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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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Posted in Gear

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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Posted in Gear

One Backing to Rule Them All II

My last post was an introduction to the topic of fly-line backing. Read here. The primary issue discussed was that backing has to provide both sufficient quantity and strength for the type of fishing to be done. This becomes critical when one fishes in an area where there are choices…

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Posted in Gear

One Backing to Rule Them All I

If there is one component of a fly-fishing rig that is given little more than passing thought, it is the fly line backing. Fly fishers obsess over reels and rods; analyze the performance of fly lines and leaders, but backing – never. Buy a new reel, and the backing is…

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Posted in Environmental

National Geographic Article on Warming Streams

Climate change is claimed by some to be pseudo-science, as if belief in magic, cynicism, and ignorance represent sound scientific thinking; yes, I’m talking about religious conservatives; paid flacks of the fossil fuel industries; and corporations planning revenue streams based on climate change.  They represent a toxic mix that stifles…

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