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Favorite Small Lake Boat Setup

Favorite Small Lake Boat Setup

Here's the setup we use for small stillwater fly fishing Our stillwater setup We spend a lot of time on the water. Whether it's in smaller kickboats like the ones shown here or our bigger FlyCraft we use on some rivers, the bass boat or drift boat, we end up doing a lot of floating on or through water. With each boat scenario, there's always fine tuning the gear and how to rig things. So in this video, we walk through our basic small lake stillwater setup. This includes: The small water boats we purchased are Dave Scadden Outlaw Predator kick boats. We've used a lot of these style boats and these Scaddens are the lightest weight, most durable for the weight and have ample storage. This is NOT a paid ad and we don't sell the boats directly (although we can hook you up if you are interested in getting one). Gear-wise, the saddle bags or other similar storage bags are imperative. The downside to stillwater fishing, in general, is that between d

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Parachute Hopper Variation

Parachute Hopper Variation

Parachute Hopper Variation One of my first times ever fishing larger terrestrials for hungry trout involved small pocket water, a 3 weight, and a parachute hopper.  Instead of crashing my fly down really hard into the pools, I'd place a cast about where it should go, and the bushy parachute would gently land in it's place only to be violently slashed off of the surface.  The parachute hopper became a confidence fly for me that day, and I think it fishes completely differently from a foam fly due to how softly it lands on the water.  I remember going home and attempting to tie some, but I quickly realized that the turkey wing, the calf body hair post,  and the knotted pheasant tail fibers were pretty hard to pull off correctly.  Not only that, but after a fish or two all your hard work would be shredded by a fish.  Because of those issues, I took a long break from tying them.  Just recently I have started fishing some water that I thought would benefit from a softer landing

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High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig

High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig

Or, how fat guys get up the mountain... Years ago when we made our first of many trips to what's become one of our favorite high mountain fishing destinations, we jammed into my 100,000+ mile Tacoma and beat the living hell out of it getting up the mountain. To this day I remember peering up at the steepest and most boulder-strewn section of the trail thinking there's no way my poor little truck can make it up there. Somehow it did. But now as the truck has been retired from active fishing duty, we've moved on to more efficient means to get around in the back (ish) country. As we've built out what we think is an ideal rig to fish from these lakes and streams, we've been asked about the setup. So without getting too nerdy about it, here's a short video on what we use to get up and around the mountains where we fish.

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Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads

Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads

No more bound fibers Caddis pattern with deer hair and hackle Anyone that's tied more than a few flies knows how some patterns end up being more difficult to whip finish due to hackle, hair or other fibers that can get in the way of your whip finish. You usually end up with the thread binding down some stray hackle or a few strands of antron because the whip finish wraps are somewhat difficult to control such that you can avoid those stray fibers. So here's a quick tip on how to manage your bobbin, thread control and whip finisher in order to end up with a clean fiber-free head. Part of the trick here, in addition to the technique, is the use of a smaller sized whip finisher. I now use the TMC Dual Whip Finisher for all of my tying (both big and small patterns) because of the extra control it gives when working around tight spaces like this. The TMC Midge Whip Finisher is also another great option for this. -- Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher       

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