Fly Fishing Bass: A Passion for Life

It was the year 1981 when I had my first fly fishing experiences with trout and chub. Things changed when I discovered (black) bass on the fly in 1984. I fell in love immediately.

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Carp flies: a tasty bread pattern

Fly fishing carp has become increasingly popular since the species is found in many habitats. Rainer Ballin provides a step-by-step for one of the best carp flies.

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Fishing Pliers – What to look for

Fishing pliers are one of the most important tools when hitting the water. They can remove a hook, cut a line or even the shank of a hook. Here is what you should look for.

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Bamboo Fly Rod Fling

A small group of pacific northwest bamboo fly rod makers and collectors assemble each spring to inspect and cast bamboo fly rods. 

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A Personal Fly Box Guide

Every time I walk into a fly shop I am magically attracted by the shelves of flies that are the backbone of a legitimate fly fishing store.

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Named for a River: My Tom Fulk Fly Rod

I own a 7 foot, 5 weight bamboo fly rod made by Anacortes, WA, rodmaker Tom Fulk. The rod is a lovely dark honey color with Tom’s characteristic red wrap scheme.

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Denver Bamboo Rods

When I think of Bamboo rods I think of Denver, Colorado. I fly fish the northwest United States. Big rivers and windy lakes.

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The Lord of the Salmon Flies

Ken Middlemist is the last remaining fly dresser to be educated at the famous Hardy factory in Alnwick, England. He keeps tying flies, especially salmon flies until this day.

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A Slim Shrimp Sea Trout Fly

Spring is sea trout season – at least along the northern European coastlines of countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Germany. This simple pattern imitates a sea trout’s favorite food: shrimp.

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Fly Fishing Culture and Philosophy