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best gloves for winter fly fishing

The Best Gloves for Winter Fly Fishing

No self-respecting fly fisherman will sit out the entire winter just because of cold weather. Let’s be honest, that’s a long time not to cast a rod.Most enthusiasts know that tailwaters fish great, especially in the winter when the midge hatch is dependable, and the crowds are way down. Fishing during the cold weather months …
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How should waders fit?

How Should Waders Fit?

If you only wet wade warm water during the summer then read no further. Instead check out a pair of wading boots and ensure your feet are properly protected. However, most of us will eventually find ourselves fishing in cooler water or in colder temperatures and you’ll need something more than just boots protecting your feet.  If …
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Fly fishing Alaska on a budget

Fly Fishing Alaska On a Budget

Fly fishing is a complicated disease. It infects victims with a desire not only to succeed by catching fish, but also to do it in one of the most difficult ways. For fly fishermen, the true satisfaction comes not from the trophy, but from the pursuit.This affects every aspect of a fly fisherman’s desires. He doesn’t want to …
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Best Fly Line for Roll Casting

What’s the Best Fly Line for Roll Casting?

The overhead cast has been the quintessential way to cast a fly rod for decades, and really, why wouldn’t it be? It’s incredibly effective and gives the angler the ability to cast short, medium, or even long distances. Not only that, but man does it look pretty when done properly.An issue lies when you find …
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Best Place to Buy Flies Online

Best Place to Buy Flies Online

When I first got started fly fishing one of my favorite things to do was hang out in local fly shops in Salt Lake City. I had a few that I frequented, and I used any excuse I could come up with to make a trip to them.While I was in the stores I’d ask questions, listen, …
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Arkansas River near Leadville CO

A Mile of New Fishing Access along Arkansas River Coming Soon

We love to read about great conservation projects such as this one.The Central Colorado Conservancy (CCC) in the Arkansas Valley announced this week that it had raised the final $50,000 needed for the Ark River Community Preserve in southern Lake County – ensuring that the $1.1 million project can move ahead with …
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Where did fly fishing originate?

Where Did Fly Fishing Originate?

The history of fishing is parallel to the history of mankind. Fishing was a source of survival for humans for tens of thousands of years, before turning into a recreational endeavor and industry powerhouse. Fly fishing is a much younger sport, however, when compared to the history of subsistence fishing, which helped form civilization as …
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Cheapest fly fishing gear

Cheapest Fly Fishing Gear – an Expert Roundup

Maybe you were lucky enough to recently be invited on a fly fishing trip with some of your friends. Or maybe, you’ve just always been intrigued by the sport. But to get started, you don’t need top shelf gear, and the cheapest fly fishing gear will do just fine to get you into the sport. …
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7 Weight Fly Rod Uses

Four Solid 7 Weight Fly Rod Uses

There are many good reasons to use a 7 wt rod. But there are really just a handful of 7 weight fly rod uses that everyone agrees on. We’ve listed four of them below, but first some context.The most common fly fishing rod for beginners to purchase is a 5 weight. A good …
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3 Books Every Fly Fisherman Should Read

3 Books Every Fly Fisherman Should Read

If the world were just, the fly fisherman would never be separated from the river. The itch to fish would never require a trip to the river to scratch it, because one cannot journey to a place where he’s already found.Sadly, in the world we live in, we are constantly being forced from the river, we never …
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Best wading boots for saltwater

The Best Wading Boots for Saltwater

When you think of saltwater fishing, wading boots may not be at the top of your mind. Warm sand and cool water all come together to create a perfect storm that makes for bare feet weather. Which I completely get. There’s something freeing about being barefoot in the water casting a fly to shallow water …
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northern pike fly fishing

What is the Best Weight Fly Rod for Pike?

The take was unlike anything I’d felt on a fly rod and the headshake was enough to kill most prey. The sleek body torpedoed out of the water, once, twice, then three times, showing off the white and red rabbit-hair streamer each time. The jumps ignited  a series of whoops and cheers from my fishing …
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How long does fly line last?

How Long Does Fly Line Last?

You’ve had your line for a couple of years now and never had an issue with it. It sailed through the guides without hesitation, and floated on the water like a timber rattler swimming across a stream. But as the years have waged your line has been exposed to sun light, algae, abrasion from debris and …
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Best weight fly rod for bass

What’s the Best Weight Fly Rod for Bass?

While the fly fishing traditionalists continue to fish exclusively for native, natural trout with only dry flies and bamboo rods, the modern fly fisherman has turned his high-tech gear and unprejudiced attention to new quarry: the freshwater bass. And if you’ve ever caught one, even with sacrilegious non-fly tackle, you understand why.Bass are …
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Best fly fishing combo for beginners

What’s the Best Fly Fishing Combo for Beginners?

So, you’ve decided to enter the life-consuming world of fly fishing, a decision that will bring you years of excitement and frustration.And the frustration comes right at the beginning.Getting into fly fishing is complicated and confusing. There just seems to be more gear you need to buy than for traditional fishing, and it all has confusing names. …
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3 weight fly rod uses

3 Weight Fly Rod Uses – A Practical Guide

Fly fishermen are known to obsess over equipment. They want the best waders, the coolest nets, the sleekest most waterproof packs. Their fly boxes are full of every insect, crustacean, and baitfish, all meticulously organized. Their clothing has enough SPF to reverse the effects of ultraviolet radiation.And they love their fly rods.Often times though, fly fishermen start their …
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Best fly line for nymphing

Best Fly Line for Nymphing

When I first started fly fishing I would exclusively use dry flies. Dry fly fishing is simple – you watch the fly float on the water, try to maintain the same speed as the current, and when a fish eats it you set the hook. I saw what was going on and I knew what …
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Orvis Boa Pivot Boots

Boa Pivot Wading Boots

My next pair of wading boots might have to be the ORVIS BOA System Pivot Wading Boot! I’ve been eyeing these for a while, and they’re high up on my (never ending) gear list.I love the idea of the Boa tightening system on these boots. Not like tying your boots …
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Best 9wt Fly reel

Best Fly Reel Under $100

The rod and reel are the two staple tools a fly fisherman uses to chase fish. But, for many fishermen, the reel is a much less important piece of equipment than they may realize (sorry to break it to you).Depending on the type of fishing you do, I would sometimes recommend saving money on your …
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Fly fishing with Split Shot

Fly Fishing with Split Shot

How to use split shot to catch more fish when fly fishingFly fishing began with the exclusive use of flies on the surface of the water. Later to become known as dry fly fishing, this method results in exciting, visual takes. Everyone who has ever caught a fish on a dry fly had a smile …
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Best Waders for Cold Water

Best Waders for Cold Water

Fly fishermen are always dealing with the cold. Trout, salmon, steelhead, pike, and char are our favorite targets, and all these species live in cold water, usually in cold places. And while we may all prefer a warm spring or fall day, the fish don’t stop biting when winter comes around, so we keep fishing, even when it’s cold. …
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