Larger Than Life–The World Record Largemouth Bass

Record Largemouth Bass feature

A Search For, “The One” Despite my predilection for fly fishing, I do still appreciate a good pond hopping session in search of largemouth bass. The appeal of pursuing these fish is recognized the world over, and during the course of this article, I’ve been able to see monstrous specimens of bass pulled from all …

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Best Fly Tying Magnifying Glass (Top 9, 2022)

Raweao Magnifying lamp

A Little Insight Fly tying is delicate, intricate work, whether you’re tying streamers or midges. For those flies that are true to life, and of similar size to the bugs they are imitating, tying them can be a migraine-inducing endeavor. Using some type of magnifying glass can greatly reduce the inevitable strain on your eyes …

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Best Salmon Fly Rods | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

man with salmon, Fish, fishing

A Tool to Tame Bigger Beasts Roughly 155 miles from my home waters in Central PA is Lake Erie. I have friends and family that return there every year, like clockwork, in search of salmon. In today’s review, I will be looking at the best fly rods for salmon and breaking down the characteristics that …

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World Record Brown Trout + USA And Runners Up (The Biggies)


Straight Up Giant! When I began replacing my ultralight spinning rod with a fiberglass two-piece fly rod, I was (and still often am) astounded at the quality and duration of the fight that even small fish provided. Fish that were at best a distraction from the aggressive, heavy brown trout I target, and at worst, …

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Best 8 Wt Fly Reel | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

TFO Power Fly Reel

Bigger Fish to Fry Trout may be my particular obsession but there is great sport and fun in pursuing bigger fish in bigger water. 8 weight reels are on the menu for this review, and I’m going to do a deep dive into both the highest-rated and the most economical reels on the market today. …

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Best Streamers For Trout | Proven To Catch More Fish (Top 9)


Swing, Strip, Set! A streamer is a type of subsurface fly that is meant to be fished on the retrieve and most often imitates larger trout forage like baitfish, crayfish, tadpoles, and larger insects. The retrieve is what imparts these flies with an erratic, wounded, or fleeing action, often enticing trout to suddenly and quite …

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Best 5 Weight Fly Rods | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

Douglas Sky G

Versatility is King 5 weight fly rods are generally agreed upon to be a balanced and introductory weight for the novice, as well as an effective choice for any and all species of trout. The “standard” fly rod if there is such a thing. However, I think the 5wt rod is sometimes forgotten as we …

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Best Inflatable Pontoon Boats | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat

Something for the Long Haul A pontoon boat can provide the committed angler with a watercraft that is extremely sturdy, dependable, and able to withstand tougher water conditions than your standard kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Here at Anchor Fly, I’ve reviewed a lot of different boats to fish from, but pontoon boats stand out from …

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