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Orvis Helios 3D Review

Periodically I like to cast fly rods from different rod companies. It provides an opportunity to learn the differences in action and performance between rods of a similar class. That then requires me to adjust my casting stroke to obtain the best performance from an individual rod. I consider both…

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Hooks for Local Saltwater

Justin Waters is a fly-fishing guide on Hood Canal and is the owner of All-Waters Fly Fishing. I met Justin when he worked at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop. I’ve always been grateful to Justin for the information he has always been willing to share. In particular, he was the…

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Commando and Coho

I went to Narrows Park today, hitting the beach at the tidal change on the ebb. I had two goals in mind. The first was to test out the new integrated Commando Smooth line from Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST). The second was to see if I could entice a…

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The Kelp of August

Fly fishing in Puget Sound in August often means high temperatures (as has been true the past weeks) and hazy skies from distant forest fires (as was true last year). But there is another consistent issue in parts of Puget Sound in August and that is the kelp forests that…

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EWA Fly Fest

Last Saturday I drove to Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle for the Emerald Water Anglers (EWA) Fly Fest. This was the first time I’ve attended – and wound up driving as waiting for the ferry up in Port Orchard would have taken longer than driving. Me-Kwa-Mooks, meaning “shaped like a…

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Thomas & Thomas Avantt – First Fishing Report

I’ve been fishing the Avantt on local beaches over the last month and I wanted to provide a first report on actually fishing the rod. I knew this was a phenomenal rod from the casting I did at Emerald Water Anglers and in my extended casting in my backyard (read…

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Choosing the Right Tippet

Rio has a new video on choosing tippet material. This is an interesting video in that it shows how different materials and stiffness affect breaking strength. In addition, Simon Gawesworth provides recommendations on which leader/tippet combination is best for which use. You can see the video here.

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Fly Line AFTMA Standard Explained

Fly lines are one of the biggest sources of confusion and debate in fly fishing. Confusion is not just limited to beginners. Walk into any fly shop and there can be a bewildering number of choices. Fly fishing forums often have lengthy debates on various lines and arguments about one-half…

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Thomas and Thomas Avantt – Backyard Casting Review

As might have been expected from my last post on the Thomas and Thomas (T&T) Avantt, I ordered one in six-weight with fighting butt and aluminum reel seat. Once I got it from Emerald Water Anglers (EWA), I looked over the rod and saw the fit and finish was even…

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Thomas and Thomas Avantt – Shop Casting Review

I had been looking for a special fly rod for the last year. My medical adventure of late 2016 through early 2017 provided me with a good amount of time to think about what’s important in life. I came to the conclusion, as Thoreau wrote in Walden and Other Writings,…

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