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  • Williams & McPhail in the Gila Wilderness

    Williams & McPhail in the Gila Wilderness

    Mark D. Williams and W. Chad McPhail, authors of the soon-to-publish An Introduction to Fly Fishing for Trout (Stonefly Press, 2013), share a hilarious story from a hike-in trip to the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico. This behind-the-scenes story is a hallmark of their work - personal, reflective, and funny. Their books will add the strategies and really practical tips we all love - what to fish, where to fish, how to fish, what to wear, even where to get a cold drink - but here they take a second to share a funny moment about the crazy shit we all go through at times to reach the fish. Great stuff, and we're looking for more in their future books, 50 Best Places to Fly Fish the Southwest (Stonefly Press, 2013) and New Mexico Fly Fishing (Stonefly Press, 2014).
  • Southern Fried Rewind

    Southern Fried Rewind

    VIDEO: Re-capping some of the past S.C.O.F. outings.
  • Robert Tomes & Muskie on the Fly

    Robert Tomes & Muskie on the Fly

    Fly fishing for muskie is not for the impatient, nor for the faint of heart. The rewards with this warmwater species are simply jaw-dropping - colossal, aggressive, smashmouth takes, often with an aerial show. It's a warmwater gamefish whose rapidly growing popularity is expanding the fly fisherman's portfolio, without requiring a passport and a hefty bank roll. Robert Tomes, the author of Muskie on the Fly, arguably the most definitive book on the sport from a guy that has dedicated more time to the species than almost anyone else alive, was gracious enough to write a guest blog for us. In it, he shares an anecdote from his field research for his upcoming Stonefly Press book about the premier places to fly fish for muskie. If you want to expand your fly fishing portfolio, and get a massive payoff in the process, get to know more about muskie fly fishing.
  • Fly Fishing Through Smoky Mountains Rain

    Fly Fishing Through Smoky Mountains Rain

    So sometimes it rains, right? After driving six hours to the Smokies, stopping along the way to pick up a buddy from Lexington (KY), and driving through the Pigeon Forge wasteland, we arrived just after sunrise at the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Beautiful morning, sunshine, but with a forecast for rain that we knew was coming. The picture above of a nice brown trout from the Little River that looks just about how the day looked throughout - misty, foggy, and frequently just downright pouring. I'm sure better pictures can be taken in the rain. Just none that I took. The brown actually came from the lower stretches of the Little, well below Elkmont. Continue reading

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    It isn't always about the fish.... "There are so many wild things in the world which I will have to leave when I die" - Maurice Sendak If you follow our Twitter account, you know we follow American Rivers and retweet quite a few of their posts. We will be donating a portion of our revenues to several water conservation groups, American Rivers among them. But our love of rivers goes beyond conservation, or water quality, or protection of our industry's key resource - all of which we love and support. It's also a just a simple fascination with the wildness of running water and the world through which it runs.
  • Costa Sunglasses: Perfect Fit

    Costa Sunglasses: Perfect Fit

    VIDEO: Sure, a pair of sunglasses might look great, but how do they fit? Our hinges, temples and nose pads are the best in the business. Pushing the limits and rethinking what's possible. This attitude guides how we design our frames and choose the materials we use to make them.
  • Kirk Deeter & Fly Fishing for Carp

    Kirk Deeter & Fly Fishing for Carp

    I get asked: “How you doin’, man?’ I usually answer:  “I’m good… busy… but doing great.” Sometimes, there’s a follow-up… “Yeah, I noticed you have a lot going on… any books happening?” they ask. I answer: “I do… the next one is on carp fishing, as a matter of fact.” And right there is where I carefully watch the face...
  • Costa Jungle Fish Trailer: Large Arapaima Caught

    Costa Jungle Fish Trailer: Large Arapaima Caught

    VIDEO: Follow three expert fishermen as they undertake on a two-week voyage deep into the heart of Guyana's jungle. Their mission: to demonstrate that the arapaima, one of the world's largest freshwater fish, can be caught with a fly rod. If they succeed, it will prove that the country's fledgling sports fishing industry is viable. And that will mean a brighter future for the native peoples, the rainforest they call home -- and the endangered monster arapaima itself.
  • Big Smallmouths, Small Streams

    Big Smallmouths, Small Streams

    Indiana weather, as most of the Midwest in Spring, can be pretty frustrating. The typical scenario is a beautiful, warm, sunshine-filled week, with rain setting in on Friday evening and blowing out the streams for the weekend. The first week of May was no different, with rain forecast Friday - Sunday once again. David and I decided to jump the weather and head out after work on Thursday instead. I drove straight from Chicago on Wednesday to southern Indiana and a favorite smallmouth stream. The water was still high and fairly fast after the past weekend's rains, but it was definitely starting to settle down. I hooked one smallie in about 20 minutes, and then started making plans for the following day when the water was milder. Thursday conditions were perfect for smallmouth streams. Continue reading

  • Fly Fishing Central Pennsylvania

    Fly Fishing Central Pennsylvania

    That's a beautiful 23" wild brown from Saucon Creek in Hellertown, PA, caught last week on a #22 zebra midge. Continue reading

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