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How To Pick A Fly Fishing Buddy

Two fly fishermen standing in the Kulik river with a moose in front of them

Fly fishing is the joyful enigma of an outdoor pursuits. There are so many esoteric nuances, large and small, that anglers must master to be happy and successful in their piscatorial pursuits. Fly selection, casting and selecting the proper fly rod, reel and fly line combination are the obvious skills that most fly fishermen become [click here to read more]


There are millions of different reasons or excuses, depending on your point of view, that fly fishermen love to use for not catching fish. Some excuses, like the water was off colored or it was too hot or cold, are truly reasons for not catching. But most of the excuses that anglers tend to use [click here to read more]


A Basic Guide To Selecting A Fly Reel

Two fly rods with fly reels lying on a bedrock

If you ask most fly fishermen how they choose their rods, reels and fly lines they will usually give you one of two answers. “My dad uses or used this brand” or “My friends use this brand” are by far the most common ways that someone comes to be a loyal customer of a reel [click here to read more]


A Day On The Creek part II

The wallow mountains from the valley with divide creek flowing in front of them in the fall

Avery, the boy, had been to the little creek many times. Avery, the fly fisherman, was seeing the meandering stream in its shallow valley for the first time. His interest in bouncing the echoes of soda-induced burps around the cab of his dad’s truck instantly waned when he saw the silver-gray ribbon of water just [click here to read more]


A Day On The Creek

A high desert stream surrounded by willows and pines

Infinitely oblique syllogisms determined Avery Well’s every moment that he spent with a fly rod in his hand. He was stalwart in following the fly fishing catechism that had been drilled into him during a much slower, easy decade when soda cans still needed an opener to reach the pop inside. His lessons were fleeting [click here to read more]


4 Things You Can Do For Your Fishery

A nice rainbow trout in a net

Perception of fly fishermen by the rest of the sporting world is loosely based on stereotypes and mythos. The days of the old man in a tweed hat standing knee deep in a Montana stream daintily casting a butt-heavy chunk of bamboo have gone the way of the wicker creel and Howard Johnson’s. There are [click here to read more]

Father and daughter fly fishing in the snow in a black and white photo. they are on a river.

It is a sad fact of my life that my closest, longest lasting personal relationship has been with my Simms G3 Guide Jacket. This statement is a sad testament of a life that has been fortunate enough to spend more time being pelted by the rain in Alaska, blown over by the winds of Chile [click here to read more]

A fly fisherman fishing in the still reflecting water of a high mountain spring creek

My father has several little black books with an entry for every steelhead he has caught since the late 1950’s. These little knickknacks of a passed, more personal era of advertising have the names of auto parts stores or the local stockyard embossed in worn gold letters across their faux leather covers. With each passing [click here to read more]

Fly fisherman standing in a spring creek fly fishing

Every angler has his or her reasons for picking up a fly rod for the first time. Mine is an inherent phobia of nightcrawlers(see How Worms Made Me A Fly Fisherman). This is probably a little more peculiar reason than why most fly fishermen pick up a fly rod for the first time. However; it [click here to read more]

Eric Neufeld, Northwest Winston Rep. Introduces The New Winston AIR Fly Rod

Eric Neufeld, the northwest representative for  the R.L Winston Fly Rod Company and Umpqua Feather Merchants, was kind enough to stop by Stillwater Fly Shop and tell us about some of the new gear that is out there for our fly fishing customers. The impressive Winston Air Fly Rod stole the show for sure. We [click here to read more]

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