Pro Tips: How Close Should You Get to a Rising Trout?

Okay, so you’ve spotted a rising fish. You should probably start casting to it immediately, before it stops rising, right? No. First, you should think about how you should position yourself to get the best presentation. One thing that . . .

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In Praise of the Royal Trude

Whenever I fish with Tom Rosenbauer, he makes fun of my love for classic fly patterns because he believes that modern tiers have improved on most of these old flies. When we were rigging up to fish a mountain brook . . .

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Video Tip: How to Make a Belgian (Oval) Cast

The Belgian Cast, also known as the “oval cast,” achieves a few things: it keeps the line under constant tension, it keeps the flies away from the caster on the back cast, and it ensures that. . .

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Pro Tips: Don’t Futz . . . . Fish!

Written by: Bob Streb


If you do this to your leader, you’re futzing when you should be fishing.
Photo by Bob Streb

Fish put our flies in their mouths and then spit them out in around one millionth of a second–maybe faster. You have to pay attention if you want to dance with trout, and I see a lot of you . . .

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Video: How to Tie the October Caddis Skater

Whereas the best way to present a mayfly imitation is almost always a dead drift, trout are often willing to chase a caddisfly skittering across the surface. Some of us learned this by . . .

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Video: How to Make Distribution Wraps

Some patterns, such as the Bird’s Nest, call for hackle fibers all the way around the body, which can be a pain. But Tim has a great trick that makes the process ridiculously easy. It’s all in how you prepare the feather and then tie it in. Try it out, and your . . .

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