Wednesday Wake-Up Call 11.17.21

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, . . .

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3 Design Tips for Tying or Choosing Flats Flies

When deciding which saltwater flies to tie or buy, it can be tempting to simply choose patterns that most closely resemble the critters you’re trying to imitate. But while there are some very realistic and very effective crab, baitfish and shrimp flies, . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Golden Retrieverish

This week’s great fly-tying video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie a simple yet effective streamer pattern based on the original Golden Retriever, created by Virginia tier Jim Finn. Like the original Woolly Bugger, Finn’s fly . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Replace Your Tippet

When you’re using a knotless tapered leader, the last section before you tie on the fly is the tippet. Over time, as you change flies and tie new knots, that tippet section will get shorter and shorter, until your 9-foot leader is more like 7½ feet. So, you just . . .

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Video: Hemostats are Great Fly-Tying Tools

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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Pro Tips: How to Gear Up for Winter Fly Fishing

Since I guide year-round at 9,000 feet of altitude, I don’t have much choice about guiding in winter conditions. But other anglers do. And many people choose not to fish in the winter because the thought of standing in water when the air temperature . . .

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