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The Skwala Hatch…a Vile Temptress

By CD Fishing USA

There’s an inch-long, dark-bodied stonefly that shows itself out here in Western Montana in the latter stages of winter (“Spring” is a myth here). The timing of this “hatch” is congruent with cabin fever, unpredictable weather, hungry fish and alluring Instagram posts. Though less environmentally destructive than, say, the pine beetle, this member of the Perlidae family is responsible for high hopes, unrealistic expectations, angler disappointment, and frozen asses. “Skwalapalooza”, as this event has come to be known, attracts pale-faced, numb-butted fly rodders the world over. One river in particular shoulders the brunt of the load. At zenith, the fishing pressure is…

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Bullfroggin’!

By CD Fishing USA

  On a late July Sunday Funday, we were invited to a friend’s suburban bass pond while the neighbors were on-vacation. Private neighborhoods with private lakes, stocked with bass and panfish, were pretty common in this part of Illinois and offered fishing opportunities for the children of these communities. The goal was to keep less-desirable citizens out, but that didn’t work this time. The bass fishing was slow and while he caught a few bluegills, my buddy Mike quickly turned his attention to the bullfrogs that took an interest in his little popper. . I quickly followed suit. This was…

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Durability-The Most Important Fly Rod Quality.

By CD Fishing USA

The 90’s were a decade of hits and misses, we had Michael Jordan in his prime while line-dancing was at its zenith. Steroid-fueled bats sent balls over the fence at a highly entertaining rate in big league ballparks. Western anglers began using two-handed fly rods for anadromous fish, employing technology that the Scots had been using for centuries, while breathable waders kept us dry, comfortable, and unable to pay our bar tabs. Manufacturers introduced bantamweight, fast-action fly rods born of graphite material called “Generation 4”, and backed these extremely fragile implements with lifetime guarantees. I still have one of these…

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