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The Art of Fly Fishing: Jake Keeler

Talk long enough with seasoned anglers and eventually you’ll hear someone say, “there’s an art to fly fishing.” That’s a curiously poetic phrase. They’re usually talking about technique, presentation or tying, but it’s interesting to see the correlation one makes between angler and artist. The Black Gnats are equally interested in this connection, so we’ve started a recurring section called “The…

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Video Shout Out: Kiss the Water

Video Shout Out: Kiss the Water

We’re busy at work this week and feeling under the weather, so this week’s Shout Out is short and sweet. We stumbled across the trailer for “Kiss the Water” a few days ago and have been excited to add this documentary to our “Must Watch” list of fly fishing movies. Directed by Eric Steel, (the same guy that did “The Bridge,” the documentary that chronicled a year of suicides on the Golden Gate…

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Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

“What a tourist terms a plague of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch.” -Patrick F. McManus

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Video Shout Out: Very Bad Fly Fishing

Video Shout Out: Very Bad Fly Fishing

Don’t let the title fool you … there’s no “bad” fly fishing happening in this short film. In fact, the fishing (or, we should say, the filming quality) is some of the best stuff we’ve seen lately. The “bad” they’re referring to here is the poor, unfortunate luck of one Peter Christensen as he follows the Nylinder brothers – Rolf and Harald – on an expedition in New Zealand for huge trout. Peter…

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Video Shout Out: Vacation

You might recall a video we featured back in early December called Fish Head. Well, the dude featured in that flick – Parker Smith– just put out a new video this week on his Vimeo channel called “Vacation” and it’s definitely worth checking out. Parker, probably frustrated like the rest of us, decided to take two weeks off work and get into some fish. He summarizes it best at the start of the…

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Quote of the Week

“Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; give him religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.” -Unknown

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Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

“Man can learn a lot from fishing – when the fish are biting no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered.” -Orlando Battista

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Friday! Fly Day! Little Black Stonefly Nymph

Friday! Fly Day! Little Black Stonefly Nymph

So, it’s the night before Opening Day here in Central PA, and we almost forgot to tie one of the more important early spring patterns, the little black stonefly nymph. Stoneflies are one of the first food sources for trout coming out of the winter months and, while they have more abundant numbers on western streams, the east coast also has some regular hatches, so don’t forget to include some in…

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In anticipation of Opening Day tomorrow, Andy ties a little black stonefly nymph for this week’s “Friday! Fly Day!” Check out how to tie one at theblackgnats.com #flyfishing #flytying #stonefly #centralpa #trout #openingday #theblackgnats

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Video Shout Out: Blood Knot Trailer

Video Shout Out: Blood Knot Trailer

We were listening to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast this week and heard a great interview with Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Shop in Harrisonburg, VA. Colby and Tom talked mostly about smallmouth bass fishing and the fishery down in Virgina, but Colby (and his twin brother Brian) are also the focus of the film Blood Knot, which documents the brothers foray into fly fishing and…

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