Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing
31 Mar 2016

Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing

Capt Jesse Males connected with us at Fly Mastery back in JAN 2016. After some time exchanging e-mails and photos, it was apparent he also had a passion for fly-fishing, fly-tying, and the adventure that comes with the fly-fishing lifestyle. Over the last two months I received amazing photography of

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John Roetman: Mackerel Tuna on Fly
05 Nov 2015

Flies by John Roetman

I first connected with John Roetman at the 2015 IFFF Expo in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He had quite a few folks gathered around his fly-tying bench, all of which were very interested in his display of unique creations. After some time watching John tie one of his latest local patterns,

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Rubber Legs: New Color Options
13 Oct 2015

Rubber Legs: New Color Options

I was leaving one of the Bass Pro Shops the other day and happen to walk out through the isle displaying all the rubber/ plastic lures. Among all the eye-candy, the replacement rubber “skirts” for spinners and jigs caught my eye. They looked so similar to the Sili and Centipede

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Peacock Clouser
17 Aug 2015

Salty River Fly Company

Last month I noticed a few creative fly patterns on Instagram by Salty River Fly Company – one being their Mayan Cichlid Clouser. After connecting with Jesus Mora (Owner) via e-mail, he decided to send me a few fly patterns to post on Fly Mastery. Patterns included:   • Brush Crab

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Columbia PFG Backcast Nylon Pant: Grill
30 Jun 2015

Columbia’s PFG Backcast Nylon Pant: A 5-Star Performer

In South Florida, it can get pretty warm (90°F with 90% humidity) in the Summer months. One of the best ways to steer clear of the sun and stay cool is to wear a lightweight pair of UPF nylon pants. Many manufacturers (i.e. Patagonia, Simms, ExOfficio, etc.) offer UPF pants

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Galvan Torque 10 Fly Reel
21 Jun 2015

Saltwater Fly-fishing Gear: Editor’s Choice

When it comes to purchasing fly-fishing gear (i.e. rods, reels, line, etc.), there are so many models and brands to choose from. Technology advances exponentially each year, bringing better and better equipment to the table. It is true my G3 Sage rod from 1990 still holds its own, however it

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Captain Your Own Fishing Charters
30 May 2015

Obtaining a USCG Captain’s License

Over this past year, I have been asked several times what is involved with obtaining a US Coast Guard (USCG) Captain’s License. After some formal fact-finding and the recollection of my own experiences, I will share some of the basic requirements and offer additional tips on the process. The USCG

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Patagonia Fly-Fishing Dry Pack
14 May 2015

Gear Up: Top 15 Tools for the Fly-Fishing Gear Bag

When heading out to fish minutes, miles, or days away, forgetting your gear bag would be catastrophic. For that matter, forgetting any single item may be catastrophic. Ever been in a remote location with straight blistering sun and forget your sunscreen? How about tucked into the Everglades, hours away from

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Simms' Solar Sombrero
15 Mar 2015

Sun Hats: Simms’ Solar Sombrero

Over this last year, I’ve been in the market for a sun-hat. As typically done when looking for new gear, I start my research with on-line reviews and trips to local shops for a little hands-on assessment. Problem is, playing with it in the local fly-fishing shop isn’t going demonstrate

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Murray's Backcountry Baitfish: Grey
02 Mar 2015

Flies by Joe Murray

I first connected with Joe Murray over Twitter earlier this month. After exchanging a few fly-tying ideas, he shared with me an image of a unique baitfish fly he tied recently. Joe indicated the baitfish design was an original concept and very effective in South Florida. Fascinated with the fly’s

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