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Gear Review : Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling

If your on the ropes about a new sling pack, check out my in depth look at the Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling. I go through all the features of the pack and what I use each for!

Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks,

Dana

Stories

Fishing New Zealand's North Island

My first trip to New Zealand was 14 years ago. I went there to look at schools and to learn from what they achieved. I stayed for a fortnight, and having red several books on fly fishing in the NZ, I managed to invite myself to a teachers cabin down in Turangi over the weekend. She knew a good guide, and it was done! One full day of fantastic fishing in a small stream resulted in 12 Rainbows from 3 to 5 lb. The stream and my guide Peter Fordham and me. Turangi is a small town an hour&...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: Craft Fur Deceiver

This craft fur deceiver has been a staple pattern for me these past few months here in Texas. I use this pattern when I am targeting large bass or fishing the Texas coast. This fly is tied on a rather large hook, so I usually throw this when I am trying to catch a big fish. It has proven its worth here in Texas but I’m certain that it will catch fish all over the place! Materials: Gamakatsu SL12S size 1/0 140 Denier Thread (White) Extra Select Craft Fur (White) ...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Airflo Streamer Max Fly Line

For any fly fisher choosing the right fly line can be a complicated task. Understanding the action of a certain fly rod, the mechanics of your cast, and what you're trying to accomplish with certain flies can all be good variables to base a decision. Clearly some make it easy, for example, throwing dry flies a floating line is optimal. When it comes to streamers, deeper water, and fast moving current the options can be somewhat overwhelming. With all the different sink tips and full-sink ...

New Products

Fresh Release: Umpqua UPG LT and HD Fly Boxes

Umpqua Feather Merchants just released their new line of UPG fly boxes. Completely redesigned from the bottom up, these new fly boxes offer versatility and durability that can’t be matched. These new boxes feature TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) inserts which are lighter than silicone, hold their shape longer, more resilient to hot temperatures and provides great grip for flies without damaging the inserts. There are two versions of these boxes, the basic, magnet fastening UPGLT and the more...

Stories

The Joys of Winter Fishing

With all the hot weather this summer, I couldn’t help but think of winter and the cool relief it will bring. Along with a building excitement of ski slopes and yurt trips, there is a piece of me that is really starting to look forward to some snowy fly fishing. I couldn’t seem to get enough wet wading and cool beers under my belt this summer, yet the prospect of a dead silent river, much more limited hatch and apathetic fish is really starting to excite- is anyone else getting tha...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: Perdigon Nymphs

Perdigon nymphs are small, delicate, heavily weighted nymphs developed by Spanish competition anglers. These nymphs were developed to fish fast moving, technical water that see a lot of fishing pressure. The small, slick profile allows these small nymphs to get down to the feeding zone. Perdigons are typically tied in smaller sizes, as fish aren’t as fussy when it comes to smaller bugs. Bright colors and hot spots help to attract fish to you fly.
Blue Butano I was first introduce...

Stories

Alaska Is a Special Place

Alaska is a special place, there's no arguing that. And for a fly fisherman it is paradise. Between having thick runs of 5 species of pacific salmon that will willingly take a fly on the swing, the strip or even on the surface, it is also home to trout fishing that is truly epic. Incredible or not, sometimes you just need to get away and look for some new water. Anyone who has spent time bushwhacking and exploring for fish knows that often times it can end up being more trouble than i...

Stories

In The Footsteps Of Izaak Walton

(But one step ahead of the swans...) I have never had such a cool refusal. The brown, hanging motionless in the air clear water, nosed up to the drifting parachute Adams. Its snout gently broke the water's surface a hair width behind the fly. For several feet, the snout and the fly seemed glued to each other. They moved as a unit and I fought back an overwhelming urge to set the hook, impatiently waiting for the fly to disappear. But it never did; the fish slid away and resumed its or...

Stories

Kokanee in Colorado

Summer in Gunnison is an absolute spoil. We have some amazing water, big hatches and serious lunkers out there ready to poach your fly. From June-August, the water gurgles with hungry trout stocking up for the winter months ahead. These months are the best for fly fishing at 7,000 feet, but a wonderful surprise always arrives in late August—kokanee salmon. Blue Mesa Reservoir is located 10 miles West of Gunnison and is the largest man-made body of water in Colorado. Among multiple s...

Stories

Why Are We Doing This?

