Recent Posts by Ben Paull

Canada Wars Episode V: Ben Awakens

Well, all good things must come to an end. Over the past couple weeks, I've had to wait on some people. Not going to name names, but let's just say there was a lot of down time. I sort of started feeling like I was wasting my time up here, but I didn't want to…
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Canada Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

So, I was 0 for my last 5. Well, to be accurate, I was 1 for my last 5. One of those fish came off at my feet after I easily could have netted it, after I had grabbed the leader. I just didn't get a chance to tail the gorgeous hen, which would probably…
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Canada Episode 2: Ben Strikes Back

It has been a little while since my last post, so I am only going to report on the next week, even though more has happened since then. James and Dick had left, and I was on my own. After five days straight of getting up at 5, preceded by over 24 hours of not…
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Canada, Week 1

DISCLAIMER: The steelhead fishing in Canada is well documented, with dozens of lodges, including some of the most fancy and famous in the world, and hundreds of guides promoting its many rivers. I will not reveal a single name in my blog—not a river name, not a town, not even a province (except Saskatchewan, I'm…
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Putting the Hurt on a Spring Creek

You might have thought I was out of my element. After all, I was in Croatia, part of the former Yugoslavia, 5,500 miles away from the stronghold of the Commando Head. My host, Ratko Stibric, an affable, warm-hearted, Commando Head enthusiast, was my host. He has been pioneering fishing with Commando Heads in this part…
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5th Annual Alaska Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Clave

Heads up! Jonathan Farmer and James Millard will be representing OPST at the 5th Annual Alaska Fy Fishing Fair and Spey Clave, the biggest such gathering in Alaska. The event is on Saturday June 9th starting at 10am, and is free. A premiere lineup of presenters will be sharing knowledge on spey casting and other…
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5th Annual Alaska Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Cave

Heads up! Jonathan Farmer and James Millard will be representing OPST at the 5th Annual Alaska Fy Fishing Fair and Spey Clave, the biggest such gathering in Alaska. The event is on Saturday June 9th starting at 10am, and is free. A premiere lineup of presenters will be sharing knowledge on spey casting and other…
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A Crappie Day with OPST – by Chad Mason

In this edition, we share a report from one of our customers, Chad Mason, who has used OPST Commando Heads and tips on his local Midwestern lake. He shares some insights on why these lines make fishing more accessible. And now I'll leave it to Chad. Chad Mason – St. Louis, MO May 1, 2018…
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The Big Opener- April 14-15

Well, the moment that many of us have been waiting for since 2009 finally came. The WDFW's management plan for the ESA-listed Skagit River steelhead was approved by NOAA, meaning that they opened the river! Fishermen would get a shot at this legendary river on April 14-15th, April 18-22nd and April 25-29th. Which is a…
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