Sunday Classic / Use Birds to Quickly Locate Bait and Schools of Fish

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Certain times of the year in both freshwater and saltwater, anglers can use flocks of actively feeding birds to locate large concentrations of bait and fish. This was the case during my recent fly fishing trip with Capt. Joel Dickey. First thing, early in the...

The Sharp End of the Boat

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By David Grossman LOOKING BACK ON MY FEW SUCCESSES AND MANY FAILURES, THE THIN LINE BETWEEN THE TWO WAS USUALLY MENTAL. There are plenty of folks more qualified to talk about knots, casting, tides, and the thousands of other factors that go into becoming a proficient saltwater...

Sunday Classic / Wind in Saltwater is Your Friend Not Your Enemy

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Its 6:30am in the morning when we arrive at the boat launch in Big Pine Key, FL. Within minutes of stepping out of the car the stagnant humid air begins to suffocate my body. The North Georgia mountain weather that I've grown so accustomed to, feels...

Making the Best of Bad Conditions

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by Johnny Spillane Saltwater fly fishing is totally dependent on conditions. Recently I flew down to Orlando for the IFTD/ICAST show and I decided to fly in a day early and spend some time in the saltwater with my good friend Scott Harkins, who works for Simms,...

Tarpon on the Fly: 10 Rookie Mistakes

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I'll never forget heading down to the Florida Keys for my first fishing trip for tarpon on the fly. Cruise control set and adrenaline pumping through my veins, that fifteen hour drive south only felt like it took four hours. My rookie confidence was overflowing,...