The Broad Cast

Confidence Flies

Confidence Flies
There's an impressively large fish within easy casting range. It's been feeding aggressively and has no idea you exist. Maybe it's a big bass in the lily pads, a redfish cruising a shoreline or a permit chasing down crabs. You know you can make the cast but the fly at the end of your leader is all wrong. The color is too dark, it doesn't move right in the water and you're sure the fish won't eat it. The fly you need to have on the end of your line is in a small box in your pocket. Inches away and yet there's no way you can get it tied on in time. You could catch this fish if only you had time to change flies. You make the cast but before the fly hits the water you know the fish will never eat.

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A Day on the Water

A Day on the Water
It's 4:15 am and my alarm is going off far too early to get up, and yet I swing my legs over the edge of the bed, searching for my shoes in the dark. It’s late enough in the season, the end of August, that even here on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula it will remain dark for another couple of hours.

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South Florida Exotics: Part 2 - The Places

South Florida Exotics: Part 2 - The Places
The easiest way to determine where to fish down south is to pick a fish species and identify the type of water characteristics it prefers. Once we establish the pattern then we can realistically expect to find them in different parts of the region that has water with similar characteristics.

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Galvanic Corrosion: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Boat

Galvanic Corrosion: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Boat
I learned some things recently. Some things which I wish I had learned much less painfully and much earlier. I paid attention in Chemistry class but somehow the lesson didn't seem to be quite so important then.

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Saltwater Wading Footwear - Don't be an Andy

Saltwater Wading Footwear - Don't be an Andy

A week ago today I was standing on a flat in Andros, Bahamas hunting bonefish in ankle deep water. The four of us on the trip, which had been planned for months, met several times to discuss the particulars; what flights to take, where we would fish, tides, rods, reels, lines, flies, leaders, tippet size, etc. Wading footwear was discussed as well but it certainly wasn’t a popular topic.

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South Florida's Exotics, Part 1: The Fish

South Florida's Exotics, Part 1: The Fish

South Florida has become known as a haven for a whole host of non-native and invasive fish. These species present some exceptional opportunities for fishermen looking forward to something different and challenging. Some of them require a bit of planning while others are widespread and easy to come by, but we’re going to get into greater detail in later installments. Right now, I want to introduce you to some of the main species you can expect to encounter on a regular basis.

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