Video Pro Tips: Safe, Painless Hook Removal

Last year, we posted a shocking video that shows how to remove a hook stuck in your skin. That video was most notable for the guy actually hammering the hook point in for good measure. For the more squeamish, here’s a much more civilized demonstration of the same technique from. . .

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Video Tips: How to Hike with Your Dog

If you have a dog who needs regular exercise, hiking is a great way to both experience the wonders of nature and let your pooch stretch his or her legs. Orvis’s Kyle Metarko and his German Shorthaired Pointer, Cooper, love to trek through the woods of . . .

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Pro Tips: Damsels for Big Summer Trout

by William G. Tapply


Damselflies provide exciting summertime action for a variety of game fish.
Photo by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au

I thought I’d found a pond full of basking carp. Its surface lay flat and still under the blazing mid-morning Montana sun, and I spotted the big swirls and sloshes and boils from a hundred yards . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Bully Bluegill Spider

The Bully Bluegill Spider is the creation of fly tier Terry Wilson, and it was first introduced to the wider community in the 1999 book that Terry wrote with his wife, Roxanne, Bluegill Fly. . .

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Video: Top 5 Flies for July 2019

In this month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, guides Danny Strine and Scott Dickson fish Cheeseman Canyon on a July evening and then offer up their Top 5 flies for dealing with falling water in the Rockies. Since they’re dealing with . . .

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Tuesday Tips: 3 Keys to Catching Bass on Topwater Bugs


This chunky largemouth fell for a deer-hair slider, the Umpqua Swim Frog diver.
Photo by Reid Bryant

Catching largemouth bass on surface flies is a lot of fun, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Bass aren’t like northern pike, almost always willing to chase down a big meal. In fact, bass. . .

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Video: How to Use Jig Hooks and Slotted Beads, Part I

Here’s another “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying . . .

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“(Dis)comfort” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply fishes a Vermont brook-trout stream in the summer of 2008.
Photo by Phil Monahan

[Editor’s note: When I was the editor of American Angler, I had the pleasure of working with William G. Tapply for ten years before his death in the summer of 2009. He was far and away the best writer I have edited, and we developed a friendship around our shared angling and literary interests. He wrote books and articles on fishing and hunting, as well as great mystery novels that often featured fly-fishing. Bill’s wife, the author Vicki Stiefel, has graciously allowed me to reprint some of his columns and articles here. If you are not familiar with Bill’s work, I encourage you to check out his website and the links below. Many of the books in Bill’s list here are out of print, but it is well worth your time to run down copies, which can usually be found online. I’ve included links to the Amazon pages for each book. ]

Phil and I were sitting on the back bumpers of our cars, breaking down our rods after an afternoon of so-so fishing on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. He held up a bottle of. . .

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