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Categories: Rods  Reels  Lines  Clothing  Waders  Wading Boots  Accessories  Watercraft  Books  Videos.


Rods


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Winston Boron IIX Fly Rods. Light weight and a pleasure to cast. My favorite production rods. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


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Thomas & Thomas Two-Handed Rods. Superb two-handed rods, but match the rod to the water if you want to be happy. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


Reels


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Nautilus CCF Fly Reels. Well-made, trouble-free reel perfect for saltwater fly fishing and other big game. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


Lines


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Sharkskin Fly Line. A real improvement in fly line technology. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 3.66666666667


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Cortland 444 Sylk. Good line in general, but especially well suited to cane rods. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Tropical Fly Lines Compared. Some are better than others. The Wulff Triangle Taper Bonefish Line is my top choice. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Skagit Cheater. Clever system that helps when you're using a sink-tip line and the brush is at your back. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


Clothing

Simms Fall Run vest. I love this vest! Reviewed on 10/20/2014. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Cloudveil 8X Jacket. An excellent jacket for the premium market, but you're going to pay a lot for it. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Cloudveil Two-Trigger Gloves. Best fleece gloves I've tried. Great for rowing during cold weather. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Cloudveil Zorro Jacket. A great lightweight, breathable jacket Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Cloudveil Flat Creek Jacket. Stops the wind, keep the warmth in, fits great, stands up to abuse, practical. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


Waders


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Cloudveil 8X Waders. Great waders from a new provider; too early to tell about durability. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


Boots


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Korkers Guide Wading Boot. Good boot in the right place, but make sure it's right for your rivers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 4.6

Fly-Fish Better by Art Scheck. Good insights into fly fishing tactics and the industry at large. Reviewed on 06/23/2006. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Korkers Konvetible Boots. Innovative wading boots that let you change the soles to fit the situation. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 4


Accessories

Leatherman Style CS Multitool. Wonderful device with many uses and easy to carry anywhere. Reviewed on 12/04/2014. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Navigator Flips Fins from Omega Aquatics. Revolutionary concept for fins. Definitely worth serious consideration by all kickboaters. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


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Sleeping pads of several brands. When looking for a sleeping pad, be very very careful. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: Various. Average User Rating: 5

Bug Bagz Entomology Kit. Simple, compact streamside collection kit for budding entomologists. Reviewed on 06/05/2006. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Simms Bottomless Pit Luggage, model 80. Sturdy and roomy, but weighs a lot. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Ross Pescador 6 Fishing Pliers. Versatile pliers with interchangeable parts and hook hone. An issue with tolerances, though. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Fishpond Waterdance Gear Pack. Roomy and comfortable fanny pack for use on flats or general fishing. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Vac Rac Combi Rod Mounts. My pick for car-mounted rod carrier. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Leatherman Juice S2. Wonderfully useful and compact multi-tool. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Quick Seine. Handy accessory if you carry a net and want to seine the river for insects. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Finsport Fly Drying Wallet.. Best fly drying wallet I've used. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Bole Flote Right. Works great for nymphing, especially if you're fishing from a boat. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


Watercraft


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NRS GigBob. Many good points, but the weight will be a killer for many anglers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Waterstrider Inflatable boat. Top watercraft for stealth, safety, and portability. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Escalade Inflatable Boat. Inexpensive, versatile, and highly portable. Worth considering for either lakes or rivers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


Books

40 Great American Trout Flies. Useful and practical, whether you tie or buy your flies. Reviewed on 06/05/2016. Reviewer rating: 5.

Inside Out. A good read that reveals the mind-set of a guy who will affect Oregon fly fishing for years to come. Reviewed on 09/17/2015. Reviewer rating: 5.

Fishing Mount Hood Country. There's a lot of good fishing in Mount Hood Country, and this book should get you started on your pe Reviewed on 05/12/2015. Reviewer rating: 5.

