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Fly Fishing in Shenandoah National Park

Fly Fishing in Shenandoah National Park

This weekend I decided to go camping and fly fishing in Shenandoah National Park.  I’ve been looking forward to visiting the park since moving to DC, and I love fishing small streams for wild trout.  Growing up in North Carolina, small trout streams remind me of the reason I started fly fishing.  I enjoy spending my free time outdoors and surrounded by natural beauty.  I spend most of my time in a city, and it’s important for me to have…

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DIY Fly Tying Tools

DIY Fly Tying Tools

Over the years, I’ve made a few DIY fly tying tools to improve my fly tying experience.  There aren’t many of us anglers that enjoy spending a lot of money on gear, but there are always new tools to make your life easier.  One of the simplest ways to add a little something extra to your tying is to make a small velcro tool to rough up the dubbing on your flies. It’s a quick way to add a little…

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How to fly fish nymphs

How to fly fish nymphs

It’s been a hot topic in the fly fishing world for several years now, and it seems everyone has their own tried and true method on how to fly fish nymphs.  As a self taught angler, when I first saw someone nymphing; I had so many questions. How are they detecting strikes? Why are they using a bobber to fly fish? What is going on here?!  In my mind, I had always thought of fly fishing as making a delicate…

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How to tight line nymph – A video guide

How to tight line nymph – A video guide

I was fishing recently and decided I wanted to make a video to show others how to tight line nymph.  I’ve taught many people who have never picked up a rod how to use this tactic. It’s a fantastic technique to have in your bag of tricks if you want to be more successful and diverse on the water. I’ve used it countless times when the water is skinny, fish are easily spooked, or there’s simply no room to cast. …

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More on my Favorite Dry and Dropper Rig for the Swift River

More on my Favorite Dry and Dropper Rig for the Swift River

Over the weekend, I hit the swift river below route 9 and caught several trout on my favorite dry dropper rig.  It’s fairly simple rig and consists of two flies that are easy to tie.  I had success with rainbows and brook trout on the same two flies.  The brook trout alternated between taking the dry fly or emerger, and the rainbows seemed to prefer the smaller emerger fly in a size 30. Here I am fishing to some risers…

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Good Friday Fishing

Good Friday Fishing

Wow, it’s been a busy few weeks, but I finally got outside again.  I took a trip to the Swift river on Good Friday, and it was indeed a good day.  I expected a lot of crowds, but there was plenty of room down below the Route 9 bridge.  The flows on most Massachusetts rivers are still high, and I’m excited to check out my other favorite steams once the water levels lower. Most of my success came from tight…

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Cheap Wading Boot Studs

Cheap Wading Boot Studs

I recently bought a new pair of rubber soled Patagonia Ultralight boots to replace the worn out pair of boots I’ve had for 3 or 4 years now.  Convincing myself to replace certain gear can be like pulling teeth, but they had started to split at the seams and there was no other option.  I do have another pair of felt soled boots, but they are reserved as an extra pair for people I take fishing. Left foot done, right…

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Essential Knots for Fly Fishing

Essential Knots for Fly Fishing

Whenever I’ve taken someone fly fishing for the first time, the question of knots comes up quickly.  It’s a part of fly fishing that becomes second nature over time, and I think anglers forget that not everyone ties knots as a hobby.  Efficient and reliable knots help us spend our time fishing, rather than fiddling with line and flies. I usually rig up my rod with the flies I plan to use before I leave my house to fish.  This…

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