Is Fly Fishing The New Surfing?

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Based on this article it’s the new high priced fly fishing excursion version of surfing.

Is fly-fishing the new surfing? Certainly, while surfers are running out of fresh beaches to discover, adventurous fly-fishers are carving out untouched corners of the planet to find virgin waters and catches to brag about. With its meditative, go-slow mindfulness, its immersive, deep-cover wilderness hits, the sport is everything we need right now.

LINK (via: Conde Nast )




Trump administration proposes expanding logging in Tongass National Forest

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This is the definition of insanity.

The Trump administration Tuesday proposed allowing logging on more than half of Alaska’s 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in North America.

President Trump instructed federal officials to reverse long-standing limits on tree cutting at the request of Alaska’s top elected officials, on the grounds that it will boost the local economy. But critics say that protections under the “roadless rule,” finalized just before President Bill Clinton left office in 2001, are critical to protecting the region’s lucrative salmon fishery and tourism operations.

LINK (via: The Washington Post)


SIMMS G4 Collection

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One of many new product release announcements that will be coming over the next few days around IFTD

For the past two decades, one arsenal of gear has traversed more country, explored more ecosystems, and endured more ungodly weather than any other fishing collection out there. The next phase in the legacy of a legend has arrived – welcome to the all-new G4 Pro Collection. All new waders, wading boots and wading jacket from SIMMS Fishing.


Fly Fishing is The New Bird Watching

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Step aside, goat yoga. The chic way to unwind now is fly fishing.

According to this article in the NY Times, fly fishing is the  the latest “old timey” hobby to gain a dedicated new following.


If the majority of the comments are are any indication fly fishing is the latest hipster chic outdoor trend.






How to Tie: The “20 Incher” Stonefly

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food teaches us how to tie the “20 incher” Stonefly, a fly that has earned its name with ease.

Learn About This Fly

Difficulty: Intermediate 

The “20 incher” stonefly is a stonefly nymph imitation which has been around for decades and has earned its name due to its reputation for catching huge trout. Due to its size and bead head, this is a great fly to fish in fast-moving water where you’ll need your fly to sink fast.

Although stonefly patterns are usually fished in the western part of the US, this pattern is greatly appealing to any hungry trout stubbornly hunkered under log jams, rocks, or other submerged rubble. Fished commonly as a point fly, this nymph will confidently lead your droppers into battle with soon to be netted trout.

This fly is a fantastic way for newer fly tyers who are looking to take their tying game to the next level. Due to the diversity of materials involved, and the straightforwardness of the techniques necessary, this fly is a great way to practice tying more complexed flies. Not to mention, as you see in this video, this fly is a fun way to get involved in finding your own fly tying ingredients such as off squirrels, partridge…and peacocks?


  • Daiichi 1260 Bead-Head Specialty Hook – 10
  • 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge thread – Camel
  • Plummeting Tungsten Beads – Copper – 5/32″ (3.8mm)
  • Lead Wire Spool – .020
  • Nature’s Spirit Stripped Goose Biots – Brown
  • UTC Ultra Wire – Copper – Brassie
  • Peacock Eye Sticks
  • Natural Furs Dubbing – Fox Squirrel
  • Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Tail – Select Pair
  • Nature’s Spirit Primo Partridge Skin, Natural
  • Loon Soft Head cement – Clear

Now you know how to tie the “20 Incher” Stonefly!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food 

Article written by Flylords Team Member Wills Donaldson

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A Collision of Seasons – Leaf Peeping Meets First Snow in Colorado

Every year in Colorado, the first snowfall marks the beginning of a very long winter. But when the first snowfall hits at the tail end of the aspen leaf-peeping season, the magic behind the lens or in this case the drone could make for a banger or two!

Every day on the way to work I travel 8 miles from West Vail to East Vail along Interstate 70. During this time of the year, my commute is flanked by endless golden aspen fields, views of Vail mountain, and of course the Gore Range.

This past Thursday, the Vail Valley received 6 inches of snow before sunrise and I was determined to fly during the tail end of the storm in order to capture a collision of seasons! I launched the drone mid storm from the front door of the office. With no visual of the drone and connection warnings covering my screen, I continued to fly and shoot pic after pic.

After a quick ten minute flight, I returned to my computer, uploaded the photos and couldn’t believe the content of this perfect storm of fall colliding with winter! Hopefully, this means we can look forward to another good snow year, bringing cold clear water for our trout to keep thriving!

Photos and writeup from Chris Bivona, of Ski Town All-Stars, check out their line of awesome fly fishing hats here and give them a follow on Instagram @skitownallstars.

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