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The Moonshine Journal

What Flies Do I Need!?

What Flies Do I Need!?

Ok I promise you’re almost ready to fish, but now it's time for the exciting part! Purchasing some flies! I know in the last paragraph I talked some about flies and fly sizes and how they relate to your leader and tippet. When it comes to flies’ sizes are also counterintuitive, the larger the number the smaller the fly. Here’s a little graphic to demonstrate: When it comes to flies you want to try your hardest to “match the hatch”. What this means is that wherever you’re fishing there are bugs in and out of the water that are hatching...

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How do I Know What Tippet is and What Size do I Need!?

How do I Know What Tippet is and What Size do I Need!?

Once you’ve got your leader, you’re going to need to grab some tippet line. I know, what the heck is tippet and why do I need another type of line!? Well tippet is an even lighter weight clear line that is then attached to your leader and then to the fly. The key to determining tippet size is understanding what tippet to use in order for it to be the strongest possible tippet without being noticed by the fish. Typically, you want your tippet to match the “X” of your leader or be one “X” lower than it. If the...

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How do I Know What Leader is and What Size I Need!?

How do I Know What Leader is and What Size I Need!?

You’re just about ready to hit the water, but you still have a couple more things to add to the shopping list. Next is the leader. The leader is the line that’s attached to your colorful fly line and is clear. In the picture below you can see the thick clear line attached to the colored fly line. Leaders mostly come in two lengths - 7.5 to 9 foot, the length depends on the type of fishing you’re doing. If you’re using dries a long leader is better so the fish don’t spook at the sight of the fly line,...

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How do I know what Rod and Reel to buy!?

How do I know what Rod and Reel to buy!?

Fly fishing can be overwhelming and very confusing at first, but once you understand the basics and acquire the right gear the rest is just practice and time! Today I’ll be going over some basic and starter equipment any fly-fisher can use, beginner or expert! First things first, you’ll need a rod. The type of rod you need depends on the type of water and fish you’ll be targeting. Rods are labeled with different weights and lengths. Although it's counterintuitive, the weight on the rod isn’t how much the rod actually weighs, it's actually its “weight class”. The weight class...

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Why I started Euro Nymphing

Why I started Euro Nymphing

Lately I have been finding messages in my inbox on Instagram regarding euro nymphing. I have had several lengthy conversations with guys/gals regarding my setup and just general ideas regarding this subsurface method of fly fishing. Call it what you want, tight line nymphing, euro nymphing, or Czech nymphing. I want to rename it effective. I was introduced to this way of fly fishing by a friend that had just received a Midnight Special 10’ 3wt.  I was incredibly reluctant to try it. I despised nymphing, indicators or as I like to call them “fancy bobbers,” split shot, and I...

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