Posted by: Tom Keer
April 25, 2013

Tom Keer

Mayflies are not just in May

When mayflies start to hatch, trout go on the feed and for good reason; mayflies are high in calories which makes for a tasty snack.  These insects are found in pure, clean water and when you find them hatching in the stream, a river or lake you know you’re fishing in a good place. Here are a few others things about them to know to help improve your fishing. One of the interesting things about…

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Posted by: cneville
April 10, 2013

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Five Dry-Fly Tips for Trout

As the spring dry-fly season is now upon us, I am reminded of some simple tips that have helped me over the years.  After all, there’s nothing quite like the sensation of watching a trout lurk out of the depths to sip an insect off the surface.  That’s “top-of-the-game” fly fishing in my mind, and the reason many anglers (like myself) are enamored with this sport in the first place.  Keep these things in mind…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day

Does April 13th mean anything to you? (Besides your taxes being due in two days?) If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their season last month, and dates around the country vary, so check your state’s schedule. Over 3 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been released in chosen Pennsylvania streams over the last month.…

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Posted by: cneville
March 28, 2013

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The Epic Hatch Events of Spring

This is the season that most dry-fly anglers look forward to most.  The warming days of spring allow us to get out there on our favorite rivers, and what’s better, many of the most prolific insect hatches—the phenomena that trigger trout to eat en masse—happen right around now. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time.  The river can seem completely still, and then in an instant, the bugs appear.  Soon…

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Posted by: cneville
March 7, 2013

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Great Spring Fly Fishing Destinations:

Lees Ferry, Arizona, and Delaware River, New York/Pennsylvania Whether you’re on spring break, or you just want to break away—and you’re thinking a little fly fishing adventure might be the trick to shake off the last effects of winter—there are many great destinations to consider.  But when I think of classic spring fly-fishing action, two spots always come to mind, and they’re on opposite sides of the country. The first is Lees Ferry, Arizona.  This…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 23, 2013

Tom Keer

Fly Tying with Kids

  I will never forget the first fish I caught on a dry fly that I tied.  I was 14 and spent the morning fishing Mill River in Connecticut with a friend of mine.  We had not caught a thing come noon.  On our way out we passed a much older man who was smoking a pipe and sitting on the bank.  He had been watching us for a while. “You fellas should wait it…

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Posted by: cneville
January 23, 2013

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Fishing and Outdoor Show Season in Full Swing

Being stuck in the grips of winter is certainly no reason to stop thinking about fishing.  After all, a  full slate of boating, fishing and general outdoors shows is sweeping across the nation. For example, last weekend, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) made its annual stop in Denver, drawing thousands of outdoor aficionados to the Colorado Convention Center.  ISE is an all-outdoors event, featuring everything from demonstrations on casting and fly tying to dog training…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 10, 2013

Tom Keer

Bold in the Cold

Winter fishing in the Northern reaches traditionally has been through the ice.  While you’re likely to see a tremendous number of ice fishermen on lakes and ponds from Maine to Washington State, you’re also likely to see anglers waist deep in rivers.  After all, they’re fishing for steelhead. Wild steelhead are anadromous fish, just like salmon.  They’re born into a river and migrate to the ocean where they spend some time growing up.  When they’re…

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Posted by: cneville
January 9, 2013

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Freshwater Versus Saltwater Fly Fishing: The Fight

A longer fly rod can offer tremendous advantages when it comes to fighting fish.  But you have to know how best to leverage the design of a fly rod for full effect. For starters, understand that fly fishing in fresh water and fly fishing in salt water are essentially two different sports played with the same basic equipment.  One example of this is that casting distance, while always important, is not always necessary on a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 6, 2012

Tom Keer

Top 5

Most of my fishing season is spent within a few hours of my home.  I’m blessed with good access to freshwater rivers and streams where I catch trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and the saltwater fishing is outstanding.  Still, I try to get away from home now and again so I can fish for other species and learn new techniques to try back at home.  Finances dictate how much travel I actually get to do,…

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