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Handcrafted fly reels of Wayne Petrevan

by Ray Blades | November 15, 2017

I absolutely love handcrafted tackle, whether it’s bamboo fly rods, reels, hooks, leather fly wallets, or flies. But what draws me to craftsmanship is the ownership of what they do. These are makers that are producing parts of themselves…

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

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Sneak peek at new fishing gear

by Ray Blades | July 11, 2015

An early look at what’s coming down the line