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Pelagics Coming To Your Home Town?

White bass spend most of the year roaming the open water of large lakes – typically not the realm of the tube-toters and wader-wearers. However, during their spring spawn, they crowd into rivers that are long-rod friendly. Because they can be willing biters and because they look so darn cool – they have that silver oceanic sheen - white bass demand a couple days attention if they are in your neighborhood.
My neighborhood is in the middle of the prairies in southern Manitoba. La...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: The Carp Skittle

One of my favorite carp flies is the Carp Skittle. I have had success fishing this fly in a variety of locations. This fly can be tied up in a variety of colors, I've had success with chartreuse, black purple, red, and even blue. Experiment with colors that work locally for you. My favorite things about this particular fly are the movement created by the legs and tail, the ability to make it easily visible for sight fishing, and that it’s an easy tie that is effective. Ingredien...

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Catch & Release or Catch & Kill?

As you might know, Norway is a land of trolls and conservative fly fishers. We've had a debate going on for some time now, a debate that rises anger and not so nice comments, about whether catch & release is a way to torment the fish or not. Some even say; if you catch it – kill it! They probably have their freezers full of trout and salmon.
I've fished in other countries from time to time, and always experienced a C&R policy. You may take a fish to eat for dinner, bu...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Echo Bad Ass Glass Fly Rod

It's blue, badass, but does it cast? The new Echo Bad Ass Glass fly rod created loads of excitement within the fly fishing industry. It's understood glass rods offer excellent presentation for dry flies in smaller weights but nobody has really tried to build a solid glass rod in sizes 8 to 12-weight. Fiberglass rods in general are great but most people have questioned a rod in the upper echelon of weight classes. It appears Echo did their research and built one of the more exciting ro...

How-To

Cutthroat Chronicles: Must-Know Stillwater Tactics

With most of the West still in the throes of runoff that seems unlikely to subside in the near future, us fly fishermen are quickly learning the intricacies of fishing stillwater. I’ve always enjoyed rivers, and most anglers prefer them over lakes. A river demands exacting attention from managing drift to not falling in. A lake? Well, it feels easier. Even though it is, in fact, quite the opposite. I’m not any sort of a stillwater expert, but my 2017 fishing journal has mo...

How-To

Cleaning Your Gear: Reels and Line

Sometimes even the most gear obsessed sportsman overlooks the importance of cleaning their gear. This, however, is nonsense. Think of your favorite fly rod, and your favorite reel. Think of the first day you got them- the sound of that smooth new line coming out, the ease of sending your leader tip out so effortlessly, the way the line lays so flat on the reel when bringing it in- wasn’t that nice? You could have that all the time! It just takes a little bit of work. Keeping all you...

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Letters From The Vice: Indications You Might Have a Fly Fishing "Addiction"

You have to admit we all have a small fly fishing “addiction”. That is why you are reading this blog post. Subtle signs are eating lunch while working so you can shop for materials during your lunch hour to maximize vice time that night. Sending all your fly fishing magazines to work so your significant other does not realize you are spending $500+ annually on print publications of glorified “fish porn”. One way or another fly fishing effects our thought process, actio...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Fishpond Thunderhead Sling

When I go fishing I spend the majority of the day out on the water. This means that I like to carry all my flies, leaders, tippets as well as all the random stuff that goes into a day of hiking and fishing in the Utah high country. I am a huge fan of a sling style pack for my gear. I thought I had found the right solution in the form of the Orvis Guide Sling. However, I was wrong. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the most stable or confident wading angler. After the 100th time of pulli...

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Fly Fishing Slovenia: A Travel Overview

They call it the NZ of Europe and to some extent it's true. A lot of chalk streams and rivers, gin clear and with some good fishing. Slovenia is a relatively small country, and together with Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia former parts of the old Yugoslavia. Slovenia and Bosnia are the two countries that spend the most on protected resources for their fishing, but I'm certain that the other countries are fine places to fish as well.
I have tried a week in Slov...

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Brother's First Carp Trip

There is something special about sharing fly fishing with someone, especially when its a close friend or family member. Over the last year I have had the awesome experience of watching my brother have some awesome experiences on the river. I got to see his first over 18-inch trout (caught in a tough spot on the Green river), watch him catch lots of high mountain rainbow and brook trout, figure out a section of blue ribbon trout river and catch lots of healthy brown trout. It was quite the yea...

