Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures

Unfinished Business: Chasing Hawaiian Bonefish off Molokai

Sight Casting Molokai Bonefish with fly rods and inflatable kayaks Sight Casting Molokai Bonefish with fly rods and inflatable kayaks … and Natty Lights Every direction was a vision. Golden, shallow flats extended from the western horizon to its eastern counterpart. Waves repeatedly hammered the outer reef to the South. The rippled, folded shoulders of Kamakou to the northeast towered into dark, stormy skies. The good news is we had already caught a few fleeting glimpses of the fish we...
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Meanwhile, Out West…

Yankees wandering the Bush of Western Australia with rod, reel and goon chasing queenfish, permit, giant trevally, golden trevally and blue bones.   “Every man’s got to find themselves, and I found myself in bloody Western Australia, of all places – there was as far away as I could.” – Nick Cummins     Sharks. I was wading alone… a couple hundred meters from shore in waste-deep water. It was sudden. They appeared out of nowhere. I was surrounded… more...
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Australia Part I: Journey Before the Journey

… a Maui bungalow rental to clean up so I get my deposit back.. … copious amounts of pig shit to pick up in the yard… … 3 websites design projects to finish… … scattered gear on the bed waiting to get sorted and packed… … sufficient sleep patterns a distant past… … quality nutrition a foggy memory… That was one day ago on Maui; two days ago if you consider that I’ve just crossed the international date line over...
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Just A Few Questions: an interview with Rick Mendel

Fly Fishing Film Interview with 70-year-old Rick Mendel. Get your phone out… jump on Instagram… look up “fly fishing”. You’re soon to see a bunch of gratuitous hero shots. You might even notice a few scantily-clad women in Brazilian bikinis holding a fish caught by someone else. If you’re new to the sport, there’s a good chance that you’d think fly fishing is an industry full of pretentious, top-notch anglers none of whom have ever been beginners or have done...
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Patagonia, The Final Slice: Coyhaique to Tierra del Fuego

Expect Nothing, Anticipate Everything We were barreling down a dirt road at “the end of the world”, a nickname given to the nether regions of South America. We were headed across South America’s southernmost terrain on, what would be, our last dark and dreary day of a month-long journey through Patagonia. I had made a commitment to document the last leg of the trip through written word. In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment when my thoughts drifted from...
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Onward and Southward: Our Chase Continues through Patagonia

Well, I’m just gonna come out and say it: Patagonia is a pretty nice place. More specifically, it might just be the best place. It’s a place of wonder, limited only by the great oceans flanking its periphery. Defined in just a few words: jagged canyons and sweeping valleys… craggy horns and weathered domes… parched steppe and muddy escarpments… fair skies and wicked weather… untamed rivers and placid lakes… golden brown trout and flashing rainbows… washboard roads and butter highways…...
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Triumph and humility. Welcome to fly fishing in Patagonia

“I have never touched a cloud before. I want to touch a cloud.” These aren’t my words. They’re the gleeful words of a little girl just a few rows up from me on one of my flights. Patagonia is my cloud. My mind wandered… shuffling through ethereal scenes—images I’ve conjured up of Patagonia based on television documentaries, travel books and the internet. This mythical place has captivated my imagination for so long and that moment of truth was so close. Although...
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Patagonia: on the verge of something big, maybe.

Patagonia: 1 week away. I visited Patagonia once. Patagonia, Arizona that is. I remember it was a sleepy, little town in the far south of that great state, not more than 20 miles from the Mexican border. I was 18 years old, innocent(ish), on Thanksgiving break during my first college semester up in Flagstaff. My older brother was living in Tucson at the time. I drove down to spend the holiday with him. We decided to get out of the...
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The Dirty “DIY” Truth for Fly Anglers

DIY Fly Fishing Debate: Truth or Slander? Note: This essay is about a quasi-controversial topic gaining momentum in the fly fishing world today. The topic centers around the DIY (Do It Yourself) approach to fly fishing. On the surface of this issue there’s a question that commonly comes up: How is the DIY approach to fly fishing impacting local fisheries? Another, more specific question is: How is DIY fly fishing impacting business for local guide companies? (Can you guess who’s asking that question?)...
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Chasing Louisiana Redfish in Bayou Country with Kayaks and Fly Rods

Chasing Louisiana Redfish on the Fly. Kayak Fly Fishing Louisiana Redfish. Kayak Fly Fishing Louisiana Redfish. Why do we travel to new destinations to fly fish? Is it about triumphantly hoisting an exotic, new fish species, carving another notch in the fly fishing bedpost? Is it about scratching that “exploration” itch that builds up while sitting in an office for 40 hours per week? Is it about the tertiary stuff… like exciting food and interesting local flavor that lures us...
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DIY Fly Fishing: Ride out the Storm for Big Rewards

We’ve all been there… the sun is gently gracing your shoulders. The birds are singing. The fish are somewhat predictable. That’s when Mother Nature rears her ugly head. Well, turn that frown upside down mister! A great rule of thumb for DIY fly fishing: ride out the storm for big rewards and, potentially, great photo ops! With a little patience what might appear to be doomsday for fishing and photos could bring rainbows and butterflies.   “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,...
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Casting Flies to Big Trout in Nevada and Winning Big

DIY fly fishing adventure Nevada backcountry tiger trout. Finding tiger trout in a far-away place. Alone. I just got here. This fairy tale quest has brought me to a distant place in the northern reaches of Nevada. It’s a spot far from the clinking slot machines, the gobs of blinking lights and from humans. I’m, both, weary from the road and excited for what’s next. The journey was rough, to say the least. I rented a mini SUV in Vegas… should’ve...
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