Fly Fishing Winter Smallmouth in Missouri

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It seems like there is a cloud that hangs over smallmouth when the weather turns cold; now, I’m not talking about a literal fog, but a cloud of knowledge. Can you still catch smallmouth in the winter or do they become more or less….dormant? Frankly, I am not very sure of all the answers. I […] Read more »

Fly Fishing the Ozarks During Thanksgiving

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For the past 30 plus years my family, usually my father and my two sons…have made an annual pilgrimage to Nebraska to pheasant hunt for the week; it’s not that we aren’t social…but seriously, hunting for the week just sounds like a better plan! Over the past few years the trip has been limited to […] Read more »

How To Set Up A 6 Weight Fly Fishing System

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All too often I get a wide array of questions….but more than any other are questions about leader, tippet and fly line for my 6 weight fly fishing system. I am also often asked about having just one weight of fly rod or system….what would it be? After many years and much deliberation…I guess I […] Read more »

Wisconsin Musky Fishing on the Fly (almost)

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I have a feeling that musky fishermen fall into one of two categories; you either love the experience (regardless of landing a fish) or you didn’t enjoy much of it and don’t choose to suffer through it again. I could be wrong….so, please don’t send me any nasty emails. Provided my theory is correct…then I […] Read more »

2018 – A Fly Fishing Journey to Upper Wisconsin

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What is it they say, “The best laid plans of mice and men…?” Such was the case during my fall break as my wife, Vickie and I, headed north, way north, to the very upper portion of Wisconsin in search of some big toothy critters, aka…a musky. What I didn’t plan on was the fact […] Read more »

Fly Fishing Low Water Smallmouth on the Big Walnut

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Because of low water conditions, there reaches a point in the summer where you either whine and stay home…or go and make the most of it; I am not a whiner. Frank and I pulled out of my drive at 9am sharp on our way to fly fish another section of the Big Walnut…and did […] Read more »