Video: How to Tie the Yellow Meanie

Paul J. Beel, an Indiana native who runs the Franken Fly fly-tying website, is an avid smallmouth-bass fisherman, and he created the Yellow Meanie to mimic a local baitfish. Of the pattern, he says, “[It]isn’t a pretty fly, but it is my go-to for smallmouth. . . .

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Video: Tube-Fly Basics, Part 2

In the second part of a new series on tube flies, Tim explains the various kinds of tubes available, for a variety of angling situations–from plastic tubes for lightweight patterns to metal tubes that will help get a fly down in the water column. He . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Get Started in Spey Fishing

Have you been intrigued by Spey fishing but aren’t really sure how using a two-handed rod differs from regular fly fishing? The folks at the Ashland Fly SHop in Oregon have launched a series of videos on Beginner Spey tactics . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Fish Tailwaters

In this great video from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center chapter on Finding Trout, Tom Rosenbauer talks about why tailwaters are such productive fisheries and how you should change tactics the farther downstream from . . .

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Videos: How to Tie a Bimini Twist

The Bimini Twist is one of those knots that’s almost impossible to learn by reading about it. You have to actually see the knot being formed for the directions to make sense. In this new video, Andy . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Grizzly King

The Grizzly King is actual older than Orvis itself. First tied in 1840 by Scottish zoologist James Wilson, the pattern appears in Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories. You can read a great history of the fly . . .

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Video: Tube-Fly Basics, Part 1

In the first part of a new series on tube flies, Tim explains the advantages of these patterns over traditional streamers. The tube allows for a shorter hook, which gives the angler a mechanical advantage during the fight, and because the pattern tied on . . .

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Video: How to Wrap Wire Weight Without Waste

In this great video, Tim shows you how he wraps lead-free wire on the hook shank without wasting any. Plus, his method allows you to create a tapered body on the fly and lock a bead into place. Once you learn this technique, you’ll never fumble with . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Redfish Gotcha

Here’s another “guide-fly” lesson from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. (Or, as he calls them, “super easy to tie, down and dirty, quick and easy, fish-catching guide flies.”) As Alvin says, he doesn’t want to create flies that are . . .

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