Pro Tips: How to Catch the Last of a Hatch by “Scumlining”


That black circle at the tip of the arrow is a trout feeding on cripples and spent flies.

When the hatch is over and you’re no longer seeing bugs on the water, one way to prolong dry-fly fishing is to find those places where crippled and spent insects collect. As they say, “foam is. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Parachute Hendrickson

For the past week or so, we’ve been seeing the first Hendricksons popping on the Battenkill. If spring ever really arrives–it’s currently 48 and raining–we will get the chance to throw dry flies for some of the largest browns . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Use the Bump-Twitch Streamer Retrieve

In the spring, when rivers are often flowing high and fast, I rely on a technique known as the “bump-twitch,” a hybrid of nymphing and streamer fishing that uses a floating line and often incorporates aspects of each method during . . .

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Video: How to Dub a Fly Body

The first time I taught a fly-tying course with Dave Klausmeyer, editor of Fly Tyer, he told me to watch the students carefully when it came to using dubbing. “They’ll try to put half a rabbit on . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 04.29.22

Welcome to a classic edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. This week, we offer a baker’s dozen, featuring some exotic destinations and . . .

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5 Flies for the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch

Each year at about this time, a great natural wonder occurs: huge clouds of small, dark caddisflies appear on most of Western rivers. Mother’s Day caddis (Brachycentrus americanus) emerge in huge numbers and are the first really big hatch of the . . .

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