Challenge of the Trout. This book was published over thirty years ago, but it still holds profound advice for today's fly an Reviewed on 05/01/2015. Reviewer rating: 5.

The Oddballs: Productive Trout Flies for Unorthodox Prey. Must-have book for anyone serious about imitating the full spectrum what trout eat in rivers and lak Reviewed on 11/19/2014. Reviewer rating: 5.

Fishing in Oregon. If you fish in Oregon, get the latest edition. Reviewed on 09/23/2013. Reviewer rating: 5.

The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp, by Kirk Deeter. If you're interested in fly fishing for carp, read this book. But it may not help you as much as you Reviewed on 09/17/2013. Reviewer rating: 4.

River Stories: Headwaters to the Sea. A great read for those who enjoy well-written essays about fly fishing and rivers. Reviewed on 07/15/2013. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Pocketguide to Western Hatches. Great things come in small packages Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.

Fishing the Film. Must-read for anglers who want to understand what's happening on, in, and near the water's surface! Reviewed on 07/07/2011. Reviewer rating: 4.


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At the Water's Edge. A great way to experience the world of fishing through the eyes of a famed British angler. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.

Bugwater. Must have book for any fly tyer or fly angler. Reviewed on 05/25/2010. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


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Till Death or Fly Fishing Do Us Part. Good, fun read Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Inventing Montana. If you like Leeson's lyrical and thoughtful prose about fly fishing, you'll love this book. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


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an inconvenient trout. Very funny book with lots of inside jokes for western fly fishers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.

Home Pool. Recommended for all readers, not just fly fishers. Reviewed on 03/03/2009. Reviewer rating: 5.

The Clinch Knot. I would recommend this book to all those who love a good mystery. Having a love of fishing, camping, Reviewed on 02/06/2009. Reviewer rating: 5.

Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying. Buy it, gift it, and refer to it often. It is a coffee table quality product at a reasonable price. Reviewed on 11/03/2008. Reviewer rating: 5.

Fish Food. An excellent guide to what fish eat and how to match it. Reviewed on 08/18/2008. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5

A Passion for Steelhead. If you own only one steelhead book, this should be it. Reviewed on 08/10/2008. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5

The Trout Whisperers. Not as funny as others have said, but draw your own conclusions. Reviewed on 08/08/2008. Reviewer rating: 3.

The Rise. Will change how you think about dry fly fishing. Reviewed on 08/06/2008. Reviewer rating: 4.

Rod Rage by Rhea Topping. Everyone should read this book. Reviewed on 07/01/2008. Reviewer rating: 4.

Rotary Fly-Tying Techniques. Useful book for anyone contemplating or owning a rotary tying vise. Reviewed on 06/02/2008. Reviewer rating: 5.

Fishing Tandem Flies. Good presentation of effective strategy. Reviewed on 06/02/2008. Reviewer rating: 3.

Barr Flies. A must-have book for fly tiers. Reviewed on 05/03/2008. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5

Fly Fishing Pioneers and Legends of the Northwest. Informative and entertaining with good videography. Reviewed on 04/29/2008. Reviewer rating: 5.

Fly Fishing Pioneers and Legends of the Northwest. Well-written, thoroughly enjoyable Reviewed on 04/29/2008. Reviewer rating: 5.

Oregon Fishing. A useful book that most Oregon anglers will want to put in their library. Reviewed on 03/31/2008. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 3

Drift boats and River Dories. Best of breed. Reviewed on 03/31/2008. Reviewer rating: 5.

Fly-Fishing for Smallmouth Bass. Knowledgable, well written, and well laid-out. Reviewed on 03/31/2008. Reviewer rating: 4.

Rod Crafting by Jeffery Hatton. Pictorial history of cane rods from 1843 to 1960, showing the best of the old masters Reviewed on 11/28/2006. Reviewer rating: 4.

