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Lil’ Dorothy’s Riffle

1.  Late morning on a wild trout stream flowing through old farmland. The sky sun-bright and cloudless; the air getting warm. The water summer low and tight with vegetation, not exactly promising for the fisherman… And the brown trout? Spooky … Continue reading

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Rainbow Trout, by Choice or Design

I fished for rainbow trout because they were there. The season was open; the fish are fun to catch with flies. Clearly, I chose to fish for them in early April, and I went for them because they were my … Continue reading

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The North Country Spiders

The wet fly patterns known as “North Country Spiders” came to prominence in England around 1885 with the publication of Yorkshire Trout Flies written by T. E. Pritt.  But some of the patterns had been around for a long while … Continue reading

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Before and After Flyfishing

In rethinking the role of wet fly patterns, both the winged and wingless models, I’ve    refocused on the time-honored traditions of fishing with an artificial. Although I never really abandoned the use of wet flies over my lifetime, I primarily … Continue reading

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