Rusty Flybox: Father’s Day

Being a dad is amazing.

It is amazing in a way that I’d struggle to adequately encapsulate in words. That is why I stick to writing about fly fishing.

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to combine the two. All three of my boys have had fly fishing experiences. All three have enjoyed their time on the water, in the woods, and with fish. I’m praying that baby number four, due later this year, has the same appreciation for the outdoors.

Here are three posts from Casting Across that pertain to fatherhood and fly fishing. Click on the image or the title to go to the full article. Enjoy reading or re-reading them, and have a happy Father’s Day. Read more

VIDEO: $10 Car Fly Rod Storage


Although taking your time while fly fishing is important, there isn’t any reason you need to be slow getting to that point.

If you like to  show up to the river with rods assembled and lined, have multiple rods, or plan on fishing over the course of a few days, it can be really beneficial to have a storage solution that allows your rods to be put together in your car. If your vehicle’s cabin can accommodate a 9-foot rod, you’ve probably slid the whole rig in at some time. But often this means bending, threading, and otherwise making do with securing your valuable fly rod.

There are plenty of great external rod holders on the market. However, they can be hard to come by, are expensive, or may be prohibitive based upon where you drive or park.

For less than $10, you can get the major component of my fly rod storage solution.

Based upon your vehicle’s dimensions and layout, you’ll probably have to make some modifications to the setup I use in my Subaru. But the concept is relatively easy: secure your rods so they don’t rattle and flex needlessly.  With a little creativity, you can be ready to get on the water quicker.

Check out my $10 car fly rod storage in the video below:

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Simplicity for Success: One Fly Fishing Tip

The more I fly fish, the more convinced I am that success comes down to only a few simple variables.

For example: The fly pattern you use is important. Of course it is. However, how the fly is fished might be even more important. There are exceptions. You shouldn’t fish a size 10 green drake when a size 14 tan caddis would match the insects that are coming off. Even then, a well-fished green drake imitation might outperform a clumsily dragging caddis.

There are a handful of other truisms that I’d lump into this simplicity for success paradigm. Fishing using methods you are confident in, reading the water before making your presentation, and casting well are all easy examples. There is another tactic that can improve your fishing while, by necessity, getting you more time fishing.

Go again.

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Last Cast of the Week, 6/8/2018

Most Fridays on Casting Across are  devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.

Today, I’m sharing items from  WIngo Belts / Derek DeYoung, Risen Fly Fishing, and Hatch Magazine / ECHO.

If you’d like to be featured in the Last Cast of the Week, or have seen something that others might be interested in, use my  contact form  or shoot me an email (matthew[at]castingacross[dot]com). Also, be sure to  subscribe to Casting Across to never miss a post.

Check out the links, along with my thoughts, below:

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What in the (Fly Fishing) World are People Reading?

If you’ve spent any time on Casting Across, you know that I am a fan of fly fishing books. Furthermore, I advocate anglers spend some time reading. You learn how to fish, where to fish, and sometimes even why you fish.

Regardless of what kind of impact fly fishing literature makes, a big part of the reason why books are so important is that they do impact people. So many fly fishers I have spoken to have testified to the role a book had during their formative years in their pursuit of fish.

Over the past few weeks I’ve reached out to some folks in the fly fishing industry. I asked them to share one of their favorite books. Maybe not their absolute, number one, top book of all time – but a favorite. Some titles may be familiar, while others could be new to you.   Either way, it is fun to see what people are reading:

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7 Fly Fishing Gifts for Father’s Day, $15-$200

Buying a Father’s Day gift for a fly fisherman should be an easy enough task. Gear, and stuff in general, is a big part of the angling culture. But there are two big problems:

  1. He might already have one.
  2. He might not need that.

Thankfully, there are some things that every fly fisherman needs. Moreover, if he had another one it would be a good thing.

While there is no sure-fire gift for the pickiest dad on your list, I’ve compiled a list of seven items that span the $15-$200 price range that should please most men this Father’s Day.

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Last Cast of the Week, 6/1/2018

Most Fridays on Casting Across are  devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.

Today, I’m sharing items from Orvis, Tenkara USA, National Fly Fishing Championships / Bend News 21.

If you’d like to be featured in the Last Cast of the Week, or have seen something that others might be interested in, use my  contact form  or shoot me an email (matthew[at]castingacross[dot]com). Also, be sure to  subscribe to Casting Across to never miss a post.

Check out the links, along with my thoughts, below:

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Why I Caved & Bought High-End Fly Fishing Nippers

After threatening to do it for over a year, I finally did it.

I bought a pair of high-end, premium, expensive fly fishing nippers.

For years I’ve used whatever. Usually this meant cheaply made, free, serviceable nippers. They performed well in the context of their primary function: they nipped tippet material. Even the dodgiest pair of nippers cuts 4X just fine.

That being said, there were moments when I was frustrated with my free, $5, or even $20 nippers.

  • Severing backing and fly line, while not a frequent event, is difficult.
  • Cutting the heaviest and the finest diameters of mono or fluorocarbon requires precise finger/thumb placement. When you’ve got a few things going on in your hands, this is a bigger deal than it sounds.
  • Since you have to grab them over and below the blades, their small profile can be obscured by your fingers. This makes precise cuts a little more cumbersome.
  • The needle for cleaning hook eyes is usually useless.
  • They’ve bent from too much pressure, being smashed, and general use.

At last year’s Fly Fishing Show, I deliberately got a hold of all the major names’ nippers. I felt them, simulated some action, and spoke to corporate reps. When it was all said and done, there was a pair of nippers that seemed to outpace the competition.

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Fly Fishing on Memorial Day

Fly fishing is an inherently contemplative activity. Although we frequently think about what we are doing, as the intricacies of pursuing fish demand such focus, there is ample time for our minds to wander.

Personally, I believe that there are some things to ponder that are more valuable than others. That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with simply allowing yourself a few moments or hours thinking about “nothing.”

However, if you are fishing on Memorial Day I suggest at least a little bit of your time be spent contemplating the purpose of the holiday.

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