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Columbia PFG Backcast Nylon Pant: Grill
30 Jun 2015

Columbia’s Backcast Nylon Pant: 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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Rock Shrimp
29 Jun 2015

Rock Shrimp: Using Grizzly Hackle

Grizzly hackle is a necessity for every saltwater fly-tying bench – really for all fly-tying benches. Whether making claws, wings, shrimp legs, or simply wrapping the hook shank, Grizzly hackle and its natural barring can’t be beat. Barring gives so much action to flies. Other great colors are available as

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Tarpon Fly: Black & Purple
28 Jun 2015

Tarpon Flies 101: Simply Using Feathers

Tying Tarpon flies can be a great way to start fly-tying. Not only are Tarpon flies tied on a slightly larger hook, they can be tied by simply using feathers. In other words, the only materials you need for tying these flies are hooks, thread, and feathers…well that and maybe

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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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International Fly Tackle Dealer Show (IFTD)
16 Jun 2015

Florida Fly-Fishing Trade Shows for 2015

Florida is fortunate enough to host two major fly-fishing trade shows each year. This year the ICAST IFTD Show will be held in Orlando and the IFFF Expo in Fort Lauderdale. Both shows are loaded with all the best fly-fishing gear exhibits, casting pools, demonstrations, fly-tying, technical classes, and more.

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Crazy Charlies: Tying Effective Flies Quickly
12 Jun 2015

Crazy Charlies: Tying Effective Flies Quickly

A fish takes only a split second to decide whether to hit your fly or not. In other words, if it doesn’t take advantage of the immediate feeding opportunity, the next fish will. This means if your fly looks like the food they typically eat, acts like the typical food

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Flycycle: Fly Tying Material Exchange
08 Jun 2015

Flycycle: Fly-Tying Material Exchange

A not-for-profit re-purposing program created to exchange surplus fly-tying material Fly Mastery has received an amount of comments from readers regarding the excess of fly-tying materials at the bench. An excess in relative terms I suppose – not enough to sell, but enough trade or donate to other fly-tying enthusiasts.

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License-Free Fishing Days in Florida for 2015
01 Jun 2015

Florida License-Free Fishing Days

Many of you may have been waiting for a perfect time to get out and try your hand at fly-fishing. Well, the state of Florida offers several days each year where all of you can fish license-free. In other words, the state of Florida has given you free days to

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