Posted in Gear

Sling Packs

The fly fishing vest has been the garment that for decades marked someone as a fly fisher. Originally made of cotton canvas, the short-waisted vest with its many pockets was as distinctive as the fly rod and reel. Over time, the hot canvas vests gave way to lighter, cooler vests…

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Posted in Environmental

On the Beach: The Fukushima 21st Century Version

One of my favorite movies is On the Beach.  Released in 1959, it is a post-apocalyptic story of a group of people in Australia waiting for a radiation cloud to spread over them after a nuclear war in the northern hemisphere. But this is not a summer blockbuster about radioactive monsters…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Winston Offers Online Joan Wulff Instructional Videos

Winston Rods has just released the first six parts of a planned ten-part instructional online video series called One on One with Joan Wulff. Joan Wulff is a member of Winston’s Pro Staff Advisory Team, and is one of the greatest fly casters of all time. She has published books…

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Posted in Industry News and Rumors

Orvis On Sale at Fishwest: Economies of Scale At Work

Fishwest is one of the biggest internet fly fishing retailers. For years, they have sold gear from all the big names (e.g., Patagonia, Simms, Sage, Winston, and many others). I had posted earlier (see here) about the economies of scale emerging in the retail fly fishing market. That post included…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Bob Triggs’ The Secret Season

Bob Triggs, Olympic Peninsula Guide and flycasting instructor, reprised an article he first shared on the late Doug Rose’s blog several years ago. Bob’s take on fishing for sea run cutthroat trout is timely as ever. Excellent insights and tips. Read his article “The Secret Season” here.

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Technique and Tips

Into Darkness: Setting Back the Clock

Early yesterday I went to my favorite beach for a morning session chasing sea run cutthroat trout. I like this beach on the ebb where I’ve had consistent success, but decided to give it a try on the flood. The forecast was calling for rain later in the morning and…

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Retooling the Rod Inventory: Considering the Orvis Helios 2 8-Weight

I’ve had a long affection and appreciation for Winston rods. For years I admired the reputation and mystique of the Winston brand. I’ve owned a 5 weight BIIIX for over three years that I used on the Cedar and Yakima rivers. I loved its beautiful green color, the build quality,…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

October – Reflecting on the Change of Seasons and Journey’s End

Everyone has their favorite season and month. For me, it’s autumn and October. It may have started while I was growing up where autumn, and particularly October, was the break between two unpleasant seasons. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, summers were what were “90 and 90” – 90 degrees…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

The New Site Launch

I have decided the title of my old blog, Swinging the Fly, does not represent what this blog is really about. It’s more than just fly fishing, but fly fishing is at its core. The thing that was missing was the context of of where I live and where I…

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