Equipment

Review – FFB Metolius Reel

With obvious pride, Carl Craig, the owner of Fly Fishing Benefactors, plopped his new line of reels in front of me; taking obvious pleasure at the delight that spread across my face as I stared at the design. “It’s called the Metolius; named after a river in Oregon.” Not wanting to look stupid, I mumbled

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Wading Staff Repair

I use my staff all the time and believe I am still alive as a result of some timely, deperate pokes at the streambed. Eventually, the tip comes off and I have to go out and spend another $30 on a new staff.  Geez.. Lon solved the problem – just drill a hole through a

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Get a Fishing Bike for Rapid Movement

Last year, I was “educated” on the advantage of a fishing bike when I visited the Cranberry River in West Virginia. On that trip, I ended up riding a used girl’s bike that I bought at a thrift store (and donated back when I was done). But, it was such a clear advantage to use a bike

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Braid vs Mono in a nutshell

In an article published in October 2009, Ron Brooks stepped through the pros and cons of Braided line versus Monofilament. Ron bases his comparison on 4 physical characteristics — visibility, diameter, stretch and memory. Visibility Monofilament and its cousin, fluorocarbon, both become transparent underwater with fluorocarbon being the better choice when invisibility is important –

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Fishing Bikes

After using a bike on my venture into the Cranberry River a few weeks ago, I realized I was missing a significant opportunity to leverage this simple machine. There are two key things you can do if you bring a bicycle with you when you fish: Use it to penetrate farther away the parking lot Use it

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New Fly Guy – Don’t bother with hip waders

Up until 2006, if I had to wade, I’d just jump in and wet wade.  I guess getting older, that has become more challenging in the colder waters.  Based on the advice of some friends, I purchased a pair of Simms Chest Waders in 2006.  They have given me great service and I have certainly

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Review: The FFB 5/6wt Rod – the San Juan

I put my money where my mouth was and bought a 5/6wt rod from Fly Fishing Benefactors.  You may recall the earlier review I did on one of their reels (click here).  Carl Craig, the owner of FFB, lent me a 3/4wt rod, the Shenandoah model, to test.  I loved it so much that I bought

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The NFL / Boat / Florida Lesson

I’ve discussed personal locator beacons (PLB) before and this is a very hard article to write. I bought the expensive one on the bottom right in 2007 as an insurance policy knowing that if I got in trouble in the woods, I could push a button and get the cavalry on the way.  The lesson of the

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Cold Weather Fishing Gloves

It’s cold!! Here’s a less expensive solution to keeping your hands warm than buying the expensive neoprene gloves like these (Men’s Curved Split Finger) that cost around $25 on Amazon. I went to Dick’s and picked up a pair of neoprene hunting gloves and slit the finger to allow me to poke my finger out to deal

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Review – FFB Deschutes Series Reels

Bottom Line Up Front:  The well-designed FFB Deschutes II has all the features of the Orvis Battenkill Mid-Arbor III.  The Deschutes normally sells for $99 vs the Mid-Arbor at $119.  Right now the Deschutes is on sale for $89.  How can FFB do this?  There are no middlemen.  FFB manufactures all its products – even the tippet and

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Heat Packs

Against my better judgment, I saw a quick opportunity to go fishing in late December.  The weather had warmed up and was pushing 50 degrees, so I figured it would not be tooooo miserable out there.  Besides, even if I could just do a recon in anticipation of fairer weather, I would be a winner

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Equipment – Safety – Personal Locator

After watching Survivorman the other night and listening to the news about that Fossett guy who is currently missing, I came to the startling realization that I engage in high risk outdoors behavior.  No, not that… nothing to do with meth or moonshine… fishing. At 55, I am still addicted and, thankfully, still in shape

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Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

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Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

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