May 2017


Tight Line Nymphing | Where Should the Sighter Be?

May 31, 2017

What’s the sighter for? Ahhh, well that short length of colored line changes everything, doesn’t it?

The twenty-inch chunk of vivid monofilament, tied in just before the leader’s tippet section,…


Presenting the Mono Rig at Seneca Trout Unlimited

May 30, 2017

On Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm I’m presenting “The Mono Rig: Your flies, your fly rod, no fly line” for Seneca Trout Unlimited of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, June 13 @6:30…

Philosophy Tips/Tactics

One Thing at a Time

May 24, 2017

When I was a boy, my father often made this point: just do the next thing. Clear the mechanism and focus on one thing in life. Work hard until…

Commentary Stories

All the Things

May 17, 2017
There’s the fly box with a broken hinge. Half of the pin on the backside is missing, and I don’t know how that happened. I do know I’ll be standing in fast water someday; I’ll unfold the box, and the open leaf will fall off. I won’t even have a chance for a proper goodbye to the drowned flies and wasted hours — no, the days — of ordinary time spent focused on one square inch of space (that’s what fly tying is). So I’ll fix the hinge today. I could transfer all the flies to a new box, but that would probably take more time.

The Big Score | Meet the Bad Hombre

May 12, 2017

Spring fishing in Montana. It’s unpredictable and sometimes impossible once the runoff starts, but there are always places. It was a risky time to schedule a family fishing trip,…