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2 Guys and A River and Me and Fly Fishing Shows

I’ve frequently written about how outdoor shows can be “the most fun fly fishing thing you can do while not actually fly fishing.” These expos often encompass the best of the off-the-water elements of fly fishing: the people, places, and things that go into the pursuit of fish. As we head into the winter months …

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Fly Fishing Podcasts Worth Listening To, part VI

Driving. Folding laundry. Grocery shopping. Mowing the lawn. Waiting for the doctor. All of these monotonous intervals could very well be time for you to be alone with your thoughts. Or, you could tap on your smartphone and listen to something entertaining. And if it just so happens that you are into this whole fly …

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Buying a Fly Rod Takes More than a Wiggle

“That’s a nice fishing rod.” It is a cold, hard fact that 75% of the time that particular phrase occurs is while someone is standing indoors, wiggling the tip of a fly rod. Ask a fly shop employee. Ask a company rep at a tradeshow. Hand your average angler a fly rod and see what …

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Flies – Just a Click Away

It was over eighteen months ago that I wrote about the concept of monthly fly subscriptions. I took a look at the flies, the packaging, the cost, and the presentation of a handful of the companies that were offering a “flies by mail” subscription. By and large, every offering was relatively close to one another …

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Rusty Flybox: Stuff I Use

I use stuff and I write about the stuff that I use. That isn’t uncommon for outdoor writers, bloggers, and the like. What I don’t see as much (and I wish I did) is updates or follow-ups  regarding product reviews and/or previews. Today I’m sharing a quick updated word on two of the small but …

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VIDEO: Which Vedavoo Pack Should I Get?

With very few exceptions, I fish with Vedavoo packs. For a few years now, I have found these USA-made fly fishing slings to be the most versatile and user-friendly storage option while I’m on the water. That being said, there is no such thing as one pack that can do it all. So, I bought …

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VIDEO: New Rod from Risen Fly

I got a new fly rod! I’ve been on a nymph fishing kick the last year, and so I decided to get serious about (one of) the most essential pieces of gear. This 10-foot 3-weight from Risen Fly is part of the launch of their brand new 23PS series. Trying something new, I shot a …

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(Even More!) Fly Fishing Podcasts

Ideally, at some time this summer you’ll be cruising down the highway towards some  spectacular stretch of water. Whatever is coming through the radio will just be one more part of the whole; another side of the multi-faceted  experience that is a satisfactory fishing excursion. …or, you might be stuck in traffic. On the way …

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Leader Follower: Fly Fishing with Furled Leaders

I’ve always used a monofilament leader… why should I change? That is a perfectly legitimate question. I feel qualified to say that, considering it was a question that I posed myself this past winter. For the first half dozen years of my fly fishing career, I used pack after pack of knotless tapered leaders. After …

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Cortland Sylk: Fly Fishing Heritage in the 21st Century

A year ago, I had the idea to explore the emergence of “retro” gear in fly fishing. Whereas very recently the necessary paradigm of equipment in the industry was always and only “lighter, faster, sleeker,” the past decade has seen many companies revisiting traditional elements. With the partnership of some  premier fly fishing brands, I …

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