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Jason Akl

Jason Akl
Jason Akl is a writer, commercial fly tyer and guide. Working the last 15 years in the fishing industry has only fueled his passion for the outdoors. Fly fishing/ tying means more to him than just a weekend hobby. Professionally, he's been a seasonal guide and fly tier that ties commercially and teaches tying classes to both adults and children. Most of his flies make their homes in fly shops in the northern Midwest but some have found their way as far as Europe. As a freelance writer, he's had many written pieces appear in both Canadian and American publications, as well as numerous global websites. When not on the bench or behind the computer, he spends time working with companies such as Daiichi Hooks, Monic Fly Lines or Gatti rods as part of their pro-staff doing product testing pieces and seminars.
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GUIDES by Jason Akl:

Marabou Feathers and Fly Tying
Marabou Feathers and Fly Tying (guide)
Marabou breathes and dances in the water, making it a very life-like material with which all tiers should become familiar.

Tip-Up Buyer's Guide
Tip-Up Buyer's Guide (guide)
Knowing the types of tip-ups available and the key features found on quality devices will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Adhesives for Fly-Tying
Adhesives for Fly-Tying (guide)
Flexible cements, super glues and hard-set epoxies are just a few examples of adhesives available to the creative fly-tier.

Snowshoe Buyer's Guide
Snowshoe Buyer's Guide (guide)
A day spent trekking through fresh powder is an exhilarating experience that will give you a total body workout and a fresh perspective on life.

Dry Bag Buying Guide
Dry Bag Buying Guide (guide)
Dry bags are one of those special items that most serious outdoorsman never give a second thought about -- but should.

Protecting Your Fly Rod
Protecting Your Fly Rod (guide)
Buying a quality fly rod is one of the biggest investments any angler will have in fly fishing -- so why not protect it?

Fishing Hat Buying Guide
Fishing Hat Buying Guide (guide)
Too often, anglers simply grab whatever is hanging in front of the door on the way out.

Guide to Bug Repellents
Guide to Bug Repellents (guide)
Take time to better understand what type of repellent you will be actually using and how each of the repellents differ.

Picking the Right Strike Indicator
Picking the Right Strike Indicator (guide)
If and when a fish does strike the fly, anglers sometimes cannot feel the take and end up losing the chance to hook the fish.

Choosing the Right Wading Jacket
Choosing the Right Wading Jacket (guide)
The advantage of a quality wading jacket is it ability to keep dry and comfortable.

Choosing Gear Bags and Tackle Boxes
Choosing Gear Bags and Tackle Boxes (guide)
Fly fishing tackle boxes can be broken down into a few different categories depending on what they will be storing.

Wading Boots Buying Guide
Wading Boots Buying Guide (guide)
Purchasing new wading boots or shoes? Here are a few key considerations you should keep in mind.

Fly Tying Part II -- Materials
Fly Tying Part II -- Materials (guide)
Poor quality materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.

Fly Tying Part I -- Equipment
Fly Tying Part I -- Equipment (guide)
Buying fly-tying equipment is different from buying other types of fly fishing equipment.

Fly Fishing Vests and Packs
Fly Fishing Vests and Packs (guide)
Getting the best quality vest possible will keep you happier and fishing longer.
HOWTOS by Jason Akl:


Spring and Summer Rainbows on Scuds
Spring and Summer Rainbows on Scuds (howto)
Next time you head out for trout, consider making scuds part of your fly fishing bait. Here are a few tips to finding scuds during the spring and early summer months.

Barr's Spork Fly Pattern
Barr's Spork Fly Pattern (howto)
Instructions on how to find — and tie — the perfect fly for elusive carp and sucker fish.

Springtime Suckers
Springtime Suckers (howto)
Sucker fish is a must for all fly fishermen in the Midwest. Here's how to find — and catch — one of the toughest fighting fish.

Basics of the Quick Strike Rig
Basics of the Quick Strike Rig (howto)
When using live bait creates a number of swallowed hooks, try the quick strike method to increase odds of catch and release.

