Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Guidelines for Good Fly Fishing Etiquette

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Are you wondering what it means to have good fly fishing etiquette? Fishing aside, your parents probably corrected your dining etiquette dozens of times when you were growing up. You know not to put your elbows on the dinner table or talk with your mouth full to this day, but if you’re not sure what constitutes good fly fishing etiquette, keep reading. While I’m no expert on this topic, I do have a few suggestions…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 21, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

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Smallmouth bass are celebrated for their power and fight.   Even the small bronze fish surprise many anglers because they represent like much larger fish. And what better way to “kick it up a notch” than to catch smallmouth bass on a fly rod? However, I have been making some mistakes on the Allegheny River. Bass Fly Fishing Techniques The first two tips are from Lamar Underwood’s book, “1001 Fishing Tips” when fly fishing for saltwater…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 29, 2015

Tom Keer

Fly Fishing Trip: The Colorado Rockies

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Walk through the Denver airport in July and August and your odds of seeing anglers heading out on a fly fishing trip are good.  Folks from all over the country arrive in Denver and then travel throughout the state in search of trout, trout and more trout.  July and August are post-run off months, and the water flows and hatches overlap with summer vacation.  The combination is tough to beat. Some anglers establish a base camp…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Sight Fishing for Trout

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Opening Day of Trout has come and gone but there are still plenty of opportunities to be had on the streams. You just have to know where and how to look. Here are a few more tips: Fish both directions, upstream and downstream. Fly fishermen may prefer to start working upstream if casting floating flies, and downstream if working streamers or nymphs. Either way, keep in mind the fish are more likely to see you…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 18, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Are You a Fly Fisherman?”

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I get this simple question a lot. But, it takes me a while to answer. I CAN fly fish, and HAVE gone fly fishing many times but I cannot yet truly indentify myself as a fly fisherman. I’m not the only one who wanted to learn more about this class of angler. A seminar at the 2014 ICAST (“the world’s largest sport fishing tradeshow”) moderated by takemefishing.org contributor, Tom Keer, addressed the differences between fly…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 8, 2015

If It Swims . . .You Can Catch It On A Fly!

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People often think that fly fishing is just for trout in pristine mountain streams. For many people, an image of Brad Pitt in a ‘River Runs Through It’ comes to mind when someone mentions fishing with a fly rod. But what if you live on a farm on the prairies, or in the heart of a major city and you are hundreds of miles away from tumbling mountain water filled with rising trout? Not to…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Local Fishing Information Sources

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“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood   Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep…




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