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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Still Water Midges, by John Barr

Midges hatch in still water starting in the spring and can continue hatching almost daily into the fall. The low light of morning or evening is prime time but on a cloudy day midges can hatch throughout the day. Trout will cruise just under the surface and pick off the pupas or adults, sometimes with a head-tail rise but usually there is just a boil on the surface. Fishing to trout midging in still water is challenging. Rising trout in flowing water usually stay in one spot and an accurate delivery is not difficult but trout that are rising in still water are cruising and if you cannot see the fish it is usually a guessing game where to make your cast.
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RIO’s new Switch Chucker

RIO Products Capitalizes on Switch Casting Trend with Switch Chucker Line

December 2, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, industry-leading manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, offers anglers an easy casting switch line to effortlessly throw streamers, indicators and sink tips.
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Fly Line Options, by Mark Raisler

They’re all about the same. Right?
A column by Mark Raisler

I was fishing Montana’s Missouri River this last week with Luca Troiani of Sweetgrass Rods. He of course had a full quiver of Sweetgrass Bamboo Rods. You know the shop. The bamboo craftsmen, Jerry Kustich & Glenn Bracket were once associated with Winston Rod Co. Now, are out on their own building awesome bamboo products in Twin Bridges Montana. Luca is one of the rod builders…and loves to fish.
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