Video Pro Tips: How to Time Your Fly Cast

Last year, the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, launched a new series about fly casting. In the latest episode, Brian Flechsig talks how you should think about rhythm and timing in fly casting. In fact, he even does away with the term “fly . . .

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The Best Dog Breeds for Swimming

Portuguese Water Dogs. Irish Water Spaniels. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. These dog breeds are all excellent swimmers, but having ‘water’ or a body of water referenced in your dog’s name isn’t a prerequisite for water-loving dogs. Many dog breeds and rescue dogs enjoy splashing around and swimming. And some…

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Video: How to Find Trout in a Stream

Here’s a great, short video from Minnesota Trout Unlimited that teaches the basics of trout-stream holding water. Environmental Education Specialist Evan Griggs walks through through the various kinds of trout lies–and the . . .

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Pro Tips: Bill Tapply’s Pocket-Water Secrets, Part I


Pocket water isn’t as easy to fish as pools and glides, but it can be very productive.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Written by: William G. Tapply

Here the river surges over and around boulders the size of Volkswagens. The churning whitewater roars in your ears. It buckles your knees. It wants to knock you over. Around the bend, . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Franke Shiner

Floyd Franke, who passed away in 2013, had a remarkable fly-fishing resume: he co-founded the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, was a board member of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, served five years as president of . . .

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Pro Tips: Trout-Spey Lines Demystified

Trout-spey is a technique for swinging flies down-and-across using light lines on two-handed rods. It is an effective technique for catching fish in any moving water, from your local trout stream to an outgoing tide on an ocean . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Always Trust Your Spidey Senses

Here’s another great video tip from Dave Jensen of Jensen Fly Fishing. Sometimes, when you’re out on the water, you see a spot where the just has to be a trout. It’s too good a lie for there not to be. But you can’t see anything there. Instead of moving to . . .

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