The Magic of Soft Hackles

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SOFT HACKLES ARE THE SHARKS OF THE FLY BOX. Like the shark, the soft hackle is one of the oldest of its ilk, and like those ancient predators, it has evolved very little from its inception. Like the shark, it is a deadly design that could...

The Blanket Octopus is the Damnedest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

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FROM THE "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?" FILES. On a recent blue water fly fishing trip with Captain Ron Doerr out of Jupiter, Florida, I saw something truly strange. It looked like a woman's scarf floating in the water. Bright red, yellow and green, it seemed...

DIY Fly Line Loop with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Most fly lines these days already come with welded loops at the ends for the easy attachment of backing and leaders. If you fish as much as I do though, eventually they get worn out and need to be replaced. Most anglers just use a...

Emergency Line Splicing

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The other day I was out fishing with my buddy Rob Parkins when things took a sudden turn for the worse. I was making a cast and the line at my feet caught on something sharp. I shot the line with so much power that my...

Garners Carp Dancer

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CARP ARE A NOTORIOUSLY PICKY FISH. Anyone who's thrown a fly at carp can tell you what a frustrating experience it can be. Fortunately our resident warm water expert Garner Reid has a solution. The Carp Dancer. The carp dancer is tied on a curved shank hook...