Tag Archives: fly-fishing tips

How to Tie and Fish Soft Hackles for More Trout

Written by: By Andrew Grillos, Montana Angler


Soft Hackles come in a wide variety of colors and materials.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler

There are few things in fly fishing that are more satisfying than tying flies that adhere to the adage “less is more.” Soft Hackle flies are a perfect example of flies that play off simplicity, clean lines, . . .

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5 Tips for Taking a Kid on a Guided Trip

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


That big smile suggests that this youngster is hooked for life.
Photos by Kip Vieth

This is the year. You‘ve been thinking about exposing a kid to the wonderful sport of fly fishing, and you’ve decided that he or she is ready. What better way to do it than to take them on a guided . . .

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Pro Tips: Spring Fishing is Great, But Don’t Tread on Redds

Written by: Christ Strainer, Crosscurrents Fly Shop


Be on the lookout for rainbow trout redds when you are wading.
Photo by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, courtesy Chris Strainer

Spring is about to have sprung on the calendar, and the rainbows will soon be doing their thing. That means some ornery trout, and with the water temps creeping up, feisty browns, as well.. . .

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Classic Pro Tip: How to Mend Your Line For a Better Drift


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom explains why a fly-line belly on the water is bad.
Photo via the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

In today’s video tip from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, Tom and guide Molly Semenik discuss basic mending. As Tom notes, many anglers seem confused by mending because. . .

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Pro Tips: Mother’s Day Caddis on the Yellowstone

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


A caddisfly blizzard on the Yellowstone is something to behold.
Photo courtesy Montana Angler

The Mother’s Day caddis is a legendary hatch, and one of my personal favorites of the entire year on the Yellowstone in southwestern Montana. There can be a literal blizzard of caddisflies in. . .

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5 Tips for Successful Fly-Fishing Family Outings

Written by: Kaitlin Barnhart


Few things are more rewarding than sharing your passion for the outdoors with your kids.
Photo by Kyla Kulp

I held the stamped envelope, full of spring soccer sign up forms, in the mail slot for a few seconds before letting go—committing to a spring of weekend plans. Sure, I can stand in a river in the . . .

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