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For the last 30 years or so, nearly every part of my life has been intertwined with fly fishing. It’s a hobby. It’s a passion. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a job. Nearly 25 of those years have been spent in “the business” in multiple facets of the fly fishing industry from retail to hospitality to fly tying to rod building to writing to guiding. I own a guide business now, Fightmaster Fly Fishing, and have been operating it for more than 10 years. In that time I have also worked as a freelance writer and created numerous articles for my monthly newsletter. Much of that content has been collected here and new content is added at least monthly. Soon, I’ll also add video content. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by. For more information on my guide business, visit Fightmaster Fly Fishing.
How Stuff Works: Sink Tip Fly Lines
Floating fly lines are by far the most common, and for most trout fishing situations, they are all you need. When nymphing below the surface, weight in the fly or on the leader (split shot) is enough to get the fly and leader down where it needs to be. Doing this while the fly line …
On the Fly: Storing Wet Flies
Putting wet flies back into your fly box is a great way to not only rust the hook on that fly, but every fly around it. Utilizing some sort of fleece or foam fly patch on the exterior of your pack or vest to temporarily store flies as they dry will save you a lot …
Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs Micro Jig
Once again, this is my variation of an existing pattern. Pat’s Rubber Legs is a stonefly pattern created by Idaho guide, Pat Bennett. If we’re keeping it real, Pat’s pattern is really just a variation of an older pattern called a Girdle Bug. I’ve talked about this before, but what constitutes and original fly pattern …
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