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5 Basic Fly Fishing Photography Tips

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 2:27:10 PM


It’s spring — high time to get out and play. Slowly we’re creeping toward summer, that glorious season where waders are stowed in favor of wet wading, iced rod guides are a nightmare from seemingly ages past, and sunburns are sated with bountiful cold brewskis after a long day on the water.

For the working guides, this is the time of endless work and little sleep; for the recreational angler it's late night sessions after the work days ends. For most of us, time is of the essence and every minute on the water, camera (or rod, for that matter) in hand has to count.

In the past few weeks, we’ve covered twelve of our favorite photography tips (in case you missed them, read here and here) to help you best capture that hero shot you can show all your buddies. Want to learn more about upcoming Yellow Dog Photography Workshops? Head over here.)

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Topics: Photography

12 Tips For Taking Better Fly Fishing Photos

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 12:04:00 PM

We recognize that there are a lot of great fishing and outdoor photographers out there, and over the years, we have studied and learned a lot from some of the best in the business. Shooters like Brian O'Keefe, Denver Bryan, Terry Gunn, and many others have been delivering great fishing images for years, and their talent and consistency is amazing.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

Always Wash Your Gear After Your Fly Fishing Vacation

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:58:53 AM


Here at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, we preach to all our valued clients how vital it is to wash all your gear after a trip. This will prolong the life of your expensive fly tackle.  You must make sure your gear is ready for your next fly fishing vacation. This does not take long and I have found doing all this also reveals breakage and other issues with my tackle! I was just buffing one of my rods two days ago after a recent hosted trip to Los Roques, where I set-up our 22 guests with demo gear. As I got to the tip of one of the rods while cleaning it, I noticed there was a minor abrasion, flexed the tip, and it easily snapped off. It is much better to figure this out right after a trip, so that you have plenty of time to remedy the problem. There is nothing worse then pulling out your rod from it's case on the first day of a new trip, and the rod tip is cracked. Also, inspect all your lines for cracks, and I will often re-tie all my knots for my butt sections.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

Traveling With Kids? Bring Travel Consent Form

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:56:25 AM


Many countries require parents traveling with their (minor) children and without the other parent to carry a “Travel Consent Form” — a signed and notarized acknowledgement from the other parent agreeing to the travel. Regardless of your destination, we highly recommend carrying this form. 

In a recent article, USA Today lists several sites that can help you obtain the form, and notes the following TSA requirements for children: 

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Topics: Travel Essentials

Real ID: What You Need To Know Before Travelling

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:55:42 AM


We address many common passport concerns here. There's fresh news, however — you may be seeing some new signs posted around U.S. airports. Don’t just walk past these — ignorance might keep you off your flight.

According to a recent article from USA Today, “Signs are sprouting up at many airports to alert travelers that beginning Jan. 22, 2018, the Transportation Security Administration will begin strict enforcement of the REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints. 

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Topics: Travel Essentials

The Ladies of Yellow Dog: 3 Things We Always Pack

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:54:45 AM


Many traveling anglers have the gear thing down. They know what to pack, how to pack it, and how best to ensure everything goes from point A to point B with minimum fuss. Gear basics are gear basics for a reason. 

But once you’re at your destination, often you find yourself reaching for some creature comforts. Those little things that make life a little more pleasant during long days on the water. We have a gang of travel-savvy ladies here in the office, and asked them what three pieces of gear they always remember to pack that — at first glance — might not be the most obvious. While these tips are geared toward lady anglers, guys… you might find some good tips here as well. Or, for bonus points, read through and pack some luxury items for your next trip with your girlfriend or spouse.  

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Topics: Yellow Dog Staff, Travel Essentials

Three Things We Pack: The Guys of Yellow Dog

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:54:25 AM


When we ran a piece several weeks ago about what unexpected things the ladies of Yellow Dog always pack for trips, it generated a volley of emails and comments — you wanted a guys’ version! Well, here we are: the goods the men in the office won’t leave home without (with a little bit of humor on the side). 

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Topics: Yellow Dog Staff, Travel Essentials

Yellow Dog Travel Tips | United Airlines Baggage Restrictions

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:52:47 AM

Yellow Dog Travel Tips: What’s the Skinny on United’s Baggage Restrictions?
Earlier this week, we divulged sage Yellow Dog advice on packing a fishing-savvy carry-on. However, United Airlines recently adjusted their luggage policies for carry-ons and checked pieces. Mary Pat Harris, Yellow Dog’s Travel Specialist, extensively researched United’s policy to clarify restrictions. Here are the specifics on checked and carry-on pieces:
United Checked Baggage
 United accepts one item of fishing equipment per customer as checked baggage. An item of fishing equipment consists of the following:
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Topics: Travel Hacks

10 Tips For Crossing Time Zones

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:44:10 AM


At any given time, members of the Yellow Dog team are winging their way around the world, crossing multiple travel zones and facing long days on the road. Whether we’re hosting a trip or exploring new lodges, we need to be ready to work as soon as we land. Every team member has their own tips for bearing up under travel, but here are a few classics.

These tips offer solid advice for those who find themselves crossing the skies frequently:

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Topics: Travel Hacks

Trip Insurance and Booking Flights With Miles

Posted by Jess McGlothlin on May 30, 2017 11:42:53 AM


For all of our frequent fliers out there who may be purchasing flights with reward points or frequent flier miles, travel insurance is still an option. In some unique cases, a plan may include a specific benefit dedicated to covering the cost of redepositing the miles or rebooking fees, but one would not be able to include the face value of the miles in the trip cost.

So what is insurable when using frequent flier miles to fly? Non-refundable fees and taxes associated with the miles. Most flights are a little more than we expected, when you add in baggage fees, state and federal taxes and other miscellaneous fees. All of these are insurable. 

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Topics: Travel Essentials