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Floating Fly Line Comparison: Ambush versus Outbound Short

I’m always looking for ways to reduce the amount of gear I have to take beach fishing.  I moved from a vest to a sling pack several years ago; take only a few flies in a small case; and carry only one or two sizes of tippet material (typically 1X…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Whither Independently Owned Fly Shops?

There have been a number of announcements through 2013 related to consolidation in fly shop ownership. At first glance, the announcements may be interesting to customers of the different businesses. But I think they say something about the future of retail fly-fishing shops. Grizzly Hackle, a very successful brick and…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

I’ve Gone Net

I had never used a net while wading in either rivers or saltwater. I thought nets were cumbersome and difficult to keep out of the way – particularly with a sling pack, which I use. However, after my last trip to the saltwater, I’ve decided I need to use a…

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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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Posted in Gear

Fly Box Simplication – A Status Update

  I had a previous post about using Plano boxes as fly warehouses – from which individual flies are pulled for the day’s fishing (see post here) I wanted to report on what I’ve found. I started with my saltwater flies, as I have a smaller assortment for sea-run cutthroat…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

The Closing

I’ve made mention in previous posts about our move to Gig Harbor. The house was ours on the first of July.  We started hauling boxes over immediately. Movers brought over the big items (e.g., beds and furniture) the following weekend. Last week we cleared out the storage locker we used…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Quick and Easy Tying On a Fly

I saw this video on MidCurrent. It’s a neat little way of quickly tying on a fly using your forceps. Now if there was a quick way of threading the eye of the hook. See the video here.

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