profits to its partners at Trout Unlimited Alaska and the...

Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival Canceled

On November 18, 2020, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival announced its cancelation as a result of new COVID-19-related restrictions. “Vendors were coming out of the woodwork, and we were poised to have our best event ever,” said festival director Beau Beasley. “Advance ticket and specialty class sales were ahead of last year; honestly, I...

Fly Tying: Olsen's Blowtorch

Charlie Craven recently did a feature on Devin Olsen's Blowtorch fly, a pattern that's taken the Euro nymphing world by storm. Olsen is a member of Team USA Fly Fishing, and he gave Craven some great insight into competitive fishing and tips for tying his Blowtorch fly. Read Craven's piece here.

Project Healing Waters Tying Competition

With it being Veteran's Day, I thought it fitting to find a way to highlight the great work of Project Healing Waters. This group, if you're not aware, helps disabled military veterans to cope with their various ailments through fly fishing. And, they just recently held their 8th annual fly tying competition. You can view the winners - and learn more about...