Saturday Shoutout / The Deep End

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Who needs more sharks?

Who doesn’t love a good shark video? If you’ve never caught shark on the fly, you owe it to yourself to do it, at least once. Here’s a great video my buddy Conway Bowman chasing 1000 pound mako sharks off the coast of California.

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Cuda VS Shark: Video

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By Louis Cahill

Barracuda Vs shark, who will win?

What happens when you hook a big barracuda on the fly, and you’re in the fight of your life, and a hungry shark shows up right at the boat? Glenn Ancelet found out at the January Bonefish School in South Andros. Fortunately, I got the whole thing on video!

Who’s your money on, the cud or the shark?

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deGala’s CDC Callibaetis

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By Herman deGala

A new twist on a classic trout pattern.

In escrima, Filipino Martial Arts, we have what is called a “Colonial Mentality”. For years escrima languished in obscurity in the Philippines while martial arts from other countries grew and became very popular. It hasn’t been until the last 15 years that escrima has come in to the limelight and become cool again.

Like everyone, I love seeing the new flies as they come out. The innovative use of materials and technique has been amazing. With better access to quality materials and the proliferation of technique videos on the web, there’s no telling where this can go.

But the old stuff still works and works well. Below is a video of my most productive fly for callibaetis. I’ve updated the hook and changed the bead to tungsten, but it is still that same old pattern. In rust, it mimics the larval instar stage of the callibaetis and the point at which it is most vulnerable in its development. Fished on a stillwater line and stripped in six inch bursts toward shore, it’s a morsel of food the trout can’t ignore.

Take a look into the corners of your boxes and pull out that fly that netted you over 60 fish in one day. Sure, tie it on one of those sexy jig hooks. Add one of those tungsten beads with the distressed paint job. You’ll find what was once old has become new again.


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Keep a Backup Nymph Rig Ready

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Changing out flies on the water takes time but is often necessary to catch trout consistently all day.

Keeping a pre-rigged tandem nymph rig ready to go, will allow you to quickly change out your flies from one hole to the next and save you critical time when your fishing time is limited. They’re great to have when you find your hot fly has turned cold, when you break your rig off on a snag or find yourself with a nasty tangled mess. Let’s face it, we often find ourselves in question on the water, particularly in the first hour after we’ve wet our line. It can take some time to figure out what the trout want for the day, and by having a couple different pre-rigged tandem nymph rigs on hand, you’ll find it much more efficient to try multiple fly patterns and rigs out, and that should help you dial-in quicker and start catching trout.

Sometimes the tandem nymph rig you just caught trout with in the hole downstream, may fail to get the attention of the trout in the next hole you fish. This isn’t always the case, but sometimes for sure. In fact, this happened to me just the other day. My client had landed a fish out of the first three holes we fished in the morning with a woolly bugger lead fly and a micro san juan worm dropper. As my client worked the fourth hole of the day, the bites abruptly stopped, despite him making several great presentations and drifts. Knowing there were fish in the hole, I snipped off the rig and tied on one of my different pre-rigged nymph rigs.

First cast, my client landed a trout, and he went on to

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G&G #KeepEmWet Photo Contest  v.2018

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By Justin Pickett

It’s time for another “Keep ‘Em Wet” photo contest!

Last year’s contest was a great success with hundreds of entries. We had some amazing submissions from our readers, and we are looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to this year! Working in conjunction with, we look forward to continuing to spread the message to keep fish in water.

Not just a phrase, #keepemwet has become a practice that many of us have chosen to uphold with hopes that leading by example will convince others to keep fish in the water, whether they are snapping photos or not. Fish need water to survive, and we can all do a better job of doing our part to protect the fish that we pursue, whether it be trout, steelhead, bonefish, musky, or tarpon.

We want to see your best, most creative “Keep ‘Em Wet” photos! Get out on the water and submit two of your favorite photos for the challenge before midnight on May 15th. Louis and I will be judging on the content and creativity of the photos, and we will announce a winner on May 18th! We can all benefit from keeping fish wet, but here’s how you will benefit even more by keeping your catches in H2O!

So what’s up for grabs?!

1st Place: Orvis Mirage Reel

“Own the Fight with the most advanced drag system ever designed. Adjustment from zero to dead stop in a single drag-knob rotation. The Orvis Mirage renders any previous perception of “smooth drag” to obsolescence. Completely sealed and maintenance free. American made.” – Orvis

2nd Place: Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack, River Rat 2.0, and “Don’t Tread On Me” Trucker Hat.

