Upland Hunting Gear List: Sharp-tailed Grouse

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Apparel, Footwear, and Packs

Shooting, Knives, and Accessories

Other Gear and Essentials

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Dead Flies Don’t Swim

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“Dead Flies Don’t Swim” is an amazing short by Scumliner Media featuring some glorious dry fly fishing during the late-summer trico hatch on Montana’s famed Missouri River.

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July 25, 2014: Feather and Fin Link Round-Up

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photo (7)We scour the web for upland hunting and fly fishing content so that you don’t have to.  I hope you enjoy this week’s edition of the Feather and Fin Link Round-Up and as usual let us now your thoughts!

Upland Hunting

Fly Fishing

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Gear Review: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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hydro flaskThe Hydro Flask 18 oz. Wide Mouth Insulated Coffee, Tea, and Water Bottle is the best insulated bottle that I have ever used…it should be a critical component of every outdoors-man/woman’s gear list.

Highlights

  • Functionality. Double-wall technology keeps beverages at the proper temperature for hours (12 hours for hot, 24 hours for cold)
  • Durability. Bomb-proof stainless steel design and rubber stopper prevents leaks/breakage. Each bottle comes with a lifetime warranty – just in case.
  • Appearance. Very cool power coating available in eight different colors

Lowlights

  • Price. At $24, the Hydro Flask is more expensive than most insulated bottles – but well worth the extra outlay.
  • Made Overseas. The Hydro Flask is manufactured in China and some online reviews cite this as having affected product quality. PLEASE NOTE: This has not been my experience.

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Four Tips to Tying Flies

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From Filson Life, March 13, 2012. Reprinted with permission.

filson_fly tyingThere is no substitute for standing in the middle of the creek, watching a bushy dry fly float through the current, but tying flies comes pretty close. The next best thing to actually getting to fish is spending time at the vice preparing and thinking about all those fish that are going to be fooled by a hand tied fly.

I bought my vice after about 6 months of fly fishing, and I tied some of the ugliest flies imaginable. My first wooly bugger had more in common with a hairball found under the couch then the fly pattern in the book. But perseverance paid off and after filling an old  butter container with mangled hooks, my flies started to look like actual bugs.

I still remember the first fish that I caught on one of my own hand tied hoppers, and the picture and the fly are framed over my desk to mark the occasion. From that day forward, any waking second to the world of feather, fur, foam, and thread and I practiced until I could not see straight.

Today as life becomes busier, trips to the streams and rivers are fewer and farther between and therefore my times at the vice give me my fly fishing fix and hold me over till the next time I can rig up my fly rod and tempt some trout.

Here are a few thoughts if you ever had in hankering to tie a few flies.

  1.  Buy the nicest vice you can afford – As everything in life, you get what you pay for. There are quite a few affordable starter kits on the market, but often the vices that come with these kits can be pretty cheap and frustrating to learn to tie on. If you think or know that fly tying is something you could become obsessed with, buy a nice vice that will last a lifetime.
  2. One fly at a time – An old timer gave me some sage advice when he told me to learn one pattern at a time. Start with the time-tested patterns and become proficient at the basic skills of fly tying.
  3. Practice makes perfect – There is no substitute for tying dozens of the same pattern. Just like shooting baskets or going to the golf range, muscle memory is key.
  4. Have fun – Tying flies is supposed to be enjoyable. Researching rivers and fly patterns for an upcoming fishing trip is exciting. There’s nothing more satisfying than filling a box full of flies and thinking about all the fish that your creations are going to catch.

Please make sure to visit Filson Life for wonderful hunting, fishing, and outdoor-related content featuring one of the sporting world’s most venerable brands.

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