Author Archives: Aaron Blank

Pro Tips: 5 Keys to Fishing the Salmonfly Hatch on the Madison

Written by: Doug Casey, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Each year, anglers from around the world head for Montana to see if they can hit the salmonfly hatch.
Photos by Doug Casey

The annual salmonfly hatch on Montana’s Madison River is one of fly fishing’s most storied and anticipated events. Salmonfly time is hands-down your best shot at landing a true trophy trout. . .

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Photos and Story from Hardly, Strictly Musky 2018

Written by: Seth Walker


Musky Dave shows off the fruits of all his labor, a 35-inch fly-caught musky.
Photos by Seth Walker

Each spring, a group of outcast fly fishermen gather in the hills of Tennessee for the annual Hardly, Strictly Musky fly-fishing tournament put on by Todd Gregory, owner of Towee Boats. It is not . . .

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Tuesday Tips: Covering the Sulfur Hatch, Top to Bottom


Sulfur duns on the water are a glorious sight, but the nymphs are often more numerous.
Photos by Ted Fauceglia (top) and Tim Flagler

We have posted hundreds of fly-tying videos over the years, and one of the problems with this format is that posts fall off the front page pretty quickly. If you want to see them again or find . . .

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Photos: Mexican Roosters (and More) on the Fly

Written by: Dave Danley, Falcon’s Ledge


Dave poses with one of the larger roosterfish from the second day out in Mexico.
Photos courtesy Dave Danley

My friend, Jeff Andrus, and I recently made a trip to the La Paz, Mexico area to enjoy some fly fishing and to relax with our wives. We hooked up with Jeff deBrown at The Reel Baja, who . . .

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Photos and Story: Getting Schooled on Grand Bahama

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


The bonefish were skittish and tough to fool, but the effort was worth it.
Photo by Chuck Levi, Jr.

Sight fishing bonefish from a kayak is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years. In April, some buddies called and invited me on a kayak fishing trip to The Bahamas. I was super excited but knew . . .

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Photos: A Meaningful Mother-Daughter Day on the Water

Written by: Chelsea Long


Chelsea (right) was finally able to introduce her mom to fly fishing through CfR.
Photos courtesy Chelsea Long

Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to be a River Buddy for the Casting for Recovery (CfR) retreat in Waring, Texas. Casting for Recovery is a nonprofit organization that coordinates and . . .

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“Gone Fishin’” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A young Bill Tapply shares an on-stream victory with his father, H.G. “Tap” Tapply.
Photo by Harold F. Blaisdell from Tap’s Tips: Practical Advice for All Outdoorsmen

We usually rumble across the iron bridge, turn off the road, follow the bumpy ruts beside the field, and park Dad’s station wagon at the water’s edge to offload the canoe. But on this gray afternoon . . .

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Tuesday Tips: “Hit the Head” for More Trout

Written by: George Daniel, Livin On The Fly


The head of a run is a like a food funnel for trout, so the big ones will often nab this prime lie.
Photos courtesy George Daniel

No, this is not about your bladder and its relation to fishing. Instead, it’s a fishing bum’s opinion on where some of the best fish hold during peak hatch season. Here in central Pennsylvania, . . .

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Top 5 Flies for the Adirondack Mountains

Written by: Ken Kalil, Kalil’s Upstate Outfitters 


Ken Kalil ties on a favorite pattern while fall fly fishing on his home waters in Upstate New York.
Photo courtesy Ken Kalil

When you mention you live in New York, many out-of-staters immediately picture New York City. But five hours north, in a state park four times the size of Yellowstone, nothing could be further from . . .

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Pro Tips: Try Softer Sighter Material for Drifting Light Rigs

Written by: George Daniel, Livin On The Fly


The author with a fine brown trout he caught on a light nymphing rig.
Photos by George Daniel

We all have opinions about our fly-fishing tools and how we use them. Anglers develop confidence in certain tools that have produced positive results on the stream and often stick with those tools for . . .

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