Use Long Leaders for Flat Water

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The saying a picture tells a thousand words is true, particularly in this case, as a tool for me explaining how important it is to use a long leader when fly fishing on flat water. In the picture above, take a moment to view the disturbances...



Sunday Classic / Fish With Benefits

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I was asked the other day what was my favorite species of fish. That's a really tough question for me. Sort of a Sophie's choice question. After thinking about it for a long time I answered trout, for a host of reasons, but I quickly...



Spotting Big Trout in all the Wrong Places

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One of my home waters that I spend 500 plus hours a year guiding on is notorious for big fish holding in water that most people would consider horrible trout water. I'm talking about water that is less than a foot deep that even veteran...



Sunday Classic / PUTMBAK!

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I wonder what the Great Lakes Steelhead would think if he knew what a controversial fish he is. No, he's not a native fish. Yes, it's a completely man made fishery. No, it's not a wild and scenic experience. Is he a real steelhead? Who...



Stipe Takes on Gierach, R.E.M. Records Fly Fishing Album

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WHEN MICHAEL STIPE, LEAD SINGER FOR THE BAND R.E.M., MADE A STRING OF APPEARANCES ON THE COLBERT REPORT AROUND THE HOLIDAYS I WAS SHOCKED BY HIS CURRENT PHYSICAL APPEARANCE. To be sure, none of us are getting any younger and I applaud Stipe for embracing his...