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The Moonshine Journal

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?

Angler Fly Fishing

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

Angler Fly Fishing

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

Fishing Guide Fly Fishing Trout Winter Fishing

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

Angler Fly Fishing reels

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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