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Month: May 2018

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 …

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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 …

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Happiness, Fly Fishing, and Being 3

He didn’t catch a single fish. His older brother caught fish. His cousins caught fish. His dad caught fish. Although he wanted to catch fish, he was happy to just be in the water. And although I did catch fish, I’m happy that makes him happy. His rod is about two feet long. It has …

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Spring Creeks: Words Aren’t Enough

Crystal clear. Bug factory. Low gradient. Constantly cold. Lush vegetation. Year ‘round. Lots of big, wild, selective, spooky trout. Each statement describes one aspect of spring creeks. But even all of them together fail to adequately communicate how special these unique waterways are. I’ve been privileged enough to fish spring creeks in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, …

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Don’t Take Your Flies to Town, Son

You’re not going to catch it. Wait. Let me make it even more plain and simple: you’re not even going to be able to get your fly in front of it. I know you can see the fish. I know that you haven’t spooked it, that you’ve been catching trout all day, and that all …

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Last Cast of the Week, 5/11/2018

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   Hatch Magazine, Onesimus Fly Rods, & Outside. If you’d like to be featured in …

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Net Worth: Sealing the Deal in Fly Fishing

If you think about it, simply carrying a net while fly fishing is like a personal vote of confidence. By bringing it with you, you’re essentially saying, “today I am going to need this, because I am going to catch a fish.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that the net is the motivational speaker of fly …

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