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The Unseen Good

Posted 09-04-2012 at 02:15 PM by fatdaddy

I assume that most people who enjoy the outdoors could be considered ‘thinkers’. As a fly angler, or an angler in general, I feel that I am more so due to the unique relationship fly fishing has with conservation and the Natural Balance. The immortal echo of Thoreau has been mirrored in most every popular work on the subject of fly fishing, both literary and motion picture. Even recently April Vokey had an article in Fly Fusion about her ceasing to photograph the steelhead she brings in out of...
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Good times and rough water

Posted 08-23-2012 at 03:43 PM by fatdaddy

So I've had to take what I can get here and stick to my local waters. As I've quickly found out, I'm actually sitting on a gold mine!

In my 100 meters of river I have every possible stretch of water I know of. I've had plenty of cutthroat and rainbows over the last several weeks in many ways! I've taken them on dries (Elk Hair Caddis in olive that I tied myself..ahem ahem) as well as nymphing, and with streamers. Got a sweet 15" on a Muddler in a deep pool. Click the image to open in full size....
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Cheap Cheap Cheap

Posted 08-06-2012 at 03:39 PM by fatdaddy

Most things in life are not free. And it seems true that the better things in life cost a lot. Fly fishing is by far the best form of angling I’ve ever experienced. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll plop a Carolina/Texas/Drop-shot with the best of them. I have thrown a heavy shrimp laden rig into the surf…but I cannot get enough of fly fishing. Being so new to the art and so low on time, how does one go about getting started correctly? From my experience in previous hobbies I can tell you that the...
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There I was...

Posted 08-03-2012 at 02:36 PM by fatdaddy

Whew…I put the hurt on ‘em. Little fish didn’t stand a chance last Tuesday when I walked out there with my car setup. I’ve started to keep a 6’6” Eagle Claw Featherlite Fiberglass rod in my car at all times, with some 4X tippet and about 12 wet flies.

It earned its keep when I was catching something every cast this last outing. My hit list included some yearlings of largemouth and smallmouth. But most of the repeat offenders were Pumpkinseed Sunfish and Rock bass. I don’t know...
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Short Runs & Season Closures Don't Mean The End, Just The Beginning of Something Else

Posted 07-30-2012 at 04:31 PM by Hardyreels

That's the situation facing many people here in my part of Alaska. I imagine that many gear fishermen are out there heaving lures into the high and turbid waters and some are probably hauling out some Sockeye to boot. Me, I'm a fly fisherman who uses quiet little salmon flies to catch his fish and these conditions are not conducive to my having great success. With that reality in mind we decided to do some traveling, this was early July 2012. The trip started with a drive along Turnagain Arm of...
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