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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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