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Video Tuesday Tip: The “Ready Position” and Fishing from a Boat


Written by: Phil Monahan

Trout fishers who find themselves on the bow of a flats boat are in an unfamiliar position. Oftentimes, they keys to catching fish in the tropics are 1.) being able to deliver a fly quickly and 2.) avoiding line tangles that can lead to an aborted cast or, even worse, a break off. These. . .

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Pro Tip: Don’t Swing that Wet Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

Wet flies, such as this Sparkle Soft Hackle, are more versatile than you may think.
Photo via orvis.com

These days, classic wet flies are probably the most underused patterns in the average American fly fisher’s box. Trailing far behind nymphs, dry flies, and streamers in popularity, wet flies have the reputation of being for older guys or. . .

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Anglers of the AuSable Call for Help to Help Stop Oil and Gas Leases Near the “Holy Waters”


Written by: Phil Monahan

In late October, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources auctioned nearly 2,800 acres in and near the Au Sable Holy Waters corridor (between the Whirlpool and Thendara) for potential oil and gas development. Most if not all of these leases were purchased by Encana, the Canadian company which is using. . .

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Video: An Epic Swing and Miss on a Two-Foot brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

The moment of truth.
Video Capture by Dave Jensen

Dave Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta just posted this very cool and heart-wrenching video on his Facebook page. (And this is the first time I’ve tried Facebook’s embedding feature.)

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Video: Stu Apte, Big Tarpon, and the Citrus Queen


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful piece of archival footage featuring famous Florida Keys angler Stu Apte casting for big tarpon with a fiberglass rod. But he’s not in it just for the sport; no, he’s also trying to win the admiration of the Florida Citrus Queen, who is sporting a swell swimsuit. Check out the “rod stiffener” Apte threads into the butt section of his rod for more power. He lands two beauties here, but the editor has spliced in some shots of a real monster fish, as well.

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Video: How to Tie the Black Ghost Marabou Streamer


Written by: Phil Monahan

The addition of marabou gives this fly more lifelike action than the Carrie Stevens’s pattern.

I cut my teeth fly-fishing on Maine’s Rapid River for landlocked salmon and brook trout, and it was on that steep, tumbling freestoner that I first fell in love with traditional streamer patterns. Of course, the Rapid begins at Middle Dam, just a lake’s length from Upper Dam, the spot where Carrie Stevens invented her famous. . .

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