If you’ve set your sights on a new fly rod, or perhaps your first fly rod, dive in and take a few notes. High tech materials, fast actions, slow actions, new actions, line weights, rod lengths, tapers, flex indexes, grips, ferrule designs, finishes,… can be overwhelming. Relax. Here are some guidelines to help you choose […]
Here’s how to spend a truly complete visit to your local fly shop. We occasionally see Hank in the store… or a close relative or two. Have a laugh on us.
These NEW Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders are rugged, comfortable and a great value. Priced at $395, they’re some of the most advanced waders in the industry priced well below other brands with similar features. The fit, function, and features are fantastic!
A salt encrusted reel is like having a car without any oil in the engine. If you fail to care for the reel on the trip, and more importantly when you return home, and you’ll pay the price when you pull it out for the next trip. This photo will show you what a reel […]
The reach cast is a method of adding slack to the line above the fly to allow the fly to float without dragging in the current. (See Figure 1) Unlike other casts that add slack, the reach cast has the slack under control so that one can easily set the hook. It is accomplished by […]
Anyone looking for a Christmas present for a prospective fly angler should take a hard look at the new Encounter rod packages. Orvis’ new rod series offers some of the nicest casting tools for the money that we have ever offered. It’s hard to believe that for $159 you can have a decent reel, weight […]
Busting brush into the dark and overgrown headwaters of our better-known and larger trout streams can offer lots of exciting fishing. Hunting tiny creeks for pocket water and beaver ponds also presents a list of different problems for fly anglers to overcome. Casting to tiny spots without room for a back cast, fooling a trout […]
Here’s a classic piece of fly angling history with Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy of American Sportsman fame. I too fished for world class brook trout in the Patagonia near Esquel, Argentina in 1984 with Bob Witbold, and Julio Mazzoli. 5-7 pound fish were the order of the day by the dozens. We never saw […]
The novice fly angler learns early-on that a feeding fish and the perfect fly are meaningless unless they can deliver an accurate cast. This article will deal with the accuracy of the cast and the obstacles that interfere with it. These are difficult concepts to visualize without a rod and line. So, take your time […]
These fly casting tips are so important and yet so basic that they are used to analyze and assist casters even at the highest levels of expertise. So keep them in mind as you practice. When you hit the proverbial wall with your casting and are seemingly unable to improve, consider these simple points and […]