Monthly Archives: March 2005

Dan’s SPS Flashtail Whistler Materials List

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SPS FLASHTAIL WHISTLER an original by Dan Blanton Materials List Hook: Tiemco 800S or Wright & McGill 254 plated 2/0 to 4/0(use short-shank hooks only! Thread: Danville’s Fly-Master Plus or equivalent, red. Snag guard: Size 6 or 7 doubled single … Continue reading

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Howard’s Poon Wiggler Tying Instructions

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Tying instructions Step 1. Step 2. Tie in a layer of Craft Fur, a few strands of Crystal-Flash, then another layer of Craft Fur. Cut out the lip from Craft Foam as shown Step 3. Step 4. & 5. Turn … Continue reading

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Howard’s Poon Wiggler Story

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Howard McKinney with a nice Barramundi taken on a Poon Wiggler Howard’s Poon Wiggler It all started in the Florida Keys.  My guide of 10 years, flats fishing guru and master angler Captain Simon Becker, shared a magical event where … Continue reading

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Kate & Bill’s Tarpon Alf

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Tarpon ALF I am pleased and honored to have Kate and Bill Howe’s Tarpon ALF featured as the first Hot Fly. Kate and Bill Howe are professional fly tiers who both have contributed much to our sport. The Tarpon ALF … Continue reading

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Surfperch Academy… by Ken Hanley

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Surfperch Academy … by Ken Hanley The Pacific coastline is by far the most dynamic environment I could imagine. Is there a more challenging place to cast a fly? I’m not sure one exists. Think about it for a moment; … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, California, Fly Fishing Destinations, Ken Hanley, Tackle and Techniques Magazine

Indian River Lagoon Redfish on the Fly by Captain Rodney Smith

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Indian River Lagoon Redfish on the Fly By Captain Rodney Smith The sweet fragrance of orange blossoms wafted on an offshore breeze flowing west over the Spartina grass shoreline of Merritt Island, Florida. The skinny water barely covering the sand … Continue reading

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Cindy’s Lucky Deceiver

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Cindy’s “Lucky” Deceiver An incredible but true story about trophy pike on the fly by Dan Blanton My wife, Cindy almost didn’t make the trip with me and my group to Scott Lake this past June, 1998 because she had … Continue reading

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TLC for Fly Lines

TLC For Fly Lines By Dan Blanton Fly lines aren’t the most expensive part of your marine fly fishing equipment but they aren’t cheap, either. Most will cost you better than 50 bucks if they’re worth having and with tender … Continue reading

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British Columbia’s Clayoquot Sound on the Fly by Ken Hanley

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Written by Ken Hanely, Photographed by Dan Blanton It’s a place of pure magic, where bear and otter speak. A Place where the ancient voice of Orca, the cry of Bald eagles and the raven’s knowing call, all combine for … Continue reading

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Tandem Flies for Bluewater Ray Beadle Style

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There are three camps when it comes to using tandem-hook flies for bluewater – wahoo and billfish, in particular: Camp one loves them; camp two hates them and camp three agrees that there is a place for both tandem- and … Continue reading

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