Tying the Egg Sucking Leech
Tying the Egg Sucking Leech (howto)
Just like the Wooly Bugger, the Egg Sucking Leech is one of the top producing steamer flies. Here are some tips on how and when to use it, and how to create your own.

Tying the Madam X
Tying the Madam X (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos for the Madam X fly pattern.

Spinning Deer Hair
Spinning Deer Hair (howto)
Learn how to spin and trim deer hair for bass bugs, hoppers, and terrestrials with these step-by-step instructions.

Tying the Stimulator
Tying the Stimulator (howto)
Step-by-step tying Instructions with photos for the Stimulator fly pattern.

Tying the Caddis Poopah
Tying the Caddis Poopah (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos for the Caddis Poopah.

Tying the Blue Wing Olive (BWO)
Tying the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos for the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) Dry Fly

Loop Finish
Loop Finish (howto)
Learn to whip finish your flies using the loop finish.

Yarn Egg Flies
Yarn Egg Flies (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Beadhead Prince Nymph
Beadhead Prince Nymph (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Tying Upright Wings on Dry Flies
Tying Upright Wings on Dry Flies (howto)
Step-by-step instructions for tying upright wings on dry flies.

Adams Dry Fly
Adams Dry Fly (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Foam Bass Popper
Foam Bass Popper (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph
Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos.

Tying the Wooly Bugger
Tying the Wooly Bugger (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos

Inline Spinner Trout Tactics
Inline Spinner Trout Tactics (howto)
When flies don't seem to be working, a quick switch to spinners can often produce immediate results.

Smelt Fishing
Smelt Fishing (howto)
Be it the thrill of the catch, the stories around the fire, or the camaraderie of working together, smelt fishing is a social event in which the whole family can participate and enjoy.

Carp on the Fly
Carp on the Fly (howto)
Carp offer fly anglers an alternative to heavily sought-after gamefish. Couple this general lack of fishing pressure to their size and abundance, and carp may just be the fly-rod game fish you've been looking for.

Ice Fishing for Lake Trout
Ice Fishing for Lake Trout (howto)
Pack your bobbing gear and ice shelter and travel to the Chequamegon Bay area. Not only do big lakers await you, but the breathtaking scenery does too.

Jig and Minnow Crappie
Jig and Minnow Crappie (howto)
Live bait and artificial lures have characteristics that make one more desirable than the other in certain situations. However, sometimes combining live bait with artificials can be the key to unlocking tight-lipped fish.

Day Hiking Basics
Day Hiking Basics (howto)
Hiking is a great way to spend time with loved ones or find solitude while giving your body a heart-pumping cardiovascular workout.

Early Spring Fly Fishing
Early Spring Fly Fishing (howto)
Early spring puts many outdoorsmen back into a fly-fishing state of mind. For some it provides a much needed break from the monotony of winter. For others it's the perfect time to tune-up fly fishing skills.

Canning Your Catch
Canning Your Catch (howto)
After your next fishing trip, try canning your catch and you'll taste why this storage technique has withstood the test of time.

Glowing Jigs
Glowing Jigs (howto)
Adding specialty tackle such as glowing jigs to your arsenal can give you the upper hand with finicky fish.

Fly Tying with Biots
Fly Tying with Biots (howto)
Biots are small, sharply-pointed fibers that allow the creative tier to realistically simulate legs or gnarly looking appendages.

Winter Midge Fishing
Winter Midge Fishing (howto)
Understanding this special hatch can make the long winter loads of fun.

Jigging for Bluegill
Jigging for Bluegill (howto)
Not many things compare to a consistent bluegill bite through the ice, especially if taken on light line and tackle.

Dressing for Ice Fishing
Dressing for Ice Fishing (howto)
With ice fishing, half the battle is staying warm long enough to stay on the ice and catch fish.

First Ice Splake
First Ice Splake (howto)
Fishing for Splake is often the best during the first few weeks just after the lake freezes.

