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Pflueger Medalist Review

Return of the Mack: Pflueger Medalist

Most folks entertained by fly fishing and who have made a few trips around the block have owned a Pflueger Medalist.  Black, chrome and old is a fine combination.  It was my first fly fishing reel, and I’ve retired it to a shelf, right next to other important mementos like portraits of my little ...
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Wet Dreams, Vol. 1

Obviously I spend a lot of time studying fishing.  At some point in every angler’s life he dreams about places he can’t afford to go to.  I have my list burned into my memory banks, hoping someday to begin checking them off.  Life is short, and today I came to the realization that I spend ove ...
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Sage Accel Rod Fly Fishing Winged Reel

Sage Accel: Smooth As Silk

After being gifted a new Sage Domain reel for my birthday this year by my super sweet and exceptionally beautiful girlfriend, I knew I needed to get a new stick to pair with this badass new reel. It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased a new rod and since that time, conservatively, I would estimat ...
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SmithFly Digi-Pouch
In prior years, I was toting around a Pelican case to carry my camera gear. It is big, bulky, obviously rigid, and limited my options in fishing packs. I got to a point where I was tired of carrying a normal-sized backpack on day trips. I found myself getting immensely frustrated with the routine o ...
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ly Fishing Elbow - Fly Fishing Spring Fed Ponds Large

Fishing Elbow

I remember the day when fly fishing was an old man’s sport.  It seems that day is closer than I thought.  Although I expected to grow old fishing I hadn’t anticipated injuries that would occur as a result of fishing.  I’ve spent a lot of time this year, much more than usual, throwing big st ...
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Getting Salty

I’ve spent most of my fishing days meandering mountain streams and exploring rivers. It seems like I could spend a lifetime exploring new waters. About 5 years ago I made the decision to give up all other hobbies to only chase fish with a fly rod and I continue to find myself shedding obligation, ...
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Lulu Dobson Winged Reel

Apple of my Eye

Written By: Justin Dobson - Photos By: Katie LloydI consider myself very fortunate to have a wonderful little girl in my life.  She was born with the same inquisitive spirit and passion for adventure as her father and all that’s needed is for me to expose her to the fertilizer that will feed her ...
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Fishpond Net Fly Fishing Winged Reel Rainbow Trout

Hatchery vs. Wild Trout

Written By: Pete - Photos By: Pete, Jamie Keown     What are the Biggest Differences?The discussion of the differences between hatchery and wild trout is one we have been having for some time. While I have had my opinions on the differences that I have seen, it wasn’t until recently that I had ...
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Socks for days

Making Memories

Written By: Justin Dobson - Embarrassing Photo by: Whoever was at the Gate 43 shed     It’s without a doubt one of the best things we take away from fishing is the memories. Even those with only a few years of fishing have already had a chance to earn memories on the water.  For those of us w ...
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Laying it down - Fern Valley

Fern Valley on the Soque

Written By: Justin Dobson - Photos By: Matt Bornhorst     We just finished spending a great weekend taking photos and film on a Georgia River which I personally hadn’t had a chance to fish yet.  I’ve passed over the Soque River in Clarkesville several times prior in my travels but understoo ...
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