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The Taper Debate

Maybe not as important as type of government or healthcare but at times equally disparate can be the debate over fly-line tapers. What is most interesting is the evolution of two diverging schools of thought on fly-line tapers. As they have diverged, they have come together in conclusion, but not in how they arrived at the conclusion.

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April Vokey in Dubai

Check out the latest edition of Fly Fusion, which features field editor April Vokey’s trip to Dubai where she fishes for queenfish (photos by Andrew Burr). Pick the issue up at newsstands or subscribe here.

Fly Fishing, Basketball, and Parenting

The great American philosopher and poet Henry David Thoreau believed nature to be a positive guiding force. He said, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

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Creating Space for Memories

The Fly Fusion team likes testing out fishy products and spreading the word about them, but every once in a while we also like to test out products that are a little more on the fly-fishing fringe.

Throughout the summer team members have enjoyed using the Picture Keeper. After a few trips, it’s super easy to load up the smartphone with images of highlights. Over time, ten photos becomes 400 photos and the phone can go from feeling like a lighting quick, fast action rod to a lethargic fibreglass rod as the storage gets more and more crammed.

The Memory Keeper is an easy and effective way to store memories of your fly-fishing trip while alleviating the storage issues. Testers found the device easy to use (even for the less tech savvy individuals). In a few simple steps, the iPhone dumps photos directly onto the Memory Keeper and then asks whether you’d like to keep the photos on the phone or delete them from the phone. Even if you choose the later of the two, it’s super simple to add any photos back onto the phone from the Memory Keeper should you choose. This is a great devise for any angler who takes a lot of shots but likes the phone to still function at normal speeds. Check them out here.

Matching the Non-Hatch

Fly Fusion’s entomology expert Robert Hinchliffe discusses what to do when you show up at the water ready to match the hatch and there is no evidence of visible hatch .

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New RIO Video: How to Fish a Streamer From the Bank

The 10th episode of RIO’s “How To” series, is presented by RIO ambassador Russ Miller. In this episode, Russ shows numerous ways to fish a streamer while wading along the bank of a river; each different from the rest, and when applied to a day on the river, will give you the maximum chance of catching a fish. Russ’s tips and great information takes the mystery out of this increasingly popular style of river fishing.

Technology and Tradition

But is there a chance we occasionally come close to making it too easy? The traditions of fly fishing, some of which mainly celebrate the difficulty of the sport, are important to me and I worry
 a little that some of them are being pushed aside or are slowly disappearing.

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RIO Products Introduces New Technology with the DirectCore Flats Pro Fly Line

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO (August 1, 2017) – RIO Products, manufacturers of fly lines, leaders, and tippet material, brings new technology to tropical saltwater fly lines with the DirectCore Flats Pro line.

RIO’s new flagship saltwater fly line is designed for anglers hitting tropical flats in search of bonefish, permit and tarpon. The line is built on RIO’s new DirectCore, a proprietary low-memory, low-stretch monofilament core that retains its stiffness in tropical heat yet lies straight on the water without curl or retraction. The core has 30 percent less stretch than regular tropical saltwater fly lines and ensures solid strip sets and shortened fight times.

In addition to the new core, this line features RIO’s SureFire technology, which has been used in RIO’s freshwater fly lines in the past. This triple color, distance-marking design takes the guesswork out of accuracy and distance control allowing anglers to make higher percentage shots to cruising targets.

The DirectCore Flats Pro line is available in floating models and a StealthTip option that features a full-float head with six feet of clear intermediate at the tip. This nearly invisible front section allows for shorter leaders and easier, more accurate casts, while the increased density provides greater wind penetration. Each line is built with a front taper that loads easily at close range, and with a mid-length head and extended back taper that provides stability for fast, accurate long-distance casts.

At the recent industry awards show, the DirectCore Flats Pro line won “Best New Fly Line for 2018” at the European trade show EFTTEX, “Best New Saltwater Fly Line for 2018” at the US trade show IFTD, and “Best New Fly Line” at the Australian Fishing Trade Show.

The DirectCore Flats Pro line is available in WF6F to WF12F in an easy to see Aqua/Orange/Sand color or a subtle Gray/Sand/Kelp option. The DirectCore Flats Pro StealthTip line is available in WF8F/I to WF12F/I. All models are available at RIO dealers for $119.99.