Ben Kepka

Hey, I'm Ben, a fly fisherman for over 20 years and also an aspiring blogger. I've been into fly fishing since my graduation from spin fishing when I was 12 years old. I started flyfisherpro.com to help introduce as many people into this amazing sport. Tight lines everyone! You can read more on our about page here.

best hip waders

Best Hip Waders in 2020

Are you in the market for waders, but only do shallow water wading? Or, do you find your chest waders too warm to fish with during summer months? A good pair of hip waders will keep you dry and comfortable in shallow water and wet grass. We’ll look at 6 of the best hip waders …

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best chest waders

Best Chest Waders

Are you in the market for a do-it-all pair of fly fishing waders? A chest wader will keep you warm and dry in cold conditions, making your day out on the water that much more enjoyable. As you can imagine, with so many fishing wader brands on the market, not all chest waders are created …

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Rio Gold Fly Line Review

Rio Gold Fly Line Review

Rio Gold fly line is one of Rio’s premier products and it has gotten better for 2020! With its recent updates, it has further improved on its long-standing reputation as an excellent general-purpose line for modern-day fly rods, perfect for several fish species. After reviewing and comparing it with other fly lines over the past few …

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Caddis Waders Review

Caddis Waders Review

In this article, I review all the Caddis waders. This brand offers exceptional value for money, with the most expensive option just shy of $300. For the angler that prefers a boot foot or neoprene wader, Caddis has a large selection of some of the best waders and a wide range of available sizes. About …

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Humminbird Helix 7 Review

Humminbird Helix 7 Review

Fishfinders are a fantastic piece of technology that allows you to see the fish in the water below you, limiting a lot of the guesswork people associate with fishing. With technology, you will know when you are on top of them. That said, not all fish finders are created equal, and as a first-time buyer, …

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world record rainbow trout

World Record Rainbow Trout

The world record rainbow trout title belongs to Canadian fisher Sean Konrad. The International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) record book now lists his 48-pound, 42-inch catch as the biggest ever rainbow trout specimen – a true world record trout. Here at Fly Fisher Pro we have a number of fly rod reviews and we even break …

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Fly Fishing Snook

Fly Fishing For Snook

In many ways, fly fishing for Snook is a lot like Trout fishing. The biggest difference is snook are typically more likely to be found in and around structures. Snook, like Trout, are surface feeders, perfect for fly fishing, Snook are also very aware of sounds and movement, make too much noise and you will …

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Bonefish Fly Fishing

Bonefish Fly Fishing

Living in inshore tropical waters, moving onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as the tide ebbs, Bonefish (Albula vulpes) are constant opportunistic feeders. Also known as the “gray ghost” Bonefish are pound for pound the strongest and fastest-moving saltwater fish. Saltwater fly fishing for bonefish is one …

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Korkers Wading Boots Review

Korkers Wading Boots Review

The designers over at Korkers have truly come up with a unique solution to a problem that so many anglers face. Their wading boots feature a detachable and interchangeable sole that allows the user to, very quickly, adapt boot traction as conditions require. It also allows the angler to replace soles easily when worn out. …

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Tarpon Fly Fishing

Tarpon Fly Fishing

Tarpon Fly Fishing in the Florida Keys is NOT a once in a lifetime experience. Once you have experienced the thrill of fighting a large fish and the excitement of a Tarpon on the fly you will come back again and again for more. If you would like to try like tarpon fly fishing, I …

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Fly Fishing Iowa

With many trout streams and rivers flowing through the state, Northeast Iowa presents anglers with abundant fly fishing opportunities. Although some sections of the streams are stocked with trout weekly, many other sections host native trout. This means that if you have the correct flies and a casting line, you are bound to have a …

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Fly Fishing British Columbia

Fly Fishing British Columbia

British Columbia is home to over 12,000 miles of coastline and 25,000 lakes. It is a natural Canadian fly fishing hot spot. Many people from all over the world visit the province to experience its many fly fishing opportunities. They hope to land Steelhead, Trout, Salmon or one of its many other fish species. Although …

