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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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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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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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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Beating the Boats: Strategies for the Wading Angler

Nothing is more rewarding than packing a lunch and committing yourself to a long day of exploring. The incentive is not only the fish your will find, but the quiet out-of-the-way places you will discover.

Article by Ryan Sparks  / Photo by Faceless Fly Fishing


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Leonard Cohen and Trout

I still hope that on every outing I’ll find large and willing trout, but the older I get the more my dark-haired idealism makes room for grey-haired realism.

by Derek Bird



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Top 2 Series to Help Sharpen Your Casting Skills

For fly anglers looking to add a little more distance to their cast or planning to expand their advanced casting arsenal, lots of different options exist nowadays. You can book a casting clinic, find a column in a magazine, or search out numerous instructional videos online. If you decided to go with the online option, Fly Fusion staff helped to narrow the search by providing you with two of their favourite casting series.

R.L. Winston Casting Series–One of the all-time greats, Joan Wulff, presents an easy-to-follow 10 part instructional casting series packed with basics for the newcomer or for the long-time angler who wants to break some poor habits. She also has a number of videos in the series that present advanced techniques for the angler wanting to improve on an already solid foundation. To view the series click here.

Orvis Casting Series–Another recommended casting resource is the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center. Along with everything else you need to know about fly fishing, you’ll also find 16 casting centric instructional videos presented by Orvis Casting Instructor, Pete Kutzer. To view the series click here.

Photo Credit: Paula Shearer