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"Skunk Week"

Chris Hunt's latest in Hatch Magazine details an entire week he spent in the Bahamas - not catching fish. It's an interesting piece, and a good reminder that all of us could do with a bit of humility now and then. Read the piece in full here.

Strategies for Fooling Suspended Trout

In an article that ran in the August print version of Fly Fisherman Magazine, Pat Dorsey details some great tactics for targeting suspended trout. These are the fish you see midway in the water column, but aren't sure exactly how to fish for them, or which flies to use. Dorsey takes you through a few tricks you can use next time you find suspended trout...

How to Stop the Dreaded Bird's Nest

Kent Klewein writes: "'In the film A River Runs Through It,' Jerry Siem (one of the casting stuntmen) never watched his backcast. It’s important to note that his fly casting skill level ranks among the best in the world, which allowed him to get away without doing this. It’s also pertinent to point out he was casting a single dry fly in the movie scene...

John Juracek: "There is No One-Size-Fits-All Casting Stroke"

"Here’s how this works. The length of the casting stroke is a function of the length of the line being cast. The relationship works like this: Short line, short stroke. Longer line, longer stroke. So every time we change the length of our line we also change the length of our stroke." Casting instructor and former Blue Ribbon Flies proprietor John Juracek...

Fly Fishing: The Big Escape

Veteran journalist Ian Brown writes about fly fishing in The Globe and Mail, describing it is both an antidote and a patience-builder. "Fly-fishing is an escapist alternative to facing such realities. My only caution, should you chose to take up the sport and pastime in today’s apocalyptic atmosphere, is to remember what happened to Simon Peter and his...

2020 Robert Traver Fly Fishing Writing Award Results Announced

The John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) are pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award: “Blue Lines” by Alexander Benoît. Mr. Benoît’s essay describes how he creates rough hand-drawn maps of places he has fly fished to help him remember those places and events, and to...

"How 4 of the State’s Most Colorful Fishing Flies Got Their Names"

This fun story from 5820 Magazine out of Denver, CO delivers the backstory on four fly patterns whose names will make you smile. As author Lily Capstock says,"Intricately designed flies aren't the only way Colorado tiers show off their imaginations."

How to Tie an Apple Green Caddis Emerger

Matt from Savage Flies shows the steps for an Apple Green Caddis Emerger, a pattern that is popular among anglers fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park (and other places, of course). "Another fly pattern popular the Great Smoky Mountains, the Apple Green Caddis Emerger is an excellent spring pattern to try whenever the green caddis flies are out. This...

Scott Announces New Centric Line of Fly Rods

Scott Fly Rod Company just announced the new Centric series of fly rods, which the company says brings a new level of lightness and accuracy with redesigned tapers and multi-modulus layups.  The new Centric line will be available in rod sizes 4 thru 7, and all rods are 4-piece. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Bartschi (970) 249-3180 [email protected]

Rodless Fishing, Anyone?

Fishing and minimalism have always been close cousins. And fishing with a bare line probably has had a longer history than any form of the sport, being practiced today by everyone from Cuban anglers casting bait with a bolo to hillbilly handliners. John Hayes writes about a new device called the Daggerfish that puts a new twist on the old concept. "Any line...