Fly fishing is an everyday part of my life. When I am not out on the water I try to fill my daily fly fishing fix with the happenings on the Net. At last check…about 2 seconds ago…I see that I have 83 sites in my favorites folder. That seems like a lot, now that I put a number to it. Just goes to show you that I’m not fishing enough. I guess I need to talk with the wife about getting more “exercise.” She wouldn’t want me turning into some cyber-potato now would she.
The sites range from the big names of fly fishing, manufacturers, magazines, discussion groups and weblogs. Of these 83 sites there are only a few…alright a dozen or so…that I hit on a regular basis (i.e. DAILY). I thought about it a bit and came up with the top 11 sites. Why 11 you say…why not. Tough decision but here goes:
I hit the Chum daily. The crew at MoldyChum|Reel Pure find anything and everything that is entertaining and interesting about fly fishing and post it on their site. I actually had the pleasure of fishing with B2 and Rathbun (the brainchilds of MoldyChum and Reel Pure) a month ago on my home waters (keep an eye out for future post). The guys are a blast to fish with and help fuel the passion.
The site is dedicated to Alaska and brings you into the local scene. I know a few folks on the forum and it is a good place to share your ideas, thoughts and opinions. If you are planning a trip to Alaska…might want to check out this site.
By far the greatest spey resource on the planet. Those new to the two-handed brotherhood need to check out this site. The Spey Clave (i.e. the forum) is full of information for those new to the game and the well seasoned. Members include industry reps and the legends of spey casting who answer questions on the forum! My brother will relate to this. Imagine a golf site where the “Golf Clave” is run by David Feherty and the regular members to the forum include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson…you get the point. The site is amazing!
I listend to a podcast once that said MidCurrent is considered one of the OG’s of fly fishing on the Net (not their exact words). The site provides flyfishing news, literature and advice and it’s editorial board includes Marshall Cutchin (brainchild), Bruce Richards and Chico Fernandez. Back on the golfparison…think Steve Williams (Wood’s caddy), Scotty Cameron and Ely Callaway.
Brings the local Washington scene into perspective. Over 8,000 members to the forum. Great resource with a few Alaskans mixed in. Planning to visit Washington…be sure to check out this site.
The Felt Soul Media weblog about current projects they are filming to help bring awareness to their cause. Their current project is about the proposed Pebble Mine and the impact it will have to the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Their writing and photographs are amazing. Definitely worth checking out. Felt Soul Media brought you The Hatch and Running Down the Man.
Personal site of fellow fly fishing addict and helping to revolutionize pinkies on the deuce (other than yours truly). Great site to learn about the interworkings of a flyfishing madman in the great state of Alaska. If we fish together chances are you can catch a post on Tspey’s Weblog as well as mine.
Brian O’Keefe is considered by many to be the best fly fishing photographer in the biz. His work has been published in countless catalogs, magazines and books. He is a member of the pro staff for several big name fly fishing companies and travels the world fly fishing. Last December he was asked to be a guest at Nomads of the Seas, a $20,000+ weekly fly fishing adventure outfitter in Patagonia. Forget Mike…I want to be like Brian!
Zach Matthews is a name you read more and more these days in the fly fishing circle. He is an outdoor writer and photographer. His site is noted for having some of the best fly fishing podcast interviews with the big names in fly fishing. His photoblog is updated regularly and shows some of his work.
One of the best fly fishing magazines out there. What makes them so great? For starters, you can pick up a FREE copy of their monthly magazine at your friendly, local fly shop. That’s right…FREE!!! Not only that, you can download a copy of it onto your computer. That is just plain awesome! Free only get’s you so far though. The magazine happens to have great articles, regional fishing reports (they even contact shops and guides in Alaska), gear guides and a fly tying section. Those “other” magazines…take note.
The site is run by El Pescador aka Steve Stracqualursi…the product line director for Patagonia’s fly fishing line. This guy has one of the greatest jobs on the planet. His site covers fly fishing and all that relates. He regularly asks his readers to provide input into current product lines for Patagonia. Man does this guy know how to bring it to the people.
There are so many more…72 to be exact. The list here though, are the ones I make sure to check everyday. They speak to the core of who I am…a fly fisherman trying to spend as much time on the water as I can.