Clouser's Flies by Bob Clouser. Clear and concise instructions for tying 17 patterns from master tyer Bob Clouser. Reviewed on 11/23/2006. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Nymph-Fishing River and Streams by Rick Hafele. Good book/dvd combo for advanced beginner to intermediate fly anglers looking to improve their nymph Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Bonefish Fly Patterns. The best fly pattern book for anyone pursuing bonefish. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.

Green River Virgins. Excellent collection of short stories ranging from Colorado to Alaska, with both drama and humor. Reviewed on 01/26/2006. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Fly Waters Near and Far. A "fantasy" photo book that focuses on a limited set of destinations. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Small-Stream Fly Fishing. Stop complaining about crowded rivers and learn how to find big fish in small streams. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


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A New Generation of Trout Flies. Effective Western trout patterns that are easy and quick to tie. What more do you need? Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.

Still Life with Brook Trout. Another in a long string of great essay books from John Gierach. Reviewed on 09/29/2005. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Creative Fly Tying. For any experienced tyer who wants to get into the mind-set of a master fly designer. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Oregon River Maps and Fishing Guide--Second Edition. The second edition is what you want. Read the review to learn how to get it. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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America's 100 Best Trout Streams. Quick overview of the best places, then points to resources for more info. Useful book Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Oregon River Maps and Fishing Guide--First Edition. Two editions; the first is terrible, the second is useful. Get the correct one. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 2. Average User Rating: 2


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Western Mayfly Hatches. A must-have book if you want to match-the-hatch in the West. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.

Cathy Beck's Fly-Fishing Handbook. The target audience is women, but men can find it useful, too. Reviewed on 05/28/2005. Reviewer rating: 3.

How to Fly-Fish. A gear junkies dream, but NOT for beginners. Reviewed on 05/21/2005. Reviewer rating: 2.

Fishing Small Flies. The companion volume to Tying Small Flies. Get both, and you'll have the killer flies and tac Reviewed on 05/21/2005. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5

Fly Fishing for Beginners. There are better books for beginners. Reviewed on 03/23/2005. Reviewer rating: 2.


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Trout Hunting. A different perspective on some fly fishing tactics, garnered from fishing on three continents. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3. Average User Rating: 5


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Northwest Patterns and Tying Guide. A fine collection of regional patterns from top tyers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.

Cane Rods: Tips and Tapers. Uneven book, but occasionally useful to an intermediate or advanced builder. Reviewed on 02/27/2005. Reviewer rating: 3.

Tying Small Flies. Clear and practical, like having the master at your tying bench. Reviewed on 02/27/2005. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5

Midge Magic. Oriented to Pennsylvania, but the methodology is adaptable to Western fly fishing. Reviewed on 02/17/2005. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Splitting Cane. Highlights the work of 16 cane craftsmen from around the country. If you love bamboo, you'll love th Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Spey Casting. If you're serious about spey casting, buy this book. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Biological Time. Revolutionary ideas about the behavior of fish and other animals. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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My Story as Told by Water. Entertaining, humorous, and thought-provoking. Top quality work from one of our very best writers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Fishing Online: 1,000 Best Websites. A book that can save you a lot of google time. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Tying Emergers. The best on the most important stage of insect life. No tyer should be without it. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Lefty Kreh's Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing. A poorly-produced pastiche of the author's earlier writings. Limited use to the Western fly angler. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 2.


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A Concise History of Fly Fishing. A good place to learn about the elders of the tribe. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Freshwater Fishing--Oregon and Washington. Suited to a newcomer to the Northwest or to fishing. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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The Book of Practical Fishing Knots. Color illustrations make it easier to understand how knots are to be tied. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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A Fishing Life is Hard Work. A collection of well-written essays that give some insights into the fly-fishing industry. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman. Another enjoyable collection of Gierach's essays. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Tying Flies with CDC. A useful reference for the advanced fly tyer. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Fly Tying Made Easy for Beginners. Great choice for a beginning tyer. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Basic Fly Tying. Decent book for beginning tyer, but I like Randall Kaufmann's new book better. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Big Trout. Some profound insights into big fish behavior; marred by sloppy publishing. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Seasons of the Metolius. If you love the Metolius, you should have this book. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Taking Trout. Good trout fishing advice from one of our best writers. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia. Useful resource for anyone traveling through Montana. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Trout Fishing Near American Cities. In the internet age, this is not a valuable resource; save your money. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 2.

