Blue Line Native Brook Trout: How to fly fish for native brook trout.

It isn’t often that we get to experience something “like it was in the old days”, but something aboutfishing for brook trout brings back that euphoric feeling. A lot of trout fishermen are obsessed withcatching stocked trout and we have written about that in the past. Don’t get me wrong, fishing stockedfish is super fun since you can target willing fish that grow to size. However, that doesn’t compare tohiking down or up to a

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Smooth Angler 101

What makes a great fly pattern?

“Match the Hatch” The first thing to consider is, what are the fish feeding on? It doesn’t make sense to create a fly pattern that

Wade Fishing the Outer Banks

Unlike the high grass in SC that I am used to, redfish and other species in this area like to explore the coastal waters by utilizing the highway of channels before popping up on adjacent flats.

Stream Etiquette: Respect Your Fellow Angler

Unfortunately, I can’t go a full day on the water without running into an angler with poor etiquette. Both fly and conventional fishers. In most scenarios I believe it’s naivety. People just don’t know or understand. So let’s dive into this topic here. No judgement, just discussion.


Gear Reviews

The Great Pack Dilemma: On the Water Storage Solutions Explained.

In this Gear Review, I want to focus on what packs and bags are best for each fisherman. We won’t dive into specific bags, but I’d like to touch on the different types of bags on the market; vests, chest packs, hip packs, sling packs and backpacks and what they bring to the table. Eh, who are we fooling? I may slip a couple of my favorites in.


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New YouTube Series: Guide Flies

Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey, that’s a guide fly”, and had no clue what they were talking about? Well, get ready because we are sharing our favorite guide flies and how to tie them on our YouTube channel.

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10 Flies We Love for North Carolina Fall Fishing

Fall is the season where fishing dreams are made here in North Carolina. With beautiful 60 – 70 degree days and water chilling evenings, fall is by far the staple season. These 10 Flies are a must have for the NC waters in the fall.

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Planning a Fly Fishing Trip

In a few weeks I am making my yearly voyage to Martha’s Vineyard to pursue striper, blue fish, and false albacore!  COVID might be a

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What the Carp??

We had the pleasure of meeting, fishing, and sharing a few laughs with local guide Henry Fowler. Henry is a military man, pilot, and great

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