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STREAMWALKER NETS – THE HOOK UP November 8, 2018 – Posted in: Design, From Our Community, Special Projects, Vedavoo, Workshop Fresh

Now included with every Streamwalker Net Vedavoo Edition get a Vedavoo Netster. Not only will you be have a beautifully handcrafted net made by hand in Rochester, NY, but also a secure place to put it when your hiking in or casting. “Because we can! And it if we can, we should.” That is why Leif Mermagen, owner of Streamwalker Nets, believes in Better American Gear. Starting this year, Streamwalker and Vedavoo are collaborating to bring…

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Why You Never Go Fly Fishing Alone October 23, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

You never go fly fishing alone. Even though angling is a pursuit that many gravitate toward because of the frequent solitude, true isolation isn’t a reality for the vast majority of people. It might mean another car in the parking lot. It could sound like the droning of a jet just out of sight. It may even be the nagging knowledge that eventually you’ll have to reel in your line, take off your boots, and…

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Why You Should Come to Vise Night – Top Three Thursday October 18, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

Why should you come to Vedavoo Vise Night? After taking the summer (and early fall) off to fish and to travel, we’re getting back to our regular fly tying nights at the Vedavoo Workshop. If you live anywhere near central Massachussetts, you ought to make an effort to get over here to check out Vise Night. Want a few reasons why you should join us? Here are the top three reasons why you should come to…

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Top Trout Colors – Top Three Thursday October 11, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

Which trout have the best coloring? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are plenty of gorgeous fish out there. Still, trout stand (swim?) in a special place for fly fishers. Here are my three trout based upon colors and aesthetics. What would your top three be? Brook Trout Notice how the next two fish have some qualifiers? Brookies don’t need any. They win. All of them win. Colorado River Cutthroat Trout There are bigger and more…

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Why Do You Need This Much Pack? October 9, 2018 – Posted in: Adventure

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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Cheap Gear – Top Three Thursday October 4, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What cheap fly fishing gear can you use and get away with it? I know, I know: we all want nice gear. In fact, at Vedavoo we want you to have better gear! We have friends all over the fly fishing industry that crank out high performing equipment that will make your fishing and your outdoors experience better. That being said, there are times when you A) forgot something, B) are just getting started, or C) just…

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Full Color Fly Fishing September 25, 2018 – Posted in: General

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.” – Pablo Picasso Fly fishing has always been about olives, tans, browns. Every once in a while, a navy blue or an errant gray slipped in there. That palette, the normal and neutral, was a slim spectrum from which your gear received its color. Never different. Never contrasting. Never bright. Certain science and grandfatherly wisdom has perpetuated the…

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Small Fish – Top Three Thursday September 20, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

Why would you go fly fishing somewhere you know only holds small fish? Sometimes we head away from the big rivers and the popular stretches. We do it for more than trophy trout. We do it because although the fish might be smaller, the reward is sometimes bigger. Here are three reasons why we head a little further upstream. What would your top three be? Solitude Hiking in a mile or more up all but guarantees you some…

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Scott’s Mongolia Prep #1 September 17, 2018 – Posted in: Adventure

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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Fly Fishing Gear You Can Leave At Home – Top Three Thursday September 13, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three pieces of fly fishing gear that you can do without? Minimalism sounds great on paper. When it comes to execution, it is not that easy. What if I need it? There is always a chance I could use it! Those are the thoughts a lot of us have while packing for fishing. But there are some things that you probably don’t need on most trips. Here are three things we feel like…

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Torchbearer Spotlight: Justin Carfagnini September 11, 2018 – Posted in: From Our Community

At Vedavoo, we don’t have ambassadors.  We don’t have a pro staff.  We have the Torchbearers: a global team of people who believe in what we do, and (more importantly) how we do it. Grassroots and local, they do what they can to bear the torch of Vedavoo in their areas. This includes sending in photos of our gear in the field, posting videos they’ve made of our work in action, or leading action to…

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Fall Is Falling! – Top Three Thursday September 6, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three best things about fall… besides fly fishing? Big trout come out to play. The weather gets cooler. Saltwater fish begin to run again. While you’re enjoying all of that, there are some other important things happening. And they don’t have anything to do with pumpkin spice. Here are our three of our favorites. What would your top three be? Scenery Want an amazing, non-fish-centric Instagram photo? Take a picture in the fall. The…

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Mountain Flies – Top Three Thursday August 30, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three patterns for fly fishing in the mountains? Who doesn’t love a little blue lining? Whether it be brookies in New England, cutthroats in the Rockies, or goldens on the West Coast, there is something incredibly fun about finding fish in mountain streams. Although these trout are usually eager to eat, there are some flies that perform better than others. Here are our three of our favorites. What would your top three be?…

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Why He Wants to Go Fishing With You August 28, 2018 – Posted in: Lifestyle

He wants to catch a fish, but not for the same reason you do. You want to catch a fish because of the experience. What it means to be on the water, in the wild places, away from it all. Fly fishing is the cumulative outcome of days in the office and time behind the vise and countless moments daydreaming. You know the hatches, the migration patterns, and the optimal place to be when everything…

