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Improbable Optimist: Fishing’s Opening Day

Posted April 10, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Travel
DavidCoggins_ByFireplace

This Saturday marks Fishing’s Opening Day in Vermont. As the day of reckoning for countless unsuspecting trout draws near, New York City writer, editor and veteran angler David Coggins weighs in on a day he’s had marked on his calendar since fishing season ended last October. Serious anglers are known for a sense of imagination that borders on exaggeration, and,…

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Lunch With a Living Legend by Judith O’Keefe

Posted April 9, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Travel
Frank Moore - Rivermaster

Words and photos by Judith O’Keefe The weather was dreary, a typical March day on the North Umpqua River.  A friend and I made the five hour drive over the mountains to meet up with John, a well known author, fly tier, longtime friend and — most importantly — frequent visitor to this legendary and challenging river. John was a…

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A Closer Look with Louis Cahill

Posted April 8, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
A Closer Look: Trout fin

Louis Cahill is an advertising photographer with over thirty years experience, and about as many holding a fly rod,  Louis has spent his life looking through the lens.  He’s not interested in what everyone else sees.  Find more of Louis’ incredible photography and writing at Gink and Gasoline. Study the stream bed, brown and green. Through ripples and reflections, we find rocks and…

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10 Tips to Get You Out on the Hard Water with Peter Patenaude

Posted March 20, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings
Ice Fishing - Boot & Canoe 1

Peter Patenaude, a registered Maine guide, has been a Filson advocate for over six years. His blog Boot & Canoe, focuses on traditional skills and Maine’s outdoor heritage. Today, Peter shares 10 tips for a successful day of ice fishing. Exercising a small brook trout on a fly rod is a great experience; similarly, pulling one out of a hole in…

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The Ultimate Connection to Nature

Posted March 4, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings
Ice Fishing - Rhon Bell - 1

Maine-based Rhon Bell of Backwoods Plaid, takes Filson on a record-setting ice fishing trip. Fishing is my ultimate connection to nature, so it’s without hesitation that I agreed to a two-day ice fishing trip with long-time friend and Registered Maine Guide, Steve. Within an hour I booked a rustic cabin conveniently wedged between two remote lakes. One lake offering traditional targets…

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Search for Golden Dorado by Brian McGeehan

Posted February 26, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Travel
Search for Golden Dorado

Brian McGeehan is an outfitter and owner of Montana Angler Fly Fishing based in Bozeman, MT.  Brian is also an avid international angler and leads annual trips to Argentina, Chile and the Bahamas. Golden Dorado Golden Dorado are native to South America in a relatively small geographic region that includes Northern Argentina, Uruguay, Southern Brazil and some small pockets in Bolivia.…

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Make Mine a Double by Judith O’Keefe

Posted February 20, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
Make Mine a Double

Words by Judith O’Keefe Photos courtesy of Burkheimer Rods I love casting a fly rod. That used to be all I’d have to say.  It was generally assumed I was referring to my single hand rod, and I was.  I learned to fly fish on the Deschutes River, casting a sink-tip fly line as far as I could, hoping to…

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Yellowhammers and Specks by Louis Cahill

Posted January 23, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
Louis Cahill - Yellowhammer and Specks

Louis Cahill is an advertising photographer with over thirty years experience, and about as many holding a fly rod,  Louis has spent his life looking through the lens.  He’s not interested in what everyone else sees.  Find more of Louis’ incredible photography and writing at Gink and Gasoline. “I thought you might like these,” my brother Tom holds out an old yellowed…

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Steelhead Fishing on the Grande Ronde River by Judith O’Keefe

Posted January 8, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
Judith O'Keefe Fly Fishing on the Grande Ronde River

While fly fishing on one of the West’s most famous steelhead streams, outdoor enthusiast Judith O’Keefe is reminded what makes this particular pastime so special. Photos courtesy of Kelly James. This past October, a group of eight anglers met at a cozy lodge in the Blue Mountains of Southeast Washington, just outside the tiny town of Anatone.  Besides wheat production,…

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Best Summer Fishing Locations

Posted July 26, 2012
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Sporting, Travel
Filson - Fam Trip-20

Lake Okoboji, Iowa This popular family vacation destination is home to some of the finest largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing in the Midwest. Here it is not uncommon to pull largemouths weighing five to seven pounds. The West side of this 8,000 acre lake is deep and clear, while the East is shallow and weedy. Due to their largely varyied…

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