Video: The Mayfly Life Cycle for Dummies

Here’s a helpful how-to video from Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, all about the everyone’s favorite aquatic insects: mayflies. He walks you through the life cycle of these fascinating bugs, an understanding of which will . . .

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How to Best Imitate Isonychia Nymphs

To simplify their identification, mayfly nymphs have been divided into four groups–burrowers, crawlers, clingers, and swimmers–and the name of each group offers some insight into the. . .

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A Midsummer Trifecta of Fly Patterns

If the fly fisher’s lexicon were ever available in written form, the unknowing reader would be amused, if not astounded, by the twisted definitions and associations fly fishers have ascribed to a certain . . .

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Video: Dave Hughes on the Secret to Fishing Midges in Rivers

Back in April, the Deschutes River Alliance held an event featuring four icons of fly fishing in the Northwest: Rick “the Bug Man” Hafele, Dave “the Tactician” Hughes, Scott “the Storyteller” Richmond, and Jeff “Mr. Metolius” Perin. In this great clip, Dave . . .

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Guys and Dolls: How to Match the Hendrickson Hatch(es)

Written by: Ted Fauceglia


The female dun is lighter and larger than the male, and the trout will often key on one or the other.
All photos by Ted Fauceglia

For the ardent dry-fly angler, the advent of the spring trout-fishing season stirs feelings of anticipation like nothing else. Sure, dredging weighted stonefly nymphs and Woolly Buggers through winter’s . . .

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Podcast: The Life Cycle of Caddisflies, with Thomas Ames

This week, we go into great detail about the life cycle of caddisflies and the various species found in the eastern United States. Tom Ames, author of the book Caddisflies is my guest, and although we do a deep dive on the various types of caddisflies, . . .

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How to Create a Persuasive Image of a Sulfur


A newly hatched sulfure rides the surface of a Pennsylvania stream.
Photos by Ted Fauceglia

Freshly hatched duns resting on slow-moving currents are the equivalent of low-hanging fruit. But trout will often follow and scrutinize a perfectly formed natural for several feet before deciding . . .

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The American Grannom (Genus Brachycentrus ) Is a Springtime Gem

Written by: Ted Fauceglia


Larvae of Brachycentridae family are case-builders, creating chimney-shaped homes.
Photo by Ted Fauceglia

Unlike the mystical status that we fly fishers have ascribed to mayflies and their hatches, the caddisfly has received little of the same reverence. Classically speaking, the elegance of . . .

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