Fishing the Drop-off, by Brian Chan

Life is pretty simple for trout and char living in productive stillwaters. Ideal habitat consists of access to easily available food sources which are in close proximity to the protection of deeper water. The drop-off area offers both, which in the end, benefits trout by conserving their energy for other life activities. Biologically, the drop-off includes the area from the edge of the shoal or littoral zone to the start of the deepwater zone. It is the transition area that is sloping off to the deepest parts of the lake. It is the last zone of habitat that is under the influence of the sun and the benefits of photosynthesis. Drop-offs can range from long, gradually deepening slopes to short, abrupt almost cliff-like drops to deep water. The deepest edges of drop-offs would be up to 25 feet in depth.
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Florida Largemouth and Franken-Bass, by Jon B. Cave

When it comes to flyfishing for largemouth bass, Florida arguably offers the best opportunities in the world. The overwhelming majority of the largemouth population in the State is the Florida subspecies (Micropterus floridanus). One of their predominant characteristics is the ability to attain a greater size than other varieties of black bass. Ten-pounders are caught with regularity and specimens weighing over 15 pounds are reported from time to time. There are also established populations of the northern strain of bass (Micropterus salmoides), but they don’t grow quite as large as their cousins to the south although some anglers consider salmoides to be more aggressive.
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New Addition to the OutBound Short Family

RIO Products Adds to its Popular OutBound Short Series of Fly Lines

January 2, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, industry-leading manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, augments its ultra-powerful, easy casting OutBound Short series with a new, slow sinking line to give anglers plenty of options at their fingertips.
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Touch-and-Go Casts, by Topher Browne

Skagit lines are the featured attraction on many steelhead rivers in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re fishing for winter steelhead with a two-handed rod, they are hard to beat. Most anglers use sustained-anchor or waterborne casts—the snap-t, the c-spey, the double spey—with skagit lines. As their load requirements differ, touch-and-go casts like the single spey and the snake roll are less popular with skagit lines. Most sinking lines for two-handed casting in North America are designed for skagit casting, but there are options for touch-and-go casters who need to get their flies down.
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Forrest Gump’s Mom was Right, by Cathy Beck

This week has brought home to me one of the fundamental rules of fly fishing – when the water isn’t clear enough to see the bottom, start with close, short casts. We teach it in all of our fly fishing clinics, I know the rule and yet it’s so easy to walk into the water, strip off 30 feet of line and start casting all of it. Why is it that even when we know better, our minds are programmed to think that all of the fish will be out there and not in here?
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In Search of the Worm, by Barry Beck

Bob Hines patiently sits in his 23 foot Skeeter in Mansion Bay, he occasionally stands and looks around. “They’re here, I can feel it,” he says. What he’s looking for are the aquatic worms that show up every year in May on this Rhode Island coast and with the worms come the striped bass who plan to feed on them. “You won’t believe it,” Hines says, “they’ll be everywhere.” Surrounding us in the bay are other boats whose occupants also believe in the worms and the feeding orgy that is about to take place. So here we sit. My wife, Cathy, remarks that no one is fishing. “They’re all waiting for the worms.” Bob says. Ok. So we wait.
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