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Fly Fishing the Mushroom Kingdom

The year was 1990, and I can remember it like it was yesterday.  I took my first trip to this exotic destination. Even at the age of 6 I’d been to plenty of far off locales. In fact, I’d been only a stone’s throw from the area in question numerous times. But this was like …

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Fly Fishing Travel in 6 Steps

Casting Across isn’t a travel agency. That works out pretty well for you, because that means my expertise in the realm of fly fishing getaways is available at no cost whatsoever. No thanks are necessary. Your angling enjoyment is all the gratitude I need. Below is my six-step process for planning and executing a fly …

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7 Ways to Have a Bad Day at a Fly Fishing Show

Virtually everyone has a good time at fly fishing and outdoor shows. What isn’t to love about an exposition hall filled to the rafters with the people, places, and things that make fly fishing what it is? However, some people like to take the difficult path. You might have a natural proclivity for pessimism. You …

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The 12 Trash Fish of Christmas

The ultimate holiday of the year is nearly upon us. Children are waiting with anticipation. My refrigerator is over capacity. Magic is in the air (mingled with a smidge of stress). Yet even with all the enchantment of snow and reindeer and yuletide and whatnot, I’m unable give everyone a unique, personal present. However, I …

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Heavy Metal for Fly Tying

“Running silent, running deep, we are your final prayer…” That is a line from Iron Maiden’s Run Silent, Run Deep off of the 1990 release No Prayer for the Dying. Decent song, decent album. It is nothing near as good as 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. But I digress. The song, and the …

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Rusty Flybox: Farewell, My Subaru

We lost him. After 18 years and a quarter-million miles, he gave up the ghost. The list of issues he’s overcome is long, but this last setback was one bump in the road too many. Technically, my Subaru Forester still runs. I wouldn’t call it “efficient” or “safe” or “smart” to drive, though. I’m on …

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Just Catch the Fish

You know how fly fishing is all about using a fake bug to trick an animal that  looks at real bugs all day every day? Why not up the difficulty and use a dry fly? I mean, trout primarily eat things that  literally drift right into their mouths. There are times when they exert extra …

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Not Pruning Neoprene

In anticipation of welcoming another baby into the family I was up in the attic. I rummaged through boxes and tubs, looking for stuff that I know I’ve packed, think I’ve seen, but am completely unaware of where any of it might be. Everyone knows that the quickest way between two points looks good on …

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Just Say No to Fly Fishing InstaSpam

I use Instagram for Casting Across. It is a great way to promote the website, share the work of those I collaborate with, and see some amazing fly fishing pictures. I am not a professional photographer, and I am far, far from a professional marketer. There are strategies and techniques  out there for gaining an …

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100 Fishing Questions

“Can we go fishing?” Sure. “Where are we going? “What are we going to catch? “Why do I need sunscreen? “Why do I need shoes? “Can we get donuts? “Did you remember my rod? “Can I use your rod? “Can we go to the bathroom? “Are we allowed to park here? “Are they fishing?

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