Odds 'n' Sods of Information and Opinion

Skagit is not easy

Let’s get past the idea that Skagit is easier than the other two styles. If we want to Skagit cast well, it requires just as much skill and practice as the other two styles. It is most definitely not easier and we should stop making the automatic “buy Skagit” recommendation to a beginner based on that reason. A buy Skagit recommendation should be based on the person's likely fishing conditions and the best fit for them.
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The Competition Theory for missing fish

Like generals guilty of preparing for the last war, fishermen everywhere show up on the water with whatever worked last time. Sometimes we're lucky and sometimes we're not.

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Sometimes Heavy is Too Heavy

I keep tripping across this issue with new clients: they show up with lines that are too heavy for their rods. They have received advice to go heavy on the basis that since they are rookies, heavy is better. So they’ve gone out and bought a line based on this advice, that is too heavy for their rod.
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Changing of the Guard

I had the pleasure of attending the Forum Spey Sherbrooke spey clave, helping out in the G. Loomis booth. The clave was a great success, well attended and organized. Read More...

Armed Practice

Just want to talk about this a little more. Went out again today with the 15 footer, a small, unweighted fly and fished a run with little expectation of a fish -- what I call ‘armed practice’. Read More...

Casting vs. Fishing

A couple of years ago, I bought a trout rod without first trying it. I knew the series well and liked all that I had tried so I had no qualms about buying it untested. Read More...

Switch Rods

There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about switch rods so I thought a blog entry on the subject might help clear things up a bit.

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Little rods for low water

Having written “Big Rods, Big Rivers” one would think that’s all I’d use on big water. Read More...

Line advice from the Internet

Had a discussion about lines and Internet advice the other day with one of my friends while sipping Tim Horton’s coffee. Read More...

Big Rivers, Big Rods

In Europe, they take a sensible approach to matching their tackle to the rivers they fish: a big rod for a big river and a little rod for a little river. Read More...