Video: How to Tie Matt’s Sulfur Usual

The original Usual dry fly was created by Fran Betters of Wilmington, New York, who specialized in fishing the fast water of the West Branch of the Au Sable. To do so, he needed flies that floated well, and his first. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Dorato Hare’s Ear Dry Fly

Bill Dorato was a well-known fly tier from the Albany, New York area, and he was a fishing buddy of my old friend Dick Talleur. According to Dick, the Dorato Hare’s Ear was designed to imitate a newly emerged buzzing. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Red Quill Dry Fly

The Hendrickson hatch is prime time on the Battenkill for catching large brown trout on dry flies, and everyone around here gets excited when the first reddish bugs are spotted on the water. The Red Quill is a classic imitation of. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Catskills-Style March Brown Dry Fly


Catskills-style dry flies often have some bare shank behind the eye.

March browns (Stenonema vicarium) are among the more important hatches in the East and the Midwest. The big bugs don’t usually create blanket hatches, but instead emerge sporadically throughout the day, which means you can. . .

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Pro Tip: How to Be 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-matching pattern. But, as we all know, you can’t count on duns floating by at all times. In these situations, you have to. . .

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Photos of the Day: The Tail End of the Salmonfly Hatch on the South Fork of the Boise

Written by Evan Williams


The big bugs bring the big fish to the surface on the South Fork of the Boise.
All photos by Evan Williams

At the beginning of July, I spent two weeks or so chasing the salmonfly hatch on the South Fork of the Boise and got my ass kicked. I hadn’t been able to float that much, but with the flows a little lighter this year, I decided to try some wading—usually is a losing proposition. Fishing a deep flat slick, I put out. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Foam Cricket


Late summer is terrestrial season, and crickets are in abundance.

It’s terrestrial time in much of the country, and having the right land-based bug can be the key to success. Last week, the folks at Tightline Productions showed us how to tie a Foam Beetle, and now they are back with a. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Using an Indicator Fly


The Indicator Parachute Adams works both as a mayfly imitation and as an indicator fly.
Photo via orvis.com

There are few more maddening situations in fly fishing than watching fish gorge themselves right in front you but being unable to catch them because you can’t see your fly. (And for you whippersnappers who can now spy a Trico spinner at 60 feet: rest assured that such acuity won’t. . .

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