Category Archives: Fly-fishing Tips

How to Put Together a Fly Rod

Here’s a video tutorial on basic assembly of a fly-fishing rod. Enjoy! © 2015, Scott Branyan

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It’s Frozen Out There

It’s only three or four degrees across northern Arkansas this morning. Temperatures will remain subfreezing through Saturday. Beyond that, it looks like temps will make it back into the 30s for next week, but rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow … Continue reading

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Easily Clean Your Fly Rod Handle

Some weeks ago a client told me he found an easy way to clean his fly rod handle using a “Magic Eraser.” Since then I bought the product and tried it. It works perfectly for unfinished cork grips. The eraser, … Continue reading

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Personal Fishing Time

Since most folks don’t get to see me fish on guide trips, they often ask if I ever get to fish. I always find it an amusing question of any guide, but perhaps it’s not obvious as most people only see me rowing, … Continue reading

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Warmwater Season Is Here

I like to start fly-fishing cool/warm water lakes and rivers in May and June through the Ozarks. They provide some great, short outings throughout the summer and early fall. As things heat up, it’s natural to hit these warmer water … Continue reading

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Winter Weather Forecast for 2009-2010

An interesting extended winter forecast is posted on an AccuWeather blog. If it comes to fruition, it will mean reduced fishing pressure and perhaps another high water year for a third year in a row. The forecast translates into more big … Continue reading

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Simple Fly-fishing

I ran across the Tenkara USA site through Cameron Mortenson’s The Fiberglass Manifesto Blog. Introduced in the states in April, Tenkara USA does a wonderful job of emphasizing the simplicity which can be found in fly-fishing. This is perhaps something our … Continue reading

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Winter Smallies

Arkansan Jim Spencer has a good article in the Arkansas Sportsman on fourteen places to fish for Arkansas winter smallmouth. His main tip is to catch a warm spell especially just ahead of a cold front. These places are isolated areas … Continue reading

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Help for Tailing Loops

Ever wonder why your fly tangles on the end of your line when you do a forward cast? Jim McLennan has a helpful article entitled “Creep and Jab” in the March 2008 issue of Fly Fisherman. There is also a good … Continue reading

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