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Today, I’m sharing items from MidCurrent, Alpen Reel Co, and Marquette Mining Journal.
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I’m surprised when I field questions about how to fish two flies. Reason being, it isn’t a question of nuance or technique – it is usually simply “how?” I shouldn’t be shocked, seeing as I generally default to one double-fly rig over and over again. In this piece, Phil Monahan discusses a few different rigs, what their respective benefits are, and how to fish them. The reality is that unless the regulations or conditions make it prohibitive, there is no reason not to be fishing two flies. If my experience is a good indicator, frustration probably comes from doing it wrong rather than the fact that there is another fly on the end of the line.
I’ve been following new fly reel company Alpen Reel Co. for a while on social media. Recently, they began to sell their first reel, the Stone (pictured). Honestly, there are a ton of great reels out there. The competition is great for technological innovation and pricing. That being said, I’ve never fished or even touched a reel from Alpen. They look good, are backed with a great guarantee, and are sold with a direct link to conservation of Yellowstone. My suggestion? Check their website out. They’ve got a great online presence. And, if you’re looking to get what looks to be a solid reel and a pretty decent price, go ahead and order one now while they are currently 20% off.
If you’ve ever looked at the fly fishing selection at any large bookstore, you’ve inevitably run across Robert Traver’s Trout Madness. Traver was the nom de plume of author and Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Voelker. He is one of the inspirations for and subjects of the Marquette Regional History Center’s new art exhibit: “Kissing the Water: The Lure and the Lore of Fly Fishing.” The fly fishing-centric exhibit is interesting for its subject matter, but also because it is being presented to and for the general, non-angling public. Areas that have a notable fly fishing heritage, such as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, do well to promote and celebrate the role of trout in the region.
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