Light, Composition and Action

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THERE ARE A LOT OF ELEMENTS TO A SUCCESSFUL PHOTOGRAPH. MANY ARE TECHNICAL, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ARE AESTHETIC. A technically perfect image is worthless if it doesn't capture the eye, and the imagination, of the viewer. Unfortunately, most new photographers get so wrapped up in...

Working a Steelhead

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I had the opportunity to watch my friend Jeff Hickman work a shy Steelhead the other day and his effort was exemplary. Swinging flies for winter steelhead is a game of numbers, very small numbers. It's a given when chasing winter fish that there may be...

Fly Fishing Tips for Stocked Trout

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My first memory of bringing a trout to hand with a fly rod took place back in the spring of 1990, on a seasonal trout stream, located 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA. It was a far cry from a trophy trout at 10-inches, but...

The more things change, the more they stay the same

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I RECEIVED THIS PHOTO FROM MY BROTHER TOM, VIA TEXT MESSAGE. It seems he has been sorting through some of the belongings that my grandparents left behind. In an old dresser he found this list in my young handwriting. My guess is that this dates from...

10 Yellow Sally Fly Patterns That I Love

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When I think back on all the times I've fished Yellow Sally stonefly hatches over the years, I honestly can't remember ever having a bad fishing experience. If I can find them on the water, I usually have no problem getting trout to take my...