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Like a Good Scotch, Be Smooth. 5 Tips to Improve Your Fly Casting. 0

Fly Casting VideoBecoming a good fly caster is a little like being a proficient musician, it takes time, practice and some knowledge of the theory behind it all. Here are 5 simple tips that will help improve your fly casting.

The dissapearing art of the nail knot 1

How to tie a nail knotThis one seems to be becoming a lost art as most fly line manufacturers put loops on their fly lines. For light presentations to trout, welded loop to loop connections are far from ideal if you are looking for the very best turnover characteristics.For delicate presentations when fishing small dry flies and emergers a nail knot or needle knot are the only way to go - let’s face it, loop to loops are great for saltwater fishing but when it comes to Trout they’re pretty amateur.

  • Carl McNeil
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Topo Designs Epic Packlight Fly RodCombining the versatile Topo Mountain Pack with our hand crafted Packlight fly rod just makes sense. That's why we chose to team up with Topo Designs to dream up a package begging to hit your home water.

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
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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: