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    Sticky: OLD FRIENDS - Editorial - May 04, 2015

    OLD FRIENDS


    Over the years FAOL has been blessed to have many faithful sponsors. Conditions in the fly fishing industry have changed and most of our sponsors have moved to other venues. Many,...
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    Sticky: FIRST TRIP OF 2015 - Panfish - May 04, 2015

    FIRST TRIP OF 2015


    I finally got my fishing license, and in Iowa when you turn 65 you can get a lifetime fishing license so I had to wait until my exact birthday to do it. The day arrived and I...
  3. Sticky: SALTWATER CHRONICLES #21 - EOTG - May 04, 2015

    SALTWATER CHRONICLES #21


    One of the most popular species of saltwater gamefish that tops the saltwater fly fisher's dream list are bonefish. Though I have been told that during the months of...
  4. Sticky: THROUGH DARK GREEN GLASS - Whipfinish - May 04, 2015

    THROUGH DARK GREEN GLASS


    It began as a struggle; an emotional struggle, mostly on my part. It was the first day my 11year old son was on the water with a full rig of his own on an opening day...
  5. Sticky: ATLANTIC SALMON FLIES - Book Review - May 04, 2015

    ATLANTIC SALMON FLIES


    This book (Frank Amato Publications, Inc. ISBN: 1-57188-339-8) is very reading for every newbies in this subject. Alcott reviews pretty much every category: history,...
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    Sticky: MAKING THE CUT - Neil - May 04, 2015

    MAKING THE CUT


    Making the cut is a term that one often hears in team sports in connection with players that have demonstrated that they have the talent and skills necessary to make the team....
  7. Sticky: WONDER - Readers cast (Neil Travis) - May 2015

    WONDER


    Across the meadow a young red fox raised his head to watch me pass. His companion was asleep in the warm spring sun and upon my passing he joined his companion in peaceful sleep. Who was...
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    VARIABLE WEATHER - Panfish - Apr 2015

    VARIABLE WEATHER
    I had the cold that is going around town for a few days so I had to spend a few days to make sure it did not rebound. There were too many things scheduled for Saturday, so I...
  9. TREATISE OF FISHING WITH A FLY - Neil - Apr 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 included...
  10. SALTWATER CHRONICLES (part 20) - EOTG - Apr 2015

    SALTWATER CHRONICLES (part 20)
    n this installment we are going to sink our teeth into the Sharks that the angler might encounter while fishing in the saltwater and offer some suggestions on how to...
  11. COMPLETE GUIDE TO FRESH AND SALTWATER FISHING - Book Review - Apr 2015

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO FRESH AND SALTWATER FISHING
    Like any book that seeks to cover a topic as broad and as varied at fishing it contains a great deal of general information and a reader that is...
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    FAR AND FINE - Whipfinish - Apr 2015

    FAR AND FINE
    This past winter I found myself in a rod re-building stage, with a couple of rods going, and several being added. I use the word "several" mainly because while it's commonly used to...
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    LOSING - Neil - Apr 2015

    LOSING
    The trout was rising confidently just behind a log slightly upstream from where I was crouching on a small gravel pad bordering the edge of the deep pool that was the residence of the trout...
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    SALMON FLIES (part 1) - EOTG - April 2015

    SALMON FLIES (part 1)
    It's been barely two years since I've been captivated by the world of Atlantic salmon flies. I've never known nor had any subjects like this in my life. First and foremost,...
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
  21. 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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