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  1. NCangler
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      Post Fly Fishing Flies - The Difference Between Different Types of Flies

    If you go into any fishing tackle shop, you will find a plethora of fly fishing flies. In fact, you might find that the shop has an overwhelming amount of fly fishing flies. It can be hard to know where to even start looking, let alone how to know which flies to buy.

    To help you out, here are some basic descriptions of some of the major types of fly fishing flies:

    Wet Fly Fishing flies

    The flies are supposed to resemble certain insects as they would look beneath the surface of the... [Read More]
    Author:: Anne Clarke
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      Post Fly Rods - The Difference Between Bamboo, Graphite, and Fiberglass

    Bamboo fly fishing rods are still extremely popular, despite the fact that a plethora of fiberglass and graphite rods have appeared over the last half century. For many, though, casting a bamboo fly fishing rod is the only way to go: after all, if you are fly fishing to commune with nature, why not use the most natural rod? A bamboo fly fishing rod combines history, art, and sport.

    Of course, bamboo fly rods tend to be a bit on the expensive side of the river bank, so to speak. So, if you... [Read More]
    Author:: Anne Clarke
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      Post When You Come To A Fork In The River, Take It!

    Okay, so it's not quite as funny as Yogi Berra's famous quote, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it". But at the end of the day, it's true, especially with river fishing. If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time wading rivers and exploring. I personally always think that the next bend in the river may hold a "hole" the likes of which have never been seen by human eyes. And said "hole" will hold huge fish, the likes of which have only been dreamt about. I've never... [Read More]
    Author:: Trevor Kugler
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      Post Understanding Fly Fishing Targets On Flowing Water

    When it comes to fly fishing, the jargon can get a bit overwhelming if you let it. Here’s the plain English scoop on some common terms used.

    Fly fishing is many things to many people. For some, it is a zen like way to interact with nature. For others, it is test of skill in the act of competing with tricky little fish. For yet others, it is a ballet of artistic movements and techniques to obtain the perfect cast for the perfect fly placement that produces the perfect catch. For most, it is ju... [Read More]
    Author:: Richard Chapo
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      Post A Guide to Fly Fishing Reels

    Are you wanting to know more about fly fishing reels? Here is some basic information on reels that is sure to satisfy you until your next “casting call.”

    Is heavier better?

    No, not necessarily. In fact, oftentimes, light fly reels are more expensive and of higher quality. If two reels are the same in all other respects, go with the lighter one. That said, when choosing your fly fishing reel line weight, the most important thing to consider is the weight of your rod and of your line.
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    Author:: Anne Clark
  6. NCangler
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      Post Fly Fishing Gear Maintenance

    Are you wondering how to maintain your fly fishing gear? Fly fishing gear maintenance does not have to be difficult or even time consuming. In fact, spending a little time now to keep your gear clean and functioning well now can save you a lot of time and money down the road.

    Whether you spent a ton of money on your fly fishing gear or even just a little, it is definitely worth it to keep it well maintained. Here are some tips for fly fishing gear maintenance:

    Fly Rods

    Your fly rod i... [Read More]
    Author:: Anne Clark
  7. NCangler
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      Post Your Fly Is Down! How to Care For Fly Fishing Flies

    Fly fishing flies can last for many years to come… if properly cared for. It may seem odd that things as small as fly fishing flies need to be maintained, but they do. There are many people who are sure to take great care of their prized rod and reel, but then neglect their flies.

    In theory, it just does not make any sense to ignore your fly fishing flies. After all, without a good fly, you are not going to be able to catch a good fish. Or, at least, you are going to have a heck of a time... [Read More]
    Author:: Anne Clark
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      Post Fly Fishing Waders - Which are Best For You

    Do you really need fly fishing waders?

    You already have your fly rod, your line, reel, and lures… do you really need any other fly fishing gear? Do you really need fly fishing waders? If you only fish in warm climates or during the summer, you may very well want to avoid investing in a pair of fly fishing waders. You may, instead, decide to get a pair of felt-bottomed sandals or boots, and then simply tolerate the refreshing chill of the water.

    If, however, you tend to do most of your f... [Read More]
    Author:: Anne Clark
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      Post Inflatable Fly Fishing: Trying The Newest Tubes

    There has been a sort of evolution of float tube fly fishing. The progression from doughnut tire-like tubes to U shapes and V shapes that make it easier to get in and out of, as well as more simple to maneuver when you are out there on the water. Changing the shape of the standard float tube really contributed to the success of developmental projects in float tubing overall.

    Why does it make a difference? In recent polls and with general questions for the fly fishers around, we found that... [Read More]
    Author:: Anne Clark
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      Post The Fisherman Or The Fish: Who's Really In Control?

    So there we were. Doug and I, on our favorite river, The Swan River, for a day of fishing. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky and about eighty degrees. It was the kind of day you dream about for river fishing. The gang hooks were tied, the bait bags were stocked with our favorite live bait (worms), and everything was pointing towards a perfect day fishing.
    As a matter of fact, about 10 minutes after we arrived at the first fishable stretch of river, I heard Doug yell, "Fish on!"... [Read More]
    Author:: Trevor Kugler
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      Post 10 Reasons Why Fish Don't Or Won't Bite

    Okay, there can be a huge number of factors contributing to the fact that fish won't bite. I realize this, but will try to narrow it down to the top ten. Or at least the top ten from my perspective. I mean, what other perspective would you expect me to give? So with my apologies to David Letterman, here are my top 10 reasons why fish don't bite.

