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  1. Sticky: MIDGES IN THE ZONE - Eye of the Guide - Jul 11 2016

    MIDGES IN THE ZONE


    Midges, Gnats or Smuts have been the curse of anglers for centuries, early on the knowledge about the insects was lacking or in some cases just plain fantasy and though some...
  2. Sticky: WHEN THE BUG BITES - Whipfinish - Jul 11 2016

    WHEN THE BUG BITES


    The boil that consumed my deer hair popper was substantial. I set the hook on an obviously good fish, finning quickly to my left as it dogged toward a partially submerged...
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    Sticky: LONG CASTS - Panfish - Jul 11 2016

    LONG CASTS


    I missed a week to go fishing. Rain on the days I could go and then I had to put the truck in the shop for brake work. That messed up the fishing. Got the truck on Tuesday and...
  4. Sticky: TIED IN THE HAND - Book Review - Jul 11 2016

    TIED IN THE HAND


    My passion for Atlantic Salmon Flies has not waned, rather it is getting stronger. Just like anything else, the more I dress, the better my flies look. Am I getting better? ?...
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    Sticky: THE YELLOW HAZE - Neil - Jul 11 2016

    THE YELLOW HAZE


    It starts here in the western United States in mid-June in most years and its appearance is greatly anticipated by fly anglers. They come from the far corners of the globe to...
  6. Sticky: WHO CARES? - Readers Cast (Neil Travis) - Jul 11 2016

    WHO CARES?


    I read a variety of fishing literature; from how to books, fly tying manuals, angling fiction and posts on a variety of fishing websites. Since I live in trout country we also have...
  7. HI MY NAME IS RALPH - Whipfinish - Jun 6 2016

    HI MY NAME IS RALPH


    Well, you see, it all began when my uncle gifted me a used Diawa Fiberglass fly rod, complete with a clay red South Bend reel. Having read everything I could get my hands in...
  8. FIRST CANOE TRIP OF 2016 - Panfish - Jun 6 2016

    FIRST CANOE TRIP OF 2016


    It was not really dry, but I knew that there was one pond that I could drag the canoe into. It is not far from the parking to where the canoe can go in.


    I grabbed...
  9. CADDIS FLIES IN THE ZONE (part 3) - EOTG - Jun 6 2016

    CADDIS FLIES IN THE ZONE (part 3)


    Down through fly fishing history the caddisflies, or sedges as they were long referred to in England and even in America, with the exception of a specific...
  10. The Essential Kelson : Atlantic Salmon Flies - EOTG - Jun 6 2016

    The Essential Kelson : Atlantic Salmon Flies


    Mr. Kelson:


    "I believe if one pursues his/her enthusiasm in Atlantic Salmon Flies, one should naturally be interested in history. Another...
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    GOING HOME - Neil - Jun 6, 2016

    GOING HOME


    On the dry rock-strewn benches above the river you can trace the course of the irrigation ditches by the line of cottonwood and willow trees that grow along their course. The trees...
  12. A TIMELY REMINDER - Readers Cast (Neil) - Jun 6, 2016

    A TIMELY REMINDER


    Summer is upon us and we are all eager to get outside and enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and a plethora of other outdoor...
  13. FISHING THE UPPER FIFTH OF THE WATER COLUMN - EOTG - May 2, 2016

    FISHING THE UPPER FIFTH OF THE WATER COLUMN


    Down through fly fishing history the caddisflies or sedges as they were long referred to in England and even in America, with the exception of a...
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    REDUCED TIME - Panfish - May 2, 2016

    REDUCED TIME


    I headed out to a pond, but I did not take the canoe as I knew that it was way too wet to try to drive into this pond. When I got to the road into the pond I could see the water...
  15. CLASSIC SALMON FLY PATTERNS - Book Review - May 2, 2016

    CLASSIC SALMON FLY PATTERNS


    By the spring of 2014, I completed several assignments with my mentor and dressed many patterns on my own. The more I dressed the more I learned. Also as I completed...
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    RETROSPECTIVE - Neil - May 2, 2016

    RETROSPECTIVE


    Why was I here when I could be home where I could settle into my recliner in the coolness of my front room? Truthfully I doubt that I could answer that question in any coherent...
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    THE QUESTION - Readers Cast - May 2, 2016

    THE QUESTION


    "Grandpa, why do you fish with flies?"


    "Well, there are lots of reasons but I guess it's mostly just because I enjoy it."


    "But couldn't you catch a lot more fish with a...
  18. A QUILL OF BEAUTY - Whipfinish - May 2, 2016

    A QUILL OF BEAUTY


    Dusk was close on our heels as my youngest son and I removed our waders after a long day of fishing and turned to gathering our belongings. We had enjoyed a day on near...
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    THE ZONE (part 2) - EOTG - Apr 3, 2016

    THE ZONE (part 2)

    Throughout the ages fly anglers have endeavored to understand the feeding behavior of the trout. The early anglers noticed that trout would rise up and take flies off the...
  20. FIRST SUCCESS OF 2016 - Panfish - Apr 3,2016

    FIRST SUCCESS OF 2016

    I went out for the third time in early March after the ice was off. I had been out twice before, throwing a lot of different flies with very little success. On the first two...
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    WHAT FISH WANT - whipfinish - Apr 3, 2016

    WHAT FISH WANT

    The fish were in an obvious taunting mood as I watched the rhythmic flashing increase just about a rods length to my front. I had been dredging the pool from stone to surface film...
  22. TWO SHOCKING EXPERIENCES - Readers Cast (Dick Taylor) - Apr 3, 2016

    TWO SHOCKING EXPERIENCES

    Was remembering several camping and fishing trips that we took several years ago with our two boys, ages 9 and 12, and one in particular came to mind. We were camped in...
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    DOES PRICE MATTER? - Neil - Apr 3, 2016

    DOES PRICE MATTER?

    I always enjoy scanning the threads that are posted on the FAOL bulletin board. It provides me with a sense of what is on the minds of our readers. There are several...
  24. ATLANTIC SALMON FLIES - Original Designs - EOTG - Apr 3, 2016

    ATLANTIC SALMON FLIES - Original Designs

    A little break here; ten books are not enough to discuss to Atlantic Salmon Flies, but I have acquired and read through these within a year. I consider...
  25. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? (JC reprint) - Staff Editorial - Apr 3, 2016

    HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? (JC reprint)

    I want to try to help some of you with a potential problem; how much to pay for your first fly rod. Most who buy a first fly rod look at the price. Some look for...
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