Fly-Fishing With Caddis
Fly-Fishing With Caddis (howto)
In general, caddis-fly larvae can be found by looking on the river bottom clinging to sticks and stones.

Keeping Your Fly Outfit Clean
Keeping Your Fly Outfit Clean (howto)
Learn to keep all the parts of your fly outfit in top working order and it'll provide years of hassle-free service and fun.

Egg Pattern Fly Fishing
Egg Pattern Fly Fishing (howto)
Eggs catch trout, so why not get out and add another time-tested technique to your arsenal?

Summer Hoppers and Brown Trout
Summer Hoppers and Brown Trout (howto)
Hopper patterns are basically large dry flies that require no soft, subtle presentation.

Pocket Water Trout Fishing
Pocket Water Trout Fishing (howto)
The answer to catching trophy trout is sometimes as easy as taking a hop, skip and a short climb.

Harvesting Wild Leeks
Harvesting Wild Leeks (howto)
These delicacies pop right up from the ground just asking to be pulled on your walk home from fishing.

Mini Jig Fishing for Trout
Mini Jig Fishing for Trout (howto)
Mini jig fishing is great for everyone in your family because it is easy to do, fun and flat out catches fish.

Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones (howto)
Stoneflies require well-oxygenated, high quality water, making their prime habitat fast, riffled stretches of pristine river.

Catching Cutthroat Trout
Catching Cutthroat Trout (howto)
The cutthroat trout is regarded by some as one of the best species to target with a fly rod.

The Lowdown on Beadheads
The Lowdown on Beadheads (howto)
To better understand the importance of beadheads in fly patterns, here's a quick look at the different types of beads available to tiers.

Spring Pike Fly Fishing
Spring Pike Fly Fishing (howto)
Fly anglers don't need to be pike experts to catch the toothy critters. Anglers simply need a basic understanding of pike behavior and feeding habits.

Basics of the Overhead Cast
Basics of the Overhead Cast (howto)
The overhead fly cast can be broken down into two main phases, the back cast and the front cast.

Ice Fishing for Panfish
Ice Fishing for Panfish (howto)
Remote locations combined with untouched shorelines can be hot beds for big dinner plate panfish.

The Wet Fly Swing
The Wet Fly Swing (howto)
The wet fly swing is a technique for the beginner and the veteran alike.

Winter Trout Tactics
Winter Trout Tactics (howto)
This winter season could be a fly angler's best opportunity of the year to catch a true trophy-sized trout.

Dry and Wet-Fly Line Mending Techniques
Dry and Wet-Fly Line Mending Techniques (howto)
While mending isn't a technique quickly mastered, it is a skill that serious fly anglers need to digest in order to make the most realistic presentations possible.

Learning the Roll Cast
Learning the Roll Cast (howto)
The roll cast is a key technique to presenting flies to fish when cover is tight.

Brook Trout Basics
Brook Trout Basics (howto)
Of all the trout species available, catching brook trout on flies is some of the best action anglers will see during the long summer months.

Fishing the Hex Hatch
Fishing the Hex Hatch (howto)
If you are planning to fish a Hex hatch, don't worry about getting up early and beating the sun.

Bass on Poppers
Bass on Poppers (howto)
Bass are a natural "fly rod" fish because they spend a lot of time feeding on or near the surface of the water.

The Best Bet for Brown Trout
The Best Bet for Brown Trout (howto)
A good understanding of the fish's behaviors and plenty of time out on your favorite waters will help give you a shot at landing a true lunker of a brown.

Fishing For Steelies
Fishing For Steelies (howto)
A mystical fish to most anglers, the steelhead can be a very elusive prey to inexperienced fisherman.
PRODUCTREVIEWS by Jason Akl:


Minn Kota Terrova Bow Mount Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Terrova Bow Mount Trolling Motor (productreview)
Outdoors writer Jason Akl says the Minn Kota Terrova trolling motor is one of the quietest, smoothest trolling motors on the market. Coupled with AutoPilot and iPilot systems, it's unbeatable.
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