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Why Do You Need This Much Pack?

Watching him look at the Beast Sling, I could tell he was skeptical. “I don’t need that much pack.” I knew that he fished for Great Lakes salmon and steelhead. A lot. He is the kind of guy who puts in crazy hours. Moreover, he is the kind of guy who puts in the hours that count. Early and late season. Right before dawn and just after dusk. When the weather is nastiest. Among other…

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Scott’s Mongolia Prep #1

The packing list is explicit. One Waterproof bag for your clothing, sleeping bag, etc., and a small one for the boat for daily gear, camera, layers, gloves, etc. My choice – Water Master In their Digi-Camo – I picked up the Ditty Bag for daily essentials – and the Overnighter for my sleeping bag, extra clothes, etc With onboard weight limited for the journey ahead, I didn’t want to go too big – giving myself…

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Cayo Cruz // Cuba 2018

A fresh glass of Ron Cubáy (on the rocks) arrives at my table in the open air villa.  My second tonight.  It’s richer and sweeter than any rum I’ve ever tasted.  I’ve only been here one day, and already my new friends behind the bar know my appreciation for this dark Cuban spirit.  I light the most aromatic cigar I’ve ever had, and set to work.  On the vise tonight – the Avalon Fly. I’d…

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Casting Contrast

I left the Boston suburbs at five in the morning. I was walking on the Pennsylvania spring creek at one in the afternoon. A lot happened from dawn to dusk. Traffic, cold water, gas station hot dogs, rising trout, mountain overlooks, lost flies, sleeping in the backseat, and lots of other little things. A long day of non-fishing stuff is the quintessential day fishing. Objectively, there is a huge contrast between casting delicate dry flies…

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Drifting, Liberation, and Fly Fishing

It isn’t a stretch to say that fly fishing itself can be very liberating. Standing knee-deep in a river might not strike the uninitiated as being particularly freeing, but once you’ve experienced it you know. As you move further and further away from civilization and roads and cell coverage, that liberation feels more real. Push off shore in a drift boat, raft, or kayak, and your emancipation is tangible. Gliding from pool to riffle in…

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Hiking Up to Better Spring Fishing

Every year the arrival of spring means back to fishing. Even though I fly fish twelve months out of the year, there is still something special about nicer weather, active trout, and even the opening of formal trout season. However, my enthusiasm for the turning calendar is sometimes squelched by two unavoidable parts of spring: crowds and high water. I’m left with the same choices as virtually every angler who wants to avoid fishing shoulder-to-shoulder…

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Pimping out My Vedavoo for Christmas Island

WRITTEN and SUBMITTED by JOEL BAIOCCHI This unsolicited (but much appreciated) post is from a happy Vedavoo Customer who took the time to share his story and details about his setup for others in our community. Though there is no right / wrong way to load up your pack, Mr. Baiocchi clearly has found a way that works well for Christmas Island! The post has been presented without edit and in it’s entirety. Enjoy! BACKGROUND…

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Reflection on Fly Fishing in Labrador

They say at first a fisherman wants to catch all the fish, and never can catch enough. Later on, as he becomes more mature in the sport, he wants to catch the biggest fish instead of the most. And finally, when he’s a seasoned angler, he wants to catch the TOUGH fish. Those individual fish that are hardest to catch, and the most challenging. Curt Gowdy Guys my age didn’t watch Curt Gowdy and Lee…

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