Video Pro Tips: Understanding Different Kinds of Flies

“Getting Started in Fly Fishing” is a great new video series from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio. In this episode, Flechsig finally gets to the end of the line, so he can talk about flies. Here, he’s offering the big picture: an . . .

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Video: How to Prep the Hair for a Comparadun

Here’s the next video in Tim’s “How to Tie a Comparadun” series. In recent weeks, Tim has discussed what kinds of hair generally works best; hair length, alignment, tips, and color banding; and which hides produce the best hair for Comparadun wings. . . .

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Photos and Story: Magical Evenings in the Utah High Country

This year–with a very large winter snowpack and a cool, wet spring in Utah–most of our rivers were blown out with heavy runoff for most of June. We turned to some areas that we don’t fish very often, such as beaver ponds, backwaters, and lakes. A few . . .

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Master Class Monday: How to Catch Trout Rising in Flat Water

When you see a big trout rising to mayflies, your first impulse is to cast right away, but as Amelia Jensen of Jensen Fly Fishing explains, your best bet is to slow down, watch, and wait. “Your first cast needs to be your best cast,” she explains, or you . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Patriot Dry Fly (Happy Fourth of July!)

It being Independence Day and all, I figured the Patriot was the perfect fly to showcase. In a sport where exact imitation is often the name of the game, this fly stands out like a garish piece of costume jewelry. But it works great as a way to get the attention of fish who aren’t actively feeding on. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Treat a Trout Right

I receive a lot of photographs of great fish from anglers out in the field. Most photos are well done, but many are unpublishable for a simple reason: the photo shows poor fish-handling technique. I won’t post a photo with a. . .

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