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Tactful Self Promotion in Fly Fishing by Jeff Currier

Recently I was tagged on a Facebook rant. The outburst was pointed at fly-fishing people over-promoting themselves by abusing the many marketing tools available this day and age. The short message was accurate in many respects. Luckily for me I was tagged as one of the “good guys” that don’t go overboard. I’m part of the generation that grew up without computers. I was late to get an email address, a laptop, and a cell phone.… Continue reading
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Taking Better Client Photos & Capturing Memories by Jon Ray

Prep A simple trick for taking better on-the-water photos is to take one minute of prep time before each picture session. During this time, I like to make sure the fish is taken care of—and I think this is an important note. Make sure the fish you’re about to photograph is in clean, moving water, the net you’re using is deep enough to hold the fish, and the fish doesn’t seem stressed. After the fish… Continue reading

An Overview of “Application-Specific” Spey Lines and their Design

BY WAY YIN I was recently had the pleasure of participating in a series of seminars with Scott MacKenzie, who most experts would consider the greatest spey caster – ever. Scott and I were telling our audiences that we felt this was the best time in history for people to get into Spey casting, as the quality of equipment (especially spey lines) has improved so dramatically over the past five years. Like the “trickle down…

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Streamer Tactics For Trout

BY MICHAEL HATFIELD Streamers are patterns tied to imitate a larger food source such as a leech or baitfish rather than a small aquatic insect. Depending on the fish species you are targeting a streamer can be as small as, say a #8 micro bugger or something as large as a ten inch shad pattern. For trout, streamers normally don’t go much bigger than a few inches in length. Because of what these patterns are…

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How To Choose the Right Fly Line Weight

How To Choose the Right Fly Line Weight BY LEFTY KREH Let me begin by saying that rod manufacturers design rods for the average person to use under average conditions. So unfortunately, most fly fishermen use only one weight of line on their favorite rod. Written on the rod blank or handle is a code number which indicates the line that the rod manufacturer suggests is best for most customers; i.e., 6 line. To most…

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Putting Together a Balanced Fly Fishing System

Balancing fly line, rod, and reel. Assembling a balanced fly fishing rig is as easy as matching the numbers on the fly line to the numbers on the fly reel and fly rod. For instance, you would match an Ultra 4 5-weight fly line with a 5-weight fly rod, and you’d spool it on a 4/5/6 fly reel. Lower numbers – weights 2-6 – denote smaller gear best suited to trout and panfish. As the…

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Fly Fishing Knots

Basic Knots for Fly Tackle Scientific Anglers pioneered a concept that underlies all other decisions in fly tackle selection: The Balanced System. By this, we mean your tackle-rod, reel, line, leader and tippet should be balanced for better performance. The Balanced System You can easily select balanced components for your system because the fly tackle industry follows a common standard when labeling products. For example, most rod manufacturers label the proper line weight right on… Continue reading