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Topo X Epic Giveaway! 0

Tope x Epic Packlight giveawayWe've teamed up with the clever people at Topo Designs on a sweet custom Topo Mountain Pack and matching Epic Packlight combo
And it gets better!

Floating fly lines vs sinking fly lines - The AFFTA system for rating fly line weights 0

The AFFTA fly Line Standard Floating fly liens vs sinking fly linesWhich weighs more, a floating fly line or a sinking line? It may surprise you to know that they both weigh the same - at 30 feet anyway. Or at least they should.
For example, under the AFFTA system for rating fly lines a 5 weight fly line is a 5wt regardless of whether it is a floater, a sinking fly line or an intermediate.

Fly Cast Friday - Fly Casting in the wind - the three L's 0

Fly casting dealign with the wind casts that catch fish Carl McNeil

I get a lot of anglers and customers asking about our fly rods and casting in windy conditions. The short answer is that battling the wind has more to do with technique and skill than the type or action of the fly rod being used. 

Understanding how to deal with the wind is one if the most valuable skills a fly angler can learn. Getting comfortable casting in windy conditions will not only afford more success on the water it will open up a lot more fishing opportunities whether they be on the river or out on the flats.
Keep the three L's in mind:

Fly Cast Friday - Simple Curves 0

Curce casts with Carl McNeil Casts that Catch Fish Fly CastingAt times you’ll want to be able to throw a line around a corner – usually to get around an obstacle like a tree trunk or rock. And this is where your curve casts come in.   Now, there are many ways to throw curves, some easy and some hard – and those different methods also give different curves from long deep curves to short sharp curves – even right angles. In this lesson we’re going to cover the most straightforward method to make a couple of easy curves to the left and right side.

Fly Cast Friday - The Tuck Cast 0

Fly casting the tuck cast from Cast that Catch Fish fly fishing dvdThe tuck cast, or tuck mend is a great cast for getting heavily weighted nymphs or even streamers quickly down into the water column. If you’re fishing with weight the last thing you want is a tight line on the delivery - The tight line causes drag immediately and reduces the ability for the nymph to sink. If you could get the nymph to drop from the sky with plenty of slack behind it it’s going to sink much faster and drift far more naturally. And that’s exactly what the tuck cast does for us.

Product Spotlight - Epic 888 0

Epic 888 fly rodA rod that has been causing a real stir and gaining a loyal (and slightly fanatical) following is the 888.
Our mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Bonefish and Redfish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species like Carp, Pike and monster Muskie too.

  • Carl McNeil