4+ Piece Rods: Don't fear the Ferrule

  • By: Zach Matthews

FACT: Fly fishers love travel. Unfortunate fact: Travel is a lot more difficult than it was 10 years ago, thanks mostly to international terrorism. In fact, I’ll never forget the time I watched a gentleman heading out on a cast-and-blast trip trying to negotiate security at Miami International Airport. He had forgotten that he had recently worn his travel vest while doing some upland shooting. Thanks to a little gunpowder residue in his pockets, he was locked inside MIA’s shiny new “puffer” bomb-sniffing device, while red lights flashed and security sprinted into the area (to the great amusement of his fellow anglers).

Travel Fly-Tying Vises

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • Photography by: Aaron Goodis
Travel Vises

There are two primary considerations for any fly-tying vise: It must hold the hook snugly, and it must allow you to tie a fly easily, i.e., the vise can’t get in the way. The only practical reason to buy a travel vise is that it is smaller—lighter and more compact—than your primary vise, while maintaining an acceptable level of function. It’s that simple.

Angling Duffels

  • By: David Hughes
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Once you’ve booked that trip of a lifetime, you almost immediately bump into the twin set of questions: “What do I take?” and, “What’s the best thing to take it in?”

Trips rarely get ruined by any absence of gear; don’t worry about that, unless you have size 14 feet and forget your size 14 wading boots. If that happens your anatomical predisposition may prove troublesome; for most of us, lodges carry anything you may have left at home, within the range of averages for fitting and gear. Size 14 boots don’t fit the average.

Ask FRR

  • By: Buzz Bryson
Russian Checkpoint - Passport Control - Plywood Cubicle

Whether flying domestic and dealing with TSA, or abroad dealing with whomever you encounter, follow the rules, and try to fit a common profile. The last place you want to land is in the mini plywood cubicle.

WEB BONUS: More on Belize

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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From our "Traveling Angler" report in the Autumn 2010 issue. "We were poling down the edge of a mangrove-lined shoreline that fell off onto a sandy shelf on the flats of Turneffe Flats."

Relax on the Ruby

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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"As spring progresses we look forward to the Mothers Day caddis hatch, followed by Golden Stones and then the famed Salmon fly hatch. The awesome thing about salmonflies is that you can start fishing them in May and follow them until mid- to late July depending upon the water you are fishing.

Family Matters

  • By: Chad Mason
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Our man on the road accepts the family-vacation challenge, works in some fishing and bests a few Colorado trout in the process. Here’s how.

Searching for a Slam in Xcalak

  • By: Will Rice
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"I called Scott Heywood at Angling Destinations (the guru of undiscovered fishing spots) who suggested going to Xcalak and a lodge called Costa de Cocos. Xcalak (pronounced in the Mayan as “ish kalak”) lies just inside Mexico’s border with Belize and has always been one of those fabled places on the outer edges of the map. "

Fishing Travel Experts

  • By: Thomas Keer
  • Photography by: Barry Beck
Joe Codd of Frontiers International Travel

Call Frontiers International Travel to plan a trip of a lifetime, and you may find yourself wondering how the voice on the phone got this great job and what they've learned about fishing travel.

Belize Facts

  • By: Jim Klug
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If you take the advice from author Jim Klug in the June 2009 feature "Total Belize" and travel to this beautiful coastal nation this year, here are a few facts to remember...