How-To

Cutthroat Chronicles: Knowing Your Fly Reel

Buying a fly reel is nearly as overwhelming as buying a new fly rod. You have nearly limitless choices, and cutting through the marketing BS isn’t easy. That’s what I’m here for. Today we’ll look at some important facts about fly reels to help you become more informed on one of fly fishing’s lesser-discussed pieces of gear. Size This trips up more anglers than anything else about reels except the drag system (which we’ll address in a second). ...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: Bass Gurgler

Here in Texas temperatures have been on the rise which makes for great top water fishing for bass. If I’m being frank, top water flies have taken over my fly box! I have been using this gurgler every time I get on the water over the past 4 weeks or so and it has absolutely been slamming the bass. Materials: Gama B10S size 4 140 denier white thread 2-3 mm Foam (color of your choice) Chartreuse Palmer Chenille Pearl Flashabou Wooly Bugger Chenille...

How-To

How to Adapt to Changing River Depths

In my years of fishing, I have spent most of my time focusing on trout in smaller rivers and streams in the Wasatch range. The water in this area changes constantly and dramatically whether from snow melt or reservoir releases. This constant water depth yo-yoing can be incredibly frustrating for an angler new to fly fishing, or new to a certain river. I know I’ve experienced this a time or two in my mountain exploration. So this is a basic review on what to look for when fishing for tro...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Simms G4 PRO Backpack

Fly fishing vests, sling-packs, backpacks, and even chest packs are one of the conundrums all us fishing folks are faced with at some point in our fishing escapades. The perfect gear bag is out there for everyone, you just have to do some due diligence to find it. Deciding on the right choice comes down to various factors and can make for a difficult decision. In my latest quest to solve this problem I have chosen to go with the new G4 backpack from Simms.
When it comes to fly fishing...

How-To

DIY: A Fly Fishing Rod Rack & Carrier

Let’s be honest, the rod vaults that adorn some of our cars are outrageously cool. Their sleek designs keep rods safe during transportation, and even protect rods from falling trees. Let’s be honest again; they are expensive and pretty hard to find. Being an inventive grad student, I took to google to find a cheaper alternative. There are few plans to be found, but I discovered one that seemed easy and informative. This guide will serve as a how-to for both a DIY rod vault and...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Fishpond Sushi Roll

I will admit that I am relatively new to throwing streamers for large trout. I only really started the streamer game at the end of last season and became quite obsessed with the idea of chasing large fish over the winter. Since I do a lot of tying over the winter to kill the time I amassed a fairly large collection of streamers rather quickly. It became fairly obvious that my regular dry fly boxes were not going to be an option for carrying all this meat around with me on the river. So as any...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial : CDC Black Baetis Nymph

This fly was developed to have a more natural appearance, as it’s full of natural colors and no hot spots. This fly fishes well, due to a natural appearance, thin profile, a bit of flash in the ice dub and great movement of the CDC. A 3.8mm slotted Tungsten bead will make sure this fly gets down to the feeding depth. Fish this as a point fly with a brighter, attractor pattern on the dropper on a euronymph rig or indicator set-up and you’ll be sure to have success. These can be tie...

Gear Reviews

A Net For Large Fish: The Rising Lunker Net

I like catching fish. I think we can all agree that we really like catching fish. There are times when I go fishing that I don't bother carrying a net with me. Fishing high mountain streams where I've never seen a fish over twelve inches is one of those times. There are other times where I truly regret not taking a net with me. On one of my early carp excursions I ended up hooking into a fish, played it and got it to the bank next to me. I reached down, tried to grab a five or six pou...

How-To

Fly Tying Tutorial : The Balanced Leech

Continuing with my stillwater pattern theme I bring you a leech. Not just any leech though, a balanced leech! Now maybe not everyone has heard of a balanced leech or maybe you have and you're just not quite sure what it means. Well today I will explain the advantages of a balanced leech and how to tie one. The idea behind a balanced leech is quite simple really. The goal is to present a leech in a more natural manner by having it hang horizontally in the water column opposed to vertic...

Gear Reviews

Appreciating the Little Things: Orvis Superfine Carbon 802-4 Review

It seems that all the fly rods that are reviewed are 5 or 6 weights, as they are the most commonly rods fished for trout. In fly fishing, Trout is still the main species that fly anglers target, so it makes sense that these are the rod weights that everyone owns, and shoot-outs and rod reviews focus on. This review will focus on a rod that’s a bit outside of the normal rod review forum, the Orvis Superfine Carbon, 8’ 2 weight. Orvis describes this rod as “When fishing sm...