Posted in Environmental Gear

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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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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Posted in Technique and Tips

Backing Color and Line Weights

Have you ever had problems trying to identify what line size you have on a spool? You may know the situation. Over time you’ve collected fly lines you like in different weights and spooled them up. Then one day you open your drawer (or wherever you keep them), and while…

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The Alchemy of Fly Rods and Fly Lines: Rethinking the BIII-SX

I’ve been out in my backyard over the last few days to do some practice casting and continue my evaluation of a few fly lines. It’s been sunny and relatively warm (high 50s), something that’s not going to last, with rain and wind coming tomorrow. This time out has reminded…

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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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