Pro Tips: Damsels for Big Summer Trout

by William G. Tapply


Damselflies provide exciting summertime action for a variety of game fish.
Photo by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au

I thought I’d found a pond full of basking carp. Its surface lay flat and still under the blazing mid-morning Montana sun, and I spotted the big swirls and sloshes and boils from a hundred yards . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: 7 Keys to Catching River Bass

Written by Winston Cundiff, All Water Guides


River bass require a specialized set of skills and tactics that are very different from those of trout fishing.
All photos courtesy Winston Cundiff

I recently read a “how-to” article about bass fishing on the fly and watched an older video that put tournament gear fisherman alongside a fly guy in the Sacramento Delta. Both were very. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fish Caddis-Pupa Flies

Written by: Bill Edrington, Royal Gorge Anglers


There are lots of patterns to imitate caddisfly pupa, created for different presentations.
Photos via orvis.com

For many anglers, the words caddisfly hatch conjure up visions of epic days, when all you need to carry is a few Elk-Hair Caddis dry flies. Those who anticipate these hatches all winter long . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Subsurface Flies for Largemouth Bass

Written by: Alvin Dedeaux, All Water Guides


Subsurface patterns, such as this crawfish, will take bass when they’re not willing to eat bugs on top.
Photo courtesy All Water Guides

Just like trout, largemouth bass spend most of their time feeding below the surface. And as most people would agree that catching trout on dry flies is more exciting, watching a bass explode on . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Catch Grass Carp on the Fly

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


You’ll have to learn to accept a pretty high failure rate if you want to eventually land a grass carp.
Photos by Drew Ross

Grass carp can be a challenge on the fly and frustrated me for years. My first experience was very memorable. In the summer 2012, I was working some lily pads for bass when a huge shadow . . .

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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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