We fly fish, but why? Miles away from friends and family, long hours behind the wheel, more or less expensive lodges, thousands of dollars in gear, cold rivers but damp inside the waders, colds, sweating in the summer sun, freezing in the autumn rain, hours of no takes, always losing the biggest fish, missing the hatch, falling over and filling our waders, forgetting to bring the dry flies, missing the strike, tip breaking, wind knots, our buddy always gets a bigger one, long days in rivers w...

How-To

Kendjam Series: Getting There

As you may have seen, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to South America this past August (August 2017) to fish the Iriri River in Brazil with my best friend. This trip to the jungle was hosted by Untamed Angling. Kendjam is now my favorite trip I’ve ever taken! The fishing was some of the best fishing I’ve ever done, but that wasn’t even my favorite part. I did things on this trip that I would have never been able to do otherwise. Kendjam is a once in a lifetime trip,...

Stories

Small Stream of the Sierras

Despite all the different amazing waters I’ve fished in my life, one of my favorite stretches of earth is between Bishop and Bridgeport here in California. This area holds a special place in my heart, as it’s where I learned to fish on family vacations growing up. Back then it was all powerbait and panther martins, but as I traded in my spinning gear for a for rod, my love for this area only grew.
Stimulator eating brown. Can't beat those red spots! My friends chose to ...

Gear Reviews

Small Stream Commando Raid

(A detailed look at my experience with an OPST Commando Head...) Earlier in the spring, I returned to Minnesota - perhaps the walleye capital of the Union - to fish for trout in a small stream. It was a return engagement with the Clearwater River, just outside of Bemidji. A previous article I wrote in this blog describes my initial visit there.
The Clearwater River averages about 30 feet across. Parts of it are tight and brushy and you can forget about actually casting. Combat fishing ...

Gear Reviews

Cutthroat Chronicles: Gear Review - Orvis Helios 3D

It’s billed as the most accurate fly rod ever built. It sports, as my friend Sean Johnson put it, a “NASCAR sticker” on the blank. It’s a top-of-the-line rod with almost none of the fancy country-club accouterments that decorate other flagship products. Orvis has, in no small way, completely reinvented its brand with the launch of the new Helios 3 fly rod. In my opinion, they’ve absolutely hit the mark. I’ve had the opportunity – thanks to Orv...

How-To

Letters from the Vice : DIY Canoe Rack

As most of us move on in our years we choose to get married, buy a house and even have children. With that being said, the trusty pontoon float tube you have used for the past 10 years is not as effective as you thought with a wife and a child or two in tow. So you look to upgrade your water craft. Many factors come into play such as price, maintenance, upkeep and the list could go on and on. At the beginning of this summer I came upon the same dilemma when I decided to purchase a canoe to ta...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Redington Vice Fly Rod

There’s like a billion of these, “Vice” reviews, so the main thing that I’m going to do to distinguish mine from the 999,999,999 million of them is this: I will not make a pun about fishing being a vice, or rod collecting being a vice and so on and so forth. This I solemnly swear.
You know honestly now it’s actually more tempting than ever to make a pun about the name of the rod, my friend Poe wrote about this temptation, calling it the “imp of the o...

How-To

Choosing The Right Guide

When pursuing a fishery or a species you haven’t fished before, many of us turn to local guides to help us quicken the learning curve and to make the most out of the trip. While some people believe that it’s better to figure it out themselves, it’s better to leave that mentality to those people. Even world champion fly anglers utilize local guides when fishing in world championships, for the simple fact, it’s better to learn from the locals who intimately know the fish...

How-To

Bluewater 101: A Quick Introduction

Blue water fly-fishing was something that I have heard about for many years but never thought that I would have the chance to do. My two days in the “blue desert” were eye opening and even though I experienced a little success that trip has me definitely wanting more. With that being said, I can tell you that I was fantastically under prepared and under gunned for what we experienced. Here is what I learned from my first offshore blue water adventure. Before I get to ahead of ...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Korkers Darkhorse Wading Boots

I am no expert, but I would say a couple keys components to great days of fishing are not falling on your butt and not having sore feet at the end of the day. I know I have had days where both have happened for sure. This is why finding a good wading boot that suits your style of fishing is key. My goal was to find a boot that I could hike into my favorite spot whether it is down a paved road, a backcountry trail or kilometers of river bottoms and banks. I was also looking for something that ...