Video: A Light in the Dark, or Why We Fly-Fish

Here’s a cool, ruminative video from Wesley Johnson that ponders the question of why fly fishing is so important to so many of us. As the video features beautiful shots of the water, birds, and . . .

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Pro Tips: 5 Secrets to Nymphing in Off-Color Water

During the fishing season—and especially during spring—river flows can fluctuate and water clarity can change dramatically due to snowmelt, rain, and other weather events. Sure, there is a point where conditions make a . . .

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Moment of Thrill 04.08.21

The golden dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) is a toothy, predatory species found in rivers in central and east-central South America. These aggressive fish attack streamers, and once hooked, they go ballistic. Catching a big dorado . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Super Simple Cicada

The cicadas are coming! By now, you’ve surely heard that this year, the Brood X cicadas will be hatching across the East and parts of the Midwest. Fly fishers are salivating at the prospect of big trout coming to the surface to . . .

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Video: A Primer on Caddisflies

Second only to mayflies in the hearts of fly fishers, caddisflies have a unique lifecycle. Understanding when to fish nymphs, pupae, or dry flies is a key to success, and in this great video from The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing, . . .

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Video: The Fly-Tying Tools You Really Need

If you’re going to be a fly tier, you’re going to need some tools, but which ones? Here, Tim explains which tools he deems absolutely essential, from a selection of scissors to whip-finishers, to a caddy to hold everything in place. . . .

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Moment of Thrill 04.06.21

Fly fishers love terrestrial season of mid- to late summer, when they can put away their tiny mayfly and caddisfly imitations and throw large patterns that mimic grasshoppers and beetles. From the trout’s perspective, a juicy . . .

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Pro Tip: How to Cast Heavy Streamers


Big, lead-eye streamers, such as Schultzy’s S3 Sculpin, require a different kind of casting.
Photo via orvis.com

Heavy flies present casters with several troubling problems. We are all taught that good casting means throwing nice, tight loops and that high line speed makes for longer, more accurate. . .

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