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Simms Freestone Waders Review

Simms Freestone Waders Review

In this review, we’ll have a look at the Simms Freestone range of waders. There are five different models in the range, each dedicated to specific users. I’ll help you choose the correct one for your applications. We’ll also go through the technical aspects of the Freestone’s construction, its strong and weak points, and mention …

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Fly Fishing Arizona

Fly Fishing Arizona

Due to good job opportunities and great weather, the Southwest regions of the United States are booming as relocation areas. Although these are two reasons why people are relocating to the Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona areas, there are others — outdoor activities like fly fishing, hiking and mountain biking play a major role. For anglers, …

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Fly Fishing New Hampshire

Fly Fishing New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a sleeper in terms of amazing fly fishing destinations. We found that it wasn’t on the lists of top spots to fish in the USA, so the rivers are much less congested. New Hampshire may be a small state, but it’s vast, offering great fly fishing spots, spectacular scenery and amazing water …

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Orvis Encounter Waders Review

Orvis Encounter Waders Review

Orvis encounter waders are among the Orvis’ broad line of fishing waders that are used for fly fishing. It is a perfect wader for anglers looking for Orvis quality in higher-end models but at a budget price. It is a breathable wader that is constructed with similar construction patterns with high-end waders. Anglers will surely …

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Fly Fishing South Dakota

Fly Fishing South Dakota

There are only a few states that have landscapes as diverse as South Dakota. From the wide-open prairies to the Black Hills and The Badlands, South Dakota offers a different amazing outdoor destination for people in the Midwest. South Dakota has many different but unique fly fishing destinations. We were overwhelmed with the number of …

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Fly Fishing Wisconsin

Wisconsin is not only home to high-quality cheese, it is also home to over 13,000 miles of trout streams scattered all over the state. Since Wisconsin is divided into many regions, it can be challenging to narrow down to the best places for trout fishing. So we put together this list to the top places …

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best bonefish flies

Best Bonefish Flies

In this article, I will go through 10 of my favorite bonefish flies. These flies work well on bonefish all over the world. I also make use of them when targeting other fish species such as triggerfish, permit, and trevally. You won’t need any other flies if you take a good selection of the following …

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best streamer fly box

Best Streamer Fly Box

If you’re looking for advice to buy the right streamer fly box you’ve come to the right place. In this 2020 Buyer’s Guide, I will go through our top 10 streamer fly boxes on the market today. I will also describe what the main types are and which ones are likely to suit you the …

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Fly Fishing Pennsylvania

Fly Fishing Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania boasts of over 15,000 miles of designated wild trout fisheries, each offering more incredible fly fishing opportunities than ever before. It is also a gold mine for anglers looking for new fly fishing adventures. We’ve covered some of the best Pennsylvania has to offer here.   Keep reading to discover them …

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Deeper Fish Find Review

Deeper Fish Finder Review

I always thought that as technology improved, fishing would get easier and easier. While we can certainly find the fish a lot easier, I still can’t seem to get them on the hook every time. It’s still called fishing for a reason. These days fishfinder technology has improved to the point where all you need …

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Fly Fishing Montana

Fly Fishing Montana

Thinking about putting Montana on your fly fishing bucket list? If not, you should immediately. Montana is one of the worlds most spectacular and pristine fly-fishing destinations. Montana boasts of some of the best fly fishing rivers in the United States, from Blackfoot River to Yellowstone River among many others. If you’re heading to (or …

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Orvis Battenkill

Orvis Battenkill Reel Review

You’ve probably heard of the Orvis Battenkill, even if you’ve never had the chance to use one. It’s an iconic click and pawl fly reel that’s stood the test of time, making it a popular product for freshwater anglers worldwide. And while the Battenkill is based on the original design that’s lasted decades, it had …

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Echo Bravo Review

Echo Bravo Reel Review

It’s rare to find a low-cost reel that you can use in saltwater, because most good saltwater reels will cost you an arm and a leg. Unfortunately, most low-cost reels just aren’t built to withstand the corrosive environment of the salt flats or the open sea. That’s why we were so excited to hear about …

