Video: How to Tie the Puterbaugh Caddis Variant

Colorado’s Arkansas River is famous for its caddisfly hatches, and guide Don Puterbaugh guided on the Arkansas until he was 80 years old. (Read a cool profile of Don here.) He developed this high-floating imitation for the . . .

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Pro Tips: Protect Yourself from Sun and Bugs

Fly fishers spend a lot time battling the elements, but some problems are easier to solve than others. For instance cold, wind, and rain have obvious solutions: Just add more clothing–whether it’s a waterproof jacket, a whole . . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Unravel a Knotless, Tapered Leader


Form the fingers of your left hand into a cone, slide the coils over the cone, and then spread your fingers.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Do you ever have trouble getting a new knotless, tapered leader from the package to the end of your line? When I was a guide, I used to watch anglers struggle with this all the time. Sometimes they’d end up with a tangle bad enough that. . .

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Video: How to Create a Yarn or Fiber Crab Body

In this week’s video, Tim offers several ingenious tricks that make tying crab flies much easier. I especially like the chip-clip method for ensuring uniformity of shape. If you plan to fish in salt water, you’ll want to watch this.

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Video: Episode 2 of “Tying with Tom”

For the second installment of his Facebook Live series “Tying with Tom,” we worked out all the technical difficulties, and Tom demonstrated how to tie two versions of Russell Blessing’s Woolly Bugger. We will be doing these events . . .

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