Video: How to Tie the Black Beauty Midge

Colorado fly-fishing legend Pat Dorsey designed the Black Beauty Midge to mimic what he saw on the water. As quoted in Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies, Dorsey said, “I came up with the the Black Beauty one day after . . .

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#GivingTuesday #MomentofChill: Save Bristol Bay

The rivers of Alaska’s Bristol Bay are home to the world’s largest runs of sockeye salmon, like those shown here. Near the headwaters of this incredible resource, a Canadian mining company has proposed an open-pit copper and gold mine of . . .

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Video: How to Trim Synthetic Fibers

This week, Tim demonstrates two methods for trimming synthetic fibers on patterns such as Bob Popovics’s Surf Candy. It’s easy to mess up fibers if you cut them too straight or try too hard to shape them. The results often look unnatural. Instead, Tim . . .

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Classic Story and Photos: Fly-Fishing for Monsters


The bowfin is an indiscriminate predator. It seems all mouth, when viewed from the front,
and its conical teeth would do a number on your skin.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first time I ever heard of bowfin was about seven years ago, when I was ice-fishing for pike on Lake Champlain with a couple of friends from Orvis—I didn’t work here yet—and a few of. . .

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Here’s Your 2020 Consumer Fly-Fishing Show Schedule!

One of the best ways to overcome cabin fever during the long winter months is to attend a fly-fishing consumer show . . . or perhaps several of them. This year, show season kicks off a month early, as the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Show is this . . .

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Black Friday #MomentofChill: Lord of the Flats

Lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris, inhabit many bonefish flats, and many a wading angler has held their breath at the sight of a dorsal fin headed right for them. However, these sharks are not normally aggressive toward humans. There has never been . . .

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Your Happy Thanksgiving #MomentofChill

Here is today’s #MomentofChill, a from Trey Mullen of Brush Creek Ranch, which features a beautiful cutthroat trout gorging itself on mayflies. I hope you have the opportunity to do the same with family and friends today! Cutthroat trout . . .

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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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How to Tie Steve Cobb’s Thanksgiving Turkey Fly


The author’s original pattern went viral on social media a few years ago.
All photos by Steve Cobb

Steve Cobb’s Santa Fly has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now, and he was kind enough to show us how to tie it a couple years ago. That post was such a big hit that I asked . . .

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