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New fly-fishing books for 2017

by Ray Blades | May 19, 2017

In the digital age, the written word still matters. As a big fan of print, I was happy to see several new books on varying subjects hit the shelves in 2017. Here are a few new titles worth a read.

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Beyond the rod and reel: New 2017 fly gear

by Ray Blades | March 23, 2017

While attending The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ recently, I had more fun probing the aisles for the overlooked items worth the find…it’s the largest all fly-fishing retail show in the world. Here are my top picks:

The Skagit casting revolution

by Ray Blades | December 14, 2016

Ray Blades talks Tom Larimer demystifing Skagit casting in his video Skagit Revolution…

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Flying for muskie

by Ray Blades | July 22, 2016

I’ve caught muskies on the fly before, but to play with the legendary fish of Georgian Bay, I enlisted the help of JP Bushey and Brian Slavinski.

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Tying with deer hair

by Ray Blades | May 27, 2016

Since bass season is nearly upon us… Here are a few expert tips and a video that will help you, and me, tie better deer-hair flies.

Photo by Brian Slavinski

Getting behind the #keepemwet campaign

by Ray Blades | December 10, 2015

All fish species face a common hurdle to survival when caught

IFTD – new and exciting gear for anglers

by Ray Blades | September 22, 2015

It looks like we’re going to need a bigger tackle box


Sneak peek at new fishing gear

by Ray Blades | July 11, 2015

An early look at what’s coming down the line

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What’s in a name?

by Ray Blades | May 26, 2015

A Top Ten list of flashy flies