Tom’s Top Ten Tippet Tips

For this week’s podcast, the title is “Tom’s Top Ten Tippet Tips”, or just 5T for short (but no short jokes please).  In this episode, I review tips on knots, types of tippet, how to attach tippets, when to shorten or lengthen a tippet, how to avoid kinky tippets, and a bunch more.  

For the “Fly Box” section of short tips, I talk about some cool, new terms and tips I learned from fishing guides in Colorado and Montana over the past two weeks.

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Tuesday Tip: Fixing Tailing Loops

Welcome to our eighth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest fly-casting problems. Reader “Phil A.” wrote, “I have a problem with power casting and a tangled mess of leader/flies. . .”

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Fish Tale: The Hot Dog Trout

Hot Dog Fly-Fishing Fork 2

Guide Bryan Eldredge with his improvised hot-dog-fork “fly rod” on Utah’s Provo River.

photo courtesy Bryan Eldredge

My teenage daughter’s text message said, “You’re stupid for running out of gas!”

I knew she was kidding, but I was stupid. And the real stupidity was that I had run out of gas along Utah’s Provo River with a truckload of fishing gear, but not one fly rod! I had sent a call for help, but it would be over an hour before my wife came to my rescue. With nothing better to do, I grabbed a streamer from the dashboard, pulled a lanyard from the backseat, and slid down the embankment to the river.

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Fly Fishing Week in Review 08.15.11

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing. Every Monday, we’ll bring you up to speed on interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.

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Friday Film Festival 08.12.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection features plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to huge bonefish to monster carp. But what you’ll be talking about are the two short videos of angling events you’ve never seen before. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next. . .

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Small Flies for BIG Steelhead

Mia and the gang at have a great post about some very cool and small steelhead flies fished in the film with a greased-line technique. The proof the technique works is in the video above. Check out their site for more about the technique, photos of the flies, and other jaw dropping videos for steelhead junkies and all fly anglers to enjoy.

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Picture of the Day: Smallie Smile

Seth Smallmouth

Seth Daughton, age 7, with one of eight smallmouths he caught to his father’s measly two.

photo by Tim Daughton

Do you remember what it is like to smile this big when you catch a fish? For many of us, myself included, our fishing becomes an extension of our day-to-day life, stressful.  “Lets go, I want to get to that spot before somebody else does!” or “Just one more fish…” are phrases that are all too common. Don’t get me wrong: I love to fish, but somewhere along the way I may have lost some perspective. For the last couple of years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to fish with my kids, though, and my overall attitude has shifted.

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Fly Fishing History Part VI: 1941-1952

[Editor’s note: For the next few months, we will be featuring entries from Gordon M. Wickstrom’s The History of Fishing for Trout with Artificial Flies in Britain and America: A Chronology of Five Hundred Years, 1496 to 2000. In this chronology, Gordon marks significant events—the publication of seminal books, tackle developments, important social changes, the dissemination of trout species beyond their native ranges, etc.—on both sides of the Atlantic.]

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Tying the Yellow Stimulator

Most folks think of Randall Kaufman, famed West Coast angler and shop owner, as the inventor of the Stimulator dry fly, but the question seems up for debate. The fly’s true originator may be Jim Slattery, who claims that he first tied the stonefly pattern to fish the Musconetcong River in central New Jersey in 1980. Based on the Sofa Pillow, Slattery’s fly was originally called the Fluttering Stonefly, but he renamed it the. . .

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