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Fly Fishing Blog – Fishgazm

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Solitude fly fishing captain, Jonathan Knapp, had the pleasure of spending time with Steve Martinez last month.  Steve heads up the Fishgazm blog and is the Pere Marquette River Fly Fishing Guide. Meet Steve…. My fly fishing experience ranges from guiding the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Manistee Rivers in the spring and fall, the flats of northern Lake Michigan for carp and smallmouth in June and July, and taking off for the wilds of Southwest Alaska to work on the tributaries of Bristol Bay until September. Needless to say, I see a lot of days on the water. I grew up on the banks of the Pere Marquette River in west Michigan. I learned quickly about how to fool wary trout, salmon, and steelhead.  As I grew older, conventional tackle seemed to become an unfair advantage on the river. I began fly fishing and tying flies, learning from whomever would take the time to teach me. I bought my first drift boat when I was 16, which seems like a long time ago now, more than half a lifetime ago. I began fly fishing guiding on the Pere Marquette in my twenties and spent as much time on rivers as I did competing in fly fishing tournaments on Lake Michigan. It seems my obsession with fly fishing could not be satisfied by rivers alone. After a stint with the working class as a bricklayer, I re-devoted myself to the angling lifestyle, unable to stay off the water. Now, after close to ten years of full time fly fishing guiding, I still get excited to wake up bright and early every morning. My experience ranges from guiding the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Manistee Rivers in the spring and fall, the flats of northern Lake Michigan for carp and smallmouth in June…

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Fat Guy Fly Fishing

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Fat Guy Fly Fishing Blog In a recent fly fishing trip to Michigan, our very own Jonathan Knapp had the fortunate opportunity to meet Alex Landeen of the Fat Guy Fly Fishing blog.  By the looks of their header and the sound of their name, you will get an idea of the fun in store for you…   Here is taste of one of Alex’s posts titled State of a Fat Guy:   I sit at this computer like a loaded gun with no target. Emotion without thought.  I need an adventure, I think. I need fresh substance. Fiction for the sake of fiction is fine but I need a spark, something real, some little piece like the grain of sand at the end of the movie The Never Ending Story. With that one little grain Bastian was able to rebuild the entirety of Fantastica. Shit, I just want to write about fishing.  

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Fish Alaska Magazine – Fly Fishing Resource

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Fish Alaska magazine is a full-color glossy publication offering a variety of how-to fish articles, regional features, trip-planning advice, fly fishing gear reviews, recipes, entertaining stories, and useful state information. Our publication is operated by an Alaskan brother and sister team and has been in print for five years. The success of our magazine can be attributed to many things including the popularity of tourism in Alaska and its reputation for being the best premier fly fishing destination in the world. Fish Alaska readers range from diehard fishing and fly fishing enthusiasts to the men and women who love being in the outdoor Alaskan environment and fish casually. Families share the publication and for some it becomes a competition as to who can reach the mailbox the fastest to be the first to learn the latest fishing lowdown. Even those who do not fish enjoy the breathtaking photography, recipes, and special insight into the state which makes the magazine appealing for all. Fish Alaska attracts anglers represented from all around Alaska, every state in the “lower 48” as well as Hawaii, and internationally. For many with the intention to travel and the love of fly fishing, Alaska is on their list of “must go” destinations and the magazine is used as a resource for trip planning, gear tips, and fishing hot spots. For those living in Alaska and with easy access to premier fishing destinations, the magazine provides the knowledge an angler needs to truly experience fishing in this great state.  

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NW Fly Fishing – Fly Fishing Resource

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THE MAGAZINE Northwest Fly Fishing magazine is an inspiring, collectible reference of Northwest angling destinations. The staff at Northwest Fly Fishingtakes pride in its commitment to the highest standards of publishing, from timely, well-written editorial by the region’s most talented writers, to award-winning photography, layout and design. Our goal is to be the magazine of choice for fly-fishing anglers who live or fish in the Northwest. Every article in every issue of Northwest Fly Fishing is about the places our readers love to fish: Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Alaska. FEATURE ARTICLES Each issue of Northwest Fly Fishingfeatures six angling destinations, including both the famous and the lesser known waters. Feature articles provide in-depth coverage of: practical traveling and angling information; pertinent angling history and thorough description of the fishery; in-depth description of conditions and species, including seasonal changes; detailed descriptions of angling techniques, gear and flies for each locale; maps and hatch charts; names, addresses and phone numbers of guide services, fly shops and accommodations. DEPARTMENTS In addition to the feature articles, Northwest Fly Fishing hosts several departments: The latest news about fly fishing, conservation, new products, and Northwest adventures; detailed, step-by-step fly tying instructions of patterns specifically for Northwest fishing; excerpts from books that will move and inspire readers; humorous anecdotes and fish stories from our writers and readers.

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Dan Blanton – Fly Fishing Resource

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Dan Blanton, from San Jose, California, now living in Morgan Hill, California with his wife, Cindy, is a well-known and respected fly fishing and casting instructor, lecturer, fly fishing author and outdoor photographer.  He is acknowledged to be one of the pioneers in the development of Pacific coast and Central American saltwater fly fishing.  He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s 1990 Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership award for outstanding achievement in outdoors writing as related to fly fishing.  He also is the Federations of Fly Fisher’s 1995 recipient of the Silver King award for outstanding contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing.  In April of 2002 Dan was inducted into the N.C.C.F.F.F. California/Nevada Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.  In October 2009 Dan was inducted into the The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. An acclaimed fly tier, Dan originated the Whistler Series, Punch Series, Sar-Mul-Mac Series, Sea Arrow Squid, Bay-Delta Eelet and many other world renowned saltwater fly patterns. His patterns, originated in the late 1960s and early 70s, remain popular and productive world-wide. The former Managing Editor of Angler Magazine, Dan is currently an Editor-at-Large for Fly Fishing Salt Waters magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and the California Fly Fisher.  Dan is also one of The Complete Fly Fisherman of South Africa’s  International Field Editors. He was the Salt Water Fly Fishing columnist for Sport Fishing magazine and Fly Fish America magazines for more than a decade.  A free-lance writer for more than 40 years and an active member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Dan contributes regularly to many fly fishing periodicals both in the USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa.  His Book Fly Fishing California’s Great waters have received…

