Reasons We Fish #3 – My Old Man

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My Old Man is the 3rd video in our “Reasons We Fish” film series. I’m sure we all have very similar stories, but it was my old man that introduced me to fishing and is the reason I have such a love for fly fishing and the outdoors today. It was my dad that would take me out and got …

Sexy over Size

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The Making of a Trophy All too often we are consumed by catching the biggest fish.  Just look at the list of nicknames we have for those big fish: pig, hawg, slab, buck, toad, gator, cow, beast, monster, fatty, lunker… and of course the biggest fish in the river, Mr. Hog Johnson!  Size certainly doesn’t hurt, and in fact it’s …

Golden Stonefly Nymph: My Favorite Pattern

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love fishing big meaty flies.  It makes no difference whether you are talking top water or subsurface, there is something satisfying about tying a lunker of a fly on the end of your line instead of that size 32 midge.  A stonefly nymph often fits the bill.  We have a blast drifting …

Warming Waters: Part 2

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Elected Officials The CRO Flies crew strongly believes that we have a moral obligation to promote conservation and to protect our resources for generations to come.  We want to hand down a planet that is in better shape than the shape in which we received it.  We need to set aside our differences and come together in order to achieve …

Reasons We Fish #2 – River Soda

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The second video from the “Reasons We Fish” series highlights one of my favorite parts of fly fishing with friends and family… River Soda! Fly Fishing takes us to some of the most breathtaking places this earth has to offer. A few sips of river soda just enhances the experience, and it doesn’t stop there… river soda serves another important …

Caddis Pupa: LaFontaine’s Deep Sparkle Pupa

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Caddisflies are hardy insects that can be found on a wide variety of freshwater habitats around the world.  They are more tolerant of water pollution than many aquatic life forms, and are often times the most abundant food source year round.  Pump the stomach of any of your caught trout… chances are good that there are caddis in there. It …

Reasons We Fish #1 – Get Outside

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I’m asked the question “why do you fly fish” all the time, and I find it hard to put into words (without making them regret ever asking the question). So I thought, what better way to answer the question than simply showing them. Over the next few years I plan on exploring this question and my answer to it through …