“Able to carry all the flies that you could possibly need in a day’s fishing, the Gunnison is designed to organize and comfortably carry all of the essentials. Constructed from “Cyclepond” recycled nylon with an integrated net holder, places for all your largest fly boxes, water bottles, tools, and more.” – Fishpond

3rd Place: Plan D Boat Box with Custom Art by Michael Williams

Mike has become known for his epic, color sketches of trout, as well as many other species of fish, on several media, such as Cliff and Plan D fly boxes, as well as trucker hats. If you’re interested in Michael’s work, check him out on Instagram (@greenbusdesigns_mikewilliams), or on his website (!

Go get out on the water and put some fish in the net over the next two weeks, and good luck to those of you who submit your photos!

For more information about Keep ‘Em Wet, please visit



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The Ring of Fire

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“For every species, anywhere in the world, there’s a ring of fire…” – Oliver White.

Oliver stopped by for dinner during the January Bonefish School at Bair’s Lodge this year, and it didn’t take long for the conversation to turn to his angling adventures around the world. One of the guests asked him, in his experience, how important is casting skill. The answer was, in summary, it’s everything.

Oliver began to spin the woven placemat, about the size of a vinyl LP, in front of him.

“For every species, anywhere in the world, there’s a ring of fire, put the fly in that ring and it will be eaten.” He lifted the placemat, “It’s about this big.”

Obviously, when we are talking about fly fishing at this level there are a hundred variables and choices the angler makes which affect success, but if the fly isn’t in the zone, you aren’t in the game. In spite of angry angler rants to the contrary, casting skill does matter. Anglers who can cast farther, more accurately, and in harsher conditions will catch more fish. That’s simple math. So, practice your casting, and I’ll leave it there. What is more interesting to me is the idea of knowing exactly where that placemat lands.

The ring of fire is always on the move.

Where exactly the fly should be placed is the first question an angler should ask themselves when making a presentation. Far more important

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Sunday Classic / There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Perm

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Just perms, and big perms. Happy perms and happy clouds. If you can’t catch perms, you can always drink.

Here’s Bob Ross to teach you how!

The Bob Ross Drinking Game

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Saturday Shoutout / Desert Bass

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Like big bronze backs and top water eats? This film is for you.

Todd Moen, of Catch Magazine, always delivers the good stuff. Here’s a great short film just in time for spring. These shots of chugging poppers and explosive takes have me ready for a little ditch fishing.


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The Reach Cast: Video

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The reach cast can be the difference between catching fish and not.

All too often you find yourself casting across fast water to a rising trout on the far bank. It’s a classic set up and one that can make you crazy. You land your fly in the exact spot, only to have it dragged away as the faster current midstream pulls a belly in your line.

Your best shot at hooking a fish in this scenario is to make a reach cast. The reach cast builds a mend into your line before it touches the water. It can buy you a perfect drift long enough to fool a sipping trout.

Make your normal cast and after you stop your rod tip to form the loop, move the rod tip upstream as the loop unrolls. The movement is perpendicular to the angle of the cast so the tension stays in the line and keeps it energized and on course. Once you know how to make this cast, you’ll wonder how you ever fished without it.


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In Our Fly We Trust

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By Jesse Lowry

Fishing is as much of a mental game as any sport.

Whether it’s having confidence in your gear, the conditions, your technique, hell, even in the fish, the psychological factors play a role in how we perform on the water.

While a multitude of factors can be considered when deciding where, when, how, and with what we fish, having too much focus. or a focusing only on the negative factors, can be what stands between us and a successful day on the water. For instance, worrying that you can’t make a cast, or the weather is going to put the fish down, or these currents are going to make it tough to get a good drift, or the tide might not be ideal for this spot, or maybe I don’t have on the right fly.

While these are all valid factors to consider, they are all directed at the negative aspects of the proverbial hand we are dealt. This train of thought is tough to change. It is in our hard wiring. We are inherently risk averse as a species and thus try to avoid negative outcomes by using past experience as a guide. This leads to a bias where we focus on how we can fail as opposed to how we can succeed. Changing this type of thinking takes time and has to be done in baby steps. In my opinion a good place to start changing this biased way of thinking is with the fly we tie on.

I’ve had the same conversation with numerous fly fishermen in different parts of the world, regarding different species of fish and the consensus has been the same. A fly

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