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Winter Dry Flies

Earlier this week, we published a short piece titled Two Important Rules for Winter Fly Fishing which we feel offer those who are willing to brave winter temperatures in search of trout and other species a good basis on which to build success. But, of course, there's much more to the winter fly fishing game. Following are three good reads that should help to further improve your winter strategy and, in the case of the third from the list below, certainly serve to get you thinking a bit more creatively about your winter fly fishing adventures.

Canvas wrapped prints from FlyFishPrints.com.

Late last week, we announced the launch of an entirely new and improved viewing system for the photography collections featured here on hatchmag.com that not only greatly improves the quality of your viewing experience, but offers you the ability turn virtually every photograph we showcase into a piece of artwork for your home. Whether you're looking an affordable small, magazine-quality print you can frame yourself, a wall-sized fine art print or a canvas print wrapped on a ready-to-hang frame, it's all just a few clicks away.

We debuted the new system with an amazing collection from photographer Matt Jones, which documents his travels to Bolivia to chase after golden dorado. If you haven't yet seen Matt's collection, In Search of the Golden Dorado, you should rectify that immediately. Once you've seen it, it will most certainly please you to know that there's more of Matt's work available and awaiting a home on one of your walls.

A sloppily grabbed still from the film.

This isn't the first time I've written in order to gush over Eastern Rises. It was only a couple of years ago, in a post titled Can't. Stop. Watching. Eastern. Rises. that I noted my inability to stop watching the film. Quite embarrassingly, I'm taking the time to do it again. Several years out, there's still no film on the sport I'd rather watch. More importantly, and as I've noted before, I've still found nothing that even comes close to explaining to the uninitiated why someone one would develop an obsession with fly fishing.

I think it is fair to say that fly fishing film making is currently at its pinnacle. More filmmakers are hitting the water and/or the water is turning more people into filmmakers. Whatever the case, more and more of those who fish -- and most specifically fly fish -- are being driven to record their experiences on film. Festivals like IF4 and F3T are chock full of wonderful, contemplative films that share with the viewer what a deeply moving and important role fly fishing plays in our lives.

Patagonia Worn Wear

Even if you're like me and are heavily critical of the role consumerism plays in modern, especially American, society, it's hard not to get caught up in the holiday shopping frenzy that kicks off each year with Black Friday. Beginning in early November, we're absolutely bombarded with advertisements which detail supposedly too-good-to-be-true deals on everything from clothing to toys to electronics. There's only one problem: we hardly need any of it. Sure, if you're in the market for a large ticket item or are hoping to save on your holiday gift giving, taking advantage of Black Friday sales can be prudent. But retailers that beat the Black Friday drum aren't hoping to ease the hit to your wallet this season, they're hoping you'll buy, and do so excessively.

As a fly fishing publication, we deal with both the consumer and advertiser end of the industry. And thankfully, from our perspective, the fly fishing industry largely ignores the Black Friday fiasco. One retailer, Patagonia, is taking things a step further and is urging customers to do the opposite of what most retailers are doing this time of year. Patagonia is urging customers to exercise restraint, to not buy. In a film released today titled Worn Wear, Patagonia highlights the enjoyment we get from the things we already own. Patagonia is hoping that it will serve as an "antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy."

If you're looking for a top notch holiday gift, the Loon Streamside Kit is filled with goodies that every angler needs.

Loon Outdoors is one of the most well known and most innovative makers of fly fishing products. And while Loon doesn't make rods or reels or lines, they make a bevy of products that are often just as indispensable to the angler. From floatants to split shot to lanyards and more, Loon makes many of the products that make our time on the water more enjoyable and more successful.

Loon has decided they'd like to introduce themselves a bit more intimately to the fly fishing community, and tell everyone a bit about who they are and what matters to them. To do so, they've made a behind the scenes video showcasing what they're up to. And, apparently Loon thinks my above description of their company is spot on. I say that because, having written the paragraph above before watching the video, upon viewing it I was greeted by Loon's Andrea Zundel practically reciting my description word for word when talking about Loon. I almost pulled it from the post figuring I would seem like a hack.

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