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Orvis Mirage Review

Orvis Mirage Reel Review

You’ve probably heard of the Orvis Mirage fly reel. Maybe you’ve had the chance to admire one out on the river, or even try it out for yourself. This mid-range to premium reel has been making waves since it arrived on the scene, so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this popular fly …

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Orvis Hydros Review

Orvis Hydros Reel Review

Any product that bears the Orvis brand name is bound to be worth the expense, and the Hydros SL fly reel is no different! This affordable yet powerful reel stands up to the high Orvis standards, just like you’d expect it to, and it won’t set you back too much money. A lot of time …

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best uv resin fly tying

Best UV Resin Fly Tying

Whether you’re new to tying your own flies for fly fishing or you’re an expert, UV resin is a handy material to have in your fly tying kit. It’s a great alternative to epoxy, as it gives you more time to add the finishing touches. While epoxy dries very quickly, when you use UV cure …

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Best Fly Tying Light

Best Fly Tying Light

When you think about fly tying, you might get caught up in the details on the best fly tying vise, tools, and materials. But one thing a lot of us forget to think about is investing in a great fly tying light – until we need it, anyway! Fly tying [1] is an intense process …

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best fly box

Best Fly Box

One thing we all need is a great fly box. Whether you tie your own flies or you’ve got a collection of store-bought bugs, we all need somewhere to keep them safe and close at hand when fishing! But when it comes to choosing the best fly box, it can be confusing to narrow down …

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ross animas

Ross Animas Review

Ross Reels has been around for almost half a century, producing top quality fly fishing gear. They combine the latest technology with decades of experience to come up with innovative products designed by fly fishers, for fly fishers. That’s why we were excited to review the Ross Animas fly reel. Having a great fly reel …

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Echo Ion Fly Reel Review

Echo Ion Reel Review

It’s rare to find a fly reel for under $100 that is just as suitable for experienced anglers as it is for beginners. If you take fishing as seriously as I do, you might write off the Echo Ion when you see its low price. But you’d be missing a trick if you did! This …

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lamson speedster

Lamson Speedster Review

Reels are an essential piece of gear, but we can occasionally be guilty of overlooking their importance. But if you’re anything like me, you love geeking out over different reels! Each reel has its own characteristics, so it’s worth reading up on a model before you splash out. The Speedster is one of the latest …

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lamson guru 2.0 review

Lamson Guru 2.0 Review

Waterworks Lamson reels are some of the most popular fly reels out there, and for good reason! This company has been making excellent fishing gear for over two decades. Their expertise and passion for fishing are evident in their top-quality, effective products, which is why we couldn’t wait to review the Guru 2.0 fly reel! …

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Lamson Litespeed Review

Lamson Litespeed Review

It’s easy to focus solely on buying the right rod. But if you’re an avid fly fisher like me, you’ll know how important it is to have a sturdy reel you can rely on when fly fishing. It can make all the difference to your fishing success and make or break a fishing trip! And …

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Lamson Remix Review

Lamson Remix Review

We all know how essential it is to have a sturdy, reliable reel – even if you’re on a tight budget. That’s why we were eager to review the Lamson Remix. These affordable reels are Lamson’s entry-level offering, replacing the older Konik reels. Let’s find out whether it’s the right model for you! Available Sizes …

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Best Fish Scaler

What Is Best Fish Scaler?

A fish scaler is an essential tool if you like to take home some of the fish you catch. Preparing a fish is a messy job, and removing the scales can be time-consuming. It’s possible to use a knife, but it’s fiddly and potentially dangerous. Read on to get our recommendations for the top scalers …

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ross reels

Ross Fly Reels Reviews

When you’re a fly fisher, your reel is an essential piece of gear. You want a reel that is sturdy, durable, and powerful enough to haul in those big fish. Ross Reels has been creating top-quality reels since 1973, and its products are built to last a lifetime. With decades of experience, the team continues …

