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The Moonshine Journal

7 Conservation Organizations Worth Supporting

7 Conservation Organizations Worth Supporting

As anglers, we talk a lot about responsibility. And we should. We drive some of the highest usage and degradation of our waterways by our sheer numbers—there were more than 29 million fishing licenses sold in the U.S. in 2020 alone. That’s a lot of people making a lot of impact on lakes, rivers, and coastal regions.  But, maybe responsibility is the wrong word. Instead of thinking about our role to protect the places we fish as a chore, it’s about time we started thinking about it as a privilege. These remote (and not so remote) areas we wet a...

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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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Moving Forward: How Austin Rappuhn Found His Physical Therapy in Fly Tying

Moving Forward: How Austin Rappuhn Found His Physical Therapy in Fly Tying

Any experienced angler will tell that their experiences run much deeper than catching, or not catching fish. They’re out there for different reasons and some of those reasons are harder to pin down than others. They can really only be known by the angler. It may be positive or negative, but either way, time spent on the water is a great way of working these things out, moving forward. Author John Gierach puts it simply: "The solution to any problem—work, love, money, whatever—is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." Angler and outdoorsman...

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5 Underrated Fly-Fishing Destinations

5 Underrated Fly-Fishing Destinations

Fly-fishing is not immune to trends. Maybe more than most outdoor pursuits, there tend to be locations that earn favor in the general zeitgeist, while others remain overlooked for no good reason. Locations like Montana, Colorado, and Florida have earned their reputation for world-class fisheries, but for some reason, many anglers take that to mean that other locations are inferior or not worth their time. As we’re going to point out in this article, it’s simply not the case. In our books, the best fly-fishing destinations are those that you can actually get to on a regular basis. These hidden...

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Are Faster Rods Better for Fly Fishing?

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Are Faster Rods Better for Fly Fishing?

It’s time to set the record straight with rod actions—are faster rods actually better for fishing? The answer is no, but also yes. Sort of. Maybe. Sometimes. If that doesn’t answer your question, then we’ll beef up our explanation a bit. Rod types are a product of many different things, ranging from trends to marketing ploys to proven techniques in rod design. There’s no black or white answer to which is best, but by taking a good hard look at it, we can offer some answers to questions that are even more valuable. First, let’s take a look at rod...

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