    1) The moon is wrong. It's a well known fact that fish are more active, and therefore feed more during both a full and/or new moon. This may s... [Read More]
    Author:: Trevor Kugler
  12. NCangler
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      Post Small Stream Fly Rods Need A Little Help

    Small Stream Fly Rods for Trout and similar game fish. If there is a disadvantage with the short rod, I think it is more likely to be with the fisherman than the rods. Most well tapered short fly rods are designed to excel at close distances and "short tight casting strokes". If the fly fisher tries to extend the casts to distances of 50+ feet continuously, they will be disappointed as compared to the longer more powerful rods they may also fish. Also,it is very easy to overpower the cast on... [Read More]
    Author:: Joe Loughran
  13. NCangler
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      Post Choosing a Fly Fishing Rod

    Knee deep I stand contorting my neck as I stare into the rosy red light desperately trying to differentiate my fly from the foam bubbles and the late afternoon Caddis hatch that litter the water's surface. No matter how hard I squint, I just can't figure out which fly I should be focused on.

    "Maybe if I adjust my position or take these sunglasses off?"

    "That didn't work."

    "Put those back on, how about another cast?"

    I accelerate the fly line to halt in the calm air behind me, and on... [Read More]
    Author:: John Scheafer
  14. NCangler
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      Post Fly Fishing - The Feeding Behaviour of Trout

    Fly fishing, in all it's variations and sub-areas (casting, fly tying, etc), centres around a single goal – To successfully tempt a fish (Most commonly a trout) to take an artificial fly as a food item. Sighting, hooking, playing and landing the fish are also important parts of the successful fishing experience, not to mention being able to get the fly to the fish in the first place, by the unique casting methods utilized solely in fly fishing.

    However, along with all that work, and the pract... [Read More]
    Author:: Wayne Smith
  15. NCangler
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      Post Understanding Fly Reel Drag Systems

    The single most important thing to consider when buying a fly reel is to make certain it matches the weight of your line and fly rod; this total combination must also be suited for the type of fish you want to catch and your fishing style. The reel becomes part of a balanced system when combined with your fly rod and line. The following are the three main types of drag systems; these are the basics and will help you make a better decision on what is best suited for you.

    Spring-and-pawl – Simp... [Read More]
    Author:: Andy Klynstra
  16. NCangler
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      Post A Beginners Guide To Flyrods

    There are many choices when it comes to buying your first fly rod.As an avid fly fisherman for the past 25 years, and having taught a wide range of different age groups and skill levels .This is what has worked best for me and the people I have taught over the years.

    Material - A graphite rod, although it is more expensive due to the fact that it is made from a high end material is the perfect choice for the beginner. It will be light and pliable very durable and will provide a smoother... [Read More]
    Author:: Andy Klynstra
  17. NCangler
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      Post Understanding Fly Lines

    The single most important thing to consider is that the fly line must match the weight on the rod it is to be use on. Due to the many manufactures and wide range of fishing conditions there is an almost endless selection of tapers and variations. Fly lines basically come in level, double, weight forward and shooting tapers. I am sure everyone has their opinion on this matter, as to what is the best overall line. You will have to decide which taper is best suitable for your fishing conditions.... [Read More]
    Author:: Andy Klynstra
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      Post Origin Of Fly Fishing

    Origin Of Fly Fishing
    By Michael Russell

    Fishing. Take a rod and a line and throw it in some water. Splash it around a bit and wait until something tugs. If only it were that easy. The truth is, fishing as a sport is not as easy as most people think and is a lot more complicated than just throwing your line is some water. For starters there are several types of fishing depending on what kind of fish you want to catch.

    In this article we're going to focus on fly fishing and it's ori
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    Author:: Michael Russell
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      Post Saltwater Fly Fishing -- The Tide Runs Through It

    Saltwater fly fishing is all the rage these days. This
    excitement is quite understandable because there?s hardly
    anything more thrilling to a saltwater fly rodder than a
    bluefish blitz, a tailing red drum off the coast of NC, or a
    bonefish battle on the flats of south Florida waters.

    If you are just getting started in saltwater fly-fishing, there
    are a few tips that will make your conversion from freshwater
    easier and more productive.

    Get some gear just for fishing saltwater You?re
    ... [Read More]
    Author:: E. A. Edwards
  20. NCangler
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      Post Rainbow Trout and Trout Flies

    Rainbow Trout And Trout Flies
    By Lee Dobbins

    Alaska is home to many wonders of nature not the least of which is the rainbow trout. Trout fishing is a sport enjoyed by many anglers not only in Alaska, but all over the world.

    Rainbow trout are known to be quite aggressive and picky to boot. While it may take a long time to get them to bite, once you have them on your line you are in for quite a fight. These fish are quite spirited and can put up quite a battle, which of course, is one rea
    ... [Read More]
    Author:: Lee Dobbins
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      Post Fishing Flies 101

    The world of fly fishing can be a confusing one, beginners are forced to learn new lingo, new techniques, and digest new info regarding fish and their behavior. Of the years we have published many articles to help beginners and veterans alike, they are archived at http://www.bigyflyco.com for your use.

    This article is an overview of fly fishing flies, and mostly fly fishing flies used primarily for trout. Although we will touch on other species as well. When you browse a fly shop, a catal
    ... [Read More]
    Author:: Cameron Larsen
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      Fly Fishing: All the Rods You Need

    Fly Fishing: All The Rods You Need
    By Shannon Brown

    The modern period has been dominated by the development of new materials, and there is no doubt that without plastics, fly fishing as we know it would be unrecognizable as a sport, although the basic principles would be the same.

    Glass-fiber rods first appeared in the late 1940's, but it took a while for the new material to be adopted. Suppliers showed varying degrees of enthusiasm for the material. Hardy's first glass fiber rod was bu
    ... [Read More]
    Author:: Shannon Brown

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