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Winston

Winston Fly Rod Reviews – The RL Winston Rod Series REVIEWED

Winston fly rods have been around since 1929, producing high-quality, industry-leading rods. Founded by Lew Stoner and Robert Winther, the R. L. Winston Rod Company has been pioneering and innovating excellent rods from the very beginning. The Company started with bamboo fly rods and expanded into fiberglass and graphite fly rods over time. Gradually, the …

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Fly Fishing Connecticut

Fly Fishing Connecticut

Despite being one of the smallest states, Connecticut offers ample fly fishing opportunities both in stocked streams and lakes and along the coastline. Anglers will find plenty of brilliant fly fishing spots to catch brown trout, striped bass, and even Atlantic salmon! Here’s our guide to fly fishing in the Constitution State! Find out what …

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Wyoming Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Wyoming

Anglers all over the US and further afield dream of fishing Wyoming’s streams, rivers, and lakes. With crystal clear water and healthy populations of more than 22 different types of gamefish, there’s plenty to keep you busy here. Wyoming is the least populated state in the USA and is full of promising wilderness areas to …

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fly fishing virginia

Fly Fishing West Virginia

More and more anglers are heading to West Virginia for the state’s excellent fishing opportunities. West Virginia has some top fly fishing rivers and lakes, which until recently have been kept a well-hidden secret by the local anglers. But now, people are starting to catch on and it’s not hard to see why! With superb …

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Fly Fishing Minnesota

Minnesota boasts an incredible variety of fly fishing opportunities for anglers. With trout streams stretching for more than 3,800 miles and a further 2,600+ miles of tributaries and streams, it can be hard to know where to start. Wild native trout thrive here, and regular stockings boost their numbers, too. You can also try your …

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fly fishing vermont

Fly Fishing Vermont

Vermont is one of the smallest states in the US, but that doesn’t mean the fly fishing opportunities are lacking! This little state has spectacular scenery and hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams to choose from. And with a population of just 700,000 in Vermont, you won’t be battling with other anglers for the top …

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sage pulse review

Sage Pulse Review

Sage released the Pulse fly rod series to replace the older Response fly rods as a  ‘workhorse’ rod for all anglers. This mid-range, fast action rod is versatile and packs plenty of power, but is it worth spending $450 to buy it? How does it compare to other top fly rods available at a similar …

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sage foundation review

Sage Foundation Review

Sage has done it again with the Sage Foundation, creating a versatile, forgiving fly rod for an affordable price. We are a huge fan of Sage fly rods over here, and we love that they are making fly fishing more accessible to a wider range of anglers. While the Sage Foundation isn’t a beginner rod, …

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sage motive review

Sage Motive Review

If you’re looking for a sturdy rod for saltwater fly fishing, you need to check out the Sage Motive. This mid-range rod ticks all the boxes for a saltwater angler, from a strong fighting butt to larger snake guides and a fast action. We couldn’t wait to try out the Sage Motive for ourselves and …

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scott flex review

Scott Flex Review

Scott fly rods are well known for their superior craftsmanship, high standard, and great performance. The Scott Radian was a hugely popular rod, so we couldn’t wait to find out how the Scott Flex compares.  This rod has flown under the radar and not generated much hype, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a …

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moonshine rods review

Moonshine Rods Review

The Moonshine Rod Co. is a company that has flown under the radar, but we think it deserves some more attention! The aim of the team behind the Moonshine Rod Company is to create high-quality, high-performance rods for affordable prices, to make fly fishing more accessible. With a unique fly fishing rods range that they …

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fly fishing film tour

Fly Fishing Film Tour

For 13 years now the Fly Fishing Film Tour has travelled the globe. The F3T is a fantastic experience for anglers of all ages. As the tour travels the globe it unites fly fisherman across the globe. Each year there are a wide variety of fly fishing films on display that will really get you …

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Fly Fishing Utah

Fly Fishing Utah

If you’re hoping to go fly fishing in Utah, we’ve got good news for you! The Beehive State offers great fly fishing opportunities, with cool water temperatures making for superb trout fishing. From scenic streams to deep lakes, you’ll find it all in Utah. We’ve put together our complete guide to fly fishing in Utah! …

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