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SEC T I ON T WO or barely stepped outside before. Manufacturers built more product and more retailers opened up. Over the last 20 years or so there have been ups and downs. Some companies and retailers lasted just the” boom years” and are now history. Big-box retailers have entered the scene to get their share of the f ly- f ishing pie. Good gear became available at reasonable prices. Oddly, most people think still f ly f ishing is an expensive sport, but nothing could be further from the truth. For a couple hundred dollars you can be well on your way out the door and on the water. Compare this to the modern walleye angler- boat needed, electronics needed, multiple rods needed, and so on. Writing has been part of my work through much of this time period. One thing I have always done is to combine my gear f ishing experience with f ly f ishing. Fly f ishing equipment, in particular lines and f lies, have advanced signif icantly in the last decade or so to allow this. One can look at how gear anglers handle a situation and work to duplicate that with f lies. This concept has opened many doors for numerous magazine articles and presentations. In 2013, I had a book published called Fly Fishing the Inland Oceans- An Angler’s Guide to Finding and Catching Fish in the Great Lakes. Nothing like this had ever been written before and my goal was to show f ly f ishing as a valid technique for a wide range of species around the Great Lakes. Is f ly f ishing always the most productive technique? No. Is it always the most fun? Yes. At least I think so. At present, I would say that f ly f ishing is in a slow- growth mode with a slight incline on the participant numbers slope. The sport has expanded way beyond trout as equipment has gotten better. Saltwater f ly PHOTO CREDIT: KRISSIE MASON HORI ZONS |  2 5