Video Pro Tips: A Simple Nymph Rig for Beginners

For anglers who just want to get on the water without having to mess with complex setups–only to untangle them a few casts later–Joe Rotter of Red’s Fly Shop has some great advice on creating a simple, one-fly nymph rig. During his demonstration, . . .

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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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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 07.13.22

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Why and How to Sharpen Your Hooks

Do you sharpen your hooks regularly? I’m convinced that hoo-sharpening is something that many people discuss but few anglers actually do. Here’s another great how-to video from Brian Flechsig of of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, in which . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Saltwater Frozen Fox

In this week’s great tying video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, he shows you how to create a saltwater version of the Frozen Fox, which he introduced last year. Both patterns use the same dubbing-loop method to create a full, flashy body that . . .

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Tuesday Tips: 3 Keys to Catching Bass on Topwater Bugs


This chunky largemouth fell for a deer-hair slider, the Umpqua Swim Frog diver.
Photo by Reid Bryant

Catching largemouth bass on surface flies is a lot of fun, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Bass aren’t like northern pike, almost always willing to chase down a big meal. In fact, bass. . .

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Stream to Salt I: Don’t Wait to Rig

One frequently repeated tip for trout anglers is that you shouldn’t rig up until you’ve reached the water’s edge and had a chance to assess the current situation. While that technique does indeed work well when targeting trout confined to a stream, it can lead . . .

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Podcast: Regulating Shotgun Barrels, with Del Whitman

In another collaborative episode with Del Whitman of DC Whitman Custom Gunsmithing, Reid and Del discuss the oft-misunderstood topic of regulation. Regulating barrels is the process by which double-gun barrels are aligned to shoot . . .

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