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Fly Fishing – What Works?

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody WY, Former National Park Superintendent

There are countless books published on fly fishing that cover every aspect of the sport. Many writers have produced books of instruction to show us how to cast, the knots to use, the flies that might work best, numerous books on how to tie flies, and how to play the fish once it is hooked. Every one of those books can contribute to your knowledge and make you a better fishermen or fly tier. Once you have read a couple dozen of those books and put into practice what you’ve learned for several years on your favorite trout waters or fly tying bench, you will be a better fly fisherman and, or fly tier. more…

Guest Blogger Review – Loon All Purpose Scissors

loonscissorsGuest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

I’ve been using the new Loon Outdoors Ergo All Purpose 4″ Scissors for well over three months now and have tied over 300 flies with them.

I normally use a pair of all purpose scissors to do the bulk of my cutting at the vise. It has been mainly a pair of Dr. Slick 4″ scissors in the past. Plus, I have a pair of very sharp Deer Creek razor scissors that I treat like a baby and love.

I set my pair of Dr. Slicks aside to try the Loon scissors a few months ago. Loon has improved their fly tying tool offerings this year and it really shows. This pair of scissors has worked as my go to scissors extremely well. I have tied quite a few flies in the last few months and they are still going strong. They are holding up just as well as the Dr. Slicks. They have stayed sharp and I’ve cut everything from fur and feathers to synthetics. I have even been cutting wire with these and they are still holding up. I don’t recommend cutting wire all of the time with your go to scissors, but I have done it with these several times.

As far as comfort, they are comfortable. I actually prefer the painted handles compared to the metal style finish on the Dr. Slicks. They feel better in my hands and fingers.

So if you are looking for a new pair of scissors to do a variety of tasks at the tying bench, I would highly recommend trying the new Loon Outdoors All Purpose Scissors.

Slimy Ladies on the Beach

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

1As the weather cooled in SW Montana, we headed south to Tampa, Florida to visit relatives (Apollo Beach to be exact) for Thanksgiving. Of course, I wasn’t going to travel that far south to one of the most varied Gulf Coast fishing destinations without a flyrod. November in the Tampa Bay region is a time of transition and finding fish can sometimes be a challenge. I had heard good reports of Pompano along the beaches, so that’s what I really prepared for, but the opportunity to fish with a friend for a couple of days found me in Tampa Bay’s backwaters as well.
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