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Big start to Beaver Island Season

Team SmithFly for the past three seasons, made a run up to Beaver Island for the insane flats style carp fishing. This year team SmithFly might not be able to make it, which is unfortunate because clearly the big fish up there just keep getting bigger. We will miss that part of our summer for sure. Unless of course we can find a couple days to sneak away.

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Hybrid White Bass, Striped Bass in the Great Miami River

Our guide Donnie Knight of Fly By Knight was out on the Great Miami River before the rain moved in and ran into and incredible pod of hybrid white bass stripers. It was one of those fish on every cast moments. This is not normal for our river, in fact nobody that we know has ever caught any of these in the Great Miami River. So what's going on? The best we can figure is that they washed down from Kiser lake where they are planted by the state and have existed for some time. So while a surprise, it's not a CRAZY unthinkable surprise. Kiser Lake is an impoundment of Mosquito Creek which feeds into the Miami River not too far up...

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Our Made in the USA Tag

So if you’ve ever ordered any SmithFly gear you’ve probably noticed our Made in the USA tag. It is not a typical Made in the USA tag. It’s not that we hold anything against our flag, I’m a deeply patriotic person and I feel very strongly about our union. Our freedoms, ability to pursue our dreams, and our form of government are immensely important to me and I support them in every way. But when I set out to make a “Made in the USA” tag I thought I needed to go deeper. I needed to get at the heart of what SmithFly is all about. I needed to find a symbol that connected on a deeper level, and went back...

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Ode to a Wolley Bugger

Oh wooly bugger! Oh meatiest of the meat hooks, oh travesty of trout world, oh devilish slithering snag. Your wavering pulsating drift hath fooled many a trout and your pulsating hackle shall bring many more. The snarl of your whipped herl, and flash of tinsel clad body rides the currents and drifts the tides like a maribou stallion. Galloping through the eddies and riffles, breathing with the flow, animated and swirling in defiance of carnivorous predators.

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