Regarding The River

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  What can I tell you about her? The one that I love. The one with whom I have left my heart. Dark and lovely. Moody and sullen, she gives little away. Sometimes capricious, never predictable, she keeps me in wonder, in awe. She keeps...

Warm Weather Can = Early Hatches

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I almost got caught with my pants down fishing a spring creek the other day. Without even giving it a second thought, I had left the cabin without one of my dry fly boxes, that’s loaded with all my favorite Sulphur and Light Cahill patterns....

How Louis Got His Groove Back

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of confidence in fly fishing. It’s often the special sauce on success.   I squint into the sun. My eyes burn from sweat and sun screen. I take a few deep breaths and puff them back out. I stretch...

Chug a Coke, Save a Bleeding Fish.

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There’s nothing worse than watching a big beautiful wild fish bleed out from a damaged gill. I found myself in just that situation with a big brown trout one day. Watching helplessly as the water turned red. Thank God Kent was with me. Thinking fast...

When your fly is there, be aware!

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Situational awareness may be the most important thing in fly fishing. I’ve touched on this before but it occurs to me that the subject needs more attention. Quite possibly the most important thing in fly fishing is situational awareness. That is, knowing what your fly...