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What’s In Your Wallet? August 14, 2018 – Posted in: Workshop Fresh

Want to win the brand new, extra large Vedavoo fly wallet (pictured above, on the bottom)? Each is handmade and features a 10” x 16” shearling fleece patch to hold all of your flies. Post a picture of your fly wallet on Instagram with the hashtag #myvedavoo for a chance to get one! Remember the shearling band on grandpa’s hat? How about that little fleece patch that came with your very first fishing vest? Do…

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Cayo Cruz // Cuba 2018 August 5, 2018 – Posted in: Adventure

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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The Best Streamer Patterns – Top Three Thursday August 2, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three best streamer patterns out there? Streamers have always been some of the most effective patterns for all species of fish. Additionally, they’re your best bet for getting into the biggest fish out there. With somewhat of a trout streamer renaissance happening over the past decade, the number of patters out there is overwhelming. Here are our three favorite patterns. What would your top three be? Clouser Minnow Easy to tie, streamlined, and scalable…

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Fishing Heavy: 3 Quick Tips for Streamers July 31, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

You know what fly fishing with streamers is all about: Heavy. Heavy rods. Heavy lines. Heavy flies. Heavy fish. Whether it be the salt, the bass pond, or the trout river, big streamers produce big fish. Fly fishers have known this for a long time, and anglers have been pushing the envelope as they chase the most aggressive fish out there. The fly fishing industry has responded in kind. Rods, lines, and tying materials catering…

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Must Have Thread Colors – Top Three Thursday July 26, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three must have thread colors for fly tying? Sure, thread isn’t that expensive. There really isn’t any reason why a tyer should only have three different thread colors. However, if you’re tying a lot or are just getting into tying flies, there are some core color choices. Here are our top three choices for fly tying thread colors. What would your top three be? Olive – If you only had one thread color for fly…

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States for Saltwater Fly Fishing – Top Three Thursday July 19, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three best saltwater fly fishing destinations in the USA? 23 states have coastlines. That means that nearly half of the US has saltwater access! Here are our top three state choices for saltwater fly fishing destinations. What would your top three be? Florida – Obviously. You’d have to have a personal grudge against the sunshine state to disagree. The Keys alone would warrant a spot on this list. Louisiana – With nearly 8,000 miles of coastal…

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IFTD Info – Top Three Thursday July 12, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

The International Fly Tackle Dealer Show is taking place in Orlando. Where can you see what is going on? Social media and the internet are incredibly helpful… but they can also be endless rabbit holes of opinions. Here are three places to get great information on IFTD. Here are our top three: #iftd2018 This is the “official” hashtag that you can click on or follow on Instragram to see what exhibitors and media are showing off.…

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Food for Your Pack – Top Three Thursday July 5, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three best fly fishing foods you can stash in your pack? You need to eat if you’re on the water for a prolonged period of time, so you might as well keep things tasty. Here are our top three choices. What would your top three be? Energy Bars – Leaving the water to get a burger won’t work when the fish are biting. Not eating leads to hangry fishing: bad casts, harsh words for…

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Risks, Wading, & Fly Fishing Safely July 3, 2018 – Posted in: The More You Know...

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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Fly Fishing on YouTube – Top Three Thursday June 28, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three best YouTube channels for a fly fisher to subscribe to? Today, every company has a YouTube channel. Heck, every angler with a GoPro and an internet connection has a YouTube channel. With all of that content out there, some is good and some is… not so good. Here are our top three choices. What would your top three be? Catch Magazine – Nearly 50k subscribers can’t go wrong. There’s a rich…

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The Dirtiest Flies – Top Three Thursday June 21, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What are the three dirtiest, nastiest, most offensive flies out there? Even though you might scoff at them in front of your buddies or the guys at the fly shop, you use them. So, what would your top three be? Mop Fly – A relative newcomer, the mop only made waves because it works. What’s your favorite color? Smurf blue? Poo brown? Radioactive green? Squirmy Wormy – Koosh Balls and their kin weren’t nearly as…

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Vedavoo Anniversary: 9 Questions for 9 Years June 19, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

Today marks the nine-year anniversary of Vedavoo! We asked company founder Scott Hunter nine questions about Vedavoo, the fly fishing industry, and gear: In one word, what were you thinking in June of 2009? Frustration. I was legitimately frustrated with the gear that was in the market. Other packs worked, but nothing really hit the mark for me.  Designs were overcomplicated and often didn’t function as they should. That frustration led me to innovate through…

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Best States for Fly Fishing – Top Three Thursday June 7, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

What if you could only fly fish in three states within the USA? With every fish species, type of water, and climate out there taken into consideration, what would your top three be? Here’s ours: Montana: Trout, trout, and more trout. Big trout, little trout; rainbow trout, brown trout; freestone trout, spring creek trout. Trout. Florida: Really, the Keys alone would warrant a spot. Add the rest of the coastline and it is a no-brainer. Plus, the interior…

