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Fall Run

We've got steelhead fever!  You can expect more posts and videos like this as we jones on chrome fish.

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Fund Raising & Conservation

This has been a busy week for our staff in terms of conservation fundraising. Last week we hosted an event for the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) in partnership with our local chapter of CalTrout. You can see the movie trailers here, and if you get a chance to see the tour in your neighborhood you should. [...]

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Nomads of the Seas

We wake up in the morning and look out the window. Fog.Surrounded by water and mountains the blurry landscape is a little surreal. A knock at the door signals morning coffee has arrived. The warm cabin has everything a person could want, and only the promise of adventure - and breakfast - are enough to [...]

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San Francisco School of Fly Fishing

We've got a new project in the works: San Francisco School of Fly Fishing.With some of the best instructors in the Bay Area, the school will offer:Fly Fishing 101 CastingEntomologyKnotsFly TyingSpey CastingFishing ClinicsCorporate and Group lessons are also available

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Simplified Leader Connection for Floating Trout Lines

Tired of that clunky nail knot and leader butt at the end of your fly line? The California Fly Shop has a solution for you! Here's what you'll need: C&F Design 3-in-1 Nail Knot Pipe, sandpaper, Zap-a-Gap (thin-pink bottle), and a sharpie.Insert the 3-in-1 Nail Knot Pipe about one centimeter into the end of the [...]

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Two Days on the East Walker

Fished the East Walker with Ange for a couple of days this week. Those fish get hammered and are very moody. My goal was to get a big one on a streamer. Flows were a little low and probably should have fished the little bugs with an indicator. Larger fish were off the bank and [...]

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How to Fly Fish the Surf

Here at the California Fly Shop, clients are constantly asking for tips on local fishing spots. Many are surprised when one of our first recommendations is to fish the local San Mateo County surf - which is half an hour away from our shop. When most people think of fly fishing in saltwater, stalking bonefish [...]

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California Fly Shop Goes Neon!

We are lucky enough to have a friend who is both an expert fly fisherman and a talented artist: Karl Kirbus. Karl designed this awesome neon sign and Oakland-based Petersen Neon built it for us. You can see it for yourself when you drive down Highway 101 in San Carlos - we're on the west [...]

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Patagonia Spring River Waders

I don't usually write reviews for products, but I love the new Patagonia Women's Spring River waders so much, I had to say something about it. This is what I posted on Patagonia's site:For the first time in my fishing career (20 years) I am wearing my waders, instead of my waders wearing me. The fit is [...]

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