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Author name: Ralph Scherder

Ralph Scherder is an award winning writer and photographer who lives in Coudersport, PA. His work has appeared in American Fly Fishing, American Angler, American Frontiersman, Bowhunting.com, Fur-Fish-Game, New York Outdoor News, PA Angler & Boater, PA Outdoor News, Pennsylvania Game News, and many others. He co-hosted the TV show "Pennsylvania Back Country" for three seasons on the Sportsman Channel (2006-2008) and has authored numerous books. Ralph is an active member of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and founder and owner of Dark Skies Fly Fishing.

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Egg patterns for trout

Egg Patterns for Trout: Best Colors, Sizes, When, and How to Fish Them

Overall, I’d consider myself a little late to the egg game. When I first started fly fishing, Glo Bugs and Sucker Spawn seemed the rage, but using these flies often failed to consistently produce as many trout as I’d hoped, and quite honestly, I found that a good Prince Nymph or Pheasant Tail Nymph produced

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How to Hold and Photograph a Trout: Tips for Catch and Release While Still Getting Great Photos to Share

In a recent newsletter, I asked subscribers to submit their fly fishing questions and ideas for stories that they’d like to see on this website. William S. of Flemington, NJ, suggested a blog post about how to photograph fish as well as a few basic handling tips. At first, holding and photographing your catch might

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Natural feathers and fur for fly tying

How to Clean and Preserve Natural Feathers and Furs for Fly Tying

Although synthetic materials have certainly grown in popularity in recent years, some of the best materials for tying flies are and always will be natural feathers and fur. Pheasant tails are a prime example. Not only is this the primary ingredient for its namesake, the Pheasant Tail Nymph, but it’s a major component of countless

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