Guide to Fly Fishing the Oregon Cascades. Hard won information about the big and little waters of Oregon's northern Cascades. Reviewed on 12/05/2000. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5


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Fly Fishing Alaska. Could cut year's off your learning curve if you're going to fish in Alaska. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada. Gets you oriented to the best fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.

Driftboats: A Complete Guide. Good read for anyone owning or planning to own a driftboat. Reviewed on 09/04/2000. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Trouble-Shooting the Cast. Good technical advice for solving problems, but you'll always do better with one-on-one instruction. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Fishing In Oregon, Ninth Edition. Must-have book if you're fishing in Oregon. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 5


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Essential Trout Flies. Great book for the beginning tyer because it shows how to tie basic styles of trout flies. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Best Flies for Idaho. Good collection of regional fly patterns, but the fly photos leave much to be desired. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Trout Flies of the West. An excellent collection of fly patterns that represent some of the best regional thinking on the sub Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Trout Flies. A standard reference that should be on every tyers book shelf. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Western Streamside Guide. Handy streamside guide in new edition, marred by some production issues. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


Videos

Smallmouth Fly Tactics. Joe Warren is an articulate and knowledgeable host, and Smallmouth Fly Tacticsis an excellent resour Reviewed on 09/08/2014. Reviewer rating: 5.


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The Dead Drift. Must-see if you're planning your first trip to the south island. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5

Rise. Superb! Reviewed on 12/04/2009. Reviewer rating: 4.

Once in a Blue Moon. WOW! Must-own DVD. Reviewed on 08/05/2009. Reviewer rating: 5.

Bonefish -- A Fly Fishing Odyssey. Whether you are a bonefish addict or an aspiring bonefisher just waiting to get bitten by the "bug," Reviewed on 03/14/2009. Reviewer rating: 4.

Drift. Take a cinematographic fly fishing journey and go for a drift! Reviewed on 12/19/2008. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5


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Fly Fishing Pioneers and Legends of the Northwest. Informative and entertaining with good videography. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4. Average User Rating: 5


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Trout Grass. If you're into cane rods, you'll love seeing this forest-to-rod saga. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5. Average User Rating: 4.5


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Polly Rosborough Ties His Fuzzy Nymphs. One of the most influential fly tyers of the 20th century ties some of his signature patterns. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Tying Bob Quigley's Signature Flies. Watch, and learn a few secrets from a master tier as he whips up a few patterns for fussy trout. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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The Hatch. Beautifully crafted video that captures the fly fishing soul at its most passionate. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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The Trout Bum Diaries: Patagonia. Breakthrough fly fishing video. Don't miss it! Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Spey Fishing for Steelhead. Anyone wanting to pursue steelhead should see this video. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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New Zealand Trophy Waters, Volume Four. Beautiful videography of outstanding fishing situations. NOT your typical "nice fish" video. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Spey Casting Secrets. See a variety of spey casting techniques from the masters at a Sandy River Spey Clave. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 3.


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Introduction to Spey Casting. If you're into spey casting, you'll learn a few new tricks from this video. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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New Zealand Trophy Waters. Superb videography, good entertainment, and informative. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 5.


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Fly Fishing Large Western Rivers--Summer and Fall. More entertainment and wisdom from master anglers Rick and John--and The Bugwan. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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Fly Fishing Large Western Rivers--Spring and Winter. Entertaining video series covering trout fishing tactics in all seasons. Reviewed on //. Reviewer rating: 4.


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