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Risks, Wading, & Fly Fishing Safely

We all take risks while fly fishing. Really, anytime you go outdoors you’re taking a risk. The farther you venture into wild places, the more those risks add up. Thankfully, the vast majority of anglers, hunters, and hikers return unscathed. Yet every one of us has experienced to recount some sort of peril. Sadly, every one of us probably has heard of someone who succumbed to a worst-case scenario of outdoors risks. While all the…

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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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Taking Vedavoo Into A New Season

At Vedavoo, we know that fly fishers don’t settle. Whether it be the pursuit of fish or the pursuit of equipment, anglers always are looking for more efficient and more effective. We get that because we are fly fishers. That is why Better American Gear has always been about well-made, functional equipment. For this season, we have taken the core lineup and streamlined an already sleek set of packs.

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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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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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