Pro Tips: Five Steps to Landing More Fish

Devin Olsen of Tactical Fly Fisher has caught more than his fair share of big trout over the years, as a competition angler, video star, and fanatical angler. In this great video, he walks your through his process for landing big fish on light tippets, and . . .

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Photos and Story: Rocky Mountain Girls Expedition 2020

July 2020 marked the first ever all girls Lillard Fly Fishing Expedition. Plans had been made, permits procured, girls signed up, and then, you guessed it, Coronavirus happened. Some new plans and precautions had to be drawn up, and the trip . . .

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Pro Tips: 5 Top Tandem-Rig Combos for Trout


The classic “hopper-dropper” is a summertime staple, but there are lots more options.
Photo by Phil Monahan

For the vast majority of anglers, the basic fly-fishing rig is very simple: they tie a single fly to the end of a tapered leader and start casting. And this method obviously works fine, most of the. . .

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Videos: The Stories of the Adams and the Muddler Minnow

Our fly boxes are full of patterns–both famous and obscure–and each has a history. Someone, somewhere came up with the idea for the fly and then sat down and tied. Michigan fly-fishing legend Ray Schmidt has started a cool video series on classic . . .

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Video: How to Tie the October Caddis Soft Hackle

The October caddis (genus Dicosmoecus) is one of the great fall hatches across much of the country. And after you’ve been tossing size 22 Blue-Winged Olives, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and such, it’s always great to tie on a bigger fly. The trout feel the same . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fish an Inside Bend


Illustration by Larry Largay, courtesy American Angler

Most fly fishers are so intent on their own processes — making the right cast, mending correctly, and watching the fly or strike indicator — that they don’t bother to observe what the . . .

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Video: The Greatest Gift

Here’s an absolutely gorgeous video about a man’s love for his home water and his desire to share the magic with the next generation–his daughter, Amelia. Paul Weiss does a great job of . . .

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