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Brook Trout: The Real Substance of Appalachia

There is an intimacy in the Appalachian Mountains. While few segments of the topography are severe like much of the Rockies out west are,  there is a tangible closeness in the hollows and valleys of the eastern mountain range. Perhaps it can be attributed to the contrast that Appalachia provides. With only a short drive …

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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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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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TU Youth Camps: Where the Best & Brightest Shine

I never went to real summer camp. Stories of shenanigans that sound like tropes from a John Hughes film aren’t something I can necessarily relate to. Moreover, my first inclination is to balk at the idea that summer camp is seriously someone’s idea of “fondest memories.” Then, I remember I did go to summer camp. But …

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Last Cast of the Week: Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival

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  information on the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival. If you’d like to be featured in …

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Road Trip: Lancaster Fly Fishing Show

March: the last uncomfortable TSA checkpoint you’ll have to endure before the long, warm flight of  fly fishing season commences. While that is generally the case, there is certainly some great fishing to be had in March. If you live in many parts of the East, the second half of winter 2017 has proved to …

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Road Trip: Somerset Fly Fishing Show

The time has come. I’m heading up the Mid Atlantic coast for two days at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey. By the way, New Jersey blows old Jersey out of the water  as it relates to angling expos. What’s on the docket for today? Lunch: Fast food. Preferably something local and/or sketchy …

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New Water: I Fished Beaver Creek

I’m aware that my situation is by no means unique: I’m busy and I don’t get to fly fish as much as I’d like. So when the opportunity to get a few hours on the water avails itself, I seize it. Regardless of conditions, I’m going to be fishing for every single minute I can. …

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Catch, Release, Repeat: Success on the South River

Although there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, it is a well-known fact that most fly fishers gravitate towards waters that have special regulations. Across the country, the language and intricacies of the rules varies somewhat. Be it “fly fishing only, catch and release,” or simply some derivation thereof that ensures the vast majority …

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The Hardest Fighting Trout Around

“This is the best hamburger you’ll ever eat.” I’ve said that a handful of times to family and friends as we headed into downtown Portland, Maine. The restaurant in question is Nosh, and the meal that I’ve put at the top of the meat pyramid is the Apocalypse Now burger. (Google it…) Now, I don’t …

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