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Let your fly reel rock

Let your fly reel rock

Classic rock and fly fishing don’t often seem to go together. Just hit any of the film festivals that are currently touring the country. The music embedded behind the cinematography rarely features Iron Maiden, Molly Hatchet, Van Halen … or AC/DC....

Handy

Handy

By Dean Finnerty My son really wanted this fish. He’d put in a lot of hours standing in the cold, winter flows of an Oregon coastal stream, plying its waters day after day, waiting for that tug. While he had caught steelhead before, when this tug finally came, on the...

Three little nymphs

Three little nymphs

I love the way Matt Callies from Loon ties flies. Check that. I love the way he converses when he ties flies. You can tell Callies is a fly fishing guide and not just a vise junkie. He fishes what he ties, and he’s pretty pragmatic about what comes from his vise...

Don’t be afraid to try new things

Don’t be afraid to try new things

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. The part of the world I fish most is full of small, clear and very tight spring creeks. To most, that means delicate presentations...

Thinking downstream

Thinking downstream

Casey working a hickory shad “Would you pick Larry Bird or Magic? Who is better Michael or LeBron? Would you take Russell Westbrook or Steph Curry?” For two hours, every few minutes, the questions came. Casey is 13, and a big kid. He hit a dinger in each of his last...

Selecting CDC, Part 2

Selecting CDC, Part 2

Last week, Tightline Productions’ Tim Flagler taught us the CDC (cul-de-canard) basics—we know that the feathers come ducks or geese, near their preening glands. These feathers have lots of surface area, which helps them trap air and keeps the afloat quite well....

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