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Vedavoo and Thomas & Thomas June 5, 2018 – Posted in: Workshop Fresh

The Rod You Will Eventually Own is now protected by Better American Gear. Beginning in June of 2018, all Thomas & Thomas fly rods will come in Vedavoo rod bags. This collaboration makes sense at a number of levels. For one, both companies are located in central Massachusetts. Door-to-door, one can travel between the two in just about an hour. Employees live in the same towns and fish the same rivers. Although T&T predates Vedavoo…

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Pat Cohen’s Best Largemouth Bass Flies May 31, 2018 – Posted in: Top 3 Thursday

What if you could only have three largemouth bass flies? With every watershed, every condition, and every kind of bass fly out there taken into consideration, what would your top three be? Recently, we asked one of our favorite fly tyers, Pat Cohen, the man behind RU Super Fly, what his three indispensable bass patterns are.  Here are his choices: Mo ‘Stank Minnow Fat Head Deceiver Frog Legged Slider What would your top three look like? Let us know below!

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Fly Fishing Alongside History May 29, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

In the low water of the late summer, even the mighty Potomac seemed tranquil. Every landing waterfall and breaching fish punctuated the stillness of the warm air. Only a quick hook-set and a fighting smallmouth produced a prolonged commotion. Only a short float from the intensity of the traffic and tone of Washington, DC, the peacefulness upstream was profound. Just over 150 years ago, there were nearly 300 casualties along this stretch of the Potomac…

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Spring Trout Flies – Top Three Thursday May 24, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

What if you could only have three trout flies in the spring? With every hatch, every water level, and every kind of trout out there under consideration, what would your top three be? Here is our attempt to put together the perfect three spring trout flies that every angler should have in his or her fly fishing pack: Parachute Blue Wing Olive Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph Olive Wooly Bugger What would your top three look like? Let us…

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Don’t Go Fly Fishing Without Your Wallet May 22, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

One of the joys of fly fishing is that the pursuit can be as simple or as complicated as each individual wants it to be. It isn’t a stretch to say that some anglers have at least a dozen rods… of the same line weight. At the same time, there are plenty of fly fishers who fish with their one tried-and-true rig under nearly every circumstance. Both approaches have their virtues. Having the precise tool…

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Casting Contrast May 8, 2018 – Posted in: Adventure, Vedavoo

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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STREAMWALKER NETS – THE HOOK UP April 24, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

Now included with every Streamwalker Net purchased get a Vedavoo Netster Streamwalker Edition included. Not only will you be have a beautifully handcrafted net made by hand in Rochester, NY, but also a secure place to put it when your hiking in or casting. “Because we can! And it if we can, we should.” That is why Leif Mermagen, owner of Streamwalker Nets, believes in Better American Gear. Starting this year, Streamwalker and Vedavoo are…

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Show Your #myvedavoo & Win! April 18, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

We love seeing people using Vedavoo gear on social media. Anglers from all over tag us in their pictures, and it gives us a chance to see where the gear we build gets to go. From brookies in our New England backyard to cutthroats in Wyoming to tarpon in the Keys, it is a privilege to be a small part of so many adventures. What we don’t get to see is what you put in…

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Taking Vedavoo Into A New Season April 10, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo, Workshop Fresh

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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Packing for a New Fly Fishing Season March 20, 2018 – Posted in: Vedavoo

Spring is here! Technically, at least. Whether you live somewhere still covered in snow or a place where you’ve been fishing solidly throughout the winter, “spring cleaning” is a concept that can and should apply to your gear. If you have been stuck indoors, you might want to just grab your sling or vest and hit the water as quickly as possible. But it is helpful to take some deliberate time to clean up. Also,…

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Andrea Larko March 15, 2018 – Posted in: From Our Community, Reel Service, Special Projects

I’ve fished since I was old enough to throw a rod in the water while trying to cast and have my father go in after it. My 3 sisters and I grew up fishing the water around Pennsylvania and my mother told me we used to run to the water like we were going to the amusement park. I picked up a fly rod about 10 years ago and started my career as an angling…

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Alex Poland February 26, 2018 – Posted in: From Our Community, Reel Service, Special Projects

My name is Alex Poland. I am an avid fly fisherman and artist. A jack of all trades in most respects, but my true passion lies within fishing and the inspiration I find to paint from it. I grew up in a family filled with artistic talent. My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were all artists. I was fortunate enough to be able to watch all of them paint as a child. During this time…

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Derek DeYoung February 16, 2018 – Posted in: In The News, Reel Service, Special Projects, Vedavoo, Workshop Fresh

Derek DeYoung was born on a bayou near the shores of Lake Michigan where his love of fishing was ignited. Over the years his art has veered from the classical fishing art, placing more importance on using a unique style and palette. Using oil paints on canvas, he artfully captures all the subtle intricacies fish possess; their colorful patterns, dimension and texture. Derek explains, “When hiking up a small mountain stream, I’m not just chasing…

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Reflection on Fly Fishing in Labrador October 12, 2016 – Posted in: Adventure

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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