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Skinny Water Steelhead – Swing Control and Direction.

Swinging a fly on skinny water presents the down and across angler with a myriad of technical challenges. Like larger rivers, runs, pools and riffles occur through these small waters however, by virtue of the stream size, current speeds and transitions occur in small, compact spaces. While fishing a popular Wisconsin tributary recently I ran…

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Ultimate Guide to Teaching a Kid Fly Fishing

I ran across a recent post on a Facebook fly fishing group where an angler was asking for helping getting his child interested in fly fishing and away from his youthful, digital lifestyle. As expected, the advice he received ranged from basic common sense to extreme beatings and violent disposal of his iPad and video…

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Local Knowledge is Fly Fishing College

  Two years ago I decided to visit some of the local trout streams near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I was introduced to The Way of a Trout with a Fly (thank you G. E. M. Skues). Despite the advance of civilization, the drive was a refreshing tour past Amish farms and rural countryside that, it…

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Governor Snyder’s plan backfires with MI Non-Resident Anglers

Michigan Non-Resident Fishing License Sales Down 40% in 2014 — I had a heated discussion last year with a local fly shop owner in Michigan regarding the non-resident license increase. In short, his opinion was, “Anyone that complains about license costs shouldn’t be fishing.” To that end, non-resident anglers agreed with him and non-resident license sales…

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Hand Tied Flies – Fine Art at a Pauper’s Price

The art of fly tying is just that; Art. Each crafted fly, in it’s true essence, is an impressionistic sculpture where form and function are joined in a spiritual union. While the average fly tier may be unaware of Louis Sullivan’s axiom “form follows function” and Frank Lloyd Wright’s belief that “form and function are…

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10 Rules for Fishing out of a Drift Boat

I love rowing a drift boat. Time on the oars puts me in a meditative state and I become one with the current. Let’s face it, when you’re fishing you concentrate on where you are casting. In a day of throwing streamers or dries, a full day can pass and you rarely lifted your eyes…