Midge Fishing in the Winter

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Every fly shop has a portion of their fly bins relegated to the most seemingly useless little flies.  These flies have but one or two materials incorporated into their design and are so tiny that many folks assume the tedious task of attaching them to a hook must surely be a waste of time.  In...

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Fishing High Water

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It’s been a dry summer here in Western North Carolina.  I’ve even heard the word draught thrown around here and there.   After spending 10 years living out West I’ll admit, though dry, it hasn’t felt like a draught to me.  However, given the precipitation totals from the last week or so I would say this...

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A New Fishing Pal…….

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I’ve enjoyed working with the next generation of fly fishers since I began guiding. Working with youngsters that love to fish is always a pleasure. It takes me back to when I was 7 or 8 years old. My dad would practically have to call in the jaws-of-life to pry a fishing pole out of...

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Beating the WNC Heat

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This is my third summer in Western North Carolina and without a doubt the hottest and driest I’ve seen. As summer temps hovered consistently around 90 degrees and water levels dropped, the fishing in bigger watersheds predictably slowed down. The solution to the “dog days of summer” quandary is quite simple. Smallmouth bass and small...

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Guide Life

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Summer’s here.  Mornings start around daybreak, tying flies, making lunches, organizing fly boxes and gear, readying the drift boat… mental checklists, physical checklists… don’t forget to grab more 6x flouro at the shop before you leave, don’t forget to clean out your cooler when you get home, and definitely don’t forget to get those wet...

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Sharing Secrets

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There is no doubt that some people are better than others when it comes to keeping secrets. Some people are born with a propensity to uncontrollably blurt out any juicy piece of confidential information that comes there way while others staunchly take even mundane details to the grave. I’ve run into my fair share of...

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Fishing in the Late Winter Months

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Winter re-appeared here in Western North Carolina and hopefully for the last time.  As crazy as it seems now, with temperatures struggling to break the freezing mark, just over a week ago I had clients out on the water with high temps in the 60s.  Though I am currently cursing old man winter for showing...

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The ins and outs Buyers Guide for Fly Fishing

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A few days ago I was working behind the counter in our shop when a couple came in to do some browsing and pick up some fly fishing odds and ends.  They checked out with a dozen or so flies, a new traditional braided Tenkara leader, some hemostats, nippers, a zinger or two, etc.  You...

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Fishing on the Brain……all the time!

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I’ve got a bad case of fishin’ on the brain.  So, what’s new?  I always have fishin’ on the brain.  After the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo the insidious nature of this dilemma has been greatly compounded.  Last weekend people from all over gathered in Asheville to share information about new products, tactics and...

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Dear Mom and Dad,

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In the past few years I’ve had the joy of witnessing many people catch their first fish on a fly rod.  It’s something that never gets old; sharing in the pure and simple joy of a new experience.  Last week I had the great pleasure of watching one more person catch their first fish on...

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