Classic Photo Essay: Dry-Fly Heaven in Yellowstone National Park

This wild Yellowstone Park brown trout fell for a foam hopper pattern. Photo by Tom Evenson
Tom Evenson and I spent Tuesday night at Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, which was pretty cool for me: it was the first time I'd stayed there since I was a guide at Hubbard's in 1994. As you can see from the photo below, the view from the lodge is nothing short of spectacular, looking northward up Paradise Valley along the. . .
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Video: How to Tie the Extended-Body Light Cahill

It's sulfur time on the Battenkill, as well as on waters across the country. One of the venerable patterns for matching these hatches is the Light Cahill. Historians don't seem to agree about whether the pattern was . . .
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Video Pro Tip: Learning by Watching Trout Rises

Most of us are in prime dry-fly season now, so enjoy it while you can (or after runoff ends, depending on where you are). You can learn a lot about how to present your fly by watching. . .
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Video: How to Tie the Classic Bivisible

The Bivisible is one of those time-tested patterns that you'll still find in many anglers' boxes today. Although no one knows for certain who first wrapped these contrasting hackles on a . . .
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Video: How to Tie the Foam Beetle

A foam beetle is a great late-season searching pattern.
On Monday, I was talking with my colleague Roger Edholm, an art director here at Orvis, who said that he had been having great luck on his local brook-trout stream with a foam beetle. Lo and behold, the folks at Tightline Productions emailed me that. . .
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Video: How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant

Mike Lawson's Honey Ant is easy to tie and very effective.
One summer afternoon, we had a reception on the back lawn here at Orvis HQ, and we were treated to a massive flying-ant hatch. Bugs were flying into people's hair, eyes, and ears, and it was kind of frustrating to be in the middle of a conversation and have to be digging ants out of your collar. But fly fishermen know that trout love ants, and a lot of folks began. . .
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Pro Tips: Turn Yourself into a Hatch Detective

This smashed bug on the bumper of a car could be the key to success. Photo by Phil Monahan
When there are bugs on the water, it’s pretty easy to figure out what’s hatching. All you have to do is collect a few insects, note their size, color, and silhouette, and then tie on your best. . .
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Video: How to Tie a Great CDC Blue-Winged Olive

Blue-winged olives are among the first great hatches of the year in many parts of the country, especially on cloudy and raw days. These bugs often have difficulty breaking through the. . .
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