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Lakes: Not as Bad as I Thought

Ok, so I will be the first to admit I was pretty much entirely against fly fishing in lakes. Not because I don't like catching fish, but the idea of just sitting in a lake waiting on an indicator going down didn't exactly appeal to me. And I'll be honest, I really had no idea what I was doing the first few times I went out and tried it. I still basically know nothing about it, but have acquired just enough knowledge to get a fish or two when out on the water. As with a lot of what...

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One Last Shot

The Salmon River in Pulaski, New York is about a 4 hour ride from my New Jersey residence. It's one of the more famous steelhead rivers on the East Coast and offers some great fishing when flows are right and the fish are happy. A few weeks ago me and a couple friends decided to take a trip up to the river to go chase some spring steelhead. The river flow was on the higher side, but it was more than fishable so we decided to give it a shot. We fished hard for the weekend and only came awa...

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Greasy Summer Stories - Part 2: Yellow Bellied Bulls

Every story has its beginning, and often those beginnings come out of simple choices that lead down great paths. This story is no different. In the summer of 2016, three friends and myself decided we would use August long weekend as chance to explore some unknown backwoods. There was a particular river that I had always wanted to get to, but getting there proved rather difficult. Years ago I had attempted the journey, but found the road much to rough for my smaller truck. A few years later fl...

Gear Reviews

The Fly Line Nerd Out - Part 1: The difference between weight-forward and double-taper fly lines

In the shop it's a question asked often, what's your favorite fly line? Besides being questioned about the "best" fly rod it's an inquiry we receive on countless occasions throughout the year. Just like fly rods I believe there is a proper tool for the job when it comes to almost every fishing situation. For this blog I will be discussing all sorts of fly line topics. Within the industry it's become quite the task to understand every single new fly line that comes to...

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Chandalar - Full Film Web Version - Soul River Runs Deep

Check out one of the films from this years F3T (Fly Fishing Film Tour) that showcases the work of an amazing organization called Soul River. Based in Portland OR, Soul River uses fly fishing & wilderness education as a form of therapeutic recreation for individuals from every walk of life. Check out their work by visiting them HERE This is Soul River, a non-profit organization founded by decorated Navy veteran Chad Brown, and their three-week deployment to the CHANDALAR RIVER is the c...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Loop Evotec G4 Fly Reel

I purchased my first Loop Evotec fly reel about 2 years ago, I had never heard of Loop but took a chance and purchased the Evotec Lightweight 7/9 and it quickly became one of my favorite reels I use for big game. It wasn't the most stylish reel on the market but what it lacks in that department it made up with the wide spool design to offer plenty of room for backing and aggressively tapered fly lines such as the Rio Outbound Short and Scientific Anglers Titan Taper or Spey line syste...

Destination Travel

Chasing Migratory Browns on the Limay Medio

Every year huge brown trout migrate out of the Chocón Reservoir into the Limay Medio River in Argentina before spawning. These trophy browns can be over thirty inches in length, many pounds in weight, and run deep in the river. Fishing for them can involve all the best that Argentina has to offer: a multiday float down this pristine river, camping under the stars, enormous cuts of Argentine beef cooked over an asado, fine Argentine red wines, and days of casting from sunrise to after s...

How-To

Fly Fishing Etiquette

When you live in a city (Calgary) with a population closing in on the 1.5 million mark, with a fishery considered by many to be one of the finest rainbow and brown trout destinations on the planet, you're bound to find more fisherman than you'd like to encounter. To add insult to injury, Alberta has 400 anglers per fishable lake! Compare this to other Canadian provinces like Saskatewan or British Columbia that have 2 anglers per fishable lake. It pains me just to think about it. Howev...

Destination Travel

Bicuda Bloggin'

Bicuda. Scientific name: Boulengerella cuvieri. Whatever you want to call it, this fish is on my mind daily. If you read my previous blog post about fishing at Kendjam Lodge in Brazil, you know that I got the opportunity to fish the Amazon basin for jungle fish, and this was my absolute favorite fish of that entire trip. I think if I had to pick one freshwater species to target, it would be this fish. 100%. How to ID a Bicuda: The first thing that I noticed about the bicuda is its len...

