Pro Tip: Know the Difference Between Dragons and Damsels

Written by: Jason Cotta


Dragonfly adults are beautiful, but they are not often available to fish because they are such strong fliers.
Photo by Jason Cotta

Summer is finally here, and stillwater fishing is starting to heat up. Rising water temperatures will bring out swarms of damselflies and dragonflies. Trout and bass will feed heavily on these two bugs throughout the spring and summer. Although the two . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Set the Hook

The latest video in the series “Q&A” from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, he ansers several questions about hook-setting. He addresses the proper way to maintain control of your line, the correct angle to set the hook with you . . .

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Video: How to Catch Great Lakes Steelhead

The latest episode of the Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing television show is all about those potadromous rainbow trout often referred to as “Great Lakes steelhead.” Host Tom Rosenbauer and his guests talk . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Half Chubby Chernobyl

The original Chubby Chernobyl–which Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions showed us how to tie here–was born on Utah’s Green River and is one of Tom Rosenbauer’s favorite dry flies for small-stream brook-trout fishing. But if . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: 15 Steps to Fishing a Mountain Trout Stream


The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that. . .

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Video: How to Taper the Ends of Synthetic Materials

n this week’s lesson, Tim shows you how to create realistic, tapered bodies on baitfish patterns that use synthetic materials. Most baitfish are naturally tapered front to back, so a fly that ends in a straight line of fibers won’t . . .

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