Floating the Far North

A tributary of the Kuskokwim River in southwestern Alaska begins in a glorious lake surrounded by mountains. All five species of Pacific salmon spawn here, continuing the spectacular circle of life that feeds the entire ecosystem. Spread the Chill Know someone who could use a Moment of Chill?

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Natural Reflections: Early Brown Stonefly Adults

Early Brown Stoneflies (EBS) are one of the earliest Eastern and Midwestern hatches. Beginning in early-to-mid March, after spending the past year hidden in the stream’s bottom debris, the EBS reddish-brown nymphs migrate to the shoreline, . . .

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Last Day to Enter Our “New Season” Photo Contest!

On March 20, we launched our “New Season” Photo Contest, and it ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. There’s still time for you to enter. There will be three winners, who will receive some killer prizes, including a NEW Recon Fly Rod. All you have to do is share . . .

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Video: Tying an Elk-Hair Caddis with Tom

For the fourth installment of his Facebook Live series “Tying with Tom,” Tom focused on one of the most popular dry flies of all time: the Elk-Hair Caddis. In a 1978 article in Fly Tyer, the fly’s inventor, Al Troth, claimed that he had set out to develop a . . .

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Tom’s Top 7 Early-Season Streamers


This springtime rainbow was holding in deep water below a highway bridge in western Massachusetts.
Photo by Joe Phillips

In Tuesday’s post, “How to Fish Streamers in the Early Season,” I explained that I prefer flies that have some movement of their own, like ones with marabou and rabbit fur, because they work . . .

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Video: How to Jig Streamers in High, Muddy Water

Here’s a great video from George Daniel, in which he explains and demonstrates how jigging a flashy streamer right along the bank can draw strikes from hungry trout. It doesn’t take long for him to demonstrate proof of concept, as he hooks up . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Wood Duck Nymph

Do you like nymph patterns with “markings out the wazoo”? Then Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has a pattern for you! As you can see in the photo above, natural mayfly nymphs are often quite mottled, with lots of light and dark parts–just like a . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: How to Layer for Warmth and Comfort


Moisture-management is an important part of staying warm in winter, so proper layering is essential.
Photo courtesy Josh Duchateau, Firehole Ranch

[Editor’s Note: With winter fly fishing in full swing in many parts of the country and plenty more cold weather on the horizon, it seems a good time to revisit this great advice from Tim Daughton.]

The advent of breathable waders a couple of decades ago has helped to make the majority of our wader-adorned fishing experiences much more enjoyable. Gone are the days of vulcanized . . .

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