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October day at the Swift River

October day at the Swift River

I decided to spend another October day at the swift river. The idea of landing that huge brown proved to be too much of a draw.  I did see the brown a couple of times, but it was moving around and seemingly not interested in flies.  I did however manage to catch a wide variety of trout. There was an endless population of rainbow trout there to take a fly.  I think I ended up catching more bows than brook…

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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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A June day at the Millers river

A June day at the Millers river

It has been quite some time since I’ve had the opportunity to fish the Millers, so I was glad to be back in the area a couple weeks ago.  The flows in Massachusetts have finally fallen to more easily wade-able levels, and I decided to go check out one of my favorite spots.  This section of the river has a little something for everyone.  It starts with riffles that empty into a long pool, which glides downstream into faster water….

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A winter and spring fly

A winter and spring fly

I know this is an extremely popular fly, but I had a ton of success with the Rainbow Warrior this winter and early spring.  It seems to work well for me in the darker water of freestone streams in MA, and I often tie them in sizes 20 or smaller. In many cases, I don’t have even have all the materials to tie a by-the-book warrior, so I’ll just use what I have.  I find that it works just as…

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Women in Fly Fishing History – International Women’s Day

Women in Fly Fishing History – International Women’s Day

I decided awhile back to write a post about the contributions that women have made to fly fishing.  Today is International Women’s Day (I posted this a day late, because I was fishing yesterday), and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to post it. As a primarily male dominated pursuit, I think it’s important to note that women have had a huge impact on the development on fly fishing, and the sport wouldn’t be the same without them….

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Fly Fishing and Practice – Improving your fly casting

Fly Fishing and Practice – Improving your fly casting

One of the best ways to elevate your skills in any pursuit is with practice.  This is especially true of fly fishing. I came across this video today by TedEd, which describes the biological developments we go through as we practice.  It gives a few helpful tips on how to progress skills and stay focused. I think this advice especially applies to improving your fly casting.  As the video mentions, starting out slow and planning the movements in your head…

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Fly Fishing Book Recommendations

Fly Fishing Book Recommendations

One of the ways I starting accelerating my skills as an angler was to read a lot.  You can’t always run into one of the world’s best fishermen on a local stream, but you can read and learn from books and articles.  In the years since I started fly fishing, there have been times when I thought I had everything figured out; only to get to the stream the next day and be skunked on my newly developed technique.  This…

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