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‪Public Lands Proud‬ by Dan Fraiser

‪Public Lands Proud‬ by Dan Fraiser

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.

Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

Oregon’s North Umpqua River is one of the most important ecological areas in the Northwest, providing more than many miles of high-quality habitat for salmon, steelhead, trout and other native species. And Steamboat Creek is the most productive steelhead tributary on the North Umpqua. It deserves protection as a steelhead sanctuary, and it is only fitting to also honor World War II veteran and conservation legend Frank Moore in doing so.

Mikael Frödin – What makes a good fly

Mikael Frödin – What makes a good fly

Listen to Famous Swedish fly tyer Mikael Frödin details what he thinks makes a “great fly”

Bat Banger- by Vern-o

Bat Banger- by Vern-o

Vern-o talks about the synergy between two tiers and how it led to his Bat Banger series of flies.

Book Review by Vern-o “Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead”

Book Review by Vern-o “Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead”

With the hint of fall in the air, what better time to brush up on our quest for Great Lakes steelhead than with a review of Rick Kustich’s book. Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead is a sort of follow up book to Rick and Jerry Kustich’s 1999 book Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead.

Key West Harbor needs your help!

Key West Harbor needs your help!

There is a storm brewing in Key West. But this is no Hurricane or tropical storm. The proposed idea to dredge and widen the Key West Harbor to allow Mega Cruise ships to dock. A group of concerned group of guides -The Lower Keys Guides Association – has taken a strong stance against this proposed […]

Passing the Spey Torch- By Josh Mills

Passing the Spey Torch- By Josh Mills

A few years ago, I looked at my buddies who tossed bombs with their spey rods and thought to myself, “good gawd, that looks complicated.” Until they passed the spey torch to me.

Artist- Brad McMinn

Artist- Brad McMinn

A South Carolina native living in Ashville NC, Brad’s unique paintings, art stickers, and shirts are making a splash around the country. With a strong influence from both fresh and salt, there is something for everyone

Birth of the Bat Wings- by Vern-O

Birth of the Bat Wings- by Vern-O

This has it all, from creation to a fish on the bank, the story of the Bat Wing. Be sure to watch the 2 part video tutorial as well.

Fly Tying Class at L. L. Bean- Don Bastian – September 21st

Fly Tying Class at L. L. Bean- Don Bastian – September 21st

The class itinerary will feature some of Maine’s most iconic streamer patterns originated by some of the state’s legendary fly tiers and anglers, featuring at least one pattern created by Carrie G. Stevens. A variety of techniques using an array of different methods will include material selection, use, application, and finishing procedures for tying feather-wing streamer patterns.

Book Excerpt-“Fishing Tarpon From A Canoe” from “Marquesa” by Jeffrey Cardenas

Book Excerpt-“Fishing Tarpon From A Canoe” from “Marquesa” by Jeffrey Cardenas

Marquesa On August 1, 1994, Jeffrey Cardenas boarded a homemade houseboat and puttered out of Key West harbor toward a cluster of islands on the distant horizon. The Marquesas rest near the western terminus of The Florida Keys where two great oceans meet in a swirl of perpetual current. Jeffrey’s plan was to spend a […]

10 Rules for a Fly Tying Demo- by Vern-O

10 Rules for a Fly Tying Demo- by Vern-O

The winter months tend to be fly tying season for many anglers. Time to refill the fly boxes, beat the winter blues (unless you are a devoted steelheader), and attend a fly tying show or demonstration in hopes of learning something new. It gets the blood pumping to sit behind the vise and reminisce about […]

Meeting Don Bastian- by Scott Bleiler

Meeting Don Bastian- by Scott Bleiler

If you like wet flies like I do, you will of course have read the ‘fly fishing bible’, Ray Berman’s masterpiece, Trout. The book is a timeless classic, drenched in the lore and nostalgia of fly fishing. I’m 34 and tied my first wet fly in 2008. I never saw these things for sale in […]

Tartan Flies- by Shawn Mitchell

Tartan Flies- by Shawn Mitchell

Shawn Mitchell has been a Hatches contributor who many of you may know from his traditional Salmon Fly patterns. Attention to detail, the accuracy, and history behind the fly pattern is what makes his flies special. But then there are the Freestyle flies. The ideas and concepts that take an extreme level of creativity to […]

Liberty and Justice

Liberty and Justice

“I first saw Tom Herr’s Liberty and Justice on an online fly tying forum. I was not only impressed by the skill, but more-so the purpose. Here is Tom’s story of one special serviceman and a challenge to all of us.”– KH My most vivid memory of him occurred after he returned home for leave. […]

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