Globe-Trotting: Making Fly-Fishing Travel Easier by Brian Horsley

B75_2381 Fly fisherman seem to enjoy expanding their horizons by targeting a variety of species—both fresh and saltwater—in different geographic locales. While fly anglers based in the United States have a diverse range of fly-fishing options located within our borders, we also are lucky because some truly world-class fishing destinations lurk just outside those invisible boundaries. Mexico, the Bahamas Islands, and Canada come to mind.

But, not so fast. International destinations usually involve air travel and some unique logistical challenges. And I’m not talking about researching flies and tackle, either. Continue reading

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10 Tips for Success with Stillwater Chironomids by Brian Chan

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I’ll be the first to admit I am a certified stillwater chironomid aficionado. I love the challenge of locating the hatch, determining what size and colour pupa the trout are selecting and dialing in the exact depth zone that the fish are feeding. All of this information needs to be assembled before the daily emergence subsides. Each day is unique in terms of when the emergence starts, at what depth zones the pupae are emerging from and the species of chironomids that are coming off. Even more amazing is that this specific insect emergence attracts the attention of the biggest fish in the lake. Trout literally gorge on the helpless pupa as they suspend or ascend up through the water column.

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Skagit Tips by April Vokey

AV6-400The first Spey line that I ever purchased came packaged in a box as thick as an encyclopedia. Like a book cover designed to culminate my curiosity, the word ‘Spey prominently highlighted the box’s crisp edge and sold me on the promise of its contents.

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An Open Letter From Fly Fishing Industry Leaders









May 20, 2015

An open letter to Congress from fly fishing industry leaders:

As leaders of America’s top fly fishing companies, we write to express our support for the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore protections for our nation’s headwater streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Simply put, the proposed Waters of the United States rule is a good one, and it should be allowed to move through the federal rulemaking process without interference from Congress.

The small waters to which this important draft rule applies are the lifeblood for many of our country’s prized fisheries. They flow into rivers, streams and lakes that provide the foundation of our industry—our bottom lines depend on intact watersheds, cold, clean rivers and streams and intact, fishable habitat.

Given that fishing in America supports approximately 828,000 jobs, results in nearly $50 billion annually in retail sales and has an economic impact of about $115 billion every year (Sportfishing in America, American Sportfishing Association, 2013), it stands to reason that the health of our nation’s waters is vital to the continued success of our industry, and to the health of America’s economy. We urge you to allow the EPA rulemaking process to continue unimpeded.

In recent years, participation in fishing and hunting—fly fishing included—has grown. We are seeing robust interest in our sport and it is translating to our sales, to the numbers of employees we hire right here in America, and to the health of brick-and-mortar retailers all over the country. Like us, their businesses depend on clean, fishable water.

But, in addition to being acutely interested in the health of our watersheds, we are also concerned that blocking this rulemaking process could turn back the clock on the progress our nation has made since the Clean Water Act was put into place more than 40 years ago. Today, rivers that once actually caught fire are home to remarkable runs of steelhead and brown trout. Streams that were once uninhabitable for native brook trout are now home to robust populations of these prized fish. What’s more, our country’s drinking water is healthier and safer than ever before.

Please consider the present state of our watersheds before interfering in a proven process that has generated nearly a million comments from the public in support of this rule. While we understand that politics these days can be tumultuous and rancorous, we strongly encourage you not to play politics with clean water.

Thank you.

Travis Campbell, President and CEO, Far Bank Enterprises (Sage, Redington and RIO)
Dave Perkins, Vice Chairman, The Orvis Co.
K.C. Walsh, President and Owner, Simms Fishing Products,
John Land Le Coq, CEO and Founder, Fishpond/Lilypond Inc.

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Hex Magic in Michigan by Pete Humphreys

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Mention the word Hex to a regular John Doe and it may bring thoughts of sorcerer’s spells and curses from the Dark Age’s. Mention the word Hex to a Michigan fly fisherman and you will see his eyes twinkle, sweat bead on brow and a strange trembling at the knees. So what is it about fishing the Hex Mayfly hatch that gets us so worked up? Continue reading

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Babies of Campeche by Cathy Beck



It’s 6 a.m. in Campeche, Mexico, and in the background I can see the lights of a Starbucks, a soon-to-be busy highway, and the hotel that I will call home for the next three days. Around me are a group of guides setting up rods, loading ice coolers into flats boats and promising us that the weather is going to be perfect. Soon we leave the shoreline behind and head into the darkness – our day is starting.

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