Classic Pro Tips: 8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing

Written by: The staff of Trouts Fly Fishing


Just a handful of staple patterns will get the job done during the winter months.
Photo by Phil Monahan

We are very fortunate in Colorado that we have the opportunity to fish 365 days a year. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until . . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 01.05.22

Two decades after the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was authorized by Congress, more and more constituencies are seeing the importance of fulfilling the promise of CERP. This evening, Everglades Foundation is . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fish Midge Patterns in Winter

Written by: Zach Matthews, Itinerant Angler


Tailwater trout, such as this Bighorn brown, often key on small midges.
Photo by Steve Galleta, Bighorn Angler

You’ve probably been there. Two hours from home, halfway through the thermos of coffee, knee-deep in cold water on a cold day, and not a single, solitary fish to show for it. They’re taunting . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Drop-Bead Walt’s Worm

In this week’s great tying video, Tim uses the original Walt’s Worm to demonstrate a cool way to create beadhead patterns using a drop bead, which causes a pattern to ride hook-point-up in the water. As usual, Tim has figured out the best way to attach . . .

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Video: How to Tie Dropper Rigs

The latest how-to video from Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, is all about fishing multiple flies at once using a dropper rig (also known as a tandem rig). As usual, Ben gives the lowdown on the pros and cons of a couple methods and offers his . . .

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Bass Across America: Central Virginia

This week, we look at Virginia, which is home to both native and introduced populations of largemouths. It’s one of the few states that offers year-round opportunities to catch this popular game fish. We recently sat down with Mossy Creek Fly Fishing . . .

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Video: Tube-Fly Basics, Part 6

In the sixth part of a new series on tube flies, Tim puts all the pieces together, showing you how to tie a basic tube fly and then how to rig it. If you’ve been following this series, you can see that there’s really nothing terribly difficult about the process, . . .

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Pro Tips: Tom’s 5 Tips for Preparing for a Bonefish Trip


If you want to improve your chances of catching bonefish, work on the required
casting and angling skills before you head to the tropics.
Photo by Sandy Hays

I’ve watched even experienced trout anglers become frustrated, angry, and even embarrassed on bonefishing trips because they weren’t ready for the wind, difficult fish spotting, and unfamiliar directions given by a guide. Just a little preparation will make your. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Practice at Home for Fishing

Welcome to a new series of how-to posts called “Home School with Pete Kutzer.” Given the current circumstances, most of us are spending more time than usual at home. If you’re like us, you may find some solace in thinking about adventures to come . . .

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