Tag Archives: fly fishing life

Things I Keep “Relearning”

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

As my good friend Tom often says with a sheepish grin, “It’s not that I am opposed to learning, I am just not very good at it!” Sad to say, I have the same problem when it comes to things I do on the river (and in other areas of my life). There are things I keep doing and oddly enough, when I keep doing the same thing, I keep getting the same result (who would have thought?!). My hope is that my confessions and solutions will save you time and money and that I will start following my own advice!

In each section I describe what I keep relearning, the problem(s) it causes, and my solution. If you have a better solution, be sure to reply to this blog so I can take advantage of your solution! There are plenty of other situations to discuss, these are the ones I face most often. more…

Out of Breath

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Ever hear those ubiquitous analogies about trout fatigue, such as “a hooked fish fighting your rod exerts more energy than a human doing three sets of heavy squats followed by five consecutive 100-yard dashes”? Every wonder from whence those exaggerations come…how much empirical calculation goes into them…how accurate they really are?

Spoiler: They’re not calculated. They’re more what you’d call a colorful explanation. They’re trying to make an impression. But…what’s the real science behind such claims?


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Once You’ve Drifted a Tail Water, You Need Your Own Boat

Guest Blogger: Brandon Sausner

It’s the 2017-18 winter and the school I’m teaching at develops a partnership with the Buffalo Maritime Center and a select batch of students are drafted to build canoes. The project needs a teacher to moderate and go to building sessions and I figured being paid to help kids build boats is way more exciting than tutoring. After being there for a few weeks I decided I would become a paid member of the center and build a drift boat. I looked into material costs and post construction parts like anchors and oars and figure I could get it done for less than 2000.00 dollars; and that’s way cheaper than buying one. And I gotta be honest, I’ll go winter steelhead fishing, but only when I’m desperate and grouse season is closed. I have also tied more flies than I could ever fish this summer and I haven’t stopped putting together new patterns.

If you have ever read any of my other blog posts you realize that my father has a drift boat and may wonder, why I need my own. It’s simple, sometimes I want to fish with other people and borrowing my dad’s boat involves speeches that feel like waterboarding and make me question if he thinks I’m a total moron. I’m in my thirties, these speeches are exhausting. more…