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Rusty Flybox: Father’s Day

Being a dad is amazing. It is amazing in a way that I’d struggle to adequately encapsulate in words. That is why I stick to writing about fly fishing. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to combine the two. All three of my boys have had fly fishing experiences. All three have enjoyed their time …

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What in the (Fly Fishing) World are People Reading?

If you’ve spent any time on Casting Across, you know that I am a fan of fly fishing books. Furthermore, I advocate anglers spend some time reading. You learn how to fish, where to fish, and sometimes even why you fish. Regardless of what kind of impact fly fishing literature makes, a big part of …

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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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Tie on Some Fly Fishing Podcasts

I’ve been tying a lot more flies as of late. I’ve also been trying to be more consistent in the quality of my tying. To best achieve this, I’ve turned off the television. But I can’t have silence. That just won’t do. The solution is easy: podcasts. I already listen to them while I am …

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Dear Fly Fishers: Be Nice to Buddy the Elf

The last thing any fly fisher wants to think about in the early spring is Christmas and the weather that generally accompanies it. But really, is there any time where Will Ferrell, dressed up like an elf, isn’t funny? I’d say “no.” More than his trademark humor, I think there is something that the fly …

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Finest Fly Tying Benches: Everything In Its Place

For most fly tiers, tools and materials are limited to what can be purchased commercially. And with more products than the rest of the fly fishing industry combined, there are a lot of options for tiers. But what if something isn’t just right? You’d need to be able to dye your own bucktails, breed your …

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Restoration, Not Escape

  Being outdoors is often referred to as an escape. An escape from the hustle and bustle; an escape from the rat race; an escape from normal life. Whether it be fly fishing, hiking, or simply standing in a wild place,  these pursuits give a diverse group of people the feeling of liberation. It is …

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Lefty, 1926-2018

On March 14th, 2018, Bernard “Lefty” Kreh passed away. He was 93. And in his 90’s, he was still a fly fisherman, an author, and an ambassador for the sport.  His contributions to the development of tackle, the library of angling, and the community of fly fishers was inimitable. This was not a secret to …

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Killer Angles: Blue Halo on Bending Fly Fishing

  Ten years ago, you wouldn’t see many serious anglers fishing fiberglass fly rods. Ten years ago, you wouldn’t see anyone, let alone a “serious angler” fishing a day-glow neon fly rod. A lot can happen in ten years. Ten years ago, Blue Halo wasn’t a company yet. At that time, cofounder and current CEO …

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