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“Tactical Fly Fishing”- a Book Review

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“Tactical Fly Fishing”, by Devin Olsen, is the latest book by a member of the Fly Fishing Team USA. Like previous team members’ books, it details the various methods of Euro Nymphing, or tight-line nymphing. However, this is still a valuable addition to the current fly fishing literature. The real strength of Olsen’s work lies […]

Book Review: “The Fly”

the fly

Anyone interested in the history of fly fishing should give “The Fly”, by Dr. Andrew Herd, a read. He covers 2,000 years of fly fishing history. His writing style is engaging, with wit and bits of humor. Unlike most such books, he includes non-fishing information. This helps one appreciate fly fishing’s place during different time-periods […]

Euro Nymphing- an Old American Fly Fishing Technique

tightline nymphing

In the past few years, Euro nymphing, or tight-line nymphing, has become all the rage. It has been hailed as a new, and very effective way to fish for trout. But I beg to differ. Effective it is, new it is not! In the Beginning English angler, G.E.M. Skues, began the development of tight-line nymphing in […]

Fly Fishing Tactics – Fly Rod Length

fly fishing tactics- how long thy rod

Like so many things in life, the ideal fly rod length has evolved not in a straight line, but rather, in a full circle. Today, the standard, or most commonly manufactured trout rod, is nine feet in length. Most manufacturers offer shorter rods for fishing small streams, and a few are beginning to offer longer rods […]

Product Reviews – Tips for Bargain Hunting

trout net

Product Reviews – Tips for Bargain Hunting Fly fishing gear continues to become more and more expensive. Consequently, I am always looking for bargains. Following are some tips for bargain hunting. The first step for the frugal angler is to understand the sales cycle of fly fishing gear. New products are invariably introduced at the […]

Fly Fishing History- the Overlooked Venables

fly fishing history- the overlooked Venables

For any who were hoping that this article would be about a forgotten or overlooked trout stream, a paradise for adventuresome fly fishers, you may be disappointed. The “Overlooked Venables” that I am referring to is Colonel Robert Venables, not a trout stream. He was an English gentleman who authored “The Experienced Angler”, published in […]

Conservation Controversy- Felts vs. Rubber

Zebra mussels, lake trout, didymo, northern snakehead, and myxobolus cerebralis- what do these have in common? They are all referred to as “exotic species” or “watershed invasives”. The US Watershed Council defines an invasive as “a non–native species introduced to an aquatic ecosystem that causes environmental and/or economic harm”. Once transplanted into a new environment […]