Tag Archives: fly-fishing tips

Guys and Dolls: How to Match the Hendrickson Hatch(es)

Written by: Ted Fauceglia


The female dun is lighter and larger than the male, and the trout will often key on one or the other.
All photos by Ted Fauceglia

For the ardent dry-fly angler, the advent of the spring trout-fishing season stirs feelings of anticipation like nothing else. Sure, dredging weighted stonefly nymphs and Woolly Buggers through winter’s . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: Stretch for Success


Written by: Phil Monahan

Line that’s been on a reel for a while develops coils that make casting more difficult.
Photo by Phil Monahan

If you haven’t been out fishing for a few months, weeks, or even days, chances are that your line has settled into a series of coils from being on your reel for so long. When you peel line off. . .

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Pro Tips: Fishing Montana’s Smaller Trout Streams

Written by: The Staff of Montana Angler


It’s not the Madison or the Yellowstone, but streams like this offer great fly fishing for trout.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler

As the winter snow flies in Montana, it is easy for the mind to wander to warmer days spent exploring the intimate streams that we fly anglers hold near and dear to our hearts. Perhaps a sense of . . .

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Tuesday Tips: 5 Random Tips for a New Season


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wound I suffered one summer from a dried tree branch. I was wearing glasses
at the time, but without them, I’d likely be signing my name as “Lefty” right now.
Photo by Bryan Eldredge

Most of us spend a fair amount of time during the winter piddling around with gear, fly boxes, flies, and waders, but when spring’s arrival becomes apparent, it seems like there is always more to. . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Detect Strikes When Nymph Fishing


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

As a general rule, the distance between indicator and fly should be 1.5 times the water depth.
Photo courtesy Tom Rosenbauer

As hatches become fewer and farther between in the fall, most anglers will be fishing with subsurface nymphs or streamers. When you can’t see your fly, detecting strikes can be the difference between. . .

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Video: Top 5 Topwater Flies for Big Brook Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bill Spicer, host of “The New Fly Fisher,” with a monster Labrador brookie.
Photo courtesy The New Fly Fisher

The Canadian anglers at The New Fly Fisher know a thing or two about big brook trout, having spent much time fishing in northern Quebec, Labrador, and Newfoundland. This experience informs . . .

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Pro Tips: 10 Ways to Get Your Nymphs to the Bottom


Written by: Phil Monahan

Your ability to get your flies in front of the fish when they are holding deep is one key to angling success.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Even though the quintessential fly-fishing image involves casting dry flies to rising fish, we spend considerably more time presenting flies underwater to fish we can’t see, and beginning fly . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Early-Season Driftless Area Spring Creeks

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


This gorgeous Driftless Area brook trout fell for a Turkey Leech.
Photo by Kip Vieth

As the snow melts and the spring creeks of the Driftless Area start to settle down, every fly angler in or near this unique region starts to twitch. Spring fever is at a fever pitch, and fly fishers are. . .

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