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Just a Little Trout

The orange fins. The blue halos around red dots. The dark parr marks that span the transition from the olive back to the golden sides. The unbelievably milky white belly. Sometimes I feel I relate to juvenile brook trout like a proud parent. I know everyone thinks that their kid is the cutest, but I …

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Some Awful Fly Casting

Recently, I witnessed some truly atrocious fly casting. No offense, but it was awful. Splashing on the forward cast, snapping on the back cast, whipping the water into a froth awful. It wasn’t just one guy, or even two buddies out having fun on the trout steam. It was angler after angler. Maybe I fish …

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The “Why” Behind My Nymph Rig

The previous post, “My Wonderful, Simple Nymph Rig”  has been read a few times. Hopefully anglers can take my attempt at a rudimentary subsurface system and use it to catch more fish. The  how of the rig, which is where the simplicity exists, was explained in the article. What I realized, after the post was …

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My Wonderful, Simple Nymphing Rig

There are plenty of rabbit holes to fall down in the world of fly fishing. Body segments on dry flies, tapers of lines, and the precision used to curve the bill of your new hat. Each one of these topics allows for a little bit of “it’s all personal preference” and “here’s the right way …

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It is Hot Out! Fish for Trout

Summer is hot in general, but August is really hot. Regardless of your perspective on any thermal phenomenon occurring on a global scale, the heat of these middle months is undeniable. Trout aren’t big fans of heat. Without getting all sciency, factors such as heat in the mid-70’s and the associated reduction in dissolved oxygen …

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Gone Fishing: Canals

This morning I chased carp and smallmouth in Lowell, Massachusetts with Geoff Klane of Brackish Flies. In the next few days I’ll write about urban fishing for these canal dwellers, what Brackish Flies is all about, and share Geoff’s passion for his local fisheries.

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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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