The Basics of Dubbing

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By Bob Reece What the beginning tyer needs to know about dubbing. Creating beautiful, well proportioned flies is a skill which takes time and practice to master. One of the least intuitive steps in the process is working with dubbing. The thousands of dubbing choices on the...

Dreaming of Steelhead

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I WOKE THREE TIMES LAST NIGHT DREAMING THAT I WAS FISHING FOR STEELHEAD. Not epic, fish hoisting, hero shoting, steelhead fishing but, ass backwards, pointless, penitent steelhead fishing. Swinging tiny flies on floating lines in the turbid, chocolate waters of spring run off (and this is...

Never Give Up on a Bonefish

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WE ALL KNOW THE HEARTBREAK OF SEEING A BIG FISH SPOOK AND RUN WHEN WE MAKE A CAST. Whether its due to a poor presentation, the fish catching sight of us or something completely random and out of our control doesn't matter. The pain is the...

New Treatment for Casters Elbow

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Ok, it tennis elbow but it might as easily be casters elbow. If you've spent much time on the cork end of a fly rod you've felt that burning in the elbow. Probably while you were fighting a big fish. That's when it usually gets me....

Not Today

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"WHEN I SAY I LOVE TO FISH, THAT'S THE KIND OF LOVE I'M TALKING ABOUT. THE KIND OF LOVE THAT COMES WITH PAIN AND STRUGGLE AND DEATH. THE KIND OF LOVE YOU EVENTUALLY WISH YOU HAD NEVER KNOWN." The night sky is just opening its eyes....