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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.

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


The Wade Rod Company – Fly Rod Subscriptions

Everyone in fly fishing knows about PostFly. Wade Rods is one of their sister brands. I’ll be honest: I’ve never touched a Wade Rod. However, their reputation is great and their concept is very cool. Currently they have two rods, each with two different finish options. Additionally, they can be purchased on a “subscription”, monthly-installment basis. Like I said, I haven’t fished one of these rods. But the different model that Wade is taking is interesting, and from what I’ve heard they are definitely worth looking into.

RAK Art – Study a Day

Everyone in fly fishing has seen Ryan Keene’s artwork. His unique style is all over social media, and pops up in some pretty cool places. You ought to follow RAK Art on your favorite social media platform, as he is doing a study a day for the year. Some works are fish, some are flies, and some are more abstract. I enjoy his pieces because of the motion and intensity that even the simplest  designs convey. Additionally, for two days after this post’s initial publication, Ryan is giving away the pictured custom-painted fly box on his Instagram account.

Panfish on the Fly – The Tri-Bubble Bug

Everyone fishes for panfish! Over at Panfish on the Fly, Bart gives these important fish their due. This topwater bug, recently featured on his social media account, checks all the boxes on the warmwater list. It floats, it can dive, it has motion, and it is easy to tie. If you can tie a woolly bugger, you can tie the Tri-Bubble Bug. Once you’ve picked up the recipe for this fly, spend some time browsing around the other recipes. Then, be sure your warmwater box is ready for the rapidly approaching spring.


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  1. Chris Sommer says:

    Got a great idea that needs your insight. How the heck do you photograph yourself holding a large fish when you’re all alone? Assuming you don’t have a GoPro and only your cell phone camera is available. Happened to me last night – argggg.

    • Matthew says:

      Hi Chris,
      If you’ve got to have a picture, I have 2 options:
      – Invest in a selfie stick and pray no one walks by.
      – Hope you’re close to the shore, set the timer on your phone, and toss it on the bank then pick up your phone while hoping it actually captures you holding said fish. (This is what I do.)
      Anything else is either too much work or hazardous to the fish.
      And if you don’t get that picture, at least you have the memory!

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