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Month: June 2017

Last Cast of the Week, 6/30/2017

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  MidCurrent, Alpen Reel Co, and Marquette Mining Journal. If you’d like to be featured …

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Pink Squirrels & Fly Fishing Humility

A San Juan Worm on the San Juan River. An Ausable Wulff on the Ausable (not the Au Sable… but that might work, too). An RS-2 on the South Platte. A Letort Hopper on the Letort… during hopper season. It all seems too neat and tidy, too conventional and stereotypical. At this point, haven’t these …

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Fly Fishing, Vacation, & Writing In It

Ah, vacation. I don’t vacation often. “But, Matthew,” you  say, “you’re always talking about amazing fly fishing exploits.” Well, then I have used the power of the pen to sufficiently fool you into thinking I get out more than I do. It isn’t deception, per se, I just optimize those few chances I get. Pay …

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Heading Home, Moving Upstream

Casting Across isn’t really about me. I’m not a huge fan of writing about myself, and I dislike reading what I’ve written about myself even more. And if I don’t want to read it, why should I expect anyone else to? That is why I try to focus on the quarry and the culture of fly …

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I Bought a Hat, You Get a Free Sticker

All the way back in the winter, I saw a hat that I really liked at The Fly Fishing Show. Okay, I saw lots of hats that I really liked. There are plenty of companies putting out great looking gear for fly fishers, but RepYourWater has been at the forefront of angling style for years. …

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TU Youth Camps: Where the Best & Brightest Shine

I never went to real summer camp. Stories of shenanigans that sound like tropes from a John Hughes film aren’t something I can necessarily relate to. Moreover, my first inclination is to balk at the idea that summer camp is seriously someone’s idea of “fondest memories.” Then, I remember I did go to summer camp. But …

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Fly Fishing the Driftless: Angler Research

I’d like to think that I’m still relatively young. However, I am of an age where there are certain benchmarks  that separate me from the younger generation. When I was a teenager, and I wanted information on fly fishing tactics or a region, it meant a trip to the library. I’d have to find actual …

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Fly Fishing Father’s Day: Game Changing Gifts

Father’s Day is less than a week away. If you’re like most people, you’re looking to  show your thankfulness and love to dear old dad through lavishing him with gifts.  If he is a fly fisherman, or if you’re looking to get him into fly fishing, gift-giving is as easy as pie. And if you’re …

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Rusty Flybox: Have Fish Will Travel

I’m traveling this month. The plan is to head up and down the east coast, go across the Midwest, and… who knows where else. Between school letting out, water clearing up out west, and better weather in general, June is a prime time for fishing and fishing-related travel Since I’m currently on the road, the …

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