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Month: February 2018

Respect the Natives: Mana Fly Fishing

In art, music, or even culinary pursuits, individuals draw inspiration from the places in which they create. A region, a culture, or a landmark can provide the stimulus that instigates or propels the creative process. For Mana Fly Fishing, everything that is wrapped up in a sense of place matters. Mana is a relatively new …

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Alone Together: Relationships Through Fly Fishing

For most anglers, fly fishing means being alone together. If that sounds more than a little confusing, it is because it is an oxymoron when written or said… but it is certainly something that anyone who fishes understands. Fly fishing is all about solitude, but we love to share that experience with others. Recently, I’ve …

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Rusty Flybox: Overlooked

You know how every parent thinks that their baby is the most beautiful thing in the world? I feel that way about my children, too. But I certainly don’t feel that way about everything I write. Sometimes posts go up and I think to myself, “there it is – the post that will remove all …

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Consulting on Brook Trout & More with Rob Snowhite

“Snowhite? That’s like, a nickname, right?” Knowing an 18-year-old me, that was probably how my first interaction with Rob  Snowhite went. I had just started working at the Orvis store in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Rob and a handful of guys in their twenties had been there for a while already. I learned a lot about …

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Fly Fishing Lessons from a Twenty-Inch Trout

There is a very distinct sound that accompanies the rise of a big trout. Most seasoned fly fishers know that big fish don’t splash a lot when feeding. One might think that big fish make big noises, but that isn’t always the case. The movement that produces surface splashing requires energy. Furthermore, it requires an …

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Last Cast of the Week, 2/16/2018

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 News / George Daniel, Chuck Marshall, and @holdfruitandveggies. If you’d like to be …

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Fifty Ways to Lose Your Lure

Authors note: I am well aware that flies are not lures. But Paul Simon, for all his contributions to our  American music heritage, didn’t write a popular song that allowed for such wordplay. As a young angler, everything had a dollar sign attached to it. Each foot of tippet. Every strike indicator or reusable split …

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These Spots Are Better Than The Spots You Fish

Riffle, run, pool. Although that is an accurate overview of holding water for trout, it is very general. That basic illustration is akin to saying that America is a beach, then some mountains, plains, little mountains, and then another beach. It is true, but there is much more nuance involved. This matters because holding water …

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Last Cast of the Week, 2/9/2018

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 The Wade Rod Company,  RAK Art, and Panfish on the Fly. If you’d like …

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You Don’t Care About My Fishing Stories

You don’t really care about stories from my last fly fishing trip. Unless you know me personally, or find my way with the language particularly captivating, my fish stories really don’t have a lot going for them. Even tales of fantastic angling feats are still simply  my stories. I suggest that this theory can be …

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