Fightmaster Fly Fishing Journal

Local Information. Tips & Tactics. Gear Explainations & Reviews. Fly Patterns.  Stories.

Journal Content

My articles all center around fly fishing and range from concise “how to” pieces to what I call “Ramblings,” which tend to be more narrative.  Enter a specific topic in the search bar, browse articles by category, or feel free to scroll through them all.  And visit often as I add at least a few new articles every month.


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: Fly Boxes

I’m a bit of an oddball. This is not exactly breaking news for most folks who know me.  But to paraphrase John Gierach, “If, from time to time, people don’t walk away from you shaking their head… You’re doing something wrong.”  I could certainly dedicate an entire article, or even a book, to my oddball qualities, …

Flies: Stimulator

When it comes to fishing dry flies in the Smokies, particularly on the smaller streams, I am typically looking for two primary things in a pattern: It needs to be visible and it needs to be buoyant.  Beyond that I can begin focusing on a few more details like color and size. In general, trout …


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