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Camille Egdorf Joins the Thomas & Thomas Advisory Staff

GREENFIELD, MA – Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods (T&T) announces the addition of fly angler Camille Egdorf to its Advisory Staff. Since acquiring the company in 2014, owner Neville Orsmond has sought to build a premier team of ambassador advisors, spread across the globe and representing diverse angling backgrounds. These[...]

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Luc Bergeron asks: I plan to purchase a DNA 13’6″ 8wt to fish Atlantic salmon on the Grand Cascapedia river in Québec. I would like to know if it’s the right size for this river and which line and reel I should match with it.

Jonathan Huff replies: We have been fishing the Grand for over 15 years, and I think the DNA 13’6″ 8 weight is a great rod for the river. I have used it up there many times. Different size rods will also work, depending on flows and location on the river.[...]

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Jacques wants to know: Can you please recommend rods for me – 9wt for flats, 10wt for milkfish and 12wt for GTs and Sailfish? What’s the difference between the Solar and Exocett? Cheers!

Jako Lucas responds: Hi there Jacques! Thanks for reaching out, it sounds like you have some exciting trips coming up. With regards to the weights of the rods and the species you are targeting, you are spot on. I have fished extensively with both the Solar and Exocett. There is[...]

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Ty Martin asks: What is your suggested rod for Euro Nymphing? Do you have a 3wt?

Joe Goodspeed responds: Dear Ty – Glad to hear from you! Our new Contact series rods are designed to achieve precise European style nymphing presentations, with quick dampening rod tips that improve visual strike detection and responsive blanks which allow the angler to feel strikes. The 10’8’’ 3wt model (2.9oz / 81[...]

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Exocett Takes On The Seychelles

Thomas & Thomas is proud to be the exclusive supplier of Exocett high-performance saltwater fly rods to Alphonse Fishing Company, the largest fly fishing organization in the Seychelles and Indian Ocean, and the premier outfitters for Alphonse Island, St Francois Atoll, Cosmoledo Atoll, Astove Atoll and Poive Atoll. With a well deserved[...]

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Bill Gallogly asks: I own a 15′ 10wt, 5 piece T&T. I have been casting a Rio Intouch Longhead Spey 9/10 765 gr. Is there a better line to turn over a heavy tip (t-14) and big intruder with dumbbell eyes?

Barrett Ames responds: Bill, any of the standard skagit lines that are offered by all the big companies will make it easier to cast the tip/fly setup you describe. With that said, on a 15 ft rod you are going to want more length than most skagit lines today that[...]

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New Horizons in Fly Rod Design

Thomas & Thomas is pleased to announce that the three new rod series introduced this summer at the IFTD-iCAST show in Orlando are now available for purchase online and in fly shops world-wide. These include the Avantt series of fast action freshwater rods, the Exocett series high performance saltwater rods,[...]

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I own a T&T 1307. Could you give me suggestions as to line weight for the Nextcast Zone, the Airflow Rage and any other new line on the market you really like. I swing flies for Steelhead on the Klickitat, Grande Ronde, Deschutes and the Clearwater.

Hi Gary!  I love questions like this as it speaks to the topic of “what’s good, will always be good”. It’s also nice to see that you are approaching this with the open mindset of finding a line to bring out another personality of your fabled 1307. For this rod,[...]

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I have come into a DNA 1409-5 and am very excited. I am wondering if you have any line suggestions? I live in the Pacific Northwest and target steelhead, but also want to go after tiger muskie that live in the lake where I reside.

Tom McCoy answers: Mike, congratulations on coming into one of the all-time great, iconic rods here in the PNW, a true legend. The first line that comes to mind is a 600 grain Rage from Airflo. It would allow you to use floating tips, modest weight sink tips or polyleaders[...]

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I live in upstate NY outside of Rochester and close to Sandy Creek and Oak Orchard. Need a reel for my Horizon HS 909 (9’ 9wt). Want to set up for the Lake Ontario Salmon, Steelhead and Large Browns. Thoughts on Reels? Thanks, Joe

Jako Lucas: Thanks for your question, Joe. There are a ton of competitive reels on the market at the moment and a lot of them are pretty good. My choice of reel is the Nautilus. I have been using them for a long time now and I am very happy[...]

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Robert Kenneth Dickerson writes: I have several T & T bamboo rods which I purchased in the late seventies and early eighties. One is a Paradigm 7ft, 4wt. I have a trip planned for the fall and need to purchase a new floating line.

Troy Jacques from the T&T bamboo department answers: First, let me say thanks for your support for T&T! Your Paradigm 704 is a sweet rod. Personally, I like the Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout series of lines, and for all-round fishing would choose the DT4. If you prefer a weight forward[...]

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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[...]

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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 in that area. Many of them,[...]

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I have an old Vector 8.5 foot, 5 weight fly rod, and I was looking for a new all around trout fly line, floating. Would you recommend a line that fits my rod best? Thank You, Ernie

Drew Miller: Hi Ernie, I’ve owned several Vector fly rods and still fish a couple to this day. It was a well designed rod with a fast action and smooth casting. The line I typically match to this rod is the Rio Gold in either the original texture or the new[...]

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Two Hands for Trout

By Mark Lance T&T Creative Pro Mark Lance took the DNA TroutSpey and DNA Switch 5 weights for an extended test drive this summer, and found that both rods have a place in the quiver for an angler fishing big trout water.  While working on a recent photo assignment for[...]

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Gonzalo Mendez asks: I’m a recent transplant to Portland area. I hear there are amazing winter steelhead in the coastal rivers; Trask, Wilson, Nahelem. Is a Skagit setup a good all around rig for my DNA Switch 1107 and DNA 1307?

Brian Chou: Hi Gonzalo, welcome to Portland! The food is incredible, and there’s plenty of fish year round to be had. You are correct in that the coast can produce some beautiful specimens (both wild and hatchery). That being said, your 1107 paired with 450 grain Airflo Skagit Switch or[...]

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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 engineering mixed with a bit[...]

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What’s your favorite fly line to backing knot for saltwater fish?

My favorite fly line to backing knot is the bimini twist with a loop to loop connection. If using for heavier fish I would use a double bimini twist, especially when using a thin braided backing such as gel spun.

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How important is it to quickly present the fly to saltwater fish?

Capt. Joel Dickey: It is very important to get a presentation to a saltwater fish as quickly as possible. Saltwater fish in most circumstances are on the move so the quicker the better. Minimizing false casts is key.

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What’s the most important cast for clients wanting to learn how to fish saltwater?

Capt. Joel Dickey: The most important cast would be the double haul. This cast allows you to create greater line speed which is needed in most situations in the salt. Most days on the salt have a 10-15 knot wind blowing and the extra lines speed is extremely important to[...]

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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. He shared his photo album with us, remarkable for both the beauty and variety of the catch:[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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Peacocks in Paradise

by Ariel Goldman 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 as we boarded the boat that would take us[...]

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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 stripers with T&T pro-staff guide Jaime Boyle. Jaime broke out his flats skiff[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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,[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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