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Front-Ended: Can We Stop Doing this to Each Other?

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February 23, 2018

There are two types of people who will front end you on the river: the rookie who honestly and innocently doesn’t understand on-stream protocol and the guy who knows exactly what he’s doing but just doesn’t give a shit, so he front-ends you anyway.

Pity the first type and forgive…


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Fly Fishing Strategies: No Limits — Fish every type of weight available

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February 21, 2018

Do you use weighted flies or split shot? It’s a common question with a flawed premise. Why choose? Why limit yourself to one or the other? And why use only one at a time?

Unless you’re a dry-fly-only angler, you need weight to get flies under the surface and down…


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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #30 — The best-laid plans of fishers and men often go awry

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February 18, 2018

One of the particular joys of fishing is the preparation, the planning, thinking and dreaming of what may come on the next trip to the river. We tie flies, check river conditions, pour over maps and share stories about the way things were last time. And so we draft…


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Fly Fishing Strategies — The Add-On Line

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February 16, 2018

Adding a second fly to the tippet section usually improves your chances of fooling a trout. Sure, there are times when the precision of just one fly is an advantage, but more often than not, I fish with multiple fly rigs. I like two nymphs, two streamers, and two…


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Angler Types in Profile: The Rookie

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February 13, 2018

Sam surprised me.

“Let’s do it,” he blurted out when I answered the phone. “Let’s go fly fishing.”

The way Sam spoke the sentence was already awkward, as though he was uncomfortable with the words themselves. He slowed down every time he put the word “fly” in front of fishing, and…


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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #29 — Read Trout Water

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February 11, 2018

Gravity pulls it downstream. All of it. Every drop of water merging into a river, whether fallen directly from the clouds into a small brook, or bubbling from a spring seep on a large and open river, is under the consistent influence of a force none of us can…


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Fly Fishing Strategies: Over or Under? Your best bet on weight

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February 8, 2018

When nymphing or fishing streamers, I think most of us are trying to use enough weight to get the fly down and keep it there, and yet not so much that the damn thing snags a rock with every cast. You might think there’s a fine line to this,…


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Stories

Eggs for Breakfast, Eggs for Lunch, Eggs for Dinner

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February 6, 2018

It was an early summer morning. Late June probably, and I was fishing my home water. Once the fog had lifted from the cold spring creek, I’d done alright. I caught enough trout to keep me moving upstream at a steady pace, hitting each pocket and every likely bank…

Domenick Swentosky
BELLEFONTE, PA

Hi. I'm a father of two young boys, a husband, writer, musician and fisherman. I fly fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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