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Story: “First Principles,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply

"Try and err and figure it out for yourself."--H.G. "Tap" Tapply
Photo by Kerry Kimball
One Saturday morning in the summer that I turned eight, my father peered across the breakfast table at me and said, “I guess you’ve been doing a lot of fishing lately, huh?”
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Video: How to Add a Dropper with a Clinch Knot

If you like fishing two- or even three-nymph rigs, you know that one of the problems is the dropper line can tangle around the main line. George Daniel has a very simple solution for adding a dropper line that comes off the main line at a 90-degree. . .
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Master Class Monday: Nymph Accuracy, Part 1

In this week's Master Class Monday, Dave and Amelia Jensen discuss the importance of making an accurate cast to the right spot when you're trying to present a nymph to a feeding trout. Dave . . .
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Everything You Want to Know About Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus)


The male arctic char develops brilliant spawning colors in fall.
Photo by Nils Rinaldi from Lausanne, Switzerland, via Wikimedia Commons
The spectacular spawning colors of the male make the Arctic char one of the most photogenic game fish, but you must head to the far north or the high country of Europe to find. . .
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Podcast: How to be a Great Fly-Fishing Client, with Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins (right) with a client, in 2011. Photo via Facebook
There’s lots of discussion about what makes a good guide and why some are better than others for a whole host of reasons. But the guide/angler connection is truly a team effort, and there are things a client can do to get more out of the experience and . . .
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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.18.19

Welcome to the another edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival! Each week, we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available and then serve them up for you to . . .
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Top 10 Flies for Winter in the Northeast

Written by: Joe Demalderis, Cross Current Guide Service and Outfitters
Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) and his fellow guides offer ten patterns for winter on their home waters. Photo via Facebook
Winter in the northeast and on the waters I call home, the Upper Delaware System, can vary greatly in conditions. Where you can legally fish is also a consideration, with many waters closed to fishing to protect spawning trout, so always be certain to . . .
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Take a Classic Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 01.17.19

Welcome to another edition of our weekly trivia challenge, in which we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. This week, we've got a classic quiz, featuring 10 questions about famous . . .
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