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Washington DC is careening down the path of turning over Federal Public Lands to the states in a thinly veiled attempt to force their sale. In fact, the number of acres of State owned public land has shrunk almost 90% in some states.
A great short film addressing the issues of a river that has given more to the sport of fly fishing than any other, and why it has given enough.
For a very limited time both the 2011 and 2012 issues are available for $4.95 each.
My fly fishing club holds a monthly fly tying session. One of the first ones I attended covered the construction of balsa pencil poppers. The session leader provided class members three metal rods to paint eyes on the poppers made during the class. The rods worked well for the No. 4 and larger cupped poppers […]
Since I started fishing and tying flies, there has been a constant rumor that wet flies are enjoying a resurgence in America. There have been magazine articles, of course, but there have also been a few quite popular and influential books, particularly those by Dave Hughes and Sylvester Nemes. In 2000, Paul Schmookler dropped a […]
When I designed my Clapping Crab, the first thing I considered was the basic shape of the creature — two large protruding claws and a flat, oval-shaped body. To match these traits, I used what I call the “LCD” design method. Those of you unfamiliar with this method need only draw a circle and a […]
He was very young when he had his first fly fishing experience, and he quickly expanded his interest into creating flies to fish with. Blessed with exceptional talent, enormous powers of observation and a refined sense of color, he soon began to create innovative patterns that solved many of the problems he encountered with standard-issue […]
When Lewis fishes for trout, chances are he has a nymph tied to his tippet. Nine times out of 10, it will be a particular nymph, a pattern he developed more than nine years ago. Lewis uses the nymph so often his father nicknamed it “the Only,” short for “the only nymph Joe will use.” […]
For three days it rained, with constant clouds and freezing temps at night. Days were muggy and warm, and I swore nothing was going to dry in time for the drive home. OK, so it wasn’t like I was camping under the open sky being drenched by tears of the gods. But, cabin or no […]
A few years ago, I finally came to realize that being a wannabe was good enough. I was grateful for all the personal fishing opportunities I did get. When I wasn’t fishing, I would stay tuned in by purchasing the latest fly fishing DVDs and magazines available on the market. I would spend countless hours […]
The Wind River Mountain Range of Wyoming is a fly fishing paradise that rivals any fabled water on earth, yet is relatively devoid of fly fishermen. “The Winds,” as this area is affectionately nicknamed, encompasses more than 2,800 square miles, has more than 800 lakes teeming brook, brown, rainbow, cutthroat and even golden trout. The […]
Like many patterns, it was born of necessity while on the water. Over the last few years, I’ve found a need for a slightly smaller fly that could be presented well to laid-up tiger muskies, to search structure, and to work the transition areas where tigers tend to lurk. Since I often fish all types […]
Over the years here in Hatches we’ve touched on a range of topics focused on tiers with beginning to intermediate-level skills. In today’s presentation we’ll push the envelope a bit further by sharing with all of you some of the “stuff” needed to successfully tie hair-wing dry flies. Notice we used the word “stuff” in […]
April 14, 2012 The West Branch Angler & Resort played host to the 3rd annual Hell or High Water Event. This event marks the kick-off to the 2012 Catskill region season. With unseasonably warm weather, bugs and active fish didn’t wait for this event to start off 2012. The event was a full schedule of […]
When we put the words “furl, furling and furled” into an Internet search engine, we expected to get something about fly tying. Instead we learned about social networks, wind turbines and sailing. Fly tying was so far down the list we didn’t pursue the search beyond the top couple pages. We had to add the […]