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How to Choose a Fly Line Taper: Part 1

In a previous article, I explained how to choose a fly rod for most any fly fishing application and, in that article, I alluded to there being numerous different types of fly line tapers in addition to the numerous different fly line weights. Thus, in this article I will explain how modern fly line tapers can also affect your choice of appropriate fly rods for your intended purpose.

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How to Choose a Fly Rod: Part 3

As I mentioned in parts one and two of this article, in my capacity as a professional fly fishing guide and instructor, I am often asked various questions pertaining to how to choose a fly rod and, my answer to that question is: "I choose the action of the rod according to the range at which I am going to be casting. I choose the rod length acc

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How to Choose a Fly Rod: Part 2

As I mentioned in part one of this article, in my capacity as a professional fly fishing guide and instructor, I am often asked various questions pertaining to how to choose a fly rod and, my answer to that question is: "I choose the action of the rod according to the range at which I am going to be casting. I choose the rod length according to

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How to Choose a Fly Rod: Part 1

In my capacity as a professional fly fishing guide and instructor, I am often asked various questions pertaining to how to choose a fly rod. However, the first time I was asked this question, I suddenly realized that although I could easily choose the perfect rod for most any type of fly fishing, I was not able to define exactly how I made those choices and thus, I was unable to answer the ques

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Hunting Mature Whitetails: Five Seconds to Shoot

A mature, whitetail buck, wise in the ways of hunters, will seldom give you more than a few seconds to spot him, evaluate his antlers, estimate the distance, and make the shot. However, that is a lot of information to process in such a short amount of time and thus, it is the main reason that so many hunters miss so often. But, if you are truly intent on harvesting a mature buck, you had better

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How to Use Hunting Pressure to Your Advantage

Although there are literally thousands of avid deer hunters pursuing the sport today, studies show that "97.3% of deer hunters never travel farther than 647 steps from their vehicles" and thus, it would seem that the trick to avoiding skittish deer is to travel deeper into the woods. While I suppose that there is some wisdom to this since most deer hunters are weekend woodsman and draggi

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Whitetail Hunting the Rut

Many deer hunters in different regions of our country harbor many misconceptions when it comes to hunting Whitetail Deer. However, one misconception that seems to be most often propagated it the popular belief that hunting mature bucks during the "rut" is the most productive time to harvest them when in fact, hunting them during the rut can be the most difficult time of all to harvest them!

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Ethics in Deer Hunting

Is there an element of ethics that goes with deer hunting? I have been deer hunting for over 20 years. Within those 20 years I have made some stupid shots and shots that I am not proud of. But over the years I have learned to judge correctly when it comes to the shot. Is there an element of ethics within the sport of deer hunting.

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Bow Season in West Texas

I have been bow hunting for 20+ years. I have had numerous bows that I have shot that I truly loved. I have just ordered a new 2014 Fred Bear Domain. Lately I have been studying and reading a lot about all of the new technology that bow companies are putting into their product to improve the way we hunt deer with a bow. I have been extra impressed with Bear Archery. Smooth draw cycle, quiet upo

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10 Tracking Tips for Bowhunters after the Shot

One of the most exciting parts of bow hunting is following a blood trail.  Feelings of anticipation and confidence are mixed with uncertainty and doubt.  Here are 10 tips that can help you follow your trail to a happy ending.