Small Flies for BIG Steelhead

Mia and the gang at have a great post about some very cool and small steelhead flies fished in the film with a greased-line technique. The proof the technique works is in the video above. Check out their site for more about the technique, photos of the flies, and other jaw dropping videos for steelhead junkies and all fly anglers to enjoy.

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Tying the Yellow Stimulator

Most folks think of Randall Kaufman, famed West Coast angler and shop owner, as the inventor of the Stimulator dry fly, but the question seems up for debate. The fly’s true originator may be Jim Slattery, who claims that he first tied the stonefly pattern to fish the Musconetcong River in central New Jersey in 1980. Based on the Sofa Pillow, Slattery’s fly was originally called the Fluttering Stonefly, but he renamed it the. . .

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Friday Film Festival 08.02.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. I’m on vacation this week, so we’re offering up a “Best Of” version of the FFF, in which we feature some of the best films from the early days of the blog–some from previous FFFs and some not. Putting these festivals together is the highlight of my week, and I expecially enjoy when I stumble on something really remarkable that I know will blow your mind and get you thinking about time on the water. Thanks to all the great filmmakers, amateur and professional alike, who have provided us with all these months of great entertainment. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!

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The Warm Water Fly Fishing and How to Hide New Gear from Your Spouse Podcast

Tom is out of town for a couple weeks, so he asked Pete Kutzer of our Ask a Fly Fishing Instructor video series and Brett Ference from our Double Barrel Podcast series to sit in.

We asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to suggest topics for them to cover and received over 130 suggestions!

Here are the topics they chose:

– How should a beginner go about choosing waders?

– Tips for fishin gfrom a float tube

– Is 7 years old too young to start a child fly fishing?

– When choosing a new rod, what should I consider?

– How do you best hide new fishing gear pusrchases from your spouse?

We also had A LOT of questions on fishing warm water, so Brett and Pete spend a lot of time on this topic.

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Tying the Light Cahill

Few topics can start an argument among fly tiers faster than a discussion of the proper proportions of a Catskill-style dry fly. Should there be three wraps at the head or just two? Should the wing be 1/3 of the way down the shank, or should it be 5/12ths? And on and on. One thing is for sure, though: Catskill dry flies should be sparse. Much of the style’s elegance comes from its slender profile and dainty. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Double-Haul

Welcome to our seventh installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to
post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Bill E.” wrote,

How about some help with hauling and double hauling?. . .

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Fly-Fishing Week in Review

Cover of the Latest flymage magazine

The cover of the latest issue of flymage.

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing. Every Monday morning, we’ll bring you up to speed on interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.

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The Vanishing Salmon of California’s Bay-Delta Estuary



The San Francisco Bay Delta is formed where the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers join in Northern California. The delta is an important resource for both fisherman and farmers. However, as with many rivers systems, far more water has been diverted from these rivers for irrigation than is needed for the farming, and the fish populations are being devastated. In this compelling video by the NRDC, we learn that salmon populations dropped from 1.4 million to 39,000 between 2002 and 2009, a 90% collapse. But action is being taken, and awareness of the problem is being raised, in part by videos such as this one above.

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Friday Film Festival 07.29.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection has got it all: freshwater, warmwater, and saltwater action. From the chilly northeast of Norway to the marlin-filled waters off the coast of Australia, anglers continue to produce high-quality footage for the rest of us who can’t be there. But it’s not just entertainment: there’s educational value here, as well. Did you ever want. . .

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Fly Fishing for Bonefish in Cuba

Ok, so the video isn’t the best quality we’ve ever seen, and the narration is in Italian. But we all know the language of fly fishing the flats and that surge of a bonefish when it takes off and the reel sings.

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