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On Pitching Old Boots

On Pitching Old Boots

As one who is willing to fly fish in any environment for any species, I must confess to a lifelong passion for wading warmwater streams. Nature's beauty, quality fishing, and solitude provide an overwhelming inducement to continue slogging up and down streams and an...

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

A day or two ago, the river I chose to fish was slightly off-color from recent rains, but that shouldn't have caused an hour and a half of fruitless casting. Suddenly, the wind quickened and distant thunder announced a downpour. In 20 minutes the storm passed and I...

Scattered Showers

Scattered Showers

A quick-hitting rain soaked me while float tubing a pond. The fish continued to hit size-12 black Bluegill Buggers as long as they were slowly retrieved near bottom. One bass of 12 inches and 20 bluegills to 9 inches were landed and released before sunset. The...

Magic Time Is Here!

Magic Time Is Here!

The massive heatwave has delayed our pond fishing to late in the evening and beyond into darkness. In the last hour before sunset, we targeted bluegills at the edge of the weedline with Bully's Bluegill Spiders. Most of the 8-inch plus bluegills were caught at 4 feet...

Bamboo and Spiders

Bamboo and Spiders

I chose a shaded pool on a quiet stretch of stream for the first outing of my new bamboo 5-wt. rod. Gentle casts off a black sponge spider beside a submerged log and quivering imparted action produced a violent strike. The hook set prompted a head-shaking leap...

Fishing Our New H.O.T. Streamers

Fishing Our New H.O.T. Streamers

A large threatening cloud drifted south of the pond as I launched the float tube. Armed with a 6 wt. rod, floating line, and a 9-ft. leader with an 8-lb. tippet and our new H.O.T. Streamer (Hold On Tight Streamer), I began casting at the edges of the weed line. Each...