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T&T Advisor Rebekka Redd

Thomas & Thomas is excited to welcome Rebekka Redd to our advisory staff. Hailing from northern Ontario, Canada, Rebekka is an accomplished global fly angler, photographer, published writer, speaker and conservationist. Along with her work in fly fishing television, she has garnered a worldwide following through her photography and writing. Her work is published both locally […]

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A Clearwater Christmas

By Tom McCoy – Students of geography and steelhead fishing will instantly recognize the Lewis-Clark Valley of Washington as the intersection of several storied steelhead rivers, most notably the Snake, Clearwater and Grand Ronde. I have the great good fortune of having family that homesteaded…

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Two Hands for Trout

By Mark Lance – While working on a recent photo assignment for T&T, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the DNA TroutSpey 1195-4 and the DNA Switch 1105-4 on the water here in Colorado. I immediately found the DNA TroutSpey 1195 two-hander to hit a sweet spot for chasing trout on medium to large Rocky Mountain rivers…

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Welcome to the new Thomas and Thomas website

At some point many of us have thought we might be able to tie a fly that would work a little better than the one we could buy off the shelf. Often it turns out to be true — with careful observation, and a little…

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Far, Far, Farquhar

Yuzo Sugiura gave the Solar series a workout on his recent trip to the Farquhar islands, a small atoll in the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar and the southern-most group in the Seychelles…

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The One That Got Away

by Noah Rosenthal “The one that got away” is a universal idea when it comes to fishing. From a big brown trout wrapping you around the roots of a tree to the tarpon that took one more jump than you were ready for and shook the hook, we’ve all had those fish that got away. […]

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The Rainbows of Atlas Cumbres

These rainbows weren’t landed in Idaho, Alaska, or even Patagonia. To chase these fish, you have to travel to the remote mountains of central Argentina, first to Cordoba province, and then to an area known as Atlas Cumbres. Fly dreamers’ ambassador Patricio Churruarin has fished and guided there since he was a kid, and shared […]

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Peacocks in Paradise

Our charter plane from Manaos, Brazil, had just landed at the Barcelos landing strip, a small and colorful town on the giant Rio Negro coast. We had boat bags, rod tubes, lots of water bottles and high expectations…

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Bass on Bamboo

Last Friday Troy Jacques took a break from the bamboo shop at Thomas & Thomas to do some field testing. He’s been working on a new saltwater rod, and took the prototype to Martha’s Vineyard to chase…

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Salmon on the Kola

Ally Gowans, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland They say that it’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive. With regard to fishing, there’s a lot of truth in that statement, since you never know what might be encountered on any given trip—the chances of being there when conditions are exceptionally good always feel similar to those for winning […]

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My Take: Rod action and the portability question

Tom Dorsey, Greenfield, Massachusetts  Rod action may very well be one of the most discussed features of a fly rod. Many of the disagreements derive from the lack of a common understanding in terms; “fast action” for example. To some this refers to rod stiffness and to others it implies “tip action”… a stiffer butt […]

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Thoughts on 12 months of steelhead

Brian Chou, Portland, Oregon I am very blessed to live in a region of the country that allows me to get out for these amazing fish every month of the year if I choose. Being successful throughout the year, however, requires an open mind and a little bit of creative thinking—and sometimes even being on […]

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Spring arrives in New Zealand

Casey Cravens, Lower South Island, NZ As I write, anglers are making last minute contingency plans, scouring maps, weather forecasts and river flows for their first trips of the season—all with the glee of a kid on Christmas Eve. Barring heavy downpours Sunday night, most waters are at excellent levels, and water temperatures are also […]

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My Take: Choosing a rod – length and line weight decisions

Tom Dorsey, Greenfield, MA I’ve been asked many times for recommendations regarding the choice of a fly rod. I have also observed and listened to discussions on this topic—enough to come to the realization that many anglers make their decision based on factors that don’t share common criteria. And while there is no set rule to […]

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The perfect session

Martin James, Lancashire, England For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed watching trout take an imitation or the real thing off the surface of a clear flowing river. As the fish takes the fly and turns downward you often see the rainbow coloured spots on its body then the primrose yellow belly—often described […]

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Mahseer, monks and blessed rods

Hans van Klinken, Gelderland, Netherlands When I was offered the opportunity to fish for the mighty Golden Mahseer in a very remote part of northeastern India, I jumped at the chance. I knew this special trip was going to be exploratory and a somewhat experimental excursion. I anticipated that I would be fishing in a […]

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