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The Moonshine Journal — Angler

Pack Light, Fish Farther: 6 Tips for Backcountry Angling

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Pack Light, Fish Farther: 6 Tips for Backcountry Angling

As fly anglers, there’s nothing more exciting than planning a backcountry trip. It’s full of potential, with opportunities for far-away rivers, hungry trout, and nights spent under the stars. But, there’s also the logistical challenge of planning a backcountry trip. How do you know what to bring if you don’t really know what to expect?You certainly can’t bring everything that’s been piling up in your closet. The essence of backcountry travel is packing light and the lighter your backpack is the farther you’ll be able to travel to get to those hungry trout. For the sake of saving weight and...

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9 Common Fly Casting Problems (And How to Solve Them)

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9 Common Fly Casting Problems (And How to Solve Them)

Tangles, whip-cracks, tired arms, and lost flies. None of us are perfect fly-casters, but renowned guide and instructor Susan Thrasher has key tips for solving some of the most common problems.

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How to Be a Better Client: 3 Fishing Guides Share Their Perspective

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How to Be a Better Client: 3 Fishing Guides Share Their Perspective

Being a fishing guide is a hard job. Just like any other service industry, you have to put up with all sorts of things—inclement weather, a slow bite, mechanical issues with the boat. But, as it turns out, those aren’t really the hardest part of the job; the hardest part of any guide’s job is the client side of things. They want to make sure it’s a great experience, but sometimes their client simply won’t let them. In last week’s blog article, we talked about how to find a great fishing guide. This week, though, we thought it’d be interesting...

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How to Find a Great Fly-Fishing Guide

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How to Find a Great Fly-Fishing Guide

How to Find a Great Fly-Fishing Guide We could write a whole blog about why fishing guides are great. They’re one of the fastest ways for you to learn how to be a more effective angler. They can help you learn a new area, or simply make the most out of a quick trip. They can also just be a great time on the water. But, there’s also the other side of the coin—the bad fishing guide. It’s sad but true. There are simply some people who should not be fishing guides. Just ask a good fishing guide, and they’ll...

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How 5280 Became the Front Range’s Leading Outfitter

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How 5280 Became the Front Range’s Leading Outfitter

Moonshine Colorado Trip from Moonshine Rod Company on Vimeo. Jay Baichi has come a long way in the past ten years. As the owner of 5280 Angler, he’s built a roster of fly-fishing guides who cover waters across Colorado—both public and private. They’re helping clients land fish on the Colorado River, Dream Stream, Arkansas River, and dozens more. But, this formidable operation started from a small place.    “I started working with some people at a fly shop and it was a loose operation,” Jay told us. “All of us guides said, ‘We could do it better.’ They didn't really...

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