Podcast: How Fly Rods Are Designed, with Shawn Combs

I get a lot of questions about how fly rods are designed, and I think there are a number of misconceptions about where that new rod, like the Helios Blackout series, came from. Where did the idea come from? How is the design created? If you want a . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Tie Your Own Bass and Saltwater Leaders

Here’s another lesson–in the vein of his “guide-fly” series–from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. Guides want to be able to tie useful leaders that don’t take long to tie. This is not George Harvey-level science, but is a quick-and-dirty method for . . .

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Discovering the Magic of Striped Bass on the Fly


A big striper on the fly will make you forget about trout streams for a while.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The small New Hampshire town where I grew up is within an hour’s drive of some of northeastern New England’s best striper fishing. Yet, instead of exploring the waters of Plum Island, Cape . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Catch Smallmouths Year-Round

Contrary to popular belief, fly anglers can catch smallmouth bass year-round, even during winter. While these hardy gamefish are known for tolerating higher temperatures than trout, they also tolerate cold water fairly well, and will still feed when it’s just . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Sulfur Klinkhåmer

In this latest how-to video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler demonstrates how he ties a version of the Klinkhåmer to imitate sulfur duns stuck in the film. As usual, there are plenty of great tying tricks for you to . . .

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Ask the Experts: How Do You Attach the Second Fly in a Tandem Rig?


Tying the dropper to the hook bend of the top fly is the most common method for creating a tandem rig.
Photo by Phil Monahan

For our “Ask the Experts” Column , we ask you to pose some questions for our panel of experts. Our latest question for them to chew on is: “How do you attach the second fly in a tandem rig: to the hook bend of the top fly, to the hook eye of the top fly, . . .”

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Video: How to Use Painter’s Tape in Fly Tying

In this video, Tim explains how painter’s tape can help you keep materials on the hook shank separate during the tying process. This is especially useful when you are doing extensive trimming, such as with spun deer hair. You can trim away without . . .

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Mayflies Across America: Central Idaho

This week, our featured region is central Idaho. Famous for its technical spring-creek fishing, Idaho is home to dozens of different mayfly species, and to picky trout that sometimes key on minute details. Jeremy Silvas of Sun Valley . . .

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What to Put in Your Puppy’s Crate at Night

You love your new puppy, and want her to feel happy and secure in her new human family. But hang on a second before you pile her crate full of cute toys and a velvety soft bed. How safe are her toys and bedding? You can’t watch her all night long, and puppies have an insatiable need to chew, indiscriminately. Given this truth, what should you put in your new puppy’s crate at night? Let’s explore…

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