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Ah, hopper season. For dry-fly anglers, it's like Christmas, the Fourth of July and the day we got our first bicycle all rolled up into one. Fat, floating hunks of foam and rubber legs that bring big fish to the top? Oh, hell yeah. But let's face it. Even during "hopper season," trout don't always [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo courtesy Cosmos Magazine They say necessity is the mother of invention. In ancient Japan, it seems that pottery essentially came to be thanks to the need to store fish. Fishing made pottery necessary.  Who knew? According to Cosmos Magazine, the initial assumption was that pottery came into [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm loving this ongoing series on "Hook Basics" done by Tim Flagler of Tightline Media and sponsored by Orvis. These simple videos are particularly salient to new fly tiers who might struggle at the fly shop in search of the right hook for the right fly. Hook Basics - Shapes & [ READ MORE... ]
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How many times have you stood at the tail of a run that's just boiling with rising fish, but you have no idea what, exactly, they're after?  Yeah, dozens, right? Me, too.  CDC Micro Caddis Video of CDC Micro Caddis Above, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Wood Do not fall in love with a walleye fly--at least not in Ontario because here there be monsters. Northern pike, with scores of needle-sharp teeth are a toothy circumpolar fish that occupy habitat from Siberia to Alaska to Wisconsin, and in Canada share much of the range of walleye. A [ READ MORE... ]
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photos/Josh Duplechian by Annie Smith Learning a new activity when you are younger can go two ways: amazing or not so great. That probably is still true as an adult, but when taking a child fishing, having a great time or not can make all the difference. Obviously, every child is different, but if [ READ MORE... ]
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Some of my favorite fishing adventures have involved the wonderful people I work with at Trout Unlimited. From thigh-busting hikes into the canyons of Colorado's Roan Plateau, the lubricated walk-and-wade excursions into the Wyoming Range backcountry, fishing with my co-workers–some of my dearest [ READ MORE... ]
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As fly fishers, we are perhaps more tuned into the way the natural world works, particularly when it involves fish and water. We pour over fly boxes, looking for something that resembles natural food for trout and bass, or even bonefish or permit. We focus on the cleanest waters, because that's [ READ MORE... ]
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We don't all have trout fisheries in our backyards or even close to home. But in many "developed" watersheds across America, bottom-release dams designed for hydropower or flood control create stretches of cold rivers that can and do support healthy populations of introduced trout.  I suppose we [ READ MORE... ]
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Yeah, I know... it's only Tuesday. It's probably not fair to be getting all excited about getting out on a small stream with full week of work ahead. But it's summer. And for a lot of us, by the time summer finally gets here, it's almost over. So I'm enjoying, even from the confines of the office, [ READ MORE... ]
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