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The Moonshine Journal — Fly Fishing

The Icing on the Cake: Filmmaker Harrison Hughes on Capturing Life on the Fly

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The Icing on the Cake: Filmmaker Harrison Hughes on Capturing Life on the Fly

At Moonshine, we’ve been lucky enough to witness Harrison Hughes’ evolution as both a filmmaker and an angler. When he picked up a fly rod, a whole new world opened up to him both professionally and personally. Of course, we all know fly fishing tends to do that. But, that was just the beginning, and now Harrison is thriving because he has a unique take on what the sport is actually about. He’s capturing unforgettable moments across the industry with his uncommon perspective. Here’s a hint: It’s not the fish. “If I went fishing just to catch fish, then I...

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Field Guide: Chasing Early-Season Smallmouth

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Field Guide: Chasing Early-Season Smallmouth

In our Field Guide series, we’re offering quick tips you can use on the water to catch more fish on the fly, species-by-species. In this edition: The cure for cold-weather blues. Around late winter and early spring, all of us tend to get the itch. We’ve been cramped inside for far too long, you can only tie so many flies, and it’s time to hit the water whether the fish are ready or not. But, there is a bit of hope and it comes in the form of spring smallmouth season. These green torpedoes are legendary targets with a fly...

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Introducing the Creede, Our First-Ever Reel

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Introducing the Creede, Our First-Ever Reel

If you’ve ever spent time across the American West, you know it’s a landscape shaped by adventurous spirits, hard-earned character, and maybe a little bit of rule-breaking. It’s a place unlike any other, and it’s exactly why we named our first-ever reel after one of its most iconic mining towns. Today marks a new chapter for us at Moonshine. For years, we’ve been dedicated to crafting small-batch fly rods that are durable, hard-working tools for dedicated anglers. But, there’s always been a missing element—the yin to our yang—to balance out the equation. Until now. In this article, we’re going to...

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The 5 Fundamentals of Winter Trout Fishing - Basics of Fly Fishing

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The 5 Fundamentals of Winter Trout Fishing - Basics of Fly Fishing

Let’s all collectively accept the fact that winter is here. The drift boats are carefully tucked away for the season. Hot toddies have replaced margaritas. And those fly rod rigs may be collecting dust in the corner. But, before you think about putting them away for good, there is a glimmer of hope. Winter fishing isn’t traditionally known for being very productive, but it can offer some unique opportunities that summer and fall cannot.   In our winter fishing primer, we’re going to take a look at those opportunities. Depending on where you live and what your goals are, we’ve dug...

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