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Fly Fishing in Salt Waters – Fly Fishing Resource

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Fly Fishing in Salt Waters is the only publication in existence dedicated exclusively to the sport. For 19 years, the magazine has earned this distinction by consistently providing readers the finest editorial content written by the most respected authorities inthe field. It is the trusted source of intelligence for avid saltwater fly-fishermen who demand only the best. As the sport’s journal of record, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters inspires readers — both seasoned and beginners — to engage in the pastime through a dynamic mix of content including technical how-to articles, exciting travel-destination stories and nostalgic pieces that evoke strong emotion connections to saltwater fly-fishing.

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Far North Rod Smiths – Solitude Fly Reels Dealer

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Solitude Fly Reels Dealer Chris Carlin of Bamboo Fly Rods – Far North Rodsmiths Bamboo fly rods and Alaska aren’t often mentioned together, yet its an excellent place to design, make and test bamboo rods. From high tundra dry fly fishing for tiny, acrobatic grayling to sight fishing sleek, multi-colored rainbow trout to playing massive salmon in fast moving rivers of deep glacial green, nearly the full scope of freshwater fishing – and even some saltwater – are never far away.  Rod tapers, construction methods, materials and components are tested and re-tested in every possible circumstance and condition in order to craft the finest bamboo rods available. I make each hexagonal and quadrate bamboo rod here in my shop in Alaska from beginning to end from choice Tonkin cane, select Portuguese cork, various exotic and local woods, top grade nickel silver, the finest gauge silk thread, and quality marine-grade varnishes. Culms are hand split, hand planed and milled to the tightest tolerances then assembled using time-tested adhesives, which results in blanks and rods that have no visible seams or glue lines and are straight, durable and responsive. Guide wraps are smooth, low profile and tight, ferrule fit is buttery, and grips are individually custom shaped for optimal fit and comfort. Varnish coating is functionally thin, glossy and perfectly smooth.  Rods that are hollow built are hollowed well into the tips when possible for optimal weight and action optimization. As a full-time bamboo rod maker, I enjoy making rods that I can tailor to the person that will be fishing them rather than making one standard aesthetic or color scheme, or limiting the taper choices to those that I may like best. Of course, I have my personal favorites that I’m always happy to recommend, but in the end the rod is…

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Derek McKenzie – Solitude Fly Reels Dealers

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Derek McKenzie Fly Fishing Outfitters has a long heritage in the sport of fly  fishing.  For us, it is not just a sport or hobby, but more of a lifestyle.   That’s why we will offer you, our fellow fly anglers, uncompromising quality  and a no nonsense approach to our guarantees.  We have carefully selected  our gear as we fish with  it too so fish hard, your covered and that’s guaranteed! We began in our business nearly twodecades ago in  Oregon in the USA, home to some of the most amazing fishing you will ever have  the pleasure to experience.  Our passion for this sport, along with wanting to  see others enjoy it as much as we do, moved us on to begin our business in quality fly fishing rods, reels and gear.  We know too  that quality and value are not always easy to find in one placeand thus we began our journey.  Melbourne  has been our home now for the last decade.  We  are proud to be an Australian business and part of the fly fishing community in  Australia and New Zealand! We believe that quality is not always  measured by a high price tag  or guaranteed by a label.  We will continue to work toward the goal  of offering you what we know are world class fly rods, fly reels and fly fishing  gear at affordable prices. And you will find that our line  of gear offers some of the best guarantees around with no nonsense and no hidden  surprises. We are very proud  to know the owners of the companies that we work with both as a friends and a true partners in the success of our  business. We look for companies that are growing and share  the same passion that we have for this sport.  They…

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Rainbow Bend Lodges – Fly Fishing Guides

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Fly Fishing Guides Rainbow Bend is located six miles up river from the small fishing town of King Salmon. You can fly into King Salmon with one of the commercial jet services from Anchorage, Alaska. We will greet you and your party at the King Salmon airport and provide your transportation to rainbow Bend via van– total trip of 20 minutes. You’ll be given a complete orientation of the camp, your boat and the river. All new guests will take a guided fishing trip upon arrival. Your hosts live on site and are available as your “resident river masters” – offering more guided fishing, arranging fly-out trips and helping with anything you may need to make your fishing trip a successful one.  Our fly fishing guides pride themselves on getting guests on the river fishing within two hours of arrival at the airport. The crystal-clear Naknek…. offers a bounty of fish which include King Salmon, abundant Sockeye Salmon, Silver Salmon, trophy size wild rainbow Trout, Arctic char and Grayling. The even-numbered years also offer Pink Salmon runs. You can access up to 15 miles of fishable waters with your rental boat from your riverfront cabin. The river drains out of Naknek lake, one of Alaska’s largest lakes, and into Bristol Bay. The Naknek starts at the outlet of the lake as a slow moving, deeper body of water from 6 to 10 feet deep. Approaching mid-river, it becomes more fast moving; it shallows and the bottom becomes gravelly with small pools throughout. In the rapids – just one half mile from your cabin – the river widens and shallows to 1 to 3 feet deep. As the channel braids, there are small islands to wade from for great fishing. This area is also the largest spawning bed on the river…

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