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Tying Tutorial Follow Up: Wally Wing Video

If your a visual learner or still struggling to dial in your Wally Wing pattern this is for you...Fishwest Ambassador Dana has been gracious enough to provide us with a follow-up video. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!!
Materials: Hooks Mallard Flank Grizzly Hackle Dubbing

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The Return: Spring Creek Brown Trout

Hello fishy friends! I sincerely hope everyone is having a productive spring on the water. Before I begin, I'd like to make some changes known. I'm about to graduate with my Master's Degree and shortly after, will be moving to Costa Rica until August. While there, I'm hoping to have some days chasing tropical fish, saltwater and trout all throughout Costa Rica. I'll be continuing to write blogs, so keep an eye out for those! I will return to Colorado in August to keep chas...

Gear Reviews

Wading Meets Innovation: Korkers Wraptr Boot Review

Let’s face it, with each passing season the fly fishing industry becomes more and more technologically diverse. Manufacturers are pushing the limits of design and materials in all aspects of fly fishing. From Incredibly lightweight fly rods, to space age machined fly reels, and even wading boots. Yes, that’s right, I said wading boots. It’s hard to fathom that wading boots can be part of this equation. The truth is, the wading boot should be one of the most integral piec...

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Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling Pack Review: Niki Halle

I've been lucky enough to test out a few vests and packs in the past couple years. I found that vests and hip packs didn't carry enough, and backpacks were difficult to access quickly. However, sling packs were just the right fit when it came to the room I needed, with the added perk of quick accessibility. I just recently purchased the new Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling Pack. So far, I love it! It has a built in slot on the back for my fishpond net which seems to be left ...

How-To

Lessons Learned Over A Season Of Streamers

Over the past season, I really dedicated myself to fishing big meat flies. In the early spring of last year, I (like many of you) realized that I wanted to catch some really big fish. I picked up a streamer rod, grabbed materials to tie some meat flies and began my jaunt into an area I hadn't really done much of until then. It wasn't like I hadn't used streamers before, I just only used them when I had a really good reason to, such as the brown trout spawn. Well, that little jaunt...

How-To

How To: Choose The Right Indicator

Nowadays it seems like you have an endless choice of fly tying tools to help you land that fish of a lifetime. Seriously, you can buy $100 dollar nippers. They must have been forged in the heart of a volcano by the Queen of England, and cooled using the tears of unicorns. Fortunately, indicators seem to have stayed reasonably priced, while giving anglers a large range of variety based upon their unique needs. However, walking into a fly shop and looking at the indicator rack can leave one fee...

Destination Travel

Three Days on the Paraná

The Paraná River runs through Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, creating a huge watershed that is home to a number of fish species, from "old woman of the river" to man-sized catfish. A group of us spent a few days there in April in search of golden dorado. We stayed at the Paraná on the Fly Lodge (paranaonthefly.com), a few miles from the town of Itati, just meters from the water. The lodge is comfortable, the food delicious, and the fishing challenging. There are ...

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NORTHERN BROOK TROUT: STRIPPING MICE, REPAIRING RADIOS, SPOTTING POLAR BEARS, and DODGING PLANES...

This all happened way back in the 90's. For the longest time, I figured it was old news and avoided putting it on paper. But there are some stories that just need to be told and I changed my mind. Content warning: The photographs are scanned and you definitely won't see the latest gear in them. Can you remember wearing neoprene waders instead of breathables? At least it was on the cool side in Canada's sub-Arctic.


It had started with a one paragraph blurb in the "T...

How-To

How To: Clean Your Gear

Spring! The joyous time of the year where you never know what the weather will hold. Could it snow? Sure! Could it rain? You betcha! Could it be 75 degrees with no wind and have BWOs popping off the local tailwater? Absolutely? Could it be 20 degrees and have 40 MPH winds the next day? Been there, done that! Will many of us make the great/poor life decisions and go fishing during any and all of these weather conditions? We are fly fisherman, so OF COURSE WE WILL FISH!
As a kid, I reme...

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Greasy Summer Stories - The Smell

I'm the first to admit, I have a dad bod. I'm short and shaped like a blueberry muffin that you squished and tossed in the trash can. I try to work out when I can, but the allure of a cold beer keeps this body softer than the love tissues next to your computer. A lot of you spend time getting in shape for summer. You'll hit the gym, the weights, and the tanning bed in preparation for tinder mating rituals and the strutting of your stuff. Not me though. When summer comes around I p...

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Not So Dirty Jersey

Be honest with yourself, the last thing that comes to mind when you think of New Jersey is quiet trout streams, beautiful rolling hills, and some really underrated fly fishing. Instead most people think of honking horns, obnoxious attitudes, and funny accents. I don't mean to burst everyone's bubble, but New Jersey is far from that especially if you know where to look. The state offers some excellent fly fishing with a very rich diversity of species. Do you like to catch trout? Well N...