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• After 21 years on the internet, Westfly will cease operation on October 31.
• There are two primary reasons for this decision. First, internet technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, but after 55 years in the world of computers and high tech, I have diminished enthusiasm for keeping up with that pace.
• The second reason is closely related to the first: I'm getting older. I remain fit, active, and in good health, but for the last few years I've been simplifying my life so I can better focus on family, travel, writing, and maybe even a little more fishing.
• Perhaps some bright and energetic techie-with-a-fly-rod will come up with new and better ways to serve the western fly fishing community. I certainly hope so.
Tight lines,
Uncle Fuzzy (Scott Richmond)


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Better Fishing in September?
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What Can We Learn from Competitive Fly Fishing?. Devin Olsen, a member of the US Fly Fishing Team, shares some very insightful tips about how to size up a river and tells us why we shouldn't just fish the same-old same-old way. MP3 audio, 14.43.

Spey Casting Tips from Mia Sheppard. World champion spey caster Mia Sheppard shares some tips on spey casting. (Video)

Tactics: Hangout and Hangdown for More Steelhead. Many steelheaders omit or shortchange one of the most important aspects of their presentation.

Dry Fly Steelheading on the North Umpqua. Guide Dean Finnerty tells us how to skate dry flies for steelhead on the North Umpqua. (Audio)

Lower Deschutes Steelhead with Sam Sickles. Get Deschutes steelhead tips from guide Sam Sickles. (Audio)

The Perfect Hopper. Looking for a hopper imitation that's easy to tie and works on nearly every type of water?

Tiny Flies. Tiny flies--size 18 and smaller--are just the ticket for fall trout.

The Forgotten Terrestrials. Trout eat more terrestrials than just hoppers, ants, and beetles. Learn about these forgotten bugs.

Hoppers . . . At Last!. Try these fly patterns and get your fly box hoppin'!

Choosing a Steelhead Fly Color. What color of steelhead fly should you choose for different conditions? Three pros offer their thoughts.

Meeting the Late Summer Challenge. The big hatches are over, leaving well-fed and spooky trout. What's going to bring them to the surface?

Waterboatman: Bi-atheletes for the Fall. If you're fishing stillwaters in the fall, you'd better know about waterboatmen.

Tying Better Ants. Ants can be a major part a trout's summer diet in both rivers and lakes. What makes effective fly?

Saddle-Case Caddis. The most important stage of saddle-case caddis (genus Glossosoma) is usually missed by fly anglers.

Net Spinning Caddis. Net spinning caddis are a major food source for Western trout. What flies and tactics work for each stage?

Go Below for BWO. Is a dry fly the best answer during a Baetis hatch? Not always.

October Caddis. This big, widely-dispersed bug is ignored by many fly anglers. Trout don't make that mistake!

Western Hatches: Mahogany Duns. Mahogany duns--also known as "paraleps"--are an important fall hatch that calls for special tactics.

Terrestrials. Trout food comes from above as well as below.

Tricos Without Tears. The diminutive trico has caused more frustration than any other mayfly. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Quick Tip: Wind Drifting. This simple tactic for lakes is like cheating!

Fishing the Blue-Winged Olive Hatch. Fly fishing for trout this month? Better know how to fish the blue-winged olive hatch!

Quick Tip: A Little Known Two-Fer-One. September offers a special opportunity for alert fly anglers.