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    Sticky: WINTER COLORS - Whipfinish - Mar 2015

    WINTER COLORS


    Rigging in the cold, always seems to be the most daunting task at hand whenever I am fly fishing winter waters. So, as history had already proven, standing at the rear of my truck...
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    Sticky: WEED BEDS - FRIEND OR FOE - EOTG - Mar 2015

    WEED BEDS - FRIEND OR FOE


    Aquatic weed-beds growing out from the bottom of spring creeks are one of iconic items of fly-fishing scenes. Aquatic weeds dance as the creek flows and the beds host...
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    Sticky: THE ROD - Neil - Mar 2015

    THE ROD


    A rod, specifically a fly rod, is a tool and as such what one can do with it depends upon the skill of the user. One of the things that I remember when I was teaching fly casting was...
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    Sticky: SALTWATER CHRONICLES #19 - EOTG - Mar 2015

    SALTWATER CHRONICLES #19


    In this installment we will be covering the Longnose Gar, Barracuda and the Look Down. These are not the normal fish species that are covered in most fishing magazines...
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    Sticky: BONUS DAY OR I LIED - PANFISH - Mar 2015

    BONUS DAY OR I LIED


    It was mid-November and the weather had been unseasonably warm. The ice that was on the ponds was gone. That means that the rods have to go into the truck and the truck...
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    Sticky: IMITATIONS - EOTG - Mar 2015

    IMITATIONS


    What flies do I need? This is one of the most common questions asked by traveling fly fishers. This is because many fly fishers also enjoy tying flies and wish to properly prepare...
  7. SALTWATER CHRONICLES (part 18) - EOTG - Feb 02, 2015

    SALTWATER CHRONICLES ( part 18 )


    In this installment we will be covering Flounder, Stingray and Black Drum. These are not the glamorous species you normally hear about but they are fun to catch...
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    HARE'S EAR DAY - Panfish - Feb 02, 2015

    HARE'S EAR DAY


    The water was calling me and I headed to a pond. There had been too much rain to drive in anywhere so went to a pond close to a road. I had two rods with me, both of them...
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    FOR THE LOVE OF GRASS - Neil - Feb 02, 2015

    FOR THE LOVE OF GRASS


    Yes I love grass, but not the kind that you cut with a lawn mower or smoke so that one can take a trip without leaving the farm. The grass that I have had a love affair...
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    ONE SMALL TROUT - Book Review - Feb 2, 2015

    ONE SMALL TROUT


    Our old friend Ralph Long has written another book on his adventures chasing trout around the country. Regular readers of the articles in FAOL are familiar with Ralph's writing...
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    A NEW DIRECTION FOR ME - Readers Cast

    A NEW DIRECTION FOR ME


    As an official senior citizen now, I've had to make several changes to my lifestyle recently, that kind of caught me ill equipped and unready. In my more robust younger...
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    A GOOD DAY - Whipfinish - Feb 2, 2015

    A GOOD DAY


    The morning couldn't have been better. I had six inches of silent powder that had fallen overnight to stalk through, and the morning was offering up a hint of what warmth "could"...
  13. TREATISE OF FISHING WITH A FLY - Readers Cast (Neil Travis) - Feb 2015

    TREATISE OF FISHING WITH A FLY


    In 1450 a manuscript entitled The Treatise of Fishing with an Angle, attributed to one Dame Juliana Berners, a nun and noblewoman. The first printed copy was...
  14. WHAT MAKES FLY FISHING FUN FOR ME - Neil - Jan 05, 2015

    WHAT MAKES FLY FISHING FUN FOR ME
    It's early in the morning and the valley is shrouded in a fog. It twists and rolls as the first early morning breeze stirs in the trees making the scene quite...
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    THREE PATTERNS - Panfish - Jan 05, 2015

    THREE PATTERNS
    It had been ten days since a fly had been put in the water. That is getting close to being a criminal act. I decided that it was a good day to head out to a pond. There were combines...
  16. FLY FISHING ADVENTURES IN SALTWATER (Part 17) - EOTG - Jan 05, 2015

    SALTWATER CHRONICLES ? FLY FISHING ADVENTURES IN SALTWATER ? Part 17
    In this installment we will be covering sheepshead, pompano and gray (mangrove) snapper. A couple of years ago I had some...
  17. IT BEGAN ON A WEDNESDAY - Whipfinish - Jan 05, 2015

    IT BEGAN ON A WEDNESDAY
    It was a small shop in Lacey Washington called the Fly Fisher. Having driven past it a hundred times over the past 6 months impulse finally got the best of me on a spring...
  18. FLIES FOR YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY - EOTG - Jan 05, 2015

    FLIES FOR YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY
    One of the first major hatches of the season on many rivers in the western United States is the Salmonfly hatch. This hatch starts on most rivers in late June to early...
  19. MEMORIES FROM 2014 - Staff Editorial - Jan 05,2015

    MEMORIES FROM 2014
    Just a few of my memories from 2014. I'm looking forward to making many more in 2015. I hope that you are looking forward to making some good memories this coming year.
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    Wow... You would think that someone was beating...

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    You would think that someone was beating our favorite puppy ;)

    The written word with such short space to put it in lacks much when compared to the face to face communication. Keep that in...
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    SALTWATER CHRONICLES #16 - EOTG - Dec 01,2014

    SALTWATER CHRONICLES #16


    The willingness to experiment with fly patterns for me is all about improving a pattern as it relates to a particular situation I have encountered on the water or...
  22. RISE ABOVE, BITE BELOW (part 2) - EOTG - Dec 01, 2014

    RISE ABOVE, BITE BELOW (part 2)


    These are two out of many "tested at the creek" and "approved by trout" flies. The midge APE is a surface dry-fly pattern and APE stands for Adults, Pupa, and...
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    LAST TRIP 2014 - Panfish - Dec 01,2014

    LAST TRIP 2014


    It is early Monday morning and I looked at the Weather Channel and saw this would be the last day with temperatures that would be much above freezing. Staring the coming of shack...
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    WHAT YOU SAW - Whipfinish - Dec 01,2014

    WHAT YOU SAW


    To the casual observer, when a smattering of bugs suddenly hit the windshield it is just that, a bug; nothing more, nothing less. It's just another bug that they will have to scrub...
  25. SPRING CREEK AND FREESTONE - Neil - Dec 01,2014

    SPRING CREEK AND FREESTONE


    Fly fishers often speak of two types of streams; freestone and spring. Steams that are classified as freestone are generally streams that depend upon precipitation,...
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