Video: How to Tie the Plastic Surgeon

Many fly tiers enjoy debating the relative merits of natural materials–fur, hair, and feathers–versus the myriad artificial products that have been introduced in recent decades. What you choose to tie with is a personal choice, and the proof is in the end . . .

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Ask the Experts: What is the Most Common Fly-Fishing Mistake?


Knowing how to cast is important, but so is knowing when to stop casting and start fishing.
Photo by Sandy Hays

while ago, we asked you to pose some questions for our panel of experts. Our latest question for them to chew on is: “What is the single most common mistake you see your clients make, and what can I do . . .

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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: How to Tie the Blowtorch Nymph

Acclaimed competition angler Devin Olsen is a big fan of nymphs that feature a bright tag. These patterns are quite popular in other parts of the world but haven’t really caught on here in the U.S. of A. Olsen created the Blowtorch during a 2014 training . . .

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5 Tips for Planning a Saltwater Destination Trip

Although there’s still plenty of great trout fishing to be had in much of the country, it’s never too early to begin planning your next saltwater destination trip. While all types of fly-fishing trips tend to reward those who plan ahead, salt water can actively . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Mini Dart

Last year, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions showed us how to tie the standard version of Lance Egan’s Red Dart, but now he’s back to show us a smaller, simpler version that he’s been using to great effect on . . .

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2021 Best Big Cities for Outdoorsy Dog Owners

New York City makes the list as the 8th Best City for Outdoorsy Dog Owners and Their Dogs. Photo: Linh Nguyen via Flickr

Louisville, San Francisco and neighbor, Oakland, took the top three spots on our roundup of the Best 100 Cities for Outdoorsy Dog Owners rankings, which compares the number of dog parks and the distance to the nearest state park for the 100 largest cities in the United States.

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Podcast: Hemingway Was a Lousy Fly Fisherman

When Ernest Hemingway was a kid, he took great pride in catching trout on worms and jerking them out of small streams as quickly as he could. Later in life, he lived near excellent trout fishing in Sun Valley but didn’t really . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Jiggly Pat’s

In this week’s video, Tim shows you how to create the Jiggly Pat’s, which features a rear body attached to the hook with a monofilament connection. Don’t worry that an articulated pattern is beyond your skills at the vise because Tim . . .

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