Video Pro Tip: How to Remove a Fish Hook from Your Skin

We’ve posted several videos on this subject, but it’s always fun to see a new one. (Does that make me a sadist?) What’s important is the that the technique works, so it’s worth taking a refresher course. Here, Iowan Michael Chilton, of. . .

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First Casts 11.1.13


Robert Tomes with a killer, fly-caught musky. 
Photo by Walter Hodges, via Midcurrent

Editor’s Note: “First Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.

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Gear Review: The New Orvis Helios 2 Switch Rod

Written by: Reid Baker, Freestone Outfitters


The Helios 2 Switch Rod in action, swinging for summer-run steelhead.
All photos by Reid Baker

[Editor’s note: Don’t forget to enter our Helios 2 Switch Rod giveaway, which has just three days left.]

Having spent the last several years being enamored with two-handed fly rods—and in particular using them for chasing anadromous fish in the Pacific Northwest—I have cast a wide variety of rods in a variety of sizes and settings. I was drawn to. . .

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Short Casts 09.26.13


See several more macro trout images by George Novak on Derek Grzelewski’s blog.
Photo by George Novak

Editor’s Note: “First Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.

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Pro Tip: Understanding Rod Action and Choosing the Right Rod for You


The Orvis Flex Index is just one way to describe the way a fly rod performs.
Photo via orvis.com

Ask almost any fly fisherman to cite the differences between fast- and slow-action fly rods, and you’ll probably get some version of: “A fast-action rod is stiffer than a slow-action rod.” While, at a very basic level, this is usually the case, it’s kind of like describing the difference between a. . .

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Fly-Fishing News: First Casts for 08.13.13


Kirk Deeter shows you how to catch fish like this on attractor dry flies.
Photo via Fly Talk

“First Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from news, to how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.

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