Posted in Commentary and Reflections

A Shared Demo Day – Cooperation as a Model

Walk into any fly shop, even one loaded with high-end gear, and you’re looking at a very small business. The industry itself is very small. Field and Stream’s Fly Talk blog (see link) reported last year that a study done for  American Fly Fishing Trade Association found that sales for the…

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Posted in Industry News and Rumors

Latest Angler Trends Media Report

AnglerSurvey.com has just released its latest angler trends media report, covering May-June 2013. The results are captured in the graphic below. It’s interesting but should be obvious that the top two types of items purchased are flies and tippets. Those are basically consumables that have to be replaced as previous…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Strikes, But No Sets

Last Sunday I spent the last hour of an ebbing tide fishing at a local state park beach that I had not fished before. In that time I had at least 6 firm strikes on my popper with two to three other probable, but was unable to land any of…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

The Rod Maker’s Journey

Tom Morgan is a custom rod builder, and is the former owner of Winston Fly Rods (1975-1981) where he built the reputation of Winston rods first in bamboo, then in fiberglass and graphite. But he is more than a good businessman; he is an artist of the highest order. To…

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