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To land large fish don't drag it onto a rocky beach, and don't raise the rod high into the "danger zone" (as shown here) while under pressure. Thousands of rods break this way. Grace Smith photo

The Slip-and-Grab Fish Landing Technique

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

We’ve all been there . . . you have the best trout of the day hooked up, but you don’t… more »

Elk Creek, PA fall steelhead. ross Purnell photo

Game-Changing Pennsylvania Legislation

by Ross Purnell, Editor 7

Trouble has been brewing along Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie shoreline as more and more landowners are closing their properties to public… more »

Trempealeau, July 20, 2014. Courtesy of the National Weather Service

Massive Mayfly Hatch of “Biblical Proportions” Triggers a Three-Car Crash

by Ross Purnell, Editor 2

A massive mayfly hatch on the Mississippi River in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area July 20, 2014, was described as… more »


Skeena Eviction Notice for all Sport Fishers

by Ross Purnell, Editor 1

In the fall of 2012 I was fishing with friends on the Kispiox River during a perfectly rare occurrence of… more »

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Invisible Stripping Basket

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

I’ve had a few questions and comments from some fly fishers seeking more information about the Short Casts tips (June-July,… more »

Trout use shadow edges to conceal themselves and feed, just as they would in a transition seam from slow to fast water. Joe Mahelr illustration

Hunting Trout in the Shadows

by Ross Purnell, Editor 1

Trout use shadows for concealment and for feeding, and it’s a particularly important feature on small streams with large trout…. more »

Cathy and Barry Beck Photo

For Memorial Day: A Show of Respect

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

This Memorial Day, take the time to read Monte Burke’s story “Discover Courage” in the June-July 2014 issue of FLY… more »

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Bonefish and Their Secret Lives

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

Dana Dribben captured this underwater footage of bonefish feeding on the grass flats near the boat launch of Deep Water… more »


The Tug is the Drug

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

The Tug is the Drug by Chris Santella. Headwater Books &, April 2014, $7 ebook, ISBN: 978-1-934753-23-1. Chris Santella… more »

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Monofilament Weed Guard By Charlie Craven

by Ross Purnell, Editor 1

A good monofilament weed guard helps your popper, diver, or slider work through weed beds, water lily, and cattails where… more »

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