All the Little Things | Jim McLennan

The Missouri River in Montana is a fine place to go for a serving of humble pie. The hatches are often heavy and the fish seem to appreciate them, frequently gathering in groups to feed daintily in the glassy currents. But the smooth surface of the water and the ever-present assembly of fly fishers make the trout – well – just plain hard to fool most of the time.

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How To Use Sinking Leaders

In this episode of RIO’s “How To” series, RIO R&D Product Manager Chris Walker explains how to fish sinking leaders. Sinking leaders (or VersiLeaders in the RIO stable) are great additions to a floating line to turn it into an instant, and temporary sink tip. Chris explains the difference between sinking leaders and sinking tips, how to attach the right amount of tippet to a sinking leader, and runs through the RIO portfolio of sink rates and VersiLeader options.

Water Lure Sally

Tying the Water Lure Sally:

Hook: Size 10-16 (Size 12 shown) Ahrex Freshwater 531

Hot spot/Head: Semperfli 12/0 red flat waxed thread

Thread: Semperfli 12/0 black Nano Silk Thread

Body: Yellow Holographic Tinsel

and Semperfli Perfect Quill in medium,

covered in Deer Creek Diamond Fine Resin

Underwing: 2mm yellow fly tying foam, cut with River Road Creations Foam Cutter

Wing: Bleached Nature’s Spirit Select Cow Elk and opal mirage 1/69″ 1733 Lateral Scale

Hackle: Whiting Farms High & Dry Grizzly Dyed Golden Straw

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Weekend Writing Workshop with Jim Mclennan

When: Aug. 21-23, 2020
Where: York Creek B & B, Crowsnest Pass, AB

If you’re interested in writing – particularly writing about the outdoors, here’s an opportunity to spend a weekend with Fly Fusion field editor and Water Marks author, Jim McLennan. This workshop is for new or aspiring writers, and will address what you need to know to write for magazines, blogs, websites, brochures, and v-logs. We’ll talk about both the why and the how of writing. Some topics will be how to start, how to stop, writing an effective query letter, understanding the market for your writing, the importance of re-writing, the importance of authenticity, and additional resources to use.

This workshop is for people of any age who are interested in writing, and learning more about it. Time will be spent in the group, talking, discussing and learning from Jim. We’ll critique, edit and write some words together. There will also be time reserved for the solitary aspect of writing, which is – well, writing.

Hike-in Fly Fishing at its Peak

One of the many reasons I’m drawn to fly fishing is that success has to be earned: developing a consistently tight loop, smooth swing, or drag-free drift doesn’t happen overnight. This higher-than-normal barrier to entry is also why I am drawn to hike-in fishing. Living in BC’s lower mainland, you’re likely to experience some variation of combat fishing in virtually any fishery that’s accessible by vehicle and within an hour of Vancouver. For those without jetboats or helicopters, hiking into remote bodies of water is only a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a pack away, and can be an incredibly rewarding fishing experience.

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The Health Collection: The Hidden

Iceland is, at once, both starkly beautiful and amazingly inviting, with rugged landscapes as far as the eyes can see. Rivers, waterfalls, and lakes abound across the countryside, providing habitat for some of the strongest brown trout in existence.

The Hidden, the latest addition to the Health Collection from InTents Media, explores the land of fire and ice, providing an awe-inspiring look at one of the world’s most interesting places to fish.

Four friends travel to Iceland in search of giant, wild and native brown trout and arctic char. Phil Tuttle, Cortney Boice, Spencer Higa, and Derek Olthuis team up with Kristjan and Gunnar of Fish Partner as they travel around Iceland in an adventure-based fishing film. Winner of the 2017 International Fly Fishing Film Festival’s Film of the Year. Edited and Produced by Phil Tuttle. Filmed by InTents Media (formerly Western Waters Media).

Living and Writing the Outdoor Life

Weekend Writing Workshop with Jim McLennan
When: Aug. 21-23, 2020
Where: York Creek B & B, Crowsnest Pass, AB
What: A weekend for new or aspiring writers, discussing what you need to know to write for magazines, blogs, websites, brochures, v-logs. We’ll talk about both the why and the how of writing. Some topics will include how to start, how to stop, writing an effective query letter, understanding your market,
the importance of re-writing, the importance of authenticity, and additional resources to use.
For Whom? This weekend will be for people of any age who are interested in writing, and learning more about it. Time will be spent in the group, talking, discussing and learning from Jim. There will also be time allotted to the solitary aspect of writing, which is – well, writing. We’ll critique, edit and
re-write some words together.
Cost: $855 plus GST, (double occupancy)
What’s Included: two night’s accommodation, meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, all instructional materials
What’s not included: travel, gratuities, alcohol
 
visit mclennanflyfishing.com for more information
Jim has been active as an outdoor writer for over 
40 years. He writes the Water Marks column in Fly Fusion and is the author of four books on 
fly fishing.
“Not many writers can achieve Jim’s level of authenticity. Fly fish a mountain stream with him and you’ll hear the same voice that comes through in his writing. He is as skilled with the pen as he is with the fly rod.” 
Derek Bird – Founding Editor of Fly Fusion Magazine.
 
“Students who take this workshop will learn from one of the best. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the writer within while honing the skills you need to effectively tell your stories.” 
Bruce Masterman – Author and Journalist

Editor’s Choice Awards | Best Buy

Best Buy: Blue Coolers 50L Ice Vault Cooler

If there’s one thing we’ve seen an influx of the last several years across the outdoors industry, it’s heavily engineered, nearly indestructible coolers. What we haven’t seen is one as affordable as Blue Coolers’ 50L Ice Vault. With all the features and functions of the higher-priced models—roto-molded construction, lockable lids, non-slip feet, insulated walls, just to name a few—at a fraction of the price, Blue Coolers may just be on to something here. The performance alone makes this cooler worth hundreds more than its MSRP, and it’s refreshing to find a high-end cooler that doesn’t cost as much as a car payment.

Check out all cooler and accessories available at Blue Coolers today!  www.bluecoolers.com

Featured Video: How to Fish an Attractor Pattern

In this episode of RIO’s “How To” series, RIO ambassador Phil Rowley talks about how to fish attractor patterns in a lake using sinking lines. Attractor patterns (called “lures” in Europe) are flies that irritate and annoy trout; triggering bites from non-feeding fish. There are plenty of times an angler will get to a stillwater and find fish are not visually, or obviously, feeding, and on days like this, knowing how to fish such attractor flies can turn a bad trip into a very successful day on the water.

Phil talks about why and when you would fish attractor patterns, which retrieves to work with, what gear to use and explains about key fishing tactics like “Fishing The Hang” and “The Washing Line” – two deadly lake fishing techniques.

Bruce’s DDP Stone

Bruce’s DDP Stone | Justin Bruce @justinbruceflies

As seen in the Winter 2019 issue of Fly Fusion Magazine

Sitting at the vise, I thought, I want a heavy, buggy, leggy, stonefly that uses my Houdini-weave and lays the smack down like Diamond Dallas Page. Blame it on the Dark Side of the Moon soundtrack playing in the background, but what came off the vise was a DDP stone. Some people swear by natural imitations, but I’ve always been a sucker for wild colours and flash. Green legs have been the ticket on North Georgias Toccoa River tailwater lately.

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